Free Online Guide Is Perfect for Wyoming Outdoor Completionists [Review]
Back in 2011, author Dan Lewis released Part 2 of his guide to Wyoming dirt roads. 8,000 Miles Of Dirt is still for sale on Amazon for those who like holding actual paper and ink.
But now it is available for free, online at wyomingnaturalist.com.
8,000 Miles of DIRT has 140 of Wyoming’s scenic country dusty gravel kicking byways of get-yourself-out-there adventure. To help prevent people from getting lost and to help people find points of interest, there are 120 photographs and 140 maps detailing each trip.
According to the online description, people can use 8,000 Miles of DIRT if they are a Wyoming Native, Photographer, Bushwhacker, Rock hound, Tourist, Picnicker, Sunday driver, Mountain biker, Camper, Explorer, Naturalist, Bird watcher, Sightseer, Hunter, or Angler.
The guide provides every little detail to keep even the drivers from missing anything if they are preoccupied looking at rivers – streams – lakes – buttes – basins – springs – valleys – canyons – mountains – peaks – crossings – ridges – rims – flats – bluffs – hills – draws – gaps – divides – trails – passes – sand dunes – petroglyphs – campgrounds – overlooks – state parks – historical sites – national forests – wildlife refuges. Whatever it is, you’ll find them.
You’ll need the table of contents to start. That breaks Wyoming down into sections to make finding your adventure a little easier.
Section Map: Wyoming
Section 1: The Southeast
Section 2: The Laramie Range
Section 3: The Snowy Range
Section 4: The South-central
Section 5: The North Red Desert
Section 6: The South Red Desert
Section 7: The Southwest
Section 8: The West
Section 9: The Northwest
Section 10: The Big Horns
Section 11: The Powder River Basin
Section 12: The Northeast
Learn the back roads like the locals who live out there. That way you can ask them, ‘ Why the heck to you live way out here?’