Snowmobiling Around Pinedale, Wyoming
Page Summary: A snowmobiling guide including information for Pinedale, Big Piney, Bondurant, Boulder, Cora, Daniel & Marbleton, Wyoming.
Some of the world's most scenic snowmobiling goes on right here within the Wind River and Wyoming Mountain Ranges. You can leave right from town and explore the area's vast trail network, or trailer your machine to the Horse Creek, Irish Canyon, Green River, Big Piney, Big Sandy or Cottonwood Creek areas for miles of open riding. These groomed trails around the Upper Green River make up one of the most popular systems. You can explore snow-covered meadows, play on the hills along the way, and watch the wildlife!
Pinedale is a major access point on the Wyoming Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail, a system incorporating private, state, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands. This unique and extensive trail system provides more than 567 miles of continuous riding from south Pass to Yellowstone National Park. The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail is consistently rated #3 favorite trail in the annual reader survey in Snowest magazine.
The Wyoming Range Snowmobile Trails also offer over 330 miles of groomed and ungroomed marked trails that connect Alpine to Afton to 15 miles north of LaBarge and Kemmerer. Miles of open powder are also available. The Wyoming Range also offers an extensive system of logging roads for snowmobiling fun. These areas are less used by snowmobilers and offer a wide variety of terrain, from open sagebrush side hills to windy mountain roads through the forest. The Wyoming Range trails were rated #7 favorite trail by Snowest magazine readers in 2013.
Snowmobiling season typically runs from early December through mid April. The lakes generally are frozen by Christmas. January through mid-April is generally considered to be the best time. Temperatures at this time of year usually range from lows near zero to daytime highs in the mid twenties. Most days are sunny. The terrain is quite variable, ranging from flat to gently rolling sagebrush prairie to very rugged forested mountains. The elevation in Pinedale and Big Piney is about 7000', but many trails are over 10,000'. Snowmobiles and equipment can be rented in town, and the local outfitters offer many different guided trips.
Order Wyoming snowmobiling trail maps (free of charge). It is important for snowmobilers to refer to these maps for trail locations and restricted use areas. Restrictions vary by area and may not always be marked on the trail. Snowmobiling is not allowed within National Forest Wilderness Area boundaries.
Order Snowmobile Trail Maps:
No charge and mailed directly to you.
Order 2012/2013 Snowmobile Permit:
- $25.00 Permit (mailed within ten days)
View Pinedale Region Snow Reports:
- Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail at Upper Green Area
- Granite Hot Springs
- Wyoming Range at Horse Creek Area
- Yellowstone National Park
Book Your Room in Pinedale, Wyoming
Ask the lodging company if they offer any special snowmobile rates!
Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail Map
Southwest Wyoming Snowmobile Trail Map
Green River Outfitters
Experience on our most popular trip what other snowmobilers miss! Enjoy a beautiful snowmobile ride to our secluded, historic gold mining camp and trapper's cabin among the Gros Ventre Mountains. Have a hot drink while relaxing in a genuine tipi, or enjoy our steamy sauna. Then dine on a delicious, western style steak or chicken lunch, grilled over an open fire. This one-of-a-kind trip offers spectacular scenery, wildlife viewing, great food, and a unique place to unwind away from the crowds.
Timberline Lodge offers snowmobile rentals for the Sublette County area. The Pinedale area is a great place to visit for snowmobile enthusiasts who enjoy un-crowded trails and challenging open riding in the BEST of the Wyoming Range. Snowmobilers who want to enjoy a warm fire in this gorgeous winter wonderland will find our accommodations second to none.
A $25/machine resident and nonresident snowmobile user fees is required by Wyoming State Law. These annual user fee revenues are used by the Snowmobile Trails Fund for trail grooming and maintenance. Proof of payment of the fee is in the form of a decal which must be displayed on the exterior of the snow machine.
Decals are available from licensed permit selling agents across the State including the Wyoming State Parks & Historic Sites headquarters in Cheyenne, local snowmobile clubs, most licensed snowmobile dealers, and County Treasurer's offices. To phone in-state, call: 307-777-3680. For out-of-state, call toll-free: 877-996-7275. Order snowmobile trail maps and decals by phone order (add $3 for shipping and handling for each permit, Visa & Mastercard accepted) from the Wyoming Snowmobile Permit Agency, One Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008-0001. Major credit cards accepted. Visit http://wyotrails.state.wy.us/snow/index.asp for more information.
- #1 - NEVER RIDE ALONE!
- Come prepared. Know the area, the weather, your route and the condition of your own body and equipment.
- Know how to repair your machine and carry a repair kit along with extra spark plugs, drive belt, and a roll of twine and a knife. The last two items can be life savers if you need to improvise snowshoes or a shelter with branches.
- Take light, high-calorie foods or snacks.
- Wear layers of high-quality, insulated clothing that can be adapted to all weather changes.
- Drive only until you have a half a tank of gas left, then GO BACK.
- Let a friend of relative know you are taking a snowmobiling trip and inform them of your planned route as well as departure and return times. Then stick with the plan. If it changes, let them know and always check in upon return.
- Use proper hand signals when turning or changing direction or speed, and stay a safe distance behind the snowmobile ahead of you.
- Always stay to the right on trails. Slow down or pull off the trail if necessary when encountering skiers, snowshoers, dog sleds, or other trail users.
- Avoid running over trees and shrubs.
- Remember that no motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles, are allowed within designated wilderness boundaries.
- Drowning is a leading cause of snowmobile fatalities, Avoid riding on frozen lakes and rivers, and stay on the packed or marked trails.
- If you are caught in a sudden snowstorm and whiteout conditions, the best bet is to stop and STAY WITH YOUR MACHINE. Wait until conditions lessen.