Shell Falls to Open This Year

Dave McKee, Bighorn National Forest recreation staff officer. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dave McKee, Bighorn National Forest recreation staff officer. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Shell Falls will be open to the public this year starting on Memorial Day.

Dave McKee, who's the Bighorn National Forest recreation staff officer, said the facility was closed last summer.

McKee said Burgess Junction, which was open last summer in place of Shell Falls, will be closed again this year. Burgess Junction has been closed since 2014, and McKee said the Forest Service is still hoping that someone will come forward at some point with ideas for using Burgess Junction.

McKee provided an update on recreation activities in the Bighorn National Forest at a meeting of Sheridan Green Drinks Tuesday night.

He said the Forest Service completed another successful year of operation last year at the Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark. Over 12,000 registered visitors visited the site during the period from mid-June to early September. McKee said over 64 Native American ceremonies were hosted at the site.

He said the Forest Service also installed a couple of new interpretive panels at the Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel is about an hour and 45 minutes from Sheridan.

In an interview with Sheridan Media, McKee said he's scheduled to present a program on the Medicine Wheel at a meeting of the Big Horn Historical Society on March 25. That program will start at 1 p.m. at the Big Horn Women's Club.

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Close-up shot of McKee. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up shot of McKee. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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