In the Wyoming Range. Click on this link to see more of Dave Bell's scenic photos of the area: Dave Bell Photo Gallery
Big Piney Parade of Lights and Street Festival Dec. 14
Dec. 20 Deadline for banner sponsorship for 2018 Big Piney/Marbleton Stage of the Pedigree Sled Dog Race
DIY Christmas Cookie Decorating at the Big Piney Library Dec. 6
Basic computer skills help available in Big Piney
Wyoming participates in connected vehicle technology for Interstate 80
2017 Wyoming brand books on sale
Every Kid in a Park pass gives fourth graders free access to America’s public lands
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Chuckwagon Days July 3rd & 4th in Big Piney
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney Recreation will host the 2017 Parade of Lights and Street Festival on Thursday, December 14th. The Street Festival set up begins at 5PM and begins at 6PM. Buy refreshments, crafts, shop local businesses and more. Parade line up begins at 6PM in the Big Piney Recreation parking lot and starts at 7PM sharp. Route is Big Piney Recreation, N Dodge, Budd Avenue, S Mickelson, Black Ave. For more information call Big Piney Rec at 307-276-4071.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 is the deadline for businesses/individuals/organizations to sign up to sponsor a banner for the Big Piney/Marbleton Stage of the Pedigree Sled Dog Race that will be held in 2018.
This stage of the race will be run on Monday, January 29, 2018. The "Meet the Musher" Banquet will be the evening before, on January 28th at the Marbleton Senior Center.
Banners are $100 and will have your name or business printed on it. The banner will be attached to a musher's sled the day of this stage of the race. The mushers autograph all the banners and you will get to keep your banner after the end of the entire race.
Send sponsorship check and EXACT text you want printed on the banner to BP/Marbleton Sled Dog Race, PO Box 783, Big Piney, WY 83113. For more information call 307-260-8500 or 307-276-3388.
The race course schedule will be a little different for 2018 from previous years. For more details, go to the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org.
Get in the holiday spirit! Learn how to wow your holiday guests or cookie exchange group with beautifully decorated Christmas cookies. Then stay to help decorate the Big Piney Library tree. Wednesday, 5PM.
One-on-one instruction by appointment at the Big Piney Library
If you'd like to become computer savvy, the Sublette County Library would be happy to help. Whether you'd like to learn how to use email, surf and shop on the web, stay in touch with loved ones on Facebook, or practice simple word processing, there are people at the local libraries that are happy to teach you anything thing you'd like to learn at a pace that you are comfortable with. Call Jen at the Big Piney Library to schedule an appointment for your one-on-one session, (307) 276-3515.
WYDOT looking for fleet partners to participate in the pilot program
Vehicles in Wyoming equipped with new communication technology will soon help make Interstate 80 safer for travelers.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation, the University of Wyoming and their partners demonstrated the new connected vehicle technology recently in Cheyenne to show how vehicles and roadside units can communicate road information and alerts to other motorists in near real-time time.
"This new technology is designed to provide travelers with additional information so they can make informed and safe decisions about their travel plans while they are on the road," said Ali Ragan, GIS/ITS project manager.
WYDOT received a grant previously from the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop and participate in the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program. Wyoming is one of only three locations in the nation to participate.
This winter, WYDOT will install onboard communication devices on 100 of the department’s vehicles, including snow plows and Patrol vehicles, and about 75 roadside units on and around I-80 as part of phase two of the connected-vehicle project.
During phase three in the spring and summer, WYDOT will equip about 300 commercial trucks with the technology. During phase one in 2016, WYDOT and its partners planned the project.
Once phase three ends, WYDOT and its partners, and the United States Department of Transportation will each review the research to determine if the technology is beneficial.
"This technology will give us the ability to alert motorists of difficult situations before they encounter them," said Bill Panos, WYDOT director. "We are testing cutting-edge technology that will assist in keeping the traveling public safe. WYDOT is committed to providing a safe, high quality and efficient transportation system, and this technology further helps us accomplish that."
The demonstration used several vehicles, including a WYDOT snow plow and Patrol vehicle, to show how they can communicate with each other during a forward collision warning, a distress notification, a construction zone notification and weather warnings.
Depending on the situation, the technology would either interact vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to roadside unit or roadside to vehicle.
"For the vehicle-to-vehicle communications, a vehicle sends out a safety message and a nearby vehicle then receives it, allowing critical information to be shared in near real-time" Ragan said. "For vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, a vehicle that has information on an incident sends it to the roadside unit, which then sends it to WYDOT’s Transportation Management System (TMC). The TMC can also send out alerts based on information collected from connected vehicles and other systems including weather stations and reports from maintenance employees to the road side unit, which is the roadside-to- vehicle communications piece."
In the event of a forward-collision warning, the vehicle moving at slower speeds would send out a signal indicating its speed, direction and heading. Other vehicles in the vehicle stream equipped with the technology would pick up that notification and drivers will be alerted if there is danger of crash.
"The forward collision warning would be beneficial in a low-visibility situation," Ragan said. "This could then help prevent a crash."
