16 September 2022

Wyoming Monuments and Markers Advisory Committee to meet October 11

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The Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Monuments and Markers Advisory Committee will meet virtually on Google Meet Tuesday, October 11, from 1 – 3 p.m.

Google Meet joining information:                       
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pyx-brzv-gmt
Or dial: (US) +1 601-526-3027 PIN: 842 915 434#

The purpose of this meeting is to review changes made to the Handbook, review current projects, and other items should they arise. 

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.

 

15 September 2022

Jessica Moore named new Sinks Canyon State Park Superintendent

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Jessica Moore has been appointed the new superintendent of Sinks Canyon State Park, according to the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails. She replaces Jamie Simonson, who recently retired.

Moore is formally educated in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Resources having earned a Master’s of Science from Michigan State University.

She worked as an interpretive ranger before a robust career at a Wildlife Park where she served as a naturalist and education curator. 

Moore and her family sought out beautiful Lander for a move in August of 2021. 

District Manager Kyle Bernis remarks “We are excited to have Jessica on our team and look forward to accomplishing great things at Sinks Canyon.”

Wyoming State Parks looks forward to having Jessica as the next steward of Sinks Canyon State Park, a truly spectacular place that is special to so many. 

15 September 2022

Fort Phil Kearny to host Fool Moon Fort Tours

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Full Moon Fort Tours
Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site
528 Wagon Box Road, Banner, WY 82832
$10 per person age 12 and up

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site, in conjunction with the Trident Theater Company, is announcing the return of their Full Moon Fort tours!

Held annually on the weekend closest to October’s full moon, this event explores the grisly details of fort life in the 1860s. Tour guides will lead groups of 20 people through the fort by lantern-light to experience an evening of true stories that are too eerie to make up.

Tickets are on sale now, and are $10 per person, ages 12 and up. Ages 11 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fortphilkearny.com or by calling the Fort at 307-684-7629.

Tours start at 6:30 p.m. and happen every half hour. While the 6:30 tour will be child-friendly, later tours feature true stories told a little more graphicly. 

Tour times fill up quickly so be sure to book early, and all visitors are encouraged to dress warmly for this outdoor event.

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Road, in Banner, Wyo., and is a division of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources. 

For more information or directions, visit the website at www.fortphilkearny.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fortphilkearny, or call 307-684-7629.

15 September 2022

Trail End State Historic Site to host Grand Home Tour

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Grand Home Tour
Saturday, October 8, 2022
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Trail End State Historic Site
400 Clarendon Ave, Sheridan WY
$20 per person

Grand Home Tour

Spend the afternoon of Saturday, October 8, touring some of Sheridan's finest historic houses! From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., visit three private homes built between 1895 and 1901, in addition to exploring spaces inside the 1913 Kendrick Mansion that are rarely shown.

Tour participants must be able to climb stairs as each house has multiple stories, and the spaces shown at the Kendrick Mansion are not all accessible by elevator.

Tickets are $20 each and are on sale now at the Kendrick Mansion/ Trail End State Historic Site between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily, or online anytime at www.trailend.org.

The tour is a fundraiser for the Trail End Guilds, Inc., the friends’ group that helps support the Mansion. Past fundraising efforts by the Guilds have included purchasing historically accurate reproduction rugs, wallpaper, and ballroom cushions. They also put on the annual Holiday Open House and Summer Evening at the Mansion.

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.

13 September 2022

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails

Join us in celebration of the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands! Help restore, improve, and enjoy Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites across the state by attending an upcoming National Public Lands Day event in your area.

Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day (NPLD)  is a nationwide initiative led by the National Environmental Education Foundation. 

This annual celebration brings out hundreds of thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. NPLD is also a “Fee-Free Day”—one of only five days a year when entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands.

This year, NPLD will celebrate its 29th year with the theme Giving Back Together.

