The Park at Ucross
The Park at Ucross is an exciting next step in our ongoing work to honor and preserve this extraordinary corner of the American West.
Ucross is situated at a crossroads – both literal and symbolic – where Highways 14 and 16 intersect, and where divergent creative ideas are exchanged. Past, present and future combine as forward-thinking contemporary writers, artists, and composers work at our historic ranch rooted in the 19th century. Ranching, stewardship, and wildlife interests are all balanced in responsible land use.
Over the course of thirty years, Ucross Foundation has restored and preserved historic structures, conserved natural resources, and built a thriving sanctuary for creative thought. The Park at Ucross will:
- Offer a welcoming introduction to the tranquility of Ucross, which has inspired nearly 1,600 artists from all over the world
- Give families in the community the opportunity for firsthand experience of nurturing the earth through the planting of trees and flowers
- Provide a contemplative space for travelers, friends, and neighbors
- Recognize friends and loved ones with trees planted in their honor
- Enhance the environment of Wyoming for generations to come
Like works of art in their early stages, the Park is a work-in-progress that will evolve as new ideas and visions emerge. A beautiful small stone chapel, inspired by the chapel at Lake Tekapo in New Zealand, was opened to the public on July 1, 2011. As of October 1, the chapel's guest book had already recorded nearly 500 visitors from 34 states and 6 countries.
General landscaping of the park is underway and construction began in September 2011 of a building to house the archives of the ranch and of Ucross Founder Raymond Plank.
The Park at Ucross symbolizes the best of what the Foundation has supported for so long – stewardship of the land and of the human creative spirit. We are grateful to the many donors who have contributed to the park initiative!