Independence Day at Lake Glendo

7 07 2011
Glendo State Park, Red Cliffs Area

Glendo State Park, Red Cliffs Area

Last weekend we traveled to central Wyoming for another 4th of July weekend on Lake Glendo.  Located about 110 miles north of the Colorado state line, east of I-25, Glendo is a unique Wyoming State Park that offers some of the best boating and camping in the region.   There are 10 distinct campgrounds around Glendo, we prefer Two Moon, a high bluff area just beyond the marina.  The 100 or so sites at Two Moon are situated around 3 loops – a large loop with many bluff side sites, an outer loop with a group area and sites along the main road and a smaller loop with both bluff side and road side sites.   

Our favorite sites are on the small loop with nearby cliff access and large back-in and pull-through arrangements.  Our “scout” group has done a great job of securing 3 adjacent sites for our group of 9.  We occupy a large outside, back-in site that we share with two tenting friends, another pickup camper on the site next to us and friends camping in their truck on a third site across the loop.  We also have a small nearby parking area that works well for our “toys”, the boat and a jet ski.  Two Moon is very busy this weekend, and unlike past years, most of the campers are in RVs instead of tents.  The word about this wonderful RV spot seems to be out!  The facilities are basic at Two Moon, pit toilets and several water hydrants scattered through the campground.  In general the pine and cedar wooded sites are spaced far enough apart for plenty of privacy and offer picnic tables and fire rings. 

Arriving late on Thursday, we spend Friday in camp due to high winds and Saturday and Sunday on the lake.  With 9 in our group, we enjoy wonderful meals, great boating including some late-day wake boarding /skiing and plenty of relaxing time anchored in quiet, sunny coves.  The lake is high, about 2 feet over flood state, but not nearly as high as last year.  Launching at the marina is easy, the dock has been moved to allow 2 launch vehicles side-by-side on the boat ramp.  By mid-morning Monday everyone is packed up and ready to head south to Colorado and back to work on Tuesday.  In a very impulsive decision; we decide to stay one more night. 

With just 3 of us choosing to stay an extra night, we don’t want to launch the boat, but the 90+ degree temps are urging us back to the water.  Without lake access at Two Moon, we opt to check out other campgrounds on the west side of the lake.  As we depart Two Moon we scoured empty campsites and found plenty of “free” firewood. The first of the campgrounds we explore is Reno Cove.  Reno has two launch ramps and is very popular for campers that like to beach their boats or jet skis because it offers easy access from many of the campgrounds to the lake.  But, to our surprise, lots of RVer’s have decided to stay through the holiday and there are no sites available.  Continuing to Red Hills camping area with about 20 sites, most sites are not level, but do provide access to the lake.  We opt for a long back-in site at one of the highest points along the Red Hills access road.  These upper sites are small and offer little protection from the wind, but do provide (with a fairly steep downhill walk) lake access.  The site we choose is deep enough for the boat with a small (almost level) tent pad, a new aluminum picnic table and large, deep fire ring.  The best aspect of this Red Hills site is a beautiful view of a red rocks cove and a small level area right next to the lake.  There is also a nearby sandy cove for access to the water.  After leveling the camper, securing the boat and unloading the “acquired” firewood, we make the short hike to our private cove, take a quick cooling dip and then enjoy watching a lighting storm as it rolls out on the eastern plains.  As the sun sets we retreat back up the hill, enjoy a quick dinner and sit around a large bonfire as the temps drop. 

The next morning we quickly pack up and head home.  It’s been another great 4th of July at Glendo!

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