Wyoming's Wind River Country

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Special Guide to all the Wind River Country Eclipse Events

To find out all the amazing eclipse events going all over Wind River Country/Fremont County to celebrate the Great American Eclipse, print out this Eclipse Events flyer! About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

June events around every corner in Wind River Country

Almost any day in June offers a chance to experience something that can only be found in Wyoming’s Wind River Country.  No matter what your energy level is, print off the attached June Events Flyer for your action plan.Real tractors powered by real steam engines will be dusted off and polished up before parading down the streets of Shoshoni during the annual Shoshoni Days. The whole town gathers to cheer them on and partake in games and mouth-watering family recipes. Racers of every kind will enjoy the views while testing their endurance on Sink’s Canyon State Park’s annual Rough and Tumble Trail Race, or peddling at their own pace in the Fremont Area Road Tour on routes from 15-to-100-miles around scenic Lander. Dance enthusiasts will appreciate the swirls of color at the many Native American Powwows and weekly dance performances countywide. Check our Powwow flyer to find the dates and times. Don’t miss the summer tradition of scooting your boot as you learn authentic square dancing moves in Dubois.Rodeos, wagon rides, and horse demonstrations are on tap every week in June. Grab our Rodeo and Horse Event flyer to pick which ones appeal to your inner cowboy.Folks more inclined to take in the sights at a slower pace can stroll on guided town walking tour of Shoshoni. Wade in South Pass City’s fresh mountains streams while panning for nuggets of gold, touring the old gold mine, or a take guided naturalist walk. Nature and history are also front and center on several guided hiking treks offering a glimpse into the past around the Dubois vistas.Visiting foodies can sample award-winning brews at the 16th Annual Lander’s Brewfest, taste barbecue at the Hudson Daze Festival and Car Show, and savor authentic Swedish dishes served up at the 70th Annual Smorgasbord in Dubois. Homegrown bounty is plentiful at various farmers markets around Wind River Country. Our vacation guide will help get you here in no time. Taste the West and take home a story or two when you spend your June in Wind River Country! About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here.end

Dream Job Opportunity and Video Contest Offered By Digital Travel And Lifestyle Network- CloudSurfing.Life

Cloudsurfing.life Seeking Videographer For All Expense Paid Trip To Wyoming’s Wind River Country In Partnership With DreamJobbing.comJune 5, 2018 - (Salt Lake City, UT) Cloudsurfing.life, a digital network for all things food and travel, announced today an open call for videographers to apply for a Dreamjobbing.com once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The site is seeking a videographer who loves to travel, enjoys adventure, and desires to build their resume capturing hometown U.S.A. in the first episode of Cloudsurfing’s All-American Hometown series. In partnership with DreamJobbing.com, the first travel vlog will be filmed and produced in Wind River Country, Thermopolis, and Kirby, Wyoming this July. Videographers are encouraged to show off their skills and themselves for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Wind River Country July 12-15, 2018. To apply, upload a one minute video to DreamJobbing.com/dreamjobs/Cloudsurfing.  Applications will be accepted June 5 - July 1, 2018. The winner will be announced on America’s birthday, July 4, 2018.  What type of person are they looking for? Mandy Murry, founder of Cloudsurfing.life says, “We are looking for someone who is passionate about film and photography, and is also self-motivated, energetic, outgoing, creative, and enthusiastic.”  “All of us at DreamJobbing are passionate about travel and inspiring others to go after and find or create their dream job, we are super excited to help Mandy find the perfect candidate to help her with the All-American Hometown series,” stated Lisa Hennessy, Co-Founder of DreamJobbing. Murry chose this area of Wyoming because of it showcases America’s roots and is full of off-the-beaten path exploration. Cloudsurfing.life is in the process of choosing future filming locations for the series. Tourism authorities interested in working with the series are encouraged to reach out directly to Murry.  For more information or to apply, visit http://dreamjobbing.com/dreamjobs/cloudsurfing.  About Cloudsurfing.life.Cloudsurfing.life is a digtial network for all things travel, food, wine, champagne, and lifestyle. Awarded Best Travel Writer 2018, Best Health Writer 2018, Best Travel And Lifestyle USA 2017, and Travel & Lifestyle Blog of the Year USA 2017.  About DreamJobbing.comDreamJobbing is an opportunity platform created to help people get on the path to their dream career and life. People come to DreamJobbing.com for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, exciting full time job opportunities, and the DreamJobbing TV series. end

Like in the old movies – but real! July Events Flyer

Fremont County, WY—Relive the romance and true-grit action of old Western movies in the breathtaking backdrops of Wind River Country. Deciding what to enjoy might be harder than you think. Print off the attached July Events Flyer and see what we mean.Take your seat at weekly wild-west rodeos and horse events which are par for the course all over Wind River Country. Culture and history are always front and center at our county museums. Each one offers a great mix of tours, treks, and hands-on exhibits for all ages all summer long. You can also celebrate American history at any of the July 4th events complete with parades and fireworks countywide.Attend colorful Native American powwows and dance exhibitions. Hold hands and dance with Native American Indians in the friendship dance or watch the seasoned dancers compete at a real powwow.Try your hand at rock climbing at the International Climbers Festival when more than 500 climbers descend on Lander to compete and celebrate rock climbing. Strike it rich while panning for gold during the 150th Anniversary of South Pass City State Historic Site July 7- 8. Re-enactments, period dress, and vintage baseball will be just a taste of the commemorative event. These are just a few of the western-flavored adventures waiting for you. If you can’t fit everything in this time around, just pick up where you left off when you plan your next trip to Wind River Country. About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here.

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South Pass City is a truly AUTHENTIC Gold Mining town in the midddle of Wild and Wonderful Wyoming. Come and visit SPC

Gold Rush Days celebrates 150th Anniversary of South Pass City

June 21, 2018Contact: South Pass City, 307-332-3684FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of South Pass City with a special celebration of Gold Rush Days, July 7 and 8. The annual South Pass City State Historic Site event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.           This year’s event features a special appearance by Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band on the evening of July 7, followed by a fireworks display like no other in Wyoming.  Experience American history brought to life in an authentic gold mining camp. Try not to catch gold fever when panning for real gold in a glacial fed stream.Additionally this year, the Hudson Vintage Base Ball team defends its 2017 Championship against South Pass City, Lander. This tournament features teams in vintage 1906 uniforms and using 1906 rules.Other activities include Pony Express rides, pack mule demonstrations, faro players, immigrant trail re-enactors, gold panning, home baked goods, musical entertainers along the street and the ever popular anvil blasting.The Carissa Mine will be in full operation both days from noon to 5 p.m., as well as mining demonstrations on the Flood and Hindle Trail.The event is sponsored by the Friends of South Pass and the 150@150 group of sponsors. For more information call (307) 332-3684.         Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources 2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002 307-777-6323, www.wyoparks.orgGary SchoenePublic Information OfficerWY Dept. of State Parks and Cultural Resources307-777-7014END

350 Cyclists to ‘Go Beyond Yellowstone’ in Wyoming’s Wind River Country

Wyoming’s Wind River Country is situated near the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This August, 350 cyclists will explore this region of the ecosystem on the weeklong Cycle Greater Yellowstone tour.“We always encourage people to go beyond Yellowstone and slow down in Wind River Country, and this cycling tour is a great way to do just that,” said Paula McCormick, marketing director for the Wind River Visitors Council.The route will start in Cody Aug. 11 before traveling south to and through Wind River Country/Fremont County Aug. 12–18. The Wind River Canyon and Boysen Reservoir, small towns of Shoshoni and Pavillion, Wind River Indian Reservation, Dubois and Togwotee Pass, and Lander and Sinks Canyon will all be featured stops along the stunning route through scenic and diverse landscapes. See the full route here.“Along the way, camping and daily excursions are provided through nonprofit organizations in the area, so the ride has been able to take part in a community grant program that has given back about $175,000 to the various nonprofits on the route over the years,” explained Cycle Greater Yellowstone Coordinator Jennifer Drinkwalter. “We call that a win-win-win for the local organizations, the riders, and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.”The group will camp in the host communities of Thermopolis, Pavillion, Dubois and Lander. Stop by the camp to meet participants and organizers. Expect to see them around town as well as on the road.The tour website states, “The area outside of Yellowstone National Park may not be protected as a national park, but it is arguably one of the last great wild places in the world.” The Wind River Visitors Council agrees and believes 350 cyclists will, too.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here.

Walk or talk, hike or bike this August in Wind River Country, WY

Fremont County – WY. Summer events are in full swing all over Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont County. You can do it all: We’ve made it easy for you to plan your activities with our attached August Events Flyer. Tuck it in your purse, pocket, or backpack and you’re set for adventure Wind River Country style! Locals and visitors alike are waiting for the 105th Fremont County Fair, Aug. 1-4. Full-blown entertainment awaits every member of the family. Sit forward and watch PRCA rodeos, team roping, demolition derbies and a monster truck show that smacks of pure Wyoming.  Vacationers that lean towards getting back to nature will love our wildflower treks. Take a guided step back in time on a historic tour of the historic Carissa gold mine. Then pan for real gold and see if you can strike it rich. Watch a herd of wild mustangs gallop by on a wild horse eco-sanctuary tour. Explore mountain hikes or paddle on our mountain lakes. See how many ancient Indian petroglyph stories carved into rock walls you can find on your way. The Jurassic Classic Mountain Bike Festival is a mecca for two-wheel addicts who can’t wait to test their mettle on our primo bike trails.  Don’t forget your athletic shoes, as you’ll need them for several trail treks and fun-run races. The Sinks Canyon Speaker series has everything from yoga at sunrise to talks about local canyon wildlife. Live Native American dancing and music is a weekly staple here. Hold hands and dance in the friendship dance, or sit back and watch the colorful dancers swirl at a powwow.  You’ll also get the chance to just cut loose at the Lander LIVE park band concerts. Pack your cowboy boots (or buy them here) to do some square dancing and whoop and holler at the Dubois Friday night rodeos.   We know it’s a lot to fit in one trip. If you can’t fit everything in, just make plans to join us next summer, too, and pick up where you left off. Grab a free vacation packet right here! About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here.  end

350 Cyclists to ‘Go Beyond Yellowstone’ in Wyoming’s Wind River Country

Wyoming’s Wind River Country is situated near the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This August, 350 cyclists will explore this region of the ecosystem on the weeklong Cycle Greater Yellowstone tour.“We always encourage people to go beyond Yellowstone and slow down in Wind River Country, and this cycling tour is a great way to do just that,” said Paula McCormick, marketing director for the Wind River Visitors Council.The route will start in Cody Aug. 11 before traveling south to and through Wind River Country/Fremont County Aug. 12–18. The Wind River Canyon and Boysen Reservoir, small towns of Shoshoni and Pavillion, Wind River Indian Reservation, Dubois and Togwotee Pass, and Lander and Sinks Canyon will all be featured stops along the stunning route through scenic and diverse landscapes. See the full route here.“Along the way, camping and daily excursions are provided through nonprofit organizations in the area, so the ride has been able to take part in a community grant program that has given back about $175,000 to the various nonprofits on the route over the years,” explained Cycle Greater Yellowstone Coordinator Jennifer Drinkwalter. “We call that a win-win-win for the local organizations, the riders, and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.”The group will camp in the host communities of Thermopolis, Pavillion, Dubois and Lander. Stop by the camp to meet participants and organizers. Expect to see them around town as well as on the road.The tour website states, “The area outside of Yellowstone National Park may not be protected as a national park, but it is arguably one of the last great wild places in the world.” The Wind River Visitors Council agrees and believes 350 cyclists will, too.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here.

Sarah Darling Eclipse Concert featuring Mike Dowling Trio August 19

On Saturday, August 19 at 6 p.m., the Dubois Chamber of Commerce presents Sarah Darling in concert, featuring Mike Dowling Trio. Sarah Darling is sure to take you on a whimsical ride through songs about stars and cowboys riding away in the West. She calls her sound Dream Country. In 2017, Darling premiered her music video, “Where Cowboys Ride,” showcasing the Absaroka Mountain Range of Dubois, Wyo. Over her career, Darling has released several albums with over half a million downloads worldwide, and two number one videos on Country Music Television (CMT) and Great American Country (GAC). Mike Dowling Trio digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring acoustic blues. But Mike is far too versatile to only be categorized as blues, or even as simply a fingerstylist. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike. Mike Dowling joins the concert with a fabulous repertoire of rhythmic sounds that complement the natural and breezy setting of Dubois Town Park. With many accolades and Grammy nominations, Mike Dowling is, to quote the collaborator Vassar Clements, “one of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere.”Doors open at 6 p.m. in Dubois Town Park, on August 19th. Tickets are available for early sale online ($25) online now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sarah-darling-concert-feat-mike-dowling-trio-tickets-35331464361Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Dubois Chamber of Commerce. Event ticket sales are $30 day of the concert. Contact:Jeda HiggsDubois Eclipse Eventsjedalise@gmail.comMobile: 801.608.9480Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country. end

Wind River Country home to new Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway

SOUTH PASS CITY—Wyoming State Highway 28 will have a new name starting May 22: The Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway.Wyoming’s Wind River Country is home to rich history in driving history forward in the Equality State.In 1869, William Bright, a representative to the Wyoming Territorial Legislature from South Pass City, introduced a bill giving women the right to vote and hold public office. He had come to believe, thanks to his wife, that suffrage was a right of American citizens. He was also eager to promote the territory to attract more settlers. The all-male Wyoming Territorial Legislature approved his bill, the first to do so in the young nation.The following year, Esther Hobart Morris filed to be—and was named—the first female justice of the peace in the entire U.S.This year, in recognition of the pending 150th anniversary of Wyoming granting women the right to vote, the Wyoming Legislature named the highway to South Pass City “Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway.”The highway dedication and sign reveal will take place at mile marker 44 near South Pass City State Historical Site on May 22 at 11 a.m. Reception and tours will follow remarks by Governor Matt Mead and others. Learn more about this commemorative event on Facebook.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here.end

