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11 January 2022

Wickwire Winter Games - Saturday, February 5

January 11, 2022

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Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site will host the first-ever “Wickwire Winter Games,” February 5, from 12 noon until 3 p.m.

The event will consist of 3 outdoor games and 1 indoor activity while telling the tale of Byron Wickwire’s adventure to the Yukon with 80 horses. 

Join us for an afternoon of fun and education.  Participate in the games, a craft and listen to the story of the man who homesteaded what is now Medicine Lodge State Park. Hot drinks will be provided by our friend’s group.

Create a team (no more than 4) with people of all ages and participate in any or all of the games.  To be eligible for the trophy, your team must compete in all the games. 

Games:

Sled Pull Relay – Each team must load 1 hay bale onto a sled, pull the sled a given distance, and unload the sled 4 times.  This can be completed individually or as a team.

Ice Rink “River” Relay – Each team must transport a given item across the ice rink 4 times.  Only one item may be carried at a time. 

Fire Starter – Each team must start and sustain a fire using either a striker or traditional wood-on-wood method.  The park will have flint strikers and rods available for your use, or you can bring your own. 

The winning team will be based on completion of the games and time.

 Activity and Story: 

This will occur indoors.  We will tell the story of Wickwire’s travels to the Yukon to sell horses. 

Build a Boat (Craft) – We will have popsicle sticks, glue and markers available for any that want to build a small boat.  

For more information, please contact the park at 307.469.2234. Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site is located at 4800 Road 52 near Hyattville.

10 January 2022

Monuments and Markers Advisory Committee to meet January 20

January 10, 2022

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The Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Monuments and Markers Advisory Committee will meet virtually on Google Meet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., on Friday, January 20.

Google Meet joining info:

Video call link: meet.google.com/zrb-jaei-qfj

Or dial: (US) (US) +1 470-655-0519 PIN: 531 613 674#
+1 505-658-2237 PIN: 903 178 188#

The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of this meeting is to review changes made to the Handbook, prioritize replacement of dilapidated signage, to review past and current projects, and to explore partnerships with other organizations. 

The Wyoming Monuments and Markers Program is a cooperative effort of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources (SPCR), the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming Office of Tourism, Wyoming Tribes, local governments, and private individuals and organizations. The Monuments and Markers Program installs new historical markers and maintains existing monuments, markers, and interpretive signage. The Monuments and Markers Advisory Committee (MMAC) reviews and approves all new signage and signage with revised text under the jurisdiction of SPCR. The MMAC may also be consulted for recommendations for maintenance and replacement of markers.

For further information, please contact Dan Bach, Monuments and Markers Coordinator, at 307-777-6314 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To learn more about the Wyoming Monuments and Markers Program, visit https://bit.ly/3E1xV2V .

07 January 2022

Wyoming State Parks Experiences Successful First Day Hikes 2022

January 7, 2022

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Wyoming State Parks Experiences Successful First Day Hikes 2022

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Despite cold temperatures experienced across much of the state on New Year’s Day, over 300 adventurous visitors braved the winter weather conditions to ring in the New Year at a Wyoming State Parks’ First Day Hike event!

“It was a wonderful day to be outdoors and to celebrate the New Year” said Laurel Thompson, Outreach Coordinator for the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation. “We had great turn out by those unshaken by weather endeavors, and we are thankful for the support of our visitors and local communities.”

For the 11th consecutive year, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails hosted First Day Hikes, part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

This year, 14 New Year’s Day guided hikes and walks were held at participating State Parks and Historic Sites, with 310 participants hiking more than a combined 600 miles of trails.

Participating sites and their number of hikers were:

     Bear River State Park – 26
     Boysen State Park – 20
     Buffalo Bill State Park – 8
     Curt Gowdy State Park – 28
     Edness K. Wilkins State Park – 25
     Fort Bridger State Historic Site – 30
     Guernsey State Park – 31
     Hot Springs State Park – 20
     Medicine Lodge Archeological Site – 30
     Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site – 16
     Sinks Canyon State Park – 33
     South Pass City State Historic Site – 30
     Trail End State Historic Site – 9
     WY Pioneer Memorial Museum – 4

Wyoming State Parks would like to thank all of our Friends Groups that helped support this year’s First Day Hikes.

