POWELL, Wyoming — One of the gems of Sunlight’s Dead Indian Pass is open to the public this summer on a larger scale than in the past.
The A.L. Mickelson Field Station, owned by Northwest College, is available to groups of 15 or more, providing affordably priced lodging, meals and recreational options.
Just an hour from Yellowstone National Park by way of the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, the field station is ideally located for family reunions, board retreats, church camps, youth groups, ATV clubs, holiday parties, quilt retreats, corporate trainings and retreats, hunting stopovers, friend gatherings, gift packages and more.
Complementing home-cooked meals and comfortable beds are plenty of outdoor options like hiking, fishing and photographing wildlife and flora. Guests can also make use of horseshoe pits, a volleyball net, roaring campfires, as well as indoor movies, games and fireplaces. Guided participation in low and high-ropes challenge courses is an attractive option for groups interested in team-building.
The field station’s large community gathering rooms include a dining area, conference room and classroom equipped with computers and Wi-Fi. Cell phone service is also available, although signal strength can be slightly less than in more-populated areas.
The A.L. Mickelson Field Station has long been a favorite lodging spot for public schools from the Big Horn Basin and beyond. Several Midwestern college geology departments make it an annual base camp for their summer digs, and community groups have utilized the facility for everything from dog seminars to taekwondo camps and leadership retreats.
The field station is open year round but is most heavily sought after during summer months. Recent changes in NWC’s summer use of the facility has made more spots available for public use.
More information is available online or by contacting the station’s managers, Scott and Becky Christensen, at 307-754-6219, or on Facebook at A.L. Mickelson Northwest College Field Station.