What to do in Curt Gowdy State Park

Curt Gowdy State Park, named after the famous broadcaster, was established in 1971 through a lease agreement with the city of Cheyenne and the Boy Scouts. Today it is administered by the Division of State Parks and Historic Sites, Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources. This region was a favored camping area for the Comanche, Pawnee, Crow and Shoshone during their search for bison. Other tribes, including the Iowa, Cheyenne, Arapaho and
Sioux are thought to have also roamed the area. The arrival of Union Pacific construction crews in the 1860s caused Native Americans to be pressured on the ever-shrinking hunting lands and their presence diminished into oblivion on the lands now known as Curt Gowdy State Park.

Seven sections of richly varied landscape, flora and fauna decorate the foothills of the Laramie Mountains just 24 miles west of Cheyenne and 23 miles east of Laramie, Wyoming.

Several historic sites of note lie nearby, including Ames monument. In addition to two reservoirs,
the park includes Hynds Lodge which is listed on the National Register and an amphitheater available for concert, theater and many other cultural activities. The area is one of low-lying meadows, gently rolling hills and massive steep granite formations. Wildlife abounds and both reservoirs are stocked by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. For Park Information contact Curt Gowdy State Park, 1351 Hynds Lodge Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82009, (307) 632-7946.

Recreation
Recreational activities in the park include camping, fishing, boating, windsurfing, and wildlife viewing.

Location
In fairly close proximity to the Colorado border, 12 miles directly south, and the Nebraska border, 61 miles east, the beautiful attractions within Curt Gowdy State Park are also near the crossroads of two major interstates, I-80 and I-25.

Climate
As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations. Elevations vary from approximately 5,600 feet to 8,000 feet.

Address
1351 Hynds Lodge Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Phone: 307-632-7946

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