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Spend Time at Wyoming’s Parks and Recreation Areas

Explore Wyoming’s parks and recreation areas to fully appreciate the beauty of the state. Bear River State Park spans 300 acres near Evanston. Enjoy wildlife viewing, hiking, and cross-country skiing. In late August the park hosts the popular Bear River Rendezvous to celebrate the region’s trapping heritage. Happy Jack Recreation Area in the Medicine Bow National Forest is a fun destination year-round.

Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in summer and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in winter. Hot Springs State Park boasts the largest mineral hot springs in the world. Situated in Thermopolis, the park offers indoor and outdoor pools at the State Bath House.

Enjoy scenic views of wildlife at the suspension bridge over the Big Horn River, and hike to see travertine formations, terraces, and flower gardens. Seminoe State Park near Sinclair offers swimming and boating at the Seminoe Reservoir. Anglers flock to the area to catch trout and walleye. Take advantage of the fire pits and scenic picnic areas for a relaxing afternoon. Sinks Canyon State Park is located at the base of the Wind River Mountains near Lander. Hike to see waterfalls or enjoy fishing, climbing, and scenic drives.

Bear River State Park

Established in 1991, Bear River State Park covers 300 acres in southwestern Wyoming near Evanston. The park is ideal for hiking and cross country skiing, plus nature viewing and picnicking. Operated by the Wyoming Division of State Parks & Historic Sites, the park draws over 200,000 annual visitors. Bear River State Park hosts the annual Bear River Rendezvous during Labor Day weekend.

Happy Jack Recreation Area

Set in the Medicine Bow National Forest, the Happy Jack Recreation Area is located in southeast Wyoming – just 10 miles east of Laramie and less than an hour northwest of Cheyenne. Set off Interstate 80 and Wyoming State Route 210, HJRA features trails surrounding Pole Mountain – with a top elevation of 8,850 feet.

The Happy Jack Recreation Area is a four-season destination – ideal for mountain biking and trail running during the summer, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. Rest easy at a Best Western hotel in Laramie after a day on the trails.

Hot Springs State Park

In 1897, Hot Springs State Park, located in Thermopolis, became the first state park in Wyoming. This park contains Big Horn Hot Springs, a mineral hot springs, that flow over colorful Rainbow terraces. The water remains a constant 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the flower gardens, beautiful terraces and travertine formations. Enjoy walking along the suspension foot bridge that crosses the Big Horn River. Stay close to this natural wonder and make the most of your time in Thermopolis.

Seminoe State Park

A real treasure in Wyoming, the Seminoe State Park is an ideal destination for those seeking outdoor adventures. You'll want to drive in from nearby Rawlins and check out all there is to do at Seminoe State Park. You'll want to find a nice spot and fish – the waters at Seminoe State Park are fed from the connected Seminoe Reservoir. Most anglers who fish at Seminoe tend to and trout and walleye.

Spring and summer are nearly ideal for a visit to Seminoe State Park – feel free to launch your boat and tool around on the waters of the Seminoe Reservoir, enjoy one of the many picnic areas, complete with tables and designated fire pits. There are also areas perfect for taking a dip into the water and cooling off – nothing says summer like cut-offs and lake water. Make your way to southern Wyoming soon, and have a blast at Semnioe State Park.

Sinks Canyon State Park

There are many reasons you'll want to plan a visit to Wyoming. From the excellent winter and summer activities, to the Big Horn Country drive tour – the Equality State proves to be a top travel destination. Plan your next visit and be sure to enjoy some time at Sinks Canyon State Park. Found within the Wind River Mountains near Lander, Sinks Canyon SP is known for an underground limestone cavern, which is fed by the Popo Agie River. The high peaks found at Sinks Canyon SP have been known to receive more than 200 inches of snow in one winter.