South on us 191 and US 189 is the town of Big Piney. Its proximity to the Bridger National Forest provides many recreational benefits. Backpacking, hiking, fishing, hunting, picnicking and camping are among the popular outdoor recreational opportunities available in the area. Big Piney is the oldest settlement in Sublette County, Wyoming and was named by Dan B. Budd for the Piney Creeks.
In 1879, Daniel B. Budd and his partner Hugh McKay brought a thousand head of cattle from Nevada hoping to ship them at Point of Rocks, but winter caught up to them here in the Green River Valley. The following year Dan Budd moved his family here and that is how the settlement of this town began. Big Piney was called “Ice Box of the Nation” when it was officially made a weather station in 1930.
Big Piney had the coldest year-round average temperature of any place nationally.