Explore Wind River Country’s Northern Red Desert with New Map & Guide

Contact:Julia StublePublic Lands AdvocateWyoming Outdoor Council307-399-2924 (cell)307-332-7031 x 11 (office)SOUTH PASS, WYOMING—Thanks to the Wyoming Outdoor Council and a handful of supporters, travelers now have a user-friendly map and educational guide for exploring the spectacular northern Red Desert in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Just southeast of Atlantic City and South Pass City State Historic Site, the northern portion of the Red Desert includes landmarks with profound geological and American history: Oregon Buttes, South Pass, Honeycomb Buttes, and many miles of fossil-rich mountain desert.Featuring travel tips and detailed driving directions to three of the northern Red Desert’s most dramatic places, the travel guide is an excellent resource for anyone interested in seeing Whitehorse Creek, Oregon Buttes, or Honeycomb Buttes—which are all an easy drive from Lander or Rock Springs.“Wyoming’s Northern Red Desert is a beguiling, wild, and awe-inspiring landscape. It is one of the last best remote places in the intermountain West,” the Wyoming Outdoor Council declares.And it is all public land.“Vast sections of these public lands—administered by the Bureau of Land Management—are largely untouched by humans. So tread lightly, and enjoy your time among the buttes and badlands,” the Wyoming Outdoor Council invites.Take them up on the invitation with the brand-new Northern Red Desert map and guide, available at the Wyoming Outdoor Council’s Lander office or by requesting one via phone or email at (307) 332-7031 x16, or amy@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.About the Wyoming Outdoor CouncilThe Wyoming Outdoor Council is the state’s oldest independent conservation organization. Celebrating 50 years of protecting Wyoming’s environment and quality of life.end

Melt Your Winter Blues Away at the Wyoming State Winter Fair

For more than 50 years, the Wyoming State Winter Fair in Wyoming’s Wind River Country has been the place where winter blues melt away. The event organizers promise your “winter blues will like snowflakes” while you watch the thrilling and adorable Ultimate Miniature Bull Riding (UMB), as well as the by the precision of the team roping and horse show.  The festivities will kick off on Friday, March 2 with the team roping at Lander Old Timer’s Rodeo at 1663 Rodeo Drive, 6:30 p.m. The opening evening will also include the Snowball Prince and Princess Contest. The aspiring young bull riders will take the arena at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. The following morning at 9 a.m., a variety of horse show competitions will begin at the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Area at 9 a.m. Learn all about the winter festivities—cowboy style—at www.wyomingstatewinterfair.org.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

National Travel & Tourism Week: A Look Back

FREMONT COUNTY—This week, May 6–12, 2018, is National Travel and Tourism Week. This year’s theme is “Travel Then and Now.” The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC), Fremont County’s Lodging Tax Board that promotes tourism to the county, looked at how the impact of the travel and tourism industry has changed in Wind River Country over the years.“People don’t realize … how important tourism has been historically,” Randy Wise, site manager of the Lander Pioneer Museum, explained. “People have been coming to Lander from the beginning for tourism. In Sinks Canyon we have pictures from 1890 of people going up to Sinks taking pictures and writing postcards to their friends back East.”Though we don’t have the statistics of how many travelers there were or how much their purchases benefited the town, we can bet that has improved as much as the travelers’ experiences have.Just since 2000, Fremont County—branded as Wind River Country to travelers—has experienced a 71-percent increase in visitor spending, according to a report by Dean Runyan Associates released by the Wyoming Office of Tourism. In the past year, the county saw a 6.3-percent increase in visitor spending. Last year, visitors spent a total of $131.6 million in Fremont County. That supports local businesses and 1,420 local jobs.Tourism has always been a thread of the Wind River Country fabric, but it hasn’t always had such a benefit for all residents. In 2017, visitors to Fremont County generated $6.8 million in local and state tax receipts. Those are taxes Fremont County citizens didn’t have to pay—to the tune of $431 per Fremont County household—for existing government services. Fremont County’s local and state tax collections through travel and tourism have nearly doubled in the past decade from $3.5 million and even outpaced the state.All this growth in lodging and other travel expenditures happened through the peaks and valleys Fremont County has historically felt from the mineral extraction industries. Purchases and stays by business travelers are included in studies by Dean Runyan Associates.“To have our travel and tourism expenditures up is evidence of strong growth in travel and tourism in Wind River Country, especially compared to many other counties who have been impacted more by the minerals industry downturn,” said WRVC Marketing Director Paula McCormick.Whether you look back 120 years, 10 years, or one year, travel to and through Wind River Country has improved for travelers and for their hosts. The WRVC is committed to sustaining that growth for the county’s overall economic wellbeing.About the Wind River Visitors CouncilThe Wind River Visitors Council’s mission is to stimulate tourism by increasing awareness of, and encouraging visitation to, the unique destinations, activities and events in Fremont County/Wind River Country, Wyoming. The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) is a Joint Powers Lodging Tax Board responsible for promoting the travel and tourism industry in Fremont County through expenditures of the lodging tax. WRVC Board members represent our communities and the county and are appointed by local city councils and the Fremont County Commissioners. Learn more at WindRiver.org.end

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Upcoming Events Signal Summer in Wind River Country!

Fremont County, WY – Longer days and warmer temps signal that it’s finally time to get outside and start enjoying the great outdoors. We have plenty of reasons to get off the couch–check out our attached May events flyer for starters.  Listen to “Untamed Ideas Worth Sharing” from some notable locals at our Ted-X talk. Share some popcorn and thrills at our spring carnival.  Discover the lore of our historic mountain men, weapons, dinosaurs and modern-day raptors.  Step back in time on a cemetery tour or tour a real ghost town gold mine.  Walk in the footsteps of legends and see the buildings where history actually happened on several relaxed guided town treks.  May is also the start of our powwow and rodeo season, which you won’t want to miss while you’re here. It’s time to schedule some fun with your family and friends in the Wind River Country sun. We have plenty of sunny days to share. Use our trip planner and our vacation guide to make it a breeze!  About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here. end

Western Roots Run Deep in Wind River Country, WY

Fremont County, Wy–Many Americans have had a deep-rooted fascination with the cowboy way from childhood. These Hollywood heroes embody all that is good: toughness, integrity, and work ethic. That essence lives on in Wind River Country, Wyoming. Grab the attached rodeo flyer and see it with your own eyes.Check out bronc and bull riders, horse rodeos and relays, barrel racing, roping, steer-wrestling, cowboy parades and more. Rodeos are real community affairs, drawing cowboys and cowgirls statewide to test their mettle for fun and bragging rights. Not content to just watch the thundering hooves? Experience life in the saddle by booking a vacation at a  dude ranch or arranging a guided pack trip into the backcountry. Don some cowboy boots and learn the skills and jargon from the locals. Learn why cowboy attire—the silk scarf, brimmed hat and heeled boots—are key to ranch life and not just fashion statements. Get up to speed before you get here by learning cowboy culture!  Make your plans now to experience the west or ride into our sunsets this summer–just like in the movies.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here.end

Wind River Country is the Whole Package

Wind River Country, Wyoming, really is the whole package because we have so much to offer no matter how your tastes run. Why not get a personalized package to optimize your time?  For example, you can embark on a bighorn wildlife safari without a 15-hour plane ride.  While you’re at the gateway to the Wind River Mountains, enjoy being on natural time in the backcountry while you ride, fish and tell campfire stories to your heart’s content.  Ladies, you can reconnect and rejuvenate at a remote women-only yoga retreat under the biggest, bluest sky imaginable.  Those with a thirst for the open road can get specials on brews and bike tours. And if gaining elevation is your trigger, why not try your hand at an expert led rock climbing clinic?  Check out these and other amazing packages and start planning your escape from the normal now. Visit Wind River Country the way YOU want to. About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here. end

Doozies, ditties, and woolies: March-April Events, 2018

Fremont County, WY – If solving mysteries has always appealed to your inner sleuth, now is your time to test your metal. We’ve got some doozies here in Wind River Country. Print off the attached March/April Events Flyer and start planning your nostalgic trip to Wyoming’s past. We promise you’ll leave with modern insights into some age-old traditions, questions, and our western ways of life. Unravel archeological mysteries left behind in ancient ice patches. See fossil evidence of feathered dinosaurs. Live a typical day in the proverbial boots of a gold prospector in a notorious mining mountain town. Learn the enduring and valuable skill of efficiently sheering a sheep, and much more.  Feel free to take home that little old-timey rhyme you heard at one of our authentic cowboy poetry events or concert with our compliments. Maybe think about writing your own! No matter how you choose to spend your springtime here, be sure to share your discoveries, adventures, and lyrics using #windrivercountry. About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here.

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TEDx Comes to Wyoming’s Wind River Country

LANDER—TEDx is going to bring some “untamed” ideas out of the woods in Wyoming’s Wind River Country this month.Lander will host a TEDx event May 25 at the Lander Community Center 5:30–9:30 p.m. Six local speakers will bring ideas worth sharing to the community and online.TED is an annual event that brings together the world's leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that matter in any discipline — technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, business, development. The talks at the conference, called TED Talks, are then made available to watch for free on TED.com. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.Wyoming’s Wind River Country is home to some remarkable people with valuable ideas that should be shared with the world. Many of them have developed and put to practice their exciting lessons in the wilds and the communities of Wind River Country.The six local speakers are Anne Magnan, director of NOLS custom education; Darrah Perez, author and student of psychology; Jessie Allen, wilderness guide and guest ranch manager; Jim Culver, horse trainer and educator; Lantien Chu, coach; and Trevor Ragan, founder of Train Ugly and development/performance science. Read more about each of them at https://www.tedxlander.com/About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org.

World Renowned Horseman Operating Guest Ranch Near Dubois, WY

When Chris Cox speaks, his long-term Texan residency is evident, but it doesn’t take long for the ear to pick up on the occasional o or r pronounced with an Australian lean to it. Shortly thereafter, the Wyoming-isms and dedication to the Western way of life surface. The first travelers to receive world-class instruction from Chris Cox at the Triangle C this summer were two youth groups. The ranch is now operating with guests of all ages and horse experience. Barbara Cox/Triangle C photo.His voice, both in meter and in subject matter, pair perfectly with his trajectory, which brought him from Texas to Australia to Texas again and, as of this summer, the Triangle C guest ranch west of Dubois in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Hospitality and enjoyable horse experiences are central to the mission of the new owners of the Triangle C Ranch. Barbara Cox/Triangle C photoCox has created a name for himself among the equestrians of the world as the best: he trains horses and people to understand one another and enjoy their partnerships. For decades, he has based his horsemanship business in Texas, complete with his own RFD-TV channel. Operating out of the South, however, required him to travel extensively during the hottest part of the year.“The summers where I live are awful hot, and the clientele are not going to come to me,” Cox explained.Having grown weary of fighting the pull between home and career, Cox found Wyoming’s Wind River Country to be the solution.“This idea has been one of mine for many years,” he said of purchasing a guest ranch in the milder clime of the Rocky Mountain West and inviting clients to a comfortable, beautiful, and authentic setting to surround their educational experiences. Because he will be based in Wind River Country full time with his family, he will be side-by-side with his wife, children, horses, and staff for three uninterrupted months. The clinics Cox now provides at the Triangle C are the same caliber Cox and his staff have always offered, but they are tailored to fit into a larger guest-ranch experience.“They’re half-day clinics,” Cox said. “We did that because if they come here with their families, we want them to go out and fly-fish or go sightseeing, go into town, go to the rodeo, or take a nap. I don’t want it to be a grind.”This shift doesn’t seem to diminish interest in his in-person instruction. In fact, staying in one place all summer long will make Cox more available to interested students, as well as to his family.“We are finding that we are getting horse people that are coming for vacations,” Cox observed of the first season’s bookings.But the saddle-inclined are not the only travelers Cox is inviting to Triangle C. In fact, his first group of guests was a boys’ horsemanship leadership camp, followed immediately by a girls’ horsemanship leadership camp. Cox has a clear vision of the wisdom he hopes young students, ages 11–17, return to Alaska, Florida, downtown L.A. with:“With hard work dedication, and a positive attitude, you can accomplish anything you want to accomplish. But you’ve also got to have respect and have good relationships with people,” he said. “The most important part of doing anything in life is knowing how to build a relationship and get along with people.”Families who travel to Dubois and the Triangle C with their children and couples or individuals who plan a guest ranch experience here will also experience Cox’ focus and principled approach to hospitality.“If a guest or family comes here, I could go out and do a demonstration, which I’m paid quite a bit of money to go out and do in different parts of the world, but I want to offer them something special here,” he explained of his summer plans. “I want to be sure this is a really special experience for them.”An enjoyable experience is a priority for Cox, whether a guest is a dedicated rider or not. His entire staff is dedicated to the horse, and his wranglers are his interns and apprentices. Education and the horse are at the heart of the experience Cox has designed at the Triangle C.“Because you can’t have a good time if you’re not safe. And you can’t learn if you’re not safe,” Cox summarized.“We can certainly take a child that’s never ridden before or an adult that’s never ridden before and make it an enjoyable, learning, and fun experience,” Cox said. Before they know it, they’ll be embarking comfortably on a three-day pack trip into “some of the best riding in the world.”Cox is here to spend time with his family and his horses; rather than traveling the world to give horsemanship clinics and demonstrations, he is inviting riders and non-riders alike to join him in the Wind River Mountains for some quality time. If you can’t join this summer, watch his weekly RFD-TV videos about the camp, the people, and the Western lifestyle of the Triangle C.Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

