The Big Piney Ranger District hosts a wide variety of cultural and natural history, recreational opportunities, timber, range, mineral reserves, and wildlife. It contains 449,000 acres of snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and clear mountain lakes and streams. The district maintains 300 miles of system trails, 25 permitted summer and fall outfitters, 11 summer homes and one developed campground.
10418 South US Highway 189
P.O. Box 218
Big Piney, WY 83113
Office hours:8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
The Blackrock Ranger District is comprised mostly of the Teton Wilderness. It borders Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It is home to the headwaters of the Yellowstone River and the Continental Divide.
The Teton Wilderness borders the south end of Yellowstone National Park providing a huge area of land to explore to the adventurous of spirit. While the Teton Wilderness provides critical habitat to many wildlife species, it also offers 450 miles of trails which allow access to a large variety of hunting and fishing opportunities. Home to the famous Two Ocean Creek which splits along the Continental Divide and flows to both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Wilderness hosts the headwaters of several Wild and Scenic Rivers.
For information on specific activities such as hiking and horseback riding, see the list of "Activities" below, which provides links to detailed trail information. The Teton Wilderness has some specific requirements in regards to group size and permits may be required. Make sure to check our permits section for this information. In addition, bear food storage is required throughout the north zone of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, which includes the Teton Wilderness.
For all things Wilderness including broader information about the Teton Wilderness, check out www.wilderness.net.
The Greys River Corridor encompasses the area surrounding the Greys River itself and the Greys River Road, and offers numerous opportunities for fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking, OHV riding and horseback riding. The Greys River Road is one of the most popular forest roads on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, running for almost 60 miles from Alpine south to Tri Basin Divide. The Greys River Corridor provides access to several trails in the Wyoming and Salt River Ranges. All campgrounds in the Greys River Corridor have a 16 day stay limit, and those with water and toilets are $10 per night (those without services are free of charge). No reservations are accepted for any of the campgrounds. The main season of use is between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The Star Valley Front includes nearly 60 miles along Hwy 89 from Salt Pass to the town of Alpine. This area provides several access points to thousands of acres of the forest, including hiking trails, and dispersed camping opportunities.
The Jackson Ranger District offers an incredible abundance of recreation areas and activities to choose from for all visitors. From internationally recognized skiing to world-famous fishing to wildlife watching, the variety is endless. The District contains the Gros Ventre Wilderness, hundreds of miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers including the famous Snake River, and many more areas that are all amazing. Because of the large variety and expanse of options, we have tried to make it easier for you to find and choose a place to recreate by breaking the Jackson Ranger District down into ten different areas, each providing more detailed information about specific trailheads, river access, camping and more. Click on any of these ten general areas listed below and then search through the activities listed on the Area's webpage to learn more. For a map of these ten recreation areas on the Jackson Ranger District click here.
The Cache Creek and Greater Snow King area encompasses miles and miles of trails for visitors to access minutes from their doorstep year-round. This area includes Game Creek Trailhead as well as Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek. Need to take your dog for a run? Want to get out for a quick afternoon ride on the horses? Or just need to sit and think by a quiet stream? This area offers all of this and more. Winter recreation in this area includes alpine and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing to name just a few of the winter activities available in this location. Be prepared to share the trails with a multitude of visitors as this area is incredibly popular among our local residents. Whether it be winter or summer or somewhere inbetween, there is always something you can get out and do in this area. Even with the heavy use this area receives, wildlife is abundant and includes moose, bear, mountain lion, deer and many bird species. Make sure to pay attention to your surroundings and be prepared to encounter wildlife on the trail.
Within the Hoback River Area lies an abundance of recreational opportunity and amazing scenery waiting for you to enjoy. Driving south of Jackson 15 miles and heading east on Highway 191, you will find yourself driving through one of the most beautiful canyons in the surrounding area. Winding through this canyon is the designated Wild and Scenic Hoback River where crystal clear water lends itself to world-class fishing, early-season boating and peaceful camping. Off of Highway 191 to the north lies the Granite Creek drainage. This scenic valley is home to the designated Wild and Scenic Granite Creek which winds it's way from the Gros Ventre Wilderness down through the mountains until it's rocky junction with the Hoback River. The Granite Creek valley provides miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Also nestled at the head of the valley where the Gros Ventre Wilderness begins, is the Granite Creek Campground and Granite Creek Hot Springs as well as the beautiful Granite Falls. Enjoy a scenic drive and a soak in the hot springs during the fall or take the valley by dogsled to reach those hot waters in the winter. Year-round opportunities await those looking for adventure in the outdoors.
