Garden Creek Falls

Casper / Rotary Park, Wyoming, USA

About Garden Creek Falls


Hiking Distance: 0.4 miles round trip (includes Casper Overlook)
Suggested Time: 15-30 minutes

Date first visited: 2020-07-29
Date last visited: 2020-07-29

Waterfall Latitude: 42.76606
Waterfall Longitude: -106.33297

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Garden Creek Falls was a bit of an unexpected waterfall surprise in the eastern part of the state of Wyoming near the town of Casper.

It featured a thin multi-tiered drop in the heart of the Rotary Park just to the southeast of town.

Garden_Creek_Falls_020_07292020 - Garden Creek Falls
Garden Creek Falls

From what I can tell, this waterfall may be about 80ft tall though topographic maps seem to suggest there are more tiers further upstream that are not seen from the bottom.

Even though our visit took place in late July 2020, we were pleasantly surprised by its still lively flow so it wasn’t as temporary as I had anticipated.

Indeed, this waterfall’s scenic allure seemed to be “just right” as it wasn’t overwhelming with its flow nor did it feel overrun with people.

It just felt inviting and like a place where locals could hang out.

Garden_Creek_Falls_031_07292020 - Overlook towards Casper within the Rotary Park
Overlook towards Casper within the Rotary Park

There was even one friendly Casper resident who welcomed me to Casper as we briefly chatted at an overlook over the town of Casper from within the Rotary Park.

Yep, this waterfalling experience felt different, and it was almost like a throwback to some of our more peaceful waterfall visits from the past.

Indeed, as with many such waterfalls that we’ve been to over the years, things eventually would get pretty crazy with crowds, urban blight, out-of-control social media lemmings effects, etc.

So who knows when Garden Creek Falls might start to get more notoriety on the internet resulting in some of these consequences?

Garden_Creek_Falls_052_07292020 - Some locals chilling out around the base of Garden Creek Falls
Some locals chilling out around the base of Garden Creek Falls

Then again, maybe that “just right” scenic allure combined with its off-the-beaten path location might help keep this place quaint and friendly for the long term.

Garden Creek Falls Trail Description

In any case, our visit to Garden Creek Falls was a straightforward affair.

From the closest parking lot (see directions below), we had a choice of walking to the right over a nearby bridge or straight ahead.

Both paths eventually merged again further upstream by another footbridge near a trail junction with a steep path going uphill to an overlook of Casper.

Garden_Creek_Falls_096_07292020 - Looking back at the footbridge over Garden Creek downstream from the Garden Creek Falls. This was where the short waterfall trails merged and continued upstream to the base of the falls
Looking back at the footbridge over Garden Creek downstream from the Garden Creek Falls. This was where the short waterfall trails merged and continued upstream to the base of the falls

Continuing further upstream on the west side of that footbridge, after a few paces more, we reached a couple of benches looking right at the Garden Creek Falls.

There was a pretty wide open area with loose rocks that seemed like a good opportunity to at least get the feet wet, and this allowed us to walk right up to the very bottom of the falls for a direct look at it.

So as far as the waterfall was concerned, this was pretty much the extent of the exertion necessary, which I’d say was less than a quarter-mile each way.

Casper Overlook and Extending the Rotary Park Visit

In addition to the base of Garden Creek Falls, I did pursue a steep uphill path on the east side of the sturdy footbridge just downstream of the waterfall.

Garden_Creek_Falls_024_07292020 - The trail to the overlook of Casper just east of the sturdy footbridge was a bit steep, rough, and prone to erosion. So I definitely needed to exercise some care going up as well as going back down
The trail to the overlook of Casper just east of the sturdy footbridge was a bit steep, rough, and prone to erosion. So I definitely needed to exercise some care going up as well as going back down

This steep path was a little on the crumbly and slippery side so some caution was necessary.

On the way up, I managed to get a more elevated (but partial) view of Garden Creek Falls, which gave me some perspective as to the waterfall’s overall height.

Then, barely 150ft up this hill, I reached an overlook deck with a nice view of Casper.

This was the extent of my extension of the hiking in Rotary Park, but I easily could have turned this into a 1.2-mile loop, which seemed to go over the top of Garden Creek Falls while also possibly providing other overlook opportunities.

Garden_Creek_Falls_026_07292020 - Context of looking back towards Garden Creek Falls from the steep path leading up to the Casper Overlook
Context of looking back towards Garden Creek Falls from the steep path leading up to the Casper Overlook

I can’t say much more about the full loop since I didn’t do that, but maybe on a return visit, I might do that just to complete the Rotary Park experience.

