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Curt Gowdy State Park Rev3Adventure Races

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Curt Gowdy State Park will provide the backdrop of three Rev3Adventure Races, including the beginning and ending of the world class Cowboy Tough 24 Hour Adventure Race, August 11-12.

The Cowboy Tough 24 Hour Adventure Race begins at Curt Gowdy’s Camp Russell Shelter at 12 p.m., August 11. The race is a 70-110 mile journey where competitors run, bike, paddle, and navigate their way around in an awesome Wyoming state park and more areas of Southeast Wyoming. The race ends at 12 p.m., August 12.

The two other races are the Curt Gowdy Sprint Adventure Race beginning at 10 a.m., August 12 at a distance of 6-20 miles and ending at 1:30 p.m. The ½ Day Adventure Race begins at 10 a.m. August 11 and ending at 6 p.m.

Race categories are soloist (male and female), two-person and three-person (male, female and co-ed).

Race, registration and volunteer information is available at www.cowboytoughwy.com.

 

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

State Parks schedules additional public meetings to discuss proposed fee increase

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July 19, 2018

Contact: Domenic Bravo, 307-777-6324

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            Several new meeting dates and locations have been added to take public comment on a proposed Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails fee increase.

            Public meetings are scheduled for:

            July 19 – Campbell County Library, 2101 S. 4-J Road, Gillette6:30–8 p.m.; for more information, 307-674-4589

            July 23 – Buffalo Bill State Park, Shreve Lodge, 4192 N. Fork Highway, Cody6:30-8 p.m.; for more information, 307-469-2234

            July 24 – Fort Bridger State Park, Museum, I-80, Exit 34, 6:30 p.m.; for more information, 307-782-3842

            July 25 – Wheatland, First State Bank Conference Center, 1405 16th St., 7 p.m.; for more information, 307-836-2334

            July 25 – Casper, Wyoming Game and Fish Office, Pronghorn Room, 3030 Energy Lane, 6-7:30 p.m.; for more information, 307-320-3013

            July 26 – Shoshoni Recreation District Building, 97 S. Maple St., Shoshoni; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; for more information, 307-469-2234

New legislation in 2017 required Wyo Parks to set its fees in rules and allowed for fee increases within maximum amounts set by law.  In 2017, Wyo Parks established rules to set fees but did not raise entrance and camping fees.

Last year, Wyo Parks conducted a series of visitor surveys to gather opinions regarding existing fees, the possibility of an increase and how much of an increase was supported.

More than 1,800 responses were tabulated. Of those, 80 percent of respondents were in support of a system-wide increase of daily use fees, 77 percent supported a system-wide increase of daily camping fees, 73 percent were in support of system-wide increase of annual daily use permit fees and 70 percent supported a system-wide increase of annual camping permit fees.

Wyo Parks also looked at similar state park systems in the region and found that Wyoming’s fees are among the lowest in the region.

Some of the proposed fee changes include:

The fees for “off season” (October 1 through April 30) will not change from existing fee amounts, however, fees during “peak season” (May 1 through September 30) will increase as follows:

Residents will see a $2 a day use fee increase and a $3 camping fee increase.  They will also see a $7 increase for the purchase of an annual day use permit and a $10 increase for an annual camping permit.  Additional annual day use and camping permits will increase by $5 and $8 respectively.

Non-residents will see a $3 day use fee increase and a $5 camping fee increase.  They will also see a $17 increase for the purchase of an annual day use permit.  Non-residents will continue to be ineligible for annual camping permits.  Additional annual day use permits will increase by $14. 

The daily fee for use of a site with electricity will increase by $5.

Historic site fees will increase by $1 per adult and the amount charged for tour buses will increase by $2 per adult.  Children will continue to enjoy free entrance.

People wishing to obtain a copy of the proposed rules can do so by contacting State Parks Headquarters at 2301 Central Avenue, Barrett Building, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002, attn.: Christie Christensen; by calling 307-777-7496; via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.

 

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Sinks Canyon State Park hosts guided cave adventure, Aug. 7-12

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July 19, 2018

Contact: Jamie Simonson, 307-332-6333

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            See the Popo Agie River flow underground while living the life of a spelunker during Kids Caving Extreme, a guided cave adventure exploring Sink’s Canyon State Parks's Boulder Choke Cave, Aug. 7-12.

            Tours times each day are 10 – 11:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. with a limit of 10 participants per time slot. Helmets and lights are provided, however participants are encouraged to bring light gloves, old clothes and sturdy shoes. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.

            Tours will leave on time and a caving liability form for each participant must be filled out at the Visitor Center and signed by a parent or guardian.

            The cave is visitor friendly and while there are some areas where participant will need to be on their knees, most of the cave is accessible on foot.

            The cave tours are free; however participants must be registered in advance.

            For more information, please call Sinks Canyon State Park at 307-332-6333.

 

 

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Celebrate Sinks Canyon State Park’s final Summer bash with Lander’s own Low Water String Band

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Celebrate Sinks Canyon State Park’s final Summer bash with Lander’s own Low Water
String Band from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sawmill Campground, August 10.

This acoustic performance will have your feet stompin’, hands clappin’, and heart smilin’.
Admission to the evening’s festivities is free, however donations will be accepted.
The evening’s celebration will also include games, a campfire, s’mores and more.

