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The way it was: Loop Road talks -- 1996

Jul 21, 2014 Staff

There was talk in the summer of 1996 about paving also known as SR-131, referred to most commonly as "The Loop Road."

As improvements to campgrounds and state highways leading in Sinks Canyon State park were completed, attention turned to the 30-mile dirt route up and over the Wind River range from Sinks Canyon to U.S. Highway 28 near South Pass.

Shoshone National Forest officials said discussions about paving any or all of the Loop Road were premature, but members of the Wyoming Outdoor Council, which opposed further paving, predicted that the campground project was the beginning of a larger push to pave the road.

A lively discussion ensued at an opening ceremony and public information session at the newly improved Bruce's Bridge parking area.

Predictions on paving the road were correct for the most part. Today the Loop Road is paved from the Sinks Canyon area to the Worthen Meadows, including the treacherous "switchbacks."

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Washakie District ranger Garry Edson, left, and Wyoming Outdoor Council executive director Dan Heilig discussed the possibility of paving the Loop Road, pictured on July 19, 1996. File photo/Geoff Cooper

Washakie District ranger Garry Edson, left, and Wyoming Outdoor Council executive director Dan Heilig discussed the possibility of paving the Loop Road, pictured on July 19, 1996. File photo/Geoff Cooper


Washakie District ranger Garry Edson, left, and Wyoming Outdoor Council executive director Dan Heilig discussed the possibility of paving the Loop Road, pictured on July 19, 1996. File photo/Geoff Cooper

Washakie District ranger Garry Edson, left, and Wyoming Outdoor Council executive director Dan Heilig discussed the possibility of paving the Loop Road, pictured on July 19, 1996. File photo/Geoff Cooper

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