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Old 07-01-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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I have never been to Wyoming before. I've visited the Sangres and San Juans in Colorado, but have been told that I really should also visit the Wyoming rockies some time.

From researching the various ranges in Wyoming, the wind river range looks especially interesting-very remote, rugged, and high.

To those familiar with the range, I have a couple of questions:

-what are the general conditions like in September up there? I've read that snow is becoming a definite possibility by the end of the month, but that I shouldn't have to deal with any heavy accumulations etc.

-How would you compare the outdoor experience (scenery, wildlife, weather) of the wind rivers with other major Wyoming ranges like the Absarokas, bighorns, tetons etc.

Thanks!
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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I haven't spent time in the Wind River Range other than driving through in the area, but I can guarantee you that heavy snows are quite possible by late September. I've been in brief snow storms in the Bighorns every month of the year, and I remember an Oct. 15 hunting trip when we were tenting and had a good two feet of snow on the ground by morning. And it never warmed up past -20F during the several days we were there. I've also been there in early November when it was warm and snow-free.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Auburn
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Wyoming range is a great too
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:52 PM
 
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I have never been to Wyoming before. I've visited the Sangres and San Juans in Colorado, but have been told that I really should also visit the Wyoming rockies some time.

From researching the various ranges in Wyoming, the wind river range looks especially interesting-very remote, rugged, and high.

To those familiar with the range, I have a couple of questions:

-what are the general conditions like in September up there? I've read that snow is becoming a definite possibility by the end of the month, but that I shouldn't have to deal with any heavy accumulations etc.

-How would you compare the outdoor experience (scenery, wildlife, weather) of the wind rivers with other major Wyoming ranges like the Absarokas, bighorns, tetons etc.

Thanks!
I spent a week there last summer riding my horse and camping out. Most beautiful place I have ever seen.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The National Outdoor Leadership School offers specific wilderness courses in the Wind River Range out of its school in Lander.

Wind River Range, Wyoming

Images: wind river range wyoming - Google Search


Location: Panoramio - Photo of Looking northeast to Fremont Pk, Wind River Range
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Cirque Of The Towers:


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_0BAzjU0Pv-M/SO...2008082503.jpg

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YouTube - ‪Cirque of the Towers‬‏


YouTube - ‪Wyoming's Cirque of the Towers, in the Wind River Range‬‏
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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I've done alot of google image searches of the range, and it definitely has a different appearance than the mountains I'm familiar with in Colorado. The terrain looks rougher, more broken. The mountains may not be as massive, but they are sharper and have more permanent snow.

There is also apparently a small population of grizzly bears in the northern part of the range. That adds an element of wilderness not found farther south in the rockies.
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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Also, another question: how heavily used is the wind river backcountry? Obviously there won't be yellowstone level crowds, but some wilderness areas definitely receive more hiker/hunter traffic than others.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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I too have spent time in the Sangres and San Juan's, I grew up in the San Luis Valley until I was 14.
You may also encounter bow hunters not many but some grouse hunters also. Be aware the Grizzlies and Black Bears are out and feeding heavily for winter, I hunt Elk and Deer around Duboise,Wy and the area is like what your used to. There are a lot of wildlife in the area. I wouldn't suggest a dog. Dogs bring trouble right back to you sometimes it a bear and the wolves are preying on domestic dogs big time anywhere out there now. I have talked to people that have lost their pets to them.
The back country there is fantastic and there are wilderness areas that most people won't go because they can drive or ride something, ha, ha.
The trail system there is a good one and the maps and trail heads are pretty accurate. Take a fishing pole as there are great opportunities and some trout species you may have never taken before.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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Which parts of the wind rivers am I most likely to find a grizzly bear? Not that I'm looking for trouble, but I think it would be thrilling to see one. I've never seen a wild grizzly.
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