The dog days of summer are here in Casper. It is the few months of the year where the heat can become unbearable. Although at the same time, there is a driving need to get outside. Any Wyomingite knows snow is always a possibility ... somewhere in the state. That why we put together these 10 amazing places around Casper that can help beat the heat. Some spots might require a little drive, while others are within walking distance.

The requirements are simple. They need shade and have someplace to eat. Each location has a list of the amenities available. So grab a cooler filled with your favorite lunchtime treats, and find yourself a nice shady spot to enjoy the great outdoors.

Aamco Park (Next to Take Pump House)

  • In Town
  • Large Trees with lots of shade
  • Picnic Tables
  • Labyrinth or the Bart Rea Learning Circle
  • Access to Platte River Trails
  • Access to White Water Park


Bill Schwamle, Townsquare Media
  • Large Trees with Lots of Shade
  • Picnic Tables
  • Historical Significance
  • Hiking and Exploring
  • Wadding in River
  • Fairy Gardens


Google Maps
  • Large Grassy Areas
  • A Few Picnic Tables
  • Tennis Court
  • Pool (has fees to enter)
  • BMX Park


Endess Kimball Wilinks Park (Evansville)

Bill Schwamle, Townsquare Media
  • Large Trees with Lots of Shade
  • Picnic Tables
  • Swimming Pond
  • Fishing Acess
  • Audobon Sanctuary
  • Walking Trails


Rotary Park/Garden Creek Falls

  • Plenty of Shade
  • Cool Mountain Breezes
  • Picnic Tables
  • Hiking Trails to Falls or Up Casper Mountain
  • Popular Spot for Locals and Tourists


Beartrap Meadow (Casper Mountain)

Bill Schwamle, Townsquare Media
  • Cool Moutain Breezes
  • Shaddy Groves of Trees
  • Picnic Tables
  • Hiking Trails
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • More Nature and Fewer People


Doc Holliday, Townsquare Media
  • Adventure Playground
  • Large Shady Trees
  • Picnic Tables
  • Access to Platte River Trail
  • Baseball Feilds


Independence Rock (Alcova, WY)

Bill Schwamle, Townsquare Media
  •  Historical Importance
  • Picnic Table/Shelters
  • Hiking Trail around Inpendce Rock
  • Flushable Toilets




Reshaw Park (Evansville)

Google Maps
  • "Hidden Gem" no one knows about it
  • Secluded
  • Next to Platte River
  • Picnic Table under Pavillion
  • Grassy Area



Jochen Sand
  • Garden Creek Runs Through Park
  • Shaddy Trees
  • Picnic Tables
  • Walking Pathway
  • Large Grassy Area
  • Playground