Ponderosa Park, acquired from the BLM, includes 2,460 acres of primitive park area toward the east end of Casper Mountain. Map (PDF) The park is predominantly in its natural state with streams, timber, sagebrush flats, and cliffs.
The park's facilities were destroyed in the 2012 Sheepherder Hill Fire, however, the park is open.
This is a backcountry park with lots of area for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The road to the park is seldom maintained, therefore, SUV's, crossovers and pickups are highly recommended.
If you really want to get away from the crowds, Ponderosa Park is the place to go with wide open space enough for everyone. The fall aspen leaves make this park an annual pilgrimage for many local residents.