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Cody Field Office
Release Date: 05/22/09
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207    
  Lisa Marks 307-578-5942    

Join BLM for the Peak Divide National Trails Day Hike

In honor of National Trails Day, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Cody Field Office will lead a guided hike on the Peak Divide Trail to the top of McCullough Peak on Saturday, June 6, 2009.

Hikers of all ages are invited to the event which is intended to build public awareness of recreation opportunities on public land in the area and show how hiking can make a healthy impact on the lives of those who participate.

BLM’s Geologist Lisa Marks and Wildlife Biologist Destin Harrell will guide participants up the Peak Divide trail, as they describe the natural history of the area. Many sagebrush songbirds and plants are found along the trail and will be identified throughout the hike. The trail winds through two miles of badlands on the southern edge of the Wilderness Study Area, offering spectacular views of the McCullough Peaks area and the Bighorn Basin. The four-mile round trip is moderately strenuous, with elevation ranging from 5,800 to 6,442 feet.

Hikers will meet at the Cody Kmart parking lot, 2121 17th St. at 7:30 a.m. and caravan 12 miles to the trailhead. The event is free of charge. Hikers are reminded to bring water, a sack lunch, and sunscreen, wear appropriate clothing and hiking boots. It's also a good idea to bring binoculars and cameras. For more information about Cody’s National Trails Day celebration, contact Lisa Marks at (307) 578-5942.

National Trails Day is coordinated nationally by the American Hiking Society and locally by the BLM. In addition to the event in Cody, thousands of similar events will be held across the country and enjoyed by over one million Americans. For more information about the nationwide National Trails Day effort or additional events, contact American Hiking Society at (301) 565-6704 or visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Cody Field Office   1002 Blackburn Avenue      Cody, WY 82414-0518  

Last updated: 05-22-2009