Description - Bear River State Park located in the extreme southwestern portion of Wyoming was a popular meeting spot for both Native Americans and trappers in the mid to late 1800s. The river was named the river Quee-ya-paw for a tobacco root that grew along its banks by the Native Americans. Trappers called it "Bear River" because of the many bears that frequented the area. The nearly 300 acres that make up Bear River State Park was opened to the public in 1991. The park has been included within the Evanston city limits and is connected to the Bear Project, a greenbelt project underway by the city. Although the Bear Project is not on the state park, it allows visitors to easily connect to downtown Evanston via an interconnecting trail system.
- Bear River State Park is located in the extreme southwestern portion of Wyoming, within the city limits of Evanston and just south of exit #6 on I-80, near the Bear River. Bear
River State Park, established in 1991, provides visitors with the opportunity to hike the trails following in the footsteps of Jim Bridger, Cut Face Sublette, Hugh Glass, and
Chief Washakie, or enjoy viewing the bison and elk herds. Visitors can fish for Bear River Cutthroat Trout or just relax under a large cottonwood tree and imagine what it might
have been like to confront a 600 lb. Grizzly along the river's edge. The park is available for day use only, no overnight camping is allowed. The park also offers three shelters that are favorites for events from family reunions to company picnics and weddings. A trailer dump station is open from May 1st through October 15th.
Recreation - Bear River State Park offers ideal areas for picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, group activities, bicycling, rollerblading, remote control cars and many other activities. Winter also provides unique viewing opportunities from numerous cross country ski trails.
The annual Bear River Rendezvous takes place on the weekend prior to the Labor Day Weekend at the far south end of the park. The rendezvous provides spectators with a window to Wyoming's past. Mountain men and women compete using black powder rifles, hawks, and knives, recreating a typical rendezvous of the mid-1800s. Concessions are provided to allow visitors to "make a day of it."
Climate - As the snow allows, the park road is closed to vehicles and open to skiing and hiking.
As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.
Bear River State Park is located in the extreme southwestern portion of Wyoming, within the city limits of Evanston and just south of exit #6 on I-80, near the Bear River.