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Wyoming Again Hosts Magpul Governor's Cup United Shooting Sports League National Competition

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For the fourth consecutive year, Wyoming will host the Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Cup United Shooting Sports League national competition July 31-Aug 2 at the Cody (WY) Shooting Complex. This year Vortex Optics joins Magpul as a corporate sponsor.

"I am excited to welcome the Magpul Wyoming Governor's Cup back to Wyoming again this summer, a prestigious event which highlights shooting sports excellence and our state's firearms industry," Governor Mark Gordon said. "I attended the 2019 competition and was impressed by the marksmanship, professionalism and enthusiasm of the competitors."

Organized through the Wyoming State Parks and the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office, this event brings hundreds of competitors and shooting enthusiasts to the Cowboy State.

This prestigious United Multi Gun League shooting event features some of the best shooters in the nation. This multi-firearm event includes 12 challenging stages with a mix of bay and natural terrain at various distances up to 500 yards.

Prizes – trophies, coins and medals – are provided courtesy of this year’s sponsors.

Camping spots are available for contestants, water and electricity sites, $20; dry camping, $10; and can be reserved by contacting Katie at 307-272-8564 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Camping is also available at nearby Buffalo Bill State Park. Reservations can be made by contacting Aspira, 1-877-996-7275, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST.

Competition registration is available at: https://practiscore.com/2020-wyoming-magpul-governors-match-presented-by-vortex/register . 

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
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Trail End hosts "Summer Evening at the Mansion" - July 22, 2020

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July 22, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: 
Join us at Trail End on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, for our 6th annual Summer Evening at the Mansion. From 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, visitors can tour the mansion for free, play badminton and croquet on the lawn, bring a picnic supper, enjoy complimentary cookies and lemonade, listen to music, and see antique cars!

This is a family-friendly and completely free event, sponsored by Trail End’s friend's group, the Trail End Guilds, Inc. 

The Kendrick Mansion is a 1913 historic house museum located at 400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, Wyoming, on the grounds of Trail End State Historic Site. Trail End is a division of Wyoming State Parks, Historic Site, and Trails.  For more information or directions, visit www.trailend.org, Facebook atwww.facebook.com/trailend, or call us at 307-674-4589.

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

 

 

Wyoming State Park Extends Hot Springs State Park Request for Proposal Submission Time

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The Request for Proposal submission time for two long-term concession contracts at Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis has been extended from January 17 to 2 p.m., March 2.

This extension comes after examining a variety of factors including ensuring adequate time has been offered for submitting comprehensive, complete and accurate bid packets for these important assets within our most highly visited destination.   

The State of Wyoming is requesting enhancements and potential diversity of amenities at two concession facilities within the park to ensure positive, year-round experiences.

The RFPs are currently available from the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails and available for download by accessing https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/learn/state-use-concession-contracts .

The two current concession operations at Hot Springs State Parks under consideration are the Star Plunge and the Days Inn.

Questions regarding the RFPs can be directed to Julie Huntley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Fort Phil Kearny observes 153rd Anniversary of Fetterman Battle withTalk, Demonstration, Tour

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A tour held in remembrance of the 153rd Anniversary of the Fetterman Battle will be held at Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site beginning at 9:30 a.m., December 21.

The day’s events begin with a Fetterman Battle Talk at Kearny Hall followed by a weapon demonstration at Fort Phil Kearny. A guided tour of the battle site begins at noon. This event is free to the public.

FFmonument-2010The talk, demonstration and tour will be provided by Bob Wilson of Kearny’s Frontier Regulars.

The fight occurred on December 21, 1866 between the United States 18th Infantry 2nd Cavalry Regiments and members of the Lakota (Sioux), Northern Cheyenne, and Northern Arapahoe Native American Nations.  At that time, the battle marked the largest defeat of U.S. Forces in the Northern-Plains Territories.

The presentation will cover the skirmish between Native Americans and soldiers from Fort Phil Kearny on Dec. 6, 1866 that preceded the Fetterman Massacre on Dec. 21. All ages are welcome to the event and there will be costumed representations of frontier soldiers. 

Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather and expect wind at the battlefield.  Site fees have been waived for all visitors for the anniversary tour. 

Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming.  For more information call (307) 684-7629 or email the Superintendent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Curt Gowdy State Park Construction Release

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Curt Gowdy State Park now features several new camping opportunities.

Jerre’s Haven, named after famed sportscaster Curt Gowdy’s wife, features 13 campsites with electrical hookups.  Jerre’s Haven has sweeping views of the reservoir and is close to many of the park’s most popular amenities, including Aspen Grove trailhead, the causeway, and the camp store.  Like many of Curt Gowdy’s other campgrounds, Jerre’s Haven is tied into the parks trail system making access to the 41-plus miles of IMBA Epic trails as easy as walking out your front door.

GowdycabinsOther improvements to Curt Gowdy State Park include the addition of electric RV hook-ups at Camp Russell and Happy Jack campgrounds including multiple pedestals in double and group sites.

 Coming in 2020, there will be two new camping opportunities.  Jerre’s Haven will feature four walk-in tent sites for a backcountry-type experience.  Additionally, the installation of four new camping cabins is underway at Sherman Hills. These cabins have one queen-size bed, two sets of bunk-beds, and are air-conditioned and heated for year-round accessibility.   

To enjoy these new overnight opportunities in Curt Gowdy State Park please visit www.wyo-park.com or call 877-996-7275 to make reservations. Campsites are available up to four months in advance of arrival date.

 

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Fort Bridger to host Third Annual Victorian Christmas Program

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Contact: Linley Mayer, 307-782-3842

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Bridger to Host Third Annual Victorian Christmas Program

What do oranges have to do with Christmas stockings and gifts? How did the Civil War change how we celebrate Christmas?  Learn the answer to these questions and more at Fort Bridger State Historic Site’s third annual Victorian Christmas program on Sunday, December 15, from 2 to 5 p.m.

This joint event sponsored by the Fort Bridger Historical Association is not only an opportunity to learn about the history of Christmas, but also to donate to a worthy cause in the holiday season.

“Our mission is to improve communities and enrich lives,” said Fort Bridger Superintendent Linley Mayer.  “This event is a great opportunity to give back to the community while having fun and making memories at a unique historical holiday event.”

Admission to the event is $5 with kids 12 and under free, but anyone who brings a donation item, such as canned goods, for the Bridger Valley Food Pantry will be admitted free of charge.  The pantry is especially looking for baking goods, fill-the-freezer products, and Christmas meal items.

Everything about the event is as historically accurate to the Victorian era as possible.  The Night Before Christmas will be read about every half hour, the History of Stockings will be presented at 2:45 p.m., and a presentation on the History of Christmas Gifts will be given at 3:30 p.m.

Attendees can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus, decorate a gingerbread man, sing along with carolers, and make historical ornaments and stockings.

Visit Fort Bridger’s Facebook page and look for the Victorian Christmas flyer to learn more about this event.

 

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
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Wyoming State Parks selling 10 Bison from State herd

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Contact: Kevin Skates, Hot Springs State Park, 307-864-2176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Written bids for 10 animals from the state bison herd will be accepted at the Hot Springs State Park office in Thermopolis until 5 p.m., January 7 for the purchase of the following bison: four 2019 heifer calves, four 2019 bull calves, and two 2018 yearling bulls.

All animals have all been properly vaccinated. Minimum bids are as follows: $1,400 for 2019 calves and $1,800 for yearling bulls..

Bids will be accepted for any or all of these bison. Each animal offered will be sold to the highest bidder, subject to the minimum bid specified in the sales list provided by the State. Buyers may begin picking up their animals on January 10. The seller will not provide delivery services.

For bison information, please call Jody Lange at 307-921-2610 or Kevin Skates at 307-921-2057. The Hot Springs State Park headquarters number is 307-864-2176.

 All settlements will be made with the Superintendent of Hot Springs State Park within seven days of successful bid notification.

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Wyoming Territorial Prison hosts Holiday Lights, Music and Trail Walk

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Contact:  Deborah Cease

Office:    307-745-3733

Cell:        307-760-4914

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Holiday Lights, Music and Trail Walk

Come celebrate the holiday season with a free synchronized light and music show at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. 

