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Labor Day crowds enjoy mountain get aways

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Labor Day weekend drew visitors from around the region to the Bighorns for camping, hiking and riding getaways. Campgrounds and dispersed sights were spread thick with guests before the cold weather set in briefly on Monday. 

Kelli Miller, Preston Schilling and Ruan Schilling, 8, finish breakfast

From right, grandmother Kelli Miller, son-in-law Preston Schilling and grandson Ruan Schilling, 8, eat breakfast together on Saturday in their campsite in the Circle Park Campground. The Miller family travel up from Gillette to spend the weekend like they try to do everywhere around this time of year. The group had with them a number of dogs and more family members. They planned to hike up to Sherd Lake later in the day.

Campers lined the tree line in Elgin Park

Campers lined the tree line in Elgin Park on Saturday morning. Many visitors traveled up to spend the holiday weekend in the mountains.This year the end date for staying in the mountains was moved back to Sept. 30.

A saddle pad sets on the ground while the horse it will belong too is brushed

A saddle pad sets on the ground while the horse it will belong too is brushed on Saturday. Lorri and Robbie Lang Sr. planned to spend the weekend camped near the Elgin Park trailhead and riding each day.

Lorri brushes her horse Flossie and Robbie Lang Sr. brushes his horse Country

Lorri brushes her horse Flossie and Robbie Lang Sr. brushes his horse Country before saddling up to ride on Saturday. The Lang’s originally planned to stay all weekend but said if the cool weather kicked in they may leave early.

Warm temperatures brought out hikers, campers and riders alike

Warm temperatures brought out hikers, campers and riders alike to enjoy the mountains for the weekend on Saturday. The cold weather set in just a few days later, bringing snow on Monday afternoon and night.

Brody Pullman, 12, turns to catch a pass from great uncle Scott Hedlund

Brody Pullman, 12, turns to catch a pass from great uncle Scott Hedlund on Saturday. The Hedlund family all met up in the Bighorns in Circle Park to camp together, traveling from both Gillette and Casper.

An American flag flies over the Hedlund’s campsite

An American flag flies over the Hedlund’s campsite on Saturday. The camp was filled with family members, dogs, football and a few ATV’s waiting on trailers.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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