Curt Gowdy State Park
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Introduction

Originally known as Granite State Park, Curt Gowdy State Park lies at the foothills of the Laramie Mountains. Spread across 3,395 acres the park is conveniently located in southeastern Wyoming, 25 miles west of Cheyenne and 25 miles east of Laramie. Curt Gowdy State Park is an adventure-oriented park boasting of popular recreational activities ranging from hiking and fishing to horseback riding and boating. For history lovers, there is the Hynds Lodge, a nice historical facility to be explored. Music lovers can spend time in the park's amphitheater that hosts multiple concerts, cultural activities, and musical events.

For another relaxing activity, RVers can embark on horseback riding. With a designated equestrian loop and free horse corral, the Curt Gowdy State Park is designed with avid equestrians in mind, making it the perfect destination to explore the park's diverse landscape on horseback. If you bring your horse with you in the trailer this horse-friendly park has a huge fenced pasture area.

Named after famous sportscaster Curt Gowdy, who was brought up in Wyoming, the park's highest elevation is 7,598 feet, providing spectacular views of the land beneath and the rolling hills. Thank to its reservoirs, Curt Gowdy holds a variety of water sports throughout the year including kayaking, water skiing, and canoeing. Granite Springs and Crystal reservoirs are open for boating and paddle boarding. However, swimming is not permitted.

For archery enthusiasts remember to pack your archery gear in your camper in preparation of the two-mile archery trail in the woods near the Granite Reservoir. There are no charges to use the park’s archery range. An archery contest is held annually. The Curt Gowdy State Park peak season is between May to September. If you are interested in learning more about the park’s history, activities and programs there is a visitor’s center.

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Transportation in Curt Gowdy State Park

Driving

When driving from Cheyenne Town take the exit at 10D and if coming from Laramie take exit 323 and follow Happy Jack Road, then County Road 106 and drive to the park’s entrance. There are designated and easily accessible equestrian and mountain biking trails. Curt Gowdy State Park RV sites are fairly level. The dump station may be closed sometimes forcing visitors to use an alternative dump station in the nearby towns of Laramie and Cheyenne. The drinking water system is seasonally closed. Wyoming is windy so ensure your tent is well pitched and RV sites are secure. There are ample parking lots, with the Aspen Grove Parking area and Volin Parking area being the main RV parking areas. There are more parking spaces inside the campground for overnight visitors. Keep in mind during winter some trails may be covered in snow.

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Campgrounds and parking in Curt Gowdy State Park

Campsites in Curt Gowdy State Park

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RV Camping at Curt Gowdy State Park

Engraved in the hilly section, Curt Gowdy State Park offers pet-friendly campgrounds featuring 159 electric and non-electric campsites spread across 12 camping areas including South Causeway, Tumbleweeds, Granite Point, Aspen Groove, Happy Jack, Twin Lakes Creek, Hecla Point, Pine Mountain, Twin Bays, Sherman Hills, North Causeway, and Federal Bay. Most of the campsites are designed in such a way that they give awesome views of the lake. You don’t have to worry if you are coming with your horse in your trailer since there is an equestrian trail and free public horse corrals near the Aspen Groove Campsite. Campsites are open for reservation up to 120 days in advance. The campgrounds are open year round, however some sites close during the winter.

90 of the Curt Gowdy State Park campsites can be reserved, while 69 sites are available on first-come, first-served basis. Amenities within the campground include a dump station, grills, fire pit, picnic tables, concession, fire rings, water faucets, restrooms, and shower rooms. Group camping areas are available. You can bring your own supplies with you or alternatively you can drive for approximately 30 minutes to Cheyenne town. There is a large kid’s playground and pets on a leash are welcome to the facility. Generator use is allowed. Campgrounds are well maintained and clean. Cell coverage is spotty and there is no Wi-Fi connectivity, so this is a great time to get unplugged and enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors.

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RV Camping at Curt Gowdy State Park

69 sites at Curt Gowdy State Park are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Amenities within the campground include a dump station, grills, fire pit, picnic tables, concession, fire rings, water faucets, restrooms, and shower rooms. Group camping areas are available. Pets are welcome as long as they are on a leash. The kids will love running around at the nearby playground. Generator use is also permitted.

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Seasonal activities in Curt Gowdy State Park

In-Season

Hiking

One of the most popular activities in Curt Gowdy State Park is hiking throughout its 35 miles of trails. Winding through the falls, granite outcroppings, pine trees, hills, and encircling the lake are a plethora of hiking trails offering RV visitors a chance to absorb the breathtaking views from different angles. For beginners, the park is laced with 10 easy and scenic trails of varying lengths and a dozen trails rated as moderate. For more challenging hikes, there are 11.3 miles of strenuous trails suitable for avid hikers. One of the most scenic trails is the Crow Creek Trail, which will enable visitors to discover the beautiful hidden falls. The park also has the one mile Kate’s Trail which is paved and handicap-accessible.

Fishing

Interestingly, the park is dotted with three distinguished reservoirs. Granite Springs is the biggest, Crystal is the smallest, and North Crow the most primitive, earning Curt Gowdy a stunning reputation for fishing. At the foothills of Laramie Mountains, anglers will love the opportunity to catch rainbow trout, cutthroat, and kokanee salmon. Also, the park has two ADA fishing piers. Ice fishing is available during winter. Make sure you pack your fishing gear in your camper for the chance to catch these incredible Wyoming waters.

Biking

Curt Gowdy State Park has some of the most top-notch mountain biking trails in Wyoming. For avid cyclers, there is no better way to explore the wonders of nature than cycling and this is true when it comes to mountain biking in Curt Gowdy State Park. Therefore remember to pack your mountain bike in your camper for maximum enjoyment. The single track biking trail designated as the Stone Temple Circuit Trail is a mix of easy paths and some difficult trails meant for expert riders to enjoy maneuvering over the granite slabs. From beginners to advanced bikers, the biking trail offers cyclists rewarding views of the gentle hills, hidden waterfalls, and granite cliffs.

Off-Season

Wildlife Viewing and Bird Watching

In addition to Curt Gowdy State Park epic adventures, there are plenty of wildlife to see including deer, rabbit, and bisons roaming freely around the park. With over 70 avian species, the park is a bird watchers' paradise with the commonly spotted birds being hummingbirds, pigmy nuthatches, and nutcrackers. During the spring you can enjoy watching plenty of waterfowls lining the shores of the three park reservoirs.

Exploring Hynds Lodge

For history lovers, the opportunity to camp and explore Hynds Lodge provides excellent views of the rolling green hills. Situated in the hillside and surrounded by granite formation this lodge is named after Harry P. Hynds, who initially donated this historic recreational camp to the Wyoming Boy Scouts in 1922. In 1971 the Hynds Lodge was included in National Register of Historic Places and today it serves as a camping lodge for Curt Gowdy State Park visitors. Amenities include a kitchen, dining room, porch, and fireplace. The lodge is open from early May to October each year.

Picnicking

Take your lunch and drive the rig to Curt Gowdy State Park- the number one picnic site in Wyoming. Here you can enjoy your meal and have ample family time in any of the park’s seven picnic shelters. If you are planning for a reunion or large gathering there are three available group picnic shelters which can be reserved early in advance to avoid disappointment.

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