Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Bikepack Across the Red Desert
Twice a year, thousands of mule deer travel more than 150 miles from the lowland Red Desert of southwest Wyoming to the high alpine country in and around Grand Teton National Park. It’s the longest mule deer migration ever recorded, and it takes place in the largest unfenced stretch of country in the Lower 48, most of it managed by the state and Bureau of Land Management. Wyoming and the Trump administration are considering new oil and gas leases within the migration corridor that could affect mule deer, along with scores of other species, including desert elk and greater sage-grouse.
Go Now: Traverse part of the Red Desert on a two-day, 70-odd-mile mountain-bike adventure from Oregon Buttes to Boar’s Tusk, both located in B.L.M. wilderness study areas. Just don’t skimp on supplies. Cell service is sparse and the country rough. —M.R.S.
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