County10 gets a breath-taking look at Wyoming’s Red Desert

(Lander, Wyo.) – This morning the Wyoming Wilderness Association hosted a couple of flights over portions of Wyoming’s Red Desert, highlighting various features and areas of future conservation concern. County10 tagged along for the ride.

Bruce Gordon of Aspen, Colo., company Eco Flight was the pilot for the trip, while WWA BLM Community Organizer Jennie Trefren talked about the features. She told stories of the last bighorn sheep and wild bison in the area and spoke about the various protections in place for certain pieces of land. While there is some oil and gas development in the Red Desert, she said the areas will become more attractive for large developers as prices increase.

The small crew flew in a six seat, single propeller plane flew over Red Canyon and South Pass to get to the desert and got a unique look at the Honeycomb Buttes, Oregon Buttes, the Jack Morrow Hills, the Killpecker Sand Dunes (the largest migratory dunes in the U.S.), and Boar’s Tusk.

The ride was slightly rocky at times with pockets of storms here and there, but the views were impeccable. Check out photos below.