By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A travel magazine has declared Curt Gowdy State Park as Wyoming’s best.
Conde Nast Traveler, a luxury lifestyle and travel magazine, recently published its list of the best state parks in all 50 states, and Curt Gowdy State Park in southeastern Wyoming was named as the state’s best offering.
“Visitors looking for a more relaxed adventure can float onto one of the park’s three reservoirs or hang out in one of its twelve developed campgrounds,” the magazine said. “Perfectly positioned between Cheyenne and Fort Laramie, Curt Gowdy was recently labeled as ‘epic’ by the International Mountain Biking Association, with over 35 miles of well-marked trails that both bikers and hikers are free to explore.”
The park covers nearly 4,000 acres in Laramie and Albany counties.
Curt Gowdy State Park was established in 1971, but was originally called Granite State Park. It was renamed after sportscaster and Wyoming native Curt Gowdy, who was born in Green River and began his career in Cheyenne.
The park sees tens of thousands of visitors every year.
Wyoming has a total of 12 state parks, including Curt Gowdy.
Other parks on the Conde Nast list included Colorado’s State Forest State Park (which is a totally not weird name), Nebraska’s Smith Falls State Park, South Dakota’s Custer State Park and Montana’s Makoshika State Park.