State Parks & State Forests in Wyoming

State Parks & State Forests in Wyoming
As one of the nation's least-populated states, Wyoming has large areas of wilderness. There are many state parks and forests where visitors can experience the state's outdoor beauty. You can take part in many activities, including hiking, biking, boating, camping and viewing wildlife.

State Parks

Wyoming has numerous state parks with many recreational activities and facilities for camping. State parks in the northern section of the state include Buffalo Bill, Hot Springs and Key Hole. Boysen, Edness K. Wilkins, Guernsey, Glendo and Sinks Canyon are in the central part of the state. Bear River, Curt Gowdy, Hawk Springs and Seminoe are state parks in the southern part of Wyoming.

State Forests

Wyoming's State Forestry Division manages 250,000 acres of forests scattered throughout the state. These state forests (also called state lands) employ science-based and professional forestry practices to protect Wyoming's trees. Though these lands are not specifically set aside for recreation, you can hunt, fish, bicycle and hike in these areas owned by the state, but do not trespass on private lands that often are amid the state lands. You cannot camp overnight or build open fires in state forests. For more information, see the "Public-Use Brochure" in Resources.

Activities

Activities vary depending on the state park you visit. For example, Glendo State Park has boating, hiking, water-skiing and fishing; Hawk Springs State Park in Guernsey has wildlife viewing for species like blue heron, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, gadwall, wood duck, pintail and great horned owl. You also can fish at Hawk Springs for species like walleye, bass and channel catfish.

Campgrounds

Many Wyoming state parks have campgrounds with many amenities, such as restrooms, shower facilities, picnic tables and grills. Glendo State Park has a concession at the reservoir and marina services. Seminoe State Park has four campgrounds with comfort stations, picnic tables, BBQ grills, boat launches, play areas and a dump station.

Wildlife

Wyoming state parks and forests have abundant wildlife. You can find species like moose, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, bears, beaver and various birds like Canada jay, raven, rosy finches and mountain blackbirds in many of Wyoming's forested lands and state parks.

National Forests

Bighorn, Bridger-Teton, Medicine Bow and Shoshone are national forests in Wyoming. The 2.4 million-acre Shoshone National Forest was the first national forest in the United States, according to the USDA Forest Service.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.