Bear River State Park is a day use only park comprised of 324 acres.

It is home to small herds of bison and elk and boasts several miles of both paved and packed gravel trails. The Bear River State Park Visitor Center is home to numerous wildlife displays that showcase Wyoming’s impressive array of wildlife.

It also provides visitors with state of Wyoming tourism information.

Bear River State Park was established in 1991 and was named after the river that runs through it. Trappers called it the “Bear River” because of the many bears that frequented the area. Native Americans named the river “Quee-ya-paw” for a tobacco root that grew along its banks. Indians and trappers often held rendezvous in the area, including one in 1825 near Burnt Fork, just 50 miles southeast of the park.

The park includes 324 acres with 1.2 miles of paved trails, an arched footbridge that crosses the Bear River allowing access to a natural area with another 3.0+ miles of packed gravel trails on the west side of the river.


Bear River State Park Wyoming

601 Bear River Dr. Evanston, WY 82930



Park Hours:

May 1 – September 30: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily

October 1 – April 30: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,daily.

Visitor Center Hours:

May 1 – September 30: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily

October 1 – April 30:

Open Thursday through Monday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch;

Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Updated Fees & Permits can be seen here.

Contact Details

Phone: 307-789-6547

Mobile: 307-380-3031

Official Website: Bear River State Park Wyoming


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Bear River State Park:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


Bear River State Park is a must-visit state park in Wyoming. Check out other state parks in Wyoming here.

Wyoming State Parks