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This audio walking or biking tour takes you along the North Platte River in downtown Casper, Wyoming. This tour can be enjoyed in either direction, starting at North Platte Park Disc Golf Course or Morad Park.
As you follow the meandering river, hear stories of the wild west and the modern west in Casper. The tour shares the cultural and natural history of the region--and even points out some good places along the route to catch trout! Enjoy views of Casper Mountain to the south and Antelope Hills to the north as you learn the many reasons to live and visit Casper.
While the trails of Western expansion may not be used today, their legacy is alive and well along the modern trail system that connects the Casper community.
This tour includes the railroad, Fort Casper Museum, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Crossroads Park, and scenic overlooks with more sites and stories.
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You've reached the Tate Pumphouse, which serves as headquarters for the Platte River Trails governing body that spearheads trail development as well as for the trails system themselves. Ample parking and easy accessibility make this a great starting point, and indoor restrooms are available here 7 days per week. This is also the home of Food Truck Fridays in the summer time when Casper's favorite mobile restaurants gather to serve an eclectic variety of delicious grub. Sitting just east of the Pumphouse back patio is Casper's White Water Park, a premiere urban river play spot. With four manmade white water features, the park debuted in 2005 as part of a partnership between BP Amoco and the Platte River Trails. Designed for experienced kayakers, Rapid Magazine named this spot one of the top three class three urban river destinations in North America. According to the article, "Find optimal surf conditions when the gauge reads on the high side, anytime from early spring until late fall. The run starts with a clean wave followed by a hole, a gradual drop and wave train, and finally another hole." If kayaking is a little beyond your skill set, not to worry. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the rapids like rafting, paddle boarding or tubing. But however you choose to play in the water, always wear a lifejacket. Just a few hundred feet east from the Pumphouse, you'll find an exquisite display of nature and community at the Bart Rea Learning Circle, or the "labyrinth," as its also known. While most people think of a labyrinth somewhere to get lost, this space was designed to do just the opposite -- a place to find yourself in the beauty of nature. Born from a desire to to create an outdoor learning area, the community enthusiastically supported the project. The labyrinth was constructed primarily by volunteer labor in addition to some private fundraising. The color design and glasswork was done by concrete artist or, "concretist" as he refers to himself, Michael Miller out of California who specializes in similar projects. Since it was dedicated in 2015, the Learning Circle has hosted yoga, library book clubs, nature classes for kids and more. Just a half mile east from the Learning Circle is the iconic oil derrick structure that pays homage to Wyoming's energy industry. This structure was created from pieces of actual working rigs across the state and developed into artwork here in Casper.