Big Piney Robotics
Big Piney High School Robotics Team 3288 participated in the Salt Lake City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. They placed 7th out of 48 teams. Photo courtesy Big Piney Robotics. Click on this link for more pictures: Big Piney Robotics Team competes in Salt Lake City Photo by Big Piney Robotics.
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Big Piney Robotics Team competes in Salt Lake City
Spring Health Fair Blood Draws in Marbleton March 28 & 29
County Road 23-222 at Whelan Bridge closed due to minor flooding
UW Ann Simpson Artmobile to visit Big Piney
Deadline to file for Big Piney Town elections March 24
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


Big Piney Robotics Team competes in Salt Lake City (posted 3/22/17)
Big Piney High School Robotics Team 3288 had the opportunity to participate in the Salt Lake City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in mid-March where they placed 7th out of 48 teams. Now they are preparing to go to the Denver Regional competition.

FIRST Robotics is a program created to inspire young minds. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST helps students have hands on experiences to teach them the importance of STEM related careers. As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) become more prominent in the world, they—as the rising generation—must keep up.

Every year a new game is created and teams have six weeks to build a robot that will excel in the competition. This year Big Piney High School Robotics team built a robot to fit the challenge "Steamworks". With three teams on an alliance, they worked together to beat the other alliance. Five inch green balls represent fuel. The fuel is scored when it successfully enters the boiler either from the high or low goal. This creates "steam pressure" to help prepare the airship for flight. Robots retrieve and deliver gears to the airship. Two airships are in the middle of the field, one for each alliance. Two pilots are on the airship ready to pull the gears up from the robots and install them so rotors can start turning. At the end of the match ropes are deployed for the robots to climb up.

The team says they are very grateful to have the opportunities given to them and would like to thank everyone for all the support they received. "Without our wonderful sponsors we never would’ve made it this far. These sponsors include Shell, ExxonMobil, EOG Resources, Jonah Energy, Linn Energy, and Chevron," said team coach, Steve Nelson.

Click on this link for more pictures: Big Piney Robotics Team competes in Salt Lake City


Spring Health Fair Blood Draws in Marbleton March 28 & 29 (posted 3/22/17)
Annual Spring Screening Health Fair Blood Draws will be held in Marbleton on Tuesday, March 28th, and Wednesday, March 29th, from 6am-9am at the SW Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center. Reminder postcards are being sent out in the mail with all of the details. Please come fasting (drink plenty of water). Low-cost screenings are available. The money made on these screenings all goes to help out local senior citizens and graduating seniors at Big Piney High School. Sponsored by Nurses for Community Health.


Sublette County Road 23-222 east of Whelan Bridge north of LaBarge is closed due to ice jam flooding.
Sublette County Road 23-222 east of Whelan Bridge north of LaBarge is closed due to ice jam flooding.

County Road 23-222 at Whelan Bridge closed due to minor flooding (posted 3/15/17)
LA BARGE, WYOMING, Wednesday, March 14, 2017, 1:56PM:
PUBLIC NOTICE: Sublette County Road 23-222 east of Whelan Bridge north of LaBarge is closed due to ice jam flooding.


UW Ann Simpson Artmobile to visit Big Piney (posted 3/9/17)
Hank Laventhal’s "L’image de Rose" is among works included in the UW Artmobile exhibition "Surrealism: Visions of the Mind" that will be on view at the Big Piney Library March 20-24. (UW Art Museum)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Ann Simpson Artmobile will visit the Big Piney Library with the exhibition "Surrealism: Visions of the Mind" March 20-24.

The Big Piney Library will offer an adult education night featuring the Artmobile’s exhibition and a guided deep-looking session with Erica Ramsey, Artmobile educator, Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

"Deep looking is a process that encourages viewers to engage deeply with the art in the exhibition," Ramsey says. "Taking time to understand and discuss original artwork allows people to make strong personal connections to the images."

High school and middle school art students will attend deep-looking sessions and make original art in response to the exhibition throughout the week with Ramsey.

"It is really a treat to be able to give students this kind of visual experience in our own community," says Amy Loughry, art teacher at Big Piney High School. "What a unique opportunity to have this exhibit and instructor in Big Piney."

"Surrealism: Visions of the Mind" features the work of 15 different artists, representing the international significance of the 20th century artistic movement.

The Ann Simpson Artmobile program is a free core outreach program for the UW Art Museum, traveling museum-quality original artwork statewide for the past 35 years. On average, the Artmobile travels two to three weeks out of every month to Wyoming communities that have little or no access to original art. The Artmobile reaches out to people of all ages, backgrounds and developmental abilities, with special focus given to Wyoming’s K-12 schools and underserved populations including seniors, veterans and individuals with special needs.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622, visit the website at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum, or follow the museum on Facebook.

