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Horsetail Creek Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Bridger - Teton National Forest, Jackson Ranger District, Atherton Creek Campground, Lower Slide Lake, Gros Ventre River, Ditch Creek, Horse Tail Creek

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

Located near the eastern shores of Lower Slide Lake, this area has a single track trail that forms a long but scenic loop. The trail is about ten miles long but is geared for experienced riders due to steep climbs and descents and narrow switchbacks. After finishing the loop, just head about five miles east past the staging area and check out the Slate Creek and Dry Dallas Trails.

This is a very scenic area that offers panoramic views of mountains, meadows and canyons. Camping is permitted at Atherton Creek Campground which has about 30 sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, water fountains and a boat ramp.

The riding season is short and motorized use is permitted from July though mid September. There is no fee to ride but motorcycles must display a current Wyoming ORV Permit.

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Permit RequiredYesWY ORV Permit
Dates OpenJuly - September 9
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoAll non-residents must purchase a Wyoming ORV permit.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Atherton Creek Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityKelly, WY
AddressGros Ventre Road, Kelly, WY 83011
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Jackson, WY
1) Take US-189/US-191 North about 7 miles
2) Turn right (north-east) onto Gros Ventre Road, continue 8 miles
3) Turn right (east) to stay on Gros Ventre Road, continue about 7 miles
4) Staging area is on the left.


Contact InfoBridger - Teton National Forest - Jackson Ranger District
25 Rosencrans Lane
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 739-5400
Contact InfoWyoming Department of State Parks
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(877) 996-7275
(307) 777-6323
CommentORV Permit Info


Horsetail Creek Trail Photo

Horsetail Creek Trail

A Honda XR650 on a nice section of single track trail. Photo Submitted 7/8/2016 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6900 to 8500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly


Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (SW)Loaf 'N Jug (307) 733-7947
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (SW)Loaf 'N Jug (307) 733-7947
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)Atherton Creek Campground (307) 739-5400
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (N)Grand Teton Park RV Resort (307) 733-1980 or (800) 563-6469
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Gros Ventre Campground (800) 628-9988
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)Atherton Creek Campground (307) 739-5400
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (SW)Loaf 'N Jug (307) 733-7947
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