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Mountain bikes, boats and fishing poles are really just toys for grown-ups; so go be a kid again. After all, we've got plenty of trails for getting mud on those tires, including those in Guernsey, Buffalo Bill and Curt Gowdy State Parks.

If making a splash is more your style, we've got space for water sports and fishing at our many reservoirs . Once you're done playing, soak those bones in the therapeutic mineral water at Hot Springs State Park. 

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Interpretive Rangers promote activities, education and visitation at Wyoming State Parks

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Wyoming State Parks’ record visitation during 2020, spurred by the COVID pandemic, has been well-documented, and the momentum generated by those visitation numbers has translated to continued visitation during the past two years.

However, despite the impressive numbers generated during 2020, Wyoming State Parks had a lot of people on the parks, but not a lot of WyoParks sponsored activities for them to enjoy.

As Wyoming and the nation began to slowly ease out of the pandemic during 2021, Wyoming State Park began to resume some events and activities during the year, but far from a full schedule.

With the initiation of an Interpretive Ranger program, the Wyoming State Park 2022 schedule exploded with a series of old and new activities, events and programs. The department’s online presence increased, as well, with Facebook reach improving by as much as 134% at specific parks.

An Interpretive Ranger’s role is to emotionally and intellectually connect visitors to the division’s natural and cultural resources through a variety of programs, tours, hikes, events, exhibits and more. Rather than teach or enforce, an Interpretive Ranger translates and connects.

Through the efforts of Interpretive Rangers Linley Mayer and Angelina Stancampiano, the public may have noticed a huge increase in Wyoming State Parks’ programming and activities, coupled with much more activity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“I planned, promoted, or was a part of at least 84 programs, hikes, tours or events which combined reached over 2,400 people in 2022,” said Mayer, who planned events at Fort Phil Kearny and Keyhole state parks and Trail End State Historic Site.

Meanwhile, Stancampiano organized dozens of programs ranging from small weeknight campsite programs to several weekend-long campouts.

“We had a really great program with National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS) and Wyoming Equality this summer at Sinks Canyon,” Stancampiano said. “After a six-day backpacking trip on the Winds with NOLS, seven LGBTQ+ youth joined us for two days of hardcore service work constructing stone-raised beds for an ethnobotany garden. We all worked hard in August literally carrying stones out of the river bed!

Stancampiano works with staff from Seminoe, Sinks Canyon, South Pass, Fort Bridger and Bear River state parks and has helped with events at several other venues. 

Mayer and Stancampiano have diverse educational backgrounds but have been able to draw from their life experiences to be successful interpretive rangers. Mayer’s background is in History and she used that knowledge to work her way up the professional ladder within Wyoming State Parks from a summer seasonal employee to park superintendent at Fort Bridger before embracing her current role as an interpretive ranger.

Stancampiano, on the other hand, has a degree in Biology and an emphasis in Chemistry and, following graduation, traveled all over the country focusing on work with protected beach nesting birds before working as an interpretive ranger for Oklahoma State Parks and eventually joining the Wyoming State Parks staff.

As for 2023, both are already enthusiastically looking towards the coming year, and look to not only continue some of last year’s successful events, but expand into new areas.

“I’m most excited for our Women Who Hike campouts,” Stancampiano said. “We had two in 2022 an are doing four in 2023 including a winter edition at Boysen; a Leave No Trace training at Seminoe, a History edition at South Pass City and a National Public Lands Day campout at Sinks Canyon.”

Mayer ended 2022 with a series of social media Christmas tradition videos that proved to be extremely popular.

“District Manager Christina Bird brought me the idea of Trail End and the Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion creating the videos,” Mayer said. “It was so much fun interacting with the public in this way. I hope to continue making those types of videos through the summer, but with different content.

