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Big Piney Ranger District- The Big Piney Ranger District sits in the middle of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, roughly between the Gros Ventre Range and the Wyoming Range. The District office is located in the town of Big Piney.
Buffalo Ranger District- This Buffalo District, at the north end of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, is comprised mostly of the Teton Wilderness. It borders the northeast side of Grand Teton and the southeast side of Yellowstone National Parks.
Greys Rivers Ranger District- The Greys River Ranger District is located on the west side of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, in the Salt River Range and Wyoming Range. The District office is in Afton.
Jackson Ranger District- The Jackson Ranger District, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, surrounds the well known town of Jackson, Wyoming and Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole Ski Area and the Gros Ventre Wilderness are found here.
Kemmerer Ranger District- The Kemmerer Ranger District is located at the southwest end of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The district lies roughly between Highways 189 and 89, north of the town of Kemmerer.
Pinedale Ranger District- The Pinedale Ranger District is located at the southeast end of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, east of Pinedale, Wyoming. The District lies along the west side of the Wind River Range and the Continental Divide.

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Bridger-Teton National Forest
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Bridger-Teton National Forest
Description - Many visitors are drawn to the Bridger-Teton because of its proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, or for the world renowned downhill skiing at Jackson Hole Ski Area. There are, however, endless other attractions to this spectacular area.

With its 3.4 million acres, the Bridger-Teton National Forest is the second largest National Forest outside Alaska. Included are more than 1.2 million acres of wilderness in the Bridger, Gros Ventre, and Teton Wilderness Areas. The Bridger-Teton is a land of varied recreational opportunities, beautiful vistas, and abundant wildlife. Its crystal blue skies are punctuated by awesome mountain ranges which include the Gros Ventre, Teton, Salt River, Wind River, and Wyoming Mountain Ranges, which reach from 5,900 to over 13,000 feet. Gannet Peak at 13,804 ft is the highest point in Wyoming; it is located in the Wind River Mountains. From these ranges, spring the headwaters of the Green, Snake, and Yellowstone Rivers. The Bridger-Teton National Forest is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining area of undeveloped lands in the continental United States.

Recreation - An abundance of trails and wilderness await the adventurous. Backcountry solitude can be found throughout the Forest. Trails of all ability levels exist, from an easy stroll along Cache Creek to climbing Gannet Peak.

Many of the lakes and rivers on the Bridger-Teton are navigable. Access sites are provided at the larger lakes and rivers of the Forest. Canoes, driftboats, kayaks, motorboats, and rafts all test the waters. Floating the Snake River is an experience that should not be missed.

Sport fishing is a popular activity on the Forest, with over a thousand lakes and hundreds of fishable streams to tempt anglers. Cutthroat trout is the most popular game species. Other highly sought species include brook trout, brown trout, golden trout, grayling, lake trout, and rainbow trout.

Many of Bridger-Teton's visitors wish to view wildlife. Summer visitors are likely to see trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, coyotes, bald eagles, and elk. Examples of wildlife more visible in winter include moose, mule deer, and bighorn sheep. Although widely known for its large mammals, including grizzly bears, Bridger-Teton also supports over 355 species of birds. Autumn big-game seasons attract many hunters to the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Excellent downhill skiing can be found at Jackson Hole and Snow King Mountain Ski Areas, which both operate on the Forest near Jackson. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities also abound.

Climate - As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with heavy of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.

Location - The enormous Bridger-Teton National Forest lies in western Wyoming south and east of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Jackson, Pinedale, Big Piney and Afton are some of the towns located near the Bridger-Teton and there are Forest Service offices in each of these towns.


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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Keep to the dirt road that paralells the river. Road is slow going at times due to washboard and chuck holes. Many blind turns so go slow and honk horn to let on coming traffic (if any) know you are there. Road can be some what narrow at times. Their is a ranch near the camp ground on the other side of the river. It can't be seen from the camp ground so the scenery isn't interupted by buildings. You will pass a bridge that goes to the ranch.The camp ground isn't much further past the bridge.Granite creek hot springs is 1 mile up the road from the camp grounds. Beautiful scenery, nice hikeing trails. One trail leads to a fresh water spring that can be drunk from with no filtering, at least it was still that way 5 years ago. Beautiful and quiet. My family has been going thier for over 30 years every summer. Deffinately worth the trip.


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Contact Information:
Bridger -Teton National Forest, 340 North Cache Street, P.O. Box 1888 , Jackson, WY, 83001, Phone: 307-739-5500

Bridger-Teton National Forest, P.O. Box 1888 , Jackson, WY, 83001, Phone: 307-739-5500
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Additional Information:
Wyoming National Forests & Parks - Wyoming's four National Forests and its two National Parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, cover some of the most spectacular mountain terrain in the United States. Most areas offer outstanding outdoor recreation activities and solitude.
Yellowstone/Western Wyoming - The Yellowstone and Western Wyoming Region covers Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, south through the Jackson area to Kemmerer. This amazing region includes some of the most beautiful scenery and some of the most unique natural sites in the world.

Links:
Bridger-Teton National Forest - Official agency website
The Hatchet - The Hatchet Lodge and Resturant

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