Wind River Range


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Wind River Range,

part of the Rocky Mts., W Wyo., running southeastward c.120 mi (190 km) and constituting part of the Continental Divide. Gannett Peak (13,804 ft/4,207 m) is the highest point in Wyoming. A number of historic passes cross these mountains. South PassSouth Pass,
broad, level valley (alt. c.7,550 ft/2,301 m), SW Wyo., cutting across the Rocky Mts. It was used by trappers and explorers before Jedediah Smith inaugurated its use as a route for settlers.
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 (alt. c.7,550 ft/2,301 m), at the southern end of the range, was the most important pass on the Oregon TrailOregon Trail,
overland emigrant route in the United States from the Missouri River to the Columbia River country (all of which was then called Oregon). The pioneers by wagon train did not, however, follow any single narrow route.
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 through the Rocky Mts.
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Wind River Range

a mountain range in W Wyoming: one of the highest ranges of the central Rockies. Highest peak: Gannet Peak, 4202 m (13 785 ft.)
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The southern Wind River Range provides a special wilderness experience!
9 Somewhere in the Wind River Range, Fremont scaled what he mistakenly believed to be the tallest mountain in the Rockies.
Topics for the series include trout fishing on Montana's Bighorn River, carp fishing on Montana's Bighorn Lake, a Ilama pack trip into Wyoming's Wind River Range, a Lewis and Clark theme show (Montana's Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Jefferson rivers), landlocked salmon fishing in Maine, trout fishing on New York's Neversink, striper fishing in Massachusetts, bonefishing in Florida, and redfishing in Texas.
In this study I present three hypotheses for park origin, and demonstrate how paleoecological methods can be used to test these hypotheses at Fish Creek Park in the Wind River Range, Wyoming.
The Grand Tetons hog the spotlight, but due east across Jackson Hole, the Wind River Range is just as wildly beautiful, and home to Wyoming's highest mountain (13,804-foot Gannett Peak).
We passed the aspens, then continued on the rutted track, wheeling deeper into the backcountry that sloped upward toward the craggy peaks of the Wind River Range.
In order to explain the"vital interconnection" between Fremont and Carson and to examine their historic roles, the author focuses on "four campaigns that epitomize the two explorers' triumphs and failures": the 1842 expedition, especially the ascent of Fremont Peak in the Wind River Range; the men's role in wrestling California away from Mexico in 1845--1846; Fremont's failed survey of a railroad route in the San Juan Mountains during the winter of 1848--1849 that resulted in the deaths of 10 men; and Carson's military campaign against Navajos and Mescalero Apaches during 1862--1864 that forced 9,000 native people onto a distant and dismal reservation (18).
Two layover days are planned for fishing and enjoying the variety of flowers, birds, and geological features found in this part of the Wind River Range. This trip is intended for experienced, fit backpackers ages 50+.
Home to the National Outdoor Leadership School and terrific hiking in the adjacent Wind River Range. INFO landerchamber.org
Rawlins had an enviable job: collecting snow samples from the high country of Wyoming's Wind River Range to monitor air pollution for the U.S.