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Wyoming State Parks Remain Open; Offer Social Distancing Alternatives

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Contact: Nick Neylon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 307-431-4866

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wyoming State Parks Remain Open

Wyoming’s state parks offer a variety of outdoor alternatives for solo adventurers and small family groups alike. Hiking and biking are popular activities at nearly all parks, while some offer fishing, boating, archery and other sports. 

With plenty of wide-open spaces, individuals and families can explore on their own or establish a safe distance between themselves and others. The benefit of fresh Wyoming air is an added bonus.

While parks are open, indoor spaces which include visitor centers, headquarters and retail locations are closed to visitors. As a result of the continuing concern of the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control has recommended increased social distancing, therefore park staff and visitors are asked to limit group sizes to less than ten and for people to stay a minimum of six feet apart. Additionally, park staff and visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for handwashing, sanitizing and hygiene.

With schools, libraries, child care centers and community centers closed, the alternative would appear to be spending time at home, alone, and watching the news.  A healthy alternative is to head outdoors. 

“TIme spent outside can be soothing and calming,” says Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails Deputy Director NIck Neylon. “Without the constant bombardment of news alerts and headlines, we get a chance to catch our breath and find some peace in nature.”

Those who enjoy a lighter outdoor recreation lifestyle will also find a place at Wyoming’s state parks. Bird and wildlife watching, nature photography, plein air painting, reading a book and enjoying a picnic lunch are also popular pastimes.

The public is reminded our staff is taking the recommended precautions from the Center for Disease Control and the Wyoming Department of Health to maintain clean and sanitary indoor public spaces, restrooms etc.

Wyoming State Parks provide a safe and relaxing environment at locations throughout the Cowboy state, many of them less than an hour from Cheyenne, Casper, Cody, Gillette, Lander, Evanston, Wheatland or Thermopolis. To find the location of the Wyoming State Park nearest you, visit wyoparks.wyo.gov.  

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A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

Wyoming Trails Advisory Board to Meet Via Conference Call March 24

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A meeting of the Wyoming Trails Advisory Council will be held, March 24 at 12 p.m. via teleconference. The phone number is 1 628-400-8602 PIN: ‪926 136#.

Agenda items include discussion of the Recreational Trails Program match.

The Wyoming State Trails Advisory Council is a ten-member recreational trail advisory committee appointed by the Governor to advise the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources regarding trail policies, functions and priorities.

Persons with questions concerning the meeting are asked to call Louisa Lopez, 777-6491.  

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

State Parks and Cultural Resources Office to meet February 20-21

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Members of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources Commission will meet February 20-21 at the Barrett Building, Multi-Purpose Room, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne.

The meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on February 20 preceded by a tour of the State Capitol and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on February 21, followed by a possible tour of the Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility (time and weather permitting.)

During the meeting, the Commission will hear agency and division updates. They will also receive an update on the LX Bar Ranch, recommend approval of Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, recommend approval of Concession administrative fees and recommend approval of 2020 Wyo Parks special event fee modification requests.

The Commission has advisory responsibility for the agency which involves the planning, acquisition, development and management of all state parks, the State Trails Program, State Recreation Areas, State Historic Sites and Archaeology sites and Outdoor Recreation Office.

The Commission also advises the Wyoming State Museum, Wyoming Arts Council, the official State Records Center and Archives, the Office of the State Archaeologist, historical research activities, the State Historic Preservation Office and the Cultural Trust Fund.

Members of the Commission are: President Julie Greer, Sheridan; Vice President Robert Tyrrell, DDS, Star Valley Ranch; Aaron Bannon, Lander; Wayne Deahl, Torrington; Kathy Lenz, Sundance; Dudley Gardner, Ph.D, Rock Springs; Chuck Engebretsen, Lost Springs; Don Schmalz, Cody; and Sue Peters, Riverton.

 

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
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Wyoming State Parks Unveils New Monuments and Markers Online Interactive Map

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A Peek into History at the Tip of Your Fingers!

Wondering what those historic markers along the highway are all about? Never have time to stop as you drive by at highway speeds. Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources announces a new and searchable Monuments and Markers Interactive Map at https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/home-mm

The GIS-based database contains a profile for each of the 1,000+ monuments and markers, including the name, longitude/latitude and a description of the significance to Wyoming’s history or prehistory.

In addition, approximately half of the markers also contain a photograph of the monument or marker. This program will greatly aid the public searching for information on geological features, historical events, and people who have shaped Wyoming’s rich history, be it for educational, tourism or other purposes. 

Wyoming’s Monuments and Markers Program operates through a partnership between State Parks and Cultural Resources, Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Wyoming Office of Tourism, local governments, Tribes, and private individuals and organizations.

The program is one of the oldest programs in the nation.

At a time when few thought to mark history, interested and concerned residents of Wyoming realized the need to commemorate the past and began placing monuments and markers that served to preserve a piece of the state’s heritage.

For more information, please contact Wyoming State Parks’ Monuments and Markers Coordinator Mr. Dan Bach at 777-6314 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

Wyoming Again Hosts Magpul Governor's Cup United Shooting Sports League National Competition

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For the fourth consecutive year, Wyoming will host the Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Cup United Shooting Sports League national competition July 31-Aug 2 at the Cody (WY) Shooting Complex. This year Vortex Optics joins Magpul as a corporate sponsor.

