Renovation underway for Jellystone Park at Coyote Ranch

A massive renovation is underway at Wichita Falls Jellystone Park, transforming the former Coyote Ranch Resort into a true Yogi Bear and Friends themed destination.

Along with the name change, the camping complex is adding bigger and better attractions and activities.

The kitchen inside the general store will be renovated.

In December 2021, Northgate Resorts, which had recently acquired the campground, decided to partner again with the Jellystone franchise.

The park had operated as a Jellystone Park from 2014 to 2020. Prior to that, it started as Coyote Ranch Resort with former owner Donna Adams.

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Adams purchased 90 acres located at 14145 US 287 N. for the campground in 2009 and it opened in 2010.

The campground complex has won numerous awards over the years, most recently the Texas Association of Campground Owners’ Best Large Campground of the Year 2021.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park General Manager Zac Sharp (right) reviews important documents with front office manager Paula Terry.

Jellystone has over 75 campsites in the United States and Canada. Northgate Resorts, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, owns and operates numerous RV and cabin resorts nationwide, including 18 Jellystone locations.

Jellystone is known for offering glamping-style accommodations, close-up entertainment with Yogi Bear characters, and non-stop family activities during the prime season.

This is an aerial photograph of the Coyote Ranch Resort campground and cabins.  Renovations will include expanding the wading pool and adding an amphitheater.

Zac Sharp joined Jellystone Park in Wichita Falls four months ago and quickly felt at home. He said he liked coming to work every day at the campsite. Many employees have worked at the site for years and there is a real sense of community, Sharp said, which they like to share with their guests.

Inside Armadillo's Lair;  one of the cabins at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Wichita Falls.

The most important part of the job, he said, is making sure they exceed customer expectations and these new changes will help make that possible.

The site renovations will be completed in two phases, with the first phase expected to be completed by Memorial Day 2023.

Construction begins on the new wading pool at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Wichita Falls.

The first phase includes 50 additional RV sites on the northwest side of the property, a massive new wading pool, amphitheater, chapel and grand lodge renovations, new restrooms, security screening and grounds of basket ball.

Changes also include new fixtures, decor and amenities for many cabins and the demolition of old barns and animal habitats. Ponies, goats, geese, chickens and other animals that were previously on site have been moved.

Inside the chapel at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park.

The second phase of renovation will include 50 more RV sites and a few additional campsites near the fishing pond, housekeeping facilities and a new bathhouse.

Sharp said they’re delighted renovations are underway and look forward to revealing the new look when it’s complete.

The field near the Jellystone Park Fishing Pond in Wichita Falls will be renovated for approximately 50 additional RV sites in the second phase of site change.

Construction at Jellystone Wichita Falls is carefully planned to minimize interference with guest experience while it is underway. They will not be closed during any phase of the renovation.

While the unique campground has been on the southern outskirts of Wichita Falls for about 12 years, Sharp said there were still plenty of people who didn’t know about this “hidden gem” in their backyard. He hopes the new attractions and distinct Jellystone brand will invite everyone to try them.

Visitors can rent cabins, RV sites, or campgrounds overnight or for long-term stays. The chapel and other venues with gorgeous views are available to rent for weddings, family reunions or other gatherings. A day pass is also available to enjoy amenities and activities without staying overnight.

A maze in Jellystone Park at Coyote Ranch is one of the many fun activities available.  While the site is undergoing many renovations, the labyrinth does not change.

While the campground is open year-round, Yogi Bear and the other characters are in “hibernation” for the winter and they only have activities during that time on weekends.

Sharp said they had an amazing turnout for their Halloween activities, which included a wagon ride, haunted trail, “magical” pumpkin patch, maze and sleight of hand.

Thanksgiving activities will include a turkey trot followed by a pancake meal for attendees, wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, Thanksgiving crafts for kids and a candy drive to benefit the bank food from the Wichita Falls area.

For Christmas, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo will participate in the downtown Christmas Lights Parade. At the campsite, there will be a festive wagon ride, lots of holiday decorations and a visit from Santa.

For more information on Jellystone Park in Wichita Falls, visit their website at www.wichitafallsjellstonepark.com.

Download the Jellystone app for notifications during your stay, character appearances, park maps, and activity times and locations and earn Yogi Reward Points. Available on Apple Store and Google Play.


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