This part of Wyoming is rightfully known as a sports lover’s paradise. The fishing is legendary, with anglers coming from around the world to snag the wily western trout and other denizens of rivers and streams. Hunters flock here to go after mule deer, antelope and even trophy American bison. Multiple hunt ranches and guide services ensure hunters do well and natural preserves remain pristine.
Campbell County Parks & Recreation Department
Indoor and outdoor fun mix thanks to the Campbell County Parks & Recreation Department, which operates 21 neighborhood and community parks. Local favorite Lasting Legacy contains the Gillette Skatepark, a tricked-out rollerblade and skateboard park, on its northern side.
Campbell County Recreation Center
Then there’s the Campbell County Recreation Center and its basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, indoor running track, weight rooms, cardio area, racquetball and squash courts, six-lane swimming pool, 200-meter track, tennis courts, lap pool, waterslides, 42-foot climbing tower, elevated walking track and much more.
Chillier fun is on tap at the Campbell County Ice Arena and the new Spirit Hall Ice Arena at the CAM-PLEX/Wyoming Center, offering NHL-size rinks with recreational and league skating.
Golf in Gillette
Those who prefer their footwear with cleats rather than blades can enjoy fine golfing at the Bell Nob Golf Course, an 18-hole course operated by the Parks & Recreation Department, which also offers a nine-hole executive course; the Gillette Golf Club, a nine-hole course in Gillette; and the Hay Creek Golf Course, a nine-hole facility in Wright.
Unparalleled facilities, a dedicated coaching staff and talented swimmers have helped lead the Gillette Swim Team to 15 consecutive state championships. The club program has approximately 200 registered participants, with a staff of seven to eight assistant coaches. Swimmers are able to train and practice year-round, thanks to the well-equipped Campbell County School District Aquatic Center. The center features the state's only 50-meter pool, a first-class weight room, with an outdoor portable pool that is erected during the summer months.
Devils Tower National Monument
If you’re in the mood to mix a little Hollywood with some rock climbing, head over to Devils Tower National Monument, made famous in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In addition to serving as a landing point for extraterrestrials, in 1906 the tower became the nation’s first national monument, and has been drawing climbers and hikers to its 1,347 acres ever since.