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Dinwoody FT July 23-25 Riverton, WY

  • 23 Jul 2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • 25 Jul 2024
  • 6:00 PM
  • Riverton, WY
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  • Dinwoody rockart sites, WY

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Dinwoody FT  July 23-25   Riverton, WY

Leader: Robert Van Orden

Greetings Friends!

This Field Trip will involve 3.5 or more hours of driving every day, so expect long days. The walking at the Archaeological Conservancy site near Legend Rock SP will be short but over slightly steep, rough ground. I know some folks like to drive so they have all their gear with them, but because of limited parking at some sites, we need to carpool as much as possible. So, please have fluids and snacks all packed! At Dinwoody Lake a larger camera might come in handy. This is the WIND River, so bring a jacket, lol. We will strategically stop at every restroom, but there were no restrooms at the Castle Gardens Petroglyphs. We will depart at 8:15 each day, so be ready. We are meeting our guides so we can not wait for late comers.

Tues July 23 

Meeting at Wind River Hotel and Casino, Riverton, WY at 8 AM. We will meet in the SW CORNER of the auto parking lot. Carpooling to Ring Lake Ranch. This is ONLY for those who call the Dubois Museum 307-455-2284 and book the Ring Lake Ranch Tour ($75). Please let them know you will be with URARA, they have agreed to take credit card payments individually. Some folks might prefer a cabin at Ring Lake Ranch.

Afterwards, carpooling to Dinwoody Lake. This is ONLY for those who purchase a Wind River Tribal Fishing License ($40 DAILY). This is a special place. Because of local sentiment, I will need everyone to show me their licenses, so PLEASE have them with you. Licenses available at: RIVERTON, WY- Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, High Country Sporting Goods & 789 Smokeshop; LANDER, WY- Wind River Outdoor Company, Wild Iris, Popo Agie One Stop & Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel; CROWHEART, WY- Crowheart Store; DUBOIS, WY- Cutthroat Fly Shop & Big Wind River Float Trip & Fly Fishing; SHOSHONI, WY- The Fast Lane; Thermopolis, WY- Mack’s Market, Thermopolis Hardware, White Horse Country Store & Wind River Canyon Whitewater; PINEDALE, WY- The Great Outdoor Shop; ETHETE, WY- Ethete Store; FORT WASHAKIE, WY- Hines General Store & Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Fish & Game Office. 

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Weds July 24

Meeting at Wind River Hotel and Casino at 8 AM. Carpooling to NOLS Wyss Campus near Lander, WY for the Red Canyon site. We will sign liability waivers on arrival.

Followed by a long drive to the beautiful Castle Gardens Petroglyphs where we will enjoy the warm afternoon light. 

Thurs July 25

Meeting at Wind River Hotel and Casino at 8 AM. There is no shortage of parking at Legend Rock SP, so carpooling is optional. We may finish earlier on Thurs. We will be signing Risk Acknowledgement Forms to visit the Archaeological Conservancy site nearby, this may be electronically, in advance, TBA. 

CAMPING is free in the parking lot at Wind River Hotel and Casino. Camping is also free at Lander City Park next to a nice creek. Quality camping and nearby rock art is available at Sinks Canyon SP, and at Ring Lake Campground. I will probably stay at Pilot Butte Reservoir, also nice. Note: RV parks and motels in this area fill up months in advance!

Some folks might enjoy a more leisurely self exploration of the Trail Lake rock art sites on Monday, some of which are included in the museum tour, that is my plan. I also recommend a sunset at the Bighorn Medicine Wheel a few hours north, there are some special smaller, unfenced medicine wheels close by.

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Drive carefully, especially at night, there is plenty of wildlife in this area!!!

Driving - all 2wd, so we will carpool every day.

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