"I am excited to welcome the Magpul Wyoming Governor's Cup back to Wyoming again this summer, a prestigious event which highlights shooting sports excellence and our state's firearms industry," Governor Mark Gordon said. "I attended the 2019 competition and was impressed by the marksmanship, professionalism and enthusiasm of the competitors."

Organized through the Wyoming State Parks and the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office, this event brings hundreds of competitors and shooting enthusiasts to the Cowboy State.

This prestigious United Multi Gun League shooting event features some of the best shooters in the nation. This multi-firearm event includes 12 challenging stages with a mix of bay and natural terrain at various distances up to 500 yards.

Prizes – trophies, coins and medals – are provided courtesy of this year’s sponsors.

Camping spots are available for contestants, water and electricity sites, $20; dry camping, $10; and can be reserved by contacting Katie at 307-272-8564 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Camping is also available at nearby Buffalo Bill State Park. Reservations can be made by contacting Aspira, 1-877-996-7275, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST.

Competition registration is available at: https://practiscore.com/2020-wyoming-magpul-governors-match-presented-by-vortex/register . 

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Trail End hosts "Summer Evening at the Mansion" - July 22, 2020

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July 22, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: 
Join us at Trail End on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, for our 6th annual Summer Evening at the Mansion. From 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, visitors can tour the mansion for free, play badminton and croquet on the lawn, bring a picnic supper, enjoy complimentary cookies and lemonade, listen to music, and see antique cars!

This is a family-friendly and completely free event, sponsored by Trail End’s friend's group, the Trail End Guilds, Inc. 

The Kendrick Mansion is a 1913 historic house museum located at 400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, Wyoming, on the grounds of Trail End State Historic Site. Trail End is a division of Wyoming State Parks, Historic Site, and Trails.  For more information or directions, visit www.trailend.org, Facebook atwww.facebook.com/trailend, or call us at 307-674-4589.

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Wyoming State Park Extends Hot Springs State Park Request for Proposal Submission Time

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The Request for Proposal submission time for two long-term concession contracts at Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis has been extended from January 17 to 2 p.m., March 2.

This extension comes after examining a variety of factors including ensuring adequate time has been offered for submitting comprehensive, complete and accurate bid packets for these important assets within our most highly visited destination.   

The State of Wyoming is requesting enhancements and potential diversity of amenities at two concession facilities within the park to ensure positive, year-round experiences.

The RFPs are currently available from the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails and available for download by accessing https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/learn/state-use-concession-contracts .

The two current concession operations at Hot Springs State Parks under consideration are the Star Plunge and the Days Inn.

Questions regarding the RFPs can be directed to Julie Huntley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Fort Phil Kearny observes 153rd Anniversary of Fetterman Battle withTalk, Demonstration, Tour

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A tour held in remembrance of the 153rd Anniversary of the Fetterman Battle will be held at Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site beginning at 9:30 a.m., December 21.

The day’s events begin with a Fetterman Battle Talk at Kearny Hall followed by a weapon demonstration at Fort Phil Kearny. A guided tour of the battle site begins at noon. This event is free to the public.

FFmonument-2010The talk, demonstration and tour will be provided by Bob Wilson of Kearny’s Frontier Regulars.

The fight occurred on December 21, 1866 between the United States 18th Infantry 2nd Cavalry Regiments and members of the Lakota (Sioux), Northern Cheyenne, and Northern Arapahoe Native American Nations.  At that time, the battle marked the largest defeat of U.S. Forces in the Northern-Plains Territories.

The presentation will cover the skirmish between Native Americans and soldiers from Fort Phil Kearny on Dec. 6, 1866 that preceded the Fetterman Massacre on Dec. 21. All ages are welcome to the event and there will be costumed representations of frontier soldiers. 

Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather and expect wind at the battlefield.  Site fees have been waived for all visitors for the anniversary tour. 

Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming.  For more information call (307) 684-7629 or email the Superintendent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Curt Gowdy State Park Construction Release

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Curt Gowdy State Park now features several new camping opportunities.

Jerre’s Haven, named after famed sportscaster Curt Gowdy’s wife, features 13 campsites with electrical hookups.  Jerre’s Haven has sweeping views of the reservoir and is close to many of the park’s most popular amenities, including Aspen Grove trailhead, the causeway, and the camp store.  Like many of Curt Gowdy’s other campgrounds, Jerre’s Haven is tied into the parks trail system making access to the 41-plus miles of IMBA Epic trails as easy as walking out your front door.

GowdycabinsOther improvements to Curt Gowdy State Park include the addition of electric RV hook-ups at Camp Russell and Happy Jack campgrounds including multiple pedestals in double and group sites.

 Coming in 2020, there will be two new camping opportunities.  Jerre’s Haven will feature four walk-in tent sites for a backcountry-type experience.  Additionally, the installation of four new camping cabins is underway at Sherman Hills. These cabins have one queen-size bed, two sets of bunk-beds, and are air-conditioned and heated for year-round accessibility.   

To enjoy these new overnight opportunities in Curt Gowdy State Park please visit www.wyo-park.com or call 877-996-7275 to make reservations. Campsites are available up to four months in advance of arrival date.

 

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