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Wyoming State Parks waive day use/entrance fees for Veterans Nov. 11

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November 5, 2020

 

As part of the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails “Parks for Patriots” programming, which honors military veterans, day-use/entrance fees will be waived November 11 for military veterans.

All veterans with proof of their veteran status (ID card, letter from VA, etc.) can enter any Wyoming State Park and/or Historic Site free of charge. This applies to day use fees only. All other fees, such as overnight camping, must still be paid. This promotion is only in effect during Veterans Day, November 11.

Veterans eligible for the free entrance are defined as: a person who served in active military, naval, or air service and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. This does not include active-duty military personnel.

For more information, please call Wyoming State Parks at 307-777-6323.

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

 

 

State Parks Accepting Motorboat Grants Program Applications

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October 26, 2020

 

The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources is accepting 2021 Motorboat Grants Program applications for projects benefiting boating opportunities in Wyoming.

This year $25,000 is available for construction, restoration, repair and other improvements of publicly owned boating facilities.  Applicants must be a local (city or county) government agency. LWCF grant applications must be submitted no later than January 1, 2021.

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

The Motorboat Grants Program is funded by the Motorboat gas tax with the purpose to increase boating opportunities for the public throughout the state.

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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Public Invited to Attend Virtual State Park Fee Proposal Public Meetings

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October 22, 2020

 

 The public is invited to attend a series of public information meetings regarding proposed Wyoming State Park and Historic Site fee increases expected to go into effect on January 1, 2021.

The public meetings, which can be accessed either virtually or by phone, will provide important information about these proposed changes.

Public comment regarding the changes will be made via the Secretary of State‘s website at http://rules.wyo.gov or via email or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through November 14.

“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” Wyoming State Parks Deputy Director Dave Glenn said. “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, motorboat gas taxes, and donations.”

Public information meetings will be held via google meets and via phone under the following schedule. 

October 26, 12 pm to 1 pm

Google meet id meet.google.com/fgv-jdbv-ydo

Phone number 1-575-305-4675 (pin:827478303)

 

November 2, 5 pm to 6 pm

Google meet id meet.google.com/kpc-xany-evk

 Phone Number 1-414-909-7595  (pin: ‪440 636 765#)

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 State Parks' Record Summer Continuing Into Fall

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October 19, 2020

 

 

Despite the completion of what many consider the unofficial summer camping season, generally Memorial Day to Labor Day, this year the season has continued on with several Wyoming State Parks setting  visitation records through September.

Although September is generally considered a shoulder season for Wyoming’s State Parks, this year nearly 550,000 visitors camped, fished, hiked and biked during the month.

            Beginning in April and lasting through September  several Wyoming State Parks enjoyed visitation numbers ranging from 100 percent to 200+ percent above the five-year average. These numbers were seen despite all parks having been closed for camping from March 30 through May 15. However, many users still visited the parks for day-use activities such as boating, hiking and fishing.

            This increased visitation not only proved to be a major economic contributor to the state’s tourism industry, but a vitally important asset to the public’s physical and mental health.

            “We continue to be a great alternative. “Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resource Director Darin Westby said. “We offer an opportunity to get outdoors where people can easily social distance and enjoy time with family.”

            For the season, Curt Gowdy State Park saw a whopping increase of 231 percent over the five-year average with highs of 581 percent in March and 474 percent in April.

            Meanwhile, Boysen State Park’s visitation saw numbers 241 percent above the five-year average with Seminoe and Sinks Canyon state parks registering numbers 132 percent and 115 percent above the five-year average, respectively.

            So far for the year, Wyoming’s State Parks saw 4,878,765 visitors, more than a million more than last year’s record season of 3,117,039, an increase of 34 percent.

“We have seen phenomenal increases in visitation to our State Parks, and use of our motorized trails. Increased tourism and outdoor recreation are making a larger economic impact to Wyoming. Currently outdoor recreation accounts for 4.4% and $1.65 billion to the state’s GDP.  We see no reason we can’t double these numbers in the coming years.” states Westby. 

            Park officials expect the popularity of Wyoming’s State Parks and outdoor recreation as a whole to continue into the future. 

          “Our state is becoming more and more popular for outdoor recreation tourism. People are visiting in record numbers and will continue to do so,” states Chris Floyd of the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office. “The outdoor recreation sector will continue to grow in Wyoming. We need to do it right and we can do it through proper planning. The key is to get them here, spread them throughout Wyoming, help them spend their dollars, insure they’re being good stewards of the land, and then let them go home.”

 

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Final Sinks Canyon State Park Master Plan Posted

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October 13, 2020

 

Wyoming State Parks has published the Sinks Canyon Master Plan. The plan is available online on the Sinks Canyon State Park website. 

“This master plan is crucial to the future of Sinks Canyon State Park,” State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Darin Westby said. “Due to this comprehensive planning process, we can not only budget accordingly, but provide for the future of the park based on internal and external feedback.”

The Sinks Canyon State Park Master Plan is a 20-year plan for the park, directing future improvements and guiding continued management of the park as a major recreational asset for  Wyoming. The master planning process began in the spring of 2019 and has been a collaborative effort involving local recreation groups, elected officials, community representatives, and the public. The process was structured in four phases over the past year, which involved collecting information, feedback, and ideas about ways to both enhance the visitor experience at the park and preserve its resources for future generations to enjoy. 

“Sinks Canyon State Park is excited to continue collaborating with our community, agency partners, and user groups to find ways to plan, develop, and implement some of the great ideas that came out of this Master Plan process,” says Jamie Simonson, park superintendent.

For more information and to stay up to date with events and amenities at Sinks Canyon State Park, please visit our website or call park superintendent Jamie Simonson at 307-332-6333.

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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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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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