Sublette County School District #9 (Big Piney, Marbleton, La Barge) enrollment has decreased steadily over the past ten school years. 2022-2023 was the lowest enrollment over the past ten years with 441 students from a high of 650 in 2013-2014.
This chart shows the most recent lowest enrollment years on the left and the higher enrollment of ten years ago on the far right. Click on this link for more data.
Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Jan. 27 – Feb. 2
Wyoming’s Fall K-12 Enrollment Decreased in 2022
Grand Reopening of the Big Piney Library Dec. 31st
Streetside parking ordinances in effect
Sublette County Hospital District now offering Urgent Care
Be aware of new Wyoming ID rules for voting
Info on vehicle registration laws in Wyoming for non-resident workers
3 towns call themselves the ‘Ice Box of The Nation’
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Chuckwagon Days July 3rd & 4th in Big Piney
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton
Stage Stops in Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton January 30 and 31
The 2023 Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race begins Friday, January 27th with the ceremonial start in Jackson Wyoming. The race is limited to 30 teams who compete each day in a loop stage race in different towns around western Wyoming each day for a week. Each loop race is around 30-35 miles. Several of the stage towns will host a public Meet & Greet dinner or banquet for the public to get to meet the mushers and their handlers the night before their race.
Races start each day at 9AM at their starting lines. Teams typically are back in by 3PM-ish and then travel to their next stage town. The final day of the race is Saturday, February 4th for Stage 7 and the Final Banquet in Driggs, Idaho. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the teams at the race start/finish line at each stage. Dress warm, please don’t bring your dogs. Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton are long-time host towns and stage stops for this sled dog race.
The race has a $165,000 purse. Prize money payout is listed on the race website. Besides day money and overall purse, an additional $80,000.00 is available through the Musher Support Program by generous contributions from Pedigree Brand and Mars Petcare. The race can be followed online at www.wyomingstagestop.org.
Friday, January 27: Ceremonial Start – Jackson, Wyoming
Saturday, January 28: Stage One – Teton County, Wyoming / Lander Meet & Greet 5:30PM
Sunday, January 29: Stage Two – Lander, Wyoming / Pinedale Meet & Greet 4-6PM
Monday, January 30: Stage Three – Pinedale, Wyoming / Marbleton Meet & Greet 6PM
Tuesday, January 31: Stage Four – Big Piney / Marbleton, Wyoming
Wednesday, February 1: Stage Five – Kemmerer, Wyoming
Thursday, February 2: Travel Day
Friday, February 3: Stage Six – Alpine, Wyoming
Saturday, February 4: Stage Seven & Final Banquet – Driggs, Idaho
CHEYENNE - Overall enrollment in Wyoming’s schools dropped by 352 students for the 2022-23 school year. In a review of the data, 28 school districts had a dip in enrollment, 19 increased in size, and one district had no change. There are five statewide virtual education programs in Wyoming. Three of those decreased in size (Big Horn #1, Niobrara #1, and Sweetwater #1), most likely because students returned to their brick-and-mortar school after the COVID-19 pandemic in-person learning changes. Sheridan #1 saw an increase of 31 students or a three percent change, while Weston #7 increased by 54%, going from 471 students to 725 due to their virtual program.
• Historical Fall Enrollment 1991-92 to Present
• Districts Ranked by Enrollment Total
• State, District, and School Enrollment Per Grade
This data was gathered from all school districts throughout the state in a snapshot performed on October 1, 2022. The agency does not collect numbers of students enrolled in home or private school environments
The building remodel project for the Big Piney Library is nearly complete. The Big Piney Library will close its temporary location at the Big Piney Rec location beginning Monday, December 19th and will reopen in its renovated original building at 106 S. Fish Street on Tuesday, January 3rd.
During this time there will be no services as library staff prepares the library building for reopening and moves the library's collection back into the space.
The last day to take home library items from Big Piney Rec will be Friday, December 16th. Digital library items will remain accessible.
The Library will host a Grand Reopening on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31st from 6-9PM at the new location for a public unveiling of the newly renovated space. Enjoy champagne, appetizers, and desserts, as well as an art show and live music. "Big Piney Black Tie" attire is encouraged.
Did you know that winter streetside parking ordinances went into effect on November 1st?
In order to aid snowplows and town workers with snow removal over the winter, we wanted to remind residents in the three incorporated towns of Pinedale, Big Piney, and Marbleton that there are Town Ordinances regulating winter parking on streets when it snows.
Failure to remove your vehicle can result in a fine and/or having your vehicle towed at your expense. As well, please keep trash cans, toys, campers, parked cars and other things out of the streets to allow for safe movement of snow removal equipment.
