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Default Trails in Southern Wyoming area

Does anyone Have a very good grasp on the trails in there area? Seeing the Wa Boys put something together can we? Best location for everyone? I know the Big Horns Well But I think Southern Wy or Northern Co. Might be better to get more people involved! What are Colorado snocat laws? Wy seems we just put a sled permit on and go. I would vote for Feb-March time frame. So who has some ideas? Worst case if you guys want it in the Big Horns I am game for the leg work.
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Default Re: Trails in Southern Wyoming area

I don't know what trails are open in the winter in the Big Horns but hope to do a lot of cat'n up there this winter. Pinedale area gets a lot of snow also. I would like to cat from Dubois to Pinedale some winter over union pass. Possibility of running into some wolves also!!!!

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Default Re: Trails in Southern Wyoming area

Interest reported from those snow catter's of the flat lands to your East.....

Will keep my eyes on this thread...

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Kirk snowy range work best for you?
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Live in Buffalo.

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Default Re: Trails in Southern Wyoming area

If the Big Horn mt, I would think Deer Haven might be a good base camp. No idea what the rooms cost. I think Meadowlark might be open soon also. I see they started selling gas. Could be overrun with sleds though on the week ends. I was in the Big Horns last year during the middle of the week a cpl times and it was awesome. Barely seen anyone at all when I was out.


Pinedale has a lot of trails also and quite a few places to stay also. Pinedale has a lot of sledding events and the big dog races also.

I would think both places would be very accommodating and used to events like this.

I don't know much about the snowy's.

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I think we need to find a place where there are no snowmobile trails. I know nothing about the pindale area. I believe a key will be to have a man on the ground. Someone that knows the area logging roads and trails. Deer haven and meadowlark would be tough as there is no way to leave without driving on snowmobile trails.
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Default Re: Trails in Southern Wyoming area

If you google earth Deer Haven, you have the road up to West Tensleep lake, then to the west back to Lily lake and Battle park. To the east up to East Tensleep lake and I've elk hunted the logging roads back above Sitting Bull camp ground. Neat thing about the Big Horns is that they allow (at least in the past) you to drive beside the highway to different roads/trails. I plan on cat'n a lot of these areas at first snow so will know more then.

You being on the West side, are there any roads/trails on the Tensleep side?

When you say the snowy range, are you talking about the Albany area?

Short Bus may also have some places in mind.

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Default Re: Trails in Southern Wyoming area

Yes those are all snowmobile trails in the winter tho. I know them all well. I groomed then once upon a time. I am a firm believer in not mixing snow machines and snocats. I will not drive a cat on a snowmobile trail unless it is pulling a drag. And has a very large insurance policy on it......... Little advice for all cat owners there.
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Default Re: Trails in Southern Wyoming area

I do know a lot of great trails on the east side that are not snowmobile trails and receive very little use in the winter time. if everyone is set on the big horns I can arrange something but I think the snowys or somewhere south. would draw more people it would be need to see more than 4or5 cats. I am sure short bus will be interested as I had some contact with him last year I believe he knows quite a bit about the southern Mountains in Wyoming.
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I do know a lot of great trails on the east side that are not snowmobile trails and receive very little use in the winter time. if everyone is set on the big horns I can arrange something but I think the snowys or somewhere south. would draw more people it would be need to see more than 4or5 cats. I am sure short bus will be interested as I had some contact with him last year I believe he knows quite a bit about the southern Mountains in Wyoming.

From here is is only half of the distance it is to the Seattle area. This in itself is a big deal...

Snow cat owners here in the upper midwest can drive it in a good long day. Are there things for the wives/family to do in the area? Ski area or shopping or such for those not inclined to ride cats? If not I guess I could just come without the family...

I am all ears....

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There is a ski hill in southern big horns but that is about it. The nearest small town shopping would be buffalo. About 30-40 miles east ( mountain driving). Then Sheridan about 60-70 miles north east. Not an optimal area for family fun. Black hills of SD? Trails? Permits? Good lodging gambling (lead deadwood) shopping close by ( rapid city). What about northern co any mountain towns with what we are looking for?
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I don't know the area well at all. If there is little for family members to do, well that is OK, and they will stay at home....

I am in it for the snow catting experiance. Others from the midwest are as well. I'm in if we can find a place to run.

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Default Re: Trails in Southern Wyoming area

Like I said before we can do bighorns. I do know the area well. Lodging will run approx 120$a night. I would vote for north horns as the lodge owners are more apt to work with us. On the down side there are a lot more snow machines up there. The south end does have the small ski hill. Small amount of lodging. Owners may work with us if a different person is the contact. But it seems there prices are pretty much set in stone from past experience.
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Default Re: Trails in Southern Wyoming area

Sounds good. I think a group of snow cats will fair much better with the snow machines than a single machine. If we all run warning lights, and run in a pack the danger is some what less, I feel. $120 night seeems fair enough, if it is nice...

I like the idea so far.. Any time frame you have in mind? I suppose we will have to watch the snow conditions.

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Feb march? Pretty open this far ahead.
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Not sure if you have to use the week end but when I was up last year I was by myself on the week days. I'd bet 3 maybe 4 of us could prospect/run a lot of it this winter before the real deal.

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