Experience the “Magic of Lights”, 20 displays and a dazzling show of more than 10,000 lights, synchronized to favorite holiday songs making it one of the largest light shows in the area.  Running from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. nightly, November 29 through December 31, it can be viewed for free from the comfort of your own car in the Territorial Prison’s spacious parking lot. Listeners tune in to 99.5 FM.
 

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 On December 14, from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. the public can go for a stroll among the glittering lights and displays during WTP’s Holiday Trail Walk.  Take photos, drink hot apple cider, and shop in our gift shop.  Admission fees apply for this evening event which supports the light show.  $7/adult, $3.50/12-17, Free 11 and under.

“Wyoming State Parks’ mission is to Impact Communities and Enrich Lives.” Site Supervisor Deborah Cease said. “With this gift from us to the community we want to give joy, help make memories for families, and become a holiday tradition for years to come.” 

This community event has become a favorite for all ages and is possible thanks to the following sponsors, WTP friends’ group Wyoming Territorial Park Historic Association, and Fremont Electric.

For more information call 307-745-3733.  Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, 975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie.  www.wyomingterritorialprison.com

 

 

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Wyoming State Parks Planning Series of First Day Hikes

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Contact: Paul Gritten, 307-777-8557

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In what is becoming an increasingly popular New Year’s Day activity – regardless of the temperature – Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails hosts “First Day Hikes,” a perfect way for Wyoming residents and visitors to celebrate the New Year outdoors.

This year, a record 17 New Year’s Day guided hikes and walks will be offered at state park and historic site venues statewide held in conjunction with similar hikes held in all 50 states; a part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

This is the ninth consecutive year Wyoming is offering free First Day Hikes. Last year, despite below-zero wind chills, nearly 300 people participated.

Park staff and volunteers will lead this year’s hikes, which average one to two miles. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website. Visit www.naspd.org to find a First Day Hike nearest you.

In Wyoming, hikes will be offered at the following locations and times:

Bear River State Park – Approx. 1-2-mile hike in the park on easy terrain, meet at Bear River State Park Visitor Center, 11 a.m., 307-789-6540

Boysen State Park – two-mile hike through moderate to difficult terrain, meet at park headquarters, 10 a.m., 307-876-2796

Buffalo Bill State Park – four-mile hike on easy terrain, meet at Hayden Arch Bridge (1.5 miles out of town on Old Yellowstone Hwy.), 9 a.m., 307-587-9227

Curt Gowdy State Park – two-mile hike on easy to moderate terrain, meet at Curt Gowdy Visitor Center, 11 a.m., 307-632-7946

Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park – two-mile hike on easy terrain, meet at Park Headquarters Shop, 10 a.m., 307-577-5150

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

Fort Fetterman State Historic Site – 1.2-mile hike, moderate difficulty, meet at Fort Fetterman parking lot, 10 a.m., 307-358-9288

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site – strenuous 2.5-mile hike round trip, meet at Interpretive Center, 12 noon, 307-745-3733

Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site – one-mile hike, meet at Post Trader’s House, 1 p.m., 307-320-3013

Guernsey State Park – 2.5-mile hike, start and end at the Guernsey Museum, 10 a.m., 307-836-2334

Historic Governor’s Mansion – ½-mile hike through a city neighborhood, meet at Historic Governors’ Mansion (300 E. 21st St., Cheyenne), 10 a.m., 307-777-7878

Hot Springs State Park – Easy ½-mile or more difficult one-mile hikes, meet at Kiwanis Washakie Shelter, 11 a.m., 307-864-2176

Keyhole State Park – 1.3-mile hike on paved walking path, meet at Park Headquarters, 11 a.m., 307-756-3596

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site – one-mile hike over easy terrain, meet in main parking lot, 10 a.m., 307-469-2234

Sinks Canyon State Park – one-mile hike on easy to moderate terrain, meet at Nature Trail parking lot, 1 p.m., 307-332-6333

South Pass City State Historic Site – two-mile hike, meet at Dance Hall, 11 a.m., 307-332-3684

Trail End State Historic Site – gentle 2.5-mile hike, meet at the Kendrick Mansion, 10 a.m., 307-674-4589

 

 

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