Guided hike in Dubois badlands area will help ward off winter blues

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Soon winter will be here and hiking will become severely limited by snow and winter closure areas. Get your fix in next weekend with a guided outing to a place you’ve probably always noticed but have never been.

Join the Wyoming Wilderness Association as they partner with naturalist-educator, tracking specialist and Dubois local Bruce S. Thompson in an exploration of the Dubois Badlands’ Byrd Draw.

The badlands of Dubois is a visually-stunning area. (BLM)

Most of us enjoy the red-streaked sandstone and hoodoos badlands from Highway 26 enroute to destinations afar. WWA and their members know that isn’t how people connect to a place, so they are offering nature-lovers the opportunity to tighten up their boot laces for a day hike through this natural wonder.

Along the way, Thompson will share information on the biotic, geologic and cultural forces that define this one-of-a-kind landscape. Hikers will also want to keep a sharp eye out for bighorn sheep, mule deer, canids and felids, and a variety of birds including eagles along the way.

This is a moderate, all-day, 7-mile hike with a 700-ft elevation gain. There is not an established trail, so there will be loose footing and uneven terrain. The group aims to be back at the parking area cars between 3-4pm to ensure the outing is finished in daylight.

Saturday, December 1. Sign up early, registration is limited. Complete details will be provided to all registered participants. Please call WWA at (307) 672-2751 or email [email protected].

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