Curt Gowdy State Park

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16
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Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 400 ft
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7,300
elevation (ft)
5.8
avg mph
100
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90
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2:11
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AVERAGE RATING
4.80 out of 5
About This Trail
added by TrailAPI Epic on April 19, 2013
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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.
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blutzski on August 25, 2014
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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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VitalyG on August 23, 2014
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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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Jeff-Bob on June 16, 2014
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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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kuala_tahan on May 12, 2014
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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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koakks on March 10, 2014
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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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dcteater on August 20, 2013
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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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stumpyfsr on July 1, 2013
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Review: Super fun trails and very well deserve an Epic title. It's very like Buffalo Creek but more technical and more fun. One day isn't enough to ride everything. Will ride it again when I get a chance.
Camping is available in the park - could be good multiple day riding destination

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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Jared13 on May 3, 2013
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Review: Well deserving of the "Epic" moniker.
Tons of trails with enough variety for everyone in the family. For those intermediate/advanced riders, make sure you check out the play areas scattered through the trails, some of the lines are absolutely crazy.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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visceron on October 31, 2012
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Review: Wow, this place is amazing, definitely worth a trip. Wyoming can be pretty windy, so check the weather before making the trip. There is something for everyone here. The trails span all skill levels. All trails are well marked including difficulty. In fact there is a trail map at about every junction. If you can't find a trail that you like at Curt Gowdy, you probably don't like mountain biking.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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Tr0gd0r on September 22, 2012
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Review: Awesome. Has everything from fast, flowy singletrack to gnarly rock garden climbs to artificial freeride features. Trails are well built and well laid out, and there's a enought mileage that you need a long day to cover it all. The "play areas" are a great addition, and really set this network apart from other Front Range trail systems. Many of the jumps are in serious disprepair, but you'll forget about it after you pin a few more turns.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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alskoj on September 16, 2012
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Review: My 15 year old son and I enjoyed this trail system immensely. I would liken it to a "singletrack park" (think jump park). Its all well laid out with maps at every intersection. There are even "Play Areas" off of the Stone Temple trail to practice your skills and have some fun playing on the rocks. We started at the Aspen Grove Trailhead (I think most bikers start here) and rode Stone Temple CCW. We hit a couple of play areas then took a right at "Albert's Alley". When we hit the bridge at "Crow Creek Trail" we took a right and headed up to "Hidden Falls". At the end of this short (and very shady) trail, we dismounted and hiked over some rocks to the hidden falls. My son was very impressed with this mini slot canyon - me too. We headed back the way we came then took a right at "Sammy's Slide". This is a short climb up to "Mo' Rocka". We didn't do Mo' Rocka but turned around and enjoyed the downhill back to Crow Creek and kept going towards the main road and then rode back to the trailhead. We would have hit more trails but had other plans. We will definitely be back before the end of the season to hit some of the other trails in the system. There's something for everyone - from beginner to expert. If you live in the northern Colorado area, like us, you need to give this trail a try. * Review edited 9/16/2012

* Review edited 9/16/2012

Similar Trail: Betasso in Boulder

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James_Bright on August 11, 2012
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Review: Awesome network of 30+ miles of trails of all ranges of difficulty. Really well signed, beautiful scenery and excellent use of the rock to create cool obstacles and challenges. Excellent flow and trail design.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek (Colorado)

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Guest on July 28, 2012
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Review: Just rode here and it lives up to its reputation. Spent 2 days and rode about 75 miles. The mountain system is amazing. Some of the best riding in the U.S. the canyon system is ok but is a lot of hike a bike and exposed riding. It may be more enjoyable in cooler conditions. I will return to Curt Gowdy to crush only the mountain system. Recomended as a must ride.

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disco on June 14, 2012
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Review: Rode today with a buddy. Great trail network with so many great sections. No major climbs, the trail has a great flow and keeps you on your toes. Did a couple different loops around granite reservoir on Stone Temple, lots of variety and some great obstacles.

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RoadWarrior on March 31, 2012
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Review: Hadn't been here in a few years, so rode the new trails by the reservoirs. My impressions: Canyon (red) fun scenic technical. Canyon (black) Very scenic, very technical, many hike-a-bikes. Highline; view across to Canyon trail, (knocked a rock off the trail here, it rattled down hill for half a minute! Crystal Ridge; easy, out on the open prairie. Middle Kingdom; fun intermediate, Expert play area in the middle. End O Line; this trail is not on the map. It branches off Middle Kingdom trail. IT IS EXPERTS ONLY. GOES STRAIGHT DOWN THE RIDGE! Overall a fun day's ride, and it's not crowded, as most are riding the other trails, which are just as much fun if not more. Great destination trail system as it would take two days to ride everything.