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Learn How Mountain Men Lived in Riverton, Wyoming

RIVERTON—It’s time to come together and celebrate the arrival of another beautiful Wyoming summer.During the fur trade of the 1830s, trappers and mountain men would meet up with traders from Back East and Native Americans each summer. They traded furs for supplies, drank whiskey, swapped stories about their ventures, and celebrated another successful season of solitary work deep in the mountains. Just like the mountain men of the 1830s, locals and guests will gather at the Mountain Man Rendezvous site on the edge of what is now Riverton this summer. The annual 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous celebration re-lives the original event and is the only existing Rendezvous celebration that takes place on the same site as the original gatherings.This year’s 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous will run all day June 29 to July 2, complete with period costumes, hatchet throwing, and historical lessons. The experiential, highly educational event will keep kids and adults engaged all day long. Riverton’s 1838 Rendezvous Association proudly designs an event for children and adults unfamiliar with the history and skills of rugged mountain men.“I just booked a volunteer who will be demonstrating flint knapping each day and will be demonstrating use of an atlatl and primitive archery,” said Rick Lechner of the 1838 Rendezvous Association. “I also have a volunteer who will be demonstrating throwing the tomahawk and knife.”The mountain man rendezvous reenactment is part of the larger Riverton Rendezvous month. The city-wide celebrations include park festivities, a sidewalk art contest, a celebrity speaker, pancake breakfasts, car and bike shows, fireworks and a balloon rally. Review the full schedule of events here, then meet us on the Wind River for the annual Riverton 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous.Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds secret places that call to your curiosity. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come to Fremont County/Wind River Country and discover new things. Find the only way to Yellowstone. Find adventure—ride a horse, see an Indian powwow, holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the pace to think, the room to breathe, and the uncontrived adventure to rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

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Stop Putting Off the Fun Stuff: National Plan Your Vacation Day

Procrastination is for laundry. And one of the best ways to continue putting off the ironing is planning—not just daydreaming about—a vacation.Jan. 30 is National Plan for Vacation Day, so set aside the to-do list and set aside some time for an adventure in Wyoming’s Wind River Country.Every year, Americans leave 662 million vacation days unused, letting them drift away just like every third sock that goes into the washer.“These unused days carry significant economic impact, threaten the sustainability of a productive and creative workforce, and have a damaging effect on employee's personal well-being and relationships,” according to Project: Time Off.Turn things around this month. Set yourself apart from more than half of Americans who skip the first step of using those vacation days: planning. Make a plan on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Step 1: Sort your ideas by scrolling through beautiful images on Instagram  Step 2: Load windriver.org and dive deeper into some of those ideasStep 3: Swap over to the packages and deals page to start making your dreams a realityStep 4: Fold those packages and deals into booking your travelStep 5: Iron out all the little details and contact us if you have any questionsStep 6: Pack all those clothes you haven’t washed, dried, ironed or folded yet! You’re finally going on vacation! Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.  Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country. About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Wyoming’s Wind River Country Featured in UK Media

The 2017 film Wind River, set in the Wind River Indian Reservation, brought four European journalists to Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont County early this month.The press trip was coordinated by the Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC), Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, Sony, and the Wyoming Office of Tourism. The schedule coincided with the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Wind River in England this week, and the itinerary was designed to share Wyoming in the winter and culture and perspectives on the Wind River Reservation.The journalists’ impressions of Wyoming’s Wind River Country as a vacation destination and in the context of the film have subsequently reached millions of international viewers:Andy Mossack interviewed on the BBC during the stay. Graeme Lennox’s feature ran in the Sunday Times in the UK and Ireland last weekend. UNILAD Adventure ran a video by James Cray on their Facebook page that already has 275,000 views. UNILAD also featured a subsequent article on their homepage by Joe Loftuss. Most recently, Mossack posted a wonderful account of his stay on Trip Reporter.Jan. 5–8, the group toured around Fremont County, learning from members of the tribes and visiting the Reservation’s bison herd and wild horse sanctuary. They ate local cuisine, hiked favorite trails, and toured Union Pass on snowmobiles.The journalists experienced this tailored visit and shared it with their readers thanks to the warm hospitality and expertise of individuals at the Wind River Hotel & Casino and the Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel, representatives and elders from both tribes, Tribal Game and Fish staff, guides and hosts at The Line Shack, and many others who supported the WRVC in this endeavor. The WRVC and Wyoming Office of Tourism also shared live coverage of the tour on social media channels. “International, extensive coverage like this is of incredible value to the tourism industry of Fremont County,” said WRVC Communications Manager Casey Adams. “We were thrilled to even have the opportunity and very grateful to our partners and neighbors for making it happen.”Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About the Wind River Visitors CouncilThe Wind River Visitors Council’s mission is to stimulate tourism by increasing awareness of, and encouraging visitation to, the unique destinations, activities and events in Fremont County/Wind River Country, Wyoming. The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) is a Lodging Tax Board responsible for promoting the travel and tourism industry in Fremont County through expenditures of the lodging tax. WRVC Board members represent our communities and the county and are appointed by local City Councils and the Fremont County Commissioners. Learn more at windriver.org. end

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A Special Way to Follow this Year’s Stage Stop Sled Dog Race

LANDER—Jerry Bath, of Lander, has long held a starring role in the Wyoming Stage Stop Race. He started racing sled dogs in 1998 and started participating in the Wyoming Stage Stop in 2008. And this year, he’ll hold an exciting new role in the race. An injury is keeping Bath from racing this year, but not from participating. He is this year’s race commentator. Bath will follow the dog sled stages through Wyoming Jan. 26 through Feb. 3, including a stage in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Thanks to his familiarity with the event and the sport, Bath’s commentary will be insightful and straightforward. Though he’s limited to the sidelines by doctors’ orders, Bath will gather information throughout the stage race Jan. 26 through Feb. 3 from the trail crew, mushers, photographers, time sheets, split times, etc. and provide his opinion on what is developing. Though Jerry won’t be on the trails, his dogs will continue his presence in the annual event. “I have leased out most of my dogs for the season and am anxious to see some of them compete on other teams,” Bath said. Fans of the event will get to meet Jerry and the racers—canine and human—at the Meet the Teams event on Lander’s Main Street Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The next morning, spectators are invited to see the teams take off for the Lander stage from the Louis Lake parking lot south of town on Hwy. 28. “I fully expect to be back on the race circuit next year,” Bath said, so don’t miss this chance to hear from one of the experts in the Super Bowl of dog sled racing. Stay tuned to http://www.wyomingstagestop.org/ and Facebook for updates from Jerry. Media can reach out to Roger Carpenter at media@wyomingstagestop.org Find more exciting adventure ideas for winter in Wind River Country at WindRiver.org and SledWyoming.comUse #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country. About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.###

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Go Beyond the Elk Refuge: Spot Bighorn Sheep & Elk in Wind River Country

DUBOIS—We all know about the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyo., but did you know that there is a special habitat area established for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep on the other side of the Wind River Mountains? And don’t worry: There are plenty of elk to spot, as well. “I think what’s cool about this time of the year through April is the fact that the bighorn sheep are still down on winter range, and that’s why the Whiskey Mountain Habitat Management Area was established in the first place,” said Sara Domek, executive director of the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois. “Only in our case with our sheep it’s natural and part of their annual migratory patterns,” Domek explained. The Whiskey Mountain Basin near Dubois is home to the largest wild wintering herd of bighorn sheep in North America. The National Bighorn Sheep Center provides tours to see the bighorns fall through the spring. November and December are popular months, as this window affords the opportunity to witness the rams in rut. However, Domek likes later in the winter just as much, finding the sheep’s natural location selection to be a special aspect of their presence. Of course, this means there is a degree of luck in spotting them, but that just keeps the wildlife experiences of Wyoming’s Wind River Country authentic. While taking a tour with the staff of the Bighorn Sheep Center or on your own this month, keep an eye out for the thousands of elk who are wintering on the East Fork of the Popo Agie. OF course, all of this is in addition to all the eagles, hawks, deer, and even moose you’ll spot in this special corner of Wyoming’s Wind River Country.  About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyGo beyond Yellowstone to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. This is authentic Wyoming, where the landscape and lifestyle provide room to breathe. Access world-class playgrounds for fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, hiking, and much more. Open the doors to the past on South Pass, the gateway to the West. Uncover an art scene that will surprise and inspire you, and learn about Native American culture on the only Indian Reservation in the Cowboy State. Find more inspiration at WindRiver.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read more of our news here. About the National Bighorn Sheep CenterWe inspire, educate and conserve through our exhibits, programs and outreach with a commitment to wild sheep since 1993. Learn more at bighorn.org END

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While we sit here in Wyoming’s Wind River Country, toasting with local brews and planning snowy adventures, we thought we’d help you stick to your resolutions with a grin.

Brews + Bands + Bikes = A+ Weekend

LANDER, WY—Cyclists love their post-ride brews. Beer aficionados love sampling a local brew. Travelers love a home-grown event, and locals like to show off the best of their communities. So what’s not to love about a weekend featuring a road cycling tour of Fremont County/Wind River Country and a music-filled brew festival? 2017 will mark the 15th year of the Lander Brewfest, kicking off on Friday, June 9 at 5 p.m. with a family-friendly atmosphere including trivia and a live band, and the fun will continue until the sun goes down Saturday, June 10.  Located between 7th and 8th on Jefferson St.On Saturday, return to Lander's North Side Park to enjoy a hearty breakfast with fellow cyclists of all ages and ability. Push off for a cruise through town, a century ride around the county, or just about anything in between on one of the Fremont Area Road Tour supported routes. If bikes aren’t your thing, join the brewers for a round of golf at 9 a.m. at the Lander Golf Course, 1 mile south of Lander on Hwy. 287.By the time the ride (or putts) and sunshine have you hungry for a brew, meal, and grassy seat, the park will have transitioned from road tour staging area to brew-festivities. The more than 20 breweries will be back to pouring their over 80 beers with a smile, and the music will get going shortly thereafter. You’ll be glad you put in some morning miles, because the lineup of food vendors will have your mouth watering.  Bikes, bands, brews, burgers and beyond beckon. Purchase your Fremont Area Road Tour and Lander Brewfest tickets online now.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

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Wind River Country Partners with Wyoming Office of Tourism for ‘Call of the WY’ Promotion

Wyoming’s Wind River Country will welcome a selected adventurer and tiny house for 12 days in July through a partnership with the Wyoming Office of Tourism on its upcoming “Call of the WY” promotion.The selected adventurer—who will be announced in early June after the casting call closes on May 31—will spend July 13–24, 2017, in Wyoming’s Wind River Country as part of the six-week tour of the state. Their time in this part of the Cowboy State will include Dubois, Lander, South Pass and Atlantic City, as well as a variety of activities that may include attending the Dubois rodeo, a horsemanship clinic at a dude ranch, attending the International Climbers’ Festival and exploring Sinks Canyon State Park, as well as experiencing the incredible history and culture of the area at a powwow or dance exhibition on the Wind River Indian Reservation and panning for gold at South Pass City Historical Site. “We are thrilled to have Wind River Country participate in the ‘Call of the WY’ promotion with the Wyoming Office of Tourism,” said Paula McCormick, marketing director for the Wind River Visitors Council. “Through the eyes of this traveler, we’ll be able to introduce our region to people who are prime for an adventure in our region.”Part of the larger “That’s WY” campaign for the Wyoming Office of Tourism, the “Call of the WY” promotion will be heavily promoted to audiences across the nation to introduce Wyoming’s Wind River Country as an authentic, exciting travel destination. The “Call of the WY” will be hosted on HGTV.com/CallOfTheWY and the WOT website at TravelWyoming.com/Call-Of-The-WY. In addition, it will have a strong digital presence on HGTV channels and a social media presence on WOT’s channels—including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—while the selected adventurer from the casting call will be sharing his or her first-person experiences at HGTV.com/CallOfTheWY and on their own social media channels.“Through this promotion and collaboration with the Wyoming Office of Tourism, Wind River Country can join a larger marketing effort to introduce our incredible offerings to a large national audience,” added McCormick. “As part of this effort, we’re going to be able to showcase the region and the easy accessibility it offers to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as historic trails, a rich Native American culture and absolutely incredible outdoor offerings.” Use #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River CountryAbout Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Frontier Fun this December in Wind River Country, WY

Make your own winter odyssey of cherished memories when you mingle with the friendly locals of Wind River Country, WY. Learn more about all of the winter favorites on the attached December Events Flyer. Each town in Fremont County has its own unique way of welcoming the holidays. Admire colorful lighting-up ceremonies, parades, caroling, wagon rides, and a host of musical concerts to kick-off Christmas and Santa’s arrival.  The cowboy town of Dubois is well known for its breathtaking views of the snow-kissed Absaroka mountains, colorful canyons, and plentiful local bighorn sheep herds. Grab your camera to learn nature photography tips from a pro on Dec. 16th in real bighorn habitat, or arrange a personal guided viewing tour. Those travelers who would rather ride and play along the 600 miles of the world-famous Continental Divide groomed snowmobile trails are in for some breath-taking vistas and exhilarating stories on award-winning powder. Rent or bring your own snow machines to play until the sun goes down. Fat-biking, snow shoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities are both just a hill away in most any direction.    Visit Riverton and you’re sure to find that perfect gift at any of the charming craft fairs and get to know the artists who made them. Stop by the United Tribes Powwow or the Festival of Carols for unforgettable music. Kids of all ages will have tons of fun making old-fashion Christmas tree decorations and other traditional western holiday crafts or taking a once-in-a lifetime ride with Santa in a horse drawn wagon.   Explore the many eateries that line Lander’s Main Street and pop into shops that typify todays artful west or stop by and watch a cowboy Christmas melodrama. Serious gaming enthusiasts will enjoy learning secret strategies at the annual Native American Handgame Tournament held at the Shoshone Rose Casino. Stay for the fireworks! Bid farewell to 2017 at several big New Years Eve Parties with plenty of party favors, games, dancing and champagne to ring in 2018 in true western style. This December, bring family and friends to discover a new set of high country Christmas traditions and celebrations…found only in Wind River Country. Learn more about any of these fun events and others at https://windriver.org/trip-planning/calendar/  Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

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We have a Winner in Wind River Country, WY!

