Sandhill Cranes
Local photographer Dave Bell took this picture of two sandhill cranes recently. Spring birds are returning and doing their mating rituals for pairing and nesting to raise their new crop of young. Click on this link to see more of Dave's scenic photos of the area: Dave Bell Photo Gallery Photo by Dave Bell.
Beware fraudulent credit/debit card activity
Missing Shotgun
Spring burns are planned on the Bridger-Teton National Forest
Bridger-Teton National Forest completes Environmental Assessment for Oil & Gas Exploration near Big Piney
Piney Post has news from the Big Piney Ranger District
Big Piney Robotics Team competes in Salt Lake City
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Chuckwagon Days July 3rd & 4th in Big Piney
Local Lodging
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton

Beware fraudulent credit/debit card activity (posted 5/21/17)
Beginning on Monday, May 15th the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls from citizens in the community stating that they were getting fraudulent transactions on their credit/debit cards.

During the course of the investigation it appears that multiple credit card readers in the Pinedale area may have been compromised. The credit card readers may have had "skimmers" attached to the reader that downloaded credit/debit card information and transferred it to remote locations. It is unknown whether or not an actual physical skimmer device was placed on the reader itself. As reports have continued to flow into the Sheriff’s Office, a portion of the citizens are reporting that they actually used their card inside the business establishments. Law Enforcement is still in the process of determining what method was used to acquire the credit card information. In speaking with citizens that have fallen victim to this fraud, some stated that they had not used their cards in weeks or months. It was initially thought that these intrusions were focused around the gas stations in the Pinedale area, but it has since been uncovered that a number of the local businesses and restaurants have also been affected. As this investigation is still ongoing names of businesses cannot released at this time.

The investigation is ongoing, but the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office is urging the community to monitor their credit card and debit card activity daily, and report any fraudulent transactions to their bank and Law Enforcement.

Contact for more information:
Undersheriff Lance Gehlhausen
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
35 ½ Tyler Ave
PO Box 701
Pinedale, WY 82941
Office: 307-367-4378

Missing Shotgun (posted 5/4/17)
Seeking return or information on missing shotgun. It went missing on Saturday, April 29th during the high school trap shooting at the Big Piney shooting range. 12 ga Benelli camo wrapped shotgun. 15-year old gun with high sentimental value to the family. Reward for return. No questions asked. Please call 307-899-3749 or email

Spring burns are planned on the Bridger-Teton National Forest (posted 4/28/17)
Fuels reduction projects will create some visible smoke near Pinedale and in Wyoming Range – no closures anticipated

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is planning to conduct prescribed burning on the Pinedale and Big Piney Ranger Districts in the coming weeks.

Fire Managers will be taking advantage of warming temperatures and road access to begin work on the Skyline and Cottonwood 2 fuels reduction projects. Slash and ground fuels in the Skyline Wildland Urban (WUI) Interface Fuels Reduction project will be ignited to reduce the fuel load in timbered stands near the Sylvan Bay summer homes and limit the spread and intensity in the event of a wildfire fire. This unit includes approximately 120 acres along the Sylvan Bay Road to the south of the subdivision and 20 acres of hand piled slash near the day use area and summer homes.

Crews were busy last fall thinning trees and piling slash in the summer home area and will continue work beginning in May and continuing through a portion of the summer. This project was designed to provide greater defensible space and lower the risk from wildfire to homes and private property by removing hazardous fuel loads. This effort will create more open areas to help moderate fire behavior during a wildfire and increase firefighter and public safety.

The Cottonwood II prescribed burn is located approximately 20 miles west of Daniel, WY on Bare Pass near Red Castles. Fire managers hope to burn approximately 88 acres on Bare Pass in mid-May to late June.

Objectives for this project include; increase aspen stand regeneration, reduce conifer encroachment, increase forage conditions for wildlife habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels build-up while restoring fire-adaptive ecosystems.

Actual ignitions for the prescribed burns will depend on meeting strict parameters for weather and fire behavior conditions. Smoke will be visible from Hwy 191/189, Pinedale and surrounding area during ignition operations and for a short time after lighting has been completed. No closures are anticipated with either of these projects.

For more information on prescribed fire, fuels reduction projects, and defensible space, visit or call the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326.

Bridger-Teton National Forest completes Environmental Assessment for Oil & Gas Exploration near Big Piney (posted 4/6/17)
45 day pre-decisional objection period open

BIG PINEY, WYOMING, April 4, 2017 – The Bridger-Teton National Forest Big Piney Ranger District has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the True Oil - Lander Peak Area Exploratory Proposal.

True Oil’s valid, existing federal leases for the Lander Peak Area Exploratory Proposal were issued in 1969. The draft decision selects the Mitigation Alternative with minor revisions and includes development of two exploratory wells; one on existing Well Pad 42-27 which would be expanded and one on proposed Well Pad 23-15 which would be reconstructed. True Oil would also install a water supply well and temporary surface water line. "If True Oil determines there is economic potential for the Lander Peak Area as a result of this exploration project, they would be required to submit a Master Development Plan prior to full-field development," said Big Piney District Ranger Don Kranendonk.

