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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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Plein Air in the Parks: This Week at Curt Gowdy State Park

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June 17, 2024

Plein Air in the Parks will be taking place at Curt Gowdy State Park on June 19-23. Online registration is available at https://pleinairintheparks-curtgowdy.eventbrite.com or artists may register in person at the Curt Gowdy Visitor’s Center during the event.

Now in its seventh year, Plein Air in the Parks is a collaborative program by the Wyoming Arts Council and the Wyoming State Parks. The tradition of plein air painting includes on-site painting and drawing outdoors. Plein Air in the Parks pairs talented artists with beautiful locations while offering cash prizes to top participants and opportunities for the community to participate. 

Several opportunities and events are open to the public; the full list of public events is below. The general public will need to pay the daily access fee to enter the park.

 

See the Artists at Work

Mingle with artists as they sketch and paint the landscape right before your eyes as you explore Curt Gowdy State Park.

Wednesday, June 19  | 12 - 5PM

Thursday, June 20 |  9AM - 5PM

Friday, June 21 | 9AM - 5PM

Saturday, June 22 | 9AM - 5PM

 

Kids Watercolor Plein Air - Saturday, June 22 | 10AM-12PM 

Bring your kids along for a free watercolor session! This is a great way to introduce your aspiring artists to the world of Plein Air. Hosted at Curt Gowdy State Park’s Visitors Center. Materials provided; no experience necessary.

 

S’mores Social at Camp Russell Day Use Shelter - Wednesday, June 19 | 6-8PM

Pop on by the Camp Russell Day Use Shelter after a day of painting in the park! This event is also open to other campers and community members who would like to socialize with the artists. S’mores will be provided.

 

Awards Ceremony, Show, and Sale - Sunday, June 23 | 1-3PM Curt Gowdy State Park Visitor’s Center

See the artwork created throughout the event, cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award, and purchase artwork from the sale. No park admission will be charged to those attending the show and sale on Sunday afternoon.

 

Curt Gowdy State Park is a public recreation area covering 3,395 acres in Albany and Laramie counties in southeast Wyoming. It is located just 24 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 24 miles east of Laramie, Wyoming off of State Route 210 (Happy Jack Road).

 

For more information on these events please visit, wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-program/plein-air-in-the-parks or contact Ismael Dominguez at 307-275-4476 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Curt Gowdy State Park Little House open for second season

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June 13, 2024

Wyoming State Parks and the Gowdy Family proudly announce the opening of a second wonderful season of the Curt Gowdy State Park Little House this summer.

Opened for the first-time last year, the Little House is a Gowdy Legacy and a testament to Curt Gowdy’s kind and gentle nature. The facility is open Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Programming planned for this season include two animal kindness events on July 12 and August 23. Both events, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature representatives from the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, Black Dog Rescue and Yola's Pet Rescue at the Little House with ambassador animals and information about how to adopt from their organizations.

The Little House is located adjacent to the Curt Gowdy Visitor Center which was funded in 2013 by Founder and CEO John Morris of Bass Pro Shops, and the Wyoming Legislature. The visitor center not only features green-building accreditation standards, but also features exhibits honoring Gowdy’s career.

The Little House on the Park reflects the golden past of western homesteads and celebrates the future of Fairytales. It will teach, embrace and inspire the importance and emotions of kindness on all levels of children between the ages of three to 12 years of age.

Through innovative artistic programming and interactive behavioral activities, and specialized arts and crafts, the mission is that each child will feel a magic moment when kindness and love will touch their heart, spirit and soul. We mentor that kindness is love and love is kindness will touch every child.

The environment at the Little House is happy and joyous and will help build positive relationships.

“The Little House is a place where children can experience the importance and emotions of kindness, caring and compassion,” Cheryl Gowdy said. “This is a family legacy that began with our father and continues with our family today.”

Various sponsorships opportunities at the Little House are available. For more information please contact Gary Schoene at Wyoming State Parks at 307-777-7014.

Glendo, Guernsey state parks to implement fire restrictions Friday

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June 13, 2024

Due to drier than usual conditions and high fuel loads carrying over from last year, the fire danger in Platte County is higher than usual.

Glendo and Guernsey State Parks have been working with the Platte County Commission, who plan to implement fire restrictions beginning June 14. 

"We know that campfires are a favorite pastime when camping, but resource protection has to be at the front of our minds,” Glendo State Park Superintendent Brian Johnson said. “The goal is to protect the resource and provide a safe environment during our visitor's experience at the parks." 

Open fires are restricted, including. campfires, candles, tiki torches, etc. Propane grills and gas fire pits are allowed. Charcoal grills are also allowed but must have a lid. 

There are many other ways to enjoy the ambiance of a campfire without the actual campfire.  Many visitors have had as much fun coming up with creative ideas to create the ambiance they want as they do sitting around the actual campfire. S'mores can always be enjoyed by grilling them over a grill or over a gas fire pit.

Visitors are reminded that possession of fireworks are always prohibited on State Park property.   

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