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State Historic Sites to Begin Re-Opening May 29

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Contact: Dave Glenn, 307-274-5007, NIck Neylon, 307-777-6318; 

Recreational and educational opportunities in the Cowboy State continue to expand with the majority of Wyoming State Historic Sites opening May 29.

“State Parks and historic sites are a huge economic driver for local communities throughout Wyoming,” Darin Westby, Director of State Parks and Cultural Resources said. “We’re excited to get them opened back up and introduce our visitors to Wyoming’s rich history. Guests can visit anything from territorial day prisons, to battle sites, to historic forts, to historic mansions within our State Parks and Historic Site system. We’re ramping up and while the majority of sites will be opening on the 29th we have a few that will open shortly thereafter based on staffing and other determining factors.”

In some instances, hours of operation may be altered. Visitors are encouraged to call specific historic sites for more information. 

Per Wyoming COVID-19 guidance, no more than ten persons are allowed per building, unless otherwise established, and outdoor venues are limited to a maximum occupancy of 25 people per area.

Wyoming State Parks and Historic sites continue to ask that you help keep sites open by recreating responsibly and following social distancing guidelines.

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Glendo State Park Dump Station Temporarily Closed

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Contact: Brian Johnson, 307-735-4433

Visitors to Glendo State Park are reminded that due to a water leak the dump station and adjacent potable water is closed during the Memorial Day weekend.  

Park staff are working to get the leak fixed, however, it is not anticipated to be repaired by Monday evening.

Visitors are encouraged to fill their trailers with water before arriving and plan to use dump stations outside Glendo State Park. Potable water will be available at the campgrounds.

Glendo State Park apologizes for the inconvenience.

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State Trails Advisory Council to Meet

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Contact: Louisa Lopez, 307-777-6491
A meeting of the Wyoming Trails Advisory Council will be held, May 28 at 12 p.m. via teleconference. The phone number is 1-678-619-1284, PIN: ‪186 256 043#.

Agenda items include discussion of the Recreational Trails Program match and the effect of COVID-19 on the 2020 grant projects.

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 777-6491.

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Approximately 1,000 Sites Added to State Parks Reservation System

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Contact: Nick Neylon, 307-777-6318; Dave Glenn, 307-274-5007

With the addition of approximately 1,000 new sites to the statewide system, Wyoming residents wanting to spend time at a Wyoming State Park have an expanded range of opportunities by which to reserve their campsites. 

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, all camping at Wyoming State Parks - including Boysen, Buffalo Bill, Curt Gowdy, Glendo, Guernsey, Keyhole, Medicine Lodge, Seminoe, and Sinks Canyon - is currently open only to Wyoming residents and now requires a reservation. 

The reservation system, operated by Aspira/ReserveAmerica, allows in-state campers to make a reservation, receive instant communication about that reservation, and head into their camping experience knowing that they have a campsite waiting for them upon their arrival. 

Although campsites are no longer available on a first-come, first-served drive-up basis, there is still the opportuniKH4th-of-july-2016ty for last-minute camping. Visitors can secure a spot without a prior reservation by contacting ReserveAmerica upon arrival at the park. The reservation system is updated in real-time, allowing users to know which campsites are still available and which are not.

Due to the need to follow social distancing guidelines, not all campsites are available; those that are too close to others will be blocked off until further notice. Only single-unit campsites will be made available, with no more than 10 persons allowed per site. Cabins and yurts can be reserved for Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, thus allowing adequate time to clean and disinfect each structure prior to the next reservation.  

Fee compliance and reservations will be verified in the campgrounds themselves by staff and law enforcement. 

For the safety of our staff and visitors, fee booths may be manned for information purposes, but will not be accepting cash payments. Until park offices are allowed to open, annual camping and day use permits will be available only through ReserveAmerica and authorized local vendors. 

Due to social distancing and CDC guidelines, all playgrounds, group shelters, group campsites, and some indoor facilities will remain closed to the public.

Wyoming State Parks offers a few suggestions that may enhance the camping experience. Bring a first aid kit, trash bags and hand sanitizer. Also, please remember that fires are restricted to established fire rings.

Visitors are asked to adhere to social distancing recommendations while recreating at boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, beaches, and other areas where people tend to congregate.

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Wyoming State Park Camping Closed to Non-Residents

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Contact: Nick Neylon, 307-777-6318; Dave Glenn, 307-274-5007

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure adherence to social distancing guidelines, Wyoming State Parks has temporarily closed camping to non-residents.

All existing 2020 reservations for out-of-state visitors will be canceled and all charges will be refunded as soon as possible.

Wyoming State Parks will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and when deemed appropriate by the Governor and State Health Officer, a plan will be developed to re-open camping to non-residents. The camping situation in neighboring states will also factor into when camping might open in Wyoming to non-residents.

