Curt Gowdy State Park RV & Campground Guide

Wyoming

Curt Gowdy State Park

is located halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie in south-east Wyoming. It covers an area measuring 3,395 acres with a terrain consisting of rolling hills and sharp granite outcroppings in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains. It contains three reservoirs: Granite, Crystal and North Crow, offering visitors recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and water sports. Other fun outdoor activities on offer include biking, hiking, and horseback riding on the park’s 35+ miles of trails, as well as camping. Wildlife viewers can also look out for species such as native ground squirrels, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, yellow-bellied marmots, and chipmunks, all of which call Curt Gowdy State Park home.

Wyoming's climate is generally drier and windier in comparison to most of the United States with greater temperature extremes. Summer at the state park can see maximum daily temperatures of 82°F, with lows of just 15°F during winter. If you’re planning a trip to this region, you’ll certainly want to come prepared. Keep reading to find out all there is to know about the state park, including campgrounds, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 21-62 F
Summer 44-82 F
Fall 22-71 F
Winter 15-39 F
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Nearby Cities
Cheyenne, WY
Laramie, WY
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Curt Gowdy State Park

If you’re thinking about staying in or near Curt Gowdy State Park, why not do so in an RV? Unlike tents, RVs provide you with a soft, comfortable bed, as well as your own private bathroom and fully stocked kitchen. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget or needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Curt Gowdy State Park has 80 campsites available, including 19 with electric hookups and 61 non-electric sites. Camping is available year-round, although some campsites are reservable only May 1st - September 30th.

To avoid disappointment, we’ve also listed three nearby campgrounds below.

Cheyenne KOA Journey

Cheyenne KOA Journey is a 40-minute drive from the state park, located in the state’s capital city. Not only is it one of the highest rated campgrounds within the region, but it also provides a wide range of helpful amenities and fun activities to make every member of your family happy, including your four-legged pals.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: cable TV, camping kitchen, pavilion, heated swimming pool, mini golf, dog park, propane and firewood sales, community fire pit, laundry facilities, yard games.

Vedauwoo Campground

Vedauwoo Campground is located in the scenic Pole Mountain area, giving guests access to additional activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and picnicking. While there are no hookups at this campground, nightly rates are extremely affordable, ranging from $5 - $10.

  • Water hookup: no
  • Electrical hookup: no
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: no
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: picnic tables, fire rings, trash pickup, vault toilets.

A.B. Camping

A.B. Camping is also located in the capital city of Cheyenne, so you’re conveniently close to many of the region’s most popular attractions. It features 82 full hookup pull-thru sites in a quiet, shaded area. RV sites range from $30 - $46 daily. The park is open from April until October.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: propane fill-up, cable TV, two fenced dog runs, pavilion, dump station, playground, laundry facilities, showers, mini store.

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What to Do at
Curt Gowdy State Park

Inside Curt Gowdy State Park

If you’re wondering what activities are available within the park, you’re in for a treat. There’s something for every type of visitor – whether it’s fishing, water sports, hunting, or exploring the park’s 35+ miles of hiking, biking, and horse-riding trails. You won’t want to waste your precious time spent at Curt Gowdy, so we’ve rounded-up the state park’s most popular activities below.

Fishing: The three reservoirs offer vastly different fishing opportunities. Granite offers excellent rainbow trout and kokanee salmon fishing. Crystal has shoreline fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. North Crow Reservoir is the only one in the area in which one can catch a splake, rainbow trout, brown trout, and grayling — all in the same day. Ice fishing in all three reservoirs is also popular during the colder months.

Water sports: Boating is available on Granite Reservoir as well as Crystal Reservoir (15 horsepower limit), while non-motorized boating (kayaks, canoes, paddle boats) is available at North Crow Reservoir.

Hunting: Archery hunting with a permit is allowed in season, however hunting with a firearm is prohibited in the park.

Trails: Visitors have access to over 35 miles of trails within the state park, designed for use by hikers, cyclists, and horse riders. In winter, the snow-covered trails are also excellent for cross-country skiing. Curt Gowdy Kate’s Trail is a 1-mile, ADA accessible concrete trail starting and finishing at the Visitor Center. Other popular trails include the El Alto and Slabz! Trails, which provide incredible views. Plus, don’t miss the waterfall at the west end of Crow Creek Trail.

Outside Curt Gowdy State Park

If you thought Curt Gowdy State Park has lots on offer, then you’re going to be delighted by just how many experiences are available to you outside of the park in the surrounding area, including stunning sightseeing opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and more.

Restaurants

2 Doors Down

2 Doors Down is located in the heart of Cheyenne. This American outpost is known for a variety of burgers with specialty toppings, plus all-you-can-eat fries. Then, finish it all off with a side of wings or fried mushrooms and one of their famous shakes!

Type: Burger restaurant

Location: Cheyenne, WY

Shari's Cafe & Pies

No matter what time of day or night it is, if you’re craving a delicious and hot meal, you can take a trip to Shari's Cafe & Pies. This family-friendly chain serves an all-American menu 24 hours a day. From omelettes and artisan sandwiches to salads, burgers, and more – there’s something for everyone here.

Type: 24-hour diner

Location: Cheyenne, WY

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Everyone’s favorite go-to Italian chain is also located in Cheyenne, just over a 35-minute drive from the state park. This family-friendly restaurant serves traditional meals such as seafood alfredo, lasagne, chicken parmigiana, and more.

Type: Italian

Location: Cheyenne, WY

Sightseeing

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

Located in the capital city, the beautiful Cheyenne Botanic Gardens offers a dazzling variety of award-winning, curated displays of plants, shrubs, and trees from around the world. You can enjoy family-friendly activities in the Paul Smith Children’s Village or take a walk through the community vegetable garden and greenhouse. Admission is free.

Location: Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne Depot Museum

This all-ages museum is dedicated to the Union Pacific Railroad and features exhibits and events focusing on the area’s historical significance. It’s a great place to spend an hour or two, plus, it’s all housed in a beautiful, grand building. Admission is $8 and kids aged 12 and under are free.

Location: Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum

This Old West history museum features temporary exhibits, photos, a video-screening room, and rodeo gear on display. Its aim is to cultivate and preserve the Western Legacy of Cheyenne Frontier Days – something visitors of all ages can enjoy learning about.

Location: Cheyenne, WY

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How to Get to
Curt Gowdy State Park

From Cheyenne: Starting on I-25, Take Exit 10D for WY-210/Happy Jack (24 miles)

From Laramie: Follow I-80 E, Take Exit 323 for WY-210 toward Happy Jack Road (25 miles)

Entering Curt Gowdy State Park

Additional usage fees apply for certain activities or amenities.

Wyoming resident : $4

Non-resident : $6

If you’re planning a trip to Curt Gowdy State Park, then you sure are in for a treat. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, check out the incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!