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The Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail

The Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail (WRNRT) is a 75-mile-long trail spanning the crest of the Wyoming Range and connecting several of the BTNF’s six districts. It passes through the lesser-explored southern end of the 20+ million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, of which the BTNF is just one part. Hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers may use this trail. (A short section, between Lake and North Piney Creeks is open to motorized dirt bikes.) The trail is an out-and-back and can be done in either direction. One end is Snider Basin at the South Piney Creek trailhead; the elevation here is about 8,200 feet. The other end is the Bryan Flat Guard Station on south side of Hoback River and Camp Davis; the elevation here is about 6,300 feet. Much of the trail is at 9,000 feet or above.

While some sections of the trail are well-trod, others are not. This is an adventure for people who are comfortable navigating and who desire not only a feeling of remoteness, but actually being remote. There is little cell service along the trail and the trail is not always marked.

 

 

 

Why You Want to do the Wyoming Range Trail

Remote Adventure

Not as famous as the Wind River Mountains, nor as rugged as the Gros Ventres (in the Pinedale and Jackson Ranger Districts, respectively), the Wyoming Range is a favorite of locals who come here to escape crowds and to see wildlife and wildflowers. The Wyoming Range is home to elk, moose, deer, antelope, grizzly and black bear, mountain lions, and lynx, among other species of wildlife. You will most likely see more wild animals than people when on this trail.

Conditions are best for the Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail between July and September. Portions at lower elevations could be snow-free by mid-May, though. Peak wildflowers are usually in July and August. In September, please make sure to wear blaze orange because there is hunting in the area.

 

 

National Recreation Trails

Across the country, there are more than 1,300 National Recreation Trails. “National Recreation Trail designation promotes some of our country’s highest-caliber trails,” says the National Park Service. There are National Recreation Trails in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail is one of only thirteen national priority trails in the country. FBT is working closely with multiple Ranger Districts on a strategic trail plan that will improve the visitor experience, protect unparalleled watershed and wildlife values, and support local communities across western Wyoming. In partnership with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, FBT is hosting stewardship projects on priority WRNRT segments, connector trails, and trailheads.

All WRNRT courtesy of Susan Marsh.

 

 

 

We acknowledge with respect that our facilities are situated on the aboriginal land of the Shoshone Bannock. Eastern Shoshone. Northern Arapaho. Crow. Assiniboine. Sioux. Gros Ventre. Nez Perce.

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