Fremont County, Wyo—The truth is we actually have nearly three-dozen winning events planned for 2018 in Wind River Country. The “winner” depends on when you choose to come play. See our attached 2018 Top Event flyer to select your winning combination. June visitors will have a hard time deciding between the umpteen chances to watch mesmerizing colorful native American dances and powwows on or near the Wind River Indian reservation, antique steam engines and tractors on parade in Shoshoni, or whetting their whistle tasting the top brews of the region at the Lander Brewfest.  Those visiting in July will want to bring several shoes to fit the parties. Bring cowboy boots for plentiful rodeos, the National Day of the Cowboy, Frontier Fest, and some do-si-do square dancing in Dubois, or the Pioneer Days celebrations and the Wild Horse Sanctuary tours in Lander. Don your moccasins (or buy some here) to step back in time to meander through Riverton’s 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous held on the original site on the Little Wind River. And pack your walking shoes for strolling around the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally and events.  You won’t need any shoes to wade in the pure mountain stream at Gold Rush Days at South Pass City to pan for real gold nuggets that you get to keep!  The late summer arrivals will need to decide between rubbing shoulders with enthusiastic locals at Lander LIVE park concerts, holding hands to dance a real friendship dance with local native dancers in Riverton and Lander, or cycling around in the Fremont Area Road Tour or Jurassic Classic Festival cycling events. For the more cerebral travelers, why not develop your artist’s eye by painting our crayon-colored landscapes in Dubois with top professional artists at the Susan K. Black Foundation’s week of art workshops? We understand your dilemma—and we have the solution! Don’t try to fit it all in one trip because we’ll be offering these events again next year, too. Make plans for this year, befriend some of the warmest locals around when you get here, then make a winning plan for more adventures to return to Wind River Country next year. “Problem” solved! Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country. About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country. end

Ned LeDoux Concert to help fund “BUILD THE BLEACHERS” campaign at Lander Rodeo Grounds

Lander, Wyo--NED LEDOUX is holding a concert to help Lander BUILD THE RODEO BLEACHERS on Saturday, February 10 at the Lander Community Center. Buy your concert tickets early, as we expect a sellout! Concert tickets are $30 in advance, purchased online at:landerwyoming.org (link to the Ned LeDoux concert under “Did You Know”)If there are any tickets available at the door, they will be $35. The Lander Community Center is located at 950 Buena Vista Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction until 7:30. From 6:00-8:00 two warm-up bands, Erica Murphree & Billy Browning, and Raine & Wayne, will provide music. The live auction will start at 8:00 p.m. with Ned LeDoux and his band playing from 8:30-10:00. Ned LeDoux, a talented musician from Wyoming, has just released his album, Sagebrush, and most recently played at the NFR in Las Vegas, and opened for Garth Brooks in Nashville. Ned has family ties in Lander, and has generously agreed to help raise funds to purchase much-needed bleachers at the Lander Rodeo Grounds. When the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Association hosts visitors from all over the world at the July 3 and 4 Pioneer Days Rodeo, known as the “Granddaddy of Them All” rodeo, spectators will be sitting on new and reconditioned bleachers! The arena and bleachers will be reconfigured to make the seating safer for spectators, and also provide a closer view of all the arena action, whether it be a rodeo, the annual 4th of July fireworks, or any number of future events that will be possible. Lander’s Concert Fundraising Committee is excited to bring you a night of fine entertainment from Ned LeDoux at Lander’s Community Center! There will also be a silent and live auction during the concert on behalf of the bleacher project. The Committee is asking for donated auction items to further their fundraising efforts. To donate an item, contact Sara Felix, Lander Parks and Recreation, 307-332-4647. Thank you to our Sponsors:City of Lander, Lander Old Timers Rodeo Association, KOVE/KDLY Radio, Inn at Lander, Summit Restaurant, Lander Ambassadors, Fremont Toyota, Fremont Motors, Central Bank & Trust, Wyoming Community Bank, Atlantic City Federal Credit Union, First Interstate Bank, Teton Distributors/Pepsi-Cola of Riverton, Phat Foam, AcuHealth. In addition to the proceeds from the Ned LeDoux concert, this project is partially funded by a Federal Recreation grant from the Land, Water, Conservation Fund, the local Fremont County and Lander District Recreation Board grants, Challenge for Charity funds, Lander Old Timers Rodeo Association and the City of Lander.  Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.  Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country. end

Sunset Magazine Calls South Pass City State Historic Site ‘Essential Western Travel Experience’

South Pass City got an early 150th birthday present this week. Sunset Magazine included the historic site in its list, “50 Essential Western Travel Experiences.”“A Western mining town was a chancy start-up. Although a few succeeded to become big cities, far more crumpled picturesquely into dust. South Pass City is among the most evocative,” said the Sunset listicle. “Here, near where the Oregon Trail crossed the Continental Divide, an 1867 gold strike launched a town of 1,000, which dissolved once the gold ran out. The state of Wyoming restored many surviving buildings, giving you a chance to stroll, sip sarsaparilla, and ponder Western failure and success.”On the note of success, South Pass City is one of the best-preserved mining towns in the West. Despite its ghost-town status, it’s only getting better after 150 years on the map.“One hundred and fifty years is a long time out here,” said Joe Ellis, Superintendent of South Pass City State Historic Site. So celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of anything—let alone a gold rush—is a big deal.Join Sunset in celebrating South Pass City State Historic Site by attending the special events scheduled for this summer. The annual Gold Rush Days July 7 and 8 will be expanded this July to include live music, a dramatic fireworks display, and more in addition to the usual gold-panning, Carissa Mine tours, and anvil blast. Keep an eye on http://southpasscity.com/ and Facebook for details as they get firmed up.Also watch for special events all summer long, like the site staying open late Saturdays in July and August, the chance to taste beer in a historic saloon, and guided walks on the new trail system.After all this time, Historic South Pass City remains one of the top things to see “in the best place in the world,” as Sunset put it.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Rock & Ice Magazine: Wyoming’s Wind River Country ‘Surpasses the Hype’

LANDER, WYOMING—Rock and Ice magazine brought a group of 15 photographers to Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont county in September, and the resulting issue hit the racks this month.The seven-spread photo essay, titled “Cowboy Rodeo” features the storied Wild Iris climbing area, with a few moments captured in the town of Lander between sends and snaps.Central Wyoming College (CWC) hosted the group for nearly a week at its Sinks Canyon Center, a perfect pairing. CWC has an outstanding outdoor education and leadership associate’s degree program and the Sinks Canyon Center is situated at the foot of another world-class climbing destination in Wind River Country.“We love helping host Rock and Ice and being home to CWC,” said Wind River Visitors Council communications manager Casey Adams. “Both epitomize the reason Lander and Wind River Country are international climbing destinations.”Pick up a copy of the January issue of Rock and Ice at any news rack or check it out online. Learn more about rock climbing in Wind River Country at windriver.org.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country. ###

True West Magazine: Dubois is Best Architecturally Preserved Town

DUBOIS—Dubois isn’t new to True West Magazine’s top lists. This year, the gateway to Wyoming’s Wind River Country from Yellowstone was named True West’s Best Architecturally Preserved Town. The February 2018 issue of the magazine, which hasn’t hit racks yet, raves over Dubois’ downtown atmosphere and rich, Wild West history. The cowboy town was included in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012 issues of True West. “Butch Cassidy once ranched in the area, and legend has it he visited the town regularly and shopped at the historic Welty’s General Store, built in downtown in 1899,” the 2018 Best of the West section of the magazine declares. “Visitors to Dubois will enjoy walking, shopping, dining and touring the city’s center, much of which was built over a century ago.” Dubois, located just over the Continental Divide from Yellowstone National Park, is a glimpse into the true Wyoming, where heritage is cherished and community is central. Travelers will find authentic experiences for all ages, ranging from Friday night rodeos and Tuesday night square dancing all summer long to cozy welcomes at lodges for snowmobilers fresh off the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail. Pick up the magazine in February to preserve your 2018 as your best vacation in the West.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds secret places that call to your curiosity. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come to Fremont County/Wind River Country and discover new things. Find the only way to Yellowstone. Find adventure—ride a horse, see an Indian powwow, holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the pace to think, the room to breathe, and the uncontrived adventure to rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Visit Wind River Country, WY, and improve your health this winter!

FREMONT COUNTY, WY—It’s a scientific fact that in the in the winter months, most people have lower vitamin D levels—also known as the sunshine vitamin. However, that’s certainly not the case here in Wind River Country. We have way more than our fair share of crystal blue skies and sun kissed afternoons, an average of over 300 sunny days per year! Armed with a stellar forecast like that and our attached January and February Events Flyer showing oodles of ways to get your snow on, who wouldn’t want to come play outside all day, every day?  Our vast outdoor playground offers tours to visit huge herds of bighorn sheep courtesy of the National Bighorn Sheep Center.  Spotting scopes and binoculars are provided for up to six people at a time. Dress warm and bring your camera for this once-in-a-lifetime bighorn sheep show! Make your New Year’s resolutions during any of our three State Park’s New Years Day hikes to get 2018 off on the right (or left) booted foot.  Stay the night and have a slumber party in one of several yurts in Sinks Canyon State Park. Pack your flannel pajamas and book your winter yurt at http://www.sinkscanyonstatepark.org/visitor/camping/yurts.html. Your inner athlete will delight in the choices for cross country skiing or fat biking on groomed trails and snowshoeing in fresh powder. Gear rentals are just a few minutes away in Lander at Gannet Peak Sports, Wild Iris Mountain Sports, and The Bike Mill, or in Dubois at the Wind River Gear Store. Don’t forget a few extra pairs of warm socks. Our Vitamin D is plentiful here and we’re happy to share it so make plans now to boost your health while having fun in the winter sun in Wind River Country! Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce,Riverton Chamber of Commerce,Dubois Chamber of Commerce,Destination Dubois,Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country. end

Park it and Explore on New Year’s Day

FREMONT COUNTY—The state parks of Wyoming’s Wind River Country are each hosting First Day Hikes. These have become a New Years tradition. What better way to follow a healthy first step of the year than with an educational second step?The parks have organized easy to difficult hikes on New Year’s Day. Choose to meander down the Nature Trail of Sinks Canyon State Park and learn about the biodiversity outside of Lander. Or make your way to South Pass City State Park to tour through the historic buildings and join the few who experience the town this time of year. Or make your way out of the mountains to Boysen State Park, where you’ll earn a breathtaking view of Boysen Reservoir.If it is the historic South Pass City where you decided to kick off your future, you’ll find the hike itself is the educational experience. The two-mile walk will start at the dance hall and explore the historic buildings of South Pass City. Learn about the boom of this gold-rush city, the bust, and the people who reside here to this day, even through the depths of winter.If you choose to rise to the challenge of a First Day Hike in Sinks Canyon State Park, stick around to check out the Sinks and the Rise of the Popo Agie River and the unique geology that makes the river disappear. You can even call a yurt home for a few days to maximize your exploration and education.Boysen State Park is an incredible location for bird watching and fishing, and that’s no different in the winter. Stick around after your hike to catch the big one through the ice (or not, if it hasn’t frozen yet!). Or explore Wind River Canyon’s views and geology on your way to warm up in Thermopolis’s hot springs.Hike detailsSinks Canyon State Park: Meet at the Nature Trail Parking Lot in the Popo Agie Campground and proceed approximately three miles along the Canyon Loop Trail. Easy to moderate hiking. For park specific information, please call 307-332-6333.South Pass State Historic Site: Meet at the Dance Hall then go for two mile hike, exploring the historic buildings of South Pass City during a time of the year few get to experience. Call 307-332-3684 for site specific details.Boysen State Park: Meet at Boysen State Park Headquarters, 120 Boysen Drive. Hike approximately one mile through moderate to difficult terrain, reaching a lookout with breath taking views. End back at Headquarters office. For park specific information, call 307-876-2796. Participants are urged to wear adequate clothing; most sites will offer coffee, hot chocolate, refreshments, prizes and campfires at the end of the hike. Kid and family friendly, leashed dogs are welcome! Free entry to the park. All events are subject to change. WYOutside, a partner in promoting healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation for children and families, is a co-sponsor of First Day Hikes. For more information go online to wyoparks.org. Find more holiday events across Wind River Country at WindRiver.org.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Wyoming's Wind River Country

Today, I had the unforgettable opportunity to spend some quiet time with the 21 bison who now call the Wind River Indian Reservation home. My brain is full of all that Jason Baldes taught us about...

