Recreation in Southwest Wyoming

Uinta County is your recreation destination on the Wasatch Front and serves as a gateway to some of the nation’s most beloved parks. 

As part of the Wasatch Front, Evanston and Uinta County offer an abundance of recreational activities through their exceptional amenities and parks. The goal of the Recreation Division is to provide a wide variety of quality recreational opportunities or all ages to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

Whether you are interested in the Evanston Recreation Center, that provides weight room coaching, childcare, and inflatable obstacle courses, or organized outdoor family days, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Evanston hosts many family days at the local parks and golf courses, with themes around the seasons.

Evanston and Uinta County showcase a variety of excellent lakes, rivers and streams abound, including the Bear River. Bear River State Park offers public access to this backyard gem and exceptional fly fishing. The enticing parks and campgrounds are nestled near lakes and rivers, providing all-day fishing opportunities.

For hunting enthusiasts, look no further than Evanston. The area offers bountiful hunting opportunities for wildlife that is special to Wyoming. Hunters will leave satisfied, after a hunting expedition including elk, white-tailed deer, and moose.

The many hiking trails in the area provide a relaxing escape on a trail leading to a new adventure. Trails along the rivers, mountain foothills, and through parks provide ample wildlife observing. Take your camera and a friend along, for the spontaneous pictures with beautiful, scenic backdrops.

Camping

Campgrounds just over an hour from Evanston and Uinta County, tucked away in the mountains of northeastern Utah, provide the ideal camping experience. Whether it’s quiet campfires and hiking, or fishing, wakeboarding, and tubing, the campgrounds surrounding Evanston and Uinta County offer exceptional amenities.

Hunting & Fishing

The area surrounding Evanston and Uinta County have an abundance of hunting land and offer rich experiences.


Lake Louise

https://www.hookandbullet.com/fishing-lake-louise-evanston-wy/

Peaceful Lake Louise sits just .9 miles from Evanston, in Uinta County. Whether you’re fly fishing or baitcasting, your chances of getting a bite are good.


Sulphur Creek

https://www.hookandbullet.com/fishing-sulphur-creek-evanston-wy/

Hiking

The many hiking trails in the area provide a relaxing escape on a trail leading to a new adventure.

Amethyst Lake Trail

https://stepoutside.org/place/amethyst-lake-trail-evanston-wy.html

The Amethyst Lake Trail offers a peaceful experience, filled with scenic trails and wildlife.


Hiking Trails Near Evanston, WY

https://stepoutside.org/evanston-wy/hiking/


Uinta

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/uwcnf/recreation/hiking/?recid=8980&actid=50


City of Evanston

https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/maps-brochures

Evanston Community Recreation Center

Evanston, WY Parks and Recreation

275 Saddle Ridge Road
Evanston, WY 82930
(307) 789-1770

Events

Bear River Rendezvous

https://www.evanstonwyo.com/list/member/bear-river-rendezvous-455 

The annual Bear River Rendezvous is held in August at Bear River State Park in Evanston, Wyoming. The festival celebrates the region’s trapping heritage with mountain men and women recreating a typical pre-1840s gathering.

Chinese New Year Table Tennis Tournament

https://www.evanstonparksandrec.org/february

Celebrate the Chinese New Year by participating in a lively game of table tennis with your friends and family.

Jingle Bell Jaunt 5K Run and Walk

https://www.evanstonwy.org/618/Jingle-Bell-Jaunt-5K-Fun-Run-Walk

Join in the festive race, which starts at the newly rehabilitated Strand Theatre. Fun prizes include Main Street Cash to be spent in the delightful downtown businesses.

Family Golf Day

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/386/Family-Golf-Day

401 Kindler Dr.
Evanston, WY 82930
(307) 789-2383

Come to the Purple Sage Golf course on May 28 for a day of golfing for the entire family! 

Family Ice Skating Party

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/237/Family-Ice-Skating-Party

For an evening of winter fun, join Evanston’s Police Department and the Rec. Center Staff at the BEAR Project Ice Ponds.