“During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw an increase in outdoor recreation across the country as folks flocked to the great outdoors to escape the confines of their homes and for the pure enjoyment of being outside,” states Laurel Thompson, Outreach Coordinator for Wyoming Outdoor Recreation. “Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites also saw this increase in visitation, and what better way to return the favor to the outdoor spaces we hold so dear than to participate in an event geared towards the improvement, restoration, and vitality of our public lands?”

In honor of this annual celebration, day-use and entrance fees will be waived at all Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites on September 24.

This year, 14 Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites will also host National Public Lands Day events from trail improvement projects, guided hikes, conservation walks, park clean-ups and more.  Event details for participating sites are as follows:

 

·  Bear River State Park - Sept. 24 10AM Bike Your Park & 1PM Trail Improvement Project, meet at Rendezvous Group Area. Take a ride around the park at 10AM then help bring life back to an abandoned trail at 1PM. Supplies provided. For more information, please contact 307-789-6547.

·  Boysen State Park - Sept. 1-24 Month-long Park Clean-up & Virtual Stewardship Challenge. Pick up litter anywhere in the park and take a photo of you in action. Comment the photo on Boysen’s NPLD Facebook post and be entered to win a local gift card. For more information, please contact 307-876-2796.

·  Buffalo Bill State Park - Sept. 24 8AM Park Clean-up, meet at Park Office. Help pick up litter & debris in the park's no fee areas. Map & supplies provided. For more information, please contact 307-587-9227.

·  Curt Gowdy State Park - Sept. 24 9AM-12PM Park Clean-up & 1PM-2PM Guided Hike, meet at Camp Russell Day Use Shelter. Help pick up litter in your assigned area. Then, enjoy your efforts at 1PM for a guided hike. Supplies provided. For more information, please contact 307-632-7946.

·  Edness K. Wilkins State Park - Sept. 24 10AM-12PM Conservation Walk, meet at Mountain View Shelter. Enjoy a tour of the park while discussing past riparian restoration work and future conservation projects. For more information, please contact 307-577-5150.

·  Fort Bridger State Historic Site - Sept. 24 9AM Historic Fence Restoration Project, meet at Main Parking Lot. Help remove existing fence to make room for the restored historic fence. Gloves will be provided. For more information, please contact 307-782-3842.

·  Historic Governor’s Mansion - Sept. 24 10AM-11AM Community Garden Clean-up, meet at Front Door of Mansion. Help clean up the grounds and clear out the garden beds of the mansion. Supplies provided. For more information, please contact 307-777-7878.

·  Hot Springs State Park - Oct. 1 9AM-1PM How to Build a Trail & Guided Tour, meet at Hot Springs County Recreation Armory. Head into the field to explore different trail building techniques & existing trails in the area. Lunch provided. For more information, please contact 307-864-2176.

·  Keyhole State Park - Sept. 24 10AM-12PM Nature Hike & Park Clean-up, meet at Big Kahuna in Coulter Bay. Enjoy a 30 minute guided, nature hike then assist in picking up litter & cleaning out fire pits. Water provided. For more information, please contact 307-756-3596.

·  Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site - Sept. 24 10AM-12PM Park Clean-up & Historic Cabin Preservation, meet at Red Barn. Clean up litter around the park or assist in removing damaged floors in historic cabin. Supplies provided. For more information, please contact 307-469-2234.

·  Seminoe State Park - Sept. 24 10AM Prescribed Burn & Fire Training, meet at South Red Hills Campground Kiosk. Join the Carbon County Fire Department for a prescribed burn & training opportunity. Weather permitting. For more information, please contact 307-320-3013.

·  South Pass City State Historic Site - Sept. 24 Run the Red Desert 5AM 100K, 8AM 50K & 10AM Half-marathon, meet at South Pass City. Run the Red is Wyoming’s annual premier trail running event. 5AM 100K, 8AM 50K & 10AM Half-marathon. For more information & registration, please visit runthereddesert.com or call 307-332-3684.

