Wonders of Wyoming, Dave Walsh

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Dave Walsh 16 March’16

This Wonder is a spectacular site, named after a famous mountain man and trapper who explored the area.  It’s a picture-postcard spot on the west side of the Teton Range, looking into Idaho, but located entirely in Wyoming.  It takes its name from a legendary figure, a trapper, mountain man, and entrepreneur.  He would serve as a guide through the mountains here in the early 1800’s, and would become part owner of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company.

Long before Wyoming became a state, this breathtakingly beautiful spot in what is now the Targhee National Forest, was the stomping ground of Jedediah Smith.  This is the Jedediah Smith Wilderness.

This Wonder spans more than 123,000 acres in Teton County, and was declared a National Wilderness in 1984.  There are over 300 miles of hiking trails in the Wilderness, sporting spectacular views , and attracting hikers from all over the world.  The Jedediah Smith Wilderness, a Wonder of Wyoming.