Family XC Ski Race Day at Purple Sage

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/524/Family-XC-Ski-Day-Purple-Sage

Cross country ski your way across the Purple Sage Golf Course.

Free Boat Day

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/489/Free-Boat-Day

Come and try out canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and stand up paddleboards for free

Bear River State Park
Evanston, WY 82930

Fresh Air, Freedom & Fun Festival

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/241/Fresh-Air-Freedom-Fun-Festival

Bear Meadows

Celebrate the Fourth of July with enjoyable activities like the ERH Fun Run & Walk, children’s parade, soccer tournament, and carnival games and inflatables.

Pitch, Putt, Drive/Golf Day

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/487/Golf-Activities

401 Kindler Dr.
Evanston, WY 82930
(307) 789-2383

On July 8, Purple Sage Golf Course offers informative golf clinics and entertaining contests for prizes.

Halloween Adventure

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/240/Halloween-Adventure

All children ages 0-10 are invited for a fun-filled Halloween celebration with activities, games, and pumpkin picking and decorating.

Indoor Distance Triathlon

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/441/Indoor-Distance-Triathlon

The unique triathlon, hosted by the Evanston Community Recreation Center, features a race of swimming, biking, and running all within the center.

275 Saddle Ridge Rd.
Evanston, WY 82930
(307) 789-1770

Inflatable Day

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/470/Inflatable-Day

275 Saddle Ridge Rd.
Evanston, WY 82930
(307) 789-1770

On August 5, all kids ages 5+ are invited to come and enjoy Extreme Rush and Aquatica!

Spring Pickleball League 

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/469/Spring-Pickleball-League

Singles and doubles, ages 18 and up, are welcome to join the lively league.

Jason Crompton Memorial 5K

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/521/Jason-Crompton-Memorial-5K

Join the Evanston community in a race to celebrate fellow resident Jason Crompton.

Bear Paw Trailhead

Fort Bridger Rendezvous

https://ems.uinta1.com/

(801) 635-4038

Youth Sports

The Evanston Parks & Recreation offers a variety of youth sports for all ages and levels.

City & County Parks

Evanston and Uinta County provide an overflowing wealth of park resources to its residents as well as 300 Miles of ATV Trails. Evanston is home to 14 city parks, covering more than 50 acres of developed and undeveloped land, with picnic shelters and playgrounds.

Anderson Park

Anderson Park consists of 1.9 acres of sprawling, developed land, and is located on the corner of Summit and 14th Street.

Aspen Grove Park

Aspen Grove Park is 3 acres, located at the intersection of Washakie Drive and Johnston Lane, with picnic tables and basketball courts.

Bear River Greenway

https://www.evanstonparksandrec.org/bear-river-greenway

Bear River State Park
Evanston, WY 82930

The Bear River Greenway supplies residents with fishing and water activities, including rafting and kayaking.

Brookhollow Park

Located along Shady Lane in the Brookhollow subdivision, Brookhollow Park is 4.9 acres and has picnic tables and a playground.

Brown Park

With an acre of lush green grass, Brown Park is located on the corner of 1st Avenue and B Avenue, and has picnic tables, barbeque pits, and a playground.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is located at the north end of Colonial Drive, and offers 3.2 acres of developed land with picnic tables, basketball courts, and barbeque pits. Centennial Park offers a special flying field for Remote Control planes and helicopters behind the park.

Mountain View City Park

Chinese Gardens

Located around Depot Square, the historic Chinese Gardens offer a quaint gazebo, benches, and a pond and stream.

Depot Square

Located in the Historic Downtown Evanston, the Chinese Gardens hosts summer activities, such as the Farmer’s Market and live concerts.

