Attend a Mountain Man Rendezvous near Yellowstone

The first Yellowstone area inhabitants were mountain men who had gatherings to sell furs, trade and socialize. You can attend a rendezvous reenactment today.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
Mountain Man Rendezvous at Ft Laramie, Wyoming. Photo by Dennis McIntire

Mountain Man Rendezvous at Ft Laramie, Wyoming. Photo by Dennis McIntire

The first inhabitants of Yellowstone country were mountain men who survived by trapping, hunting and fishing the area’s abundant wildlife.

Many of them got together once or twice a year to trade furs and hunting equipment at gatherings known as a rendezvous, a French word meaning “appointed place of meeting.”

Many rendezvous reenactments are still held today in Yellowstone country.

Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous in West Yellowstone, Montana

Typically held for 10 days in late-July to early-August, the event has an 1800s encampment with entertainment, demonstrations and seminars related to trades and crafts of the 1800s. Storytelling, traders row, beading, leatherwork, parfletch, knife and hawk throwing, primitive bow shooting and competition, primitive bow making, flint knapping and food are all part of these events. Entrance is free to the public. www.twoturtlestradingpost.com/events.html

Green River Rendezvous in Pinedale, Wyoming

Annual Green River Rendezvous. Photo courtesy of Pinedale, Wyoming

Annual Green River Rendezvous. Photo courtesy of Pinedale, Wyoming

One of the region’s best is the Green River Rendezvous held the second weekend of July. It includes Wyoming’s oldest historical pageant started in 1936 and features action-packed reenactments filled with fur trappers, missionaries, Native Americans and explorers. www.visitpinedale.org/discover/popular-attractions/green-river-rendezvous

1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous in Riverton, Wyoming

Typically held the week leading to and the weekend of July 4, the Riverton Rendezvous is the only rendezvous re-enactment located on the actual true historic site. Walk in the same footsteps of great trappers and traders from the past such as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Joe Meek, Andrew Drips, William Drummond Stewart, Moses “Black” Harris and others. Watch old fashion black powder shooting, tomahawk ‘n knife competitions from the nostalgic fur trapping era. Saturday is family day with activities. Learn fire-starting with flint and steel, dutch-oven cooking, flint knapping, Teepee set-up and organization, trap-setting, skinning and hooping furs, embroidery and historical information about the era. www.1838rendezvous.com

Other Rendezvous Near Yellowstone

Other rendezvous of note include:

- Red Lodge Rendezvous in Red Lodge, Montana
- Port-Neuf Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Rendezvous in McCammon, Idaho
- Fort Bridger Rendezvous in Lyman, Wyoming
- Bear River Rendezvous in Evanston, Wyoming

Related

Yellowstone-Climbing

Climb a Mountain Near Yellowstone

Those of us who love to hike also love to climb to the tops of mountains. Our motto is: Good views come to those who hike uphill!

Wind River Powwow. Courtesy Photo

See a Powwow Near Yellowstone

Learn more about the rich heritage of Native American culture at an Indian Powwow, a social event that attracts tribal members from across the country.

Yellowstone-SKi-Snowboarding-7

Go Skiing & Boarding Near Yellowstone

The greater Yellowstone region boasts several world-class mountain resorts.

Yellowstone-climb-peak

Go Climbing Near Yellowstone

Climbers won’t find any shortage of challenging walls in the greater Yellowstone region.

Aspen in Shoshone National Forest

Explore a National Forest near Yellowstone

The greater Yellowstone Park region is home to 27 scenic national forests throughout Wyoming, Idaho and Montana including the Wind River Range.

Yellowstone-Pan-for-gold

Pan for Gold in Montana and Wyoming Near Yellowstone

Don’t miss Gold Rush Days and hunting for treasures in the historic gold and sapphire mining towns of Wyoming and Montana when you travel to Yellowstone.

Hunt Scene petroglyph along Nine-Mile Canyon National Backcountry Byway, near Price, Utah. By Scott Catron

See Ancient Rock Art Petroglyphs Near Yellowstone

Petroglyphs and pictographs - some 12,000 years old - can be viewed in the Yellowstone region. Sites are in Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.

Dog sledding near Yellowstone

Go Dog-Sledding near Yellowstone

The Yellowstone region is fast becoming a dog-sledding destination for both recreational fun and serious racing.

Pryor Mountain Wild Horses

4 Places to See Wild Horses Near Yellowstone

Wild horses roam the desert south of Yellowstone. Prior Mountain wild horses run near Billings, Montana & descendants of Buffalo Bill's horses are east of Cody.