The Full Eclipse Picture: Speculation versus Facts

FREMONT COUNTY, WY—Following the 2017 total solar eclipse, Fremont County/Wind River Country shared a sigh of relief, followed by reflection and speculation, alternately. As figures and anecdotes started to trickle in, the ever-important question of “was it an economic boon” remained speculative until now.Yesterday, the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) released the answers in its “2017 Economic Impact Study: Summary of Findings.”The Wind River Visitors Council believed before the actual numbers came in that the Wind River Eclipse, its preparation, and the tens of thousands of guests would have both immediate and long-term positive economic impacts on Wind River Country businesses and our Fremont County municipalities.“It seems every town in Wind River Country, no matter how small, saw traffic and business from the eclipse chasers,” said Wind River Visitors Council Marketing Director Paula McCormick. “The positive feedback flooded in for weeks after the eclipse from travelers vowing to return to Wind River Country, and that is where the real value lies.” Nonetheless, the communities within the path of totality have collectively held their breaths as WOT compiled economic impact data for the five-day period surrounding the eclipse. The findings: WOT, Dean Runyan Associates, and Destination Analysts, Inc. conclude 261,100 people visited the Cowboy State for the eclipse and spent $63.5 million in travel expenditures in five days. Fremont County received its fair share during that window of time. A total of 41,700 visitor days resulted from the guests who landed in Wind River Country. Fremont County’s eclipse visitors spent a total of $3.7 million here between Aug. 19 and Aug. 23. “The increased traffic and sales for small local businesses in this economic climate can be a huge boost,” said McCormick. The report also revealed the benefit to local municipalities and Fremont County government in tax receipts. Fremont County collected $60,000 in local tax receipts and earnings and another $160,000 in state tax receipts during the five days surrounding the eclipse. In the months that followed the eclipse week, the State has seen that swell continue to roll in: Sales tax collected in Fremont County jumped from $1.4 million in September of 2016 to $1.5 million in September of 2017. October, year over year, increased from $1.2 million to $1.5 million. Lodging tax collections are also dramatically up—by $67,758 over that same two-month period comparing 2016 to 2017. September and October numbers are indicative of August increases, as tax reporting came in over several months following the late August event. November’s numbers may also be elevated for these taxes because some entities only report quarterly.  “These numbers are really exciting and confirmed what the Wind River Visitors Council suspected: eclipse preparation and excitement paid off,” said McCormick. Thanks to this WOT report, we can all stop speculating: The 2017 total solar eclipse had a positive impact on Fremont County in the form of an impressive $3.7 million in expenditures and $210,000 in tax collections in just five days, and that bump will only continue to ripple its effects on the county. “The eclipse provided a beautiful way for us to introduce Wyoming to a national and international audience," said Diane Shober, executive director for WOT. "Nearly 44 percent of survey respondents indicated that they would come back to the Cowboy State because of this first initial trip. For a state where tourism is one of the major economic engines and as we are actively trying to encourage return visitation, this is fantastic news.”Use #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country. About the Wind River Visitors CouncilThe Wind River Visitors Council’s mission is to stimulate tourism by increasing awareness of, and encouraging visitation to, the unique destinations, activities and events in Fremont County/Wind River Country, Wyoming. The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) is a Lodging Tax Board responsible for promoting the travel and tourism industry in Fremont County through expenditures of the lodging tax. WRVC Board members represent our communities and the county and are appointed by local City Councils and the Fremont County Commissioners. Learn more at windriver.org. ###

Summer is Powwow Time in Wind River Country, Wyoming!

Summer is the time to take in one of the many Native American dance performances and powwows and learn about the history and traditions of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation as they share their music and dance. See the attached Powwow Flyer for the complete schedule of summer events. Powwows bring hundreds of top dancers and drum groups from around the US and Canada to compete. They are free and open to the public with food, arts and crafts. The opening Grand Entry is Friday night, with events Saturday and Sunday and the closing Grand Entry Sunday afternoon. These are an incredible way to experience the blending of the present and Wind River Country’s history.The Chief Yellowcalf Memorial Club Powwow remembers loved ones who have gone home and the Northern Arapaho people celebrate their heritage and honor past traditions through dance and song. Held May 27-29 on the Ethete Powwow grounds.The 58th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days and Rodeo Celebration is June 23-25 in Fort Washakie. Enjoy 3 days of dancing, Indian games, feasts, parade, rodeo and Indian relay horse races. Attend the Ethete Celebration July 21-23. Located in Ethete, this Northern Arapaho powwow has three days of dancing, drumming, food, arts and contests. The oldest powwow in Wyoming, the 63rd Northern Arapaho Indian Powwow, is September 1-3 in Arapahoe. This community powwow also has a hand drum contest on Saturday and a parade and feast on Sunday. The Northern Arapaho Native American Song and Dance Experience begins June 6 at the Wind River Hotel & Casino in Riverton. Held every Tuesday night at 6 pm through August 29 you will learn about the Northern Arapaho culture through story, dance and song. Join hands with the dancers for the Circle Dance at the end and visit with the dancers. The Eagle Spirit Dancers perform at the Museum of the American West in Lander June 21 to August 9. Each Wednesday at 7 you can meet the dancers, learn about their regalia and their dance style. Each performance ends with the Friendship Dance where you can join in with the dancers.To learn more about powwows and respectful etiquette, view a video and to see a complete list of the 2017 Powwow schedule, go to: http://windriver.org/portfolio/native-american-powwows/ or email info@windriver.orgUse #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Your postcard winter vacation awaits in Wind River Country, WY

Close your eyes and imagine your favorite cool-weather holiday with picture postcard views in every direction. Snow-covered mountains give way to gently undulating foothills that beckon the sledder and the skier. Perhaps you see yourself nestled in a rustic cabin recounting the day’s adventures of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or watching herds of bighorn sheep in their winter range? Maybe you imagine seeing for hundreds of miles atop a mountainside in a camp communing with your buddies and nature? Or maybe Lady Luck is joining you at the gaming tables? It’s all here in Wyoming’s Wind River Country, and these local businesses have put together sweet package deals that will make the trip that much sweeter. Make those dreams come true and at a savings to boot. Now that will put a smile on every face. Picture yourself in our winter wonderlands, then make it a reality. Find full details about our varied package deals at https://windriver.org/trip-planning/packages/Bighorn Safari National Bighorn Sheep Center Valid From 10/01/2017 to 05/15/2018Join a guided three to four hour field tour to experience bighorn sheep in their winter range. This customized tour is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and small groups. We begin the tour at the National Bighorn Sheep Center, providing a thorough background introduction to the Whiskey Basin Habitat area, bighorn sheep biology and the history of wild sheep. We then drive to specific locations where bighorn sheep have been recently sighted and learn more about their habitat and biology in the field. Optional hiking is available to additional sites. We provide binoculars, transportation and knowledgeable guides, and we can also arrange for bag lunches if desired – please inquire. Groups are welcome. We do require a deposit and at least 48-hour advance notice. Tours cost $100/person (for two or more people), or if desired, one person can attend for $200. Sorry, no pets allowed.Mention that you read about this 2017//2018 package deal on the Wind River Visitor's Council website and get $20 off the total tour rate. We can also accommodate larger groups at reduced rates, so please contact us for more information.visit website for more detailsCabin on the Wind Glamping on the River Valid From 09/15/2017 to 06/01/2018Cleaning fee waived ($100 value- 20% savings on a 2-night stay) for either of our two cabins located directly on the Wind River with an in-town location! Walk to restaurants, shops and museums. Lots of off-street parking for snowmobile trailers. Two cabins available to rent individually or both together for a group of up to twelve people. A large yard sits directly on the Wind River with a BBQ grill, campfire pit, and outside eating areas. Bicycles to cruise the town are available to our guests at no charge. “Cabin On The Wind��� is a two-bedroom, fully furnished 1500 sq.ft cabin that can sleep up to eight people. NOTE: You can also rent the “Lil’ Cabin On The Wind” for combined sleeping for up to twelve guests.2 nights minimum. $100 off (Note: cleaning fee waived ONLY if booked direct through our website). 20% savings on a 2-night stay.visit website for more detailsExclusive Base Camp Hunt in the Wind River Mountains Outfitters of the Wyoming Wilderness Valid From 10/01/2017 to 10/31/2017Join us for a horseback elk hunt into our remote wilderness base camp located on the Glacier Trail near Gannett Peak. Enjoy the comforts of wall tents with sleeping cots, home cooked meals, and the ruggedness of a wilderness hunt in a pristine environment. All inclusive trip including hunting in the wilderness and an onsite taxidermist. Book early for special savings on a combination of your hunt and taxidermy to preserve your memories!Must have a general elk licensevisit website for more detailsHunter and Snowmobile Special Branding Iron Inn Valid From 10/05/2017 to 04/18/2018We have the largest and safest parking lot for any size rig in town. Book three nights and get 50% off the fourth night. Call the Inn for exclusive snowmobile packing pricing, and mention this ad for further package discounts! We’re proud to have been awarded, “Wyoming State Snowmobile Business of the Year 2015-2016. brandingironinn@gmail.com 307-455-2893 - 888-651-9378Reservations of three or more nights are non-refundable.visit website for more detailsLil' Cabin on The Wind Glamping on the River Valid From 09/15/2017 to 06/01/2018Cleaning fee waived ($100 value- 20% savings on a 2-night stay) for either of our two cabins located directly on the Wind River with an in-town location! Walk to restaurants, shops and museums. Lots of off-street parking for snowmobile trailers. Two cabins available to rent individually or both together for a group of up to twelve people. A large yard sits directly on the Wind River with a BBQ grill, campfire pit, and outside eating areas. Bicycles to cruise the town are available to our guests at no charge. “Lil’ Cabin On The Wind” is a recently renovated one-bedroom 800 sq.ft. fully furnished traditional log cabin that can sleep up to four people. NOTE: You can also rent the “Cabin On The Wind” for combined sleeping for up to twelve guests.$100 off (Note: cleaning fee waived ONLY if booked direct through our website). 20% savings on a 2-night stay.visit website for more detailsSpecial Tuesday Tee Offs Lander Golf & Country Club Valid From 10/01/2017 to 10/31/2017Enjoy a Tuesday special all day long with the beautiful Wind River Mountains as your backdrop. 9 holes of golf with cart for $20, or $30 for 18 holes of golf with cart. 8am-8pm.Call to make reservations: 307-332-4653visit website for more detailsWinter Stay and Play at the Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel Valid From 10/01/2017 to 03/18/2018One night hotel stay in one of our deluxe rooms. Two complimentary meals at Deka Guy Hee restaurant. Two (2) $20 match play coupons 1 for each guest. Must be a players club member to redeem match play. Match play rules: Patrons must first play $20 cash on the gaming floor. Once they have played $20 cash on the gaming floor they will receive their $20 match play in the form of credits to play on the gaming floor. Patrons cannot cash out the match play amount and must play the value of the match play on the gaming floor. If a patron chooses to cash out they will only receive any amount above the $20 match play credits. Example; if a patron has $30 in credits on their machine after playing only $5 worth of their match play credits they will only be able to cash out a voucher for $15. The remaining $15 match play credits will remain on their players card until activated on a new machine. They will not lose their remaining match play credits, the credits will remain on their players card. visit website for more detailsAbout Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.end

Atlantic City, Wyoming, Voices from a Powerful Place

Atlantic City, Wyo. Join the Atlantic City Historical Society’s board of directors to launch its book, Atlantic City, Wyoming, Voices from a Powerful Place, at the Fremont County Pioneer Museum in Lander, 1443 W. Main St., on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. The 276-page volume celebrates the tiny gold mining town’s 150-year history with stories contributed by more than 50 authors who lived in or passed through here. Contributors submitted hundreds of images so the layout is rich with faces and places. A crossroad of all things Western, Atlantic City survives nearly in spite of itself at 7,600’ in the foothills of the mighty Wind River Range. Trail pioneers passed near here. Gold miners initiated Wyoming’s boom-bust cycle when they started the town in 1868. Ranchers and cowboys knew this place then and still tend herds on local allotments. Soldiers occupied a camp outside of town. Old West myths abound, and contemporary legends are equally noteworthy.U.S. Steel operated its taconite mine nearby for two decades. You might have enjoyed a fine meal, sipped a wee dram of scotch or been entertained by myriad other attractions. Community and commerce walked hand-in-hand through the decades. Winter offers its perennial theme, and if you’ve spent much time here you’ve heard tall tales – some true – told by the scores of storytellers who love this place.Grab some friends, and come celebrate this sesquicentennial anniversary book about one of Wyoming’s iconic towns. Books available for purchase include the standard softcover volume and a limited edition hard cover. Refreshments provided. For further details: inthewind@wyoming.comUse #windrivercountry to share your photos.   Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube  Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming's Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country. end

A feast for the senses this November in Wind River Country, WY

As the holidays draw near, our attention turns towards the familiar sights and sounds of the shifting season.  Cool notes of jazz, the sweet voices of the Collegiate Chorale and the Redneck Tenors, orchestral and band classics, topped off with some toe-tappin’ acoustic folk concerts will fill the air across Wyoming’s Wind River Country.  Read more below and see what we mean on the attached November Events Flyer. Our pure mountain air is guaranteed to make you come alive. Feed your artistic soul and marvel at the colorful skilled brushwork seen on Native American, and the Images of the American Bison 1749-1909 art exhibits. While you’re here, collect some handmade artwork at one of several large craft shows, local galleries, or meet the artists as you meander through the popular Art Walk.Treat your taste buds and sample some of the best eats and drinks in the Rockies at the Whiskey, Wine, and Craft Beer tasting. Be sure to stop in any of the many eateries across the county that are taking full advantage of the bountiful local harvests in their menus.While you celebrate abundance this month, you may have the chance to revel in even more fortune than you expected. Lady luck and join seasoned players will converge at the Wyoming State Poker Championship Tournament. You’re also invited to seek Lady Luck out at the elegant Monte Carlo Affair evening with casino-style gaming.Whether it’s luck or blessings you’re counting, you’ll find them—and so much more—in Wind River Country this season. Pick your favorite activities from our Events Flyer and get them on your calendar now. Join us in celebrating a festive November Wind River Country-style. Click here to make your dream trip a reality.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

