Trail Systems and AreasMany opportunities exist for winter recreation. Many miles of scenic groomed trails can be found in the Wyoming and Gros Ventres mountain ranges, as well as in the foothills of the mighty Wind River Mountains. The crown jewel of the area is the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail, which covers over 350 miles on its way from Lander to Yellowstone National Park. The trail goes directly through the town of Pinedale before heading north and into the foothills of the Wind Rivers.
The Wyoming Range Snowmobile Trail System has over 330 miles of groomed trail open to snowmobile use.
Generally, over-the-snow travel by snowmobile is allowed on BLM lands, except within areas closed to motorized winter use due to wildlife winter range restrictions. Other areas with critical winter range habitat may be subject to restrictions or closure to snowmobile travel. Contact the Pinedale BLM for specific closure dates, areas, and use restrictions.
Why the restrictions?
Wyoming is a unique place with healthy and prized populations of big game species, including elk, pronghorn antelope, and moose. Winter range habitat is set aside for the protection of these species to promote their health and regeneration. These winter spaces are selected based upon desirable food availability and topographic criteria. The likelihood of an animal’s survival, especially in winter, depends upon its ability to procure and store energy. Animals that become stressed due to human presence or motorized vehicles may deplete valuable energy stores and subsequently perish at the mercy of the harsh Wyoming environment. Please respect these closures and if you see an animal, give it a wide berth.
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