Welcome to the Wyoming Range

While most visitors come to Pinedale to check the Wind River Range off the bucket list, Sublette County boasts another lesser known mountain range. The Wyoming Range falls on the western side of Sublette County and is a National Forest with great accessibility. The area is actually 2 mountain ranges. The Wyoming Range lies on the east side of the road, and the Salt River Range on the west. A dirt road splits the ranges and parallels the Greys River which flows north. Wyoming Peak, is the highest peak at 11, 383 feet with several other peaks including Mount Mcdougal.

It slopes are less rugged and rocky than the Winds.  The range does have much less surface water than the winds, although there are several small lakes and mountain streams, like Middle Piney Lake.

The closest towns to the range are Big Piney and Marbleton. The range while accessible is isolated.

The range is popular regionally for a variety of recreation pursuits, the most popular are listed below.

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Red Castles

Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail

The Range boasts the 70 mile long Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail which begins at the Bryan Flats Trailhead just south of Jackson Hole and terminates at South Piney Creek just west of Big Piney. The condition of the full length of the trail can be spotty. Popular sections that are well used by hunters and day hikers are in the best condition. More isolated sections maybe grown over from lack of use. Given the topography and trail length it lends itself especially well to hikers, mountain bikers, and horsepackers looking for multi-day trips.

GOTCO will provide shuttle service to these trailheads! Contact us for a quote!

Maps

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Big Piney, Greys River, and Kemmerer Ranger Districts (2014 USDA)

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Book

Visitor Guide to the Wyoming Range, by Susan Marsh (day hike information)

Beyond the Tetons, by Susan Marsh (Wyoming Recreation Trail details)

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Soda Lake

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

The entire range is very accessible. The range also lends itself to other modes of travel as it is not a designated Wilderness Area. It is intersected by numerous roads and trails accessed by off-road vehicles. It also boasts some of the only single-track mountain dirt biking in Wyoming.

Maps available here:

http://wyotrails.state.wy.us/Maps/ORVMaps.aspx

http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps

WINTERTIME

The Wyoming Range is also known for it’s outstanding backcountry snowmobiling. A groomed snowmobile trail runs between Horsecreek and Alpine (east-west) and (north-south) down to Big Piney.

I have always thought the backcountry skiing in the range looked absolutely amazing, but *full disclosure* I also was always having so much fun sledding (snowmobiling) I never brought my skis and actually skied, someday soon!

Not into backcountry? Go to Pine Creek Ski Resort just outside of Cokeville, Wyoming and located at the very southern tip. A small family friendly ski area boasting 1400 feet of vertical and 30 runs!

More info and maps here:

http://www.visitpinedale.org/activities/snowmobile

CABINS

The range has an outstanding network of cabins most built by the CCC in the 1930’s these cabins are available for rent during the entire year. It is almost like a built in yurt system, but  unfortunately most of the cabins are at least 10 miles in from a plowed road in the winter, and 10-20 miles apart. So they don’t lend themselves well for the average skier. They can however be easily accessed by snowmobile, so if you want to take a snowmobile trip or have a snowmobile supported ski trip it is awesome. During the summer they are accessible by vehicle.  It is important to note the cabins are primarily along roads and not the Rec Trail.

Cabins can be reserved via this link:

http://www.reserveamerica.com

ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

Energy Development is no stranger to the Southern part of the Wyoming Range. Companies having been drilling near Labarge as far back as the late 1800’s. There are numerous well pads in the southeast foothills of the range between Big Piney and Kemmerer.

The Wyoming Range made headlines several years back, when several energy companies owned leases in the northern part of the range and intended to drill. A major grassroots campaign was launched and the leases were successfully terminated. Thanks to the Citizens for the Wyoming Range.

OUTFITTERS

Hunting is extremely popular in the Range for many species including elk, moose, mule deer, bears, and mountain lion.

Box Y Lodge

CK Outfitters

Timberline Lodge

General Overview Map (trailheads, lodges, cabins)

Keep checking back for more updates!

CDT Gateway Community

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PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Teresa Martinez, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Tel. 540-449-4506 tmartinez@continentaldividetrail.org

PINEDALE, WYOMING DESIGNATED FIRST CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL GATEWAY COMMUNITY IN WYOMING

PINEDALE,WY (FEBRUARY 19, 2016) – On February 19, 2016, the Town of Pinedale, Wyoming signed their official proclamation designating the Town as the first Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community in Wyoming.

The Continental Divide Trail Community designation program is a program of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition that seeks to benefit the communities along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT), which are considered assets by CDT travelers, and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program recognizes these communities for their part in promoting awareness of the CDT as an important national, regional, and local resource.

