CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — Two state parks in the Nebraska Panhandle will be offering special opportunities to view bighorn sheep this month.

Hikes will be held July 13 at Fort Robinson State Park west of Crawford and on July 14 at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering.

Participants will gather at the parks and caravan to the sheep's present range with the help of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife technicians. The Fort Robinson group will set off from a shelter at the entrance of the Soldier Creek campground. The Wildcat Hills excursion will start at the Nature Center. Participants are asked to prepare for up to three miles of hiking with appropriate footwear, sunscreen and water.

The tours are free, but a Nebraska park entry permit is required for vehicles.