Big Diamond Ranch
"A River Runs Through It"
Big Diamond Ranch
(001) 307 455 3120
In the wintertime the entire area from The Big Diamond Ranch to Togwotee becomes snowmobile heaven. With 600 miles of dedicated snowmobile tracks, the area is worldwide known as the premier location for snowmobile enthusiasts.
Next, the road will bring you up to the Continental Divide, that lays at over 9,500ft (2,896m) elevation. There will be a sign to mark the location of the Divide that stretches from Alaska to South America.
Following the same road, about 16 miles (26 km) west of the Big Diamond Ranch lies Brooks lake. This place has a scenic mountain backdrop, whose summits are often covered with snow until July. Brooks lake is at an elevation of 9,065 feet (2760 m.) There is a small campground and many hiking and horseback trails that lead into the Washakie Wilderness and to hidden, recreational mountain lakes.
Grizzly bears, moose and deer are among the big game that live in the Shoshone and Bridger-Teton National Forests that reach as far as the eye can see. Seeing them and their babies forage along the street is not an uncommon sight.
Left and right are trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snow-mobiling and horseback-riding. The animals tend to avoid human contact and walk away before we can spot them, so seeing them from the car is more common that actually encountering them on a hike.
If you need to see it with your own eyes to believe, then feel free to take a few steps to the left to discover the water running west, and then walk only a few steps to the right to see the water flowing east.
West from the Big Diamond Ranch, US highway 26 (Centennial Scenic Byway) will follow the origins of the Wind River and bring you up over the Togwotee Pass. It is the elevation that lays between Dubois and Jackson Hole. The drive to Jackson is only just worth it for the spectacular vistas along the route. It is one of the drives that are almost impossible to make without seeing at least a couple of big, wild animals.
The sign reads : "The Great Divide"
You are perched on one of the most geographically significant lines in North America- the Great Divide, sometimes called the Continental Divide. This line of high terrain at the crest of the continent forms the boundary between two great continental watersheds."
The water you will see when facing to the east of the sign will eventually flow into the Pacific or the Gulf of California, while the water to the west of this point will flow into the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico.