SWAY TO THE RHYTHM
LOCATION: Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain
You hardly need an excuse to spend a weekend basking in the sunshine, but what better reason to put the yard work on hold than a ticket to one of the best music events in Wyoming? Each summer on Casper Mountain, bluegrass takes center stage at the Beartrap Summer Festival (BeartrapSummerFestival.com) — and what a festival it is! This year features headliners Joan Osborne Saturday, Aug. 5 and Wynonna Sunday, Aug. 6 as well as regional favorites like Patti Fiasco, Railsplitters and The Cory McDaniel Duo.This two-day celebration is jam-packed with music, food and fun. Bring the family and head up Casper Mountain for a one-of-a-kind experience. There’s so much to see and do, you won’t want to leave! A limited number of tickets are still available, so get yours today.
MAKE SOME WAVES
LOCATION: North Platte River, Morad Park
Change your outlook on life in one afternoon. All you need is a watercraft (inner tubes work well), life jackets and a willingness to go with the flow. Floating the North Platte River (PlatteRiverParkway.org) is where locals love to spend their lazy days of summer. There are plenty of places you can start and stop. For a long float, go from Bessemer Bend to Robertson Road; for a shorter trip, try Morad Park to downtown Casper (see North Platte River access points page 64). Along the way, you will see birds skim the water as they snag something to eat, wildlife along the banks, and fish leaping out of the water. Relax, soak up the sun and enjoy the untarnished beauty of Central Wyoming. Life jackets are available to borrow free of charge from the Casper Fire Department (307.235.8323).
REV UP FOR ADVENTURE
LOCATION: Crossroads Park, Platte River Parkway
Some of the world’s most elite athletes will cross the finish line in Casper after one of the most physically and mentally grueling challenges they’ll ever face. Fifty teams from more than 30 countries will have six days to cover up to 500 miles of Wyoming terrain traveling by foot, mountain bike, vertical roping and boat during the Adventure Race (AR) World Championships. They’ll follow a map with mandatory checkpoints across vast ranch lands, teetering mountains, authentic ghost towns, dramatic canyons and alpine rivers. They’ll race through history along old wagon roads and mountain passes used for the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express and the Gold Rush as they chase the $25,000 first place prize. As the host city, Casper will also be the home of smaller fitness challenges for those of us who aren’t quite ready for the AR World Championships, but still not the faint of heart. Past events have included a 5K Glow Run and the Casper Strong AR, a demanding 7-12 hour course that featured a 12-mile run up 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Casper Mountain. If your summer days are anything but lazy, this is the week to be in Casper.
KEEP DUCKING FALL
LOCATION: North Platte River & Crossroads Park
Wave goodbye to summer with a rubber ducky in one hand and a micro-brew in the other during Riverfest & the Great Duck Derby. This community celebration is an end-of-summer staple in Casper. Crossroads Park fills up with locals, visitors, live bands, food vendors and micro-brew tastings as thousands of rubber duckies race across the North Platte River to benefit the Platte River Trails and the Casper Rotary Club. The food is as good as the weather, so visit Casper for one last salute to summer during Riverfest.