Through its "Museum as Classroom" approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.


Deadline to file for Big Piney Town elections March 24 (posted 3/7/17)
Municipal elections will be on May 9, 2017
The Town of Big Piney will be holding their municipal election on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Positions open are Mayor (4 year term) and two Town Council seats (4 year terms). Deadline to file to run is Friday, March 24, 2017 Applications for filing are available from the Town Clerk at the Big Piney Town Hall. All municipal officers are nonpartisan and must be qualified electors residing in the municipality.


Local Contact Numbers
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
307-276-3554
www.bigpiney.us

Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
307-276-3815

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
www.flicksnpins.com/

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
www.fs.fed.us/btnf/

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
307-276-3772
1-800-275-8777

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
www.sublette9.org


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
www.bpmseniorhousing.com
Facebook page

Green River Valley Cowbelles
www.greenrivervalleycowbelles.com

More Area Information:
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce (Pinedale)
307-367-2242 or 1-888-285-7282
www.sublettechamber.com

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
www.sublettechamber.com


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

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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

March 20-24: UW Ann Simpson Artmobile in Big Piney With the exhibition "Surrealism: Visions of the Mind" featuring the work of 15 different artists, representing the international significance of the 20th century artistic movement. The Big Piney Library will offer an adult education night featuring the Artmobile’s exhibition and a guided deep-looking session with Erica Ramsey, Artmobile educator on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

March 22: UW Ann Simpson Artmobile adult ed session in Big Piney The Big Piney Library will offer an adult education night featuring the Artmobile’s exhibition and a guided deep-looking session with Erica Ramsey, Artmobile educator on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This is part of the UW Ann Simpson Artmobile in Big Piney with the exhibition "Surrealism: Visions of the Mind" featuring the work of 15 different artists, representing the international significance of the 20th century artistic movement, from March 20-24 at the Library.

March 24: Deadline to file to run for Big Piney Town officer positions Town of Big Piney Municipal Elections will be held on May 9, 2017. Applications for filing available from the Town Clerk at the Town Hall. Positions open are Mayor (4 year term) and 2 Town Council seats (4 year term). All municipal officers are nonpartisan and must be qualified electors residing in the municipality.

March 27: Deadline to submit proposals for the ‘Great Conservation Idea – Greater sage-grouse projects Grant notification will occur in mid-April allowing projects to happen this year. The grant offers 50% cost-share up to $2500. The grant application and associated information can be downloaded at www.sublettecd.com. For more information contact Melanie J. Purcell, Wildife & Habitat Program Manager, Sublette County Conservation District, phone: 307-367-2257 x 117, email: mpurcell@sublettecd.com

March 28 & 29: Annual Spring Screening Blood Draws Sponsored by Nurses for Community Health. Spring Health Fair Draws on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28 & 29 from 6-9AM at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton. Many screenings are available. Please come fasting (drink plenty of water) and join us for low cost annual screenings.

April 1-9: Spring Break for Big Piney Schools No school this week for Sublette County School District #9 students (Big Piney/Marbleton)

April 10: School resumes for Big Piney students SCSD#9

April 14: No School today for Big Piney students SCSD#9

April 17: Teacher Inservice for Big Piney Schools No school today for SCSD#9 students

April 17: Last day to get SCSD #9 Student special education school records The School District will be destroying special education records of all students who received special education and related services that were born prior to January 1, 1991. Only written requests will be accepted. Need proof of identity. For more information write Special Education Director - SCSD #9, Box 769, Big Piney, WY 83113. Records will be destroyed after May 1, 2017. For more info call the Special Education Office at 307-276-3322.

April 20: Community Luncheon with Angela Rush from Wyoming Workforce Services 12-2 at The Bench Grill in Marbleton. RSVP to the Chamber 307-367-2242.

May 6: Wind River Riders horse show in Big Piney Wyoming Bits & Spurs, at the Sublette County Fairgrounds. For more details see www.wyomingbitsandspur.com or their Facebook page.

May 6: Pinedale Fine Arts Council Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser Sublette County Fairgrounds, 3:30PM. Live music, huge hats, stick horse obstacle race. All proceeds go to arts programming in Sublette County schools. More info at www.pinedalefinearts.com

May 19: Teacher Inservice for Big Piney Schools No school today for SCSD#9 students

May 26: Graduation for Big Piney High School SCSD#9

May 31: Last day of school for Big Piney Schools Early release 1:15PM for Elementary, 1:20PM for Middle School, 1:30PM for High School. SCSD#9

July 3 & 4: 83rd Annual Chuckwagon Days in Big Piney www.chuckwagondays.com

July 8: Edward Jones Classic horse show in Big Piney Wyoming Bits & Spurs, at the Sublette County Fairgrounds. For more details see www.wyomingbitsandspur.com or their Facebook page.

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