Bridger Valley Historic Byway
Entire Byway: 20 miles
Travel time: Half an hour to half a day
This byway area was a crossroads for the California/Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Pony Express Route, the Transcontinental Railroad and the Lincoln Highway. Incorporating the towns of Fort Bridger, Urie, Mountain View and Lyman, which were bypassed when Interstate 80 was built, Bridger Valley Historic Byway is an approximately 20 mile loop showcasing some of Wyoming's most treasured historical sites. The route runs from I-80 Exit 34 and rejoins the interstate at Exit 48.
Jim Bridger’s Stomping Grounds
The Uinta Mountains rise beyond the badlands to the south, the mesas stretch in grassy slopes to the westward plateaus, and rich farmland rolls all around you. The landscape is much as it was when mountain man Jim Bridger established his trading post in 1843. You can still visit Fort Bridger today, taking time to visit the museum, historical buildings, and a replica of the original Bridger Trading Post.
Music in the Mountains: If you’re lucky enough to visit in the first weekend of September, you can stop in and experience the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous— one of the largest mountain man gatherings in the nation. With more than 120 vendors, Native American drummers and singers, history presentations, and mountain man games, it’s well worth the drive to see.