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places in our country. If we didn't have the
option to go to wild and untamed settings
like the Greys River, the truth only found in
Places like the Greys River offer something
else - growth. For me growing up,
there were three kinds of growth I experienced:
growth in the classroom, with family
and friends and being in the wilderness
fishing. The third kind, for me, is the most
important and what has shaped the person
I am today.
At the origin of the Greys there is a small,
worn-down sign bent from years of exposure
to various degrees of weather. This little sign
is very easy to pass without spotting, but
its message resonates loudly: " Greys River,
Watch Me Grow. " This sign stands as a testament
to the ideology of conservationists and
those who love the outdoors. If we continue
to respect and cherish the wild places in our
country like the Greys River, and let them
grow unabridged, we will grow with them.
- Parker Loew worked as a photography intern for
the Wyoming Game and Fish Department during the
summer of 2020.
A sign at the origin of the Greys River invites travelers to watch the river grow as they drive on the dirt road
alongside the water.
How to get there
There are a couple of options to access the Greys River road in western Wyoming.
Heading west, take Interstate 80 past Green River and take the Wyoming Highway
30 exit to Kemmerer. Head north on U.S. Highway 189 about 45 miles toward LaBarge.
Before you get into LaBarge turn left on county road 315 which will lead you up
LaBarge Creek. After about 45 miles you will come to an intersection of dirt roads. Continue
straight where you will find headwaters of the Greys River and follow the road
down to the town of Alpine. If you turn to the left at the intersection you will continue
up the LaBarge Creek drainage, and eventually to the Smith's Fork drainage where you
can follow that road to the town of Afton.
Portions of the LaBarge Creek road and the early stretches of the Greys River road
can be rough and narrow in spots. Use caution while traveling.
If you would like to travel up the Greys River to its origin, the road is located east out
of Alpine. It also is a U.S. Forest Service road (FS-10138). You can get to Alpine via U.S.
Highway 89/91 or U.S. Highway 26.
For more information about the Greys River corridor and what it has to offer, call the
The author stopped to photograph this slow-moving pool
with towering pines near the origin of the Greys River.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Jackson regional office at 307-733-2321 or the
Forest Service's office in Afton at 307-886-5300.
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