80% of our county is public land, offering endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. You can go backpacking along our nearly-100 mile stretch of the Continental Divide Trail, you can experience unrivaled backcountry fishing in our over-1500 alpine lakes, or you can immerse yourself in the hunt at the headwaters of the Green River. From summertime softball leagues and wintertime ski clubs, to sailing our lakes and relaxing at our award-winning local microbrewery, you can find yourself at home in our western town.
Summer days have low humidity, cool breezes, and daytime temperatures in the 80s.
Wind River Range
The Wind River Range offers hundreds of trail networks and miles of backcountry terrain. This impressive breakdown includes the Continental Divide Trail, which runs through range’s entirety. Climbers and mountaineers come for our sheer granite walls and glacial snow routes, and avid fishermen come to take part in a true backcountry fishing experience. Hunters relish in our vast wilderness in the fall, and seek the elusive big horn sheep, elk, moose, and more.
Fremont Lake offers water recreation opportunities against a stunning mountain backdrop. From wake-boarding or boating to diving subsurface or kayaking its 10-mile length, it’s crystal waters invite you in. Fishermen go for the huge lake trout that thrive in its near 700-foot depth, and families congregate on Sandy Beach where a safe area is roped off for children to swim. Fremont Lake is home to the annual Fremont Lake Sailing Regatta sponsored by the Pinedale Boat Club, an event that takes place in August.
The paved bike path running through town and to outer-lying areas, offers joggers and cyclists accessible recreating close to home, with views of the central part of the Wind River Range. The bike path creates easy access to our local CCC ponds, named after the Civilian Conservation Corps program put into place by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Consisting of several ponds specifically designed for waterfowl, fish, frogs, beavers, etc., it has become a natural habitat for land-dwelling animals as well. The area is easily explored via gravel paths and is a unique place to both learn about and enjoy the natural setting.
Green River Rendezvous
The second full weekend in July is dedicated to the Green River Rendezvous, which celebrates our area’s rich past. People come to showcase their crafts and share their knowledge of historic events. In the 1830s, the Green River Rendezvous was an important event for fur-traders, trappers, Native Americans, and travelers. People would gather to sell, trade, and barter just west of town. We celebrate this annual event with re-enactments, art festivals, and tours. A parade makes its way through town, with participants in full costume to reflect the era, and booths of handmade goods at Trader’s Row are open every day. The local Museum of the Mountain Man provides lectures from historians and other educational programs. The museum also harbors a collection of historic items specific to the Pinedale area, including Jim Bridger’s rifle.
In the winter, Pinedale is cloaked with a beautiful covering of powdery snow.
Snowmobiling is popular in this area, offering access to views and wildlife unavailable from county-maintained roads. The greater Pinedale area has been ranked repeatedly as one of the best snowmobiling destinations in the country, due to over 600 miles of groomed trails as well as access to solitary areas of deep powder. The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail offers over 560 groomed trail miles, and the Wyoming Range boasts over 320 miles of terrain; between groomed trails and untracked powder, this area claims over 3 million acres of explorable wilderness! Our local snowmobiling club, the Pinedale Snow Explorers, offers club trips, social gatherings, and competitions with its membership. Many outfitters in the area also provide snowmobile trips.
Sublette County offers nearly 17 miles of groomed ski terrain, free for public use. The terrain covers a variety of difficulties, from beginner to expert. Whether you are at White Pine Ski Resort, the CCC ponds, the bike path, or any of the other maintained trails, wildlife and mountain views abound. Off-trail routes are abundant within the Bridger-Teton Wilderness Areas where snowmobiles are prohibited.
Fishermen can go ice fishing on any of the numerous lakes surrounding this region and even partake in the annual Big Fish Winter Derby that commences on Fremont Lake in March. Cash prizes are awarded at this 2 day event, and the youth division is a great opportunity for budding young fishermen.
White Pine Ski Resort
This locally-owned ski area is located 10 miles from town, and offers alpine skiing and snowboarding as well as groomed Nordic ski terrain. There are two lifts which service the entire mountain. The downhill runs are kept in groomed condition and the terrain park offers jumps and slides. With lessons available for any age at the ski school, and reasonable rates for lift tickets, White Pine Resort is a gathering place for active families. There is a cafeteria with affordable food overlooking the resort hill. The ski shop offers amenities to ensure a fun day on the hill, and affordable rental equipment is available. Ski races and events are put on for all ages, including the Special Olympics, Pinedale Senior Games, and the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Association’s Hillclimb.
Pinedale Aquatic Center
Pinedale’s Aquatic Center makes fitness available, affordable, and fun for the family.
Admission is only $5 per day, and punch cards and family discounts are available if you purchase a membership. Admission provides access to the 30-foot climbing wall, use of the gymnasium, the recreation pool as well as the lap pool, a weight room and running track, two racquetball courts, and the outdoor tennis courts. Equipment rental is available, and fitness classes are generally free with admission.
The Olympic-sized competition pool is home to the Pinedale High School swim team, and offers lap swimming, rec swimming, aquatic fitness programs, and swim lessons. The leisure pool is a zero-depth entry pool for families and houses a 30-foot spiral water slide, spray features, a current channel, and a hot tub. Swimming lessons for all ages and abilities are offered at a variety of times and American Red Cross Lifeguard training is open to the public.
The climbing wall is ever-changing and open to all ages and abilities. Belay staff is available at specific times and belay certification and lead climbing courses are offered. The climbing wall hosts events such as climbing competitions, Ladies Rock (women only), Intro to Climbing, and a youth climbing club. Classes include instruction on knots and safety.
The gymnasium provides open recreation times as well as fitness classes. Classes are offered for all age groups, from FitKids to Zumba. There are recurring events such as the Three Wise Men basketball tournament and Co-Ed Volleyball Leagues. The gymnasium plays host to the annual Haunting, when the facility becomes a haunted house, as well as special events such as Ladies Night (facility open to women only), and the Fall Festival, complete with bouncy castles and games for kids.
There are racquetball tournaments, tennis clubs, mini marathons and indoor triathlons. You can play Pinedale’s own Cardio-Pong in the lobby, and you can work out while your little one is entertained in the child care center.