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State Trails Inventory - Season of Use - Trails
 

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Wyoming Trails Inventory - Season of Use

While peak use of most trails may occur during one or two seasons of the year, most trails in Wyoming were available for recreational use throughout most of the year. In terms of numbers of trails, well over 80 percent of the trails were open for recreation use during the summer, fall, and winter months (Table 4). The winter season had the most trails available for recreation use with 1,199 trails (88.1 percent). In the summer 1,168 trails were open for recreation use (85.8 percent). During the fall, 1,166 trails were available for recreational use (85.7 percent). In the spring, 1,040 trails were available for recreational use (76.4 percent). The lower number of trails open during the spring season was probably the result of closures while trails dry out from the melting of the winter snowpack.

In terms of miles of trails, over 70 percent of the trails in Wyoming were open for recreation use during any one season. The winter season had the most miles of trails available for use with 7,308 miles (89.4 percent). During the summer, 5,962 miles of trails were available for recreation use (72.9 percent). In the fall, 5,953 miles of trails were available for recreation use (72.8 percent). During the spring, 5,805 miles of trails were available for recreation use (71.0 percent). The increased miles of trails during the winter season were probably associated with the opening of longer snowmobile trails during the winter months.

 

Table 4. Season of Allowed Use

Season Number of Trails Percent* Miles of Trails Percent*
Summer 1,168 85.8% 5,961.98 72.9%
Fall 1,166 85.7% 5,952.78 72.8%
Winter 1,199 88.1% 7,307.84 89.4%
Spring 1,040 76.4% 5,805.01 71.0%
* Sums to more than 100 percent due to multiple responses