Wyoming State Geological Survey highlights geology of state parks in new series

Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 11:15 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The Wyoming State Geological Survey just released new information pamphlets highlighting Wyoming State Parks. Although Boysen in Fremont county was a focus, they have pamphlets about nearly all of them from Curt Gowdy to Glendo State Park.

Most of the Boysen State Park is taken up by the Boysen Reservoir, a body of water that is formed by the damming of the Wind River that is designed to hold 802,000 acre-feet, but that’s just one of the many interesting facts about Boysen State Park as well as all the other state parks that the Wyoming State Geological Survey is hoping to share with tourists and locals alike.

Outreach and Publications Manager for the Wyoming State Geological Survey, Christina George stated, “Tourism is important to Wyoming’s economy, and geo-tourism is a big play in the state.”

Officials say that people may not even think about the fact that the specific geology of an area is what drew them there in the first place. “The goal of the series is to enhance visitors time in the park by providing information about the geology of the area and perhaps provide information about the geology that attracted them to the park,” noted George.

When the series is complete, there will be a pamphlet about 10 of the 11 Wyoming State Parks. The only park not included in the series is Sinks Canyon, simply because they have already provided many geology resources about the park.

“I appreciate Wyoming’s unique geology and I get to learn something new with each pamphlet and then share that information with visitors and residents,” added George.

The pamphlets are free to the public and are available at the Wyoming State Geological Survey office on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie and at park visitor centers. Pamphlets can also be downloaded from the WSGS website.

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