28 December 2021

Celebrate the New Year with Wyoming State Parks for First Day Hikes New Year’s Day 2022

December 28, 2021

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Celebrate the New Year with Wyoming State Parks for First Day Hikes New Year’s Day 2022

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails’ popular First Day Hikes will be held for the 11th consecutive year this coming Saturday, January 1.

“We would like to remind everyone to ring in the New Year outdoors with a festive hike at one of Wyoming’s State Parks and Historic Sites,” said Laurel Thompson, Outreach Coordinator for the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.  

 First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  On New Year’s Day, people of all ages will have access to hundreds of free guided hikes organized around the country.

This year, 14 Wyoming State Park and Historic Sites will offer free, guided hikes and walks, and hikers may receive swag items or other promotional items for participating.  Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, ranging from 1 to 4.2 miles.  Details about hiking locations, difficulty, length, and terrain are as follows:

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Bear River State Park – meet at Visitor Center at 10 a.m., hike 1.9 miles on easy terrain, snow cover, 307-789-6547

Boysen State Park – meet at Park Headquarters at 10 a.m., hike 1.5 miles on moderate to intermediate terrain, 307-876-2796

Buffalo Bill State Park – meet at Hayden Arch Bridge at 9 a.m., hike 4 miles on easy terrain, 307-587-9227

Curt Gowdy State Park – meet at Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m., hike 1-2 mile(s) on easy terrain, 307-632-7946

Edness K. Wilkins State Park – meet at Platte River Shelter at 10:30 a.m., hike 1-2.5 mile(s) on easy terrain, 307-577-5150

Guernsey State Park – meet at Black Canyon Point Campground at 10 a.m., hike 2.5 miles on moderate to intermediate terrain, 307-836-2334

Hot Springs State Park – meet at Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m., hike 1-2 mile(s) on easy terrain, 307-864-2176

Medicine Lodge Archeological Site – meet at Petroglyph Cliff at 10 a.m., hike 1 mile on easy terrain, 307-469-2234

Fort Bridger State Historic Site – meet at Post Trader’s Store at 1 p.m., hike 1 mile on easy terrain, 307-782-3842

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site – Hike One: meet at Main Parking Lot at 1 p.m., hike 1 mile on easy terrain; Hike Two: meet at Main Parking Lot at 2 p.m., hike 4.2 miles on difficult terrain, snow cover, 307-684-7629

Sinks Canyon State Park – meet at Popo Agie Campground at 1 p.m., hike 1.5 miles on moderate, snow cover, 307-332-6333

South Pass City State Historic Site – meet at Dance Hall at 1 p.m., hike 2-4 miles on moderate terrain, 307-332-3684

Trail End State Historic Site – meet at East Side of Kendrick Mansion at 10 a.m., hike 1-2 mile(s) on easy terrain, 307-674-4589

WY Pioneer Memorial Museum – meet at WY Pioneer Memorial Museum at 10 a.m., hike 1.3-2.6 miles on easy terrain, 307-358-9288

 

Participants are encouraged to “know before you go” and to prepare for winter weather conditions, including dressing appropriately.  Drinks and refreshments will be provided at most locations; however, participants are also encouraged to bring their own water and snacks.

27 December 2021

Wyoming State Parks to begin collecting sales and lodging taxes on overnight use in State Parks

December 27, 2021

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Wyoming State Parks to begin collecting sales and lodging taxes on overnight use in State Parks

As of January 1, 2022, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails will begin collecting sales and lodging taxes to comply with Wyoming State Statutes 39-15-101 and 39-15-201

Tax rates vary by county and will be collected on fees for overnight camping, annual camping permits, reservations, and overnight rental facilities such as cabins, lodges, yurts and treehouses.   

“Wyoming State Parks has worked closely with the Department of Revenue to determine where taxes need to be applied to our fees in order to comply with state law,” Deputy Director Nick Neylon said. 

 Sales and lodging taxes help fund state and county government operating budgets as well as tourism efforts statewide. Past projects that have been supported have included aquifer protection, road maintenance, county library expansions and support of local government.  

For more information, please contact Wyo Parks Headquarters by phone at 307-777-6323, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit our website at https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/.

