I headed out to the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in the morning hoping to get a campsite (they do not take reservations).
The campground is 12 miles from Highway 14A. It is a great drive even if you do not get a site. The visitor center is in the town of Lovell, but they were paving the parking lot so I was not able to stop to pick up any maps or brochures. There is a $5.00 daily fee to enter the area or you can use a Federal Parks Pass.
There are two campgrounds in this area and I stayed at Horseshoe Bend Campground. The sites are very large and they now have 19 sites with electric and water for a fee of $15.00, the other sites are free.
Horseshoe Bend is a place to go if you like boating, or if you just want a quiet place to getaway. There is no cell service or wi-fi, but I was able to get a weak signal at the top of the canyon to send a message to my daughter with my location.
View from the overlook at the center of the trail.
Later in the day I walked down to the marina, there is a small store and a large playground and a swimming beach. There were 2 people fishing from the shore, I did not see anyone else around this area. I wonder if this place is busy on weekends.
It started to rain while I was at the beach area
I walked fast back to the RV
and we had a heavy rain from 8pm to 9pm
lots of wind, rain and lightning.
It was still light out after the rain and I took a short walk around the campground loop hoping for some sunset pictures, there was a lot of lightning far away behind the mountains NE of where I was. I took a bunch of pictures but could not capture the lightning show.