 

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Buffalo Bill hosts Youth Fishing Derby

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July 18, 2018
Contact: Dan Marty, 307-587-9227

Anglers aged 1-13 are encouraged to take part in a special day of fishing during the
Buffalo Bill State Park Youth Fishing Derby August 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kids can enjoy a free day of fishing for themselves and their family, free access to the
park and a free fishing pole.

After a day of fishing, prizes will be awarded and food and drinks will be available at the
Sheep Mountain Day Use area at 4 p.m.

There is no cost to enter, however a registration form must be filled out. Forms are
available at the park headquarters, park fee booths, on-line or on the Buffalo Bill State Park
Facebook page. Registration forms can be delivered to the Buffalo Bill State Park fee booths,
mailed in or turned in the day of the derby.

Participants must have parental or guardian supervision during the derby. Boundaries
for the derby are Buffalo Bill Reservoir and surrounding areas.

This is not a competition for size or length, however if a game fish is caught, please put
on ice and enter the free fish mount drawing donated by Canyon Fish Taxidermy during the
afternoon event. You must be present to win.

Sponsors of the Buffalo Bill Youth Fishing Derby are Buffalo Bill State Park, Riverbend
Cabins, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Game and Fish, Treasured Memories, Majestic
Lube of Cody, North Platte Walleye Unlimited, Tread-N-Trails and Pepsi of Powell.
For more information, please call 307-587-9227.

 

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Propane, charcoal grills still ok at Glendo, Guernsey

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July 18, 2018

Despite recent fire restrictions instituted by the Platte County Commission, an enjoyable camping experience is still possible at Glendo and Guernsey state parks.

Propane grills and stoves and charcoal grills can still be used to prepare popular camping dishes and provide adequate warmth. These grills must have covers/lids and be within an arm’s length when lit.

However, as always park patrons are reminded that possession of all fireworks is
prohibited.

These are no restrictions at Seminoe State Park.

 

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Sinks Canyon State Park presents program on Great Horned Owl

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Join Andrea Orabona of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and her Great Horned
Owl Jupiter for “Whoo Knew!” August 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sinks Canyon State Park Sawmill
Campground.

This educational program discusses the Great Horned Owl and what makes them so unique.
After the program enjoy games, a campfire, s’mores and more.
Admission is free and the public is invited. Visit the Sinks Canyon Facebook page for more
details.

 

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Guernsey Perseid Watch: This Year’s Best Meteor Shower August 10th - 12th

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July 16, 2018
Contact: Todd Stevenson, 307-836-2334

Last year, Guernsey State Park proved to be one of the more popular places to view the
2017 Solar Eclipse, this year enjoy the Guernsey Perseid Watch, this year’s best meteor shower
of the year, Aug. 10-12 at Yurts 1 & 2.

The Perseids are created when earth passes through the dust and debris created by the
Comet Swift-Tuttle, the largest object to regularly pass by earth. The comet has a nucleus
approximately 16 miles wide. This year, according to NASA, people should be able to see
around 60-70 meteors per hour.

The weekend events begin August 10 with a 4 p.m. museum talk focusing on meteor
observing. A star watch party with telescopes will begin at approximately 8:45 p.m. with Venus,
Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in full view. The night’s star watch will provide an emphasis on
planets, deep sky objects and constellation identification. Participants can expect to return to
their campsites around 10:30-11 p.m.

Events on August 11 will be much the same as the night before with a 4 p.m. museum
talk (the same presentation) and a star watch beginning at 8:45, also emphasizing plants, deep
sky objects and constellation identification. However, an all-night viewing will be held. Visitors
are encouraged to bring cots, sleeping bags, flashlights and food if they plan to participate.
On August 12, a Perseid Meteor Watch will take place. Star Party participants will use
telescopes until approximately 10:30 p.m. The meteor watch begin around 11 p.m. Visitor are
encouraged to observe until dawn, but participants may leave when they wish. The number of
meteors seen increases significantly after midnight.

The night programs are led by Gary A. Becker and Peter K. Detterline, both professors of
Astronomy at Moravian College and Kutztown University, respectively. Both are members of
the Mars Desert Research Station.

Like with the solar eclipse, the lack of light population at Guernsey State Park makes it a
prime area to view the Perseids.

For more information, please call Guernsey State Park at 307-836-2334.

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Kids' Passport to Adventure Contest at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site

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July 16, 2018

Contact: Brooks Jordan, 307-469-2234

In addition to viewing the prehistoric petroglyphs, learning about homesteading history or fishing at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site, kids can now participate in the “Passport to Adventure” contest and a chance to win one of two prize packages.

Kids are invited to pick up a passport which asks a series of questions about history, nature and petroglyphs. They then visit different areas around Medicine Lodge to find the answers to those questions.

Once the questions are answered, drop the page with your name at the office in the big red barn to be entered in the drawing. The drawing will be held August 31

The two prize packages are:

  • A Thermopolis get-away with two nights at the Roundtop Mountain Motel; four passes to the Wyoming Dinosaur Center; and two, two-person raft rides with Wind River Canyon Whitewater and Fly Fishing.
     
  • A Worland package with four passes to the Worland Aquatic Center, four passes to the Washakie Museum, $25 gift certificate to Martinez’s Mexican Food and a $25 gift certificate to Mama Z’s Pizza.

For more information, please call Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site at 307-469-2234.

 
 

 

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

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