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hikergirl on October 11, 2011
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Review: Today's hike was the eastern end of Canyon. Marked BLACK for EXPERT on your trail map. Not as harry as Highline, but some very serious up hill (mountain I should say) and some very curvy rocky down hill. Awsome views of the area. Just great to be out on the trails. I think I've capped off the last of the trails in CGSP and hiked all 35 miles! Thanks to mountain bikers who pushed for these trails. See ya out there.

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hikergirl on August 10, 2011
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Review: Ok, Ladies and Gents, today I hiked Highline near Crystal Lake Reservoir. Crazy to hike on the north side I can't imagine biking it. But I see the tracks. Take the red on the trail map seriously. Wonderful view of the canyon. Nice litle mile. Use Canyons at 63/62 on the map to get there. You have to cross a metal bridge at the end of the res. It has a redish gate. Looking forward to hooking up with the Canyons in the future and hiking it. Looking forward to saying hey to the bikers up there.

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hikergirl on July 9, 2011
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Review: I joined singletracks because many of the trails at Curt Gowdy are featured here. I can get great info about my hikes before I go. To all you who MB Curt Gowdy THANKS. Your efforts have made this an outstanding spot for day hikers as well. Every MBer I meet on the trail has been an awsome fellow lover of the out-of-doors. Nice to have you-all out on the trail too!

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gregval on May 12, 2011
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Review: Rode the Shoreline and Stone Temple trails. They are just awesome!!! Some nice features in the Temple trail; a few hike-a-bikes, but mostly rideable. Strongly recommend this; trails go from beginner to expert; 35 miles. Maps are great. $6 a day for non-residents.

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Jeremycw1 on May 10, 2011
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Review: I love this trail system! the trails are nice and the scenery is great. There is also 'play areas' that are really fun. I definitely recommend curt gowdy.

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dauw on July 21, 2010
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Review: WOW! This trail network keeps getting bigger. Just rode (and hiked!) the new track around Crystal Springs Reservoir. Canyon trail will send most riders to their feed - beware. Great exposure and technical riding! This network now has a little of everything for everyone. Go get some!

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bonkedagain on June 20, 2010
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Review: Just got to check out this area over the weekend. Wow, they are building trail like mad up there! There is enough trail to ride now that it takes a full weekend to explore it all. It is so great to ride trails that were built by bikers for bikers. This place has something for everybody. Technical riders will love El Alto, Skin and Bones, and Bone Collector, which have tons of rock, slick rock, and some pretty hairy drops. You will definitely be bashing the bike (and maybe some body parts) on those trails. Flow riders can get their thrills on Stone Temple. There are tons of twisty rocky trails all over the place, and the beginners can always cruise around on the miles of easier trails around and between the reservoirs. Definitely worth checking out. With the Crystal Reservoir loop completed (June, 2010) a big chunk of adventure riding has been added to the mix. The new loop has sections that practically hang over the water, and other sections that will drop you hundreds of feet if you make a wrong move. Good for adrenaline seekers and anyone who wants to get away from the more popular runs around the Aspen trailhead.

* Review edited 6/21/2010

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RoadWarrior on September 13, 2009
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Review: Great trail system with trails for everyone. Best singage of any trails I've ridden. If you like technical rock you'll love these trails. The trails shown on the map as "purposed" by Crystal Lake are now finished. They are mostly intermidate level with more of a X/C feel, and very scienic.

* Review edited 9/13/2009

Similar Trail: Happy Jack, Gooseberry Mesa(Utah)

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mtnspectre on June 19, 2009
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Review: Trails for everyone. Can be used for speed training as well as an excursion with the family. There is even a section for the freeride crowd. Not a lot of traffic on the trail but also not empty. I grew up in the area (Cheyenne) and coming back after 20 years away....good to see how the area is growing with the bike crowd.

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swimswithtrout on November 4, 2008
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Review: It's actually a very tiny area, so you can easily hit all the good stuff in a day or less. At the furthest points from the TH, you're only 2 miles from your car as the Raven flies, not counting the one longer trail to Crystal Lake Res.. Don't expect long screaming descents, since there is only ~ 400' of elv. difference from the TH's to the high points. What you will find is a lot of isolation. When I got there at noon, I was the only car in the main TH lot and saw 8 deer, 1 coyote, and 4 other riders in the course of 2 1/2 hrs. Also expect a "free rider"/ rock roller paradise. The trail builders did an incredible job of designing, from the rocks up, a MTB'r "Playground". Tech features take precedence here, all built by MTB'rs for MTB'rs.

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Jakester on June 15, 2008
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Review: A well-organized series of trails, from beginner to advanced/difficult. Trails are challenging if you ride for your ability; rocks, jumps, technical spots, blind corners, and everything in between. The lake has the beginner trails and are quite scenic. Looking forward to the addition of more trails in the years to come.