It is also your responsibility to clean snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of your property or business. If you have any questions about the Ordinances, you can call your Town Hall or speak to a Deputy.
Pinedale Town Hall – (307) 367-4136
Marbleton Town Hall – (307) 276-3815
Big Piney Town Hall – (307) 276-3554
Starting July 5, 2022, the Sublette County Hospital District will now be offering Urgent Care. This will be open at the Pinedale Medical Clinic from 7am to 7pm, Monday thru Friday.
Administrator Dave Doorn notes, "When we administered our Community Health Needs Assessment survey, one of the top requests was for more access to patient care. By adding an Urgent Care and expanding hours, we are able to better meet the needs of the community."
Urgent Care consists of non-life-threatening acute needs, such as lacerations, minor fractures, fevers, animal bites, sprains or asthma.
Public Relations Director Kari DeWitt notes, "I am thrilled we are able to offer Urgent Care, especially for the parents in our community who might have a sick child after hours. It will be such a time saver not to have to drive out of the County for care."
Patients may either call 307-367-4133 or walk in to schedule an Urgent Care appointment.
Routine Care will continue at both the Pinedale Clinic and Marbleton/Big Piney Clinic from 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday. Routine Care is preventative maintenance, prescription refills, physicals, WYDOT physicals, going over test results and other routine healthcare visits.
Kari DeWitt notes, "We do ask if you have a routine concern, that you make a regular appointment. That will leave the Urgent Care free to deal with truly urgent matters."
Lab and Radiology visits will also remain on the Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm schedule. If you need blood draws, lab work, CT scans, ultrasounds, or other routine lab and radiology services, please plan on coming during normal business hours.
Of course, the Emergency Room is available 24/7 for true emergencies. The SCHD operates full 24/7 EMS service in both Pinedale and Marbleton/Big Piney, so someone can always call 911 for a true emergency. If it’s not necessary to call 911, a patient can call 307-367-4133 to speak with our answering service which can connect you with the ER provider on call if necessary.
Dave Doorn notes, "We couldn’t expand services like this without the buy in from our staff. We would like to thank them for going above and beyond and figuring out how to expand access to care in Sublette County and better serve our community."
Wyoming voters are now required to show one of the following acceptable forms of ID when voting in person:
- Wyoming Driver’s License or ID card
- Tribal ID Card
- US Military Card
- DL Card or ID card from another state
- University of Wyoming Student ID
- Wyoming Community College Student ID
- Wyoming Public School Student ID
- Valid Medicare Insurance Card
- Valid Medicaid Insurance Card
If you don’t have any of these IDs, you can obtain a free ID card from your local Driver’s Services office. For more information, call 307-777-5860, email email@example.com, or go online to http://www.sos.wyo.gov/Elections/VoterID.
In a joint release issued on Tuesday (May 29, 2018), Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell and County Treasurer Robb Slaughter described the details of Wyoming statute concerning vehicle registration for non-residents working in the state.
"The Wyoming statute that addresses this issue," Slaughter said, "is W.S. 31-2-201 (j) and (k). It can be reviewed online at the State Legislature’s website at http://www.wyoleg.gov/StateStatutes/StatutesConstitution?tab=0 ."
Lowell and Slaughter outlined the statute as follows:
A non-resident who is employed in Wyoming, on either a temporary or full-time basis, and who is the owner or operator of a vehicle in Wyoming that is not a commercial vehicle must immediately obtain a valid Wyoming registration or purchase a temporary registration.
To obtain a temporary registration, their vehicle must display a valid registration from another jurisdiction and be properly insured. Application is made in person at the County Treasurer’s Office at the Sweetwater County Courthouse at 80 West Flaming Gorge Way in Green River. The fee for a temporary registration is $50.00 per month and cannot exceed 120 days per vehicle. If a worker is going to be employed in Wyoming for longer than 120 days, a regular Wyoming registration must be issued.
Those applying for a temporary registration will need to bring with them the following:
- The vehicle’s current, non-expired registration
- Proof of insurance
- Color of vehicle
- Payment for temporary registration in the form of cash, credit card, or debit card
Subsection (k) of the statute makes the following provisions for a commercial vehicle owner, a non-resident owner of a vehicle who is not employed in Wyoming, or any owner, upon transfer of ownership to, as an alternative to registration:
A 30-, 60-, or 90-day permit may be obtained in any 12 month period. The temporary permit begins on the date the owner enters Wyoming or on the date of purchase of the vehicle. The fees for a temporary permit are:
Up to 30 days - .10 X regular registration fee
Up to 60 days - .20 X regular registration fee
Up to 90 days - .30 X regular registration fee
Lowell and Slaughter noted that Wyoming has full reciprocity agreements with Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, and Nebraska. Non-residents working in Wyoming who live in these states may run with their regular registration. If they take up residence in Wyoming, however, (by living here over 120 days, for instance), they must obtain Wyoming registration.
