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.

The Wind River Ranger District is home to abundant wildlife such as elk, deer, pronghorn, both grizzly and black bears, mountain lions and wolves. The Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep herd can best be viewed between December and May in their winter habitat located in the Torrey Valley area along Forest Service Road 411, four miles east of Dubois off US Highway 26/287.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.

History runs deep on the Wind River Ranger District. From the 1920s through the 1940s, millions of railroad ties were produced here. Many of these ties were hand-hewn by "tie hacks" wielding 12-pound broadaxes. A part of this steep history is the inclusion of a WWII POW (prisoner of war) camp in the mountains above Dubois. The prisoners here were housed in tents in the forest; they worked to fell trees and process them into railroad ties

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