Sublette County Fair
Sublette County Fair, July 19-26 at the Sublette County Fairgrounds north of Marbleton, at the intersection of US 189 and Hwy 351. Go to www.sublettecountyfair.com for the complete schedule of events. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
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Marbleton Centennial Celebration August 7-9th
Free firewood available at Middle Piney
Middle Piney Lake Road inaccessible
Temporary North Piney Bridge install
Road washouts inhibit traveling on Big Piney roads
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Chuckwagon Days
Local Lodging
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton


Marbleton Centennial Celebration August 7-9th (posted 8/6/14)
Schedule of Events
Thursday, August 7, 2014
2:OQ to 7:00 PM Farmer's Market, Crafters and Food Vendors In the Town Hall Parking Lot
6:00 pm Dedication of Bronze Statues Gather at Town Hall
7:00 to 8:30 PM Music by Jared Rogerson In the Town Halt Parbing Lot

Friday, August 8, 2014
10:00 AM to 8:00 Farmer's Market, Crafts and Food Vendors In the Town Hall Parking Lot
Noon to 600 PM Bounce House & Kids Carnival Marbleton Town Park
4:00 PM to 7:OOPM Team Driven Historic Wagon Rides Bowling Alley Parking Lot
7:00 PM until Parade DJ. Thayne Peterson Marbleton Town Park
730 PM Frozen T-shirt Contest Marbleton Town Park
5:00 PM until Parade Memorial Luminaries available for the parade route In the Town Hall Parking lot
Sundown Parade of Lights Bowling Alley Parking Lot

Saturday, August 9, 2014
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, Pancake Breakfast Masonic Hall
7:00 AM to 7:30 AM, Sprint Triathlon - Sign-In Big Piney Recreation Center
8:OO AM, Sprint Triathlon Begins Big Piney Recreation Center
9:30 AM, Start of Survivor's Walk At the Town Hall Parking Lot
10:OO AM to 5:OO PM, Farmer's Market, Crafters and Food Vendors In the Town Hall Parking Lot
10:OOAM & NOON, FREE MOVIE "Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys" Flicks & Pins Theater
Noon 6:30 PM, Bounce House & Kid's Carnival Marbleton Town Park
Noon, Lion's Club Dessert Fest Judging (Entries in by 11:O0 AM) In the Town Hall Parking Lot
2:00 PM, Lawn Mower Races Bowling Alley Parking Lot
3:OO PM to 7:00 QM, Team Driven Historic Wagon Rides Bowling Alley Parking Lot
4:00 PM, Gopher Races Bowling Alley Parking Lot
4:00 PM to Dark, D.J. Thane Peterson Encana Pavilion
5:00 PM to 8:OO PM, D.J. Thane Peterson Encana Pavilion
8:00 PM, Andy Nelson - Cowboy Poetry Encana Pavilion
Dark O'Thirty, Fireworks Guio's Pasture

NOTES: The Marbleton Senior Center will be open during the day Saturday, Aug. 9th,10 AM to 5:OO PM as a "Rest Stop".
Get off your feet for awhile, and if you haven't seen it, or the new Senior Apartments yet, they will be open to tour (if any are available at that time).
HANDICAPPED PARKING will be available all three days on the street behind the Town Hall. The Sheriff's Dept will be checking vehicles for valid Handicapped stickers or mirror tans!!! Enter on lst Street.

If you have questions about any of these events, or to apply to be a vendor, please call the MarbletonTown Hall at 307-276-3815, Mon-Fri, I0 AM to 3 - PM.

Click here for a printable schedule (PDF)


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.


Middle Piney Lake Road inaccessible (posted 6/19/14)

Middle Piney Lake Road is currently inaccessible to full size vehicles on the Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Early this spring an avalanche occurred on the north slope of Middle Piney Lake that deposited large amounts of snow, trees and other debris over the Middle Piney Lake Road area near the outlet of the lake. Currently there are still large quantities of snow and debris in the roadway and parking lot, making the area inaccessible.

