Wyoming, a Guide to Its History, Highways, and People

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Tour 4B

Junction with US 26--Dead Man's Gulch; 5.6 m., Guernsey Lake Drive.

Dirt road, graveled in part.

With the building of Guernsey Dam and the formation of a great reservoir behind it, the naturally beautiful area around the little town of Guernsey was given the one element it lacked--a body of still water to lie among its forested hills and bluffs. Several shelter houses and picnic areas have been established at points from which may be seen, to greatest advantage, Laramie Peak in the distance or Lake Guernsey and the rocky ravines below. Romantic legend attaches particularly to Dead Man's Gulch and Slade Canyon, once supposedly the rendezvous of dangerous Jack Slade.

Guernsey Lake Drive branches north from its junction with US 26, 0 m., 0.9 mile west of Guernsey (seeTour 4), and crosses in pine-clad hills a boundary of GUERNSEY PARK (camp and picnic grounds; swimming, boating, fishing, hiking).

At 1.2 m. the drive forks.

Left on graveled Skyline Drive along the west shore of Guernsey Lake (R). In their season, bluebells, daisies, asters, and sunflowers are scattered here among sagebrush and rabbit brush. The road winds upward between steep hills to NEWELL BAY, 2 m. At 2.3 m. is a side road; R. here 1.4 m. to BRIMMER POINT LOOKOUT TOWER, on the edge of a sheer cliff. Stone steps lead up from a parking space beneath the tower, which has rock walls and seats, but no top. The lake spreads out below, with plains and mountains in the background. Brimmer Point is named for George Brimmer, a Cheyenne resident whose influence helped make the area a park.

At 2.5 m. on Skyline Drive is the junction with a foot trail; R. here 300 yds. to DAVIS BAY. The pine-bordered road winds up and down hill through small draws.

At 3.7 m. is another foot trail from the drive; R. here 200 yds. to ECHO CAVE. Calls sent out across the lake from the cave come back with startling clearness.

The area around NORTH BLUFF SHELTER HOUSE, 4.2 m., a sturdy stone structure in pueblo style, is an attractive summer and autumn picnic spot. The spacious first floor of the shelter has a large fireplace, grills, tables, and seats. Stone steps lead to the roof, which affords a wide view, especially impressive at night.

Guernsey Lake Drive follows (R) the base of the foothills to the PARK ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING (R). 2 m., and winds downhill to

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