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08 September 2021

Jared Kail photo presented People's Choice Award at Sinks Canyon Photo contest

September 8, 2021

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“Leave it to Beaver,” a photo by Jared Kail has been presented the People’s Choice Award of the 2021 Sinks Canyon Photo contest.

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This year’s contest received 70 submissions which are on display at Westward Heights Care Center, Sept 13-Oct 13.

Sinks Canyon congratulates Jared on his award-winning photo and thanks everyone who participated in this year’s contest.

07 September 2021

Artwork Created During Plein Air in the Parks on View at the Wyoming Territorial Prison

September 7, 2021

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Artwork Created During Plein Air in the Parks on View at the Wyoming Territorial Prison

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Seven artists from across the region recently participated in Plein Air in the Parks and created artwork at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site (WTP).

Twenty-four pieces of art are now on view in the Horse Barn Gallery at WTP through Oct. 2. The public is invited to visit, view the artwork that was created, and explore the buildings and grounds of the historic site. All of the artwork on view is also for sale. Visitors will need to pay the daily access fee.

Plein Air in the Parks is a collaborative weekend event presented in Laramie this year by Wyoming State Parks, the Wyoming Arts Council, Laramie Artists Project, Laramie Public Art Coalition, and the University of Wyoming Art MuseumThis annual painting and drawing competition pairs talented artists with beautiful locations, and offers cash prizes to top participants.


Image caption: Artists participating in Plein Air in the Parks created work at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. 

01 September 2021

Boysen State Park Informational Meeting scheduled for September 7

September 1, 2021

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Wyoming State Parks will host a public informational meeting on Tuesday, September 7, from 6 -7 p.m. at the Shoshoni Recreation Hall, located at 97 Maple St. in Shoshoni.

Park staff will provide maps and information, and receive public comments relating to the addition of temporary campsites and amenities at several different locations throughout the park.

For more information about the public informational meeting, please contact Wyoming State Parks District Manager Brooks Jordan at 307-431-9921.

01 September 2021

Trail End State Historic Site hosts vintage car show

September 1, 2021

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Vintage Car Show
Saturday, September 18, 2021
1:00-4:00 pm
Trail End State Historic Site
400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, Wyoming
FREE

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Trail End State Historic Site and the Trail End Guilds, Inc. announces a FREE vintage car show being held at the Kendrick Mansion on Saturday, September 18, from 1-4 p.m. 

Spend the afternoon viewing autos made between the 1920s and the 1960s, as period music plays in the background. The cars will be parked in the driveways and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite one!

If you’re the owner of a car made in or before 1969 and would like to enter the show, please email the Trail End Guilds at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The mansion will also be open for self-guided tours during this time, and regular museum admission will apply: $8 per adult, $4 for Wyoming residents, and children 17 and under are always free but must be with a paid adult. 

The Kendrick Mansion is a 1913 historic house museum located at 400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, on the grounds of Trail End State Historic Site. Trail End is a division of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources. 

For more information or directions, visit the website at www.trailend.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/trailend, or call 307-674-4589.

31 August 2021

Wyoming State Parks schedules Guernsey, Glendo informational meetings

August 31, 2021

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Wyoming State Parks will host two informational meetings regarding proposed expansion projects at Guernsey and Glendo state parks, September 8 and 9, respectively.

Guernsey State Park

The Guernsey State Park meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the First State Bank, 250 West Whalen Street in Guernsey. 

Park staff will provide maps and information relating to the addition of a proposed archery range, expanding boat ramp parking, and the addition of temporary campsites at several different locations throughout the park.

Glendo State Park

The Glendo State Park meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 9, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Glendo Town Hall. 114 S. Yellowstone Hwy, in Glendo. 

Park staff will provide maps and information relating to the addition of boat ramp parking expansion and the addition of temporary campsites at several different locations throughout the park.

For more information about both public meetings, please contact Wyoming State Parks District Manager Steve Horn at 1-307-370-0573

31 August 2021

Wyoming State Parks schedules Guernsey, Glendo informational meetings

August 31, 2021

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Wyoming State Parks will host two informational meetings regarding proposed expansion projects at Guernsey and Glendo state parks, September 8 and 9, respectively.

Guernsey State Park

The Guernsey State Park meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the First State Bank, 250 West Whalen Street in Guernsey. 

Park staff will provide maps and information relating to the addition of a proposed archery range, expanding boat ramp parking, and the addition of temporary campsites at several different locations throughout the park.

Glendo State Park

The Glendo State Park meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 9, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Glendo Town Hall. 114 S. Yellowstone Hwy, in Glendo. 

Park staff will provide maps and information relating to the addition of boat ramp parking expansion and the addition of temporary campsites at several different locations throughout the park.

For more information about both public meetings, please contact Wyoming State Parks District Manager Steve Horn at 1-307-370-0573

27 August 2021

BLM to Provide Interpretive Programs at Independence Rock State Historic Site

August 27, 2021

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Bureau of Land Management to Provide Interpretive Programs at Independence Rock State Historic Site

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer a series of interpretive programs and opportunities at Independence Rock State Historic Site during September and October.

