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State Parks Accepting Bids on 14 Bison

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            Written bids for 14 animals from the state bison herd will be accepted at the Hot Springs State Park office in Thermopolis until 5 p.m., January 3 for the purchase of the following bison: four 2017 heifer calves, five 2017 bull calves, two 2016 yearling bulls, one 2016 yearling heifer, one two-year-old bull and one 10-year-old bull.  

            All animals have all been properly vaccinated. Minimum bids are as follows: $2,500 for 2016 yearlings, $1,800 for 2017 calves, $3,500 for the two-year-old bull (potential breeding bull) and $5,000 for the 10-year-old breeding bull.

Bids will be accepted for any or all of these bison. Each animal offered will be sold to the highest bidder, subject to the minimum bid specified in the sales list provided by the State. Buyers may begin picking up their animals on January 8.

For bison information, please call Jody Lange at 307-921-2610 or John Fish at 307-921-1965 or Kevin Skates at 307-921-2057. The Hot Springs State Park headquarters number is 307-864-2176.

All settlements will be made with the Superintendent of Hot Springs State Park within seven days of successful bid notification.

   
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

 

Wyoming State Parks First Day Hikes Scheduled

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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 seventh consecutive year Wyoming is offering free First Day Hikes.  Last year, more than 500 people participated hiking more than 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. Hike begins at City of Evanston Bear Community Center/Ice Ponds.  Begin at 9 a.m. Snacks, warm drinks and door prizes available at Park Visitor Center.

Boysen State Park – Approx. 1 mile hike through moderate to difficult terrain. Hike begins and ends at Park Headquarters at 10 a.m. where hot chocolate and refreshments will be served. 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. and expected to end at approx. 3 p.m. Camp fire (weather dependent) and hot drinks provided. Dogs on leashes permitted.

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

Edness Kimball 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 from museum parking lot to the fort cemetery and back. Begins at 10 a.m. Coffee and hot chocolate provided. 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. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Guernsey State Park – Two trails, one a 2.5 mile hike along the CCC Trail, the second (shorter in length) along the Roadway Trail. Both start at 10 a.m. and end at the Castle. Meet at yurts. Hot chocolate and snacks available at the end of the hikes. 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. Coffee, hot chocolate and chili available after the hikes. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Keyhole State Park -  1.3 mile hike from park headquarters to the Tatanka shelter on the Marina Trail (concrete walking path). Starts at 10 a.m. and expected to last approx. 2 hours. Hot cocoa, tea, coffee and snacks provided. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site - one mile hike on Nature Trail and park road.  Meet in main parking area at 10 a.m. Ice skating after hike on new rink. Bring own skates or borrow ours (limited supply). Refreshments served after hike. Dogs on leashes permitted.

Sinks Canyon  Approx.  3 mile hike on the Canyon Loop Trail. Hikes 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 – Two-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. Hot chocolate, healthy snacks and raffle at end of the hike. 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.

 

   
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

 

Fort Phil Kearny observes winter hours, Tours by appointment

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December 7, 2017

Contact: Misty Stoll, 307-684-7629

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site interpretive center is now observing winter hours: outdoor areas are open sun-up to sun-down, and the interpretive center is open by appointment.      To schedule a visit for yourself or a group, please call 307-684-7629.

        The Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center yearly schedule is as follows:

        May 1 - Sept 30: OPEN every day 8-6
        Oct 1 - Nov 30: OPEN Wed. - Sun. 12-4
        Dec 1 - April 30: OPEN by appointment

Also, Stay tuned for a schedule of events for the Dec 21 annual Battle of the Hundred Hands 151stAnniversary battlefield tour!

   
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

 

Wyoming State Park Gift Certificates, Ornaments Available

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Give the gift of the outdoor experience this year! Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails are offering Gift Certificates for Annual Park Permits valid at any Wyoming State Park or Historic Site for 2018.

 Also available are Rental Unit Gift Certificates valid at any Wyoming State Park yurt, cabin and tree house facility yes, you read that right… Tree House. 

To go with your Wyoming State Park Gift Certificate, Wyo Parks is also offering a limited supply of ornaments.

These beautiful woodworking ornaments are available for the following sites: Bear River, Curt Gowdy, Glendo, Hot Springs and Sinks Canyon State Parks, as well as Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site, Trail End Historic Site and Pioneer Museum.

From Dec 1-15, buy 3 or more ornaments and get 25% off your order (online only). Ornaments can be purchased at wyoparks.state.wy.us or by visiting the Wyoming State Park Headquarters. 

For more information on our Gift Certificates or Ornaments, please call our Wyoming State Park Headquarters at 307-777-6323.

Wyoming State Park Headquarters are located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue 4th Floor in Cheyenne.

