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The Itinerary at a Glance

Find room to roam in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Located in western Wyoming, just beyond Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton Mountains, Wind River Country is where the landscape and authentic outdoor lifestyle provide access to world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and more.

Duration: 3 Days

DAY 1

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. Begin your day by grabbing breakfast at Trailhead Restaurant, a family-friendly restaurant known for its chicken fried steak, which is offered all day.

Head to The Wind River Heritage Center, which offers guided tours, film showings, living history re-enactments, and a historical book library. Make your way one mile down the road to the Riverton Museum. The museum offers educational exhibits and programming, including a walking tour of nearby historical buildings.

Visit the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous site. Stretching 100 acres along the Wind River, the site has a walking path with stone markings and signs sharing tales about famed mountain men.

Have lunch at Roasted Bean & Cuisine. This popular restaurant offers hand-crafted dishes using high-quality ingredients, sourced locally when available and in season.

Head to Riverton’s Main Street, and take a self-guided tour of the Art Banner Project.

Work up an appetite hiking the Rails to Trails pathway. From the trailhead in Riverton to the outskirts of town following the old railroad right-of-way, the Rails to Trails pathway—also known as the Wyoming Heritage Trail—welcomes visitors at almost every cross street in town.

Dinner tonight is at The Depot Restaurant, an iconic Mexican restaurant serving specialty and traditional dishes. Following dinner depart for the 30-mile drive to Lander and check-in at your hotel.

Sacajawea’s Grave Site
Sacajawea’s Grave Site. All photos courtesy of Wind River Country

DAY 2

Lander and the Wind River Indian Reservation: 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. Grab breakfast at The Middle Fork Restaurant. With an all-from-scratch menu featuring local ingredients, fuel up for a day of adventure with a selection of delicious breakfast dishes.

Visit the Museum of the American West. The Museum is home to a Pioneer Village, which features 10 historic buildings depicting pioneer living from 1880 to 1930 and Native American dancing featuring Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho dancers from the Wind River Indian Reservation. (Summer dance exhibitions are offered Wednesday nights in July and August.)

Next stop, the Fremont County Pioneer Museum. The Museum collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts from prehistoric through the 1920s.

Hike the Falls Trail in Sinks Canyon State Park. This three-mile, easy to moderate hike, surrounds a series of waterfalls and cascades with the longest vertical fall about 60 feet high.

You’ll appreciate lunch at The Rise Juice Bar & Eatery. This restaurant serves customers healthy, free-range, vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic options.

Enjoy a windshield tour and peek into the history of the Wind River Indian Reservation through the TravelStorys Wind River Indian Reservation Audio Tour. During this tour, you’ll visit significant sites such as Sacajawea’s Grave Site, while enjoying the beauty of the Reservation and hearing stories told by the Eastern Shoshone. (The Northern Arapaho portion of the tour will be added in Spring 2022.) Head back to Lander to visit Lander’s Main Street for a stroll through town.

Dinner at Cowfish, a cozy gastropub featuring an innovative menu in a warm atmosphere. The restaurant’s partner brewery, Lander Brewing Company, keeps the fun going with its award-winning beers. Following dinner, return to your hotel.

 

The National Museum of Military Vehicles features a collection of historically-significant firearms.
The National Museum of Military Vehicles features a collection of historically-significant firearms.

DAY 3

Wind River Indian Reservation and Dubois: Pronounced like “cowboys,” Dubois is one of the last real Old West towns—a charming hidden gem with the authentic feel of the Frontier.

Before heading to the Wind River Indian Reservation and Dubois, check out of your hotel and grab a quick bite and warm drink at Lincoln Street Bakery in Lander. This bakery features traditional breads, pastries, and other tasty delights.

Enjoy a wild horse tour while learning about Native American culture at the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, which is located on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The Sanctuary is home to over 250 wild mustangs. Its educational interpretive visitor center includes curated panels and displays and a small gift shop. Head to Dubois, a 75-mile drive, and grab lunch at Cowboy Cafe, a local favorite since 1993.

Visit the National Museum of Military Vehicles. Within the museum, find a collection of historically-significant firearms, from the first sniper rifle used in combat, to the fully authenticated musket that fired the first shot in the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill.

Stop at Town Park and the Scenic Overlook to capture many of the natural joys of Dubois. Extending on both sides of the river, the River Walk is a paved walkway lined by willow, juniper, and sagebrush.

Visit the National Bighorn Sheep Center. The National Bighorn Sheep Center educates visitors about bighorn sheep, wildlife, and wildlands conservation. The Center features dioramas with full-scale taxidermy mounts that showcase the bighorn habitat, interactive exhibits about wildlife management, and special adaptations of wild sheep and wildlife films.

Stroll and shop along Ramshorn Street’s art galleries and stores.

Have dinner at The Lone Buffalo Steakhouse. Enjoy hand-cut steaks, freshly flown-in seafood, homemade pasta, burgers, and desserts. After dinner experience Dubois’ favorite tradition since 1948—square dancing at Rustic Pine Tavern. Overnight in Dubois, creating wonderful memories before continuing your Wind River Country experience.

Wind River Visitors Council

Helen Wilson, Executive Director

hwilson@windriver.org

(307) 332-5546

www.windriver.org

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