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Big Horns tourist stop forced to close

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A Wyoming tourist stop that many travelers visit between the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park won't open for the summer.

The Burgess Junction Visitor Center normally serves as a rest stop, information center, and gift shop during the summer and averages more than 75,000 visitors.

But Big Horn National Forest managers say budget cuts force them to keep the facility closed.  The US Forest Service will keep the Shell Falls Interpretive Site open, which is 25 miles west of Burgess.

Forest officials say it's also too soon to say if the location will open in 2014.

"If the budget trends continue like they are it's doubtful we'd be able to open.  We might have to seek some alternative uses for the facility," said recreation staff officer Dave McKee.

Seasonal employees and volunteers who were planning on working at the center this year will have the chance to work at the Shell Falls location.

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