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In what is becoming an increasingly popular New Year’s Day activity, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails provides: “First Day Hikes” – a perfect way for Wyoming residents to celebrate the New Year outdoors.

“There is nothing more rejuvenating than sharing a brisk hike with Wyoming State Park staff in some of the most amazing parks and historic sites in the country,” State Parks Administrator Domenic Bravo said.



State Parks:
  • Residents:
    • $4.00 per car
  • Non-Residents:
    • $6.00 per car
Historic Sites and Archaeological Sites:
  • Residents:
    • $2.00 per person
    • Free for 18 years or younger
  • Non-Residents:
    • $4.00 per person
    • Free for 18 years or younger
*There will be no additional charges to participate in the hikes other than what's stated above.

Details about: hike locations, difficulty, length, terrain, and tips regarding proper clothing are listed below.

Come and celebrate the New Year with Bear River State Park on January 1st starting at 9:00am with our annual First Day Hike!  In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation, we would like to invite you to this kids and family friendly event that will be fun, informative and free! This will be an easy hike that will be approximately 1 to 2 miles long. 

  • We will start the walk at the City of Evanston Bear Community Center/Ice Ponds. 
  • We will walk from the Community Center to the State Park Visitor Center where we will provide snacks and warm drinks. 
  • We will also have drawings for prizes at that time. 
  • People are then encouraged to enjoy the rest of the trails throughout the Park on their own after the drawing is completed.

Please wear adequate outdoor clothing.  Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. RSVP's are appreciated but not required.  Please RSVP by calling 307-789-6540.

  • We will be meeting at the Boysen State Park Headquarters at 120 Boysen Drive at 10:00 am which will be the starting point for our hike.
  • The hike will be about 1 mile long through moderate to difficult terrain with the goal of going to where our web camera is located so our guests can enjoy the breathtaking views rarely seen by the public.
  • The hike will end back at the Headquarters Office where hot chocolate and refreshments will be served.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-876-2796

Meet at Hayden Arch Bridge, located 1.5 miles out of town on the right hand side of the road (it's the old Yellowstone Highway).  The hiking trail is two miles one way so plan accordingly.

  • The hike will begin at Hayden Arch Bridge at 9 a.m. and end around 3 p.m.
  • There will also be a camp fire (weather dependent) and hot drinks provided.

Please dress accordingly and come enjoy the scenic road below Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir. Dogs on leashes permitted. 307-587-9227

  • A two-mile hike on Kate's Trail. Meet at Curt Gowdy Visitor Center at 11 a.m.
  • Moderate difficulty.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-632-7946

  • A two-mile hike on natural surface on the Nature Trail.
  • Beginning at 10 a.m. Meet at Shop.
  • Handicapped accessible hard-surfaced paths provide visitors with an opportunity to view some of the best wildlife and birdwatching in the area.
  • Dogs allowed on leashes in designated areas.
  • 307-577-5150

Join us at Fort Bridger on January 1, 2018 at 1pm for our annual First Day Hike.

  • Participants will begin at the Post Trader's Store and walk around the site three times for a total of one mile with refreshments offered at the museum.
  • Everyone and their dogs on leash are welcome.

The past comes alive through costumed interpreters, museum displays and a reconstruction of Jim Bridger’s trading post. 307-782-3842

We will be meeting on Monday, January 1, 2018, for a stroll from the Ft. Fetterman museum parking lot, up to the Fort cemetery, and back. This is likely to be a leisurely stroll but might end up a forced march, depending on weather and discussions.

Mel Glover, the superintendent, will lead the walk, and is always happy to answer any questions that folks might have. He claims that he'll be there regardless of the weather, and challenges anyone else to be there as well.

Glover says "We are always amazed at the difficulties that pioneers, soldiers, and indigenous people accepted as a part of life on the plains. I'm always looking to get a small taste of that experience, even if it's uncomfortable or unpleasant. Of course, on this day I'll have hot chocolate as a reward and will be able to go home to a comfortable couch and a big bowl of chili."

More information:

  • Where: Meet at the Fort Fetterman parking lot (752 Highway 93, about 7 1/2 miles outside of Douglas, WY)
  • When: We'll be stepping off at 10:00 AM and will be done before noon. Staff will arrive around 9:30.
  • Length of Route: 1.2 miles total (.6 mile one-way)
  • Difficulty: We'll be walking on a graded, gravel road, that winds uphill to the cemetery. This is moderately difficult in the summertime.
  • Special Considerations: Please dress appropriately with plenty of layers so that you can adjust your clothing as you warm up or cool off. A good idea is to have a wind-breaking layer, at least one warmth layer, and an under-layer. A warm hat and gloves are always a good idea, along with proper footwear and sunglasses. Don't forget your water bottle and maybe a snack.
  • Facilities: The restroom blocks are closed for the winter!
  • Safety Considerations: Dress appropriately and be prepared for changing conditions. We won't be out long, but we're all familiar with a Wyoming Winter and how quickly things might change. We have been assured by local herpetologists that there is zero chance of rattle snakes!
  • Cost: $2 per Wyoming resident or $4 for out-of-staters. Kids are free.
  • Payoff: Braggin' rights, a little exercise, a chance to learn about the Fort and region, a steaming cup of hot chocolate provided by the event staff, and maybe spotting an eagle overhead.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-358-9288

  • Up to a one-mile hike, meet at Post Trader's house at 1 p.m. and dress for the weather.
  • This frontier Army post has a fascinating history interlacing transportation with the military and growth of the lumber and livestock industries in Wyoming.
  • Many of the foundations are visible but very few structures are intact.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-370-0573

2.5 mile strenuous hike beginning at 12 noon. Meet at Interpretive Center.

