Wyoming ranked best in outdoor winter recreation

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Wyoming is the best state in the nation for outdoor winter recreation, according to a new national ranking, surpassing both Utah, who placed second, and Colorado, third.

The rankings were released earlier this week by GoAllOutdoors.com.

In announcing the ranking, the website stated, “Wyoming topped our list as the top state for outdoor winter activities, and for good reason. This state has some of the most public land acreage in the country, and is one of the five mountain states on our list.

“Wyoming is a winter wonderland,” said Domenic Bravo Administrator for state parks and the outdoor recreation office. “There are so many outdoor recreation adventures you can have in a setting that is second to none.”

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You can see these #1 rankings elsewhere like Wyoming’s Snowmobile Trails have been ranked in the top five destinations by SNOWEST over the last few years and our Jackson Hole Ski Resort has been ranked 8 years in a row as #1 by Forbes Magazine.  Wyoming state parks have been recognized over the last two cycles as one of the top four state parks systems in the nation by NRPA.

Wyoming is used to being a state of 1st, with the first National Park, The first national monument and this year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of being the first government entity to grant women the right to vote.

 

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Curt Gowdy State Park public meeting scheduled January 31

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Contact: Christina Bird, 777-7878

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            A public meeting regarding camping improvements to Curt Gowdy State Park is scheduled for 6 p.m., January 31 at the Wyoming State Museum Multi-Purpose Room.

            Plans are currently underway for improvements and additions to Curt Gowdy based on visitor feedback. Some of these improvements include a variety of camping opportunities such as larger pull-thru and group campsites with electrical pedestals, walk-in campsites and cabins.

            For more information about the meeting, please contact Christina Bird at 777-7878.

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Trails Advisory Council to meet in Saratoga January 25

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Contact: Louisa Lopez, 307-777-6491

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A meeting of the Wyoming Trails Advisory Council will be held, January 25, at 9 a.m. at the Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga, Wyo.

Agenda items include discussion of land use planning, approval of Recreational Trails Program and the Trails OHV Partnership grants.  

The Wyoming State Trails Advisory Council is a ten-member recreational trail advisory committee appointed by the Governor to advise the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources regarding trail policies, functions and priorities.

Persons with questions concerning the meeting are asked to call 777-6491.

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Nearly 300 participate in Wyoming State Parks First Day Hike events

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Contact: Paul Gritten, 307-777-8557

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Despite below-zero wind chills temperatures through much of the state, nearly 300 people participated in this year’s Wyoming State Parks sponsored First Day Hikes event.

Sixteen New Year’s Day guided hikes and walks were held at state park and historic site venues statewide in conjunction with similar hikes held in all 50 states; a part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. South Pass City has rescheduled their hike for this Saturday.

Comments received from participants at Edness Kimball Wilkens State Park included, “Love the First Day Hike, no better way to start the New Year.”

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This was the eighth consecutive year Wyoming has offered free First Day Hikes, and saw 281 people participate resulting in more than 600 combined miles hiked.

Sites participating in this year’s event and the number of hikers were: Bear River, 5; Boysen, 8; Buffalo Bill, 11; Curt Gowdy, 35; Edness Kimball Wilkins, 15; Fort Bridger, 33; Fort Fetterman, 1; Fort Phil Kearny, 9; Fort Steele, 5; Guernsey, 34; Hot Springs, 22; Keyhole, 7; Medicine Lodge, 27; Sinks Canyon, 18; and Trail End, 51. 
Photo: First Day Hikers enjoy the day at Sinks Canyon State Park.

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

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December 12, 2018

Contact: Paul Gritten, 307-777-8557

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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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

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Contact: Domenic Bravo, 307-777-6324

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

             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

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Contact: Domenic Bravo, 307-777-6324

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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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Wyoming Territorial Prison Hosts Holiday Light Trail Event

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Enjoy a special opportunity to experience the Wyoming Territorial Prison Holiday Light Show up close by walking the Holiday Light Trail December 8 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Territorial Prison’s spectacular light show features more than 10,000 lights and 20 displays synchronized to favorite holiday songs.

Normally, this annual show can only be experienced from your car with your radio tuned to 99.5 FM.

This one-time opportunity allows the public on the grounds of the Territorial Prison. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, and 11 and younger free. Admission to the event also includes a raffle ticket to win a gift basket from the gift shop. The admission fee supports the WTP’s Holiday Music and Light Show and other programs.

For more information, please contact Renee Slider or Lynette Nelson at 307-745.3733. WTPsnowy-1-2016

The Wyoming Territorial Prison is located at 975 Snowy Range Road in Laramie.

 

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Big Horn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative to meet Saturday

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The Big Horn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative is scheduled to meet this Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Worland Community Center Complex in Worland. 

The Collaborative is continuing to explore ways to promote outdoor recreation, develop new recreation opportunities, and create a plan to enhance the Big Horn Basin's recreation-based economy and quality of life.

The Collaborative consists of citizens, local, state and federal government, business owners, and outdoor recreation interest groups. 

The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office and Wyoming State Parks are facilitating the discussions and helping to inform members of potential funding resources to support their initiatives.  

The meeting is open to the public and comment is welcomed at 12:15 p.m.  For more information contact Brooks Jordan at 307-431-9921 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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