Visit Curt Gowdy State Park for fall color, 35 miles of trails, and wildlife as diverse as its terrain.
Halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie, 2,000-acre Curt Gowdy State Park presents a new frontier. September marks the second anniversary of a 35-mile trail system that allows hikers and bikers to traverse the shorelines of two reservoirs as well as rolling hills and granite formations.
It’s also a good time to see changing aspen leaves. “Fall brings more color and fewer people to the park,” says state trail expert Paul Gritten.
Named for the famous sportscaster and Wyoming native, Gowdy features wildlife as diverse as its terrain. Visitors can catch rainbow trout and spot mule deer, coyotes, and migrating birds, including great blue herons and downy woodpeckers.
Aspen Grove Trailhead is the starting point of a relaxing three-mile out-and-back hike along Crow Creek. The evergreen-shaded path follows the creek upstream, cutting through a valley that ends at Hidden Falls. The one-mile El Alto trail is rocky but scenic, leading to the park’s highest spot, a stunning vantage point to watch the sun set over the High Plains. (307) 632-7946, wyoparks.state.wy.us.
Photography courtesy of Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trail
This article was first published in September 2014. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.