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This route first travels through Sinks Canyon State Park. The Canyon contains a geological phenomenon in which the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River plunges into a cavern at the base of a cliff and reappears in a large spring about one half mile down the canyon. The name Popo Agie means "beginning of the waters".

After traveling ten miles, the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie is reached. Beginning at the trailhead here are exposed rocks which are the oldest in the Lander Region. These are Precambrian in age, older the 600,000,000 years. This type of rock continues throughout the mountains and are predominantly granites of white and gray.

At the 15 mile marker, the road switch backs up a dry, wind-swept ridge. Far to the west are the snowcapped peaks of the Wind Rivers. On a clear day, to the east Casper Arch is seen; to the north, the Owl Mountains; and to the south, Beaver Rim or Beaver Divide. From here you travel through aspen and lodgepole pine stands. The road tops out after 22 miles at an elevation of 9,576 feet at Blue Ridge.

Fiddlers Lake is passed at 23.5 miles. A campground and picnic area have been developed adjacent to the lake. After traveling 28 miles, Louis Lake is reached. This is probably a glacial scour on the floor of the valley that has been filled with water. The valley floor provides a favorite habitat for moose. The vegetation at this point has changed from lodgepole/aspen association to that of a spruce/fir. At the 37 mile point, views of the Oregon Buttes comes into view in the southwest. The black rock here is of a metaphoric type called shist.

On the highway back to Lander you will pass the US Steel Mine Overlook. This overlook offers views of mining operations on the foreground with the rugged peaks of Wind River Range offering a backdrop. The higher portions of the highway pass through aspen stands where moose are often seen. In the lower sagebrush area along the highway, antelope are common.

Directions: From Lander, This 52 mile scenic drive which starts and ends at Lander, WY. Travel southwest on WY 131 (Sinks Canyon Road) or south on WY 28 to Sinks Canyon Road.

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