Garden Creek Falls Rotary Park is a small part of the beautiful Bridle Trail just outside Casper, Wyoming up on Casper Mountain. Only a 10-minute drive from the heart of town this trail is perfect for a lunchbreak walk! I love this 5-minute hike along a well-developed path following Garden Creek! The smells and textures remind me of home in Montana, no matter the time of year there is always something new to see. Not surprisingly, many photographers and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy this trail for its surprising views and backcountry feel!
If you're not familiar with the area, this trail is also a great way to dip your toe in the water and fall in love with Wyoming outdoor adventures!
Further along the Bridle trail, you'll have to worry more about bears and other such wildlife. Near the falls, while it always pays to be alert in the wilderness, you're more likely to see squirrels or deer. Be careful of your step though, not all hikers are courteous and dogs are allowed on this trail.
In summer and early fall, you can walk right up to the bottom of the falls to get a unique perspective for those Instagram pics! When the snow comes, the road into the park and the hiking trail gets too muddy for visitors. So we patiently wait for spring when the falls are at their high point swollen with spring runoff. If you're early enough you may even still encounter some snow!
When you're done admiring the falls, walk back to the rotary bridge. Just across it, you can climb the rocky staircase that leads to viewing platforms on the side of the mountain. From there you get a bird's eye view of the city on the plain below.
What is your favorite short hike? Do you like waterfalls? What season is your favorite for exploring the outdoors?
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