Whether you’ve already visited Yellowstone or are on your way, include Wind River Country as part of your Wyoming vacation. Wind River Country is the southeast gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and Jackson Hole. Drive US 26/287, voted “Best of the Road” by Rand McNally, over the Togwotee Trail’s Centennial Scenic Byway. It’s the easiest, most scenic route to Yellowstone and the Tetons.
4 Things to Do in Wind River Country
Venture beyond the crowds and discover the authentic West: Native American culture, Indian Powwows, the Oregon Trail, real cowboys and weekly rodeos, abundant wildlife, gold panning, casinos, and our three state parks and historic sites. You can stay, eat, and shop in the friendly towns of Dubois, Hudson, Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
1. See the Solar Eclipse Aug. 21, 2017
Where will you be for the great solar eclipse show on Aug. 21, 2017? If you want unmatched, crystal-clear skies instead of bright-light city congestion, welcome to our clean air and high-altitude locations! The odds are in our favor with only an 8 percent historic chance of clouds on Aug 21. Find more information at http://www.windrivereclipse.org/
Not only will there be a total eclipse of the sun passing all the way through Fremont County, Wyo., turning day to twilight, but you can also experience adventurous and cultural landscapes and events in our towns of Dubois, Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni and Hudson and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Be here for the main event of the total solar eclipse on Monday afternoon, and plan to arrive early and stay late to participate in the weekend and post-show celebrations—all within easy driving distance of each other. Take a peek at the impressive line-up of events and packages designed to salute the real stars of this cosmic show. Learn more.
2. Go All Cowboy and Indian
The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes share the Wind River Reservation. Learn about their culture through dance exhibitions, powwows, cultural centers, missions, and tours. The reservation boasts the burial sites of the famous Lewis and Clark guide, Sacajawea, and Chief Washakie, plus the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway.
Western culture lives on with action-packed rodeos, guest ranches, outfitters, cattle drives, historic sites, and museums. Western art can be found in trading posts and galleries in almost every community in Fremont County.
3. Relive Western History
Wind River Country holds the history that opened the West to pioneers. The Oregon, Mormon, California, and Pony Express Trails all cut directly through Wind River Country, and more than 100 miles of the deeply rutted wagon trails still remain on public land. Emigrants traveled over the Continental Divide at South Pass. Like the pioneers, you will be greeted by breathtaking landscapes looking just as they did more than 170 years ago.
Later, gold was discovered in the South Pass area, leaving the historic ghost towns of South Pass City and Atlantic City. The South Pass City State Historic Site offers modern-day gold diggers the opportunity to pan for gold and see how miners lived.
Riverton recreates one of the largest trading posts, the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous, held each July at the only surviving original rendezvous site. Trappers and Indians would travel for days to the confluence of the Wind Rivers to exchange their goods and partake in contests and merrymaking. Today, relive the experience by throwing a tomahawk or buying trade beads at Trader’s Row.
4. Do It Outdoors
With more than one million acres of national forest and wilderness, our backyard is endless. The Wind River Mountains offer hiking and camping among 53 peaks over 13,000 feet, including Gannett Peak, the state’s highest, and seven of the largest glaciers in the Rocky Mountains. Outfitters throughout the national forests offer guided trips into the Wind River and Absaroka Mountains. Horseback riding, fishing, camping, boating, biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, snowmobiling, dogsledding, four-wheeling, and golfing are some of the many activities to enjoy.
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