The Upper Snake River is known worldwide for it’s crystal clear waters, unique geology, numerous recreation adventures, and amazing varieties of wildlife. The ability to experience wild water, world-class fishing, great hiking, and memorable camping are just a few of the reasons we all visit the Snake River Canyon. The privilege of use carries the responsibility to help care for this unique watershed. Your actions leave an impression on the river and on other people. The most important thing you can bring to the river is an attitude of cooperation and consideration for wildlife and other river users. Adherence to rules and ethics regarding responsible use and a friendly demeanor towards others will leave a positive impression that will prevent the need for more restrictions. Together we can work together to protect this remarkable recreation resource we call the Snake River.
Each summer from the June to August, the portion of the Snake River between South Park Bridge and Sheep Gulch hosts over 200,000 visitors. This is an extremely crowded and sought after section of the Snake River due to the great variety in boating challenges, fishing opportunities and beautiful scenery. In an effort to alleviate some of the crowding, the Jackson Ranger District river program requires special use permits for non-commercial groups over 15 people and for institutional outfitters.
If you are a single kayaker, or a small group we encourage you to help us further reduce congestion by launching at East Table or Elbow boat ramps rather than at West Table boat ramp. East Table boat ramp is specifically a “no-trailer” site to help reduce congestion and the no trailer rule is strictly enforced for this purpose.
Check the water levels before you go. The river can be very different depending on how high or low the water is, creating new challenges every day. Get current river flows and make sure your skills and experience are ready for what the river has to offer for the day.
Before your trip make sure you know what the river is running like. Even though you may have floated this portion of the Snake many times, the water levels and conditions may differ. Making sure your skill and experience level matches that of the section you plan on floating and bringing plenty of safety equipment including suitable life jackets, throw ropes, spare warm clothing, etc. can help make for a successful float. Check out our safety information before you go.
There are several river accesses and campgrounds along the river. If you are launching a boat, you are required to use the existing boat ramp facilities at access points. Please browse our Activities list below for river access sites and campgrounds along the Snake River.
Highlighting the Green River Lakes and Squaretop Mountain
Description: The Green River Lakes are nestled behind a natural terminal-moraine dam scoured out by glacial action and surrounded by the stark, cold, steep topography of the Wind River Range. Mostly composed of granite uplifts from deep within the earth over 1 billion years ago, these granite monoliths were uplifted and carved by glaciers 500,000 years ago to form circular valley cirques. The Wind River Range is not only one of the oldest mountain ranges in North America, but has the most extensive glacial network in the lower 48 states. Elevations range from 8,000 feet at Green River Lakes to 13,804 feet at Gannett Peak, the tallest mountain in the middle Rocky Mountains.
The Green River Lakes are considered the headwaters of the Green River; the chief tributary to the Colorado River. The Green River runs 730 miles through Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and eventually terminates in northern Mexico.They are also the starting point for many backpacking trails including the northern entrance to the frequently used Highline Trail, which extends along most of the Wind River Range and follows the spine of the Continental Divide south to Big Sandy Opening.
Hiking the Highline Trail:
Visitors have a view of the much-photographed large-granite monolith, Squaretop Mountain (11,695 feet) from the Green River Lakes. The mountain looms over pristine blue-green lakes. You can expect to view glimpses of large game animals such as moose, elk, deer, and pronghorn. Other remarkable and more common animals observed in the area include several hawks, both bald and brown eagles, fox, coyote, wolverines, yellow-bellied marmots (rock-chucks), and the golden-mantled squirrel. Occasionally a black bear or grizzly bear are spotted.
The Wind River Range and the Upper Green River Valley were home to both Shoshone and Arapaho Native Americans, and provided sustenance and marketable goods for their daily livelihood as well as to early trappers and settlers. The road to Green River Lakes, which roughly parallels the river, passes the remains of the earliest dude ranch in Sublette County, the first in a long line of successful ranching businesses. For several weeks each June, the Green River Drift, one of the longest-running cattle drives in the nation takes place as wranglers push livestock from adjacent valleys to higher grounds with rich mountain pastures, a distance of about 70 miles.
It is also a naturalist and angler’s paradise being home to the Mackinaw (lake trout), golden, brook, rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and grayling trout.
It can snow any day of the year in the Wind River Range. Visitors should come prepared for cold weather. Afternoon thunderstorms and rain showers are common in the summer and can build quickly.
Early in the season, hikers should be prepared to encounter high water crossings, muddy trail conditions, and tree downfall. Note that this is designated grizzly bear habitat and food storage regulations apply for both the campground and backcountry users.