Lakeside Camping and Mountain Biking

Curt Gowdy State Park Ranger Station

Miles of flowy singletrack to explore. Camp on the shores of Granite Springs Reservoir. Best in the off-season to avoid the crowds.

This trail system is somewhat of a hidden gem to mountain bikers south of the Wyoming border. Those who know their way around the best trail systems, though, hail Curt Gowdy as one of the best. If you've got some energy to burn, try the IMBA Epic suggested route, which loops together the 20 miles of trails in one awesome day's ride. The terrain shifts from Rocky Mountain-esque to Great Plains as you whip around the map. You won't find any huge climbs or descents, at least by Front Range standards, but there are several skills areas with jumps and drops for the rider looking to hone his or her technical abilities.

Campsites dot the lake shores, and fishing and boating are allowed. Because of the sweet access to the trails right from the campsites, this is an extremely crowded location in the summer. We went in late October and the weather was temperate and the trails completely empty. Keep in mind there isn't much around this part of Wyoming, so you'll need to pack in all your water, food, bike maintenance tools, and first aid kits—as we unfortunately found out. The ranger is one of the nicest in the business, so stop by the visitor center when you arrive to pay your dues. Out-of-staters, prepare to fork over a little more to enjoy this great park!

Helpful Links:
Curt Gowdy Trails Map
Curt Gowdy Brochure

Pack List

  • Camp supplies
  • Bikes, repair kits, and first aid kits
  • Consider elbow and knee pads as the trails are full of loose, little rocks
  • Generous amounts of food and beer
  • Rain gear even if the forecast is warm and dry
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Groups
Lake

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I love the single-track here, and it's a lot less crowded than the Colorado Front Range. It can definitely get hot here in the summer so plan for early morning or evening riding.


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