Raptor program in Big Piney
The Teton Raptor Center put on a raptor program at the Big Piney Library on Tuesday, June 30th. Click here for more pictures. Photo by Tyler Foster.
Graveside Funeral Services for Abner Luman July 10th in LaBarge
Information sought on antelope poaching near Big Piney
Wyoming Stock Growers Association protests proposed sage-grouse plan amendments
Use of fireworks banned in Sublette County
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

Graveside Funeral Services for Abner Luman July 10th in LaBarge (posted 7/6/15)
Graveside Funeral Services for Abner Luman will be held on Friday, July 10th at 11AM at the Viola Cemetery in LaBarge.

Information sought on antelope poaching near Big Piney (posted 7/1/15)
Wyoming Game and Fish seeking publicís help

The Wyoming Game and Fish is seeking information on antelope that were shot and left to waste in the Big Piney area around June 27th or 28th. The antelope were shot off the North Piney-Cottonwood road (County Road 143) near the Friendly Creek subdivision and Meadow Canyon. Anyone with information can contact the Game and Fish Stop Poaching hotline 1-877-943-9847 or Game Warden Adam Hymas at 307-276-3359. Information leading to a conviction in this case will be eligible for a cash reward and can remain anonymous.

Wyoming Stock Growers Association protests proposed sage-grouse plan amendments (posted 7/1/15)
Human presence, livestock grazing not a primary threat to sage-grouse
The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) has filed a formal protest to the "Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments". The proposed amendments apply to plans in six BLM Field Offices and three National Forests. WSGA has protested the proposed amendments on three significant issues that the association had previously raised in comments on the draft plan amendments.

The first issues of protest concerns the broad definition of a "disruptive activity" which could limit human presence in an area to not more than one hour out of each 24 hour period during the applicable season. This has the potential to preclude necessary livestock management activities such as herding, doctoring of sick animals, placement of salt and the actions essential to proper grazing management.

WSGA protested language regarding the retirement of grazing allotments when permits are voluntarily relinquished. WSGA maintains that this provision is clearly outside the scope of the authorities granted by statute and regulation to the two land agencies regarding the process for considering closure of areas to grazing for other than resource-related conditions.

Finally, WSGA has objected to the plan amendments failure to adhere to the principles outlined in Governor Meadís Executive Order 2013-3 which was developed with considerable input from the federal agencies. This EO recognizes that proper livestock grazing is not a threat to sage grouse and establishes a clear process for addressing incidents of demonstrated improper grazing. It is consistent with the position of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that grazing is not a primary threat to sage grouse.

WSGA maintains that these provisions, as well as others not addressed in our protest, may be subject to legal challenge. More importantly, they are directly contrary to the spirit of state and locally driven initiatives that are being heralded as the most successful effort to date to recover a species and avoid a listing under the ESA.

About the Wyoming Stock Growers Association
Since 1872, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association has served the livestock business and families of Wyoming by protecting their economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, custom and cultural interests. We promote the role of the cattle industry in resource stewardship, animal care and the production of high-quality, safe and nutritious beef. Learn more at www.wysga.org or call 307-638-3942.

Use of fireworks banned in Sublette County (posted 6/29/15)

The 4th of July is quickly approaching. This is a holiday full of activities like barbeques, picnics, family outings, camping and boating, to name a few. This holiday is also the celebration of our countryís independence and forte with honoring the nationís flag and displays of fireworks.

This is a reminder that without a permit the manufacture, sale, distribution and use or displays of fireworks are banned in Sublette County (Resolution 88-183T). This includes all public, private and Federal lands.

Sublette County and all Federal lands are currently at the high fire danger level. This means any fire caused by the use of firework could start fires resulting in significant fire damage. It is a misdemeanor for illegally using fireworks in Sublette County punishable by a fine of not more than $750.00 and a violation on Federals lands of a fine of $250.00.

Sublette County Unified Fire, along with the Towns of Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton, will host a public fireworks display on July 4th. Pinedale's display begins at 10:00 PM at the baseball field and Big Piney/Marbleton at 10:00 PM at the Marbleton hill.

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

Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
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

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

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

July 7: Big Piney Library field trip to Painted Sage Farms in Daniel All ages welcome. Lunch and dessert provided. 10:30AM.

July 8: Free movie at Flicks N Pins Despicable Me 2, Wednesday at 4PM, free. 619 E 1st St, Marbleton.

July 9: Rendezvous Tour of Sublette County Sponsored by Sublette BOCES. Visit mountain man sites and hear unique stories of the fur trade where they happened. Crow Sundance Lodge, Fort Bonneville, Original Rendezvous Grounds, De Smet Monument, New Fork Horse Races, and Fremont Lake. Buses leave at 9:00 AM from the BOCES Building. (665 N. Tyler) Buses leave at 9:00 AM from the BOCES Building in Pinedale. (665 N. Tyler). Tour guided by fur trade historian Jim Hardee. Ice water available on bus. Bring our own lunch and water bottle to fill. Folding chairs provided as needed at each location. Speaker system at each stop. Sign up for free at: www.subletteboces.com.

July 15: Free movie at Flicks N Pins Big Hero 6. Wednesday at 4PM, free. 619 E 1st St, Marbleton.

July 22: Free movie at Flicks N Pins Maleficent, Wednesday at 4PM, free. 619 E 1st St, Marbleton. 307-276-4061 during business hours or 307-276-4062 for show times.

July 29: Free movie at Flicks N Pins The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Wednesday at 4PM, free. 619 E 1st St, Marbleton. 307-276-4061 during business hours or 307-276-4062 for show times.

August 5: Free movie at Flicks N Pins Paddington, Wednesday at 4PM, free. 619 E 1st St, Marbleton. 307-276-4061 during business hours or 307-276-4062 for show times.

August 12: Free movie at Flicks N Pins Home, Wednesday at 4PM, free. 619 E 1st St, Marbleton. 307-276-4061 during business hours or 307-276-4062 for show times.

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