Curt Gowdy Wildflower Hike and Outdoor Photography Clinic
If you are ever looking for something to do on the first Saturday of the month in Wyoming, look no further than Curt Gowdy State Park. A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the summer and into the fall and winter seasons. From backpacking basics, wildflower hikes, compass and GPS navigation, there is something fun to do for people of all ages.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to join in on the first wildflower hike and outdoor photography clinic offered this summer. Sponsored by Sierra Trading Post in a partnership with State Parks, a professional photographer was present to instruct participants in how to capture the perfect wildflower or landscape shot.
Hikers met at the Aspen Grove Trail Head at Curt Gowdy State Park, located between the cities of Cheyenne and Laramie in Southeastern Wyoming. A popular recreation area, Curt Gowdy offers any outdoor enthusiast a plethora of activities to do, especially if you like to hike, bike or ride the trails via horseback. Curt Gowdy boasts 35 miles of recreational trails, with Aspen Grove being one of many trail heads.
Paul Gritten, Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator for State Parks, led the hike discussing the trails program and pointing out natural features along the way.
Although this park is not far from two cities, one gets a sense of isolation and peace while out on the trail. It is very easy to get caught up in the rugged natural beauty and wildness that makes up this park.
For more information on Wyoming State Parks visit: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/