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Explore the Red Desert on a guided day-long tour this summer

May 27, 2012 - Staff

The Red Desert may seem boring to some just driving by on the highway in southwestern Wyoming.

John Mionczynski, who lives in Atlantic City, wants to change that. Mionczynski, an expert on the Red Desert, wants others to know about it.

Guiding a series of tours of the area this summer, he hopes that its unique region might be protected from over-development. He will guide four tours this summer for the Wyoming Association of Churches on June 1, June 2, July 28 and Aug. 17.

Open to the public, the tours are limited to 14 people, each on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tours, each following the same route, begin at 8 a.m., and end at about 6 p.m. The itinerary includes the Continental Divide at Oregon Buttes; an overlook of the Great Divide Basin; the Honeycombs, Alkali Rim, Chicken Springs, Steamboat Mountain, the Sand Dunes and the Boar's Tusk.

They may also include the White Mountain petroglyphs and other selected areas, depending on time and weather. The gathering point is on Highway 28 at the rest station opposite Oregon Buttes. near the Sweetwater River. It is not far from South Pass City -- about 30 miles north of Farson, and 40 miles south of Lander.

There will be opportunities for short, one-hour walks at some of the sites, so good walking footwear will be needed. Vehicles should have a high clearance for some of the roads that will be taken.

Bring hats, sunscreen, binoculars, camera, plenty of water and a picnic lunch. Although the tour is free, a $5 donation for the tour guide's gas and expenses is appreciated.

Advance registration is needed. Register online at www.wyomingassociationofchurches.org, or by contacting Chesie Lee at (307) 761-0755, or by email at chesie@vcn.com.

To facilitate advance planning, please register five days prior to each tour. Applicants will be taken as long as space is available. Accepting participants will be notified of their placement, once their registration has been received.

For more information, contact Lee at (307) 761-0755, or at chesie@vcn.com.

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