Milking a cow
Big Piney 4th graders got a chance to try out milking a cow during their school tour of the Sommers Homestead Living History Museum on May 15th. Volunteer Dave Vlcek explains how everything works using the new life-size fiberglass milk cow that has working udders. The fiberglass cow allows the historical site to give students a realistic experience of how to milk a cow without the safety challenges of using a real animal. Click on the Homestead Facebook page for more photos Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
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Free firewood available at Middle Piney
BLM schedules Riley Ridge to Natrona Pipeline public scoping meetings
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Chuckwagon Days
Local Lodging
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton


Free firewood available at Middle Piney (posted 7/1/14)

BIG PINEY The Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest will be offering free-use firewood permits for Middle Piney Lake beginning Monday, July 7.

A 2013 avalanche deposited a large amount of trees in the lake. Efforts have been ongoing to remove the debris so it will not impede the flow of water from the lake. The wood is wet and green and is located on the face of the dam. Visitors to the lake as well as firewood collectors are asked to yield to heavy equipment working in the area. The Middle Piney Lake Road is one lane and very narrow past the bridge. Reduce speed and use extreme caution while driving to the lake.

There is no cost for the firewood but a valid free-use firewood permit is required. These permits may be obtained at the Big Piney District Office between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Individuals are limited to four cords of free-use firewood per year. If you have already been issued a free-use firewood permit this season you will not be eligible for additional permits.

Individuals with a valid personal use firewood permit will also be allowed to gather firewood from this area however no mechanical permits will be available.

Firewood cutters are reminded that all firewood removed from the National Forest requires a valid Forest Service firewood permit and each load is required to be properly tagged before the wood is removed from the Forest.

For further information, contact the Big Piney Ranger District at 307-276-3375.


BLM schedules Riley Ridge to Natrona Pipeline public scoping meetings (posted 7/1/14)
Meeting in Marbleton July 15th

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office has scheduled public scoping meetings for the proposed 243-mile hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide pipeline from Riley Ridge, 18 miles southwest of Big Piney, Wyoming, to the Natrona Hub, 30 miles west of Casper, Wyoming.

July 14 - Holiday Inn, 1675 Sunset Dr., Rock Springs, Wyo.
July 15 - Marbleton Town Hall, 10700 Highway 189, Marbleton
July 16 - Rodeway Inn/Pronghorn Lodge, 150 E. Main St., Lander, Wyo.
July 17 - Ramada Plaza Riverside, 300 W. F St., Casper

All meetings will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. BLM specialists and project representatives will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and collect public comments regarding the proposed pipeline route, identified issues and potential impacts and mitigation.

The BLM is extending the scoping period from July 9 to Aug. 1 to allow additional time for the submission of public comments following the scoping meetings. Written comments identifying specific issues, concerns, ideas or mitigation opportunities for consideration in the environmental impact statement should be emailed to BLM_WY_RRNP@blm.gov with "Public Comment" in the subject line; faxed to 307-352-0329; or mailed or delivered to the BLM, Attn: Stephanie Anderson, 280 Hwy. 191 N., Rock Springs WY 82901.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Related documents can be reviewed at the Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Hwy. 191 N., Rock Springs, Wyoming, or online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rsfo/RRNP.html.

For more information, please contact Jim Stobaugh at 775-861-6478 or jstobaug@blm.gov.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual listed above during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the below individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.


Local Contact Numbers
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
307-276-3554
E-mail: tbpiney@yahoo.com
Mayor: Phillip Smith
www.townofbigpiney.com

Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
307-276-3815
E-mail: marbletontown@hotmail.com
Mayor: Jim Robinson

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
http///www.townofbigpiney.com/FlicksnPins.html

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

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!)
307-276-5699 or 307-360-7689 (days, evenings, weekends 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
Over July 4th
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

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

7: Free-use firewood permits go on sale at the Big Piney Ranger District For Middle Piney Lake area. There is no cost for the firewood but a valid free-use firewood permit is required. These permits may be obtained at the Big Piney District Office between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Individuals are limited to four cords of free-use firewood per year. If you have already been issued a free-use firewood permit this season you will not be eligible for additional permits. Individuals with a valid personal use firewood permit will also be allowed to gather firewood from this area however no mechanical permits will be available. A 2013 avalanche deposited a large amount of trees in the lake. Efforts have been ongoing to remove the debris so it will not impede the flow of water from the lake. The wood is wet and green and is located on the face of the dam. Visitors to the lake as well as firewood collectors are asked to yield to heavy equipment working in the area.

July 15: BLM public scoping meeting in Marbleton about Riley Ridge to Natrona Pipeline For the proposed 243-mile hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide pipeline from Riley Ridge, 18 miles southwest of Big Piney, Wyoming, to the Natrona Hub, 30 miles west of Casper, Wyoming. 4 to 7 p.m at the Marbleton Town Hall. BLM specialists and project representatives will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and collect public comments regarding the proposed pipeline route, identified issues and potential impacts and mitigation.

July 18: MESA Horse Show At the Sublette County Ag Center, Sublette County Fairgrounds, 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carla Sullivan, Executive Director, 307-749-3979 or email subletterides@gmail.com, www.mesarides.org. M.E.S.A. Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.

July 18: Sublette County Fair Rodeo At the Sublette County Fairgrounds north of Marbleton, 7:00PM. For ticket info call 307-367-1068, www.adiamondproductions.net

July 19-26: Sublette County Fair in Big Piney/Marbleton A week full of fun at the Sublette County Fairgrounds, north or Marbleton. Click on this link for this year's schedule, entertainment, registration forms: www.sublettecountyfair.com

July 24: Paint Out and Art Auction for Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show & Sale Paint Out and then Art Action. Art Auction begins at 4PM. For more information contact Charmian McLellan, 307-537-5488.

July 22: Reception for Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memoria Art Show and Sale Community Hall of the Sublette County Fairgrounds, north of Big Piney, 5:00PM. Contact Charmian McLellan for more information, 307-537-5488.

August 23: UMB Mini Bull Riding Series Call Tim for more information 307-349-6400.

September 10-14: WCHA Limited Age Event Cow Cutting At the Sublette County Fairgrounds, Big Piney. Call Cindy for more information, 307-320-6512.

October 11-12: Chasin' Cans For Cancer barrel jackpot At the Sublette County Fairgrounds, Big Piney. Call Shelly at 307-360-7002 for more information.

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