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In the vast expanse of Wyoming, at the foothills of the Laramie Mountains, you’ll find a state park steeped in picturesque natural luxury. Curt Gowdy State Park looks like a painting. It's located midway between Laramie and downtown Cheyenne, and an hour north of Fort Collins, CO.
In 1971, the National Boy Scouts of America and the city of Cheyenne agreed to make this great plot of land off of Route 210 a state park. They named it after Curt Gowdy, a beloved sportscaster who was popular in the '60s and '70s. He was the “Voice of the Red Sox” and grew up in Wyoming.
In addition to its natural beauty and expansive list of outdoor activities, Curt Gowdy State Park has an amphitheater that regularly hosts concerts and other cultural events throughout the year. Whether you’re a nature photographer, hiker, biker, angler, or general outdoor enthusiast, Curt Gowdy State Park has you covered. Rent an RV in Laramie County today and start planning your trip.
There's so much to do at Curt Gowdy State Park. Probably the most unique activity is the archery course. The course is ranked as one of the top archery courses in the state and meets National Field Archery Association standards. Archers at Curt Gowdy State Park have a full 28-target course that's sure to sharpen their skills.
Three large reservoirs are nestled within the park and provide water fun for its visitors. The water is perfect for fishing or swimming. When it comes to boating, Crystal Reservoir and Granite Reservoir allow both motorized and non-motorized vehicles. Motors are restricted to 15 horsepower. North Crow Reservoir only allows non-motorized boats. In winter, boaters at Curt Gowdy State Park try out a different activity called ice sailing. It combines ice skating with the style of a sailboat and is very popular among park visitors.
Outdoor explorers will be impressed with the hiking at Curt Gowdy State Park. There are over 35 miles of hiking trails to discover. Many of the trails are accessible, and the variety of trails offers something for all skill sets. Nature walks, giant hill climbs, this park has it all. One trail leads you to a beautiful waterfall while another takes you 7,600 feet above sea level. Wildlife viewing at Curt Gowdy is very rewarding due to the scenic wonderlands and diverse ecosystems you'll get to explore in the park.
Curt Gowdy State Park campers have 159 RV-friendly campsites to choose from between a few different campgrounds, 90 of which are reservation only while 69 are first-come, first-served. You can reserve a campsite up to four months ahead of time. There aren't any sewer hookups on-site; however, water and 30 and 50-amp electrical hookups are available. The park does not provide a dump station either, but drinking water is available.
There are a decent amount of amenities for those camping at Curt Gowdy State Park. A camp store sells firewood and other RV camping goodies. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire ring to stay warm and roast marshmallows. The campground provides vault toilets and hot showers as well. Motorhome campers should have no problem staying connected, as the park has decent cell phone reception for most major carriers.
The closest major city to the park is the state’s capital, Cheyenne. No Curt Gowdy State Park camping trip would be complete without a stop in the big city. Discover Cheyenne by foot, on a “Boot Tour”, or on one of their famous Wild West Tours. Whether you’re in town to go shopping, have a nice dinner, or see a big concert, this city has everything you’ll need for a memorable experience.
If you’re looking for an authentic Mountain States experience, take the short drive west to Laramie. Learn to dress like a cowboy and visit a high-energy rodeo. Make sure to check out the Art Museum or the Laramie Plains Museum. Or, stop by the Ames Monument or Lincoln Monument. The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, which gives the area a fun, young spirit as well. Take a walking tour, go for a hike, or learn all about the area’s history.
Just north of the park, you’ll find “a small town with a big heart.” Chugwater has a friendly, welcoming community that just wants to show you around. You’ll have to visit the Chugwater Museum, which has over 3,000 photographs, documents, and letters that keep the history of Chugwater’s history alive. Enjoy some local grub, and, if your timing is good, check out the annual Chugwater Chilli Cookoff.
You won't find many gas stations in the immediate vicinity; however, Cheyenne is a 55-mile drive east of the park and is full of all the amenities you’ll need to get back on the road. You can top off the gas tank of your camper rental, try some local cuisine, and get prepared for the next leg of your trip. If you’re up to it, I-25 can take you directly from Cheyenne to the big city of Denver, Colorado.