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Recreational Trails Program Funding Available in Wyoming

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September 28, 2020

 

The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails Program, through the Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program (RTP), is offering funding for trail-related projects throughout the State of Wyoming.

Local, state, or federal agencies and qualifying private organizations that meet the requirements outlined in the program guidelines may apply.

For applications, guidelines, and deadlines, please visit https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/rtp-grant-information-trails or contact Louisa Lopez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-777-6491.

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307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

Trail End State Historic Site to Host Vintage Car Show

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September 25, 2020

 

Vintage Car Show

Saturday, October 3, 2020

1:00-4:00 pm

Trail End State Historic Site

400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, Wyoming 

FREE

Trail End State Historic Site and the Trail End Guilds, Inc. will host a FREE vintage car show at the Kendrick Mansion on Saturday, October 3, from 1-4 p.m. 

Kendrick-Car-1933Spend the afternoon viewing autos made between the 1920s and the 1950s, as period music plays in the background. The cars will be parked in the driveway and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite one!

The mansion will also be open for self-guided tours during this time, and regular museum admission will apply: $4 per adult, $2 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.

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Wyoming State Parks Fee Increase Public Comment Period Opens

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September 25, 2020

 

The Wyoming Division of State Parks is accepting public comment through November 14, on proposed fee increases expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The public is encouraged to submit comments to the Secretary of State‘s website at

http://rules.wyo.gov or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Several public meetings are also in the planning stage at various locations throughout the state. 

“All revenue collected through visitor fees goes right back to Wyo Parks’ sites to fund operation/maintenance costs, new projects, site enhancements and resource protection” states Wyoming State Parks Deputy Director Dave Glenn. “Current revenue shortfalls and necessary budget reductions will require an increase in revenue in order to keep state parks and historic sites open, staffed, and maintained.  Fees collected from visitors do not fully fund Wyo Parks operations.  Wyo Parks also relies on general fund dollars and funding from other sources such as grants, motor boat gas taxes, and donations.”

Under the proposed increases, residents will see a $1 increase in day use fees and a $1 increase in camping fees compared to current peak-season rates. Non-residents will see a $3 increase in day use fees and a $4 increase in camping fees.  Annual day use permits will increase by $8 for residents and $26 for non-residents.  Annual camping permits will increase by $30. Annual permits will continue to be an exceptional value and begin saving visitors money after just 7-8 visits.  Additional vehicle permits will be half the cost of original permits.  The new rates would take effect January 1, 2021.  The new fee structure would also eliminate peak and off-season rates, moving to year-round pricing. 

A copy of the proposed rules may be obtained on the Wyoming Administrative Rules System: https://rules.wyo.gov by using the advanced search for proposed rules, or by contacting Wyo Parks Headquarters at 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Wyoming Territorial Prison Cancels Kids' Pumpkin Walk

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September 18, 2020

 

Out of an abundance of caution due to the health risks related to COVID-19, the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site Kids’ Pumpkin Walk event scheduled on October 3, has been canceled.

The decision to cancel this year’s event was necessary to ensure the safety of the visitors, as well as the integrity of this popular event.

“After much deliberation it has become clear we cannot hold this massive event while adhering to all the CDC guideline restrictions and requirements placed upon us.” says Deborah Cease, Superintendent. “We regret that families will not be able to spend a fall afternoon with us in our Pumpkin Patch.”

Please look for Kids’ Pumpkin Walk event next year on October 2, 2021. We can’t wait to see you again!

Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, 975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY http://www.wyomingterritorialprison.com/ or call (307) 745-3733.

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Wyoming State Parks Celebrates National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Opportunities, Bike Events

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September 17, 2020

 

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Bear River, Fort Bridger, and Sinks Canyon state parks and historic sites are hosting a series of events and service projects on Saturday, September 26.  It is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands with thousands of projects taking place.  

“National Public Lands Day provides an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer service,” said Chris Floyd, Manager of the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.  “We are pleased to have several exciting service projects lined out in the western part of the state this year." 

Bear River

Bear River State Park is partnering with the Bear River Outdoor Recreation Alliance to clear willows next to a main trail, reroute/repair a drainage ditch to prevent flooding, and trail leveling and surfacing with road base. Volunteers are asked to meet at the parking area across from the corrals at 9:30 a.m.

Additionally, Bear River State Park will host a Bike Your Park event. Riders can participate in a country-wide event while experiencing some of the Rio Oso Bike Trails. There are two options, one route is along the Bike Pump Trails (roughly two miles) and a longer version 5-8 miles. Participants should meet in the Rendezvous Area Parking Lot at 10 a.m.

