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SNYDER GUARD STATION (WY), WY

part ofBridger-Teton National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SNYDER GUARD STATION (WY)
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Snyder Guard Station is located in beautiful Snyder Basin, 22 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming. The cabin makes an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to hike, mountain bike, horseback ride or fish. Photographers are enchanted by the region's landscape and opportunities for wildlife watching.

Open year-round, the cabin provides a horse corral for equestrian campers and allows pets as well. Winter access is by snowmobile, snowshoes or cross-country skis on a 10-mile trail.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits in a grassy meadow surrounded by pine trees at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The cabin compound provides views of picturesque peaks including Riley Ridge.

Moose, elk, eagles and sandhill cranes are among the wildlife likely to be seen. An abundance of wildflowers color the landscape in summer.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public lands for outdoor recreation. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48.

Recreation:

The Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail can be accessed nearby within the basin, offering exciting hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities. Nearby streams provide trout fishing.

In winter months, nearly 100 miles of snowmobile trails are open for exploring. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are other popular cold weather activities.

Facilities:

The rustic log cabin sleeps four people and has propane heat and propane lights. A vault toilet is located outside next to the building, and drinking water is available in the kitchen sink during summer months only.

Two bunk beds with mattresses are provided, as well as two dressers, a cabinet, and two chairs. The kitchen is equipped with a propane cook stove, a variety of cookware and utensils, a table with four chairs, a refrigerator and a sink.

No electricity is available, and in winter, guests must bring their own supply of water for drinking and cooking. Recommended items to bring include food, bedding, matches, dish soap, dish rags, toilet paper, garbage bags and a flashlight. Click here for more cabin details.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest grocery store is in Big Piney, about an hour's drive from the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Entry requires a permit and a key for the cabin; contact the ranger district at (307) 276-3375 during office hours to arrange for pickup
  • Do not use wood cook stove
  • Winter access is by only snowmobile, snowshoes or skis on a 10-mile trail; part of this trail is not groomed
  • Summer access is on gravel and dirt roads; high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended
  • No water is available in winter months
  • Livestock may be kept in the corral northwest of the cabin
  • Hay must be certified weed free
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Please clean cabin before leaving; cleaning supplies are provided
  • No cell phone coverage available
  • No smoking allowed
  • Bears frequent the area; be aware of bear safety
  • Beware of poisonous chemicals used to control rodent population
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.49583, -110.53111
42°29'45"N, 110°31'52"W

From Kemmerer, WY, take US-189 north for 68.5 miles to Big Piney. Turn left onto State Highway 350, heading west from Big Piney. After about 10 miles, the pavement ends and the road forks. Take the left fork and drive about 12.5 miles. Shortly after crossing South Piney Creek, there is a "Y" intersection. Take the right fork and travel about 0.5 mile to the guard station. The bunkhouse is on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SNYDER GUARD STATION (WY)
P.O BOX 218
BIG PINEY  WY  83113

Phone Number:

Project Office: (307)276-3375
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