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Wyoming is one huge playground for nature enthusiasts. With temps heating up, there’s so much to see and do. Best of all, once you own the gear, many outdoor activities are cheap (or even free!). Here’s a roundup of things to do in and around Casper this summer.

Hike Through a Tunnel

Pack a nice breakfast or lunch, lace up your hiking boots, and visit Rotary Park. A leisurely walk leads from the parking lot to the cascading waters of Garden Creek Falls. From the falls, jump on the Bridle Trail–Split Rock Loop for a 3.2-mile heart-pumping hike, which at one point, leads through a rock tunnel – hence the name “Split Rock.” Along the way, take in views of Casper, wildlife, and the lush green mountainside. After, enjoy your well-earned meal at one of the many picnic tables within Rotary Park.

Camp at a Beach

About 30 minutes outside Casper, discover Alcova Reservoir. Located on the east side of Alcova, Black Beach Campground offers lakefront camping for $10 per night. Know before you go: Reservations are required. Black Beach is equipped with restrooms, boat ramps, and docks. However, no water or utilities are available. The fishing is great here, but if that’s not your thing, head to nearby Alcova Resort. Located 10 miles from Black Beach on the west side of the reservoir, Alcova’s marina offers rentals for boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, pedal boats, and bicycles.

Float the River

Some warm afternoon, cool off with a lazy day on the river. Borrow a life jacket from the Casper Fire Department, grab an inner tube, and float down the Platte. If you aren’t pressed for time, hop in at Bessemer Bend and make your way down to Robertson Road. If you need to cut things short, put in at Morad Park and cruise to downtown Casper instead. A day in the water is always a day well spent.

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