WYOMING BACKROADS: 4x4 Routes, ATV Trails, and Backcountry Drives

Updates and Conditions

2019 Conditions

This page includes current conditions across Wyoming that may affect backcountry roads and trails. You'll also find updates to the Wyoming Backroads book.

Statewide Conditions

The 2018-2019 winter brought an above-average snowpack to much of Wyoming. We can expect muddy roads and higher stream flows going into summer and (hopefully) a shorter fire season. When things dry out later this year, check this website for the latest information on fires: Wyoming Wildfires

Washouts in the Bridger Teton National Forest

(Page 188 in the Second Edition)
FR 30100 and 30250 (Flagstaff/Lily Road to Leigh Lake) were closed due to large washouts - current status is unknown at the time of this writing.

Changes to Louis Lake Road/Southern Wind Rivers - Shoshone National Forest

(Pages 380/383 in the First Printing (2011) edition of the book)
The steep switchbacks above Sinks Canyon State Park (outside of Lander) are now paved all the way to the turnoff to Worthen Meadows Campground, making these once rough, hillside-clinging turns an easy drive to the highcountry. The parking lot at the top (Fossil Hill), has also been expanded and improved with a vault toilet.

Laramie Mountains Update

(Page 250)
The Sunset Ridge Trail no longer begins and ends from Esterbrook Campground in the Medicine Bow National Forest. This ATV trail now has its own trailhead located just a half mile west of the campground on FR 633.

Thunder Basin Grassland Update

(Page 48 in First Printing (2011) edition of the book)
The Cow Creek Butte area of the Thunder Basin Grassland is now permanently closed. This affects FR 958, a secondary north-south running road in the area and a few of the more primitive tracks.

Sierra Madre Update

(Page 358)
Access through private property is now restricted at the southern end of the Copperton route (#19). This affects the southern half mile of the route where it started from HWY 70. Access from the other end (FR 874 to the northwest) is still open across public land. Thanks to Michael Mauldin for discovering this closure and providing this picture of the locked gate.

Bighorn National Forest

Perhaps no other area of the state changes as often as the Bighorn National Forest. There are many changes to campgrounds, roads, and trails. While most of these changes are insignifcant, remember to be flexible in your trip planning and obtain the latest maps to make sure the road or trail you are wanting to use is still open for your intended use. One of these changes affects the route leading to Soldier Park (page 97) in the southeastern Bighorn National Forest. The route now utilizes FR 395 for the first mile; this road is located west of the new Hunter Campground/Trailhead. The original route started at the old camp trailhead, which was removed and revegetated.

Togwotee Pass Update

(Page 222)
FR 30010 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest (found off of HWY 26/287 between Moran and Dubois) no longer connects to the highway on the eastern end. While this closes the 2.3-mile 4WD segment, the western portion of this road is still open.