Wyoming State Parks Majesty Endures
The best way to look back? Dust off the old photographs. In most cases, placing photographs of past and present side-by-side is a sure way to recognize change. But when you compare century-old photos of Wyoming’s sprawling landscape with snapshots from today, something puzzlingly beautiful becomes clear: not much has changed. Majesty Endures.
Breathtaking scenery, wildlife and recreational opportunities abound within the thousands of sprawling acres that make up Wyoming’s state parks. You’ll never be far from a picturesque state-park escape. View all of Wyoming's great State Parks adventures below or get more Information on Wyoming State Parks Here.
The best way to look back? Dust off the old photographs. In most cases, placing photographs of past and present side-by-side is a sure way to recognize change. But when you compare century-old photos of Wyoming’s sprawling landscape with snapshots from today, something puzzlingly beautiful becomes clear: not much has changed.
Devils Tower National Monumnent
The same majesty that called to visitors from far and wide decades ago is still alive and well today. The cars on the winding gravel roads may look different, but the scenery out the window is just as breathtaking. A lot has happened between then and now: countless first camping trips, plenty of climbs to spine-tingling vistas, tons of once-in-a-lifetime fish tales. But it’s both comforting and refreshing to know that in a world where new “must-haves” are manufactured every day and technology changes by the microsecond, Wyoming is still a place where true majesty endures.
Ames Monument 1909 & 2015
The Ames Monument stands at the highest point of the transcontinental railroad between Laramie and Cheyenne. The monument is a tribute to brothers Oliver and Oaks Ames who were fananciers of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Boysen State Park 1915 & 2015
The original Boysen Dam was built where the Wind River Canyon narrows and was in place from 1908 - 1948. The current dam, completed in 1952, creates the pool enjoyed year round by fisherman, boaters and campers at Boysen State Park.
Buffalo Bill State Park 1910 & 2015
The Shoshone River Valley prior to construction of the Buffalo Bill Dam in 1910 and today.
Curt Gowdy State Park 1908 & 2013
The inlet to Granite Reservoir at Curt Gowdy State Park has provided scenic opportunities for family paddling adventures for over a century!
Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park 1980 & 2015
Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park, near the town of Casper, includes a popular swim area and year round bird watching and trail opportunities. The park is a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area.
Fort Bridger Historical Site - Ranch House 1930s & 2015
After the Fort was abandoned by the military in 1890, most of the buildings were eventually sold at public auction and moved off-site to be used by the civilian community. This building was once part of an officer's quarters at the Fort and was purchased to be used as a ranch house. After changing hands in the private sector a few times it was finally returned to the State of Wyoming at the Fort Bridger historic site in the 1970s.
Glendo State Park 1960 & 2013
Miles of biking and hiking trails are available for you to explore the views and terrain at Glendo State Park.
Guernsey State Park - Guernsey Castle 1930 & 2011
Guernsey was the first cooperative venture between the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) to develop a public recreation area. The park has some of the most significant CCC rustic log architecture structures in the nation including a museum, picnic shelters, a castle, water fountains and the "Million Dollar Biffy".
Hot Springs State Park - Swinging Bridge 1934 & 2015
The Swinging Bridge at Hot Springs State Park was built in 1916 to provide access to and from the Hopewell Hospital and Pleasant View Sanitarium located on the west side of the Big Horn River.
Independence Rock State Historic Site 1930 & 2015
Independence Rock marked the halfway point for many emigrants travelling west. The Rock was a rest area along the trail where many stopped long enough to leave an inscription. More than a century later these names are a reminder of the strength and perserverance of the people who journeyed across the Western frontier.
Seminoe State Park 1980s & 2015
Life offers enough rocky roads to travel down. Let us make this part of your experience smoother.
South Pass City State Historic Site 1920s & 2015
South Pass City’s history is a long & rich one. Drawn to the region by the promise of gold, miners flocked to the nearby hills & streams in 1868-1869, only to have their hopes dashed by the back breaking work & severe conditions of South Pass. Others found their niche & thrived.
Today, South Pass City is one of the best preserved mining towns in the west.
Trail End State Historic Site 1910 & 2010
Carriage House under construction in 1910 and in use as a community theater in 2010.
Piedmont Charcoal Kilns State Historic Site - Unknown & 2014
The kilns were built in 1869 to supply charcoal for the iron smelting industry in Utah. Three of the original 40 kilns remain. It was estimated that during 1873, the kilns could produce 100,000 bushels of charcoal. Most of the charcoal was sent to Utah on the UP railroad.
Wyoming Historic Governors' Mansion 1950 & 2014
Wyoming Historic Governors' Mansion decorated for the Holidays, 1950 and 2014.
Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site 1890 & 2013
Wyoming Territorial Prison and Warden’s House (1890) the “Big House across the river”, is now an interpretive museum that focuses on crimes, convicts and confinement.