The beauty of Wyoming is in its abundance of untouched natural habitats. Wyoming’s state parks exemplify every aspect of a natural environment. If you love nature and the great outdoors, then check out this ultimate guide to some of the best state parks in Wyoming.
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1. Bear River State Park
Bear River State Park is located just outside of Evanston. This is a year-round park that can be used during the day. No overnight activities are allowed. You will find bison and elk that are in environments accessible for public viewing. There are also trails for hiking that are used as ski and snowshoeing trails in the winter.
2. Boysen Lake State Park
Boysen Lake State Park is located along the Ash, Boysen route in Shoshoni. The park is centered around a lake that is located at the mouth of the Wind River Canyon and caters to a variety of water activities. The park also features some interesting geological formations. The park is open year-round and offers a lot of camping options.
3. Buffalo Bill State Park
Buffalo Bill State Park is located in Cody. The outstanding feature of this park is the Absaroka Mountains. You can camp at either North Shore Bay Campground or North Ford Campground. There is also a trail, called the Eagle Point Trail, that is handicapped accessible.
4. Curt Gowdy State Park
Curt Gowdy State Park consists of three reservoirs with the Laramie mountains in the background. The most scenic areas of the park are along the intersection of I-80 and I-25. The three reservoirs are Granite, Crystal, and North Crow where you can enjoy fishing and water sports. The three campsites are Tumbleweed, Camp Russell, and Aspen Grove. If you don't want to camp then you can stay at Hynds Lodge. The park also consists of an amphitheater for concerts and theatrical presentations. This beautiful park is made up of meadows, rolling hills, and granite formations.
5. Glendo State Park
Glendo State Park is full of Wyoming history. This area is reminiscent of Native American activity. Tipi rings and cultural artifacts can still be found in the park. Branches of the Oregon-Utah-California trail snakes through the park as well. Camping is available at Reno Cove, Custer Cove, Whiskey Gulch and Sagebrush, Two Moon, Sandy Beach, and Elk Horn.
6. Guernsey State Park
Guernsey State Park is made up of a lake, trails, and even a museum. Five out of the seven campgrounds surround the lake. There is a trail system that starts at Brimmer Point that consists of loops and views of the reservoir and dam.
7. Seminoe State Park
Seminoe State Park is located in Sinclair and is at the base of the Seminoe Mountains. This area is great for its water activities, especially fishing. Camping areas consist of North Red Hills Camping, South Red Hills Camping, and Sunshine Beach Camping that has some sandy coves.
8. Sinks Canyon State Park
Sinks Canyon State Park is located in Lander. This park is very unique because of its geological phenomenon. The Popo Agie River disappears into a cavern known as the Sinks and then reappears downstream. The park features a visitor center, hiking trails, camping, rock climbing, fishing, and potential sightings of wildlife such as black bears, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and moose.
9. Hot Springs State Park
Hot Springs State Park, located in Thermopolis, is home to mineral hot springs that maintain a temperature of 135ºF. Therapeutic bathing can be enjoyed at the park's Bath House where the water is 104ºF and is the largest mineral hot spring in the world. You can also enjoy hiking trails, fishing, boating, and bison viewing.