If you want to experience mountain biking in its best possible form, then a ride at the mountain biking trail at the Curt Gowdy State Park is mandatory. This is no exaggeration as even the International Mountain Bicycling Association has named the trail at the Curt Gowdy State Park as “The Epic Trail System”. Without a question, the park is a dream location for any outdoor adventurist.
The Curt Gowdy State Park was named in March 1972 after the eminent sportscaster Curt Gowdy (1919-2006). He was from Wyoming. The park separates Cheyenne and Laramie.
Located in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains, the State Park is blessed with an undeniable natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes. The park is surrounded by granite towers, rocky terrains, and trees.
The reservoirs in this area act as the water sources for nearby towns. Therefore, swimming is restricted. The hills surrounding the reservoirs are used for hiking in summers and skiing in winters. You can reach the park by taking Happy Jack Road (WYO 210) west out of Cheyenne or east out of Laramie from the summit of Interstate 80.
There are two small reservoirs in the Curt Gowdy State Park. The larger reservoir is named as the Granite Reservoir and is a great spot for water sports. Fishing is amazing fun here as the Granite reservoir is a rich spot for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon fishes.
The smaller reservoir, Crystal, also offers a good fishing experience as it has shoreline fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. You can also go for Boat fishing (15 horsepower limit).
The third reservoir, North Crow, is for day use as it is underdeveloped for tourist purposes.
The Hynds Lodge is a great place to stay during your visit to the Curt Gowdy State Park. It is open from early May 1 to Oct 1 each year. Make sure you make reservations for your group in advance. The reservations for Hynds Lodge and Amphitheater are taken on the first working day of October for the next year. The lodge has features and amenities such as a covered porch, large kitchen, dining area, recreational areas and sleeping accommodations.