Magazine article Sunset

Where the Pope Agie Plunges

Magazine article Sunset

Where the Pope Agie Plunges

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Travelers in central Wyoming can enjoy a refreshing break in their journey at Sinks Canyon State Park, 135 miles southeast of Grand Teton National Park. Sinks Canyon lies on the eastern slope of the Wind River Range, where the middle fork of the Popo Agie (po-poe-zsha) River winds past steep cliffs, through evergreens, aspen, and cottonwoods.

The Popo Agie River gives the canyon its name by plunging into a limestone cavern for a half-mile journey underground. Just inside the park boundary, you'll come to the rise where the waters emerge. Trout swirl, unable to advance farther upstream. Chubby muskrats swim among the fish and scurry busily for bread and other tidbits. No fishing is allowed here or on the west side of the road.

A half mile farther is the attractive visitor center, open Memorial Day through Labor Day. It has photo exhibits and a small theater offering a video tape on the canyon's geology. Outside, you can see the river tumble underground.

In the campground at the south end of the park, a swinging bridge crosses the river. …

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