I came upon Arcadia in Wyoming. In July 2016 I went from the Souther border of Wyoming up to Jackson in just a few days. Once I got over to the western edge of the state, and about halfway north through it, I took some remote back roads from La Barge to Alpine. Here, I found an Arcadia in Wyoming. What the heck is an Arcadia?
Arcadia: (Greek) – Vision of Pastoralism and harmony with nature
Between La Barge and Alpine, A river (The Grey River) cuts a path, and a small canyon. The beauty of this area rivaled anywhere I’d been so far. It felt like wonderful place to slow down for a month of warm Wyoming summer. The plants grow rich and lush, provided much of what they need by the river. The hills on either side of the canyon make for good impromptu walks. I felt at ease here. I felt harmony.
But first… getting there…
MEDICINE BOW NF
After the sand dunes, I drove up into Wyoming and camped in Medicine Bow NF. I didn’t have or want to spend a lot of time looking for a good campsite since I’d only be spending the night there and taking off in the morning.
I was on a fairly short timeline to get to Seattle, so I drove straight through a big chunk of Wyoming. I drove from my camping site in Medicine Bow straight up to La Barge, WY.
On the way, I came upon a HUGE lake/reservoir. It appears the Green River is dammed there. I saw a little area with a turnout and a small beach, so I pulled off.
I found one of the coolest history info signs I’ve seen so far:
And then I went for a swim! I guess a bunch of people dying here years ago didn’t deter me.
LA BARGE TO ALPINE: An amazing back country road
Once I made it up to La Barge, I took some back roads up to Alpine. I went along La Barge Rd. (315), which becomes a number of other roads. Most of this road parallels the river.
I was surprised to find some National Forest along this route. It’s not shown properly on Google maps. The N.F. border is about 40 miles from La Barge. I stopped to camp right after hitting the NF. I think I lost my campsite pictures.
The next morning, I drove the rest of the way to Alpine and then Jackson. It’s about 90 miles from La Barge to Alpine, along a road that I didn’t traverse very quickly. An information sign at one point clarified that a lot of emigrants traveled along this route. It has good pasture land – there were a few wide openings where these emigrants would pause to let their animals recover and eat.
Ok, here’s the Arcadia in Wyoming
Below is the pasture that the sign explained.
Here’s the route I took :
Coming up next, YELLOWSTONE!