 

17 December 2021

Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Match Returns to Casper in 2022

December 17, 2021

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Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Match Returns to Casper in 2022

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The sixth annual Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Match, presented by Vortex Optics, will be held July 28-31 in Casper, Wyoming, at the Stuckenhoff Sport Shooters range.  The Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation along with the Casper Shooters Club are bringing this nationally recognized shooting sports competition back to Wyoming. 

“I look forward to attending this exciting event each summer,” said Governor Mark Gordon. “This annual shooting match is one way we recognize the importance of the safe and proficient use of firearms while also honoring Wyoming’s forever commitment to the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.” 

Competitions like the Governor’s Match require shooters to hit a series of targets at varying ranges and positions with their firearm as they move through a course of fire. They are scored based on a combination of time and accuracy.

“Casper Shooters Club is proud to host the 2022 Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Cup,” said Brian Shain, Vice President of the club.  “This event will be a USPSA sanctioned pistol/rifle match featuring 10-12 stages and will attract shooters from all over the country allowing us to show off the great State of Wyoming.”  

The Governor’s Match will be a community based event that allows members of the public to be able to watch some of the world’s best shooters in action.  Organizers hope to attract several hundred participants to Casper for a long weekend, and members of the local community are excited to welcome these visitors again.

"The Magpul Governors Match is a fantastic event and I am thrilled that Casper will be hosting in 2022,” said Representative Art Washut (R-Casper).  The City of Casper and Casper Shooters Club have been working diligently to improve the range facility and their efforts have been rewarded!  The Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation has been an integral part of this match for many years. I am confident that the 2022 match will exceed all expectations."

The last two matches were challenged by both the pandemic and ammunition shortages, but the event coordinators are hoping for a big turnaround this year.

“We’re excited to bring the match back to Casper in 2022,” said Chris Floyd, Manager of the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation. “The local club brings a lot of enthusiasm to the event and we look forward to working with them to help make it a success.”

More detailed information about the 2022 Governor’s Match will be released in the coming months on social media and in press releases. 

15 December 2021

How to Purchase Wyoming State Park Annual Day Use & Camping Permits for 2022

December 15, 2021

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How to Purchase Wyoming State Park Annual Day Use & Camping Permits for 2022

Wyo Parks is moving to a new and improved system for annual permit sales! 

While we transition to the new system, parks and selling agents will temporarily be unable to sell day use and camping permits. In the meantime, all annual day use and camping permits must be purchased through Reserve America online at www.wyo-park.com or by phone at  877-996-7275.

 

Benefits to the New System:

The new system will streamline the customer experience by linking permits to the customer’s account with Reserve America. This will also help Wyo Parks combat misuse in the reservation system. Each year, thousands of dollars are lost to misuse of the reservation system, such as:

· Use of fake permit numbers

· Sharing permit numbers

· Creating multiple accounts to book more sites/more days than allowed

Preventing these types of abuse will help ensure that visitors are paying their fair share. Visitor fees are vital to Wyo Parks!  100% of revenue collected through visitor fees goes right back to parks and sites to fund new construction, improvement projects, site interpretation and maintenanceWe also think these changes will increase campsite availability by reducing no-shows and improving compliance for length of stay limits.

 

Selling Agents & Parks Sales:

We plan to transition parks and selling agents to the new system sometime before March. 

 

More Information:

Thank you for your patience as we make these important enhancements to our system.  For more information, please contact Wyo Parks headquarters by phone at 307-777-6323 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

15 December 2021

Wyoming State Parks enjoys continued increased visitation

December 15, 2021

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Buoyed by unseasonably warm temperatures and post-pandemic momentum, Wyoming’s State Parks and Historic Sites continue to experience visitation statistics similar to last year’s record-setting numbers.

State Parks is on pace to match the record visitation of 2020. Through October, 5,199,772 people have visited Wyoming’s State Parks and Historic Sites in 2021, a 24 percent increase over the system’s five-year average.   

These numbers provide additional encouragement to Wyoming State Park officials, who expected continued interest and visitation to Wyoming’s State Parks. What this year seems to indicate is that many first-time visitors to the parks last year are returning this year.

