Fall foliage in Wyoming doesn’t disappoint, and there’s no need to travel far from Casper to see the sights. Wander these three close-to-home trails to make the most of this autumn.
Rotary Park offers impressive scenery, epic picnic areas, and gorgeous trails. Pack a picnic to fuel up, then make the short trek to Garden Creek Falls to snap a few photos. From there, hike the 3.2-mile Bridle Trail Split Rock Loop for even better views. Wear appropriate footwear and consider bringing hiking poles – this route gets steep fast and the loose rock can be slippery.
Platte River Parkway
Hop on the paths beginning near Tate Pumphouse. The Platte’s trail system follows the river for 11 miles and “is a virtual oasis with tall, old-growth trees, wildlife sanctuaries, and breathtaking scenery,” boasts VisitCasper.com. Enjoy awe-inspiring views of Casper Mountain, as well as the city skyline, all along the way. “The trails are complete with interpretive signage, mile markers, wildlife information, and public art,” the city’s website adds.
Beartrap Meadow Park
Beartrap typically offers day use and camping from May to October and is a great location to catch a glimpse of – you guessed it – bears, as well as deer, elk, and more. Although this summer’s Beartrap music festival came and went earlier in August, visitors can look forward to fall’s main attraction: the colorful scenery. Stop by in September to peep the red, orange, and gold leaves.
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