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Guernsey State Park
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Guernsey
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Owner description: Guernsey State Park provides seven campgrounds. Five are around the lake. All campgrounds include comfort stations, picnic tables, fire grills and drinking water. We also have a trailer dump station located at the south entrance to Guernsey State Park. This park provides the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the Rocky Mountain area. Built by the CCC, the Guernsey Museum, the Castle and Brimmer Point are available to explore. The museum is perched on a high cliff, overlooking the water. The building itself is made of hand hewn timbers and hand forged iron. The roof is framed with the timbers and covered with split cedar shakes, and the floors were formed by pieces of smooth flagstone. The Castle, with its giant fireplace and winding steps, leads to an observation area for a spectacular view of the park.An extensive network of trails was originally planned and partially built during the operation of the CCC camps. Ever since that time hiking and trail use has been a major feature at Guernsey State Park. Approximately ten miles of CCC trails have been restored on the park. Starting point for the trail system is at the Brimmer Point turnoff. The trail system consists of several loops which provide a variety of scenic views of the park, reservoir and the dam. Most of the trails are moderately physically demanding.The Oregon Trail was one of the primary routes used by the immigrants' westward migration across the plains from 1841 to 1869. Today, in many parts of Wyoming, remnants of The Oregon Trail can still be seen. Some of the best examples are the "ruts"; located just 1/2 mile south of the town of Guernsey, off Highway 26.Register Cliff located two miles southeast of Guernsey provided travelers with a "chalkboard" where they placed their names for those who followed. The landmark still remains much the way it looked to pioneers on wagon trains journeying West.
Reviewed June 28, 2012

I love this lake, but there are too many people from Colorado! Go during the week and you will find beauty and peacefulness. It's a great place to swim and boat. Unfortunately, there was a recent fire which destroyed many trees and one cabin. Go to Sandy Beach. I hear it is has trees.

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Reviewed July 17, 2011

We took a short detour off of I-25 to check out the Historic Site where trail ruts are preserved in rock. After more than 150 years the ruts are very clearly visible in an area where many travelers camped, a day's travel from Fort Laramie. This site is NOT in the state park, but is easily accessed by a dirt road leading south along the west bank of the Platte River. It's well worth a visit!

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Reviewed August 4, 2010

My husband and I followed the Oregon Trail for most of the way in late June from Missouri to Idaho and this park has by far the best wagon wheel ruts anywhere! It looked like the wagons had just gone by! The “tracks here are notable because they were cut into solid rock. A short trail leads uphill to two to six feet deep gouges cut by wagon wheels, draft animals, and people during its heavy usage from 1841-1869”. It doesn’t matter if you are a history or Oregon Trail buff or not, these ruts will stir up your imagination as you stand back and imagine the wagons pass by! The paved trail was delightful with wildflowers, birds and blooming cactus.

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