A 2.5 mile hike, starts at 10 a.m. Meet at yurts.

There will be 2 hiking trails:

  • The 2.5 mile moderate difficulty trail uses the CCC Trail which is comprised of Lakeview, Marsh Mountain and North Bluff trails.
    • The hike will use the bluff path besides the reservoir. You’ll have spectacular views of the reservoir.
  • The easier trail known as the Roadway trail (shorter in length) will use the road surface.
  • Both trail hikes end up at the Guernsey “Castle.”
    • The Castle, with its giant fireplace and winding steps, leads to an observation area with a great view of the park and reservoir.

At the end of the hikes, there will be hot chocolate and snacks back at the yurts. Dogs on leashes permitted.


  • We will meet at the Kiwanis Washakie Shelter @ 11:00 a.m.
  • One group will take the river walk approximately a half mile and the more adventurous group will take the "Spirit Trail" Which is a mile hike.
  • Coffee, hot chocolate and chili will be served after the hike.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-864-2176

  • Starting at the Headquarters building, a 1.3 mile hike to the Tatanka shelter on the Marina Trail.
  • The walk is on a concrete walking path and is not a difficult hike.
  • Hike starts at 10 am and will last about 2 hours.
  • There will be hot cocoa, tea or coffee and snacks for all.
  • We ask that everyone dress for the weather conditions.
  • People can expect to see deer, turkeys, and various seasonal birds along the path.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-756-3596

  • A one-mile hike on Nature Trail and Park Road. 
  • Easy difficulty. 
  • Meet in main parking area at 10 a.m. Ice skating afterward on our new rink. 
  • Bring your own skates or borrow ours (limited supply).
  • Refreshments served after the hike.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-469-2234

Sinks Canyon hike will start at the Nature Trail Parking Lot in the Popo Agie Campground and proceed approximately 3 miles along the Canyon Loop Trail. The start time will be 1 p.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.


Two-mile hike beginning at 11 a.m., meet at Dance Hall. South Pass City is one of the most authentic and complete historic sites in the country. There are 30 historic log, frame and stone buildings that remain on 39 acres of land. Dogs on leashes permitted.


Get off the couch and on your feet for Trail End's third annual First Day Hike! Sure, it might be cold, but walking warms you up. You'll make new friends, discover new history and in general have a great time! Meet us at the Kendrick Mansion at 10 a.m. New Year's Day for a gentle 2.5 mile hike through Sheridan's historic Nielsen Heights neighborhood.

Hot chocolate and healthy snacks await you upon your return. We even have a raffle! Dogs on leashes permitted. 307-674-4589






TIME: June 1 - December 31, 2017
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  • Nature: The beauty of nature in our parks.
  • History: The rich history of our sites.
  • People: The joy of people at our parks and sites.

  • Best photo of each park & historic site: Annual Day Use Pass
  • Runner up in each category: Annual Camping Pass
  • Winner in each category: Camping Pass, Outdoor Gear, and Camera ($250 ea)
  • Overall winner: Camping Pass, Outdoor Gear, DSLR Camera ($500)
  • All winners will be publicly announced through various media.

  • Creativity
  • Aesthetic Appeal
  • Artistic Quality
  • Exhibits the beauty and wonder of Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails

  • Photos must be taken within the boundaries of Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, or Trails (WSPHST) during the contest period (calendar year 2017). No park rules or laws may be broken while taking photos.
  • Photos must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in JPEG format and be at least 300 dpi (2 MB size or greater) but not larger than 25 MB. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of photos. Up to 10 photos will be accepted per person.
  • The person submitting a photo must be the one who took it and must have full rights to it and its contents, including written permission from any persons appearing in the photo. The email with the photo must also include a brief description of it, including the location (park, historic site, or trail) where it was taken and the preferred category for judging it. Photos may not be overly manipulated or stylized. Minor adjustments for red eye, cropping, HDR, exposure, saturation, shadows, hue, and the like may be acceptable at the discretion of WSPHST.
  • Inappropriate, indecent, or distasteful photos will not be accepted.
  • Watermarks, logos, or inserted text/graphics are not permitted.
  • By submitting contest photos via email, entrants grant WSPHST full use of the photos and reproductions for any purpose without compensation, including but not limited to publishing, marketing, and social media posts. Credit may or may not be given at the sole discretion of WSPHST.
  • Employees and immediate relatives of employees of Wyoming State Parks during the contest period (2017) are not eligible to participate.
  • WSPHST reserves the rights to cancel, suspend, or modify the contest and its rules at its sole discretion.

