Thanks to 🔷 @alixcritt 🔷 Alix Crittenden of @sleepingindianoutfitters for taking us 13,809 feet up to the Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains.
The Wind River Range encompasses an area of 2.25 million acres and forms a triple divide for three major western watersheds: the Columbia River, the Colorado River, and the Missouri. The Winds are the most popular section of the Bridger Wilderness of western Wyoming. This rugged piece of the Rocky Mountains, extending for approximately 80 miles along the western slope of the Continental Divide, contains a unique combination of jagged granite rock, alpine forest, and open alpine meadows. Serving as the headwaters for the mighty Green River, this wilderness holds 7 of the 10 largest glaciers in the Lower 48, more than 2,300 crystalline lakesand ponds, and numerous glacier-carved cirques, kettles, valleys, and hanging troughs.
The high country typically opens up around mid-July and remains open through mid-September. Snow can occur at any time, however, and visitors should be prepared for the possibility of subfreezing daytime and night temperatures even in the summer. Afternoon thunderstorms, with lightning and rain showers, are common during the summer, and some of the peaks hold snow all year.
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