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Review of Guernsey State Park

Guernsey State Park
Ranked #3 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.
Eaton, Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Really Neat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is worth the stop. The signature wall is awesome and worth driving to from the ruts. There is also a pony express meeting place near the signature walls. The Grave yard is interesting to see as well. Don't forget to take a photo in the ruts1

Visited November 2013
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Orange City, IA
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“Stunning location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

I just finished a very pleasant overnight camping trip at Guernsey SP. The remarkable geology adds to the scenic and intellectual interest of the area. The CCC buildings are wonderfully well-preserved with new roofs, etc.; I think I visited all of them. The museum is a beautiful example of rustic architecture. It still displays the original exhibits. Usually, I'd think this meant the park was behind the times, or woefully short of funding. But the original watercolors are lovely in their own right, and worth saving. I just hope they're being adequately conserved. Be sure to drive out to "The Castle" too. It's a dramatically designed shelter building. Like the museum it hosts a wealth of stone arches.

Heeding the notes about overnight train traffic, I camped in the North side of the park, across the reservoir in Fish Creek Canyon Campground. Had the scenic spot to myself. Well, save for the Hoot-hoot hooting of a Great Horned Owl just after dark. Yet another reason to like this spot was that it was away from the reservoir, which they are presently draining, leaving it a broad muddy flat.

I hiked the Lakeside, Marsh Mountain, and North Bluffs trails to The Castle. The park suffered a fire last year, so some of the hike was through the burn mosaic. For me, this just made it interesting. The Lakeside Trail gains some elevation and is more of a rough path than a trail, but good fun. Look for the orange concretions in the limestone along the way. The other trails are relatively flat and free of "roller rocks". Marsh Mountain follows the cliffs above the reservoir, and thus gets some serious drama points (see photo). Know that the "Foot Trail Map" they hand you is very general and somewhat out of date. Apparently, the Echo Cliffs Trail has morphed into the North Bluffs Trail, which also now extends well past The Castle to the West (I didn't hike beyond The Castle. The fire destroyed the foot bridge on the Brimmer Pt. Trail.

Finally, at the time of writing, the road over the dam was closed for work on the dam itself. It's worth the drive up through Hartville and down through the North entrance, both for the scenery and so you can see the museum.

Visited September 2013
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

What a lovely place to visit. Had a great time. We enjoyed the view.
Wish we had more time to visit maybe on our return

Visited August 2013
Thank jkel78
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Guernsey, Wyoming
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“Great State Park!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

Beautiful park with miles and miles of hiking trails, canyonlike reservoir with sandstone cliffs, boating, swimming. A great family stop. No reservations for campsites but they are never full so it's not a problem.

Visited August 2012
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“Good part of our American History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Cool to see what our pioneer ancestors saw when they came through on their wagons. We stayed only one night and a few hours the next day. Wish we could have seen more while we were there.

Visited July 2012
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