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“Pretty, really hot lots of bugs.”

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 September 4, 2012

Definitely worth a look, but it would be good to go when it isn't really hot. Tried to mountain bike, but ran out of time to really explore because trails are not well marked. Bathrooms are clean.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

My husband and I had trouble with our trailer, and the ranger, and maintenance staff were kind enough to accommodate us. We highly reccomend camping at this beautiful state park, and want everyone to know how great we felt by experiencing such kindness. It is not only a beautiful place to visit, but the staff is amazing!!!

2  Thank Jill G
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We arrived late in the day in a rainstorm on our first visit to Guernsey State Park. We found a tent site and setup. Shorty thereafter a "Park Guard" arrived and assessed us a fine for for "camping without a permit" - there was no discussion, no understanding just accusations and a fine. The following day he returned but this time with help to collect that days additional $10 and again a lecture. I understand that they have a tough job sitting in a booth all day but a little human understanding of the situation we were in would have gone along way for my families Summer Vacation. We will not return

6  Thank JC E
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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.

2  Thank 1wyo_gal
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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!

3  Thank Srlundeen
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