Wyoming Stops on the Way

Lander, WY – An Old West Town

On your way to Yellowstone, be sure to visit Lander, Wyoming. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Wind River Mountains while hiking alone or with an outfitter, or strolling our historic Main Street.

Lander, Wyoming. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski
Lander, Wyoming. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski


On your way to Yellowstone Park, be sure to visit Lander, Wyoming. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Wind River Mountains while hiking alone or with an outfitter, or strolling down historic Main Street. After an adventure-filled day, enjoy an evening of dining, shopping or participating in one of the nightly activities before retiring to your first-rate accommodations.

Nestled against the foothills of the Wind River Mountains on the banks of the Popo Agie River, Lander is where Fremont County history began. Lander saw the first white trappers in 1811, became a small military post in 1869 and now borders the Wind River Indian Reservation.

If Lander’s friendliness and charm don’t captivate you, then its blue skies and breathtaking scenery will. Whatever your interests, discover Lander, Wyoming…where history is combined with visions for the future.

Lander, Wyoming Sculpture. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Lander is one of True West Magazine’s top 10 Western towns. Lander’s Walking Tour Guide provides the history of many buildings as well as anecdotes about some of Lander’s more colorful characters. Browse in art galleries, shop at specialty shops, and dine in numerous restaurants and cafes.

Outside, you can golf at an 18-hole public golf course or walk on the Greenway that parallels the Popo Agie River.

A few miles out of town, you can see the unusual geological phenomenon at Sinks Canyon State Park—the Popo Agie River disappears into a cavern (and then reappears in a trout-filled pool 1/4 mile downstream).

From downtown, you can see the Wind River Mountains, a range that has over 40 peaks that top 13,000 feet and over 150 glaciers. The “Winds” contain the tallest peak in Wyoming—Gannett Peak at 13,804 feet—and over 735,000 acres of continuous wilderness area, the largest such designation in the continental U.S.

In the winter, enjoy 70 miles of groomed trails in the Lander/Sinks Canyon area. Lander is the southern-most trailhead to the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail, which leads into Yellowstone National Park.

History enthusiasts can tour South Pass City State Historic Site and its interpretive exhibits, living history demonstrations, visitor’s center and authentic general. Explore the Pioneer Trails (the Oregon, Mormon, and Pony Express) by car, mountain bike, horseback or wagon train. The South Pass portions of these trails are among the most pristine and well preserved in the state.

Visit Lander, only 156 scenic miles from the southern entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

For more information:

Lander, Wyoming

Wind River Country
Free vacation packet and driving tour map
(800) 645-6233