Wyoming July 19, 2018
7 Lesser-Known State Parks In Wyoming That Will Absolutely Amaze You
Wyoming is a beautiful state, but not everyone is up to backcountry camping and hiking to see the most stunning, remote spots around. That’s why Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are so popular! These easily accessible National Parks come with overwhelming crowds in the summer, though. When everyone heads to Yellowstone, skip the crowds and head out to enjoy your outdoor adventure at one of these underrated Wyoming State Parks.
1. Bear River State Park
Bear River State Park offers a great vistor's center, picnic area, trails, andgreat wildlife viewing. There are captive bison and elk that you can check out any time. The Bear River Greenway connects the park to downtown Evanston, and you'll find a few miles of well maintained trail along the Bear River here. Visit the park during the last weekend of August for the Bear River Rendezvous.
2. Seminoe State Park
Seminoe State Park provides beautiful views of the Seminoe Mountains and Reservoir in Carbon County, Wyoming. You can camp, hike, fish and picnic here, and there's plenty of water for boating and paddling. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, because this area is inhabited by bobcats, mule deer, moose, elk, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, and bald eagles.
3. Edness K. Wilkins State Park
This small park offers a beautiful escape along the water. Enjoy a picnic, bird watching, a nature walk, a quick swim, or head out on your boat to go fishing.
4. Keyhole State Park
Keyhole State Park surrounds theKeyhole Reservoir, an impoundment of the Belle Fourche River, and was formed in 1952. Today, you can camp in these wild lands, boat, fish, paddle and swim.
5. Guernsey State Park
The Guernsey Reservoir along the North Platte River is the site of a beautiful state park that features some of the most unique CCC structures you'll find in the state. There are miles of hiking trails, plenty of campsites, and public boat ramps as well.
6. Glendo State Park
Glendo State Park is worth visiting just for the view of Laramie Peak alone! This beautiful park surrounds the Glendo Reservoir on the North Platte River. You'll find plenty of mountain bike trails, hundreds of campsites, paddling, and some of the best fishing in the state.
7. Hawk Springs State Park
Some of the best birding in the state can be done at this beautiful park! You can camp here or just hang out by the water for a picnic. Boating and fishing are popular too. Look out for blue-winged and green-winged teals, wood ducks, pintails and gadwalls. There's also a great blue heron rookery in the reservoir that is accessible by boat.
What’s your favorite Wyoming state park? I love them all… but the views from Seminoe can’t be beat. Don’t forget to share your best Wyoming photos with us in our
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