Summer Recreation in Sublette County,WY
Page Summary: Pinedale, Wyoming offers many excellent outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, fishing, climbing, camping...
Over 80% of Sublette County, Wyoming is public land, mostly National Forest or land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Three mountain ranges offer hundreds of miles of hiking trails, over 1,300 lakes for sport fishing, and thousands of acres of remote back country to explore. Visitors will find many outdoor activities, and fun for the whole family, both summer and winter in Pinedale, Wyoming. Local businesses provide equipment and services to outfit visitors with just about anything they might need for their outdoor recreation adventures.
Warm weather melts the deep snow and opens the remote high country for hikers. Popular activities include camping, fishing, hiking & backpacking, horseback riding, and hunting. The more adventuresome can try their mountaineering skills to climb Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest peak, or rock climbing in the Cirque of the Towers of the rugged Wind River Mountains. For those who prefer not to hike, there are miles of roads for 4-wheeling and trails for mountain biking. The many area lakes offer boating and sailing, fishing, and other water fun. Or, just enjoy the natural beauty on a scenic drive.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers twenty developed campgrounds for overnight or extended camping stays. Campgrounds have picnic tables, campfire pits, and a place for your tent. Campgrounds have restrooms and potable water, but none have showers or telephone services. Larger units are available with pull-throughs for RV camping or groups. Some campgrounds have units that can be reserved through the Reserve USA federal reservation system. There are also many trailheads into the Wind River, Gros Ventre and Wyoming Range mountains providing access to the remote country for backpackers and horse packers. Some campgrounds and trailheads also have corrals and loading docks for horses and llamas.
There are also many opportunities in the county for undeveloped camping experiences. Be sure to read the regulations regarding locations of campsites near water sources and any regulations regarding campfires for the area where you plan to recreate. There are many places here to "get away from it all". Be aware that the remote country and wilderness areas can provide challenging mountaineering experiences, but getting lost isn't one you'll probably want to happen. Local businesses have USGS topographical maps, guide books, compasses and other necessities to make your backcountry trip a pleasant experience.
Local Outfitters and Guides can provide guided services into the remote backcountry areas for fishermen, backpackers and horse pack trips for those who wish to hire someone who knows the area well and where the best fishing holes are located. Those preferring to pack in with lesser impact can rent llamas from several local businesses. Commercial lodges and guest ranches are located near many of the larger lakes and can provide lodging, rent boats, and equip visitors with some gear.
If you do not want to do it yourself, a huge variety of guest ranches and outdoor guided activities awaits the visitor to Sublette County, from a rustic cabin retreat where you're on your own, to spacious and civilized lodges where every comfort is catered to. You can relive the adventures of Oregon Trail pioneers on a wagon journey, learn to cowboy on a real cattle roundup, hunt your favorite wildflowers in brilliant alpine meadows or stalk the bull elk you'll talk about the rest of your life. The planning is already done, you just need to enjoy the vacation.
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Pinedale Ranger District
29 E Fremont Lake Road, P.O. Box 220, Pinedale, WY 82941
Big Piney Ranger District
PO Box 218, Big Piney, WY, 83113
307-276-3375 or 276-5800/5200
Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Management Area
432 E. Mill Street, PO Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941-0768