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National Association Of State Park Directors
Wyoming State Parks
Historic Sites & Trails
Barrett Building, 4th floor
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-6323

Curt Gowdy State Park


Camping at Curt Gowdy State Park

Reservable: 35 *
Non-reservable: 104 *
Tent: 6 *
Total: 145 *
Hookups (electrical/water): 15 *
* Does not indicate availability

Campground Maps
Aspen Grove Camp Russell
Crystal East Crystal West
Curt Gowdy Overview Federal Bay
Happy Jack North Causeway
Sherman Hills South Causeway
Tumbleweeds Twin Bays
Twin Lakes Creek


Amphitheater Archery Range
Bird Watching Boat Dock/Ramp
Boating Campsites*
Coin-op Showers Convenience Store
Drinking Water Dump Station
Enclosed Lodge Fishing
Fishing Pier ADA Group Picnic Shelter
Hiking Historical Features
Hookups (Elec/Water) Horse Facility
Horseback Riding Hunting
Mountain Biking Picnic Area
Playground Restrooms
Shower Facility Trails
Trails ADA Visitor Center
Wildlife Viewing

* Please call the individual site for questions regarding RV length limits.


Daily Use
• parks - $4.00
• historic sites - $2.00
• annual - $33.00
Overnight Camping
• night - $10.00 (includes daily use fee)
• annual - $40.00 (does not include daily use fee)
Daily Use
• parks - $6.00
• historic site - $4.00
• annual - $53.00
Overnight Camping
• night - $17.00 (includes daily use fee)
• annual - Not available

Ranger Recreational Use Report

For the week of:
July 24th, 2016

The water level at Granite and Crystal Reservoir is down slightly but fishing seems to be good for most folks. It’s certainly not stopping the canoe rentals.

North Crow is now completely open and accessible and I’m sure the fish are hungry.

Trails are in great shape for hiking and mountain biking. As a reminder, don’t forget that trail access around the Aspen Grove Trailhead will be limited August 6-7, 2016 for the annual Cheyenne Field Archers Bow Hunter’s Weekend competition.

The only bad news here is the Laramie County Fire Ban implemented last week, which will affect almost everyone camping, especially those with no RV. This ban prohibits all open fires including charcoal, propane/gas cooking appliances. Smoking anywhere outside of a tent or RV is also prohibited. It is unknown how long the ban will be in effect and fortunately, our concession stand is still fully operational. If you have questions, please call ahead to avoid any problems.

The good news is we have three camp sites that have special fire pits that are EXEMPT from the ban. Two of them are first-come sites Sherman Hills 134 and group site Twin Bays 128 and the third, Happy Jack 62, is a reservation only site.

Ara Maljian
Park Ranger
Curt Gowdy State Park

Curt Gowdy State Park to adhere to Laramie County fire ban

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Contact: Gary Schoene

Add Curt Gowdy to the list of Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites observing fire bans this summer.

Other sites are Keyhole, Glendo and Guernsey state parks that are affected by county instituted fire bans. These fire restrictions will be in effect until further notice.

As part of the fire ban, all trash or refuse fires, camp fires and charcoal fires are prohibited. Petroleum fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted if they meet fire and underwriters specifications for safety.

Curt Gowdy State Park staff has installed three experimental fire rings which are designed with an enclosed fire box to enable camp fires within the fire ring. These units are being tested to enable our visitors to enjoy the ambiance of a camp fire while ensuring fire safety for the visitors and the park even during open fire bans.

Also, smoking is prohibited except within closed vehicles or buildings.

Possession of fireworks is prohibited in all Wyoming State Parks on a permanent basis.

For more information about the fire bans please call 307-777-6323 or each of the above listed parks.

Curt Gowdy Non-Motorized Trails Maps

*New - GEO PDF*** Curt Gowdy Trails Map - East PDF Document
*New - GEO PDF*** Curt Gowdy Trails Map - West PDF Document
Viewable Trails Map PDF Document
Printable Map West PDF Document
Printable Map East PDF Document
Crystal Reservoir Campsite Map PDF Document
Granite Reservoir Campsite Map PDF Document

Stone Temple Mountain Bike Camp 2015

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About Curt Gowdy State Park

Curt Gowdy is located just 24 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 24 miles east of Laramie, Wyoming. Take State Route 210 (Happy Jack Road) to County Road 106 .

Curt Gowdy State Park has seven sections of richly varied landscape, flora and fauna decorate the foothills of the Laramie Mountains. The beautiful attractions within Curt Gowdy State Park are near the crossroads of two major interstates, I-80 and I-25. There are three reservoirs, Granite, Crystal and North Crow. Granite offers excellent rainbow trout and kokanee salmon fishing as well as space for water sports. Crystal, the smallest of the reservoirs, has shoreline fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Also, enjoy boating while at Crystal (15 horsepower limit). North Crow Reservoir is located 5 miles west of the Headquarters Building. This is an unimproved fishing area. There are no picnic tables, water supply, comfort stations, and is day- use only-very natural. There are a limited number of reservable campsites at the Tumbleweed and Camp Russell campgrounds. Aspen Grove campground is next to a free public horse corral for those visitors who would like to camp with horses.

Within the park is Hynds Lodge, which is listed on the National Register, and an amphitheater available for concerts, theater productions, and many other cultural activities. The area is one of low-lying meadows, gently rolling hills and massive steep granite formations. Wildlife abounds and bird watchers will be treated to a variety of non-native birds.

Granite Reservoir RV dump station closed

The RV Sanitary Dump Station at Granite Reservoir in Curt Gowdy State Park will be closed indefinitely.

With the success of internationally recognized trails and a new state of the art visitor center, visitation at Curt Gowdy State Park has been increasing over the years. This increase has impacted infrastructure like the RV dump station. The existing sanitary facility is no longer useable due to the systems leach field and holding tanks failing.

State staff is investigating alternative locations, future use, and design options with an emphasis on preserving water quality at Granite Reservoir.

Curt Gowdy State Park visitors are urged to plan on using nearby RV sanitary dump facilities located in Cheyenne at the Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center on High Plains Road, or in Laramie at the Wyoming Territorial Prison on Snowy Range Road.

Recreational Use Report

Updates coming soon!

Curt Gowdy State Park Visitor Center

Curt Gowdy Center

Hynds Lodge

The lodge is open from early May – Oct 1 each year. The building is open to large and small groups on a reservation-only basis. A covered porch, large kitchen, dining area, recreational and sleeping accommodations are all part of the lodge. We take required reservations for Hynds Lodge on the first working day of October for the next year by phone, starting at 7 a.m., please allow 45 days prior to your date for necessary paperwork. The costs are $150.00 Use fee per day, and $150.00 damage deposit.

Camping with Your Horse

Map, guidelines and riding area. To print map set your printer to letter landscape orientation.