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Archery

The Archery Range at Curt Gowdy State Park is located near the Aspen Grove Trail Head near Granite Reservoir and is free to use. It’s built to National Field Archer Association standards and is one of the area’s larger outdoor ranges. 

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ATV/ORV

ORV’s include motorcycles, ATVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles primarily used off-road. In Wyoming, these vehicles can ride on both trails and roads in the richly varied landscape of Curt Gowdy State Park and Medicine Bow National Forest.

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Biking-Road/Mountain

Miles of trails and roads are accessible by mountain bike and these remote, winding roads are ideal for cycling and trails. Bikers will also find rocky technical sections, huge rock formations, and spectacular views.

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Bird Watching

This spectacular area boasts clear blue skies and is home to abundant wildlife. Bird watchers will be treated to variety of native and non-native birds. A wide variety of birds, inlcuding golden and bald eagles can be seen soaring through wide open skies. 

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Boating

Granite Reservoir is the largest of the park’s three reservoirs; it is open to all types of watercraft. Boats with a 15-horsepower limit are allowed on Crystal reservoir, while Upper North Crow Reservoir is an unimproved, day-use area open only to human-powered boats.

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Bouldering

Bouldering is a style of rock climbing without a rope and usually limited to short climbs. Several areas within Curt Gowdy State Park have been good bouldering spots. The granite rock formations at Vedauwoo make Bouldering a world-class sport.

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Camping

Get back to nature with a camping experience in reservable campsites in all areas. Some sites are even adjacent to horse corrals. In Curt Gowdy click here to reserve. In Medicine Bow click here or call 877-444-6777. 

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Canoe & Kayak

With three reservoirs and more than 400 acres of water, Curt Gowdy State Park offers watersport opportunities for all types of boating enthusiasts — from pleasure boating to kayaking and canoeing. The Upper North Crow is open only to human-powered boats.

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Cross-Country Skiing

In the wintertime, hiking trails become a wonderland for tubing, sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. This natural treasure provides accessible, fun family adventure, with an average snowfall amount of 50 inches and a diverse landscape. 

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Fall Colors

The miles of walking and biking trails situated around three beautiful reservoirs are  an unforgettable way to take in the Fall colors, which are usually best from early September until mid-October. Aspen tree stands are plentiful in this area. 

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Family Activities

Curt Gowdy State Park offers a wide variety of programs for fun family adventure. The many trailheads provide the most popular starting points for dozens of diverse trails for hikers, bikers and off-road vehicle users of every level of experience.

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Fishing

The three reservoirs at Curt Gowdy State Park are the perfect place to enjoy fishing, with rainbow trout and kokanee salmon fishing as well as space for water sports. Numerous streams and beaver ponds provide visitors with easy access to fishing for brook trout.

 

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Geoaching

Geocaching asks participants to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” anywhere in the world.

 

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Hiking & Nature Trails

Curt Gowdy State Park features approximately 32 miles of beautiful hiking trails. Trails range from easy to expert. Trail guides are available are available upon entrance to the park at the visitor center 1319 Hynds Lodge Road.  Medicine Bow Trailheads are plentiful and maintained.

 

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Horseback Riding

Horses are welcome in certain areas of Curt Gowdy State Park and Medicine Bow National Forest. Horses are allowed on hiking trails unless a trail is designated for foot travel only. And some campgrounds are next to horse corrals. 

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Ice Boating

An ice boat is designed to run over ice instead of through water. This wintertime activity is especially fun on the reservoirs of Curt Gowdy State Park. Call the Visitors Center to get the status of the ice and to make sure you have access on wintery days:  307-632-7946.

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Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is an extremely popular winter sport on all of the reservoirs in Curt Gowdy State Park. Granite and Crystal are often the first to ice up and have nice sized perch if the trout aren’t biting. Upper North Crow has rainbow and brown trout, splake and grayling.

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Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is a popular summertime activity on the three reservoirs at Curt Gowdy State Park. Crystal Reservoir is more southern and jet skis are prohibited, making it perfect for kayaking of stand up paddle boarding. Click here for watercraft regulations.

 

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Photography

Amateur and professional photographers travel to Curt Gowdy State Park and Medicine Bow National Forest for the spectacular scenic views. And with some of the most unique rock formations in the world, Vedauwoo is a unique backdrop for photographers.

 

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Picnic Areas

The entire area has a number of developed picnic areas and rustic areas where you can get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors. The Vedauwoo area is world famous for towering rock formations, making it the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable picnic.

 

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Sledding

In the wintertime, hiking trails become a wonderland for tubing, sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. This natural treasure provides accessible, fun family adventure, most of which can be had free of charge!

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Snowshoeing

In the wintertime, hiking trails become a wonderland for tubing, sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. This natural treasure provides accessible, fun family adventure, most of which can be had free of charge! 

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Technical Rock Climbing

For those who love to climb, this area west of Cheyenne is all about the rocks! For those who love to climb, Vedauwoo offers amazing rock formations for experts and beginners alike. Climbing here comes in all forms; bouldering, belaying, scrambling and rappelling. 

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Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife watching here is never disappointing. Native ground squirrels, mule deer, elk, yellow-bellied marmots, and chipmunks abound in this area. Plus, a wide variety of aquatic life can be found in the reservoir waters.

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