About the Bridger Wilderness

The Bridger Wilderness is administered by the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Located in northwest Wyoming, it lies adjacent to the continental divide and encompasses the western slopes of the Wind River Range. The Bridger Wilderness was first designated a Primitive Area by the Secretary of Agriculture in 1931, making it one of the first primitive areas in the country. It was designated as one of America's first Wildernesses by the Passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Bridger Wilderness was expanded from its initial 392,169 acres to its present 428,169 acres by the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984.

The Bridger Wilderness contains a beautiful and rugged alpine landscape. The Wind River Range boasts 48 summits higher than 12,000 feet and seven of the largest active glaciers in the contiguous United States. These impressive features are complimented with thousands of lakes and ponds along hundreds of miles of streams offering outstanding fishing opportunities. Wildlife abounds with numerous species of animals and birds. Surrounding the jagged alpine crest is an extensive coniferous forest with lush parks and meadows and a variety of wildflowers.

The Bridger Wilderness is managed in a manner so that its natural characteristics are preserved and human influences on the landscape are minimized. This allows visitors to experience a unique type of recreation and also provides for scientific, educational and scenic opportunities and preservation of historic values. The quality of Wilderness depends on you. Please help protect the Wilderness by following the Bridger Wilderness Regulations and by incorporating Wilderness Ethics into your backcountry activities. Thank you and enjoy your visit.