Why should I visit Lander?
Lying along the banks of the Popo Agie River are the stunning and majestic Wind River Mountains and the friendly town of Lander, Wyoming.
With a population of about 7,000, Lander seems to epitomize the changing face of the state with its small homey feel and numerous locally owned businesses.
Where is Lander?
Lander is located in central Wyoming, along the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. Lander is located just south of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Beginning in Jackson, Wyoming, take US Highway 89/26 north toward Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. At the Moran Junction, continue on US 26 toward Dubois, WY and Togwotee Pass. From Dubois, continue to travel US 287 to Lander. The entire drive is spectacular. You will skirt along the eastern border of the Teton Mountain range and then head east through forested mountains and open valleys. Dominating the view along U.S. Hwy. 26/287 for a number of miles are the castle like Pinnacle Buttes.
There are several scenic places to stop along the way. Just over 20 miles west of Dubois is the turnoff to Brooks Lake. Take a bumpy five mile road to get to the clear, pristine creek. The Pinnacles and Brooks Lake campgrounds are along the lakeshore and are generally open After you return to main highway, you can stop at Falls Campground, where a short hike will take you to Brooks Creek Falls.
What sort of Services and Amenities does Lander offer?
This charming community has small town friendliness with larger city amenities. Lander, WY is one of True West Magazine’s top 10 Western towns. You can browse in art galleries, shop at specialty shops, and dine in numerous restaurants and cafes. With many options to choose from when it comes to accommodations in Lander, you should have no problem finding a suitable place to rest your head and feet. From dozens of motels, lodges, bed-and-breakfasts and inns, to guesthouses and cabins, Lander is overflowing with places to stay. There are also guest ranches and nearby public campgrounds.
What can I see and do in Lander?
- Walking Tour:
There is a self-guided walking tour of downtown that provides the history of many buildings as well as anecdotes about some of Lander’s more colorful characters.
You can golf at an 18-hole public golf course or walk on the Greenway that parallels the Popo Agie River.
In addition to the wilderness climbing and mountaineering opportunities in the Wind River Range, rock-climbing areas close to town (most prominently, Sinks Canyon and "Wild Iris," located at Limestone Mountain) attract significant numbers of rock climbers to Lander.
- Winter Activities:
Snowmobile along the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail or cross country ski at the groomed Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area.
- Wind River Range:
The Wind Rivers sit in between Lander and Pinedale and offer some of the most scenic hiking trails around. Enjoy alpine lakes, glaciers, and lush wilderness.
- South Pass City Ghost Town:
Just an hour west of Lander, stumble upon two ghost towns with a lot of character.