Designation as a Continental Divide Trail Community and participation in the program is aimed to:

  • Engage community citizens, Trail visitors and stewards
  • Thank communities for their decades of service to hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset

“The Continental Divide Trail Coalition is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Continental Divide Trail,” stated Teresa Martinez, Director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. “These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.”

Mayor of Pinedale, Bob Jones said “The Town of Pinedale is proud to be designated as a gateway to one of our country’s most beautiful assets, the Wind River Range. We look forward to hosting visitors on an adventure of a lifetime.”

Regarding the designation Rachel Grimes, Executive Director of the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce reflected, “The CDT gateway community designation is a tremendous win for Pinedale! Not only is this designation an opportunity to showcase one of our area’s most cherished assets, the Wind River Mountains, it also offers an opportunity to share our local history, culture and heritage. CDT enthusiasts flock to our small mountain town in summer months to rest, resupply and socialize; all the while supporting local business and boosting the overall economy. As the first community in the state to achieve this designation, I believe this is something all of Wyoming can be proud of!”

Maureen Rudnick, Pinedale Travel and Tourism shared “the impact of Continental Divide Trail Coalition Community designation on our community has grown into something far more valuable than I could imagine. When I embarked upon the process it was with the intent to promote our community, assist trail goers, and bolster our long term economy. After a fairly sizeable hiccup within our community, I feel a totally unexpected and wonderful outcome to this process is underway. For the first time in a long time I feel a sense of pride in our community’s ability to come together to do something so important for so many. I admire everyone who chose to overlook tensions and differences to make this happen.  In my opinion, the best result of this process is that it has started a transformation in our community bringing diverse organizations and individuals together with a common goal.”

Local community resident, Ric Samulski shared what the designation means to him as a resident of Pinedale- “The CDT Gateway Community designation would formally recognize Pinedale, Wyoming as being a backpacking mecca and the jumping off point into the world class  Wind River Range.”

And finally, Laura Hattan, who owns the Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale with her husband Josh, and who has been instrumental in the designation shared, “The Wind River Range is our backyard; the visitors coming here to experience it are like old friends, united as we are by this enormous mountain range that spans over 100 miles along the Continental Divide. From CDT through-hikers and cyclists doing the Tour Divide bike race, to fishermen, climbers, and multi-week excursionists, there is truly something for everyone in the Wind River Range. It is only fitting that we as a community celebrate such diversity by welcoming all who come, for whatever pursuit, to this Gateway to Adventure we call home. This designation is an important step in opening the doors of exploration to even more people in our area, whether they are lifelong residents of Pinedale, or some of the thousands of travelers from around the world who come here to experience this breathtaking area for themselves. Becoming a CDT Gateway Community preserves the strong integrity of our mountain town for generations to come, and encourages new people to experience all that nature has to offer.”

On Saturday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m., the designation ceremony will take place at the American Legion Park in Pinedale, WY. During the ceremony, the Town of Pinedale will celebrate their Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community designation and welcome travelers in the midst of hiking over 3,000 miles along the Continental Divide, those who enjoy shorter sections of the CDT, as well as local citizens who use the iconic Trail.  An event celebrating and with formal presentations of the official Gateway Community Signs and Banners will be held in July, all are welcome to attend. The event will a feature live a performance by Laney Jones and the Spirits. Laney was recently recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as a “New Artist You Need to Know.” Local singer/songwriter Jason Tyler Burton will perform an opening set of music. The celebration will span 3 days, from Friday, July 22-Sunday, July 24, and will feature educational and recreational events throughout the duration.

About the Continental Divide Trail Coalition

CDTC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and management of CDT. The Continental Divide Trail Coalition mission is to create a community committed to constructing, promoting, and protecting, in perpetuity, the CDT, which stretches from Canada to Mexico, through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.  For more information please visit www.continentaldividetrail.org.

About the Town of Pinedale, Wyoming

From a backpacker’s perspective, Pinedale sits at the very shoulders of greatness-surrounded by over 400,000 acres of wilderness that is unrivaled in the United States. Pinedale is nestled in the midst of a mountain range classified as one of the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet. Within this mountain paradise lies over 140 miles of the Continental Divide Trail. Pinedale is a small mountain town with many big-city amenities, and a gracious population which welcomes visitors to this spectacular area.

About the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Congress as a National Scenic Trail established the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in 1978.  When complete, the CDT will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching 3,100 miles along the backbone of America from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting personal well being.

Contact: For more information or to schedule an interview, please call: Teresa Martinez, Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Tel: 303.996.2759
 here Email: tmartinez@continentaldividetrail.org Web: www.continentaldividetrail.org

Laura Hattan, Great Outdoor Shop Owner and Gateway Committee Chair

Telephone: 307-367-2440 Email: laura@greatoutdoorshop.com Website: greatoutdoorshop.com