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Wyoming Territorial Prison Hosts Annual Pumpkin Walk Event, Oct. 6

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Autumn means colder temperatures, leaves turning color and time for family fun at the 9th annual Kids’ Pumpkin Walk on October 6 from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. 

Admission is free. You may bring a can food item that will be donated to the local food bank.

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, treats, and food vendors on site. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  This year’s event will feature more pumpkins, more activities, more parking plus two entrances to the site.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Wyoming Territorial Park Historic Association, Bertha Ward Family, Martin Marietta, Laramie GM Auto Center, LASSO Events, Coca-Cola, C&A Pat and Livestock Supply and WYDOT.

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., Laramie, WY.

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Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous This Weekend

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Visitors are invited to experience the Fur Trade Rendezvous era of the early-1800s during the 46th Annual Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous August 31 through September 3. The rendezvous is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

This widely popular celebration of the mountain man is one of the largest gatherings in the nation.

This event features food, shopping, kids activities, music, dancing, marksmanship competitions, and more.

"The Fort Bridger Rendezvous welcomes thousands of visitors each year from around the nation and the world," says Chris Floyd, Shoshone District Manager. "The event is a great way to experience authentic living history and to have some fun at the same time."

Admission for the general public is $5 for everyone 12 years and up. State regulations prohibit alcohol consumption. Dogs are welcome; however, please review the dog policy before bringing your dog(s) as violators will be fined. 7-15-09-052jpg-small-1

Also, visitors dressed in pre-1840s attire, head-to-toe enter free.

For more information, please visit www.fortbridgerrendezvous.net/.

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Final Fort Fred Steele Anniversary Presentation is Saturday

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The eighth and final program in the Fort Fred Steele 150th Anniversary Celebration Series focuses on Tie Hacks, from 1 – 4 p.m., September 1 on the grounds of the fort.

With the construction of the transcontinental railroad, a vast number of railroad ties were needed. Cutting timber to produce railroad ties was known as “tie hacking.”

Learn about one of the most interesting and exhausting jobs you might have had in the late 1880s and early 1900s.

Cake and refreshments will be served. For more information call Steve Horn, 307-320-3013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fort Fred Steele is located at Exit 228 on I-80 east of Rawlins.

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Bear River State Park Hosts Final Movie of the Summer

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The third in a series of family-friendly movies will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m., August 30 at the Rendezvous Area of Bear River State Park in Evanston. A showing of “Transformers” will be the final movie shown this summer.

Transformers will be shown on an inflatable movie screen. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a relaxing evening along the banks of the Bear River. This movie will be shown weather permitting.

For more information, please call Bear River State Park at 307-789-6547.

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Sinks Canyon Climbing Areas Reopened

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Perfect flying weather today helped in finishing Sinks Canyon's cheat grass management project early.

The closed climbing areas are reopened and ready for visitors effective immediately. 

The closures were originally expected to last through August 23.

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Bike Your Park Event Scheduled September 29

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 Experience Fort Bridger and Medicine Lodge Wyoming state historic sites in a way you may not have previously during the “Bike Your Park” event, September 29.

Bike Your Park is a nationwide program promoted by the Adventure Cycling Association that encourages and promotes cycling in parks and public lands. This year is the third annual Bike Your Park event. In the past two years, more than 20,000 people participated in approximately 2,500 rides in all 50 U. S. states and over a dozen countries

The Fort Bridger event begins in the main parking lot at 10 a.m. and features a two mile, easy ride.

The Medicine Lodge ride starts in front of the petroglyph cliff at 11 a.m., and has a distance of 1.5 miles over easy terrain. Both events are free to participants.DSCF5674

Riders are encouraged to wear bike helmets. Also, participants completing their respective course will receive free stickers commemorating the event.

Find out more about Bike Your Park Day at BikeYourParkDay.org and contact the Linley Mayer of Fort Bridger State Historic Site at 307-782-3842 if you are interested in joining.

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Bike Your Park Event Scheduled September 29

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Experience Fort Bridger and Medicine Lodge Wyoming state historic sites in a way you may not have previously during the “Bike Your Park” event, September 29.

Bike Your Park is a nationwide program promoted by the Adventure Cycling Association that encourages and promotes cycling in parks and public lands. This year is the third annual Bike Your Park event. In the past two years, more than 20,000 people participated in approximately 2,500 rides in all 50 U. S. states and over a dozen countries

The Fort Bridger event begins in the main parking lot at 10 a.m. and features a two mile, easy ride.

The Medicine Lodge ride starts in front of the petroglyph cliff at 11 a.m., and has a distance of 1.5 miles over easy terrain. Both events are free to participants.DSCF5674

Riders are encouraged to wear bike helmets. Also, participants completing their respective course will receive free stickers commemorating the event.

Find out more about Bike Your Park Day at BikeYourParkDay.org and contact the Linley Mayer of Fort Bridger State Historic Site at 307-782-3842 if you are interested in joining.

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2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

Sinks Canyon Closes Both Upper and Lower Climbing Areas - August 20-23

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Sinks Canyon is closing both the upper and lower climbing areas August 10 through August 23 to allow for a cheat grass management project.

The collaborative project, involving Sinks Canyon State Park, Wyoming Game and Fish, BLM and Fremont County Weed and Pest, will treat 406 acres of State and BLM land on the south facing slopes of the park with herbicides using a helicopter to apply the products.

The public and workers will be restricted from entering the treated area until spray has dried. This is a continuing effort to improve native species, restoration and wildlife following the Fairfield fire. The project will also decrease the risk of subsequent fire by reducing fine fuel loads attributed to annual invasive grass dominance.

 

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Motor Boat Gas Grants Available

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The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, is offering funding through its Motorboat Grant Program to Wyoming governmental entities for public boating facility improvements.  

Awards are based on a 50:50 cost share basis and can be used for construction, restoration, repair and other improvements of publicly owned boating facilities, including campgrounds, parking lots, shelters, picnic tables, and more. Applicants may apply for up to $25,000.00 worth of funding. The size of the grant award will be based on the number of applicants and the merits of the proposed projects.

The application deadline is September 15, 2018. For applications, guidelines, and specific conditions, please view the website at Wyoparks.state.wy.us/index.php/grants then proceed to Motorboat Gas Tax Grants or contact Tracy J. Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-777-8681.

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