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Big Trails, Wyoming

Country United States
State Wyoming
County Washakie
4,793 ft (1,461 m)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
GNIS feature ID 1585520

Big Trails is an unincorporated place in the eastern part of Washakie County in north-central Wyoming. Wyoming Highway 434 leads north 21 miles to Ten Sleep, and south over mountains to Lost Cabin, Lysite, and Moneta. Barnum and Mayoworth are the nearest places to the east across the Bighorn range.

Geology and geography

Big Trails lies in the Big Horn Basin on the northwest side of a mountain ridge. It is near the confluence of the eastern part of the Owl Creek Mountains and the southern part of the Bighorn Mountains. The southern Bighorns have a fault named Big Trails Fault and there is some seismic activity in the area. The place name "Nowood" is a local word that describes the Nowood Valley, Wyoming Highway 434 (the Nowood Road), and the Nowood River.


Bates Battlefield (1874, also called the Nowood Battle) lies about 22 miles to the southwest, also near the confluence of the Owl Creek and Bighorn mountain ranges. In this battle the United States Army fought the Arapaho. The Ainsworth House, built in 1886, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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