Popo Agie Wilderness

Photo of the Popo Agie Wilderness

The Popo Agie was designated by Congress in 1984 and now stretches over 101,870 acres of very rugged topography in the Wind River Range. Popo Agie (pronounced puh-POE-zha, meaning "beginning of the waters") Wilderness has high jagged peaks separating beautiful streams in deep, narrow valleys. Perennial snowfields dot the Continental Divide running through this area.

More than 20 summits reach above 12,000 feet in elevation with Wind River Peak, at 13,225 feet, being the highest. Over 300 lakes and ponds grace the area. The headwaters of the Middle Fork Popo Agie, North Fork of the Popo Agie, and South Fork Little Wind Rivers originate here. All are tributaries of the Wind River.

Rugged, picturesque formations such as the Cirque of the Towers and timberline attract climbers, photographers, backpackers, and horsepackers to this scenic and challenging area. Many miles of trails attract a relatively large number of visitors, which has led to resource-protecting restrictions on camping and travel.

Please follow special regulations associated with Wilderness and always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep these areas wild, clean, and pristine.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Visitors must obtain a permit to enter Wind River Indian Reservation bordering the north side of the Wilderness.
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Lander, WY
Water: Treat all non-potable water before consuming.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Washakie Ranger District (307) 332 5460

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.

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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.


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