Wyoming’s best adventures start in Wind River Country. Located just beyond Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton Mountains, Wind River Country is the place to go to get away from the crowds. Wind River Country is made up of Dubois, Hudson, Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni and the Wind River Indian Reservation, plus several smaller communities.
Dubois is one of the last real Old West towns – a charming gem with the authentic feel of the Frontier. The town has a diverse economy with working ranches, outfitters, artists, craftsmen and loggers. The Dubois Museum houses many artifacts of days gone by. Dubois is known for Togwotee Pass, the National Museum of Military Vehicles, bighorn sheep, the Absaroka Mountains, historic dude and guest ranches, fly fishing, rodeos, square dancing and snowmobiling.
On March 8, 1909, Hudson was incorporated as a “company” town. Wagon mines were in operation before the railroad was built, but the birth of Hudson was primarily due to the building of the railroad in 1907 and 1908. The railroad operated the mines, running three shifts a day until the 1920s. The high demand for coal during World War I kept the mines in business and running strong.
Incorporated in 1890, Lander was named for Frederick W. Lander, the engineer responsible for the Lander Trail, a wagon road traveled by thousands of people heading West. Enjoy numerous art galleries, unique shops and a variety of restaurants offering local beef, microbrews and more. Lander is known for Sinks Canyon State Park, the Wind River Mountains, Red Canyon, mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, fishing and the International Climbers’ Festival.
Established in 1906, Riverton – also known as The Rendezvous City – lies at the confluence of the Big and Little Wind Rivers. The city is located in a natural basin that has long been a gathering point, most notably for the 1830 and 1838 mountain man fur trade rendezvous. Points of interest include the Wind River Heritage Center, the Riverton Museum, the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous Site, the Art Banner Project and the Rails to Trails pathway.
Shoshoni is the gateway to the Wind River Canyon and the home to Boysen Reservoir and Boysen State Park, which is popular for water sports and fishing. Fish species include hook walleye, sauger, perch, crappie, ling, largemouth bass, bluegill, stonecat, black bullhead, mountain whitefish and lake, brook, cutthroat and brown trout, as well as several non-game species.
Wind River Indian Reservation
Wind River Country is home to the seventh-largest Indian reservation in the country and the only one in Wyoming. Visitors to the area can go to powwows and museums, or recreate on thousands of acres of vast, unspoiled reservation lands (with a special permit). Points of interest include Sacajawea’s gravesite, the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, Path of Honor – Wind River Veterans Memorial, the Eastern Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center, St. Stephens Indian Mission & Heritage Center and the Northern Arapaho Experience Culture Room.
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