50 Years of Curing Cabin Fever in Lander, Wyoming

For 50 years, the Wyoming State Winter Fair in Wyoming’s Wind River Country has been the place where winter blues melt away. For the 50th anniversary this year, enjoy once again the thrill of Ultimate Miniature Bull Riding (UMB), followed by the precision of a horse show. Then discover the fares and entertainment of the trade show.The festivities will kick off on Saturday, March 4 with the adorable and impressive UMB for aspiring young bull riders. Although small in size, the miniature bulls provide a rush for viewers and young riders alike at the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Arena. The show starts at 7 p.m.The following morning at 9 a.m., a variety of horse show competitions will begin at the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Area, 1663 Rodeo Drive. Learn more about the challenges skilled riders and horses maneuver their way through here.The trade show will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, March 10 and run until 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. All trade show events will be at the Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse, 350 Baldwin Creek Rd. Find a complete list of the fun to be had (think local vendors, live music, Native American dancing and much more) at www.wyomingstatewinterfair.org.*Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media. Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - #windrivereclipse - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Explore Wyoming’s Lander Front with new map of the area

LANDER—“Sinks Canyon,” “Bus Loop,” “Johnny Behind the Rocks.” These are names that elicit questions. That’s perfect, because they are places that beg for exploration. A deeper understanding of places like these in Wyoming’s Wind River Country is now easier with this new map, “The Lander Front.” NOLS Stewardship and Sustainability spearheaded the creation of this in-depth resource for local and visiting recreationists.“The intent of this map is to highlight these irreplaceable resources and recreational opportunities; opportunities that sustain a healthy economy and make it a coveted place to live, visit, and play,” states the introduction to the fold-out guide to the foothills of the Wind River Mountain Range.In addition to a large map identifying recreational areas in the Lander Front, the guide zooms in to specific areas like Sinks Canyon State Park, Johnny Behind the Rocks and the Bus Loop trail systems. Each area is described in terms of history, terrain, and recommended and permitted activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more.Get to know these unique destinations in Wind River Country with this map, available locally at the Lander Chamber of Commerce, The Nature Conservancy, Gannett Peak Sports, Wind River Outdoor Company, Lander Cycling Club, The Bike Mill, Wild Iris Sports, and NOLS Rocky Mountain. About NOLSNOLS is the world’s most comprehensive wilderness school. Students of any age learn communication, good judgment, and grit through developing outdoor skills, risk management, and wilderness medicine expertise in a hands-on environment. Students graduate from their courses prepared to step forward and lead their communities in a changing world. To discover the NOLS experience or to bring a course to your business or organization, call (800) 710-NOLS (6657) or visit www.nols.edu.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Wyoming’s Wind River Country has Full Schedule for August Total Solar Eclipse

Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont County will be the heart and soul of the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, and our calendar of events flyer is growing with each week.Wind River Country is a unique space in the Milky Way. It offers up cowboy towns and dude ranches right next to yoga studios and rock climbing meccas. It invites you into the warm arms of red-rock deserts and into the swirl of colors worn by Native American dancers. It is a wild and rugged landscape with the room to breathe that your soul yearns for. Why not get to know this place on Earth while it lines up with the moon and the sun?The full schedule of events is available in this flyer, as well as the Wind River Eclipse website, windrivereclipse.org.Whether you hope to learn all about eclipses and our unfathomable universe from a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) scientist or immerse yourself in the cultures that makes Wind River Country the most authentic corner of the West, you’ll find an unforgettable experience in which to package this summer’s total solar eclipse. *Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media.Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Wind River Eclipse  - Experience us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

A Perfect Fit: Wyoming’s Wind River Country and World Championship Adventure Racing

In its fifth year, the Rev3 Adventure Cameco Cowboy Tough Adventure Race will return to Wyoming’s Wind River Country. As the 2017 Adventure Racing World Championship. This is the first year the world championships will be held in the U.S. From August 10-16, 60 teams from 20 countries will have six days to cover up to 500 miles of the Cowboy State’s varied and truly breath-taking terrain, making their way from the start line in Jackson Hole to the finisher’s arch in Casper.Somewhere in there, the racers will come through Wind River Country. “It’s exciting that the Olympics of adventure racing is coming here,” said Domenic Bravo, Wyoming State Parks Administrator. “They want to revisit highlights from past years.”The previous four years of the event toured different regions of the state, including Wind River Country three years ago. This year, the race will be extended to cover up to 500 miles and return to each region’s most memorable and dramatic landscapes. It’s also the first year the world championships will be held in the U.S.It’s not surprising that the racers competing in the national championship—in the U.S. for the first time ever—will be spending time in Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont County. Because the race is kept secret until the competitors take off, it’s only known that they will revisit two state parks in the Wind River area: Sinks Canyon State Park and South Pass City State Historic Site. What is known that the dramatic landscapes, wild spaces and room to roam are suited perfectly to adventure racing.“Traveling by foot, mountain bike, vertical roping, and inflatable boats called pack rafts, and following a map with mandatory checkpoints, participants can expect abundant wildlife sightings and scenery only Wyoming can offer, including vast ranch lands, majestic mountains, authentic ghost towns, dramatic canyons, and alpine rivers,” a press release from Cowboy Tough described.Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

One Month Later: Wind River Eclipse More Successful than Expected 

The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 exceeded the expectations of the Wind River Visitors Council, according to WRVC Marketing Director Paula McCormick. What was expected? How do we know it was better than imagined?Expectation: 10,000-20,000 people will flock to Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont County leading up to the day of the eclipse.Reality: Hotels and campgrounds reached near capacity the weekend of the eclipse across the county. Additional lodging—such as AirBnBs, new camping areas, and locals hosting family—was also used by thousands of travelers. Though more people may have attended the eclipse than expected, there were certainly no less than the WRVC estimate.Example: The 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous site in Riverton had 665 weekend campers with an additional 135 day-of visitors.Expectation: People will be concentrated around the central path of totality on the day of the eclipse.Reality: Towns like Pavillion, Dubois, Crowheart, Riverton and Shoshoni were hopping the morning and early afternoon of Monday, Aug. 21. Areas on the edge of totality, like Lander, saw their increased traffic—including that final outgoing traffic jam—in the days leading up to the eclipse and the afternoon after totality.Examples: “Pavillion's population doubled for the day. The energy was amazing,” said Becky Hatcher, Pavillion Town Clerk.“We had over 2,000 visitors and the traffic was overwhelming,” said Margaret Appleby of Museum of the American West. “We had over 30 countries at our museum site on Saturday.”Expectation: We should be able to spread the crowds out from Togwotee Pass to Moneta.Reality: There was plenty of room to breathe for locals and travelers, alike. Public agencies and assorted camping providers dispersed tens of thousands of travelers across public and private land.Example: “Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel working in the Lander Region contacted over 10,000 individuals throughout the event,” reported Jason Hunter, WGFD regional wildlife supervisor. He reported that 3,000-4,000 went through the Whiskey Basin information station, 800-900 camped at Ocean Lake the evening prior to the eclipse and even more vehicles showed up the day of, and nearly 400 people passed through the WGFD information booth in Dubois.Expectation: Wind River Country will be host to thousands of visitors, then the region will quiet down quickly.Reality: A larger number of travelers than expected planned extended stays around the eclipse, particularly staying in Wyoming after Aug. 21.Example: “Speaking with Rick Collignon at the Dubois KOA Campground, they were not only full the week before the eclipse, but after their visitors began leaving on Aug. 21, they were ‘refilled’ by post-eclipse travelers for another week by campers coming south from Jackson and the national parks,” reported McCormick.Expectation: Providers who prepared well in advance of this opportunity and set fair prices will be able to maximize business.Reality: The Wind River Visitors Council put a great deal of effort into promoting every event and service that was brought to our attention. The earlier a group prepared, the better they appear to have done in terms of traffic and sales.Example: “In December, when I first decided to ‘go for it,’ I did extensive research on what other campgrounds in our area were charging for eclipse camping,” Paulette Moss of the Jim Moss Arena near Riverton, reflected. “At that time, I based our rates on them, but I tried to offer a little more, for a little less—simply because we are not a conventional campground. We ended up with about 145 reservations, from about 10 different countries and about 22 different states.”Expectation: The Great American Eclipse presented the unrivaled possibility to reach new segments of travelers and increase Wind River Country’s brand awareness.Reality: Many new travelers discovered this part of the world and fell in love with it. A high percentage asserted they will return, and the experienced travelers among them are expected to encourage other travelers to discover Wind River Country. Countless others read and viewed national media coverage of the Wind River Eclipse.Example: “We picked Dubois for the eclipse because it seemed a little out of the way. What a great choice that turned out to be,” raved one traveler. “From our first day to our last, we were treated like old friends. A beautiful little town filled with wonderful people. Great fishing, beautiful sights, a rodeo, square dancing, a pancake breakfast. We had a blast. We'll be back, maybe for good!!”Expectation: The influx of travelers to Wyoming’s Wind River Country for this event will bring additional revenues to Fremont County in the form of sales and lodging tax collections in addition to all the above-average purchases made that week and return visits in the future.Reality: The actual results on sales and lodging tax collections and estimated number of travelers should be available in October. The Wind River Visitors Council is eager to review the findings of an eclipse economic impact study by the Wyoming Office of Tourism and share them with the public.Example: We do know that Wyoming Department of Transportation traffic data indicates that there was a 148% increase above the 5-year average in vehicles entering Fremont County between Aug. 16 and Aug. 21. That means over 24,000 more vehicles than normal traveled into Fremont County during that time frame.end

View Google’s Eclipse MegaMovie: ‘Making-of’ Movie Features Dubois, Wyoming

A team of experts from Google and University of California Berkeley decided that Dubois, Wyoming, was the place to be for the days surrounding this year’s much celebrated Great American Eclipse. Their objective: Create the Eclipse Megamovie in collaboration with 1,300 citizen scientists across the nation and the other half of their team at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.The outcome was the assembly of 34,000 images, creating a continuous view of the eclipse’s totality as it passed from the West Coast to East Coast of the entire continental U.S. This is the first time totality has ever been recorded and compiled over an extended period of time and across locations. It is now complete and ready for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNER8is81g0.While in Wyoming’s Wind River Country, the crew also filmed a second video: “Chasing Totality: Making the 2017 Eclipse Megamovie.”The 15-minute video heavily features Dubois and the Google and UC Berkeley team’s stay there, from stunning footage of the area’s unique and dramatic scenery and the town overlook during the eclipse to an interview with Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman and eclipse event organizer Jeda Higgs. Watch the team as they work together to create the remarkable Eclipse Megamovie at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEEC1ULcDJw&feature=youtu.beUse #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Wyoming’s Dirt Roads are Calling

There are a lot of country love songs involving country roads. If the Wyo 131 gravel grinder has anything to say about it, you may find yourself writing a love song about a country road in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. “Lander is a fantastic destination for riding gravel roads because of the immense diversity from desert, to ranch lands, to beautiful high mountain roads like the Loop Road. Hundreds of miles of gravel roads surround Lander that offer the ability to ride roads with little to no traffic that take you to places and see things that few people get to experience, all the while having the amazing backdrop of the Wind River Range,” said Assistant Race Director Mike Dicken.In its first year, the Wyo 131 is a 131-mile gravel road race, the final event in the brand-new Wyoming Gravel Grinder Series. Finishers in each of the five races this summer earned points to determine the overall series winner. That winner will be announced following the Wyo 131 at the Coalter Loft in Lander on Sept. 9.But first comes love:“The Wyo 131 is a 131-mile gravel road route that weaves through red desert hoodoos and historic mining towns, following the tracks of Oregon Trail emigrants up to South Pass and then continues to climb up into the Wind River Mountains on Lander's beautiful Loop Road, passing high mountain lakes and stunning vistas before rapidly descending back to Lander,” described Dicken.Get to know the dirt roads of Wyoming’s Wind River Country Sept. 9 and join fellow cyclists at the starting line in Lander City Park. Learn more and sign up at https://www.wyo131.com/.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Fall in love with the real west in Wind River County, WY 

Whether a vacation puts you in the mood to stroll, run, dance, hike, or tap your toes, you’ll find the shoe that fits at one of the September fall activities offered on the attached events flyer. Affordable possibilities like these—and more, are going on all over Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Die-hard fans of the west will feel right at home next to our locals at the Shoshoni Labor Day Rodeos, 63rd Northern Arapaho Powwow in Arapahoe, CWC Welcome Powwow in Riverton, Festival of the Cowboy in Crowheart, and the Ultimate Miniature Bullriding Finals in Lander. You can also tour a wild horse sanctuary, spend some saddle time on horseback, whoop it up at a real barn dance, or discover the history of Wyoming cattle brands. We promise you’ll make some new Wyoming friends and carry a little western in your heart while keeping your wallet very happy. Heck, our brilliant fall colors alone will put a smile on your face that you can take home for free. Come and get your cowboy on and round out your summer adventures with us. Request your vacation guide to plan some fall fun in Wind River Country before our snow flies.  Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce.See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Leave the burning to the sun: Fire bans in effect for eclipse week in Wyoming’s Wind River Country

