Wind River Ranger District

A photo of Lake Fitz Louise


Named for the Wind River Range flanking its western border, the Wind River Ranger District is located in northwest Wyoming. The Bridger-Teton National Forest borders on the west, while both the Wapiti and Greybull Ranger Districts of the Shoshone National Forest lie north.

This is glacier country. Located in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness is one of the largest glacier systems in the lower 48 states. Wyoming's highest point, Gannett Peak, with an elevation of 13,804 feet, rises among the glaciers.

Along with the glaciers, hundreds of alpine lakes beckon hikers and backpackers. This is also tie hack country. During the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, millions of railroad ties were produced here. Many were hand-hewn by brawny "tie hacks" wielding 12-pound broadaxes.

The Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep herd is the largest bighorn herd in the contiguous United States. Visitors can see the bighorns at a viewing area a few miles south of Dubois, Wyoming. U S Highway 26/287, the Wyoming Centennial Scenic Byway, climbs over scenic Togwotee Pass and leads to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Jackson Hole.

The Wind River Ranger District is administered from Dubois, Wyoming.