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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.

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“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.

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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.