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Sixteen Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites host First Day Hikes, January 1


December 12, 2018

Contact: Paul Gritten, 307-777-8557


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

Sixteen New Year’s Day guided hikes and walks held at state park and historic site venues statewide will be 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 eighth consecutive year Wyoming is offering free First Day Hikes.  Last year, approximately 700 people participated hiking more than 1,700 total miles.

“There is nothing more rejuvenating than sharing a brisk hike with Wyoming State Park staff in some of the most amazing parks and historic sites in the country,” State Parks Administrator Domenic Bravo said.

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park or historic site. 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. Meet at Bear River State Park Visitor Center.  Begin at 9 a.m.

Boysen State Park – Approx. 2 mile hike through moderate to difficult terrain. Hike begins and ends at Park Headquarters at 10 a.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Buffalo Bill State Park – Hiking trail is two miles one way. Hikes begins at Hayden Arch Bridge at 9 a.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Curt Gowdy State Park – Two mile hike. Meet at Curt Gowdy Visitor Center at 11 a.m. Moderate difficulty. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Edness K. Wilkins State Park – Two mile hike on natural surface on the nature trail.  Begin at 10 a.m. Meet at the park shop. Handicapped accessible hard-surfaced paths. Dogs allowed on leashes in designated areas.

Fort Bridger State Historic Site – one mile hike/walk around the historic site. Hike begins at the Post Trader’s Store and laps around the site three times. Hike begins at 1 p.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Fort Fetterman State Historic Site – 1.2 mile hike. Begins at 10 a.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site – one mile hike, meet at Post Trader’s house at 1 p.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Fort Phil Kearny – 2.5 mile strenuous hike beginning at 12 noon. Meet at Interpretive Center.

Guernsey State Park – 2.5 mile hike.Start at 10 a.m. Meet at Guernsey Museum. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Hot Springs State Park – Two hikes, one ½-mile, second 1 mile along the Spirit Trail. Hikes begin at 11 a.m. Meet at Kiwanis Washakie Shelter. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Keyhole State Park -  1.3 mile hike. Meet at park headquarters. Starts at 10 a.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site - one mile hike. Meet in main parking area at 10 a.m.  Dogs on leashes permitted.

Sinks Canyon – 3 mile hike.Hike begins at 1 p.m. at the Nature Trail parking lot in the Popo Agie Campground. Dogs on leashes permitted.

South Pass City State Historic Site – 1-1/2-mile hike beginning at 11 a.m. Meet at the Dance Hall. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Trail End – Gentle 2.5 mile hike through Sheridan’s historic Nielsen Heights neighborhood. Meet at Kendrick Mansion at 10 a.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Participants of all hikes are urged to wear adequate clothing. These are kids and family friendly events.

WYOutside, a coalition of public and private organizations with a shared stake in promoting recreation to children and families, is a sponsor of the First Day Hikes.

For more information, please call the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails at 777-6323 or the respective parks for information.

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Wyoming, Nation Benefiting Economically from Outdoor Recreation, Study Says

Contact: Domenic Bravo, 307-777-6324


             A recent study indicates that outdoor recreation, a major player in the Wyoming economy, accounted for 2.2 percent  or $412 billion of the nation’s current dollar GDP in 2016.

            The report, by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, a program within the U.S. Department of Commerce, also indicates that the outdoor recreation economy grew 1.7 percent in 2016, faster than the 1.6 percent growth for the overall U.S. Economy.

            This analysis indicates that outdoor recreation is a viable driver within the U.S. Economy.

            In breaking down the statistics further, it was determined that the Outdoor Recreation Economy outpaced the U.S. Economy in Real Gross Output, 2.5% to 1.8%; Compensation, 4.3% to 2.7% and Employment 2.4% to 1.4%.Curt-Gowdy-biking-down-rock

            A measure of sales associated with the outdoor recreation economy was broken down into several general categories: conventional core activities, such as bicycling, boating, hiking and hunting;  supporting activities such as  travel and tourism.

            All categories are supported in the Cowboy State by the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office and are some of the more popular activities in the state.

            To view the full report go to: https://www.bea.gov/system/files/2018-09/orsa0918_0.pdf.

            Join us on January 1st for our annual First Day Hikes! Find out which Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites are participating here http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/pdf/FirstDayHikes2019.pdf.

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Third Annual Magpul Governors Match to be Held in Cody


Contact: Domenic Bravo, 307-777-6324


The third annual Magpul Governors Match will be held August 2-4 in Cody, Wyoming.  The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office along with match director Strategic Match Design (SMD) will bring the nationally recognized “multi-gun” competition and spectator event to Cody, WY.

“We have a strong firearms tradition in this country,” said Governor Matt Mead. “In Wyoming we celebrate firearms, hunting and shooting sports culture. This event allows us to highlight that heritage and watch elite level competition.”

The 2019 match will feature United Multi-Gun rules - allowing shooters to compete in traditional “3-gun”, “2-gun” or pistol caliber carbine divisions.  This year’s competition features a new partnership with the Cody Firearms Museum, which will align a historic firearms competition with the Magpul Governors Match.

“We are proud to once again be the title sponsor for the 2019 Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Match in August. We are a strong supporter of Wyoming and the freedoms and lifestyle that the state represents, and Wyoming has become an incredible home for our manufacturing and distribution operations. Strategic Match Design did a fantastic job with the match last year, and we are looking forward to an even better match this year in the new Cody location,” said Scott Creed, Director of Marketing for Magpul Industries Corp.

Domenic Bravo, Administrator of the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office said, “This event will be great for shooters, spectators and their families. We are going to make sure this is a fun, festival atmosphere for everyone involved”.

The Governors Match will take place August 2-4, 2019, at the Cody Shooting Complex in Cody, Wyoming. Registration for the match is now open. For more information go to: https://strategicmatchdesign.com/

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