Please visit our website at Wyoparks.org or Facebook page for the most current information.

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Wyoming State Parks Tourism Impact Celebrated During Wyoming State Park, Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Day

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Darin Westby, 307-777-7637

A major player in Wyoming’s Tourism industry, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails boast a visitation of more than 4.4 million visitors while generating a projected economic impact of nearly $500 million to the state during 2019.

These efforts are recognized during Wyoming State Park, Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Day, May 7, a part of the Wyoming Office of Tourism National Travel and Tourism Week 2020 celebration.

Last year’s numbers are a two percent increase over 2018 and a six percent change from the previous five-year average.

State Parks and Historic Sites registering the highest percent of increased visitation during 2019 were the Oregon Trail Ruts (26%), Sinks Canyon (19%), South Pass City (17%), Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site (16%) and Edness Kimball Wilkins (13%).

Hot Springs State Park was the most visited site.

September continues to be the busiest month at Wyoming Historic Sites with 61,156 visitors while visitors enjoy Wyoming’s State Parks the most in July, 727,041.

fly-fisherman“The Wyoming State Parks contribution to the tourism industry provides a true Wyoming experience,” Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Darin Westby said. “Additionally, Wyoming’s State Historic Sites tell the story of what Wyoming is and is really about.”

With continued improvements at several sites such as the increasingly popular non-motorized trail system at Curt Gowdy and Glendo state parks, and an ever-increasing number of event and program offerings at parks statewide, visitation is expected to continue to increase.

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State Parks Opens Camping to Wyoming Residents May 15

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State Parks To Open Camping to Residents May 15

Wyoming State Parks will partially reopen to camping for Wyoming residents beginning May 15. State Parks has remained open to day-use recreation but closed to camping due to the  COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The busy camping season unofficially starts Memorial Day weekend; however, we are excited to announce that we have been working with the Governor’s office and the State Health Officer to get Wyoming residents camping in just over two weeks,” said Darin Westby, Director of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.  

The decision to reopen out-of-state visitor camping will be continually reassessed by State Park management, and a future plan will be submitted to the Governor and State Health Officer as camping begins to open in surrounding states.  

To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, and in an effort to open parks to camping as quickly as possible, all camping will now require reservations.  Not all campsites will be available due to designed social distancing.  This will also ensure that only in-state residents can make reservations, provide instant communication through information on the reservation, and reduce cash handling by staff.  The reservation system also decreases the stress of not knowing if you have a campsite to stay in before you leave your home. 

Sites will not be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors can still secure a spot without a prior reservation, but must do so through the reservation system upon arrival. For the safety of our staff and visitors, fee booths will remain closed and fee compliance and reservations will be verified by law enforcement.

 

Additionally, according to the approved plan, only single-unit campsites will be made available. Per Wyoming State Park Rules on camping units, and COVID-19 guidance, no more than 10 persons per site will be allowed. Cabins and yurts will be available for three-day reservations, Friday through Sunday. This will ensure each structure will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the next reservation.  

Due to social distancing and CDC guidelines, all playgrounds, group shelters, group campsites, and some indoor facilities will remain closed to the public.

Social distancing recommendations shall also be adhered to while recreating at boat ramps, fish cleaning stations and other areas where people may congregate.

The public is reminded that this plan is subject to modification at any time due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation. This plan will change due to modifications to social distancing guidelines by the Governor and/or State Health Officer. We continue to request that people recreate responsibly so we can continue to remain open for all to enjoy.

 

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Railway Road Crossing is Improved

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Contact: John Bass, Park Superintendent, 307-876-2796

 

In conjunction with BNSF Railway the railroad crossing on Tough Creek Campground has been improved.

 

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Wyoming State Parks Closes Camping Facilities; Remain Open for Day-Use

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Contact: Dave Glenn, 307-274-5007; Nick Neylon, 307-777-6318

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Wyoming State Park overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites/shelters, shower houses, some non-essential restrooms and playgrounds are closed until further notice.

All parks currently remain open for day-use outdoor recreation activities including trailheads, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps, fishing access, essential restrooms, individual picnic areas/tables.

While we believe in the physical and mental health benefits our open spaces provide, we are seeing a growing influx of campers flocking to our state parks due to National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and surrounding state campground closures.

This leads to increased concerns regarding our ability to maintain a healthy environment for our consumers and staff.

It is hoped by keeping our state parks open for day-use activities we are able to balance the public’s desire for outdoor recreation with the health and safety needs of our constituents and staff. 

Visitors can still enjoy Wyoming’s state parks while recreating alone or with family and maintaining the prescribed six feet social distances, gathering in groups less than 10 and following CDC recommended hygiene practices.

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