State parks still have restrictions in place, but encourage the public to get outside

Published: May. 3, 2020 at 9:39 PM CDT
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In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are still a few restrictions that you should be aware of when planning your weekend hiking trips.

All parks remain open for day use, outdoor recreation activities.

Developed recreation sites are still temporarily closed. These sites include campgrounds, day use areas, picnic tables, and restroom facilities.

But, dispersed camping, hiking, and river uses are allowed, though discouraged. Parking areas, trails, and trail heads are still open.

State historic sites continue to be closed to the public.

Normal park fees apply, and guests are urged to use the fee canisters at the opening of parks.

The U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming State Parks recommend the following guidelines to keep you, others, and the wildlife safe:

- Stay close to home to keep other communities safe.

- Stay six feet apart from other.

- Avoid crowding in parking lots, trails, scenic overlooks and other areas.

- Take CDC precautions to prevent illnesses like COVID-19

- Prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection.

- Prepare to pack out trash and human waste.

The U.S. Forestry Service continues to urge people to experience the great outdoors, one of the best ways to maintain your social distancing.