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Release Date: 05/20/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Join the BLM for a Hike in Cottonwood Canyon:
A National Trails Day Event

In celebration of National Trails Day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office will lead a hike on the Cottonwood Canyon Trail east of Lovell, Wyo., on Saturday, June 4.

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

BLM Geologist Lisa Marks and BLM Wildlife Biologist Destin Harrell will guide participants up Cottonwood Canyon as they describe the natural history of the area. Vistas of the Bighorn Basin can be enjoyed along this trail up the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains. Many songbirds and wildflowers can be found along the trail and will be identified throughout the hike. The trail is rated as moderate.

Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor Center parking lot, which is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 310 and U.S. Highway 14A in Lovell. From the visitor center, participants will caravan/carpool 16 miles east to the trailhead. Bring water, a sack lunch and sunscreen. Dress appropriately in hiking boots and clothing for rain or shine. Binoculars and cameras are also recommended.

National Trails Day is coordinated nationally by the American Hiking Society and locally by the BLM. Two thousand events will be held across the country this year. For more information about National Trails Day, visit

For more information about this National Trails Day celebration, contact Lisa Marks at 578-5900.

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 Street      Cody, WY 82414  

Last updated: 05-20-2011