“These statistics are an indication to us that we had a lot of first-time visitors come to our parks last year as a way to safely recreate during the pandemic,” State Parks and Cultural Resources Deputy Director Dave Glenn said. “A lot of those people have returned this year despite a lot more options now available for entertainment or recreation.”

Glenn also attributed the continued influx of visitors to the hard work of the parks’ passionate and dedicated staff, who work to provide a pleasant experience.

Glendo State Park has continued to sustain last year’s momentum with increased visitation throughout much of the year. Through October, Glendo has hosted 660,027 recreationists compared to 610,836 last year; an increase of 8 percent.

Other state parks that posted positive numbers this year are Boysen, 4 percent; Curt Gowdy, 10 percent; Guernsey, 12 percent; and Hawk Springs, 10 percent.

Wyoming State Parks continues to look for new ways to engage with these new visitors. The division is currently working to expand campgrounds throughout the system, as well as other outdoor recreation opportunities such as archery ranges, additional trails, and special events. 


Caption: Mountain Biking at Curt Gowdy State Park.

08 December 2021

Wyoming State Parks’ First Day Hikes to Take Place New Year’s Day 2022

December 8, 2021

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Wyoming State Parks’ First Day Hikes to Take Place New Year’s Day 2022

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For the 11th consecutive year, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails will host popular First Day Hikes on January 1.

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  On New Year’s Day, people of all ages will have access to hundreds of free guided hikes organized around the country.

“I can’t think of a better way to start off the New Year!” said Laurel Thompson, Outreach Coordinator for the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.  “We invite everyone to come celebrate the occasion outdoors with a fun hike at one of Wyoming’s State Parks and Historic Sites.”

These events will be held at 13 Wyoming State Park and Historic Site locations, and hikers may receive swag items or other promotional items for participating.  Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, ranging from 1 to 4.2 miles.  Details about hiking locations, difficulty, length, and terrain are as follows:

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⮚     Bear River State Park – meet at Visitor Center at 10 a.m., hike 1.9 miles on easy terrain, snow cover, 307-789-6547

⮚     Boysen State Park – meet at Park Headquarters at 10 a.m., hike 1.5 miles on moderate to intermediate terrain, 307-876-2796

⮚     Buffalo Bill State Park – meet at Hayden Arch Bridge at 9 a.m., hike 4 miles on easy terrain, 307-587-9227

⮚     Curt Gowdy State Park – meet at Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m., hike 1-2 mile(s) on easy terrain, 307-632-7946

⮚     Edness K. Wilkins State Park – meet at Platte River Shelter at 10:30 a.m., hike 1-2.5 mile(s) on easy terrain, 307-577-5150

⮚     Guernsey State Park – meet at Black Canyon Point Campground at 10 a.m., hike 2.5 miles on moderate to intermediate terrain, 307-836-2334

⮚     Hot Springs State Park – meet at Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m., hike 1-2 mile(s) on easy terrain, 307-864-2176

⮚     Medicine Lodge Archeological Site – meet at Petroglyph Cliff at 10 a.m., hike 1 mile on easy terrain, 307-469-2234

⮚     Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site – Hike One: meet at Main Parking Lot at 1 p.m., hike 1 mile on easy terrain; Hike Two: meet at Main Parking Lot at 2:00PM, hike 4.2 miles on difficult terrain, snow cover, 307-684-7629

⮚     Sinks Canyon State Park – meet at Popo Agie Campground at 1 p.m., hike 1.5 miles on moderate, snow cover, 307-332-6333

⮚     South Pass City State Historic Site – meet at Dance Hall at 1 p.m., hike 2-4 miles on moderate terrain, 307-332-3684

⮚     Trail End State Historic Site – meet at East Side of Kendrick Mansion at 10 a.m., hike 1-2 mile(s) on easy terrain, 307-674-4589

⮚     WY Pioneer Memorial Museum – meet at WY Pioneer Memorial Museum at 10 a.m., hike 1.3-2.6 miles on easy terrain, 307-358-9288

Participants are encouraged to “know before you go” and to prepare for winter weather conditions, including dressing appropriately.  Drinks and refreshments will be provided at most locations, however, participants are also encouraged to bring their own water and snacks.


Caption: Participants enjoy a chilly First Day Hike at Curt Gowdy State Park.

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