"The Mitigation Alternative was developed in response to public input collected during the scoping process," said Kranendonk. The proposed decision is subject to a pre-decisional objection. Objections, including attachments, must be filed with the reviewing officer, Forest Supervisor Patricia O’Connor, within 45 days of publication of the Legal Notice in the Casper Star Tribune. Those wishing to submit objections electronically should email to; mail or hand delivery to Bridger-Teton National Forest, P.O. Box 1888, 340 N. Cache, Jackson, WY 83001; or fax to 307-739-5010.

This project is not to be confused with the signed Forest Service Record of Decision (ROD) for Oil and Gas Leasing on Portions of the Wyoming Range that occurred on January 17, 2017 and where potential impacts were analyzed in a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS). The signed ROD selected the "no leasing" alternative for oil and gas leases on 39,490 acres on the eastern slope of the Wyoming Range within the boundary of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. True Oil’s valid, existing federal leases were issued in 1969 and were not part of the lands considered for oil and gas leasing in the 2016 FSEIS and the 2017 ROD.

The Draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the True Oil Lander Peak Area Exploratory Proposal is available on the Bridger-Teton National Forest website at For additional information concerning this project contact: Anita DeLong, Environmental Coordinator, at or by phone, 307-886-5329.

Piney Post has news from the Big Piney Ranger District (posted 3/30/17)
The Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest has begun publishing a quarterly newsletter to better inform and familiarize the local public regarding highlights, points of interest, and activities taking place on the Big Piney Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service. The first edition has just been released and is dubbed "The Piney Post." Click on this link to read the latest news from the U.S. Forest Service Big Piney Ranger District: Piney Post – March 2017. For more information contact the Big Piney Ranger District at 307-276-5810, 10418 S Hwy 189 in Big Piney.

Big Piney Robotics Team competes in Salt Lake City (posted 3/22/17)
Big Piney High School Robotics Team 3288 had the opportunity to participate in the Salt Lake City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in mid-March where they placed 7th out of 48 teams. Now they are preparing to go to the Denver Regional competition.

FIRST Robotics is a program created to inspire young minds. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST helps students have hands on experiences to teach them the importance of STEM related careers. As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) become more prominent in the world, they—as the rising generation—must keep up.

Every year a new game is created and teams have six weeks to build a robot that will excel in the competition. This year Big Piney High School Robotics team built a robot to fit the challenge "Steamworks". With three teams on an alliance, they worked together to beat the other alliance. Five inch green balls represent fuel. The fuel is scored when it successfully enters the boiler either from the high or low goal. This creates "steam pressure" to help prepare the airship for flight. Robots retrieve and deliver gears to the airship. Two airships are in the middle of the field, one for each alliance. Two pilots are on the airship ready to pull the gears up from the robots and install them so rotors can start turning. At the end of the match ropes are deployed for the robots to climb up.

The team says they are very grateful to have the opportunities given to them and would like to thank everyone for all the support they received. "Without our wonderful sponsors we never would’ve made it this far. These sponsors include Shell, ExxonMobil, EOG Resources, Jonah Energy, Linn Energy, and Chevron," said team coach, Steve Nelson.

Click on this link for more pictures: Big Piney Robotics Team competes in Salt Lake City

Local Contact Numbers
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
Fax: 307-739-5235/276-5835

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
Marbleton: 307-276-5448
Pinedale: 307-367-4378

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
Facebook page

Green River Valley Cowbelles

More Area Information:
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce (Pinedale)
307-367-2242 or 1-888-285-7282 (Pinedale Online!)
307-360-7689 (days, evenings, weekends, after hours calls ok)

Sublette County Fair
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 -

Green River Valley Museum
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

Chuckwagon Days July 3rd & 4th in Big Piney
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:

Local Lodging
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.
Lodging Links:
Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Motels, Guest Ranches, RV

Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
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.

Dispersed Camping:
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.

Related Links:
Bridger-Teton National Forest/Big Piney Ranger District
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce photo
Big Piney, Wyoming, "Ice Box of the Nation"

Big Piney & Marbleton
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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Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, view looking south towards Marbleton & Big Piney
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Upcoming Events

May 26: Graduation for Big Piney High School SCSD#9

May 31: Last day of school for Big Piney Schools Early release 1:15PM for Elementary, 1:20PM for Middle School, 1:30PM for High School. SCSD#9

May 27 & 28: Outfitters Team Roping Sublette County Fairgrounds, Big Piney.

May 27 & 28: Cowgirl Classic Barrel Race (outdoor arena) Sublette County Fairgrounds, Big Piney.

May 31: Last day of school for Big Piney Schools Early release 1:15PM for Elementary, 1:20PM for Middle School, 1:30PM for High School. SCSD#9.

June 9: Ranch Roping Sublette County Fairgrounds, Big Piney. call Todd Stevie 307-360-8040 for more information.

June 10: Select Gelding Sale Sublette County Fairgrounds, Big Piney. For more info call Todd Stevie 307-360-8040.

June 10: 4-H Livestsock Field Day Event Center) Sublette County Fairgrounds, Big Piney.

June 17: 5th Annual Big Piney Fly-In and Car Show At the Big Piney/Marbleton Airport - Miley Memorial Field, 56 Airport Rd in Big Piney. Watch for signs. For more information call 307-276-4022.

July 3 & 4: 83rd Annual Chuckwagon Days in Big Piney

July 8: Edward Jones Classic horse show in Big Piney Wyoming Bits & Spurs, at the Sublette County Fairgrounds. For more details see or their Facebook page.

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