·  Trail End State Historic Site - Sept. 22 12PM - Sept. 25 3PM Plein Air in the Parks, meet at Trail End. This annual competition is open to artists of all ages & gives guests the opportunity to watch artists in action. For more information & registration, please visit TrailEndPleinAir.eventbrite.com or call 307-674-4589.

·  Wyoming Territorial Prison - Sept. 24 10AM-11AM Family Clean-up & Nature Walk, meet at lawn near Visitor Center & Warden's Cabin. Help clean up behind the main prison area & enjoy a stroll on the Nature Trail. Supplies provided. For more information, please contact 307-745-6161.

 

Participants are encouraged to “know before you go” and to prepare for weather conditions.  Supplies will be provided at most locations; however, participants are also encouraged to bring their own gloves where applicable and water and snacks. 

Learn more about each event by finding individual parks and sites on Facebook. We hope to see you all in celebration of National Public Lands Day!

13 September 2022

Nightmare at Medicine Lodge Creek

September 13, 2022

Contact: Heather Jolley, Site Superintendent 307-469-2234

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

4:00pm -8:00 pm

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site

4800 Road 52, Hyattville, Wyoming

NIGHTMARE AT MEDICINE LODGE CREEK

FREE event

Join us at Medicine Lodge on Saturday, October 22, 2022, for our 1st Haunted Hike event.  We will have Halloween games, pumpkin carving and treats beginning at 4pm and continue through the evening (while supplies last).  The haunted hike portion will begin at dusk and end around 8 p.m.

This is a family-friendly and completely free event (donations are always appreciated).  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Costumes are encouraged, but please dress appropriately for the weather.

The pumpkin carving, games and treats will take place at the group area shelter.  The hike will begin near site #22.  Please be advised, a few campsites will be closed for the duration of the event.  If weather is too severe, a back-up date of October 29 will be considered.    

For more information, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MedLodge, or call us at 307-469-2234.

12 September 2022

Bear River State Park to host Ramblers Orienteering Course

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Ever wondered how to properly use a compass?

Bear River State Park will host an entry level course in the backcountry use of a compass from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 17.

Those attending are encouraged to dress for the weather and outside scrambling, as well as providing water and wearing sturdy shoes. Persons with questions are encouraged to contact Andy McMahon at 307-789-6547 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

06 September 2022

Sinks Canyon State park to host Women Who Hike event

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For the second time this year, the Wyoming State Parks Shoshone District is hosting a Women Who Hike event. This time at Sinks Canyon State Park on September 30 through October 2.

Registration is $55 and includes a weekend full of camping, caving, hiking, instruction in wilderness first aid and self-defense with a law enforcement ranger and a service project for the park.

Groceries are included in the registration cost with participants pitching in with the cooking chores.

Wyoming State Parks has tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, etc. that can be borrowed during the weekend.

Women Who Hike is a community of women, who enjoy the outdoors. This non-profit nationwide group does not require any sort of membership or fees. It is a 1% for the planet organization.

Registration is available via the Eventbrite website at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-who-hike-wyoming-campout-at-sinks-canyon-state-park-tickets-403158837937?fbclid=IwAR3kBFl_cUCK_FhVI8n0qewy0BejCgKVpgfoNq4MSEE5GRx7drV5KrVd6sM.

Participants can also register by searching Women Who Hike Wyoming Campout on google and find the Eventbrite registration that way.

For more information, please contact Angelina Stancampiano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-677-2461.

29 August 2022

Trail End State Historic Site hosts antique car show Sept. 10

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Trail End State Historic Site and the Trail End Guilds, Inc. invites the public to a FREE antique car show at the Kendrick Mansion on Saturday, September 10, from 1-4 p.m. 

Spend the afternoon viewing antique autos 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!

Owners of a car made in or before 1969 who would like to enter the show, are invited

To 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.


Photo Attached: 2020 Car show participants, photo courtesy of Trail End State Historic Site

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