Authorities

Garden Creek Falls resides in Rotary Park just south of the town of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming. It is administered by Natrona County. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Garden_Creek_Falls_007_07292020 - For the path on the right from the nearest parking area at the Rotary Park, we were greeted by another Rotary Park sign.  We then went uphill from here on our left
Garden_Creek_Falls_009_07292020 - Walking past this blue bench on the way up to Garden Creek Falls
Garden_Creek_Falls_011_07292020 - Looking upstream from a sturdy footbridge providing my first glimpse of the Garden Creek Falls
Garden_Creek_Falls_044_07292020 - Approaching Garden Creek Falls with blue benches fronting the waterfall
Garden_Creek_Falls_025_07292020 - Going up a steep track leading to an overlook of Casper
Garden_Creek_Falls_027_07292020 - Looking back towards Garden Creek Falls on the way up to the overlook of Casper
Garden_Creek_Falls_028_07292020 - Another elevated look at Garden Creek Falls on the way up to the overlook of Casper
Garden_Creek_Falls_032_07292020 - Context of the viewing area for the overlook of Casper in Rotary Park
Garden_Creek_Falls_034_07292020 - The view from the overlook of Casper in Rotary Park
Garden_Creek_Falls_042_07292020 - Another elevated look at Garden Creek Falls on the way back down from the Casper Overlook
Garden_Creek_Falls_046_07292020 - Returning to the base of Garden Creek Falls with a direct look up at its entire drop
Garden_Creek_Falls_047_07292020 - Another look straight up at the Garden Creek Falls from its base
Garden_Creek_Falls_061_07292020 - Long exposure look at Garden Creek Falls
Garden_Creek_Falls_064_07292020 - Another look at the context of Garden Creek Falls and its rocky base
Garden_Creek_Falls_081_07292020 - Julie and Tahia finally arriving at the Garden Creek Falls
Garden_Creek_Falls_093_07292020 - Last look back at Garden Creek Falls just as the sun momentarily broke through some of the budding thunderstorm clouds
Garden_Creek_Falls_095_07292020 - Julie and Tahia choosing to take the slightly longer path back to the parking area after having had their fill of Garden Creek Falls
Garden_Creek_Falls_102_07292020 - I took the slightly shorter path back to the parking area after leaving Garden Creek Falls
Garden_Creek_Falls_104_07292020 - Making it back to the nearest parking lot for Garden Creek Falls at Rotary Park
Garden_Creek_Falls_105_07292020 - Julie and Tahia making it back to the Rotary Park parking lot at the same time that I made it back

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Garden Creek Falls resided in Rotary Park, which was directly south from the town of Casper along Casper Mountain Road.

The way we got here was by leaving the westbound I-25 at exit 185 for Wyoming Blvd (just east of Casper).

Garden_Creek_Falls_001_07292020 - The parking area at the end of the S Rotary Park Rd
The parking area at the end of the S Rotary Park Rd

Then, we turned left and took Wyoming Blvd for about 5.5 miles to the traffic light at the intersection with Casper Mountain Road.

We then turned left and followed Casper Mountain Road for 2.3 miles before turning left onto the signed S Rotary Park Road.

Next, we followed S Rotary Park Road to its end in a half-mile, where there were parking spaces around a Rotary Park sign.

Alternately, instead of taking Wyoming Blvd to Casper Mountain Road (which avoided driving through Casper), we also could have gone directly south from Casper on S Wolcott St, which then became Casper Mountain Road.

Garden_Creek_Falls_002_07292020 - Looking back at the Rotary Park sign in the middle of the parking area at the end of the S Rotary Park Rd
Looking back at the Rotary Park sign in the middle of the parking area at the end of the S Rotary Park Rd

For context, Casper was 50 miles (less than an hour drive) west of Douglas, 112 miles (over 90 minutes drive) south of Buffalo, 147 miles (over 2 hours drive) south of Sheridan, 145 miles (about 2.5 hours drive) east of Lander, 178 miles (2.5 hours drive) north of Cheyenne, 269 miles (over 4 hours drive) east of Jackson Hole, 196 miles (about 3 hours drive) southwest of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and 253 miles (about 4 hours drive) southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Top down sweep of the waterfall as seen from the benches at the end of the trail


Right to left sweep starting with an overlook of Casper and then descending along the steps to try to get a good elevated view of Garden Creek Falls


Sweep of Garden Creek Falls from a couple of different spots at its base

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