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Cheyenne, WY 82002

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Stacy Sprengeler
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By being a volunteer for the Division of Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails (SPHST) you or your group can make a difference in Wyoming communities. With your personal expertise and skill sets, you can enhance and enrich our programs. Volunteers contribute to a variety of positions that are necessary to maintain and preserve Wyoming's cultural and natural resources, and allow SPHST to be operable and meet our mission. Become an integral part of our team today!

Throughout the year we have positions available for:

  • Docents/Interpreters
  • Maintenance
  • Carpentry
  • Historical Research
  • Special Events
  • Curation (processing and maintaining collections at museums and historic sites)
  • Customer Service
  • Education
  • Special Projects

Group volunteer opportunities and special projects are handled by the Volunteer Coordinator. Contact Stacy Sprengeler directly for information, or for service projects for your organization.

Annual Reports


Application and Placement Process

  1. Fill out an application here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=805707066.
  2. The Volunteer Coordinator in Cheyenne will review the application and send it to the park or historic site of interest to you.
  3. The site Superintendent or their designee will contact you for an interview.
  4. Fill out a Volunteer Agreement (once per year), to be on file prior to beginning service. Minors must have parent or guardian signature.
  5. If your volunteer position involves driving a state vehicle, you must provide a valid Driver’s License and insurance information, and pass the State of Wyoming Defensive Driving Test.

Camp Hosts

SPHST has a vibrant camp host program. From May 15-September 15, camp hosts reside at a state park or historic site, receiving a free camping spot in exchange for their volunteer service. Positions are filled on a first-come, first served basis, depending on availability at our sites. See the Camp Host tab for more information.

Non-Motorized Trails

Paul Gritten
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Trails play a large part in our system’s recreational opportunities. Trail building and maintenance occurs throughout the summer months, but four Trail Volunteer Days are offered each year. For more information, contact Paul Gritten, the Non-motorized Trails Coordinator.



Volunteers enhance and enrich our program with their knowledge and skill sets. Volunteers are an integral part of our team and perform functions that allow SPHST to be operable and meet our mission.




What is a Camp Host/Site Host?

A camp host is a person or couple who volunteers their time at a state park or historic site for two months or more in exchange for a camping spot during their volunteer service. The difference between a site host and a camp host is that a camp host is responsible for campgrounds or designated areas, whereas a site host holds a position where there are no campgrounds or overnight camping.


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Application and Placement Process

  1. Fill out an application for each person who wishes to be a camp host by following this link: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=805707066.
  2. The Volunteer Coordinator in Cheyenne will contact you to further discuss your interests, skill sets, availability, and position openings.
  3. Applications will be sent to Park/Historic Site Superintendent or their volunteer coordinator on-site. They will review all applications and will conduct an interview with candidate(s) whose skill sets and interests best meet site needs. Post interview, the Volunteer Coordinator in Cheyenne will be notified of their selection.
  4. Upon being notified of a conditional offer for a position, the Volunteer Coordinator will provide the individual or couple with a link to the secure background screening website. Placement is contingent on successfully passing the background check. Results take up to one week to be returned. When the screening is completed, the Volunteer Coordinator reviews the report and a placement decision is made. After which, the applicant(s), state park or historic site is notified.

    The WY State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails Background Check Policy can be viewed here:

  5. After notification of a successful background check screening, the Superintendent or volunteer coordinator on-site will contact applicant(s) to extend the formal offer to camp host. Arrangements for arriving on-site will be made between site staff and camp host(s).

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Timeline for Applications and Placement

Camp host positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning camp hosts are given first choice on location if a position is available. Inquiries and applications for camp host positions are answered and received throughout the year. However, information on the number of positions available for the coming season is not accessible until October. Most placements are made in October-November. It can take up to a month to complete the placement process, depending on response time from applicant(s), park staff, and background check clearance. Completion of an application does not guarantee placement within the Division’s Volunteer Program.



Terms of Service

We ask our hosts for a minimum of a two month commitment. Our season is from May 15th – September 15th. Some sites have availability in April and into October, but that is not our system standard. Hosts typically work 3-4 days per week, to include weekends and holidays, as those are our busiest times. In general, our hosts serve 20 hours per week, per person, depending on location. There are a few sites in our system that request 24 hours per week, per person.


Camp Host Information Sheets

  • Camp Host Information Sheets provide information on each location’s needs.
  • Work schedules vary by location, and are determined by the Park/Historic Site Superintendent or volunteer coordinator on-site.
  • Couples will have days off together.
  • All volunteers sign a Volunteer Agreement, once per calendar year, which must be on file prior to beginning their positions.
  • Volunteers may drive state vehicles, but must provide a valid Driver’s License and insurance information, and pass the State of Wyoming Defensive Driving Test.

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Camp Host Benefits

  • Worker’s Compensation coverage;
  • Free camp site with water and electrical hookups (some FHU, full hook up, sites);
  • Meet new people;
  • Learn new skills;
  • Experience new places;
  • Have fun while giving back!

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Contact the Division’s Volunteer Coordinators

Tara Gross
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Stacy Sprengeler
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