Special Places

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers many attractions to visitors. There are several unique areas throughout the Forest and these below are just a few in particular to be highlighted.

In 2014 we celebrated the signing of the Wilderness Act of September 3rd, 1964 and the Wyoming Wilderness Act of October 30th, 1984. With community and partner support we celebration such important date in our nation’s public lands by highlighting the historical importance these acts brought to the American way of life. 

Bridger-Teton 50th Logo50th Wilderness Anniversary Celebration

2014 was a special year for the history of conservation. For the Forest it was the year we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the National Wilderness Act and for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, we also celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act.  

These anniversaries carry particular meaning to the Bridger-Teton since we have two of the original areas included in the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wyoming Wilderness Act, passed in 1984, added new areas and significantly expanded the acreage of existing areas on the Bridger-Teton so that today, we have five areas of Congressional Wilderness or Wilderness Study Areas totaling 1.4 million acres (42% of the Forest).

We are thankful for those that contributed in the execution of such a great celebration. A lot of partners and volunteers helped educating the public in the importance of conservation and public lands. The Bridger-Teton 50th Anniversary report covers some of the great work everyone did to make 2014 the year of wilderness.

Wilderness Areas

Photo of granite peaks and lake in the Bridger-Wilderness. Photo by Steve Boutcher

Bridger Wilderness, Pinedale Ranger District


Scenic Byways

Togwotee Pass

Togwotee Pass, WY Centennial Scenic Byway, Blackrock Ranger District


Wild & Scenic Rivers

Granite Creek and Mountains

Granite Creek, Jackson Ranger District

Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Inter-Agency Visitor Center

Interagency Visitor Center

 This Inter-Agency Visitor Center is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Elk Refuge.  The Center is a major partnership with the goal of bringing information to visitors on all the public lands throughout the Jackson Hole region from one location.  The idea is to offer a kind of one-stop-shop for information on all the amazing opportunities the area has to offer.  Partners include the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, the Chamber of Commerce, Grand Teton Natural History Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Bridger-Teton National Forest

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It has played an important part in the recovery of species such as the wolf, grizzly bear, and white bark pine.  The Intermountain Trails, November issue highlighted the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Enjoy the newsletter to learn more about the great work that is being done on this forest.

Periodic Springs

nullSituated at the base of limestone cliffs, Periodic Spring discharges about 285 gallons per second. Spring water gushes from an opening for several minutes, stops abruptly, then begins a new cycle a short time later. Intermittent water flows range anywhere from four to 25 minutes and the water is clear and cold. This is a very rare type of spring with only a few known in the world. Unlike thermal geysers, where water is heated and pressurized, the spring has disputed theories as to its perplexing behavior. One theory suggests siphoning action. Water fills a subsurface reservoir and flows freely from the opening until the water level drops below the siphon intake. The reservoir then refills and the process starts all over (Corliss, 1990; Mohlenbrock, 1990).

From Highway 89 in Afton, Wyoming head west on Forest Service Road 10211.  This gravel road winds through the canyon for about four miles. The Periodic Spring Trail follows the creek side for a little over 1/2 mile to the Periodic Spring. Take a break and enjoy lunch at the Periodic Spring Picnic Site.

Snake River Canyon

The Upper Snake River is known for its crystal clear waters, unique geology, numerous recreation adventures, and amazing varieties of wildlife. This portion of the Snake River is fee-free.

Fall in the Snake River CanyonEach 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. In an effort to alleviate some of the crowding, special use permits for non-commercial groups over 15 people and for institutional outfitters are required. There are several river access points and campgrounds along the river. If launching a boat, you are required to use the existing boat ramp facilities at the access points. 

The Snake River Canyon is located south of Jackson and runs along Highway 89 to Alpine, Wyoming. At Hoback Junction turn right at the fork in the road and travel across the bridge over the Snake River and onward. Visit the Snake River Canyon page on the Bridger-Teton National Forest web site to learn more about seasonal and safety information.