"I pedaled the Wyoming Heritage Trail on Saturday, August 27, 2005.
Before my venture, I stopped at JB's Restaurant in Riverton for a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. (The pancakes were especially good.) The trail runs directly behind this restaurant (824 North Atlantic Boulevard - Hwy 26). Starting from the back of this restaurant, you can go left(southwest)on the trail for about a half-mile to the end of the trail at the bank of a river, or you can go right and ride 22 miles in a northeasterly direction - all the way to Shoshoni.
I didn't see any designated parking or trailhead signs in Riverton for the trail, but the town does have a Walmart Supercenter on Hwy 26. The trail crosses over Hwy 26 about a quarter-mile south from the Walmart.
The trail is paved for about three miles in Riverton and about one mile in Shoshoni. In between, the trail is unpaved and not well maintained, but it is, for the most part, fairly easy to navigate with mountain bike tires. There were, however, two or three particularly rocky, lose dirt areas where I had to get off my bike and walk for a half-mile or so. The trail surface is clearly delineated from the surrounding pastureland, so I had no concern of mistakenly straying off of it and getting lost.
Due to the somewhat rough terrain, this trail is not for one in a hurry. It took me about seven hours to go one-way from Riverton to Shoshoni - but I stopped along the way for a picnic and paused numerous other times to admire the scenery and take pictures(I'm attaching eight photos with this writeup).
In between Riverton and Shoshoni, I only recall seeing one other trail user. He was on a motorized three-wheeler.
One of the highlights of the ride was going across a railroad bridge that was built in 1883. There are about ten other bridges on the trail, several of which are in bad need of repair, but you can still walk across them, or if you prefer, walk around them through a dry river bed.
The pleasant surroundings of this remote area made the ride on this trail most enjoyable. I saw cows, donkeys, and other livestock which even added more to my adventure.
Instead of going both ways in one day, I spent the night in Shosoni. Shoshoni has two motels, both reasonably prived at around $35.00. (Shoshoni Motel and Western Motel). The Western Motel has a laid-back, mom and pop style restaurant with good food, and it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Downtown Shosoni is an interesting town to gaze around. I enjoyed looking at the old billboards and abandoned two story storefronts.
The next morning, I rode back to Riverton in two hours via Hwy 26. This road is excellent for biking; it has a wide shoulder and little traffic.
I biked over a hundred trails while traveling out west last year, and this trail was one of my favorites. I highly recomend it to any bicyclist who enjoys nature in wide open, remote areas, and dosn't mind traveling at a slow pace. "