Wyoming State Parks Guidelines

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the national parks were just opening up for a new season. Partway through the Spring, however, the government shut them down. Thankfully, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced that it will implement a graduated access program delivered in phases. In Wyoming, there are two National parks: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons along with various historical trails. Planning your park visit will be even more essential than in years past.

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Wyoming Parks Summary

Yellowstone is divided between Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. It opened its gates on March 1, 1872, making it the first national park in the USA. The park is unique with its hydrothermal and geologic wonders, with hot springs being the most abundant hydrothermal feature which hosts organisms known as thermophiles. Millions of people from around the world have flocked to the Rockies just to see Ole Faithful blow. 

The Grand Teton National Park is younger than Yellowstone by 57 years, opening on February 26, 1929. The park offers hiking on over two hundred miles of trails. You can also float the Snake River and enjoy the serenity of the Teton’s remarkable scenery.  

Other Wyoming national historical trails, sites, recreation areas, and monuments include California Trail, Devils Tower, Fort Laramie, Fossil Butte, Mormon Pioneer Trail, Big Horn Canyon, Oregon Trail, and the Pony Express Trail.

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National Park Guidelines

NPS has been actively involved in ensuring the health and safety of its visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners. Guidelines include keeping 6-ft apart, limiting strenuous hikes, strict reservation rules, and even limited restroom accessibility. Stay abreast of park-specific guidelines during COVID-19 by going here.

If visiting these parks in person is not on the vacation agenda this year, you could do a “virtual-cation.” These cybernetic outdoor adventures include digital diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom on the National Mall. If you have some time, click here for a list of parks that offer these amazing virtual tours!

Contributed by A. Mecham.