There’s a nearby Trail for Non-Hikers just over South Pass

Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge at sunset. Photo h/t US Department of the Interior

(Seedskadee, Wyo.) – You love sightseeing and outdoor discovery. Hiking? Um, not so much.

Surprise. Don’t let the word “trail” throw you. Plenty of trails on national wildlife refuges are just your speed.

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In Wyoming, the Lombard Ferry crossing of the Green River at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge marks the intersection of several historic pioneer routes: the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express Trails. The Refuge is located west of Farson along Wyoming Highway 372. The refuge is intersected by Wyoming Highway 28.

According to its website, “Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge was established under two pieces of enabling legislation, one part of the legislation tasked the refuge to mitigate losses of riverine and wetland habitat converted to deep water habitat behind Fontenelle and Flaming Gorge Dams, while also improving conditions for fish and wildlife and providing recreation opportunities.  The refuge encompasses a variety of habitats on the 26,382 acres surrounding 36 miles of the Green River.  Between wetland, riparian, upland and riverine habitats the refuge has over 222 species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish that use the variety of available habitats.”

The refuge is open from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour before sunset. The refuge office and Visitor’s Center hours are 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.  However, a call ahead is recommended to ensure the Headquarters is open, as the refuge has a small staff, who are often out in the field.  Staff can be reached by dialing the extension after the machine picks up on the general Refuge phone line (307) 875-2187.

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