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Non-resident camping re-opens in Wyoming State Parks


CASPER, Wyo. — Non-residents will again be able to enjoy camping in Wyoming State Parks starting Monday, June 1.

“Beginning today, camping in Wyoming State Parks is open to out-of-state residents,” Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources said in a release. “To support the overall health of the public, Wyoming State Parks have been open to outdoor recreation throughout this pandemic.”

State Parks camping re-opened to Wyoming residents on May 15, but remained closed until Monday to non-residents to try to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Our team is excited to be able to increase our economic impact to the State and local economies by bringing in our consumers from around the country.” Darin Westby, agency director of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources said. “Our criteria for opening camping to non-residents has always been when surrounding states opened their camping, and their respective COVID-19 cases began leveling. Now is the time.”

Camping for residents and non-residents alike will require reservations in most cases. Exceptions are for the Hawk Springs State Recreation Area, some sites at Boysen State Park and the Connor Battlefield State Historic Site where visitors don’t need to reserve in advance, but will still need to secure a spot through the reservation after arriving in those parks.

“Additionally, headquarters buildings at the various Wyoming State Parks have opened, allowing for the sale of annual day-use and overnight camping permits,” the release adds. “Visitors are asked to join staff in adhering to social distancing recommendations whether meeting in offices, recreating at boat ramps, working at fish cleaning stations, or gathering at beaches and other areas.”

“Cabins and yurts are available for three-day reservations, Friday through Sunday. This will ensure that each structure will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the next reservation.”

People are asked to recreate safely and responsibly so that Wyoming State Parks can remain open.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.