Greater Adobe Town: As one of the most iconic Wild West landscapes in Wyoming’s Red Desert, Greater Adobe Town is an exceptional place for backcountry recreation. Visitors can find remnants of our natural and human history—from fossil resources of the Eocene period to ruins with links to Butch Cassidy and his gang—by wandering through the hoodoos, badlands, and juniper-lined washes. Today, however, the region’s future is uncertain as the Bureau of Land Management develops a new land-use plan that will determine how it is managed. Pew is part of a coalition working to ensure that the agency puts forward a balanced, commonsense plan for southwestern Wyoming, one that safeguards the Northern Red Desert, Big Sandy Foothills, Greater Adobe Town, Little Mountain, and Devil’s Playground and Cedar Mountain.
Photo Credit: Matt Skroch
The Red Desert to Hoback Migration Corridor: The corridor crosses the Big Sandy Foothills and is used by thousands of wintering mule deer. The Foothills’ wide open spaces provide some of western Wyoming’s best basin-to-mountain views.
Photo Credit: Joe Riis
The Northern Red Desert: This area contains the remnants of several historic trails including the Oregon, California, and Mormon trails. The Oregon Buttes were considered to be the halfway point between Independence, Mo. and the Pacific Ocean by emigrants traveling westward.
Photo Credit: Kyle Duba
Greater Little Mountain: Rising above the desert and the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Greater Little Mountain’s high-elevation forests, meadows, and canyons are a paradise for hunters and anglers and prized by hikers, cross-country skiers, and other outdoor recreationists.
Photo Credit: Shelby Perry
Devil’s Playground and Cedar Mountain: The eastern half of this region contains archaeological and cultural sites dating back some 9,000 years, as well as widespread fossil deposits.
Photo Credit: Soren Jespersen