Loon Lake
Dave Bell posted several new photo galleries of his recent outings around the area. Pictured here is Triple Peak reflected in Loon Lake, in the Wyoming Range. To see Dave’s photos, go to Dave Bell Photo Gallery. Photo by Dave Bell.
Sublette County Hospital District now offering Urgent Care
Big Piney Chuckwagon Days July 3 & 4
Mike Schmid announces candidacy for Wyoming House District 20
Candidates file for elected offices
Be aware of new Wyoming ID rules for voting
Info on vehicle registration laws in Wyoming for non-resident workers
3 towns call themselves the ‘Ice Box of The Nation’
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

Sublette County Hospital District now offering Urgent Care (posted 6/26/2022)

Starting July 5, 2022, the Sublette County Hospital District will now be offering Urgent Care. This will be open at the Pinedale Medical Clinic from 7am to 7pm, Monday thru Friday.

Administrator Dave Doorn notes, "When we administered our Community Health Needs Assessment survey, one of the top requests was for more access to patient care. By adding an Urgent Care and expanding hours, we are able to better meet the needs of the community."

Urgent Care consists of non-life-threatening acute needs, such as lacerations, minor fractures, fevers, animal bites, sprains or asthma.

Public Relations Director Kari DeWitt notes, "I am thrilled we are able to offer Urgent Care, especially for the parents in our community who might have a sick child after hours. It will be such a time saver not to have to drive out of the County for care."

Patients may either call 307-367-4133 or walk in to schedule an Urgent Care appointment.

Routine Care will continue at both the Pinedale Clinic and Marbleton/Big Piney Clinic from 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday. Routine Care is preventative maintenance, prescription refills, physicals, WYDOT physicals, going over test results and other routine healthcare visits.

Kari DeWitt notes, "We do ask if you have a routine concern, that you make a regular appointment. That will leave the Urgent Care free to deal with truly urgent matters."

Lab and Radiology visits will also remain on the Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm schedule. If you need blood draws, lab work, CT scans, ultrasounds, or other routine lab and radiology services, please plan on coming during normal business hours.

Of course, the Emergency Room is available 24/7 for true emergencies. The SCHD operates full 24/7 EMS service in both Pinedale and Marbleton/Big Piney, so someone can always call 911 for a true emergency. If it’s not necessary to call 911, a patient can call 307-367-4133 to speak with our answering service which can connect you with the ER provider on call if necessary.

Dave Doorn notes, "We couldn’t expand services like this without the buy in from our staff. We would like to thank them for going above and beyond and figuring out how to expand access to care in Sublette County and better serve our community."

Chuckwagon Days 2022

Big Piney Chuckwagon Days July 3 & 4 (posted 6/22/2022)
Big Piney & Marbleton will host their annual Chuckwagon Days 4th of July celebration Sunday and Monday, July 3rd & 4th.

Events begin on Sunday, July 3rd with the Chuckwagon Days Jr. Rodeo at the Subltte Country Fairgrounds. This is a rodeo for youth ages 18 and under.

Click on this link for more information about the Jr. Rodeo. or call 307-749-3546

Monday, July 4th, is packed with fun things to do.
7-9AM: Annual pancake breakfast, Big Piney Recreation parking lot
10AM: Chuckwagon Days parade, down Piney Drive and Budd Avenue
11AM: Community BBQ, at the Sublette County Fairgrounds event center, by donation
6PM: Street Dance, in front of Big Piney Library
Dark: Fireworks, shot from the Marbleton Hill

Mike Schmid announces candidacy for Wyoming House District 20 (posted 6/22/2022)
Mike Schmid, from La Barge, Wyoming, has thrown his hat in the ring for Wyoming House District 20, challenging long-term House member Albert Sommers. With redistricting, HD20 includes all of Sublette County and LaBarge.

Schmid is the Founder, President and CEO of SOS Well Services, LLC. He has over 40 years of experience in oilfield services, including managing roustabout crews; constructing well field roads, drill pads, managing trucks, equipment, and hundreds of employees.

"I have considered running for office over the years, however the timing wasn’t right. Encouragement from friends, neighbors, and even family, I felt now is the right time, especially with our state’s core conservative values slipping away," said Schmid.

Schmid was raised in the small town of Daniel, Wyoming, graduating from Pinedale High School and immediately finding work and an eventual career in the oil & natural gas fields of southwestern Wyoming. He eventually moved to La Barge, to be closer to work.