The Wind River Eclipse should be the only fiery show in town this week, and even the moon is keeping that flame to a minimum on Aug. 21. We should all do the same here on Earth in Wind River Country/Fremont County to ensure travelers and locals alike can enjoy a safe eclipse week.August is peak fire season in Wyoming’s Wind River Country, and a wet spring produced tall grasses that are ripe to start a wildfire. The Fremont County Fire Warden, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department have instituted a countywide fire ban for this reason. As always, fires are not allowed on Wyoming State Lands. • Fireworks will not be permitted.• Campfires are only allowed in existing, established fire rings or portable fire pits with screens or spark arresters, except on Game and Fish lands, in which case they are not permitted at all.• All legal campfires must be extinguished completely—travel with extra water to put out your campfire entirely.• Take extra care to extinguish your cigarettes, ash and butts. • Do not park a hot car in high grass.Let the sun and moon take center stage this week, and leave the sparks for the 4th of July.For more travel and safety information during the eclipse week, visit http://www.windrivereclipse.org/planningyourtrip/. Find all our Wind River Eclipse information at WindRiverEclipse.orgUse #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Duboiseclipse.com, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce.See the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Google, UC Berkely team choose Dubois for Megamovie Photo Shoot

Dubois, Wyoming, is going to be Googled next week, in an even newer sense of the new verb.In the days leading up to the Wind River Eclipse, a team of 20 Google and UC Berkeley researchers and videographers will descend on Dubois for a significant undertaking. “We’re the team behind Eclipse Megamovie, a citizen science project to study the sun's corona by recruiting over 1,000 volunteers from across the country to photograph the total eclipse as it passes overhead. The photos will be stitched into a continuous look at the sun over the course of the hour and a half it takes the eclipse to cross the country,” said Calvin Johnson of Making & Science at Google.The public is invited to participate in the Megamovie project across Wyoming’s Wind River Country, Wyoming, and the nation as the eclipse makes its way from west coast to east coast. In addition to shooting photos for the Megamovie, some team members will be shooting 360-degree videos for Google Expeditions.Thanks to Google, UC Berkeley, other universities, and amateur astronomy groups coordinating their eclipse efforts, part of the Megamovie team and their family members get to enjoy Dubois for a few days. With such a strong Google presence, maybe Dubois, Wyoming will see an uptick in Google hits.Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Celebrate October’s Bounty in Wind River Country

As the heat and pace of summer start to wind down, our traditional fall events pick up the slack. It’s a magical time to be outdoors and enjoying the harvest Wyoming’s Wind River Country has to offer. Take a peek at our October events flyer to see our unique events.Snap your fingers and tap your toes at our musical concerts, be thrilled at the bravery and horsemanship at a rodeo, dress up for our evening balls, or let your wild side run free and wear a silly costume for some spooky Halloween fun. Young or old, grab our October events flyer and pick your favorite ways to celebrate some fall fun in Wind River Country.*Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media. Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce,Dubois Chamber of Commerce,Destination Dubois,Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceFor a complete calendar of events go towww.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Safety Tips for the Wind River Eclipse: Visitors & Residents

With an estimated 10,000–20,000 travelers flocking to Wind River Country the week surrounding the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, travelers and residents alike should give a little extra thought to safety and preparation. Travel• Roads and parking areas will be in high demand. Schedule extra time for travel Aug. 17-22.o Guests: Traveling to your viewing location that Monday will be a busy time on relatively few routes. Give yourself ample time, and travel with a full tank of gas, water and snacks in the car.o Hosts: Set your alarm early for your commute Monday, and expect heavy traffic.• Parking:o Guests: Know land ownership and plan to park at established, safe, and public viewing areas, like those listed at windrivereclipse.org/parking-viewing-areas/o Guests: It is your responsibility to know land ownership, to heed trespass laws, and to care for the public lands you use in the manner expected (leave no trace). You can find maps of land ownership with an app like OnXMaps, on a GPS, and through local agencies like the Wyoming State Lands (http://gis.statelands.wyo.gov/GIS/OSLIGIS/StateLandAccess/), Wyoming BLM (https://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Lander.html), and Wyoming Forest Service (https://www.fs.fed.us/).o Hosts: Be aware of the potential for accidental trespass and take steps to prevent it, for example installing additional signage or locking gatesKids & Pets• Guests & Hosts: Remind your children of the “stranger danger” lesson. Consider giving your child a wrist band or card with their first name and your phone number on it.• Guests & Hosts: Take extra precautions for the protection of your pets during this busy and excitement-filled weekend.Stock up!• Guests: Businesses will have extra supplies on hand, including gasoline, water, sunscreen, food, bathrooms, folding chairs and approved safety viewing glasses.• Hosts: Stock up on food, beverages and ice, and gasoline, and refill your prescriptions early during the week of Aug. 14 before the stores get busy, for everyone’s convenience.Phones & Wi-Fi, 9-1-1 & 2-1-1• Fremont County will likely experience a complete—temporary—drain on cellular service, internet service and data transfer in the county.o Guests & Hosts: Do not rely on the ability to make cell phone calls, livestream your eclipse experience online from your phone, or even send photos in the hours surrounding the approximately two-minute solar eclipse. In fact, the fewer people who try, the lower the demand on the limited bandwidth in the county.o Guests & Hosts: If you can’t get a call through, try a text, as it will require less data.o Guests & Hosts: 9-1-1 will work, and these calls will always be answered. However, they may be answered by a dispatcher outside of the county. State your location right away if you have to call 9-1-1.• Guests: 2-1-1 is a statewide information and resource service. It is available 24/7 in all languages. Call 2-1-1 for information about medical services, lodging, eclipse safety tips, and more. If you have a non-emergency need or question, call 2-1-1 instead of 9-1-1.Navigation & 5-1-1• Guests: Don’t rely on your phone or car GPS for navigation. It is not uncommon for visitors to become lost in Wyoming because they only used their phones to navigate. Pick up a county or state map at a local store or Chamber of Commerce, or ask for directions to check your route.• Guests: Not all roads are paved. Dirt roads may not be navigable. Travel with water, food, extra layers, and a good spare tire, especially if you plan on getting off the main highway.• Guests & Hosts: Sign up for the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s eclipse travel alerts.• Guests: Wyoming tourism information is available by calling 5-1-1.• Guests & Hosts: Listen to local radio stations for eclipse news: All area stations will be airing information live about the eclipse, traffic, and resources.Eye Safety• Guests & Hosts: This is very important to protect your eyesight. Do not look directly at the sun without eye protection except during the brief period of totality—when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. Use approved eclipse-viewing safety glasses or shadow devices at all other times to view the sun. Take the time to review NASA’s eye-safety tips. Make sure all children follow the eye-safety rules.• If you are viewing the eclipse through binoculars, camera lenses (including cell phones), telescopes or other magnifying devices, you must also have a safety filter on the lenses, as the lenses magnify the sun’s impact on your eyes. Fire safety• Guests & Hosts: August is peak fire season in Wind River Country, and your car, your cigarette, and your campfire could all easily start a wildfire.o Don’t park your car (or leave it running) on grass, as it may ignite. Instead, park in designated camping, parking, or viewing areas.o Don’t toss cigarettes anywhere.o Thoroughly douse any campfire, and make sure your campfire is legal—they are currently banned in many locations in Fremont County.Altitude• Guests: Wind River Country’s elevation ranges from 5,000 feet to nearly 14,000 feet. Be sure to drink lots of water, limit caffeine and alcohol, and don’t over-exert yourself. Know the symptoms of altitude sickness.• Guests: The high altitude also means the sun’s rays are harsher; wear sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, hats, and pants to avoid sunburn.Animals & Bugs• Guests & Hosts: Know and practice bear safety while at campsites or in the mountains, including following public lands food storage regulations. Carry (and know how to use) bear spray.• Guests & Hosts: Take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes and rattlesnakes.First Aid Stations• Guests: Know the location of the medical clinic or hospital of the town you’re in. You will find additional aid stations in Riverton at the City Park, Lander at Jaycee Park, Crowheart, Lysite fire hall, and Pavillion town hall.Wind River Indian Reservation• Guests & Hosts: The Shoshone and Arapaho Fish and Game is selling eclipse permits for August 14-23 for the following areas: Boysen Peak, Trout Creek and the entrance to Crow Mountain. These areas will be marked with orange signs.o Day permits are $50 and are good only for the day of purchase. Overnight permits are $100, and a multi-day permit good from August 14-August 23rd is $500.o The permitted areas will be marked and monitored. All permits must be in the purchaser’s possession at all times.o Viewing the eclipse from reservation side roads will also require a day permit.o Due to the remote nature of the camping areas, portable toilet facilities or garbage cans will not be provided.o All other areas will be closed unless fishing permits were previously purchased. Persons who have purchased Tribal Fishing Permits must remain by open waters as indicated in the fishing regulations. As with all permit purchases, the purchaser agrees to be prosecuted in tribal and federal courts for any and all violations committed. All tribal rules and regulations apply when entering these areas.o Permits can be purchased over the phone using a credit card or at one of these locations: Rocky Mountain Sporting Goods-Riverton, 307-856-7687, 709 N Federal Blvd; Fastlane-Shoshoni, 307-876-2221, 110 W. 2nd; Wind River Outdoor Co.-Lander, 307-332-7864, 8114 WY-789; Wind River Canyon Whitewater-Thermopolis, 307-864-9343, 210 Hwy. 20 South. Also providing van transport to Boysen Peak. Call for info; Blair’s Market-Thermopolis, 307-864-3112, 600 S 6th St.Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.end

Wind River Country Holidays

Wind River Country HolidaysWhether you’re celebrating the holidays in Wind River Country as a third-generation local or as a guest, you’ll find yourself feeling at home at any event you attend.Between your fun on the slopes, hours snowmobiling through the Wind River Mountains, and cross-country skiing, schedule some time to socialize and take in the warm atmosphere of the holidays in Wind River Country. Learn more about all of these events on the Wind River Country calendar. Thinking about the perfect Wyoming souvenir to give to family or friends in another time zone? Browse the hand-made art at the half dozen Christmas Arts and Crafts events beginning Nov. 18 right up until Dec. 10 and still have time to get them mailed!Celebrate the magic of Christmas with a whole new twist. There are two opportunities to wander through a veritable forest of creatively decorated Christmas trees. Nov. 26 in Lander you can get in the festive spirit at the 8th Annual Tree Event with an auction, games, and live music. On Dec. 1-2 Riverton hosts the 12th Annual Festival of Trees. This year is the Wonderful World of Candyland. Pick an ugly sweater for your photo with Santa and something festive for the gala with dinner, entertainment, and auctions.On Dec. 3, Lander will welcome you and the holiday season with Light Up Lander! Join in the cookies and cocoa, hayrides, and a special visit from Santa. Bring a canned good for the local Food Bank in exchange for a raffle ticket to win great prizes! Gather at Mr. Ds Food Center to watch the fantastic Lighted Parade down Main Street.That same day, you could head up to Dubois for their Christmas Concert and Corner Lighting-Up Ceremony from 5-9pm. Enjoy the colorful lights, hot cocoa and cookies before you mosey over to the Headwaters Center for Dan Seelye and Packin' the Mail playing old time western Christmas favorites at 7pm. Santa will stop by at intermission, too!It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the tradition of seeing the wonder and delight of the Nutcracker ballet. Dec. 4 will bring a special evening of this beloved ballet to Lander when the Eugene Ballet Troupe performs.If you and your family would like to discover Christmas in Wyoming, as pioneers might have experienced it, join the Lander Pioneer Museum for “An Old Time Christmas” Dec. 10. Music, storytelling, crafts, and sweet treats will be included. Santa can get around the world in one night, so he can be in Wind River Country while you’re here! Fun activities are planned at Santa’s Workshop, so bring the kiddos who still believe in the jolly old guy to Lander Dec. 17.For a thrilling, Western experience, watch authentic Chariot Horse Races in Dubois Dec. 17 and 18. Feel the thundering hooves as they race by, and soak up the friendly competition.Take a break from all that shopping and meet some friends to enjoy a peaceful afternoon when a local choir will serenade you with heavenly Christmas favorites all afternoon on Dec. 18 at Lander’s Holy Rosary Church.Say goodbye to a to wonderful 2016 and prepare for a stellar year in 2017 on Dec. 31 at the New Years Eve Party at the Wind River Casino, or the Fremont County Fairgrounds. Both Riverton events have plenty of party favors, games, and music in store for the farewell tribute. Get further details about any of these fun events and others at the Wind River Country calendar: http://windriver.org/trip-planning/calendar/ *Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media. Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination DuboisFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Jurassic Classic Becomes Mountain Bike Festival Celebrating Biking in Wind River Country

Riding a bike is among the simple joys that we discover at a young age and continue to enjoy for the rest of our lives. The pure glee, thrill, and freedom we discover on the driveway on that first ride is something we can tap into for the rest of our lives for a rare escape from adulthood. This year, the organizers of Lander’s Jurassic Classic are embracing that fundamental delight behind bike riding. The 2017 Jurassic Classic Aug. 25–27 won’t be a race like past years but a festival. The event’s promotional video and website use the word “shenanigans” with dedication, right next to words like “adult strider races,” “slow bike race,” and “whole Landerchalada.”“The trails in Lander are amazing,” said event director Mike Dicken. “But there is more to Lander mountain biking than just the trails. It’s the community, the shops, the art, the restaurants, the culture of Lander!”The festival will celebrate all of that with demos from Specialized, Liv, and Giant; group rides, a party, live music, yoga, breakfast burritos, trade fair, and some trail work to keep the mountain bike scene fresh around LanderRegistration for the event is now open, and prices increase Aug. 18, so make plans to join the fun today. Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River CountryWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

