The Wind River Mountains are one of the largest Wilderness Areas in the country. This means that it is a haven free of roads and motorized vehicles, requiring great effort from anyone who wishes to enter the domain. Still, the vast mountain territory is a playground for climbers, hikers, campers, fishermen, skiers, snowshoers, and animal watchers alike.
The uninhabited, unperturbed nature of the Wind River Mountains makes prime habitat for innumerable species of birds, plants and mammals, including: bear, elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, wolverines and bobcat. There have also been sightings of grizzly bears and wolves throughout the Range.
The Wind Rivers have more than 1600 lakes, which provide legendary alpine fishing. You can catch cutthroat, brown, golden, rainbow, grayling and brook trout in many of the mountain waters.
Whenever traveling in the Wind Rivers all recreationists must carry Bear spray. Although this is not a law, bears are active during the spring summer and fall in the Wind Rivers, and can be seen often. Though bears are a beautiful sight, humans need to be careful around them. Every year several attacks are reported and those who carry spray always fare better.
The staff at Wild Iris Mountain Sports love to assist in making plans for trips into the Winds. Please contact us for books, maps, weather updates or specific information. Stop into the shop on your way out to stock up on any last minute needs including backpacks, stoves, med kits, and food bars.
Wind River Range by Beartooth Publishing
This trail map of the Wind River Range is an excellent companion for your hiking and backpacking adventures in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. This hiking and backpacking trail map covers the entire Wind River Range, including land in the Wind River Indian Reservation.
CONTOUR INTERVAL 100 FEET