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Big Sandy Lodge in the Bridger Wilderness area
Boulder, Wyoming • Established 1929

Big Sandy Lodge

Locally Owned & Family Operated Since 2013
We are remotely located In the Big Sandy Opening of the southern Wind River Mountains in western Wyoming, close to the Continental Divide Hiking Trail. Call for availability for dates. Please call ahead to make your reservations.

Summer Season: Late May - September 14th
Fall Season: September 15th - Early October

When inquiring by e-mail, please be sure to include your PHONE NUMBER so we can call you back and confirm your reservation. It may take 2-3 days to get back with you by e-mail.

Mailing address:
PO Box 62, Boulder, WY 82923

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Big Sandy Lodge is 44 miles from the nearest town of Boulder, Wyoming. We're at 9,100 feet elevation and We're located high in the rugged southern Wind River Mountain Rangebordering the Bridger Wilderness at the southern end of the spectacular 90-mile long Wind River Mountain Range. There are no public phones or electricity here at the Lodge, so leave the rest of the world behind and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery, fantastic fishing, horseback riding on wilderness trails, the smell of evergreen trees, and incredible star-filled night skies.

Basecamp for Finis Mitchell
Originally established in 1929 as a tent camp by Finis Mitchell, well known as "Man O' the Mountain" and author of the hiking book "Wind River Trails", the area has changed little since then. Wildlife (deer, moose and elk) inhabit the area and are often encountered.

We have 10 rustic, one-room log cabins that can accommodate up to 44 guests. Our lodge has group room facilities, meals served family-style, twin massive stone fireplaces, and a wildlife trophy lounge. Advanced reservations are recommended for lodging and meals. Daily commercial airport service arrives in Rock Springs, Riverton, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Shuttle services available from Jackson and Pinedale. Click here for more information on how to get here.

The rugged terrain of the southern Wind River Mountains, a backpacker's paradise!We're located at the entrance to the Big Sandy Opening, with access to many of the Wind River Mountain's trout lakes and streams, flowering meadows, photographic vistas, scenic trails, pine-scented forests, glaciers, wildlife, and towering mountain peaks. We are one mile from the wilderness boundary and next to the Big Sandy Trailhead with access to the breathtaking Cirque of the Towers and technical rock-climbing locations. Our rates are family-friendly and groups can reserve our facilities for family reunions, weddings, and executive retreats. Take advantage of our off-season rates by booking in June or September. Call or e-mail to make your reservations. Advanced reservations are recommended.

The aspen trees along the road up to the lodge turns golden yellow in the fall! We are a remote, summer season lodge high in the Wind River Mountains open from late May until early October. Our operating season and opening day any given year depends on when the snow comes and goes and when the road to the lodge is free of snow. Big Sandy Lodge is approximately 100 miles from Rock Springs, Wyoming. During the winter season when the lodge is closed, we reside in Boulder, Wy. You can make reservations for your stay any time of the year by calling, e-mailing, or using snail-mail.

  • Fishing high mountain lakes
  • Hiking & Backpacking
  • Trail Rides
  • Horse Pack Trips
  • Spot Packs & Gear Drops
  • Guided Overnight Camp Trips
  • Big Game Outfitting & Guiding
  • 10 Rustic Cabins, up to 44 Guests
  • Family-style Meals
  • Group Facilities & Vacation Packages
  • Wedding Receptions & Family Reunions
  • Artist Retreats

Approximate Distance to Big Sandy Lodge:

Boulder, Wyoming
Pinedale, Wyoming
Jackson, Wyoming
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming
Denver, Colorado
Salt Lake City, Utah
44 miles
55 miles
133 miles
100 miles
120 miles
430 miles
260 miles



When inquiring by e-mail, please be sure to include your PHONE NUMBER so we can call you back and confirm your reservation. It may take 2-3 days to get back with you by e-mail.

We accept Cash, Checks and Money Orders.

Wyoming map. Click here for larger map showing where we are located!
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Big Sandy Lodge in the Wind River Mountain Range

2018 Vacation Packages:

West side of the Cirque of the Towers, on the Continental Divide

Close access to Cirque of the Towers and Big Sandy Lake. 40 lakes are within 15 miles of the Lodge, with six different trout species for the fisherman. The entire Wind River Range and Bridger Wilderness can be accessed from the Big Sandy Trailhead.

Trail Access:
Continental Divide Trail, Lowline and Highline Trails, Big Sandy Trail, and Fremont Trail.

Continental Divide Hiking Trail - 1.5 miles
Cirque of the Towers - 10 miles
Jackass Pass - 8 miles
Big Sandy Lake - 6 miles
Fish Creek Pass - 3.9 miles
Clear Lake - 7.9 miles
Dad's Lake - 5.9 miles

Gear Drop-Off for CDT Hikers:
We accept drop-offs for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail for guests who stay at least one night.

Guest cabins. Click picture for larger view.

Guest Cabins
Cabin interior. Click picture for larger view.Our one-room cabins are furnished with bedding, towels, wood-burning stoves and kerosene lamps (There is no electricity or phone service. Cell phone reception is marginal, depending on your service provider and weather conditions. We cannot guarantee you will be able to get cell phone reception at our location. If that is critical to you, please ask us about communication capabilities.) Modern restroom and shower facilities are centrally located. Excellent trout fishing is outside your cabin door. See our Rates page for specifics. More on Cabins...

Guest Comments:

"Your cabins are nicer than Yellowstone! Such a beautiful location." Beth D, St. Louis, Missouri

"Just as magical as it was 35+ years ago - hope it never changes!!" Susan & Howie G., Greenbank, Washington

"Our 8th year! Thanks again! We'll see you next year." K. Denver, Colorado

"It's BEAUTIFUL here. Great cooking!" Kat K., Asheville, North Carolina

"Thanks for the wonderful experience, clean cabins & hot showers!" R.., Green Lake, Wisconsin

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Horseback riding near Big Sandy Lodge


Big Sandy Lodge is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. We operate seasonally, during the summer and fall months. Below are the kinds of jobs which we hire for during our season. Please contact us in late April to see about job opportunities for our current season.
Guide/Packer: Responsible for getting horses ready as needed for daily activities, taking guests on trail rides, taking pack horses and saddle horses on spot pack or gear drops. Get gear ready for same trips. Go on guided overnight camping trips as needed. Responsible for the safety of guests and horses. Caring for horses and gear used for these trips. Cutting fire wood, fixing fences and other duties as assigned. May also involve fall hunting season if interested in being a hunting guide.

Cook: Responsible for preparation and cooking meals. Taking inventory for ordering supplies. Keeping kitchen and storage area clean and orderly. Help with billing as guests check out. Help with guest check-in. Assist with cleaning duties and other duties as assigned.

Kitchen/Cabin: Responsible for cleaning cabins, laundry, cleaning and keeping the lodge clean and orderly. Help with table settings and serving food. Clean up after meals and other duties as assigned.

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Big Sandy Lodge LLC
Boulder, Wyoming
Est. 1929
Mailing address: PO Box 62, Boulder, WY 82923
(307) 749-1401 (off-season use & messages only)
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Operating under permit by the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Equal opportunity service provider.
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