Located in Central Wyoming, Casper has been home to people finding their path for centuries. From American Indian trails, to the Oregon Trail, Pony Express, and more–it’s been said all trails lead here.
Though the remnants of those historic overland pathways are fading, their legacies remain. In the dust of these paths are new world-class hiking and biking trail systems that connect every corner of our community.
With trails for all skill-levels there is a path for you and a journey to some of Casper’s best kept secrets.
Platte River Trails System
Take in the Platte River Trails System, and experience the beauty of the North Platte River. Stretching over 11 miles this popular trail system offers gorgeous scenery and wildlife. Experience views of Casper Mountain, the river, and cityscape on this beautiful path. Complete with interpretive signage, mile markers, wildlife information, public art, and more.
You can even make an afternoon of it and float down the river for a deeper connection to the North Platte. No matter which direction you go, the Platte River Trails are a perfect starting point for visitors and locals alike.
Casper Mountain Trails
From there we come to Casper Mountain and its endless array of trails, parks, and features that will captivate you along the way. It is the starting point for many trail-related activities offering nearly 26 miles of groomed trails, ranging from flat runs to steep inclines. The mountain features trails for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and fat biking. You’ll find popular trails such as the Eadsville Trail, Braille Trail, Dungeon, and the Maze Loop.
For a go-to option many visitors take in The Bridle Trail. It is one of Casper’s most sought after hiking attractions. Red Tricycle named it one of the top hikes every kid should take at least once.
With close to 5 miles rising 1,200 feet in elevation, this rugged trail takes about 3 hours to complete from start to finish. It’s perfect for hiking, horseback riding, and more. It can provide a great workout for those seeking a little extra cardio on their trip as well.
A less advanced option visitors often enjoy is Casper’s Braille Trail. This looped dirt trail is less than a half-mile long, and is designed to bring the beauty of nature to anyone. With rope handrails, signage, as well as picnic areas, this trail is perfect for children, bird watching, biking, or photography.
High Desert Trails
Coming down off the mountain about 30 miles outside of the city, you will discover beauty and a little bit of history at the Cottonwood Creek Dinosaur Trails.
Natrona County is fortunate enough to have evidence of life from tens of millions of years ago, and the Cottonwood Creek Dinosaur Trail is proof of that. This informative trail offers a fascinating glimpse of how Wyoming may have looked during the Triassic and Early Jurassic periods. Managed by the Bureau of Reclamation, this trail takes visitors on an educational path, featuring interpretive signage explaining the geological evolution of the region, as well as some amazing dinosaur fossils discovered in recent years that can still be found in their natural settings.
So when in Casper, find your path. With lots to choose from there will certainly be one for you. If you need a guide, Visit Casper is always around to point you in the right direction. To get a glimpse of the adventures that we go on, follow us on Instagram.