Wind River range

David Koch

Wyoming’s snowpack is disappearing more than two weeks earlier than it used to. That’s according to NASA, which just wrapped up a study looking at the years 1972 through 2013. The study focused on the Wind River Range and concluded that snowpack is melting 16 days earlier than it did through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Dorothy Hall is a senior scientist with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and was one of the authors of the study. She says less snowpack can put a strain on resources in the West.  

A young Wyoming archaeologist has discovered several more prehistoric villages in the Wind River Range, bringing the total up to 19 confirmed villages at the high altitude archaeology site known as High Rise Village.  His findings are being published in an upcoming scientific journal article.

Matt Stirn was a 20-year-old undergraduate when he developed a model to predict the whereabouts of new lodge sites in the Wind River Range.  Richard Adams was his supervisor. He says Stirn was 13-years-old when he began volunteering on Adam’s crew at High Rise Village.      

Missing hiker's body found in Wind River Range

Jul 4, 2013

The body of the hiker who has been missing in the Wind River Range has been found. James 'Randy' Udall did not return from a hiking trip to the Wind River Range and search and rescue crews worked for days before locating him in a remote area of the Range. It appears he died of natural causes, though an autopsy is forthcoming. In a statement, his family said Udall “left this earth doing what he loved most, hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world.”