Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Trip Start May 29, 2009
Trip End Oct 03, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Montana
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Leaving the coach in the RV park in Hardin, Montana, off we went to Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.  We only had time to visit the north area where the Yellowtail Dam is a site to see. We were very surprised at the size of the dam.  We didn't expect it to be near so large. It is a thin arch dam, like Hoover Dam, just a little bit shorter and not quite as thick. ♦ Because of the arched shape, the water pressure pushes against the shore.  The lake on the upper side is beautiful with lots of boating and fishing.  Below the dam, the canyon is beautiful, and there supposedly is great fishing in the river, too.  I hear the water is extremely cold, but there were about 10 fishermen in the river today.  We decided the south area was too far to visit this trip.  It would have been about 3 hours drive each way.  It's on the list for the next time we come to this area.

We took the scenic drive through the park which is totally in the Crow Indian Reservation.  We were hoping to see some more bison and even some bighorn sheep, but didn't see anything but cattle and one mule deer. We had a nice picnic (we usually pack a cooler with lunch) in the park.  Back at the coach, we caught up on email and phone calls before dinner.

We actually had a nice sunny day where temperatures reached into the 70s. That's the way it is supposed to be.
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