WYDOT is also partnering with Sirius XM to help get the notifications to vehicles. Sirius’ satellite system has 100 percent coverage within the I-80 corridor, which means equipped vehicles can receive the messages no matter where they are. The Sirius partnership can help fill in any gaps with the 75 roadside units.
However, WYDOT still needs to have the roadside units because Sirius can send the information but not receive it.
John Dooley, owner of Dooley Oil of Laramie and former Wyoming Transportation Commission chairman, said the new connected vehicle technology can definitely help with safety. Dooley’s company is participating in the pilot program, and his trucks will be equipped with the technology.
"I wanted to get behind WYDOT and help test this new technology," Dooley said. "From a safety standpoint, this will definitely help commercial vehicles be prepared for any issues ahead of them on the interstate."
WYDOT is still looking for fleet partners to participating in the pilot program. Companies interested in partnering with WYDOT can email the department at email@example.com or call (307) 777-4231 or (307) 777-2985.
The Wyoming Livestock Board’s 2017 brand books are available for sale. Cost is $38 for the book plus $4.74 for shipping. The brand book can also be purchased on CD for $22. Older brand books can be viewed on the WLSB website at wysb.state.wy.us. To order and for more information call (307) 777-7515.
Calling all fourth graders to America’s public lands! Once again, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is sponsoring the Every Kid in a Park program in partnership with other federal land management agencies. This supports the administration’s priority of connecting kids to public lands and America’s natural and cultural heritage.
Fourth graders nationwide can visit www.everykidinapark.gov to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2017-2018 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites. The State of Wyoming will also honor the passes at Wyoming state parks.
Visit your local BLM office if you want to exchange your paper pass for a hard-plastic, keepsake version!
By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, the innovative Every Kid in a Park program delivers a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor stewards of America’s spectacular and diverse federal lands and waters. Connecting the nation’s youth to the great outdoors is even more important at a time when 80 percent of American families live in cities. A goal of this annual program is to inspire successive generations to become responsible stewards of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.
For more information about the Every Kid in a Park Program, call Keith Brown, outdoor recreation planner at (307) 775-6031, firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Wertz, public affairs specialist, (307) 775-6014, email@example.com.
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
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
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
Open 8:00am to 4:00pm
Lunch at 12:00 noon Tue. Wed. Thurs. (starting July 1, 2008)
Joan Mitchell / Director
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)
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.
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 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
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.
Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Motels, Guest Ranches, RV
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.
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.
Bridger-Teton National Forest/Big Piney Ranger District
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce
Big Piney, Wyoming, "Ice Box of the Nation"
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.
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December 14: Parade of Lights in Big Piney
The Street Festival set up begins at 5PM and begins at 6PM. Buy refreshments, crafts, shop local businesses and more. Parade line up begins at 6PM in the Big Piney Recreation parking lot and starts at 7PM sharp. Route is Big Piney Recreation, N Dodge, Budd Avenue, S Mickelson, Black Ave. For more information call Big Piney Rec at 307-276-4071.
December 20: Deadline for businesses to sign up for banner sponsorship for 2018 Big Piney/Marbleton Stage of the Pedigree Sled Dog Race
This stage of the race will be Monday, January 29th. The "Meet the Musher" Banquet will be January 28th. Banners are $100 and will have your name or business printed on a banner that will be attached to a musher's sled. Send sponsorship check and EXACT text you want printed on the banner to BP/Marbleton Sled Dog Race, PO Box 783, Big Piney, WY 83113. For more information call 307-260-8500 or 307-276-3388.
December 21-Jan 2: Winter Holiday Break for Big Piney Schools
Sublette County School District #9
February 1: Deadline to get project applications into BLM for PAPO funding
The Pinedale Anticline Project Office is seeking project applications for potential 2018 funding. BLM High Desert District is seeking public. Project applications must by in by 4:30PM today. Projects will be selected at the May 2018 board meeting in Pinedale. Project applications must be submitted electronically. More info
February 12: Sublette County Museum Board meeting
At the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, 1:00PM. (The meeting is in Pinedale, but they will talk about funding for the Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney.)
April 18: Sublette County Museum Board meeting in Big Piney
At the Green River Valley. Budget meeting. Discussions on County funding requests for both the Green River Valley Museum and Museum of the Mountain Man.
May 5: PFAC Kentucky Derby Fundraiser
Saturday at the Sublette County Fairgrounds, Big Piney. www.pinedalefinearts.com
September 2: Sommers Homestead Living History Museum Open House and 2017 Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame recognitions
More details TBA as event gets closer. The Open House will be from 10AM to 3PM. Free lunch of roast beef, home-cooked potatoes, beans, salads, amazing desserts - many local ranch recipe favorites. Entertainment for the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame will be Jared Rogerson singing and Andy Nelson MC-ing and doing cowboy poetry. Everyone welcome. Last chance to visit the Homestead historical site for the season. This is a joint history project with the Sublette County Historical Society, Green River Valley Museum, and siblings Jonita and Albert Sommers.