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Among Wyoming's vast
outdoors there are many
places that fit the term
remote. But there is one
that tops them all
- the Thorofare.
This area in northwest Wyoming is nestled next to Yellowstone
National Park and is considered the most remote wilderness
in the lower 48. What makes the Thorofare special - and
draws people to explore and work in the deepest recesses of
the wild - is the back-to-basics isolation and the wildlife.
The trip isn't for the inexperienced. It takes planning and
effort to get to where you are going.
There's no cell service and humans are scarce. But, there's
still plenty of company. Numerous streams and lakes are
home to Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Birds of various sizes
and colors abound, including eagles and sandhill cranes. The
area also is home to a diverse collective of remarkable species
such as bison, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, deer, grizzly bears
and gray wolves.
Where there's bountiful wildlife, there's also plenty of field
With no roads, the best way to get to the
Wyoming Game and Fish Department's
Thorofare cabin is on horses and with pack
mules. (Photo by Brian Nesvik/WGFD)
work for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's wardens
and biologists. In need of a home-base for people to stay when
on patrol or when surveying, the department built a cabin
in the area in 1955. There are no roads to get to the modest
structure, just trails to arrive on horse, foot and sometimes
skis, depending on the time of year. Building materials and
supplies were freighted by boat on Yellowstone Lake to the
Trail Creek camp 20 miles away, then loaded on pack horses
for the final trek to the cabin site.
If only those walls could talk when it comes to the history
of this cabin. Fortunately, many Game and Fish folks who
have stayed there transcribed their thoughts and experiences
in a journal. Grant Gerharter, south Cody game warden,
converted nearly 20 years of journal entries into an electronic
format. Wyoming Wildlife was able to look through entries
from 2001-2020.
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