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Bridger Wilderness

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Area Management

The Bridger Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Bridger Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

General Wilderness Prohibitions

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation.

In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information.

These general prohibitions have been implemented for all national forest wildernesses in order to implement the provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness Act requires management of human-caused impacts and protection of the area's wilderness character to insure that it is "unimpaired for the future use and enjoyment as wilderness." Use of the equipment listed as prohibited in wilderness is inconsistent with the provision in the Wilderness Act which mandates opportunities for solitude or primitive recreation and that wilderness is a place that is in contrast with areas where people and their works are dominant.

Wilderness-Specific Regulations

Wilderness managers often need to take action to limit the impacts caused by visitor activities in order to protect the natural conditions of wilderness as required by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Managers typically implement 'indirect' types of actions such as information and education measures before selecting more restrictive measures. When regulations are necessary, they are implemented with the specific intent of balancing the need to preserve the character of the wilderness while providing for the use and enjoyment of wilderness.

The following wilderness regulations are in effect for this area. Not all regulations are in effect for every wilderness. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information about the regulations listed.


-- Group size is limited to no more than 15 people. Larger groups must split into two or more smaller groups and remain a minimum of 2 miles apart.

-- All organized groups (Scouts, church groups, clubs, etc.) must have a visitor permit. Free permits are available at Pinedale Ranger District, P.O. Box 220, Pinedale, WY 82941, or by calling 307-367-54326.

-- Campfires are prohibited above timberline. Do not cut or remove standing wood (either dead or live).

-- Campsites and campfires must be at least 200 feet away from lake or trail and at least 100 feet away from any stream, creek, or spring.

-- Overnight visitors cannot occupy any single location longer than 16 days.

-- Temporary camp structures such as hitching racks, tent frames, or temporary tables cannot be nailed or permanently attached to any trees and must be dismantled after the use period (maximum of 16 days).

-- For the purpose of minimizing adverse interactions between bears and humans, all food and refuse must be acceptably stored. Bear resistant food storage containers are available on loan from the Pinedale District office.

-- Storing equipment, personal property, or supplies (caching) is prohibited.

-- Do not shortcut switchbacks.

-- As with all designated Wilderness, mechanical transportation (including wagons, game carts, and other vehicles) is prohibited.


-- Groups are limited to no more than 25 head of pack or saddle stock.

-- Overnight campers with pack and saddle stock must have a visitor permit. Free permits are available at Pinedale Ranger District, P.O. Box 220, Pinedale, WY 82941, or by calling 307-367-4326.

-- Possessing bulk hay or straw is prohibited.

-- Free trailing of pack or saddle stock is prohibited.

-- Hitching, tethering, or picketing pack or saddle stock within 200 feet of any lake or 100 feet of any stream or other free-flowing water is prohibited.

-- Pack or saddle stock must be tied so as not to cause injury or damage to any tree, vegetation, or soil.

Learn more about why regulations may be necessary in wilderness.

Wilderness Permit System

A wilderness permit system has been implemented for this wilderness. This involves a mandatory permit, which does not limit use. Wilderness permit systems are implemented to collect information on use levels and patterns and as an education and information tool. People interested in visiting the Bridger Wilderness should contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more information about this permit system, which may vary by location or time of the year.

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