Fort Bridger

Fort Bridger State Historic Site is partnering with the Fort Bridger Historical Association and the Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association to replace the blacksmith/gift shop Trading Post roof. This project involves taking dirt off of the roof, laying down new water-free plastic, placing woven willow branches on top of the plastic and adding dirt and grass seed on top of the willow branches.  The project starts at 9 a.m. and ends when the project is completed.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Fort Bridger is also hosting a Bike Your Park event, which will be a two-mile ride starting at 10 a.m. at the front entrance parking lot.

Sinks Canyon

Representatives from several agencies will be on hand including Wyoming Game and Fish, American Alpine Club and the Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council offering different perspectives about challenges and opportunities facing recreation from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground group shelter.

Additionally, Sinks Canyon State Park staff will be on hand to discuss the nearly completed park master plan as well as recreational opportunities at the park. 

The American Alpine Club will be providing SWAG to the first 25 people who arrive and offering raffles for prizes throughout the day.

The Central Wyoming Climbers Alliance will also host a volunteer cleanup opportunity nearby at Wild Iris in the Shoshone National Forest. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Aspen Glades parking area off Limestone Road at 9 a.m. Tools will be provided. Work will take place approximately a half-mile from the trailhead. Improvements to the trail will involve working on the downslope of the trail, as well as raking spoils and naturalizing. Work is expected to last until approximately 1-2 p.m.

Finally, the Lander Cycling Club will host a trail maintenance day with work on the Lower Sinks Canyon Trails.  Volunteers should meet at Sinks Canyon Campground at 10 a.m.

In recognition of their efforts, the Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council will host a free dinner for volunteers and participants in these projects at the Sawmill Campground group shelter at 5 p.m.

Wyoming State Parks – Big Horn District

The Wyoming State Park Bighorn District and the Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative are partnering with the town of Greybull to host an outdoor recreation summit at the town park from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.  Two service projects will follow the summit on public lands in and around town. These projects include the assembly of new playground equipment at the park and the cleaning of an illegal dumping site that has been heavily abused and littered with trash.

During all events, recommended social distancing practices will be in place.

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Wyoming State Parks Celebrates National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Opportunities, Bike Events

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September 17, 2020

 

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Bear River, Fort Bridger, and Sinks Canyon state parks and historic sites are hosting a series of events and service projects on Saturday, September 26.  It is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands with thousands of projects taking place.  

“National Public Lands Day provides an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer service,” said Chris Floyd, Manager of the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.  “We are pleased to have several exciting service projects lined out in the western part of the state this year." 

Bear River

Bear River State Park is partnering with the Bear River Outdoor Recreation Alliance to clear willows next to a main trail, reroute/repair a drainage ditch to prevent flooding, and trail leveling and surfacing with road base. Volunteers are asked to meet at the parking area across from the corrals at 9:30 a.m.

Additionally, Bear River State Park will host a Bike Your Park event. Riders can participate in a country-wide event while experiencing some of the Rio Oso Bike Trails. There are two options, one route is along the Bike Pump Trails (roughly two miles) and a longer version 5-8 miles. Participants should meet in the Rendezvous Area Parking Lot at 10 a.m.

Fort Bridger

 Fort Bridger State Historic Site is partnering with the Fort Bridger Historical Association and the Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association to replace the blacksmith/gift shop Trading Post roof. This project involves taking dirt off of the roof, laying down new water-free plastic, placing woven willow branches on top of the plastic and adding dirt and grass seed on top of the willow branches.  The project starts at 9 a.m. and ends when the project is completed.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Fort Bridger is also hosting a Bike Your Park event, which will be a two-mile ride starting at 10 a.m. at the front entrance parking lot.

Sinks Canyon

Representatives from several agencies will be on hand including Wyoming Game and Fish, American Alpine Club and the Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council offering different perspectives about challenges and opportunities facing recreation from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground group shelter.

Additionally, Sinks Canyon State Park staff will be on hand to discuss the nearly completed park master plan as well as recreational opportunities at the park. 

The American Alpine Club will be providing SWAG to the first 25 people who arrive and offering raffles for prizes throughout the day.

The Central Wyoming Climbers Alliance will also host a volunteer cleanup opportunity nearby at Wild Iris in the Shoshone National Forest. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Aspen Glades parking area off Limestone Road at 9 a.m. Tools will be provided. Work will take place approximately a half-mile from the trailhead. Improvements to the trail will involve working on the downslope of the trail, as well as raking spoils and naturalizing. Work is expected to last until approximately 1-2 p.m.

Finally, the Lander Cycling Club will host a trail maintenance day with work on the Lower Sinks Canyon Trails.  Volunteers should meet at Sinks Canyon Campground at 10 a.m.

In recognition of their efforts, the Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council will host a free dinner for volunteers and participants in these projects at the Sawmill Campground group shelter at 5 p.m.

Wyoming State Parks – Big Horn District

The Wyoming State Park Bighorn District and the Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative are partnering with the town of Greybull to host an outdoor recreation summit at the town park from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.  Two service projects will follow the summit on public lands in and around town. These projects include the assembly of new playground equipment at the park and the cleaning of an illegal dumping site that has been heavily abused and littered with trash.

