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This summer there are plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy the region. Foremost are the unique hiking trips that the Wyoming Wilderness Association is offering starting May 22 and ending Sept. 25.

The WWA is sponsoring the hikes as a way for people to learn Wyoming’s wild areas.

Here are some of the trips available.

May 22 — Bighorn Basin at Cedar Mountain WSA. The hiking and driving trip will tour the bluff and badlands between Thermopolis and Worland.

June 3 and 4 — a hiking trip to 15-Mile Basin in the Bighorn Basin, “a scenic and delicate area of vast sagebrush, salt desert and badlands which includes the Bobcat Draw WSA. On the evening of June 3 the group will gather to camp and cookout (potluck style), then on June 4 the group will hike all day.”

June 11 — there will be two choices for hikers. One trip involves hiking in the Bighorn Basin in the Dry Medicine Lodge Canyon WSA to an impressive limestone arch.

The other June 11 trip is in the Shoshone National Forest’s DuNoir Valley. The five-mile roundtrip hike may include some of the abundant wildlife — elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer and bear.

June 17 and 18 — there will be a painter’s campout at Honeycomb Buttes in the Red Desert. The trip culminates with the attendees going to the Rock Springs Red Desert Rendezvous where the artwork will be displayed.

June 19 — features a wildflower tour of the Rock Creek proposed wilderness in the Bighorn National Forest. Claire Leon, botanist, and Ami Erickson, Sheridan College biologist, will lead the hike.

Here are some of the other hikes that are planned.

June 25 — Powder River Basin, Gardner Mountain (WSA); July 9 — Bridger-Teton National Forest, Gros Ventre Wilderness; July 9-10 — Shoshone National Forest, DuNoir Dundee Meadows; July 15-20 — Bighorn National Forest, Rock Creek. This is an optional horseback or hike event; July 16 — Bridger-Teton National Forest, Shoal Creek; July 23 — Bighorn National Forest, Rock Creek; July 31 — Bighorn National Forest, Rock Creek; Aug. 6 — Shoshone National Forest, grizzly bear ecology tour; Aug. 13 — Shoshone National Forest, Franc’s Peak; Aug. 27 — Bighorn National Forest, Rock Creek; Sept. 17 — Bighorn Basin, McCulloch Peaks outing; Sept. 23-24 — Bighorn National Forest, Rock Creek Wilderness photography workshop.

To sign up for any or all of these trips, contact the Wyoming Wilderness Association at 307-672-2751 or email them at info@wildwyo.org

Another trip you might consider is one that the Little Horn Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering.

The participants will be treated to hors d’oeuvres and libations at the launch point and halfway downstream. There will be ample opportunity to tangle with the smallmouth bass that inhabit the river.

The cost of the float trip and dinner is $500 per couple or $750 per couple for those staying overnight at the lodge. There are seven slots for overnight and three for just the float and dinner.

For more information, or to sign up for the trip, contact Roger Miller at Fly Shop of the Bighorns in Sheridan. The telephone number is 307-672-5866. Proceeds from the event will help fund stream improvement projects and the Casting for Recovery Program.

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