Curt Gowdy State Park

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Intermediate
16
miles

Singletrack
↑ 400 ft
↓ 400 ft
7,300
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a new trail in Curt Gowdy State Park built by Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites and IMBA. There is some rocky technical terrain and some over-boulder areas with good flow. Check with the Park (http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/curt.htm) for more information.
added by TrailAPIEpic April 19, 2013
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (6)
System Trails (6)
El Alto
Mahogany
Canyons
Middle Kingdom
Blue's Cruz
Cliff Hanger
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Doubletrack


August 24, 2015
DanK_NoCo Doubletrack  
 
Review: I parked at the Volin trailhead, planning to explore the Southeast/Plains section of the park. I was the 2nd car in the lot. I rode Northwest, taking the road to Crystal Ridge, connecting to Canyons, to Via Viggo (I think), onto Mahogany, eventually looping onto the Northwest end of Canyons. I then circled back towards the Southeast, riding Canyons, Middle Kingdom, then back onto Canyons around the north side of Crystal Reservoir. I turned around where Canyons became full on hike-a-bike, as I've heard other people talk about (I was squeezed for time too). I looped around Blue's Cruz on my way back, finally taking Cliff Hanger back to the Volin trailhead. This loop was 10 miles long with ~1300 feet of total climbing. The longest single climb was only ~300ft, so it was pretty easy on the legs.

The trails are mostly narrow singletrack with a granite gravel surface. There are occasional technical challenges, but they are generally more spread out than on the northwest/mountain side of CGSP.

There is practically no shade on these trails, except for the short section near the creek, so be prepared on hot/sunny days. Ride in the morning if you hate wind. After exploring the trails on the southeast/plains side of CGSP, I find the northwest/mountain side of the the park to be more fun. I'll focus my future riding in that area.

I rode on a Wed morning, and saw exactly 0 other people on the trails. There were folks at the campsites, and fishermen in the parking lots, but no one on the trail. For your $4-6 entrance fee you get a nice trail map, and I needed it. While others have said lots of good things about the trail signage, I wasn't as thrilled. There were a lot of trail intersections, and many of the signs appear to have deteriorated to the point where only about half the trails at an intersection are marked. While I never got lost, I spent a lot of time standing at these intersection, studying the map. When you get to Middle Kingdom, you find trail signage that looks pretty different from the trail map you got at the visitor's center.

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Granny Gear

June 20, 2015
bigjim Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode on the Granite Res (mountain) side. All trails well maintained and junctions well signed.

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Granny Gear

May 16, 2015
 
Review: YOU CAN'T RIDE CURT GOWDY WITH A DOG. PERIOD. The trails are great. The locals and park are to be commended. Good camping. Beautiful scenery. But they almost hide the fact that DOGS MUST BE LEASHED ON ALL TRAILS AT ALL TIMES. And it is enforced. You can't ride these trails with a dog tied to a leash. You will injure yourself, the dog, or both. And it isn't fun for either.
I did my research before coming. Nothing in park regs mentioned dogs on leash on trails. Picked up map at visitor's center when checked in for a camping site. Never told dogs must be on-leash. Later scouting nearby trails with our dogs walking with us - it was too wet to ride - a ranger in a pickup called us over and told us that dogs must be on leash. "It's ok to have the dogs off-leash on the trails, though?" I asked. No, the dogs must be on-leash all the time in the park. I said you can't ride that way. The ranger gave us a that's-not-my-problem shrug, waited until we put the dogs on-leash, and then kept reappearing when the Shoreline trail came near the road. He seemed to be following us.
I picked through the brochure on mountain biking trails, and I didn't find the requirement until my 2nd time through it. In the section called "Etiquette", it stated, Dogs must be on leash at all time. That apparently meant on trails also. I asked some locals at the trailhead if the leash requirement was enforced, and each said yes.

Similar Trail: All Boulder Mtn Parks and Open Space

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Granny Gear

August 15, 2015
 
Review: J-Dogg thanks. I pretty much did as you suggested. Road trails away from Shoreline. My dogs are always under control, and draft off my rear wheel. Still I was nervous most of the time. Just wish they had been up front about rules.
"Guest", just who is being disrespected by dogs off leash. Your a dog lover but don't think dogs should ever be off leash. My dogs love and enjoy freedom as much as any of us do. And CAN'T RIDE A TRAIL WITH DOGS ON LEASH. Thus that means dogs can't go on trails.

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Granny Gear


August 15, 2015
J-Dogg Granny Gear  
 
Review: If you want to run your dog use the back trails away from the shoreline trail where you find roads and campsites. And rangers, although there aren't many out here due to budget constraints. These trails are great and not very populated most of the time. Run my dog here frequently but she's also under verbal control.