Road crews and engineering staff are working to remove debris and clear the area to provide access to vehicle traffic. Heavy equipment is currently working on the very muddy road. Middle Piney Lake Campground is closed at this time.

There is no date established to reopen the entire Middle Piney Lake Road, but the district is expecting to provide access across the dam and into the parking lot by next week.

The heavy snowpack and runoff this spring has created many other road condition issues that are occurring on the district and across the Forest. The Big Piney Ranger District urges caution to the public as the avalanche area may still be unstable. Driving over this type of debris could result in damage to your vehicle or serious personal injury.

For more information please call the Big Piney Ranger District at 307-276-3375.


Temporary North Piney Bridge install (posted 6/19/14)

A contract has been awarded for the transportation and installation of a temporary bridge on North Piney Creek, on the Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The temporary bridge will provide access to full size vehicles and trailer traffic across North Piney Creek, and fully open Forest System Road #10046 that runs from Middle Piney to South Cottonwood.

In September 2012 the North Piney Bridge was inspected by Intermountain Regional bridge engineers to assess the conditions of the structure. The bridge was deemed unsafe and closed to all full size vehicle and trailer traffic. Since 2012, the bridge has been closed to all full size vehicle travel, but still open to some off highway vehicles.

The temporary bridge will provide full access to the area while the Forest seeks funding for a permanent bridge replacement by 2017.

"The bridge provides an important access route," said Rob Hoelscher, Big Piney District Ranger. "Without it, travel from Cottonwood south to Middle and South Piney areas of the district, is made difficult and we are doing our best to make the route passable and safe."

The contractor is expected to arrive next week to assess the location and ensure that they have safe access to the bridge for their equipment. Depending on conditions and the contractors schedule the district anticipates having the bridge in place early this summer.

For more information please call the Big Piney Ranger District at 307-276-3375.


Road washouts inhibit traveling on Big Piney roads (posted 6/10/14)

The Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest has limited the access to some of its roads due to washouts and less than ideal road conditions. It has been a prevalent occurrence this year as we are nearing the warmer months, that our roads have been either impassable or in need of temporary closures to ensure the safety of visitors and protection of natural resources.

There are three roads in the Big Piney area that have impeded vehicle access due to washouts. The Snyder Basin road #10128 has washed out at two locations. The first is right after the intersection with road #10128A which leads to the Snyder Guard Station. Access to the Snyder Guard Station and the rest of Snyder Basin can be accessed through roads #10128A and #10128B which pass through the State section of land. Road #10128 is also washed out approximately .75 miles from the top of Thomson Pass and is impassable. The road #10046, connecting Middle Piney to Snyder Basin by Coal Creek is also made impassable to full size vehicles, but can be traversed by ATV. LaBarge Creek does not have access from Snyder Basin.

These temporary road closures are necessary for the safety of Forest visitors and to avoid any further road degradation. As spring melt is still underway, travelers to these areas should expect to see some road impairment in other parts of the district and should proceed with caution.

The Forest Service works to reopen any temporary closures as soon as possible and patrollers constantly monitor road conditions to allow for public access. For additional information please contact the Big Piney Ranger District at 307-276-3375.


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

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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

August 7-9: Marbleton Centennial Celebration August 7-9: Marbleton Centennial Tentative planned events: Farmers Market, live music by Jared Rogerson, dedication of new statue in Marbleton Town Park, Bouncy House & Kids Carnival, Wagon Rides by Kay Malkowski, evening Parade of Lights, Sprint Triathlon, Marbleton Centennial Surviviors Walk, Pancake Breakfast, free movie - "Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys", Dessert-fest, lawn mower and gopher races, Andy Nelson Cowboy Poet, Centennial Fireworks show, more.Please call the Marbleton Town Hall 307-276-3815 or Sue Hoefer 276-3544 or Susan Lehr 260-8434 for more information. If you wish to be a vendor, please call the Town of Marbleton 276-3815 or stop by for application. Survivors Walk form (PDF)

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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