Hamblin Park

Hamblin Park reaches Bear River Drive, just past the fairgrounds, and across from the Bear Paw Trail Head. With 7.6 acres of developed land in the park, Hamblin Park is a well-loved and visited park. The frisbee (disc) golf course runs throughout the park. Residents may reserve one of three areas for outdoor gatherings. Whether you’re looking for additional picnic areas with or without electrical access, basketball courts, or horseshoe pits, the multitude of areas can meet your needs. The playground is centrally located between the areas, for all to enjoy.

Martin Park

Located between Depot Square and the fire department, Martin Park offers picnic areas and a basketball court. Martin Park boasts a charming gazebo, which can be rented, that adds to the background of any picture.

Overthrust Ball Park

Overthrust Ball Park spreads across 11 acres and offers four softball/baseball fields.

Railroad Park

Railroad Park is located next to North Elementary School. With 3.2 acres, picnic tables, and a historical locomotive, the park provides a fun learning experience.

Skate Park

The inviting Skate Park is located next to the sand volleyball court.

Sulphur Creek Reservoir

Just 12 miles south of Evanston, Sulphur Creek Reservoir offers 2.5 acres of spacious, developed land. A shelter with restrooms, electrical outlets, picnic tables and a fire pit make it an inviting setting for summer gatherings. A dock near the shelter will bring in fishing enthusiasts for a lazy afternoon.

Volleyball Court (Sand)

Located near the Skate Park, the Volleyball Court invites volleyball players of all levels for some fun team building.

Purple Sage Golf Course

https://purplesagegc.com/

401 Kindler Drive
Evanston, WY 82930
(307) 789-2383

Searching for gently rolling fairways and smooth greens? Purple Sage Golf Course gives one of the best golf experiences in and around Evanston. With a professionally designed course, Purple Sage Golf Course offers leagues for all ages and abilities.

Yurts

https://brorayurts.org/yurts/

Renting a yurt will give your family a unique and memorable experience. Skiers from as far away as Europe and Asia have visited Uinta County to enjoy the one-of-a-kind experience of back-country skiing and spend the night in these comfortable tents.

Mountain Bike Trails at Bear River State Park

http://evanstonparksandrec.org/148/Bear-River-Greenway

Bear River State Park
601 Bear River Dr.
Evanston, WY 82930

The Bear River Greenway supplies residents with fishing and water activities, including rafting and kayaking.

Fossil Butte National Monument

Evanston is home to 14 city parks, covering more than 50 acres of developed and undeveloped land, with picnic shelters and playgrounds.

Salt to Stone

https://travelwyoming.com/salt-to-stone

Bear River State Park
601 Bear River Dr. Evanston, WY 82930

The Bear River Greenway supplies residents with fishing and water activities, including rafting and kayaking.

Skiing 

Brighton Ski Resort

https://brightonresort.com

The mountain averages 500 inches of snow a winter. The snow is traditionally light, fluffy and dry, making it a paradise for riders & skiers. At the very top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton gets the very best of the "greatest snow on earth," and lots of it.

8302 South Brighton Loop Road
Brighton, Utah 84121
(801)532.4731

Pine Creek Ski Area

http://www.pinecreekskiresort.com/

Centrally located just east of Cokeville, WY, a mere hour from Evanston. A skiing experience at Pine Creek is filled with fun for the entire family!

Park City Ski Resorts

https://www.parkcitymountain.com/

1345 Lowell Ave
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-8111

Snowbasin Resort

https://www.snowbasin.com/

3925 E. Snowbasin Road
Huntsville, UT 84317

888-437-5488 | Snow Report: 801-620-1100

Snowbasin Resort offers both winter and summer recreation. Just 73 minutes from Evanston, the resort offers the ultimate ski experience in the winter, along with hiking and summer concerts during the summer months.

Woodward

https://www.woodwardparkcity.com/

3863 Kilby Road, Park City, UT 84098
(435) 658-2648

Beaver Mountain

http://www.skithebeav.com/

12400 East 12900 North Logan, UT 84028
(435) 946-3610

Grand Targhee Resort

https://www.grandtarghee.com/

3300 Ski Hill Rd
Alta, WY 83414
(307) 353-2300