To reach Bruce’s Bridge, you first get to drive through the beautiful Sinks Canyon, before you reach Shoshone National Forest land. As you reach the end of the canyon, right before the picnic area or the Bruce’s Bridge pullout on the right, you will see a marked stock trail. Seemingly inconspicuous, this trail leads you up some switchbacks and then connects to the Middle Fork trail above the renowned Middle Fork falls and swimming hole. Park at Bruce’s Bridge Parking lot, where there are corrals, then take this trail, which parallels, but isn’t shared with hikers or bikers. Take advantage of the places to stop, tie up, and enjoy the riverside views. If you decide you want to go further, you can continue riding deeper into the Wind River Mountains up to the Popo Agie Wilderness boundary.
Worthen Meadows Reservoir
Beyond Bruce’s Bridge parking lot, the paved road continues up a number of switchbacks. Take this road and watch for Worthen Meadows signs, you’ll come out on top of the world at Worthen Meadows Reservoir. You can trailer up to Worthen and stay overnight, if you would like! There are have safe, metal horse corals and clean campsites right next to the lake. In the morning, ride down trail to the Middle Fork River or all the way down to Bruce’s Bridge. If you’re just exploring down to the river, then it will probably only take a couple hours. But, if you plan on ending at the bridge, count on an all-day trip. Park a trailer at the bridge, so that you can head right back up to your campsite for a well-earned dinner—and maybe a dip in the reservoir if it’s warm enough.