Protect Wyoming’s Wide-Open Spaces
Together, we can keep Wyoming wild and free. As the least populated state with the most room for adventure, we recognize the responsibility to be mindful stewards for our land, animals, culture and communities. We invite you to come witness the majesty, responsibly, with these important tips.
Enjoy Natural Spaces Responsibly
Wyoming’s wide-open spaces make for epic snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. Before you head out, here are a few things to keep in mind while enjoying your public lands.
Check weather reports and road conditions when planning a trip and make others aware of where you’re going. Do your research on seasonal closures. Wyoming’s national parks and other areas have limited services and accessibility during the winter months. Some outdoor spaces close to protect wintering wildlife.
Keep it clean.
a. Keep our public lands clean year-round by continuing to take all trash with you when you leave an area, including pet waste. The snow may cover it now, but that doesn’t mean it won’t resurface in the spring.
Be Winter-Adventure Ready.
a. Pack the right clothes for the weather, location and activity. This includes dressing in layers and having the appropriate outerwear for cold and wet conditions. Take a winter backcountry course to educate yourself on avalanche safety or seek out local guides for experiences like snowmobiling and backcountry skiing.
We are all caretakers.
See why Sara Evans Kirol, Leave No Trace State Liaison and Public Affairs Officer at Bighorn National Forest, is dedicated to protecting Wyoming’s natural spaces.
Wyoming’s wildlife is plentiful and powerful. Please consider these tips so we can peacefully co-exist.
Keep your distance.
a. For the safety of wildlife and visitors, please keep your distance from all animals, not just those that seem scary to you. It’s recommended to stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from all other wildlife. Find the best wildlife watching spots here.
Respect their home.
a. Respect wildlife habitats by not altering campsites, trails or developed recreation sites. Be aware of seasonal closures in place to protect wintering wildlife. Make sure you follow leash regulations and pick up after your pets.
Keep them wild.
a. Prevent animals from becoming reliant on humans by never feeding wildlife. Feeding wildlife – even in harsh winter conditions – puts their health and safety at risk. Store food properly by keeping it in a locked vehicle with windows rolled up, hard-sided camper, bear canister or bear box. Dispose all food in a trash bag, and take your garbage with you when you leave.
Stay mindful of our impacts.
Liz Rose, Wyoming Field Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, reminds us to know our impacts and keep our distance from wildlife.
Be Part of a Responsible Community
The spirit of the West is wild and welcoming. But it’s not reckless. Together, we follow these key guidelines.
Please respect posted signs and announcements for health and safety guidelines and requirements so we can continue to enjoy our community spaces. Masks are required on all federal lands. For current Wyoming guidelines in place, go here.
Be flexible & informed.
Keep an eye on road conditions and be prepared to change plans due to weather or road closures. Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving – have tire chains, a shovel, snow brush and other emergency kit items packed in your car just in case. Find winter driving resources here.
a. Support Wyoming communities by choosing locally owned businesses when shopping, dining and exploring the state. Try something new by booking a winter tour or activity with a local organization. Use the expertise of local guides, gear shops and professional services during your snow-season adventures.
Let’s keep it local & rural.
Pine Bluffs Distillery co-owner Chad Brown explains why local businesses are so important to Wyoming.
Working Together to Keep Wyoming Safe
The helpful tips featured on this page come to you with insights from the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming Game & Fish, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments, Wyoming Business Council and Wyoming Department of Transportation.