Fridays and Saturdays in September, and the first two weekends of October, a BLM interpreter will be present at Independence Rock from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

At 11 a.m., they will deliver a short, formal program about the rock and its significance, and afterward, they will rove the site, offering informal interpretation and answering guest questions until 2 p.m.

The public is invited to learn about the fascinating history of Independence Rock, and the people who traveled through there.

Independence Rock State Historic Site is excited to revive this partnership with our peers at BLM, and the potential for this to grow into a regular offering at the site.

If you have questions about the event, please contact the Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park office at (307) 577-5150, or the BLM office at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center at (307) 261-7700.

25 August 2021

Reminder: Sinks Canyon Master Plan Informational meeting scheduled Monday

August 25, 2021 

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Wyoming State Parks will host an informational meeting to again present the final Sinks Canyon State Park Master Plan on August 30, at 7 p.m. at the Lander Community & Convention Center located at 950 Buena Vista Drive.  

The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about how the park will be managed and maintained over the next 20 years.  Attendees will be able to ask questions and discuss the master plan with State Parks staff.  

The meeting will be held in several parts. First, Ayres Associates, the company that partnered with Wyoming State Parks to work on the Sinks Canyon Master Plan will provide a presentation. 

That will be followed with a short public comment period, followed immediately by small group breakout sessions where State Parks can better address individual concerns and thoughts in greater detail.  At the conclusion of the evening State Parks  will distribute comment cards that attendees can use to provide additional feedback. 

Ayres Associates was recently recognized with the 2021 Sheldon D. Gerber Merit Award by The Western Planner, a professional organization for planners in the western United States, for their work on the Sinks Canyon plan.  

The park master plan was finalized in September 2020 after completing a two-year public planning process and was presented in an online public meeting due to COVID-19 restrictions.  The plan, which is available to view online, is intended to help guide park management over the next 20 years.  The previous master plan was developed in 1975.

“One of the things we focused on in the master plan is preserving the wild character of the park,” said Deputy Director, Nick Neylon.  “While many new projects and developments were proposed in the planning process, the plan actually reduces the overall visible footprint of the park.”

For example, the plan includes relocating the administrative offices and maintenance shop out of sight while restoring the “Sinks” and “Rise” areas of the park to a more natural, less developed character.  

Also, in response to public feedback during the planning process, a new bike path off the busy highway, a group camping spot, wayfinding signs, and a “Via Ferrata” climbing route are highlights of the new developments within the plan.  

Wyoming Game and Fish, the owner of most of the land managed by the State Park, will also be on hand to answer any questions related to wildlife management reflected in the plan.

For more information and to view the Sinks Canyon State Park Master Plan, visithttps://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/sinks-canyon-master-plan.  

 

23 August 2021

Guernsey Reservoir to Empty by late August

August 23, 2021

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Guernsey Reservoir to Empty by Late August

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United States Bureau of Reclamation operations are lowering Guernsey below the usable boat ramp levels before Labor Day weekend to begin repairs on the Guernsey Powerplant intake gate. Once reduced to a river level, the reservoir will not be refilling until March 2022.

On the heels of the (USBR) announcement about the lowering of the water level at Guernsey Reservoir, the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails is allowing customers to move their current reservations to another park, or cancel current reservations at Guernsey State Park with a full refund for campsites reserved from August 30 through September 30, 2021. 

Customers with reservations can go online or call Reserve America (1-877-996-7275)  to move or cancel their reservation.

Guernsey’s Long Canyon and Main boat ramps will be usable until approximately August 29. After that, Guernsey will not have any boat launch capabilities. 

Guernsey State Park Superintendent, Chris Delay, encourages visitors to plan accordingly, saying, “We know how disappointing it is to show up and not be able to do the activity you had planned. We are trying to get as much information out to our visitors as possible so they can make an informed decision before coming out to the parks.” 

He added, ”there are many reasons other than boating and fishing to come and visit Guernsey State Park. There are still fun recreational activities to take part in, like biking and hiking the old CCC trails. Just hang out, relax and read a book. Visit the CCC-built structures like the Castle, Brimmer Point, and Museum, to name a few. Take side trips to nearby Register Cliff and Oregon Trail Ruts Historic Sites to explore immigrant trail history in Wyoming. Fort Laramie is within a short drive also. Bring the kids or grandkids and work with them to earn their Junior Ranger Badge. There will be plenty of beach for building sandcastles or playing volleyball.” 

At the same time Guernsey is being lowered, Glendo Reservoir will also see dramatic decreases in water levels.

“We will be about 11 feet lower than the same time last year on Labor Day, Glendo Superintendent Brian Johnson said. “While water levels at Glendo are low this time of year, there is still plenty of water for boating, fishing, and other water-related activities. The Whiskey Gulch, Reno Cove and the Marina boat ramps will be usable throughout the low water period. The Indian Point boat ramp is good for use through August 22 but will become unusable the week of August 23.”  

He went on to caution visitors to Glendo of the risks associated with traveling below the high-water line.  

“The lake bottom has been inundated for months, and only the top layer dries out,” Johnson said. “Travel below the high-water line is restricted to traveling to the water's edge for access purposes only.”  

More information can be found on the Guernsey State Park, Glendo State Park, and the State Parks (agency) Facebook pages, as well as other happenings at our sites.

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