In addition, Wyoming has daily commuter reciprocity with Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah. Non-residents who live in these states and commute to work daily in Wyoming may run with their regular registration.
Lowell emphasized that Sweetwater County deputies are enforcing this statute, and will continue to do so.
Slaughter said those with questions may contact their County Clerk’s office.
Including Big Piney, Wyoming
Wyoming Public Radio posted an article today (Monday, January 15) about three towns that are fighting to claim the title of "Ice Box of the Nation.’ Those three towns are International Falls, Minnesota; Fraser, Colorado; and Big Piney, Wyoming. Each has had record cold recorded temperatures. Big Piney has reached -61F.
For more on this story, click on this link,Why Three Towns Are Fighting To Be The 'Ice Box Of The Nation' and then click on the audio link on the left hand side. Story by Kelly McEvers, All Things Considered, npr.org, Jan. 15, 2018
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
Flicks & Pins Entertainment Center
Open Sunday through Thursday from 3:00PM to 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 3:00PM to Midnight
Phone 307-276-4062 for movie times
Big Piney Ranger District
Bridger-Teton National Forest
P.O. Box 218
Big Piney, WY, 83113
307-276-3375 or 276-5800/5200
Sublette County Courthouse
21 S Tyler, Pinedale, WY 82941
Big Piney Direct Line 307-276-3827
Marbleton Annex 307-276-3735
Pinedale Information: 307-367-7722
Sublette County Sheriff's Department
PO Box 701
Pinedale, WY 82941
Big Piney Post Office
401 Budd Avenue
Sublette County School District #9
Superintendent's Office: 307-276-3322
Big Piney High School: 307-276-3324
Big Piney Middle School: 307-276-3315
Big Piney Elementary School: 307-276-3313
Big Piney Pool: 307-276-9966
Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Citizen Center
429 E First St, Marbleton, WY
P.O. Box 33
Big Piney, WY 83113
Phone: (307) 276-3249
Fax (307) 276-3249
Open 8:00am to 4:00pm
Lunch at 12:00 noon Tue. Wed. Thurs. (starting July 1, 2008)
Joan Mitchell / Director
Green River Valley Cowbelles
More Area Information:
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce (Pinedale)
307-367-2242 or 1-888-285-7282
BigPiney.com (Pinedale Online!)
307-360-7689 (days, evenings, weekends, after hours calls ok)
July - August
The Sublette County Fair is packed with entertainment and fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
One of the many highlights is the Lil' Buckaroo Rodeo. The audience holds their breath as these young cowboys and cowgirls try their hand at bronc riding. The evening ends with the youngest contestants competing in the stick horse barrel race. The greased pig contest is another favorite, the crowd roars with laughter watching the wave a kids overtaking the slimy critters.
Spend some time viewing the livestock shows and watch the participants as they receive their awards for a job well done. Enjoy the wonderful food which some how tastes more delicious in the atmosphere of the fair festivities. Finish the night off at the rodeos with many local cowboys and cowgirls participating in the fast paced events. Visit the Sublette County Fair web page to enjoy pictures from previous years fairs.
For more information visit - www.sublettecountyfair.com.
Open June through October
The Green River Valley Museum is located on the main street in Big Piney. Artifacts from prehistoric Indians, pioneers, homesteaders and other various groups that have settled this area are on display at the museum. Many of the items displayed at the museum were donated by local families. 'Hard Hats and Stetsons' is the annual fundraiser for the museum. The name of the fundraiser itself reflects how important the cattle and oil industry have been for this valley.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM from June into October (opening date varies, so watch for announcements on the specific date each year). Admission is by donation. Special tours can be arranged by calling Museum Director Jeannie Lockwood at 307-276-3637.
For more information visit www.grvm.com
Chuckwagon Days takes place each year over the 4th of July holiday in Big Piney. There is a Lil' Buckaroo Rodeo, a parade down Big Piney's main street followed by a free BBQ at the Sublette County Fairgrounds, an afternoon rodeo, street dance and late evening fireworks (on the 4th).
The "Chuckwagon Chug" a 5k and 10k Walk/Run, will be held on July 4th, before the Big Piney Parade. Start/Finish is at the Big Piney High School parking lot. There will be prizes for top finishers and gift bags for all contestants.
More information about Chuckwagon Days can be found here: www.ChuckwagonDays.com
If you are looking for local lodging and places to stay in the Big Piney-Marbleton areas, be sure to check the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce website under lodging. Big Piney and Marbleton are located about 35 miles south of Pinedale, so look under motels, RV parks and campgrounds specific to our towns.
Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Motels, Guest Ranches, RV
The closest campgrounds are located on the Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. They offer two developed campgrounds and many opportunities for dispersed camping in the Wyoming Range west of Big Piney and Marbleton. The forest boundary is approximately 20 miles from local businesses and town services. For detailed information, contact the district office at 307-276-3375.
Sacajewea Campground Located 25 miles west of Big Piney. This campground has 26 sites, basic amenities, and is open June 15th through September 30th. The camping fee is $7.00 per site, per night. This campground has running water, an on-site host, and is well maintained. No electricity, showers or phone.
Middle Piney Lake Campground This is a primitive campground located further down the road from the Sacajewea Campground. This camp area is next to Middle Piney Lake and has 5 tent sites, tables and pit toilets. NO running water, electricity, showers or phone service. NO fees. Because of the narrow winding road to this campground, it is not recommended to take trailers to the lake site.
Forest Service Cabins Big Piney Ranger District offers two Forest Service work centers for rent for overnight stays. One is located at Snider Basin and the other in the Hoback. Contact the Big Piney office for more information on availability and fees.
NOTICE ABOUT BEARS: These campgrounds are in bear country. Both black bears and grizzly bears inhabit the Wyoming mountain range. Visitors are strongly encouraged to practice clean camping techniques and store attractants in a manner that makes them unavailable to bears. Bear-proof canisters are available for rent from the Big Piney Ranger District office. Bear-proof dumpsters are located at various locations at campgrounds and recreation areas on National Forest land.
There are practically unlimited opportunities for dispersed camping on the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Big Piney/Marbleton. The forest boundary is approximately 20 miles from town. Stay limit is 16 days in any one location. Campers should either bring their own water or boil water obtained from sources in the outdoors to avoid getting sick from organisms that live in lakes and streams. Do not drink untreated surface water. Dispersed camping is available along the Piney, Cottonwood and LaBarge Creek drainages.
Camping on BLM land
There are no developed campgrounds on BLM land near Big Piney or Marbleton, however there are many places for dispersed camping for those who are prepared to bring their own drinking water and camp without developed facilities. For more information, contact the Pinedale Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management in Pinedale.
Private RV Campgrounds
There are several private businesses that offer RV campsites for overnight and extended stays. Most have power, water and sewer hookups. Click here to our sister website, Pinedale Online, for info about private RV campgrounds and services.
Bridger-Teton National Forest/Big Piney Ranger District
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce
Big Piney, Wyoming, "Ice Box of the Nation"
Ice Box of the Nation
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.
It's a curiosity, considering most Wyoming towns are few and far between, that Big Piney and Marbleton would only be a mile apart. They have separate post offices and town governments. Big Piney was incorporated on July 5, 1913. In the early days there was a lot of drainage problems with the site on which Big Piney was built. So Charles Budd, eldest son to Dan B Budd had hope to build the town up on the bench to alleviate this problem. Charles did establish Marbleton on the bench, in late 1913, but it never replaced Big Piney. Any attempts to combine the two towns has been unsuccessful. The truth is people here kinda' like it that way. Both towns cooperate with each other, they have a common school. The citizens of these two towns take a lot of pride in the growth of their little metropolis over the past years and think the founders would be proud too. Both communities have thrived in the last several decades because of the oil and gas industry. In the 1980's Marbleton recieved it's own post office, because of the number of people moving to the area.
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January 27-February 4: 2023 Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race
More info and schedules at www.wyomingstagestoporg.
Stage stops in Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton as
part of the race.
January 30: Meet & Greet and Dinner for the Big Piney/Marbleton Stage of the Pedigree Sled Dog Race
Monday evening at 6:00PM at the Southwest Sublette
County Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton. The
race is Tuesday morning.
January 31: Big Piney/Marbleton Stage of the Pedigree Sled Dog Race
Start and Finish at the Middle Piney Parking Lot
off road 350, 20 miles from town, 9AM. Spectators
welcome, dress warm. Please don’t bring your dogs.
February 16: Pinedale High School Girls Basketball home game vs Big Piney
Games played in Pinedale. Junior Varsity at 4PM, Varsity at 5:30PM.
February 18: Hardhats & Stetsons
Fundraiser for the Green River Valley Museum 6pm at the Waterhole #3 in Marbleton. Silent and Live auction. Refreshments served. Drinks available from the bar.
February 20: Presidents Day Holiday
Federal holiday, government offices, banks closed today.
July 3 & 4: Big Piney Chuckwagon Days
Events in Marbleton and Big Piney. Parade, community picnic, fireworks, street dance. More details TBA.