Hiking Guide: Popular Trails in Gillette-Wright
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Hiking Guide: Popular Trails in
Gillette & Wright

If you’re in the mood to get immersed in the great outdoors, you’ll want to add the hiking trails near Gillette and Wright to your next vacation itinerary. From expansive vistas and rugged adventures to low-impact park visits, this area offers something for hikers of all ages and abilities.

7 Top Hiking Trails Near Gillette & Wright

Say hello to fresh air and sunshine and start planning a hiking trip with these top trails in the area.

An adult and two children riding bikes along the Red Rock Trails through a sprawling landscape past a group of horses.

1. Red Rock Trails

  • The Red Rock Trails are a system of three routes that connect outdoor revelers with Wyoming’s sweeping landscapes. The Red Rock Trail rewards hikers with a lovely overlook, the Antelope Loop offers a tranquil trek through open fields, and the Jackalope Loop is an excellent choice for those seeking a longer, more challenging hike with switchbacks.

    Address: 11 Northern Dr., Gillette, WY 82716

    Red Rock Trail Difficulty: Intermediate

    Antelope Loop Difficulty: Easy

    Jackalope Loop Difficulty: Intermediate/Difficult

    Red Rock Trail Length: 0.5 miles point-to-point

    Antelope Loop Length: 2-mile loop

    Jackalope Loop Length: 12.3-mile loop

    Parking: Parking lot available at Northwest Park.

A sprawling view of the rugged, desert landscapes of Burnt Hollow Recreation Area.

2. Burnt Hollow Trail

  • Located in the Burnt Hollow Outdoor Recreation Area, the Burnt Hollow Trail is generally considered an easy route, making it a great option for a family outing. The trail is in a somewhat remote location and winds through open sagebrush country, allowing hikers to fully unplug and get away from it all. 

    Address: WY-59, Rozet, WY 82727

    Difficulty: Easy

    Length: 3.9 miles out-and-back

    Parking: There are north and south parking areas at Burnt Hollow Outdoor Recreation Area.

A wide shot of the grassy landscape of the field at Field of Dreams Loop.

3. Field of Dreams Loop

  • The Field of Dreams Loop at the Energy Capital Sports Complex is a popular route for outdoor enthusiasts and their furry friends. In the winter, trade your hiking boots or running shoes for cross-country skis to keep enjoying this year-round trail.

    Address: 3400 Garner Lake Rd., Gillette, WY 82718

    Difficulty: Easy; wheelchair accessible

    Length: 2.5-mile loop

    Parking: Ample parking at the baseball fields and four designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off Garner Lake Road at the west end of the trail.

Gillette Fishing Lake at sunset, with tall grass in the foreground and trees in the background.

4. Gillette Fishing Lake:
Short Loop

  • This leisurely loop meanders around Gillette Fishing Lake at Dalbey Memorial Park, offering nature lovers picturesque views of the water and surrounding landscapes. Enjoy a relaxed stroll or bike ride with the family or your pup, and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for birds!

    Address: 900 Edwards St., Gillette, WY 82718

    Difficulty: Easy; wheelchair accessible

    Length: 1.1-mile loop

    Parking: Parking lots available at the Dalbey Memorial Park.

Hiking Guide: Popular Trails in Gillette-Wright

5. Burlington Lake Trail

  • The Burlington Lake Trail at McManamen Park is ideal for those seeking a quick, low-key hiking experience in Gillette. Visitors can enjoy peaceful lake views and numerous opportunities to spot birds and wildlife.

    Address: 501 E. Warlow Dr., Gillette, WY 82716

    Difficulty: Easy; wheelchair accessible

    Length: 1.4-mile loop

    Parking: Street parking available.

Hiking Guide: Popular Trails in Gillette-Wright

6. Bicentennial Park Loop

  • Situated at Bicentennial Park, this easygoing loop is the perfect way to kick off a day of family fun. After your short jaunt, take the kids to the soccer field or playground, or extend your walk by making your way to the lake.

    Address: 300 W. Warlow Dr., Gillette, WY 82716

    Difficulty: Easy

    Length: 0.7-mile loop

    Parking: Parking lot available at Bicentennial Park.

Hiking Guide: Popular Trails in Gillette-Wright

7. Wright Rest Area Trail

If you need a little break to stretch your legs during your road trip, stop off at the Wright Rest Area Trail. After you take a lap or two around the short loop, head over to the visitors center, playground, or dog park.

Address: 15089 WY-387, Wright, WY 82732
Difficulty: Easy; wheelchair accessible
Length: 0.6-mile loop
Parking: Parking lot (including one designated accessible space) available off of Ranch Drive at the west end of the trail.

The words "Tips & Tricks" laid over an image of a trail lined by tall grass and trees.
Photo credit: Wyoming Office of Tourism

Tips & Tricks for Hiking in Gillette & Wright

The best way to ensure a seamless and memorable hiking experience is to be prepared. Avoid mishaps by brushing up on your responsible recreation know-how and packing the right gear.

How to Choose the Right Trail

The first step in planning a hiking trip is finding a trail that suits your preference and skill level.

Use resources like AllTrails to find pictures, reviews, accessibility information, dog policies, and more.

Hiking Safety Tips

Gear up with this handy list of safety tips:

  • Always tell someone where you’re going.
  • Fuel your body before you leave.
  • Check local weather info.
  • Listen to your body and turn back if you’re not up for continuing your hike.

How to Prepare Your Gear & Equipment

If you’re new to hiking and aren’t quite sure of what you’ll need, we’ve got you covered. Browse through our list of hiking essentials and read on for suggestions on what gear to get and where to find equipment locally.

Don’t Leave Home Without:

  • A hat, sunscreen, and breathable layers.
  • Extra water and snacks.
  • A map and compass for navigation (It’s good to have these on hand just in case something happens to your phone).
  • Hiking boots and a backpack (depending on the trail length/type of outing).
The words "Encountering Wildlife" laid over an image of a group of running horses.

Encountering Wildlife While Hiking Near
Gillette & Wright

Many of the hiking areas near and around Gillette offer bird-watching and wildlife-viewing opportunities, so be sure to pack your binoculars! Should you come across any animals during your journey, maintain a safe distance and use the zoom on your camera if you want to take a photo. Keep your snacks to yourself and pack out any trash to preserve the beauty of our lands and protect the local critters.

Ready to start exploring? Revel in the natural wonders of Wyoming and gear up to go hiking in Gillette and Wright.

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