Giving back to the community and state has always been important to Schmid. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation for the past 12 years, while currently serving as a director for the Wyoming Trapping Association representing Area 5 in Southwest Wyoming. He is a former La Barge City Councilmember. served as a member of The Wyoming Wildlife Foundation, The Old West Turkey Shoot, and The Wyoming Game & Fish Commission. He was the recipient of Field and Stream’s Conservation Award and played a significant part in the Dry Piney Wildlife Highway Crossing Project. While serving on the Game & Fish Commission, he was instrumental in forming and serving as the President of the newly formed WYldlife Fund.

Schmid says, "Sublette and Lincoln counties have been good to me and my family. The people of this area have been supportive of what we’ve been able to accomplish, as employees, vendors, cheerleaders and even competitors. I have learned from them all. I have the time and passion to commit to this seat as your representative. I will use my years of experience to Restore Conservative Values."

Mike can be reached by email at Schmidforhouse20@gmail.com.

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Candidates file for elected offices (posted 6/1/2022)
Below are the candidates who have filed for elected office positions in Sublette County. The 2022 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 16th.

Commissioners (2 to be elected)
Lynn Bernard, Pinedale
Mack Bradley, Marbleton
Jim Brost, Boulder
Bob Jones, Pinedale
Tyler Maxfield, Big Piney
Gary Sanders, Pinedale
Robin Schamber, Pinedale
Doug Vickrey, Daniel
Andrew Zook, Pinedale
No Democratic candidates filed

Kristine Burton-Bacheller, Pinedale
Carrie Long, Pinedale
No Democratic candidates filed

Emily Paravicini, Pinedale
No Democratic candidates filed

Laila Illoway, Pinedale
No Democratic candidates filed

Clerk of District Court:
Janet Montgomery, Pinedale
No Democratic candidates filed

Curt Covill, Pinedale
No Democratic candidates filed

KC Lehr, Pinedale
No Democratic candidates filed

Stan Cannon, Cora
Clayton Melinkovich, Cora
No Democratic candidates filed

State Representative House District 20:
Michael Schmid, LaBarge
Albert Sommers, Pinedale
Bill Winney, Bondurant
No Democratic candidates filed

(With redistricting, HD20 is all of Sublette County and LaBarge)
(State Senate 14 will have elections in 2024)

Election Calendar
August 1, 2022: Voter Registration closes for Primary Election
August 16, 2022: PRIMARY ELECTION Polls open 7:00 am - 7:00pm
November 8, 2022: GENERAL ELECTION Polls open 7:00am – 7:00pm
(see link below for full election calendar)

Related Links:
Wyoming 2022-2023 Election Calendar Wyoming Secretary of State
Sublette County 2022 Primary Election candidates Sublette County
Wyoming 2022 Primary Election Roster Wyoming Secretary of State

Be aware of new Wyoming ID rules for voting (posted 4/10/2022)
Wyoming voters are now required to show one of the following acceptable forms of ID when voting in person:
- Wyoming Driver’s License or ID card
- Tribal ID Card
- Passport
- US Military Card
- DL Card or ID card from another state
- University of Wyoming Student ID
- Wyoming Community College Student ID
- Wyoming Public School Student ID
- Valid Medicare Insurance Card
- Valid Medicaid Insurance Card

If you don’t have any of these IDs, you can obtain a free ID card from your local Driver’s Services office. For more information, call 307-777-5860, email elections@wyo.com, or go online to http://www.sos.wyo.gov/Elections/VoterID.

Info on vehicle registration laws in Wyoming for non-resident workers (posted 5/29/18)

In a joint release issued on Tuesday (May 29, 2018), Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell and County Treasurer Robb Slaughter described the details of Wyoming statute concerning vehicle registration for non-residents working in the state.

"The Wyoming statute that addresses this issue," Slaughter said, "is W.S. 31-2-201 (j) and (k). It can be reviewed online at the State Legislature’s website at http://www.wyoleg.gov/StateStatutes/StatutesConstitution?tab=0 ."

Lowell and Slaughter outlined the statute as follows:

A non-resident who is employed in Wyoming, on either a temporary or full-time basis, and who is the owner or operator of a vehicle in Wyoming that is not a commercial vehicle must immediately obtain a valid Wyoming registration or purchase a temporary registration.

