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explore the Snowy Range, Sierra Madre Mountain Range & Upper North Platte River Valley

VIP's Southern Wyoming Recreation Guide™

outdoor adventure

 

RANGING IN ELEVATION FROM 6,000 FT. TO 12,000 FT. ABOVE SEA LEVEL, SOUTHERN WYOMING IS A MIXTURE OF SHORT-GRASS PRAIRIES WITH POCKETS OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGES AND SEVERAL FLAT, DRY AND BRUSHY AREAS.

 

This variety of terrain, coupled with consistent weather cycles, provide specific "seasons" for outdoor recreation.  The combination of mountains, rivers, lakes and streams create great opportunities for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, rock climbing, hunting, riding ORVs, snowmobiling, skiing and wildlife viewing.

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Fishing

 

Open water can be found year round, however fly fishermen prefer to fish the Upper North Platte River and Encampment River late-April through September. High alpine lakes and streams are accessible late-June through October, while January and February are typically the best months for ice fishing at lower elevation lakes. A current Wyoming Fishing License is required.

 

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Floating

 

Typically May through September. The duration of this season is determined mainly by the amount of snowpack at high elevations and the rate at which it melts throughout the summer. Permits are not required for private float trips. Daily flow information is available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

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hiking, mountain biking & riding orvs

 

Typically late-May through October. However, access to high elevation trails and campgrounds in the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountain Range is not available until late-June/early-July. Daily use fees are required at Pole Mountain trail heads.

 

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camping and picnicking

 

Typically late-May through October. However, access to high elevation trails and campgrounds is not available until late-June/early-July. Campsites and picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, there are several sites that can be reserved in advance at www.recreation.gov.

 

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big game hunting

 

Typically mid-August through October, depending on license type and hunt area. Non-resident and many resident big game licenses are distributed by a lottery system. Contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for applications, deadlines, hunting areas and other hunting information.

 

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snowmobiling and skiing

 

Typically December through April, depending on snow available at higher elevations. A snowmobiling permit is required. For current snow conditions, contact SNOTEL.

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics

 

PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups.  Split larger parties into groups of 4-6.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of rock cairns, flagging or marking paint.

 

TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES

  • Durable surfaces include established trails & campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
  • Good campsites are found, not made.  Altering a site is not necessary.

In popular areas

  •  Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
  •  Walk single file in the middle of the trail,  even when wet or muddy.
  •  Keep campsites small. Focus activity in  areas where vegetation is absent.

 In pristine areas

  •  Disperse use to prevent the creation of  campsites and trails.
  •  Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

 

DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY

  • Pack it in, pack it out.  Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods.
  • Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water,  camp and trails.  Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use  small amounts of biodegradable soap.  Scatter strained dishwater.

LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND

  • Preserve the past: observe, but don’t touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture or dig trenches.

 

MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the back country.  Use a lightweight stove for   cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small.  Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

 

RESPECT WILDLIFE

  • Observe wildlife from a distance.  Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals.  Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors and  exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at  home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young or winter.

 

BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous.  Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when  encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail.  Avoid loud voices and noises.

Whether you are looking for a single-day adventure or an extended stay vacation, southern Wyoming is ideal for group/family outings, weddings, reunions and romantic getaways.

VIP's Southern Wyoming Recreation Guide™ is published annually

by Visions In Progress (V. I. P.) Marketing, LLC

© 2017 Cindy Loose, Visions In Progress (V. I. P.) Marketing LLC. All rights reserved.

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explore the Snowy Range , Sierra Madre Mountain Range & Upper North Platte River Valley