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Granny Gear

July 5, 2015
Guest Granny Gear  
 
Review: You shouldn't ride with your dog off leash on ANY trail!!! Period!!!! And I am a dog lover. No reason to rank a park so low for your own disrespectful choices. Get a clue

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March 26, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: I love the flow, the combo of single track and fun granite features. Curt Gowdy is my favorite place to ride, hands down! I'm not a super awesome shredder and also not looking for 30 miles of wilderness riding. But there is a solid 15 mile loop that is super fun!

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Gramcounter


August 25, 2014
blutzski Gramcounter  
 
Review: I was really impressed with this place. Perfect family mountain biking/camping weekend destination. Easy Shoreline trail to ride with young children. Beautiful intermediate Stone Temple for those wanting smooth single track. And really fun El Alto and Mo'roca for those wanting something more challenging. Great side destinations like hidden falls for a family hike. It has it all. Similar to but better than Buffalo Creek. Can't wait to go back and ride some of the eastern trails. Only drawbacks are it was very windy and the cops are over zealous.

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Trailblazer


August 23, 2014
VitalyG Trailblazer  
 
Review: Amazing network of trails where riders of all skill levels will find sections that satisfy their riding ability. Park has multiple "play areas" and I suggest checking out Skin & Bones for drops and rock gardens and Middle Kingdom for jumps and some berms. Shoreline, Crystal Ridge and Mahogany are XC trails. El Alto and Slabz are large rock slabs. I recommend staying the night here if you are driving a ways because you will not get to ride everything in one day and will want more . Camping here is great too. Some sections are similar to buffalo creek but scale of the place is smaller, which I'm my mind is a good thing because you can do about three 8-10 mile loops in a day and take breaks at your car.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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Granny Gear

June 16, 2014
Jeff-Bob Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode this yesterday for the first time and loved it. I rode the outer loop counter-clockwise starting at Aspen Grove and hit trails: Stone Temple, Igneoramus, Rock 'N Roller, Albert's Alley, Hidden Falls, Crow Creek and along the lake. The trails are nicely maintained flowing and rolling single track for the most part, but it does have a number of rock sections and other terrain features and some advanced trails. The north side was easier than the south side.

Its a great place to take a newer rider because there aren't lung busting climbs and continual rocks like many of the Colorado Front Range Trails. I'll be back!

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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Gnarly


May 12, 2014
 
Review: Amazing network with a ton of variety. Fast singletrack, technical rock-riding (El Alto), trails around reservoirs, "play areas" where there's a bunch of big rocks and stuff to play on, great views. One of the more fun areas I've ridden with all the options. You can make a big day by lapping all the different trails out here, and each trail junction is well marked. We rode mostly everything on the northern half (I think northern). Definitely recommend stopping in play areas and riding El Alto for some technical riding.

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Gramcounter

March 10, 2014
koakks Gramcounter  
 
Review: I live close to this trail system and I am so spoiled! The trails were designed for mountain bikes, there are several different trails that all offer a unique feel regardless of your experience. As a beginner you would want to get warmed up on shoreline which has no rock gardens and a small climb that over looks Granite Springs Resivor. The lower trails are usually rideable in early April including Middle Kingdom, Canyons and Mo' Rocka. My favorite system is Stone Temple loop with Igneroramus and Pin Ball.

Similar Trail: Glendo State Park

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Poseur

August 20, 2013
dcteater Poseur  
 
Review: What an Epic network of Trails in a great state park! My son and I rode some of the trails here over two days on August 6 and 7, 2013 as part of our 6 state, 9 day Epic Adventure. This trail system was, by far, our favorite of the trip and the most Epic so far of the three or four IMBA Epic trail systems I have had the fortune to ride. During our trip we also rode Air Force Academy Falcon and the Buffalo Gap portion of the Mah Dah Hey in North Dakota. We LOVED the whole place. First day/night we set up our campsite on the banks of Crystal Lake and rode the trails nearby including some of Canyons Trail (excellent) and all of Highline Trail (Scary!) Can you say Hike-A-Bike? Great view of the dam at Crystal Lake and the gorge/canyon that give Canyons trail its name. Second day we rode Stone Temple Circuit. Awesome! It felt like we were in a Flintstones movie riding through, on and under all those massive boulders. Fantastic trail. I hope to go back some day and ride for several more days. The most epic trail of our epic adventure.

Similar Trail: Nothing compares to it for me yet.

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Curt Gowdy State Park MTB Trail 4.61 out of 5 based on 34 ratings. 34 user reviews.
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