Washakie Ranger District

Stough Creeks in Popo Agie Wilderness


The Washakie Ranger District, named for Chief Washakie, a leader of the Shoshone Indians, is located in midwest Wyoming. It is divided into two areas by the Wind River Indian Reservation. On the western border, the Continental Divide separates the Washakie Ranger District and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The scenic Louis Lake Road (also called the Loop Road) leads from Lander, Wyoming, to historic South Pass, where it joins with State Highway 28. Beautiful mountain meadows, lakes, and scenic vistas greet the visitor. A special feature on the Loop Road is Sinks Canyon, where the Popo Agie River vanishes into a large limestone cavern and re-emerges half a mile downstream.

Farther upriver, hikers can walk 2.5 miles to the Popo Agie Falls. Numerous trails lead to the high lakes of the Wind River Range and the Popo Agie Wilderness. Hiking, horseback riding, lake and stream fishing, camping, and rock climbing are just some of the activities to enjoy in this ranger district. 

The Washakie Ranger District is administered from Lander, Wyoming.