- The Big Piney Ranger District encompasses much of the west side of the Gros Ventre Range and the east side of the Wyoming Range. The Hoback River begins on and runs through the middle of the Big Piney District. Many other smaller streams run through the District. There are numerous other smaller streams which flow down from the Wyoming and Gros Ventre Ranges. The Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail runs along the west side of the District.
Recreation - The endless trails on the Big Piney District provide opportunities for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, stock packing and mountain biking. There are two campgrounds on the District, Middle Piney Lake and Sacajawea, both directly west of Big Piney. There are two campgrounds in Hoback Canyon on the Jackson Ranger District and dispersed camping is possible throughout most of the Forest. Fishing and big-game hunting are other popular activities. In the winter, ample snow in the high country brings opportunities for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
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.
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 in western Wyoming. Highway 89 runs through the middle of the District. The District office is located in the town of Big Piney.
Directions from Big Piney: Go west on State Hwy. 350 to Forest road #10024. Follow signs southwest to Middle Piney Lake. The final portion of the road is not appropriate for camping trailers.
Normal Services Available:
Early July through Late September.