Growing tired of the monotonous city sidewalks and lackluster dog park experiences? We have a cure for those city dog blues -- leash up your cow dog and head to your new home away from home on the range! The Wyoming Range Trail sprawls for 70 miles through some of the most majestic landscapes in the country! This trying trail will not only reconnect you with nature but also with each other as you learn to depend on the land.
This path will test your endurance -- besides being lengthy, the elevation is over 9,000 feet in some areas. If you and your pooch aren't accustomed to high altitude climbing, you will need to take breaks periodically to acclimate yourselves. The trail is best for multi-day adventures, so plan ahead to bring plenty of food, clothing, and water purification tablets. As with any warm, wet habitat, there will be bugs. Come prepared with insect repellent! Always keep a trail map on you, as some areas are poorly marked. Out here, it is easy to get confused and wander away from the main trail.
The path begins at South Piney Creek Trailhead near the city of Big Piney and ends at Bryan Flats Trailhead. Most visitors do not hike the entire route; if you choose to tackle the whole trail, be aware that some of the less used portions of the path can be overgrown. Some mutts-see spots along this path include the serene Soda Lake, which is furrific for fishing, and the stunning natural rock formations at Red Castle. Just don't be surprised if you see a gang of elk or a bevy of deer grazing along your way! This adventure is such a stimulating experience for canines; your pup will pawsitively love the sounds and sights of wildlife, the scent of blooming wildflowers, and the feeling of the earth underneath their paws!
The weather can change from nice to a raging thunderstorm quickly, so come prepared with extra clothing, food, and water. Find shelter from high ground and open fields when there is lightning activity. Bring plenty of purification tablets because the water sources may harbor harmful bacteria. Avoid bears by storing food in airtight containers and keeping your campsite clean. There are sections of the trail that are poorly marked -- keep a trail map with you to avoid getting lost.