Mayer looks to also continue with a Junior Ranger program at Keyhole State Park this summer and a Junior Curator program at Trail End State Historic Site. The Junior Curator program provides junior high-aged individuals an opportunity to learn about museum work, research an artifact, make a short video about that artifact and create an exhibit combining all of their artifacts using interpretive principles.

To learn more about Wyoming State Park events and activities during 2023, check the WyoParks.wyo.gov website and keep an eye out on the division’s Instagram and Twitter pages to enjoy more content from our interpretive rangers.


 

Photo: Wyoming State Park Interpretive Rangers Angelina Stancampiano, left, and Linley Mayer, right, during a recent event at Guernsey State Park.

Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites Hosts Successful First Day Hikes

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Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites Hosts Successful First Day Hikes 

Despite cold temperatures and snowfall throughout most of the state on New Year’s Day, 370 adventurous recreationalists braved the winter weather conditions to ring in the New Year at Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites’ First Day Hikes!

For the 12th consecutive year, Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites hosted First Day Hikes which is part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outside and to promote the overall mental and physical health benefits of recreating in America’s great outdoors. 

“For many Wyoming residents and visitors, this outdoor event has become an annual tradition,” said Laurel Thompson, Outreach Coordinator for Wyoming’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. “These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the coming year outside, exercising and connecting with nature.”

On New Year's Day, 13 guided hikes were held at participating Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites with participants of all ages and skill levels hiking more than a combined 600 miles of trails. 

Participating sites and their number of hikers were: 

  • Bear River State Park  21
  • Boysen State Park  9
  • Buffalo Bill State Park  25
  • Curt Gowdy State Park  71
  • Edness K. Wilkins State Park  32
  • Fort Bridger State Historic Site  28
  • Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site  37
  • Guernsey State Park  26
  • Hot Springs State Park  27
  • Keyhole State Park  15
  • Medicine Lodge Archeological Site – 30
  • Sinks Canyon State Park  7
  • Trail End State Historic Site  42

Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites would like to thank all of the Friends Groups and volunteers that helped support this year’s First Day Hike events. 

Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites Hosts Another Year of Record Visitation

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Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites Hosts Another Year of Record Visitation

Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites’ annual visitation numbers for 2022 indicate high visitor use is here to stay with nearly 5.2 million visitors across all parks and historic sites. 

In recent years, Wyoming’s outdoors have seen unprecedented visitation throughout the state and those high numbers have continued through 2022.

Individually, state parks hosted nearly 4.9 million visitors, 3% above the five-year average, and historic sites hosted nearly 334,000 visitors, 6% above the five-year average.  2020 saw over 5.8 million visitors, with 2021 over 5.7 million visitors. 

Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites’ current numbers remain well above pre-pandemic visitation which can be attributed to the retention of many first-time guests during this extreme visitation period.

“Many outdoor recreation destinations continue to see significant growth throughout the state and need new ways to continue to engage first-time and returning visitors,” said Dave Glenn, Deputy Director of Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails. “Our agency continues to enhance the visitor experience by investing in the development and expansion of new and existing infrastructure, campgrounds, trail systems, and interpretive programming amongst other exciting outdoor recreation opportunities across our sites.”

State parks and historic sites also saw a continued increase in fall visitation during 2022. September visitation was 14% above the five-year average, and October’s was 21% above the five-year average. 

These numbers provide continued encouragement to Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites’ officials, who attribute the growth to the hard work and dedication of park staff and their efforts to extend and enhance shoulder season visitation. 

"Wyoming’s outdoor recreation and tourism economies continue to play a critical role in our state’s economic vitality,” said Patrick Harrington, Manager of Wyoming’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. “With steadily increasing visitation over the past several years, strategic planning and development of outdoor recreation opportunities will play a major role in maintaining and improving the visitor experience on Wyoming’s public lands for years to come.”

To learn more about Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites and/or to view Visitation Statistics, please visit wyoparks.org.

Wyoming State Parks & Historic sites offer over 40 different Activities & Amenities. Including: fishing, camping, biking, boating...
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