To obtain a temporary registration, their vehicle must display a valid registration from another jurisdiction and be properly insured. Application is made in person at the County Treasurer’s Office at the Sweetwater County Courthouse at 80 West Flaming Gorge Way in Green River. The fee for a temporary registration is $50.00 per month and cannot exceed 120 days per vehicle. If a worker is going to be employed in Wyoming for longer than 120 days, a regular Wyoming registration must be issued.

Those applying for a temporary registration will need to bring with them the following:

- The vehicle’s current, non-expired registration
- Proof of insurance
- Color of vehicle
- Payment for temporary registration in the form of cash, credit card, or debit card

Subsection (k) of the statute makes the following provisions for a commercial vehicle owner, a non-resident owner of a vehicle who is not employed in Wyoming, or any owner, upon transfer of ownership to, as an alternative to registration:

A 30-, 60-, or 90-day permit may be obtained in any 12 month period. The temporary permit begins on the date the owner enters Wyoming or on the date of purchase of the vehicle. The fees for a temporary permit are:

Up to 30 days - .10 X regular registration fee
Up to 60 days - .20 X regular registration fee
Up to 90 days - .30 X regular registration fee

Lowell and Slaughter noted that Wyoming has full reciprocity agreements with Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, and Nebraska. Non-residents working in Wyoming who live in these states may run with their regular registration. If they take up residence in Wyoming, however, (by living here over 120 days, for instance), they must obtain Wyoming registration.

In addition, Wyoming has daily commuter reciprocity with Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah. Non-residents who live in these states and commute to work daily in Wyoming may run with their regular registration.

Lowell emphasized that Sweetwater County deputies are enforcing this statute, and will continue to do so.

Slaughter said those with questions may contact their County Clerk’s office.

3 towns call themselves the ‘Ice Box of The Nation’ (posted 1/15/18)
Including Big Piney, Wyoming
Wyoming Public Radio posted an article today (Monday, January 15) about three towns that are fighting to claim the title of "Ice Box of the Nation.’ Those three towns are International Falls, Minnesota; Fraser, Colorado; and Big Piney, Wyoming. Each has had record cold recorded temperatures. Big Piney has reached -61F.

For more on this story, click on this link,Why Three Towns Are Fighting To Be The 'Ice Box Of The Nation' and then click on the audio link on the left hand side. Story by Kelly McEvers, All Things Considered, npr.org, Jan. 15, 2018

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
E-mail: southwest001@centurytel.net
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

BigPiney.com (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 - www.sublettecountyfair.com.

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 www.grvm.com

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: www.ChuckwagonDays.com

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

BigPiney.com 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.

To contribute information to this community website,
please e-mail: info@bigpiney.com or info@marbleton.com.
Phone: 307-276-5699 • Fax: 307-276-5414

Current Conditions

Weather from Weather Underground
Big Piney Weather (NWS)

Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton
Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, view looking north from Fairgrounds

Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, view looking south towards Marbleton & Big Piney
Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, looking south from Fairgrounds

Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, view looking south towards Marbleton & Big Piney
Webcam view of Hwy 351 north of Marbleton, at junction with US 189, view looking east

Upcoming Events

June 27: Marbleton/Big Piney Job Fair From 10AM to 2:00PM at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton. Part-time, full-time, seasonal, student, semi-retired. Come see what local businesses have to offer. For more information, or if you are a business that wants to set up a table, please contact the Chamber at 307-367-2242. (you need to hurry because there are only a few tables left). The Chamber will also be there with general job applications and tips to improve your resume.

July 3-4: Big Piney Chuckwagon Days 4th of July Celebration in Big Piney and Marbleton Morning pancake breakfast, fun run, parade in Big Piney, community BBQ picnic, rodeo, street dance, fireworks at dusk on the 4th.

July 16: Big Piney-Marbleton Airport Annual Fly-In and Car Show Saturday from 8am - 12pm. Call 307-276-4022 for more information.

August 13: 25th Anniversary Do Little Car Show In front of the Eagle Bar in LaBarge. Car, truck, motorcycle show. All vehicles welcome. Vendors also welcome. LaBarge Volunteer Fire Department will be cooking up a BBQ lunch (by donation). For more information, call Mike, 307-389-0830.

August 16: Primary Election Vote today! The General Election is November 8th

November 8: General Election Vote today!

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