During all events, recommended social distancing practices will be in place.

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Wyoming State Parks Celebrates National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Opportunities, Bike Events

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September 17, 2020

 

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Bear River, Fort Bridger, and Sinks Canyon state parks and historic sites are hosting a series of events and service projects on Saturday, September 26.  It is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands with thousands of projects taking place.  

“National Public Lands Day provides an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer service,” said Chris Floyd, Manager of the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.  “We are pleased to have several exciting service projects lined out in the western part of the state this year." 

Bear River

Bear River State Park is partnering with the Bear River Outdoor Recreation Alliance to clear willows next to a main trail, reroute/repair a drainage ditch to prevent flooding, and trail leveling and surfacing with road base. Volunteers are asked to meet at the parking area across from the corrals at 9:30 a.m.

Additionally, Bear River State Park will host a Bike Your Park event. Riders can participate in a country-wide event while experiencing some of the Rio Oso Bike Trails. There are two options, one route is along the Bike Pump Trails (roughly two miles) and a longer version 5-8 miles. Participants should meet in the Rendezvous Area Parking Lot at 10 a.m.

Fort Bridger

Fort Bridger State Historic Site is partnering with the Fort Bridger Historical Association and the Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association to replace the blacksmith/gift shop Trading Post roof. This project involves taking dirt off of the roof, laying down new water-free plastic, placing woven willow branches on top of the plastic and adding dirt and grass seed on top of the willow branches.  The project starts at 9 a.m. and ends when the project is completed.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Fort Bridger is also hosting a Bike Your Park event, which will be a two-mile ride starting at 10 a.m. at the front entrance parking lot.

Sinks Canyon

Representatives from several agencies will be on hand including Wyoming Game and Fish, American Alpine Club and the Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council offering different perspectives about challenges and opportunities facing recreation from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground group shelter.

Additionally, Sinks Canyon State Park staff will be on hand to discuss the nearly completed park master plan as well as recreational opportunities at the park. 

The American Alpine Club will be providing SWAG to the first 25 people who arrive and offering raffles for prizes throughout the day.

The Central Wyoming Climbers Alliance will also host a volunteer cleanup opportunity nearby at Wild Iris in the Shoshone National Forest. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Aspen Glades parking area off Limestone Road at 9 a.m. Tools will be provided. Work will take place approximately a half-mile from the trailhead. Improvements to the trail will involve working on the downslope of the trail, as well as raking spoils and naturalizing. Work is expected to last until approximately 1-2 p.m.

Finally, the Lander Cycling Club will host a trail maintenance day with work on the Lower Sinks Canyon Trails.  Volunteers should meet at Sinks Canyon Campground at 10 a.m.

In recognition of their efforts, the Sinks Canyon Natural Resource Council will host a free dinner for volunteers and participants in these projects at the Sawmill Campground group shelter at 5 p.m.

Wyoming State Parks – Big Horn District

The Wyoming State Park Bighorn District and the Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative are partnering with the town of Greybull to host an outdoor recreation summit at the town park from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.  Two service projects will follow the summit on public lands in and around town. These projects include the assembly of new playground equipment at the park and the cleaning of an illegal dumping site that has been heavily abused and littered with trash.

During all events, recommended social distancing practices will be in place.

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Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Accepting 2021 LWCF Applications

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September 15, 2020

 

Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources is accepting 2021 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) applications.

This year $1,843,483 is available for the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreational lands and facilities.  To be eligible, the project site must be maintained for public outdoor recreation for perpetuity. Applicants must be a municipality, county, school district or recreation district. LWCF grant applications must be postmarked no later than December 31.

Application materials and guidance are available online at https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/learn/recreation-grants

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is America’s most important conservation program. It is funded from the federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf pursuant to the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act and appropriated by Congress.

Administered by the Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, since its inception the program has funded hundreds of recreational projects throughout Wyoming totaling nearly $40 million.

“We encourage communities to apply and to call with any project planning or grant application questions,” Wyoming State Parks Grant Manager Louisa Lopez said. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund has granted projects in every Wyoming county since 1964 including approximately 372 locations.”

For more information contact Louisa Lopez, Grant Manager, SPCR 307-777-6491 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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State Trails Advisory Council to meet Sept. 26

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September 11, 2020

 

A meeting of the Wyoming Trails Advisory Council will be held, September 26 beginning at 9 a.m.  

Three options for attendance are available in order to maintain adequate social distancing; Teleconference - Phone Number: 1-470-285-0242, PIN: ‪970 817 480#, 2301 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY, Barrett Bldg., 4th-floor conference room and 125 Sunflower Street, Lander, WY, Trails Field Office.

Agenda items include discussion of the Recreational Trails Program guidelines, Trails Program updates, Shoshone Forest Planning, and Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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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