Wyoming State Parks Close to Overnight Camping Due to COVID-19

Wyoming state park at sunset. H/t @WyomingStateParks.
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H/t @WyomingStateParks.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Wyoming State Park overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites and shelters, shower houses and some non-essential restrooms and playgrounds will be closed until further notice, according to a March 30 release from WSP.

Despite these new overnight closures, all state parks currently remain open for day use and outdoor recreation until further notice.

While they believe in the physical and mental health benefits our open spaces provide, WSP Deputy Director Dave Glenn said in the release, state parks are seeing a growing influx of campers flocking to state parks due to National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and surrounding state campground closures.

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“This leads to increased concerns regarding our ability to maintain a healthy environment for our consumers and staff,” Glenn said. “It is hoped by keeping state parks open for day-use activities we are able to balance the public’s desire for outdoor recreation with the health and safety needs of our constituents and staff.”

Visitors can still enjoy the state’s parks while recreating alone or with family and maintaining the prescribed six-foot social distances, gathering in groups less than 10 and following CDC-recommended hygiene practices during the daytime, per the release.

This announcement of the parks’ overnight closures supersedes previous reporting by County 17 and other Wyoming media outlets that WSP would remain wide open despite the pandemic.