Curt Gowdy State Park

1319 Hynds Lodge Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009

(307) 632-7946

http://wyoparks.state.wy.us

Description

Curt Gowdy State Park has seven sections of richly varied landscape, flora and fauna decorate the foothills of the Laramie Mountains. The beautiful attractions within Curt Gowdy State Park are near the crossroads of two major interstates, I-80 and I-25. There are three reservoirs, Granite, Crystal and North Crow. Granite offers excellent rainbow trout and kokanee salmon fishing as well as space for water sports. Crystal, the smallest of the reservoirs, has shoreline fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Also, enjoy boating while at Crystal (15 horsepower limit). North Crow Reservoir is located 5 miles west of the Headquarter's Building. This is an unimproved fishing area. There are no picnic tables, water supply, comfort stations, and is day- use only-very natural. There are a limited number of reservable campsites at the Tumbleweed and Camp Russell campgrounds. Aspen Grove campground is next to a free public horse corral for those visitors who would like to camp with horses.

150 Total Sites

Directions:    Curt Gowdy is located just 24 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 24 miles east of Laramie, Wyoming. Take State Route 210 (Happy Jack Road) to County Road 106.

Additional Info:    Within the park is Hynds Lodge, which is listed on the National Register, and an amphitheater available for concerts, theater productions and many other cultural activities. The area is one of low-lying meadows, gently rolling hills and massive steep granite formations. Wildlife abounds and bird watchers will be treated to variety of non-native birds.

Hynds Lodge
The lodge is open from early May - Oct 1 each year. The building is open to large and small groups on a reservation-only basis. A covered porch, large kitchen, dining area, recreational and sleeping accommodations are all part of the lodge. We take reservations for Hynds Lodge and Amphitheater on the first working day of October for the next year, and the lodge is open from May 1 - Oct 1 each year. Please contact the park at (307) 632-7946 for information and reservations.

Amenities

Onsite

  • Pull Thru Available
  • Conven Store
  • Pets Welcome
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Diner/Snack Bar
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Available
  • Forest Areas
  • Group Area
  • ADA Accessible
  • Horse Facility
  • Lake
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Tent Sites Available

Recreation

Onsite

  • ATV/OHV/Mtcy
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Playground
  • Backpacking
  • Sailing/Windsurfing
  • Skiing -Cr.Country
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing

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Never a good experience
100 % of users found this review helpful
We have tried to give this park a chance, having returned 4 times. As another reviewer stated,you are often hassled by park law enforcement for minor things -- picture a middle-aged couple with a glass bottle on the picnic table while sipping a beverage out of plastic glasses (not exactly the demographic who trashes campsites and doesn't clean up after themselves), while ignoring local day users who occupy all the choice camp sites along the water(for free) so they can fish and grill and spend the day! As another reviewer said, people (again, day users)do run through your camp site -- (close enough that if you open your camper door, you would hit them)close enough that they touch your camper and/or truck to squeeze between tight spaces in your campsite. Very heavy local use from Cheyenne and Laramie. I have written suggestions to the appropriate State Park Dept and the Governor's office with no followup after 2 months. In Colorado, there is signage barring day users. Day users are made to vacate the spot if they have not set up, or charged the night's camping fee if they have. Sites at Curt Gowdy are also relatively expensive ($17 for primitive camping). Disappointing to drive from two states away hoping for a nice site and find them all occupied by day users, against regulation, but ignored by enforcement. The reservable sites are all out in a bare "pasture," squeezed together like a Walmart parking lot. If the park officials would enforce day-use regulations, it would be a perfect park. Apparently, they value the local users who only pay a cheap annual permit over "outsiders" who spend $100 a more to camp there on vacation.
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Deedee
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Reviewed 08/15/2014
D-
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unsecure website
83 % of users found this review helpful
Very unhappy I couldn't make the reservation on line because of unsecure website where you enter your credit card info. They tried to tell me it was secure but it was just HTTP not HTTPS, Had to call and then found out I had to wait 20 min and call back because the camp spot was on hold. Just ridiculous in todays world.
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unhappy camper
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Reviewed 05/30/2014
C+
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good quiet place
50 % of users found this review helpful
wish there was a dump station bc have to drive to Granite from Crystal over bad roads with full tank to empty, no swimming and yet gas powered-boats can be out there, some places have wind breaks with the trees and most sites are right near the water but not all are very accessible to get a boat in when no need for boat ramp bc smaller, people do not pick up after themselves so we've picked up stuff from not only our site left by people but other sites as well in consideration of others when we do some walking hiking around.
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debo0508
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Reviewed 05/22/2014
B
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Frequent CG camper
70 % of users found this review helpful
We are very regular campers at CG. It seems the latest trend is to come in, literally walk thru someone's campsite and sit next to the camper's chairs and poles and take over their fishing spot! This happens nearly every time! I am sure they must know how rude. Do not leave your chair to grab a soda or pee cuz your spot will be hijacked! Also, now there are way too many reserved spots. It is not right to those holding annual permits to go make over a third of the spots reserved now. So you pay for your season permit, pay for the amenities, pay for the reservation only to turn your back and have someone fishing in your campsite! Those complaining about the rangers obviously don't camp close to us as we never get checked or spoken to by rangers, just campsite hijackers! The new visitor center and showers are wonderful and very cheap ($.50 for 3 minutes up to $1.25 for 7 1/2 minutes)
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courteous camper
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Reviewed 05/14/2014