New Wyoming State Parks Chief Ranger Mark Caughlan is sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Lynne Boomgaarden. Photo: Wyoming State Parks

WYOMING — Wyoming State Parks recently swore in new Chief Ranger, Mark Caughlan.

Caughlan replaces former Chief Ranger Dennis Cease, who recently retired after 14.5 years of service with the State of Wyoming

Caughlan, formerly of the Larimer County Colorado Department of Natural Resources, has 27 years of experience as a District Manager and Commissioned Ranger.

For the last 20 years, he was responsible for overseeing daily operations for Horsetooth Reservoir, which is the third-busiest reservoir in Colorado with 1.2 million visitors per year. The area he managed also included over 200 campsites/cabins, three swim beaches, and multiple day-use areas for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Caughlan is experienced in all aspects of ranger and patrol duties, park operations, fleet services, park construction, and maintenance and ranger training programs.

He helped develop, supervise and implement training for his department’s ranger program. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Mark provided guidance in the development of parks master plans and long-term visioning.

Caughlan is currently on the Board of Directors for the Park Law Enforcement Association and has served as its President since 2020.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.