Perhaps Casper's most picturesque
park is Rotary Park on Casper Mountain. With its waterfall, diverse
vegetation and cool flowing water on hot summer days, it has long been a
favorite of residents and visitors alike. Map
Rotary Park, located just south of Casper, is home to the Garden
Creek Falls and the 4.5 mile Bridle Trail. The Bridle Trail winds around
the park, offering spectacular views of the city below, as well as the
waterfall and surrounding scenery.
Rotary Park is the park for hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, or
just plain relaxing. The park is equipped with grills and fire pits, so
remember to pack some burgers, beverages, and hot dogs to satisfy your
appetite after an excursion through the fresh air.
The trailhead begins just above Rotary Park, located off of Garden
Creek Road. At the picnic sites, follow the trails as they go up and to the
right. Then, follow the dirt road up to the beginning of the trail.
The trail is approximately four miles long. From the picnic sites, it rises over 700 feet, with a hole in the wall known as
split rock at the top. The trail can be crowded with walkers on the
weekends and evenings. Generally, very few people are runners. It is a
well maintained trail that requires much stamina and leg strength.
This park is a seasonal day use park. The park opens in the
spring as soon as snow plows can open the park road. The park closes
again in the fall when snow conditions warrant closure of the road. The
park closes every day at 10:00 pm.