Sinks Canyon State Park

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Sinks Canyon State Park

Wyoming

(307) 332-6333

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Overview

Sinks Canyon State Park features a geologic phenomenon in which the Popo Agie River vanishes into a large cavern, otherwise known as "The Sinks". The river reappears in a trout- filled pool, "the Rise", about a half-mile down the canyon. These trout live a leisurely life, with no fishing allowed. A visitor center features wildlife and recreation exhibits, viewing sites and interpretive signs about wildlife and habitat requirements. The park contains hiking trails and offers camping, picnicking, rock climbing and fishing. Sinks Canyon is home to a wide variety of wildlife, birds and plants. Visitors might see porcupines, black bears, red squirrels, bighorn sheep, mule deer, moose or golden eagles.

The amount of water flowing in "The Sinks" varies seasonally, and the average amount of water in the river is 150 cubic-feet per second. For many years it was disputed that water flowing into "The Sinks" was the same water as at the "Rise". However, through dye tests, it was proven otherwise. It takes about two hours for the water to flow between the two spots. "The Sinks" are likely a result of the Ice Age, thousands of years old.

Map of Sinks Canyon (WY)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.763231, -108.792240

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is allowed, but follow Wyoming regulations.

  • Camping

    Camping is restricted to one camping unit (tent, travel trailer, or motor vehicle designed for camping) plus two vehicles (car or boat, RV trailer) plus a maximum of 10 people. The limit is 14 consecutive days, and valid camping permits are required.

  • Climbing

    Rock climbing is available. Contact the park for more information.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed, but not in The Rise. Follow Wyoming Fish & Game Regulations.

  • Hiking

    There are trails in the area.

  • Historic Sites

    Experience the visitor center and its many interpretive exhibits.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic areas here.

Seasonality/Weather

Visitor Center open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend; restrooms and drinking water systems closed October 1 - April 30. Open 9 am - 6 pm and 1-4 pm in winter. Grounds are open sunrise to sunset.

Directions

Driving

Six miles southwest of Lander, Wyoming on Highway 131.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(307) 332-6333

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