Spectacular Togwotee Pass
Wyoming is famous for its spectacular mountain passes. There are so many all over the Cowboy State, but none are more breathtaking and truly spectacular than Togwotee Pass. It’s a natural opening right between the Shoshone and Teton National Forests, in northwestern Wyoming. Togwotee Pass hooks up Moran Junction and Dubois, at an elevation of almost 10-thousand feet.
Togwotee Pass got it’s name in 1873. Captain William Jones, of the Army Corps of Engineers, was looking for a passageway into Yellowstone National Park. And when he came upon this remarkable opening, he named it after Togwotee, his Shoshone guide. It’s pronounced (TOE -guh-dee) and means “lancethrower” in Shoshone.
There’s a great deal of history and legend associated with Togwotee Pass. Centuries before the Army Corps of Engineers, the Blackfoot, the Crow and Shoshone Indian hunting parties made their way through the pass. Legendary mountain men Jim Bridger and John Colter and trapper Kit Carson found Togwotee Pass useful in the early 1800’s
It wasn’t until 1898 when the first wagon road was built through Togwotee Pass. The first road built for automobile use came in 1922. And that’s when sightseers discovered the awesome beauty of Togwotee Pass.
There are so many spectacular sights in Wyoming. But if you want to experience one of the most breathtaking drives in the state, take a little trip through Togwotee Pass.