Encampment River Wilderness

Area Status: Open
Encampment River Wilderness

Limited access due to downfall on trail. The Encampment River Wilderness is within the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming and is located on the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District in the Sierra Madre Range.  Designated a Wilderness Area in 1984 with 10,124 acres, it is the smallest wilderness area in Wyoming. The average elevation is 7,800 feet.  The Encampment River flows through a narrow rugged canyon and varies from narrow, rushing rapids to calm, smooth stretches.  The trail continues to be blocked annually by falling trees. Fishing and hunting are popular in the Encampment River Wilderness.

Trails/Trailheads that access the Encampment River Wilderness include:

Select 'Hiking' on the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District Recreation page for a complete list of trails.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Please review wilderness regulations
Closest Towns: Encampment, Wyoming
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

Topo maps

Forest Service Topography Maps: These maps overlay Forest Service assets, such as roads, trails, and campgrounds, on USGS's topographic maps. They are available for download by quadrangle.

Buy maps online

National Forest Store: Offers a full, nationwide selection of National Forest, Ranger District, Wilderness, and Specialty Maps for purchase online or by phone, fax, and mail.


Go to Wilderness.net for additional maps and information about Wilderness.


Dispersed Camping

River and Stream Fishing

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

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Big Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting

Viewing Scenery

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities