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Curt Gowdy State Park

Average Rating:    (4.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

As of summer 2007, 15-plus miles of new trail are now in place and ready to ride. Maps are posted at the trailhead and at trail junctions.
The mileage will increase as new trails being planned and constructed.

Curt Gowdy offers a diverse network of trails for which ratings range from beginner to expert. Most of the trails were handbuilt with mountain bikers specifically in mind.

The system is so new that no trail names have officially been determined. The routes are temporarily designated by letter, with names to be assigned by 2008.

Curt Gowdy State Park is punctuated by granite outcroppings ranging from boulder-size to enormous, and it is this preponderance of rock that defines the mountain biking experience.

Intermediate riders should try Trail A, a four-mile loop that offers a modest degree of technical challenge, some of which can be bypassed by short alternative trails.

More advanced riders will like Trail H, which offers numerous tight spots and rock hurdles, and experts will want to test their mettle on the large, steep granite slabs of the short but sick Trail I.

Beginniners will enjoy the flat and smooth Trail K, which meanders along the shoreline of Granite Springs Reservoir for most of it's nearly three-mile length.
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Latitude
41.17787875156748
Longitude
-105.24584770202637
Trail Length
15
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cheyenne
State/Territory/Province
WY
Country
US
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Review Date
July 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: WuJJ ,  Downhiller

Summary:
$6 fee per car entry into the park.
trail map: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/pdf/CurtGowdyTrailMap.pdf

A hardtail or short travel full suspension bike would be best here. Mostly short climbs and descents. The blue trails on the map are mostly fast and smooth singletrack. The red and black trails have some rocky and slow sections with some rock slabs - nothing too extreme.

Overall, a fun ride with some good scenery. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the Cheyenne or Laramie area.

Recommended Route:
For the Mountain Trail side, I would recommend riding it counter clockwise.
Stone Temple > Igneoramus > Rock N Roller > 2% > Stone Temple > Pinball > right on Crow Creek Trail > check out Hidden Falls > back track on Crow Creek > Mo Rocka (ride all of it, it's awesome) > Crow Creek

This took me a less than 90min, including the stop at Hidden Falls. If you feel like riding more, continue on the Reservoir Trail System.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Happy Jack near Laramie and Casper Mountain in Casper.



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Review Date
October 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Team Fubar Rider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Our "group" took a road trip to Curt Gowdy for a weekend get away. Unbeknownst to us, there was an 8 hour race taking place this same weekend. It mattered not, as we were able to ride the trails on the Southeast side of the park, down around the reservoirs during the race. We ran into Tim (one of the masterminds of the trails) and he told us of the future plans for Curt Gowdy. I am telling you they have done an unreal job of building trails and it sounds like there is more great stuff on the horizon. There is everything from technical, rocky, slow stretches, wide open, swoopy stuff and everything in between. Over the course of the weekend, we rode 35+ miles of singletrack without doubling back over the same trail (except for a couple of exceptions to link up a new loop).

I (as I am sure the rest of our group does) HIGHLY recommend this trail system. While I am sure the "locals" want to keep it more low key and its location will help keep it that way, it is an EASY drive from everywhere from the Black Hills to the Southern end of the Front Range.

Recommended Route:
A person could do it in all in one long day, or take a couple days, ride all the stuff on one "end" of the park on one day and do the other "end" on the next day. As I said, we rode all the stuff down around the reservoirs (Shoreline, Canyon Trail, Crystal Ridge) as well as some of the "mountain trails" end (Granite Ridge, Crow Creek, Mo'Rocka) on the first day, and the second day we rode the rest (more Crow Creek, Mo'Rocka, El Alto, Pinball, Stone Temple, Albert's Alley, Rock N' Roller, Sammie's Slide, 2% and Ignoramus).

The reservoir trails are more of an out and back and the others all share a common trail head, which loops back upon itself. Loop together as many as you want/can. Make sure you hit the technical stuff like El Alto and 2%. Nothing too difficult but tons of fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not sure. There is other stuff in the Happy Jack area (not far away) which seems like it would be similar to the "mountain trails" end of the park. I'll have to report back...I will be visiting the area again SOON.



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Review Date
May 18, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: DaveDufault ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails are great. The terrain is rolling and varied with sections of slalom turns, technical rock problems, quick decents and transitions, and even portions of slickrock. There are so many combinations of loops and routes that you can make a day out of it before hanging by the lake to knock one back. Plus its secluded...i saw no one. Check it out.

Recommended Route:
Crow Creek to MoRock to Stone Temple and on and on and on...



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Review Date
August 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Mullet3 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Newer trail system with everything from flowing beginner trails to advanced technical. Some of the technical was too tough for me, but I rode all of A trail last night and really enjoyed it. Go to the Wyoming State Parks website and look at the brochre for a pdf trail map.

Recommended Route:
Ive only ridden A Trail (Stone Temple), L trail and E-trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Happy Jack and forest service roads.



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Review Date
June 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MtnSpectre ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode "A" loop yesterday. It was easy to find without a trail map. I was hoping they would have some at the entrance to Granite but couldn't find any. There were, however, maps posted at the trailhead and along the route. Once you were on the trail it was very easy to follow. I really enjoyed riding it! Big change from the trails I am normally riding in SE Georgia! I am also going give it a higher aerobic level due to the fact it whooped me in the beginning. I suspect mostly because of the elevation differenct from sea level to what ever it is there.....ha ha. Anyway, I still really enjoyed riding this trail and wished that I would be able to spend more time in the area to sample the rest of the trail system out there!



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