A Wilderness classification applies to areas deemed "The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet - those last truly wild places that humans do not control."
Bridger Wilderness Area
The 428,000-acre Bridger Wilderness area is part of the western slopes of the Wind River Range. It is named after mountain man Jim Bridger, who was iconic in this area during the Fur Trade's Golden Era in the 1800s. Most of the Bridger Wilderness lies within Sublette County and is managed by the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Wind River Range has over 1,300 lakes, hundreds of miles of streams and hiking trails.
Gros Ventre Wilderness Area
The Gros Ventre Mountains include 287,000-acres classified as Gros Ventre Wilderness. Its rough boundaries include the Gros Ventre River, the Green River, the Hoback River, and the National Elk Refuge and Snake River. Its forests, meadows, and peaks between 10-and 11,000' are home to elk, moose, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and bears. Granite Hot Springs and Granite Falls are a popular attraction to visitors in the area, as is the famous Gros Ventre Landslide from 1925.
Wilderness Outfitters & Guides
The Sublette County Outfitters & Guides Association
Our professional guides will remain with you and offer backcountry excursions that range from a two hour trek, to multi-day trips.
History of Wilderness Areas in the United States
The United States was the first country in the world to officially designate land as "wilderness" through the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness classification applies to areas that the WILD Foundation has called, "The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet—those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure." Wilderness areas must be biologically intact and are statused as legally protected lands. They are generally areas of great importance for the survival of certain species, biodiversity, ecological studies, conservation, solitude, and low-impact human recreation.
- Practice good wilderness safety and make sure campfire fire is completely out before leaving your site.
- Be familiar with food storage requirements when camping.
- Organized Groups and Recreational Livestock Users are required to have a Bridger Wilderness Permit