Wind River Range

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointGannett Peak (13,804 ft/4207 m)
CountriesUnited States
Area7,060 sq mi / 18,286 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent133 mi / 214 km North-South
97 mi / 155 km East-West
Center Lat/Long42° 49' N; 109° 13' W
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The Wind River Range is quite possibly the single most dominant range of the hundred or so that make up the Rockies in the United States. Exceptionally long, wide, high, rugged, and remote, the Winds (as they are affectionately known) are little known outside of the hiking and mountaineering communities, but to many they are clearly the quintessential Rocky mountain range.

The Wind River Mountains run for 90 miles in a straight line due northwest-southeast in west-central Wyoming. They are only connected to other mountains at their northwest end, and all along their length they rise directly from expansive flatlands. The Continental Divide runs along the entire crest of the range.

One of the most striking thing about the Winds is their remoteness. No roads cross the range, and in most places the crest is over twenty miles from the nearest trailhead. There are no National Parks or famous landmarks to draw the hordes of tourists that descend on nearby Yellowstone, so even though parts of the range can be somewhat crowded with backpackers and climbers in summer, there are almost no casual tourists or R.V. campers clogging the very few roads and towns.

The Winds are also the highest range in the Rockies outside of Colorado, with about 40 peaks over 13,000 feet, including Gannett Peak (13,804'), Wyoming's highest. Unlike the Colorado ranges, the Winds, owing to their more northerly location, harbor extensive glaciers, especially in the northern part of the range, where all but one of the thirteeners rise. Though not large by world or Mount Rainier standards, they give the Winds a decidedly more alpine character than perhaps any other Rocky Mountain Range south of Canada.

Map of Wind River Range
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Wind River Range.
Greater Yellowstone RockiesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Teton Range-Yellowstone AreaLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Absaroka RangeLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Bighorn MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Wind River RangeLevel 4
                 Northern Wind River RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Central Wind River RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southern Wind River RangeLevel 5 (Child)
         Great Divide Basin AreaLevel 4 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Wind River Range

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Gannett Peak13,8044207Northern Wind River Range
2.Fremont Peak13,7454189Northern Wind River Range
3.Mount Warren13,7224182Northern Wind River Range
4.Mount Helen13,6204151Northern Wind River Range
5.Doublet Peak13,6004145Northern Wind River Range
6.Turret Peak13,600+4145+Northern Wind River Range
7.Mount Sacagawea13,5694136Northern Wind River Range
8.Jackson Peak13,5174120Northern Wind River Range
9.Mount Woodrow Wilson13,5024115Northern Wind River Range
10.Bastion Peak13,4944113Northern Wind River Range
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Gannett Peak13,8044207Northern Wind River Range
2.Wind River Peak13,1924021Southern Wind River Range
3.Mount Roberts12,7673891Central Wind River Range

Photos of Peaks in the Wind River Range

Gannett Peak

The summit snowfield of Gannett Peak looks like a cloud in this view from Dinwoody Pass (1992-09).
Mount Warren

Mount Warren dominates this view of the icy grandeur of the Dinwoody Glacier area of the Wind River Range, perhaps the most ruggedly alpine area of the U.S. Rockies (1992-09).
Mount Helen

Mount Helen and its northwest face, from Titcomb Basin (1992-09).
Gooseneck Pinnacle
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The bergschrund (with 2 snow bridges still intact) protecting the final snow climb ascent up the steeper section of glacier next to Gooseneck Pinnacle (on the left) (2015-09-01). Photo by William Musser.
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Talus Mountain
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About an 800 foot scramble for great views to the south of the glaciers but warning, this scramble is through large boulders not small sized talus as one might think (2015-09-03). Photo by William Musser.
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Squaretop Mountain
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Squaretop Mountain in the Wind River Range, Wyoming (1996-08). Photo by James Barlow.
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