GO WITH THE FLOW
LOCATION: North Platte River
The legendary North Platte River meanders through Casper, creating a peaceful setting for fishermen, runners, cyclists, dog lovers and those who want to be outside for a quiet moment. The Platte River Parkway is a paved path that follows the river for nearly 10 miles from Paradise Valley in West Casper to the North Casper Soccer Complex at Bryan Stock Trail.
Should you hike the entire system, you would pass by many WyoCity attractions including dog-friendly Morad Park, Fort Caspar, Three Crowns Golf Course, a disc golf course, Lake McKenzie Dog Park and Mike Lansing Baseball Field. This extensive system is just moments from a number of hotels in Casper, so while you may not need to drive, you’ll find ample parking along the trails including Jonah Bank or the Tate Pumphouse. Savor the first warm days of spring along the trails of the Platte River Parkway. You’ll be greeted by nature when you step out of your car with the refreshing and awakening scent of a river breeze. This area is a virtual paradise with tall, old growth trees, wildlife sanctuaries and breathtaking scenery.
A literal thread between urban and natural landscapes across Casper, these trails offer views of the mountain, river and metropolitan skyline from just about anywhere. Don’t forget to bring your fly rod and waders since you’ll have the opportunity to catch blue-ribbon trout in the heart of the city. And with dozens of benches and tables along the route, this is an ideal location for a picnic dinner to watch the sunset over the water or a leisurely stroll to see the trees budding the first sprigs of green.
ENJOY THE RIDE
LOCATION: Casper Mountain & across Casper
If you’re the type of mountain biker who believes the best rides are the ones off the beaten trail, you’ve found your next riding destination. Whether you prefer secluded mountain single track, fatbiking over groomed snow or uncrowded expert paths, Casper’s trails are perfect for both beginning and seasoned bike riders alike. And with April’s unpredictable weather, it’s important to have options. Families and biking newbies will enjoy the paths and dirt trails at Crossroads, which are easily accessible and ridable year-round. Or for a ride as technical and as advanced as it gets, take on the Bridle Trail’s 5 mile outer loop with steep ascents and descents and every surface imaginable.