Purgatory Gulch Trailhead

Area Status: Open

The Purgatory Gulch Trailhead provides access to the Encampment River Trail and Encampment River Wilderness. High clearance 4WD vehicles are recommended and trailers cannot be turned around at the trailhead.

Dispersed camping is not allowed within 300 feet of the trailhead but is allowed along the trail as long as the camp is more than 100 feet from the trail, lakes or streams.  Nearest facilities are approximately five miles north of the Purgatory/Encampment River trails junction, at the BLM Odd Fellows campground. This campground is on the Encampment River at the north access to the Encampment River Trail.

At a Glance

Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Encampment, WY
Water: No
Restroom: No
Information Center: Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District
(307) 326-5258
2171 Highway 130
Saratoga, WY 82331

General Information


From WY State Highway 230 one mile east of Riverside,Wy turn onto Carbon County Rd 211. Continue for six miles to the junction with BLM road 409.1B. Turn onto the BLM Road 409.1B and continue two miles to the trailhead.

Recreation Map

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Mountain Biking

 Biking is allow along the Encampment River Trail (#407) outside of the Encampment Wilderness.

River and Stream Fishing

 Brook, brown and rainbow trout are present in the Encampment River.

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Big Game Hunting

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