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explore the Snowy Range, Sierra Madre Mountain Range & Upper North Platte River Valley
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
In popular areas
In pristine areas
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS
Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics
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