Similar Trail: Happy Jack Recreation Area

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John Fisch on May 30, 2008
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Review: This is a great trail network. There is outstanding variety among the trails, from easy cruisers to technical feasts with very cool rock moves. Top it all off with fantastic rock formations everywhere--you won't know whether to look at the trail or gawk at the scenery. I used to live in Cheyenne before the bike trails opened and I'm sorry I left. Now, I'll go back to visit as often as I can. The map available from the park gives accurate difficulty ratings, so pick what you think you can handle and go for it. The only drawback is the cool granite rock formations decompose into pea size gravel that can make some of the riding difficult. Still, that's only a very minor drawback given the quality of the trails available. Whoever laid these trails out did a fantastic job! Kudos to the state of Wyoming.

Similar Trail: Headquarters Trail Happy Jack Trail Network

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El_Gecko on April 9, 2008
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Review: Trail A is a four mile loop that beckons mainly to intermediate riders, offering a modest degree of technical challenge throughout. In several locations, riders can choose to tackle obstacles in the trail or to bypass them via short alternative routes. Bonus opportunities for advanced riders wanting to hone their skills can be found at the so-called ‘Rock Gym’ and or at nearby Hardy’s Rock. Trail E is suitable for all types of riders, from beginners to expert, any of whom will enjoy the scenery along the peaceful canyon of Middle Crow Creek. A few technical spots challenge riders as they make their way to the trail’s western terminus at Hidden Falls, but these spots can easily be negotiated by dismounting and walking a few steps. Trail I may be one Curt Gowdy’s shortest designated trails, but it’s also the steepest. A prominent feature of this advanced-to-expert route is Fishtail Slab, which with a pitch exceeding 45 degrees, demands respect from even most hard-core rider. The short loop includes the spectacular Middle Crow Creek overlook. Trail J climbs Corkscrew Hill, which presents a great opportunity for intermediate riders looking to improve their singletrack climbing skills. It reaches a high point along the toe of the notorious Fishtail Slab of Trail I, and from this point, rides can head in either direction for a flowing and exhilarating downhill run Trail K, mostly flat, wide and smooth, appeals mainly to beginner and novice riders, as it meanders meanders along the shoreline of Granite Springs Reservoir for most of it's nearly three-mile length. The trail is a perfect venue for families with young children or those simply wanting to experience off-road bicycling for the first time. Trail L winds around and over the numerous granite outcroppings along the park’s western boundary. Intermediate and advanced riders alike will enjoy the many twists and turns as well as vistas of prominent rock formations including Stone Temple and the Chameleon. The trail’s highpoint connects to an alternate loop which features a series of steep slab climbs guaranteed to tax even the fittest rider’s legs and lungs.

Similar Trail: Aspen Loop, Death Crotch and Headquarters trails at nearby Pole Mountain

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dauw on June 16, 2007
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Review: As the previous review states, this trail network now consists of a variety of trails of varying difficulty, from easy rolling to "some trials skills will help" technical trails. With over 16 miles of trail, Curt Gowdy can now be a weekend destination. A plethora of camping exists, with lakes for fishing, the Hidden Falls, etc.

Similar Trail: Vedauwoo, Happy Jack

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BruceLee920 on June 15, 2007
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Review: More than 15 miles of new trail are now in place and ready to ride. Maps are posted at the trailhead and at trail junctions. Curt Gowdy offers a diverse network of trails for which ratings range from beginner to expert. Most of the trails were handbuilt with mountain bikers specifically in mind. (Think: IMBA's Joey Klein, one of the most well-regarded and experienced trail designers.) The system is so new that no trail names have officially been determined. The routes are temporarily designated by letter, with names to be assigned by 2008. Curt Gowdy State Park is punctuated by granite outcroppings ranging from boulder-size to enormous, and it is this preponderance of rock that defines the mountain biking experience. Intermediate riders should try Trail A, a four-mile loop that offers a modest degree of technical challenge, some of which can be bypassed by short alternative trails. More advanced riders will like Trail H, which offers numerous tight spots and rock hurdles, and experts will want to test their mettle on the large, steep granite slabs of the short but sick Trail I. Beginniners will enjoy the flat and smooth Trail K, which meanders along the shoreline of Granite Springs Reservoir for most of it's nearly three-mile length. Any type of rider is bound to enjoy the scenic qualities of Trail E, which leads up the peaceful canyon of Middle Crow Creek to Hidden Falls near the park's west boundary.

Similar Trail: Pole Mountain (Happy Jack) and Vedauwoo

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Curt Gowdy State Park MTB Trail 4.80 out of 5 based on 30 ratings. 30 user reviews.
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