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Level: Intermediate
Length: 31 mi (49.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,021/957 ft
Total: 195 riders
 

Mountain Biking Curt Gowdy State Park

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#5 of 238 mountain bike trails in Wyoming
#338 in the world

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.

First added by TrailAPI on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Cheyenne, take SH 210 west for about 25 miles to Gurt Gowdy State Park. From Laramie, take I-80 east 10 miles to SH 210. Take SH 210 east 15 miles to Gurt Gowdy State Park. Go south into the Park, and continue past the pay-booth to the Aspen Grove (Archery Range) Campground on the right. Continue to the back of Aspen Grove area to the large fenced area and park.
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  • Gdb49   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Gold Standard:
    *****

    Fun! This is a modern classic, flowy with techy features. Nothing too scary, but enough to make it exciting. Great job to the team that built this one- be sure to throw a donation into the trail system.

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  • CFM
    ****

    Fun trail system packed into a small park area. The various trails of the system offer varying levels of difficulty. You'll be riding over rock a lot but there is a lot of well laid out flowy tread also. There's even a small skills area with wooden features.

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  • c-hawkzROLL
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    What beautiful area. The network of trails was quite extensive and kind of confusing at times. I felt like i was riding the wrong direction at times. I drove up from nebraska for the ride and would recommend to anyone i know. After doing it , i feel i would enjoy more riding it again.
    The entire trail ia well taken care.
    Good job WYOMING.

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  • Jmurphy8776
    ****

    Very nice park that has a lot of features. The hardest part first time around is dealing with the "smallness" of the area.

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  • Scott737
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    It was pretty fun trail if you take the right trail you want. The beginner and intermediate trails are great and the rocks are manageable. Need to pay attention to the map and markers. I missed a turn and it lead me into advanced trail which was somewhat nightmare. Shoreline and Stone Steeps trails are my favorite.

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  • Wyoxshredder
    Reviewing El Alto:
    *****

    this trail was designed by my mountain biking coach and i cant thank him enough this trail is hard but not to hard to where it isnt fun.

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  • Scott Hendrickson
    *****

    I think some of these are outdated and if you want some excitement with intermediated to advanced skills then ride o Stone Temple Circuit, Alberts Alley, and eventually on to Mo Rocka

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  • uber_franz
    ****

    Fun network of trails! Can be pretty easy to get a little turned around, but there are signs at most intersections.

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  • DanK_NoCo   ✓ supporter
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    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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  • armandowyoming
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    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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  • J-Dogg   ✓ supporter
    *****

    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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  • bigjim
    *****

    Rode on the Granite Res (mountain) side. All trails well maintained and junctions well signed.

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