Top Stops Along Wyoming’s Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail spans 3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico, crossing through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and parts of Idaho. Nearly 550 miles of this epic trail passes through Wyoming, leading distance and day-hikers alike through some of the most stunning parts of the state.
If you plan to tackle this trail, either in its entirety or through section hikes, be sure to spend some time in surrounding towns for a full Wyoming experience. We list some of the top stops along the Wyoming portion of the Continental Divide Trail.
Yellowstone National Park
The Continental Divide Trail takes hikers through Yellowstone National Park, but this national treasure is too big to enjoy from one trail. Take time to explore the geysers, mountains, waterfalls and wildlife within America’s first national park. If your schedule allows, travel 50 miles to Cody for a true western experience, including nightly rodeos and attractions like the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Access the Trail: Find the Continental Divide Trail along the Howard Eaton Trail near Old Faithful.
National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center
Stop at the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois to learn about this wild Wyoming resident you might see on the trail. The impressive interpretive center features interactive exhibits, life-size dioramas, a museum, educational films and more. Stick around Dubois to enjoy hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities along the Wind River and Absaroka mountains.
Access the Trail: Join the CDT in the Teton Wilderness via Brooks Lake Trailhead, which is 24 miles northwest of Dubois. Or hop on the trail in Shoshone National Forest via Sheridan Pass, located 16 miles north of Dubois.
Fuel up on Food: Nothing beats a good meal after time spent enjoying the outdoors. The Cowboy Café is a must-stop for buffalo burgers or a hearty, down-home breakfast. This café also well-known for its large selection of pies.
This 11-mile long lake near the CDT Gateway Community of Pinedale is the second largest natural lake in Wyoming. Fish, boat, swim or enjoy other water activities as you take in surrounding views of the Wind River Mountains. For a break from the outdoors, head into Pinedale and explore Museum of the Mountain Man. Here, you can learn about the trappers and fur traders that first settled in this area in the mid-1800s.
Access the Trail: To join the Continental Divide Trail, travel about 50 miles north of Pinedale to Green River Lakes Trailhead.
Fuel up on Food: Grab dinner and a beer at Wind River Brewing Company in Pinedale. Much more than a brewery, this local stop offers steaks, burgers and specialty salads in addition to its craft brews.