Is fatbiking one word or two? No matter… what you are about to read is about a bunch of horse shit.
I’ve always wanted to explore the Red Desert of Wyoming by bike and luckily my side-kick, Studd Pyles, was game. With topo maps in hand and a sliver of a plan he knows that when he rides with me, we are sure to find ourselves either nowhere or anywhere. Which is purdy much the same place, right?
The Red Desert is an amazing landscape – located in southern Wyoming it ranges from sand dunes to rocky pinnacles and is home to some of North America’s most hidden treasures: the largest migratory herd of pronghorn antelope in the lower 48 states, the world’s largest herd of desert elk, and bands of wild horses. It also has the large living dune system in the United States.
The Oregon Buttes and Honeycomb Buttes are in the northwest part of the Red Desert, not far from where I live, so that’s where we headed.
Both days were long and relaxed rides because we found so many nooks and crannies to explore, vistas to enjoy and there was plenty of rock hounding.
We spent one day circumnavigating the Oregon Buttes and another day exploring the Honeycomb Buttes. No map or GPS route of our trip is provided here, go explore!
The best time to visit is spring — summer is too dang hot. Wind will be your constant companion and water sources are few and far between so carry enough for your ride.
For more info on the Red Desert and Oregon Buttes area see map by the Wyoming Outdoor Council.
From the Oregon Buttes you can continue your trip to the historic mining towns of South Pass City and Atlantic City. There are some fun options for exploring by bike there as well, see my post Lost Mine Tour by Fat Bike.
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