Pinedale Wyoming and the Green River Valley
Fall, Golden Aspen, Green River Lake, Squaretop
Fall is a beautiful time to visit the Green River Lakes. This glacial valley is one of the most prettiest places anywhere


Pinedale, Wyoming is located in western Wyoming approximately 78 miles south of Jackson Hole and 100 miles north of Rock Springs along Highway. 191. The town is nestled on the western flank of the Wind River Mountain Range and is a small community with a western flavor. It has a population of about 1,500 people and is at 7,175 feet in elevation. The surrounding mountains tower to more than 13,000 feet and the highest mountain in Wyoming, Gannett Peak, towers above.

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Fishing is a popular activity on the many lakes of the Wind River Mountains


Pinedale is located on the eastern flank of the Greater Yellowstone Eco-system and is home to more than 100,000 big game animals including Continental America's longest big game migration route and a crucial link to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem The largest publicly-owned big game winter range in the GYE. The largest mule deer herd in U.S. and one of the west's last best sage grouse habitats. Deer and antelope outnumber residents by ten to one and are commonly seen year-round. Elk, mule deer, antelope, wolves, moose, grizzly and black bear, and many other wildlife species call Sublette County home.  The Upper Green River Valley is also a world-class fishery – Life Is Good!

Sublette County in Western Wyoming is the gateway to the Wind River Mountains, the Upper Green River Valley, The Gros Ventre Range, and the Wyoming Range that includes two rugged wilderness areas, the spectacular Bridger Wilderness and Gros Ventre Wilderness are pristine unspoiled places where man is only a visitor. Over 1300 lakes, including Fremont Lake and Half Moon Lake dot the region and are said to be some of the best trout fishing outside Alaska. Throughout Sublette County you will find spectacular scenery, wildlife, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, photography, and so many more exciting adventure opportunities.

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Fly-fisherman casts a tight loop as well as a fine reflection in the calm waters of Green River Lake

This rural farming and ranching valley have only about 7,000 residents throughout 4883 square miles. The county is 80% public land including Bureau of Land Management, State, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Fishing here is legendary The New Fork River starts high in the Wind River Range as a glacial stream before flowing into the New Fork Lakes, just north of Pinedale. From the lakes, it flows as a small stream down the Green River Valley and behind the town of Pinedale. While it widens after merging with Duck Creek, it is still a small, stream that provides excellent habitat for German Brown Trout. The Green River starts as a small glacial stream high in the Wind River Mountains. Like the New Fork River, it dumps from the glaciers into a pair of large lakes in the northern region of the Winds and emerges suddenly as a fast-flowing, freestone river with a deep emerald color that appropriately gives the Green its name. As it flows through the valley, it widens, slows, and begins to wind its way south. The good bank structure provides holding ground for wild Brown Trout, while the freestone qualities created at the headwaters hold a strong population of hard-fighting Rainbow Trout. Many high mountain lakes of the Wind River Range are home to five-pound golden trout and the morainel lakes at the base of the Wind River Mountains are home to many giant Lake Trout. Due to the afore mentioned plethora of wildlife The Green River Valley is a hunters nirvana.

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You don't have to look to far around Pinedale's Sublett Countay to see left overs of its pioneering past.

Gannet Peak is the highest mountain peak in Wyoming and has 5 rugged glaciers on its flank, the largest glaciers in the American Rocky Mountains. It is remote and considered an exciting alpine mountaineering challenge due to its inaccessibility and moderate difficulty. This trip is best tackled by experienced climbers with great stamina well acclimated to high elevations. Gannett Peak is the longest round trip of any climb, including Danali in Alaska. The hike is at least 40 miles roundtrip and an almost 9,000 foot vertical climb.

Average summer temperatures are in the 70s-80s and winter about 15 degrees F. Average rainfall is about ten inches per year. Pinedale is your base camp for adventure into the beautiful Wind River Mountains, and right on the way to Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons and Jackson Hole!

Whether you are searching for golden trout, bagging Gannett Peak, plotting a new route up Pingora in the Cirque of the Towers, or just heading in for a quick day hike to enjoy the beautiful wildflowers, you are sure to find this area to be a special place, and will want to return again and again. If you're looking for fewer crowds, western hospitality, and fantastic scenery consider visiting the Upper Green River Valley.

Fremont Lake
Boulder Lake
Pinedale's Green River Valley is dotted with lakes like Fremont and Boulder lakes above
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Fall at Newfork Lake
Fall Green River
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Old Homestead, upper Green River, Pinedale Wyoming
Buckrail fence, wind river mountains, Pinedale Wyoming
Wind River Mountains Panorama
The tallest mountains in wyoming, The Wind River Range dominates the eastern flank of the Green River Valley

Yellowstone News

Bighorn Sheep taking a better look at on old photographer in a car
A bighorn comes a bit closer to get a close look at 89 year old Grover Ratlif

The National Elk Refuge’s best-kept secret.

It is common knowledge to most Jackson Hole winter travelers that the sleigh ride though the National Elk Refuge at $18.00 is the best deal in town  - except!

Shhhh- there is a back road which is free. The free back road accesses not only the elk herd; but also much of the West Crystal Drainage Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd.

In November and December is the breeding season, and the patient wildlife viewer can sometimes photograph bighorn rams butting heads proving their “Ram Tough” reputation. When lucky, later in winter you can still catch them butting heads; however, they are no longer fighting in earnest for the girls. .................  rest of story

Joe Medicine Crow
Joe Medicine Crow

"Warrior and living legend, Joe Medicine Crow, wants President Obama to protect the Crow's "Brother Grizzly".

CROW AGENCY—As the Crow Nation prepares for the 97th Annual Crow Fair Celebration, the tribe's centenarian and "living history," Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, wants those about to transform Crow Agency into the "Teepee Capital of the World" to remember a brother of the Crow people who is in need.

"Grizzly bears, we call them our brothers," says Dr. Medicine Crow. "They play an important part in our culture and we'd like to keep it that way."

Dr. Medicine Crow's comments are in response to the Obama Administration's US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that is expected to announce a new rule this fall to delist the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the grizzly will enable the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to open trophy-hunting seasons on the bear, a being many tribes consider sacred..... Rest of Article

Death of a Man. . . Death of a Bear
By Keith Crowley

Trying to make sense of last week's fatal Grizzly bear attack on a hiker in Yellowstone National Park and it's aftermath is a fool's errand. But this fool is going to try anyway.

This kind of story wrenches it's way deep into the psyche of all who spend time in the wilds. And it certainly wrenched its way deep into my soul since I spend months each year in Yellowstone and the surrounding Grizzly Country. To make it even more personal, ... rest of article

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Blaze the grizzly and her 2011 cub Hobo

Yellowstone roadside grizzlies worth rangers' hassle???

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story

A Case for CollarsBy Keith Crowley

As a wildlife photographer I have a real love/hate relationship with radio telemetry collars.  All photographers live in a world of aesthetics, and most wildlife photographers try capture natural animal behavior in natural settings with as little apparent human influence as possible. Even something as ephemeral as a jet's vapor trail in the sky can destroy a wild image. The permanence of collars (and ear tags, too) placed by human hands on wild animals is impossible to ignore.......................For my part, I think are few truly valid reasons not to collar wolves in Yellowstone. But there is also one really good one, and in the interest of open discussion, some points are worth of story

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Helpful ebook for photographers

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info


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