Curt Gowdy State Park

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Curt Gowdy State Park
Wyoming State Park
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Curt Gowdy State Park
named for: Curt Gowdy
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Laramie County
Location
 - coordinates 41°10′25″N 105°13′36″W / 41.17361°N 105.22667°W / 41.17361; -105.22667Coordinates: 41°10′25″N 105°13′36″W / 41.17361°N 105.22667°W / 41.17361; -105.22667
Founded 1971
Managed by Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources
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Location of Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming
Location of Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming
Website : Curt Gowdy State Park

Curt Gowdy State Park is a state park in Albany and Laramie Counties, Wyoming, USA, halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie on Wyoming Highway 210.[1] It was established in 1971 and later named in March 1972 for sportscaster Curt Gowdy (1919–2006). It is part of the Laramie Mountains and 3,400 acres (1,400 ha) in size. It is divided into seven sections.[1] There are three reservoirs: Granite Springs, Crystal, and North Crow. Granite is the largest and Crystal the smallest.[1][2] Available activities include boating, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, camping, rockhounding, archery, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The terrain consists primarily of hills with sharp granite outcroppings.[3] Wildlife that can be found include: kokanee salmon, perch, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, white-tailed deer, and mule deer. Many birds and flowers are found.[4] Accommodation is available at Hynds Lodge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.[1][5]

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails began an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) trail improvement project in early 2006. IMBA later designated the park an "Epic" trail system.[2][6] The park, in common with most of Wyoming's state parks, is a reservoir park, which tends to limit aquatic activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming. In 2009 Wyoming began a program to build additional hiking trails in several Wyoming state parks. Curt Gowdy State Park served as the pilot project for this program, with 32 miles of additional trails. The state requires that the newly built trails do not fundamentally alter the landscape of the park. Funding for the trails comes from several federal and state funds and private donations.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Curt Gowdy State Park". Wyoming State Parks. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Curt Gowdy State Park". Wyoming Tourism. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Curt Gowdy State Park". Public Lands Information Center. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Curt Gowdy State Park". Cool State Parks. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Curt Gowdy State Park". Sangres. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Curt Gowdy State Park". Epics. International Mountain Biking Association. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Korn, Marjorie (March 17, 2009). "Wyo Looks To Expand Trails At State Parks". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 

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