25 October 2021

Monuments and Markers Advisory Committee to meet Nov. 5

October 25, 2021


The Wyoming State Parks Monuments and Markers Advisory Committee will meet at 11 a.m., Friday, November 5, via Google Meet.

Google Meet joining info:

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/dph-qczd-odh
Or dial: (US) +1 505-658-2237 PIN: 903 178 188#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/dph-qczd-odh?pin=6347604876983

The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of this meeting is to convene the Monuments and Markers Advisory Committee (MMAC) and to set goals and objectives for the program. The committee will be finalizing the updated Monuments & Markers program handbook, discussing markers in need of repair or replacement, and reviewing past and current projects and partnerships with other organizations. 

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.

14 October 2021

Wyoming State Parks to host stakeholder meeting to discuss Sinks Canyon Via Ferrata route options

October 14, 2021


Wyoming State Parks is hosting a mediated small-group stakeholder meeting on Monday, October 18, at 1 p.m. to discuss potential route locations for the Via Ferrata project at Sinks Canyon State Park.

Members of the public are invited to watch and listen to the meeting using this link:  


“From the public feedback we have received thus far, the location of the Via Ferrata is a concern for some people,” said Kyle Bernis, State Parks District Manager.  “Our goal for this meeting is to bring together people representing different perspectives to have a deeper discussion on that topic and achieve a resolution.”

After an initial location is tentatively agreed upon at this or a future meeting, Wyoming State Parks will again reach out to the public for input and solicit comments from individuals and other interest groups. When a final route is determined, Wyoming State Parks would consult tribal governments and any other necessary federal or state agencies. 

Wyoming State Parks has been committed to public engagement and transparency throughout the Sinks Canyon Master Plan process and will continue to do so moving forward with the projects approved during that process. 

To learn more about the Sinks Canyon Master Plan and the Via Ferrata, please visit https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/sinks-canyon-master-plan.

08 October 2021

Updated Sinks Canyon State Park Master Plan materials available on-line

October 8, 2021


Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails has posted materials from the public meeting regarding the Sinks Canyon State Park Master Plan held on August 30. 

The meeting, which included a public comment period and presentations from Wyoming State Parks and Ayres Associates, the company that partnered with State Parks on the Master Planning process, provided the public with an opportunity to learn more about how the park will be managed and maintained over the next 20 years.

Questions from the public have been answered and are posted in a document on the State Park landing page. The comments received have been aggregated and will be considered prior to project implementation.  Other relevant materials, like the presentation from August 30, maps, and the cooperative agreement between Wyoming Game and Fish and State Parks for Sinks Canyon State Park are also posted. 

The Master Plan, which was finalized in September 2020 after a two-year public planning process, outlined broad goals for the direction of planning the park for the next 20 years.  Many community stakeholders were involved with the plan’s development through two public workshops, four steering committee meetings, eight focus groups, a project web portal, and a final presentation via Zoom. The Master Planning materials are available to view online. 

Each component of that plan will have a project implementation phase, which will outline details for each project.  The project implementation process is explained with a graphic, also posted on the State Park landing page. 

“Wyoming State Parks is committed to ongoing work with the public, including the Tribes, as we implement components of the Master Plan and continue to manage Sinks Canyon State Park as a popular recreation and wildlife habitat management area with our partners at the Wyoming Game and Fish,” said Kyle Bernis, Shoshone District Manager for Wyoming State Parks. 

As a next step in the planning process, Wyoming State Parks will be facilitating discussions later this month among local stakeholder groups representing a diversity of interests regarding route location options for the proposed via ferrata project included in the Sinks Canyon Master Plan. 

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

27 September 2021

Wyoming Territorial Prison to host 12th Annual Kids' Pumpkin Walk

September 27, 2021



Autumn means colder temperatures, leaves turning color and time for family fun at the 12th annual Kids’ Pumpkin Walk on October 2, from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. 

Admission is $3 per adult 18+ which will support this family event.  Children are free. 

Gather your family and friends and come enjoy an afternoon filled with outdoor fun. Although costumes are optional, your pint-sized Spiderman or Cinderella will enjoy exploring and learning.  

This year’s Pumpkin Walk is filled with activities for children, ages 12 years and younger, including a straw maze for the kids to twist and turn their way through; picking the perfect pumpkin from the patch to decorate with sticker fun; hay wagon rides and feed the rock monster!

Come and enjoy a variety of games, prizes and treats. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Special thanks to our sponsors, Wyoming Territorial Park Historic Association, Bertha Ward Family, LASSO Events, and C&A Pet and Livestock Supply. 

The event will be held regardless of weather.  For more information contact Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site 307-745-3733, follow us on Facebook or visit www.wyomingterritorialprison.com  979 Snowy Range Rd., in Laramie.

23 September 2021

Wyoming State Parks celebrates Public Lands Day Saturday

September 23, 2021



The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, in conjunction with various other state agencies celebrates Wyoming Public Lands Day September 25. As part of the celebration, day-use fees to all Wyoming state parks and historic sites that day are waived.

In proclaiming September 25 as Wyoming Public Lands Day, Gov. Mark Gordon said, “The multiple use of public lands provides value to the state’s economy through open spaces, diversity of mineral resources, grazing for livestock, forestry products, wildlife and recreational opportunities.”

Additionally, the goal of Public Lands Day is to get people out to Wyoming’s parks and historic sites to enjoy the values of public lands and to become stewards by helping with specific projects. Check the respective parks’ Facebook pages to see if there is an event near you.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.

Photo caption: Buffalo Bill State Park

08 September 2021

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

September 8, 2021


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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