Catch a rare glimpse into Northern Arapaho culture in Riverton, Wyo.
Every Tuesday evening in the summer, travelers can watch the Northern Arapaho Experience, an hour-long performance that showcases traditional and non-traditional Native American dances at the Wind River Hotel & Casino.
“You’ll see everyone from a two-year-old to an elder dancing,” says Jackie Dorothy, marketing director of the hotel and casino.
The weekly dance performance is just one of a collection of unexpected experiences you’ll have when you stop by or stay at the hotel. Although the Wind River Casino is the largest in the state, you’ll find much more than gambling here.
A small museum in the lobby, staffed by elders, showcases Northern Arapaho history. Three restaurants offer a variety of food, including the latest to open, the Buffalo Restaurant, that offers everything from pizza cooked in a pizza oven to BBQ. In addition you can book “Adventure Packages” that involve a hotel stay paired with rafting, golfing or a dinosaur dig.
“What we are is a destination,” says Dorothy, noting the hotel and casino have come along way since opening 20 years ago as a bingo hall. “You can stay at our hotel, and it’s just a day trip to Jackson, Cody and Yellowstone National Park.”
For more information:
10269 Hwy 789, Riverton, WY 82501
Hotel Reservations: (866) 657-1604
Customer Service: (307) 855-2600