   
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

 

Winter Recreational Opportunities

We would like to thank all the park visitors who visited Glendo State Park during the month of November. According to Ranger Clark the vast majority of people who came to the park to mountain bike, fish, bird watch, and hunt pheasants paid their park fees and played by the rules. Thank you so much!

The mountain bike trails are in great condition and with the warmer weather we have seen an increase in traffic compared to last year. Keep in mind that the trails are open year around; however, we do ask you to avoid riding on them if they are wet. Generally speaking, when we get snow at Glendo it melt within quickly and the trails are dried out within just a few days.

If you have questions about trail conditions or to reserve one of our three yurts in Two Moon Campground call 307-735-4433. 

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Christmas Celebration Planned at Fort Bridger

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Gather the family and enjoy “Christmas at the Fort,” for a visit with Santa, a special reading of the “Night Before Christmas,” and more December 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Fort Bridger State Historic Site.

The festivities will take place in the Commanding Officer’s Quarters. Visitors can enjoy caroling, dancing, children’s activities and refreshments, as well as a reading of the Night Before Christmas at the beginning of every hour in the family parlor.

Cost of the celebration is $5 per person with children ages five and younger free.

For more information, please call 307-782-3842, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Facebook.

 

   
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

 

Ft. Phil Kearny State Historic Site Hosts Annual Kids' Pheasant Hunt

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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site hosts the Fifth Annual Kids’ Pheasant Hunt on November 25-26. 

The event is an opportunity for families and friends wanting to hunt with young people ages 17 and younger to harvest pheasants, practice safe hunting skills, and enjoy the Piney Creek landscape at the historic Fort grounds. 

Hunters will launch at two times during each day: 8:30 a.m. in the morning and 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. All parties must include a minimum of one youth hunter and a maximum of one adult hunter. Additional adults are encouraged to accompany the party but will not be allowed to hunt. 

Hunters wishing to participate in the Kids’ Hunt are encouraged to call Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center at 307-684-7629 to sign up with a staff person or leave a message with desired hunt time and day.  Hunters may also call or text 307-620-0331 to register. Birds are released before the event and space is limited.

The event is an opportunity for adults to demonstrate good hunting practices while making the youth experience a priority.  “Wyoming Game and Fish has been an excellent partner in providing this opportunity for hunters,” says Misty Stoll, Fort Phil Kearny Superintendent.  “We love to keep this weekend open for kids to have the time and space they need to really get after a bird!”

Those wishing to register on the day of the hunt should arrive at 8 a.m. to register for the morning hunt and 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon hunt.  All hunters must have valid licenses and conservation stamps. 

Cost is $2 per adult for Wyoming Residents and $4 per adult for Out-Of-State Hunters.  Hunters ages 17 and under will hunt free.  The Annual Fort Phil Kearny Kids’ Hunt is made possible by a partnership with Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 

 

Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming.  For more information (307) 684-7629.

   
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

 

Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site Hosts Holiday Light Show

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Come celebrate the holiday season with a synchronized light and music show at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, in Laramie.

Experience the “Magic of Lights”, a dazzling show of more than 10,000 lights, 20 displays synchronized to favorite holiday songs making it one of the largest light shows in the area.

Running from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. nightly, November 24 through December 31, it can be viewed from the comfort of your own car in the Territorial Prison’s spacious parking lot. Listeners tune in to 99.5 FM.

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“State Parks’ mission is to Impact Communities and Enrich Lives,” Site Supervisor Deborah Amend said. “With this gift from us to the community, we want to give joy, make memories for families, and become a holiday tradition for years to come.” 

A new piece is added each year to the display – come out and see for yourselves!

The display is made possible by our sponsors, the Wyoming Territorial Prison Park Historic Association and Fremont Electric.

   
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

 

Historic Governors' Mansion Schedules Public Holiday Photo Sessions

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As part of this year’s Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion “Tinsel Through Time: A Night Before Christmas” celebration, the public can schedule to have their Holiday photos taken at the Mansion.

This is an opportunity for the public to take their family photos in front of the mansion’s wonderful holiday décor. The public is invited to schedule 25-minute photo sessions on November 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or November 12, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Cost is $95 and includes five digital images. Please call the mansion at 777-7878 to schedule.

This year’s Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion annual “Tinsel Through Time: The Night Before Christmas” event features collections related to the poem by Clement C. Moore and holiday décor through the ages.

This year’s festivities begin with an opening reception on November 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features entertainment and refreshments. The exhibit continues through December 23Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 24.

Also, visit the Historic Governors’ Mansion website at wyoparks.org to RSVP for a variety of holiday events including two new “Craft in a Flash” offerings and Children’s Holiday Teas. All event are free and open to the public.

Tinsel Through Time: The Night before Christmas is sponsored by Trader’s Shopper’s Guide, Wyoming State Parks and Visit Cheyenne.

   
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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