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Ayres Natural Bridge County Park

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Ayres Natural Bridge County Park is a hidden gem in Central Wyoming. The park is an oasis of verdant beauty in an otherwise dry, brown landscape. The namesake of the park is a large solid rock arch carved out by La Prele Creek. It is one of only a few natural bridges in the US that still has water running under it. The bridge was a tourist attraction as far back as the Oregon Trail days. Adventurous settlers would venture off the Oregon Trail to visit this area and relax under the shade of the bridge. The creek still provided some nice fishing and a peaceful picnicking atmosphere.

For current park details and regulations, visit the park's website.

Visiting Tips

The well-maintained park is slightly off the beaten path of I-25. Take Exit 151 (Natural Bridge Exit), between Douglas and Glenrock. The park offers picnic activities and a few camping / RV spots to boot! No pets are allowed in the park and it does close the gates to entry after dark and at various times of the year.

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Pano of the park from the top of the Natural Bridge.
Aug 15, 2016 near Douglas, WY
Ayers Natural Bridge
Aug 26, 2016 near Douglas, WY
Trailhead marker pointing where the trail begins on the south side of the bridge.
Aug 15, 2016 near Douglas, WY
Some local wildlife. Cottontail and jack rabbits, as well as jays, pigeons, and whitetail deer are in this area.
Aug 15, 2016 near Douglas, WY