Snyder Guard Station


Snyder Guard Station

Snyder Guard Station is located in beautiful Snyder Basin, at the base of Darby Mountain, 22 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming. The cabin makes an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to hike, mountain bike, horseback ride, fish, or hunt. Photographers are enchanted by the region's landscape and opportunities for wildlife watching. 

Open year-round, the cabin provides a horse corral for equestrian campers and allows pets as well. Winter access is by snowmobile, snowshoes or cross-country skis on a 10-mile trail.

Natural Features: The cabin sits in a grassy meadow surrounded by pine trees at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The cabin sits in between South Piney and Porcupine Creek.  The cabin compound provides views of picturesque peaks including Riley Ridge and Darby Mountain. Moose, elk, mule deer, eagles and sandhill cranes are among the wildlife likely to be seen. An abundance of wildflowers color the landscape in summer. 

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public lands for outdoor recreation. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48. Recreation: The Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail can be accessed nearby within the basin, offering exciting hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities. Nearby streams provide trout fishing. In winter months, nearly 100 miles of snowmobile trails are open for exploring. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are other popular cold weather activities.

Nearby Attractions:  The Snyder Guard Station sits just off of the historic Lander Cutoff of the Oregon Trail. Grave markers and other sites of historical significance can be viewed nearby. 

For more information such as reservations, seasons of use, fees, etc. go to

At a Glance

Reservations: This site can only be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or online at
Fees $30/group size of 4
Usage: Light
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Outhouse available
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Starting from the center of the Town of Big Piney, Wyoming, head West on State Highway 350 (WY-350) for 10 miles, then make a left turn on South Piney Fish Creek Road (CR-23-142), follow this road for 4.5 miles continuing on South Piney Creek Road (CR 23-142), where the pavement ends for the next 8 miles, you will see the entrance to Snyder Guard Station on the right. 

Travel details from the City of Big Piney: 23 miles, 38 minutes (approximate estimates)

Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps: Forest Service Road Maps and Publications.

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