August Activities Are Abundant Around Wyoming’s Wind River Country

If it’s friendly faces and fun in the sun that you are seeking this August, you can bet it’s taking place all over Wyoming’s Wind River Country! Check out our August Events Flyer to start planning your getaway to the endless postcard scenery of Fremont County/Wind River Country. Here you can test your metal, scoot your boot, or simply watch in wonder at all the authentic activities that fill our days. Global visitors and locals alike look forward to our rodeos, powwows and dancing, races, treks, outdoor shows and countless other western shindigs. Experience all the intrigue and romance that the rugged wild west still stands for. Whether you’re vacationing with loved ones or solo with your beloved favorite comfy shoes, book your August adventures now. We’ll save you some room. Stop by our Facebook page to see all of our event flyers!Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Wyoming’s Wind River Country has Eclipse Lodging Available: Hotels, Vacation Rentals, Camping & More

FREMONT COUNTY, WYOMING—Just one month before the moon slips in front of the sun for a tour of the United States, Wyoming’s Wind River Country still has a wide variety of lodging accommodations available. Hotels and other traditional lodging providers in Dubois, Riverton, and Lander have available rooms, including The Mill House in Lander, Frontier Lodge in Lander, Silver Spur in Lander, Timberline Ranch in Dubois, Black Bear in in Dubois, Triangle C Ranch near Dubois, the Wind River Hotel & Casino in Riverton, and more.Furthermore, home rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO have expanded the overnight capacity of Fremont County/Wind River Country.“In addition to all of these beds, community members have demonstrated some incredible hospitality and entrepreneurialism by offering camping with varied services to eclipse travelers,” said Wind River Visitors Council Communications Manager Casey Adams.Travelers who are still researching their Wind River Eclipse experience can browse these special accommodations, as well as rentals and traditional lodging at windrivereclipse.org.Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River CountryWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Explore Wyoming’s Wind River Country for Eclipse Experience

Wyoming’s Wind River Country is excited to welcome thousands of guests leading up to and the day of the much-anticipated total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 with a full schedule. The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) has compiled a calendar of all eclipse-related events between today and Aug. 22 for visitors and locals to build a full itinerary of adventure, cultural experiences, historical reenactments, and cowboy living.Read through the events in the attached two-page August Eclipse events flyer. You will find that many of the events surrounding the Wind River Eclipse are simply expanded versions of any other summer in Wind River Country. Now you know you can return to the region in the future and enjoy the same authentic, exciting events with even more room to breathe.In the weeks prior to the main event—the Wind River Eclipse—the WRVC will distribute handouts listing all the events across the county Aug. 17–22 with more detail and the convenience of picking one up while you’re exploring.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.

Natural splendor all over Wind River Country – Seasonal Calendar of Events

As the temperatures start to drift a little lower each week, our landscape colors are shifting into high gear.  The brilliant hues of harvest time are splashed all over the mountains and valleys.  We are surrounded with rich reds, oranges, and golds, making it a magical time to be outdoors and enjoying all that Wind River Country, WY,  has to offer.  Take a peek at our seasonal calendar of events flyer to see what we mean. Artists can’t help being influenced by this palette of colors judging by the many arts and crafts events going on right on into winter and the end of the year.  Now is the time to start finding unique holiday gifts inspired by nature for those on Santa’s list.  As evidenced by countless photos and inspired craftwork, the bounty of the earth is at its peak right now.  It’s a time of giving thanks.  Harvest festivals in almost every Fremont County town is an excellent way to celebrate.  Sample the tastiest fruits and veggies while the kids bob for apples and more!  Bundle up and take a wilderness trek or brisk hike to hear bugling elk woo their brides. Dress-up in your fancy duds and take in weekly cultural shows and musical concerts, or let your wild side free and dress-up in silly costumes for some spooky Halloween fun.  Young or old, you can be whatever you want to be, you can see whatever you want to see, in Wind River Country this fall and winter.    *Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media.   <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">Facebook - Like us!<span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">Twitter - Follow us!<span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">Instagram<span style="font-family:Times; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue"> - <span style="font-family: Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">Follow us!<span style="font-family: Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue"><span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">You Tube - Watch us!<span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">#windrivercountry<span style="font-family: Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue"> - <span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Tag us!<span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:blue"> Related Links: <span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">Lander Chamber of Commerce, <span style="font-family:Times; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">Riverton Chamber of Commerce,<span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:blue"> <span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none">Dubois Chamber of Commerce, <span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:blue;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">Destination Dubois For a complete calendar of events go to <span style="font-family:Times; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">www.windriver.org/calendar.  <span style="font-family:Times; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">To request a vacation packet, please visit us at <span style="font-family: Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:blue;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none">Wind River Country<span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:#333333"> <span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">or call 800-645-6233. 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May Fun for Everyone in Wind River Country

Fremont County, WY – As May rolls in, so do brilliant clear blue skies, perfect spring temps, and a palette of wildflower colors in every direction. See what makes springtime in Wind River Country so special, and join the locals for celebratory events listed in the attached May Events Flyer. The young travelers in the family will enjoy learning about Indian rabbit hide paintings, panning for real gold nuggets, watching real Indian arrow crafting, racing other kids in the Spring “Run-Off,” and cheering on their peers at several mini bull riding rodeos.Equine lovers of all ages will find it hard to choose from the many horse events that officially welcome spring, but one notable opportunity is touring the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary where over 130 mustangs live. Watch a mustang and burro training day, or witness incredible horsemanship skills in action as rider and horse move as one at a stock horse show.Anyone itching to stretch their legs and get active in the great outdoors will enjoy attending the Wyoming Outdoor Weekend Expo and trade show, which will include local adventure tours.For a change of pace and time, take the Carissa gold mine tour at South Pass City, listen to a history lesson during a relaxing stroll around Lander, or come to a real dead stop when you get introduced the locals of long-ago on a guided cemetery tour in Shoshoni! But we’d prefer to focus on the future: it’s time to plan a visit to Wyoming’s Wind River Country!We are known for our unique activities and events all year round. May is no exception. Print off our May Events Flyer and beat feet to Wind River Country to start your summer off on the right foot!Use #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Planes, Trains and … Hot Air Balloons at Riverton, Wyoming July Rendezvous

RIVERTON—The grand finale of the month-long Riverton Rendezvous festival is the colorful and dramatic hot-air balloon rally.The height of the hot-air balloon rally actually occurs on the ground: the balloon glow. As the night of Saturday, July 15, grows darker, the balloons will stand up in the soccer fields and be lit by their burners, growing brighter and brighter. The glow will start at 8:30 p.m at the Central Wyoming College (CWC) soccer fields, the same site as the rest of the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally. July 14–16 the CWC soccer field will be host to 21 balloons for the 37th Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally. All balloon flights will begin at 6 a.m., weather permitting, at 2660 Peck Ave. Volunteers and spectators are welcome. Paid sponsors have priority for balloon rides, but rides sometimes become available to volunteers who help with balloon setup, and one of the Cloud Kissers will be providing tethered rides for free (donations are encouraged).“Whether you are on the ground or in a balloon, the sight of balloons inflating and launching is always amazing and beautiful! Every balloon has such dramatic colors and designs that it makes a photographer's dream come true to see these majestic aerostats take flight! It definitely is worth getting up early to see the magic unfolding on the launch field,” said Riverton balloon pilot Pat Newlin of the event. She welcomes questions at patricia.newlin@gmail.com.The Riverton Balloon Rally is part of the larger Riverton Rendezvous month. The city-wide celebrations include a model airplane fly-in, park festivities, a sidewalk art contest, a celebrity speaker, pancake breakfasts, car and bike shows, fireworks and a balloon rally. Review the full schedule of events here, then meet us on the Wind River for the annual Riverton Mountain Man Rendezvous.Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds secret places that call to your curiosity. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come to Fremont County/Wind River Country and discover new things. Find the only way to Yellowstone. Find adventure—ride a horse, see an Indian powwow, holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the pace to think, the room to breathe, and the uncontrived adventure to rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

24th International Climbers’ Festival: Land of Legends

LANDER—Wyoming’s Wind River Country has been home and playground to many rock-climbing legends over the past few decades. The stories and names are woven into the fabric of Main Street stores, local brew names, and the innumerable routes on the world-class rock that surrounds Lander.This July 12–16, Lander will be host to a celebration of the legends of old and of today, of flesh and of stone. The 24th annual International Climbers’ Festival will include the traditional favorites like the pull-up competition, Scarpa Dyno Comp, Dolomite Dash, Adidas keynote speaker, and the staple clinics, live music, art crawl, trade fair, and more. Climbers’ Fest Executive Director Elyse Guarino says there are also many new highlights this year:Competitions (ticketed attendees only)“We have a new Win the Festival competition that is a scavenger hunt and gets folks out seeing more of Wyoming climbing areas and historical areas than they would if they were just climbing at Wild Iris,” said Guarino.In addition to this chance to explore the Wild West beyond the rock walls, climbers can participate in the new red-point competition on Saturday, July 15. The competition has three categories, “so all levels of lead climber can have a shot at it.”Athlete Auction Fundraiser (ticketed attendees only)The silent auction is for an opportunity to climb with a professional athlete for the entire day of July 15th during the Limestone Rodeo. If you are a skilled climber (5.11+), you could win the chance to compete side-by-side with a professional climber to win $500 each. Climbers who competently lead 5.9 and can belay well can bid on the chance to support an athlete’s attempt to win the $1,000 cash purse in the individual category. World-famous climbers like Tommy Caldwell, Joe Kinder, and Alex Johnson are volunteering their time to help fellow climbers grow and benefit a good cause. All proceeds of the silent auction will go toward improving infrastructure, trails, and climbing at the Wild Iris climbing area. The auction is live now.Art Crawl (open to public)“The Central Bank and Trust Art Crawl is bigger than ever and is its own Wyoming event,” said Guarino of the Main Street crawl that will host more than 45 vendors and artists of local, regional, and international renown.Lander Brewing special beer (open to public … over 21)Lander Brewing is making a special session IPA for the Climbers’ Fest. The Quick Draw Cowboy session IPA will be on tap, in bottles, and in cans for climbers and spectators alike.Patagonia Worn Wear (open to public)Bring items to Wild Iris Mountain Sports on Wednesday or Thursday and the Trade Fair (also open to the public) at Lander City Park on Friday, and Patagonia will repair them for you.Whether you aspire to be a climbing legend, climb where legends have climbed, or just want to join the fun and watch from the ground, the International Climbers’ Festival will have the entire town of Lander grinning and gripping for a full weekend. Purchase your tickets here. Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

July Pageantry Galore all over Fremont County, WY 

Summers are packed full of special events in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Here you can attend authentic Native American powwows or whoop n’ holler at real wild-west rodeos. Try your luck at panning for gold at Gold Rush Days. Patriotic celebrations are planned all over Fremont County including July 4th parades, old west pageantry, and watch our skies fill with stunning fireworks. Check out the fun we’ve lined up on our July Event Flyer! Native American Powwows and Indian dancing provide visitors a glimpse of living history. Summer time is powwow season that can be traced back to pre-European times when Plains Indians used dance to honor tribal members, recognize important events, and seek protection for warriors and hunters. Today, powwows are an important way for Native Americans to keep their culture and traditions alive. See our Powwow flyer and learn powwow etiquette here to know when and where they are happening. You'll also find an assortment of countywide cultural offerings. Every Wednesday the Eagle Spirit dancers perform amid teepees and the backdrop of the Wind River Mountains at the Museum of the American West. Every Tuesday, the Northern Arapaho Cultural Experience offers cultural programs of authentic Indian dance, storytelling, and exhibitions to provide special insights to the Arapaho tribal way of life. Cowboy culture still rules in Wind River Country. For those interested in cowboy-flavored events, bring your cowboy boots for some boot-scootin’ square dancing. The Fremont County Fair offers PRCA rodeos in Riverton, along with the Lander Pioneer Days Rodeos on July 3 & 4, Dubois Friday Night Rodeos, youth rodeos featuring the up and coming rodeo stars of tomorrow, and a tribute to all things cowboy at the National Day of the Cowboy, and Frontier Fest!Plenty of outdoor recreation is on tap at the International Climbers Festival, art crawls, the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally, fun runs and trail races, history and nature treks, wild horse sanctuary tours, live outdoor concerts, plus kids camps and activities for the kiddos. Print off our July Events Flyer and be sure to bring it with you!Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Kids: Learn to Rock Climb in Wyoming’s Wind River Country

LANDER, WY—You’ve been out of school for a couple weeks now, and your mom keeps threatening to make you do more chores unless you get out of the house. You’ve biked enough laps around the neighborhood to know it like the back of your hand, and you’re ready for a real adventure.Summer shouldn’t be boring—it should be rocking. So tell your parents exactly how you plan to get out of the house, learn something new, and bolster your self-confidence. Summer in Wyoming’s Wind River Country is “chalk-full” of opportunities to safely learn how to rock climb and get to know the incredible Lander climbing community. Wind River Climbing Guides Event & Custom Courses“Becca and I get so much joy out of sharing our passion with others,” says co-owner of Wind River Climbing Guides Kyle Meier. “There are a ton of benefits that one can gain from rock climbing. It’s great to see the dynamics that go on with families when taking a course with us. They encourage one another, challenge each other, and grow together.”Saturday, June 17, Wind River Climbing Guides will offer a family climbing event designed for kids and parents to learn about climbing side-by-side 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trust us: inviting Mom and Dad on an adventure like this with you will be the perfect belated Mother’s Day and early Father’s Day gift. The Family Climbing Day in Sinks Canyon is for ages 5 and up, requires no experience, and is limited to parents and their children. You don’t even have to pack climbing gear. Help your parents plan this trip by giving them this contact information: ((307) 335-3439, info@windriverclimbing.com and windriverclimbing.com)All the courses offered by Wind River Climbing Guides are custom, and therefore can be tailored to you and anyone else in your family older than 4. If Mom says you can’t take a vacation so soon, suggest she check out their various course lengths and types for later in the summer. Elemental Performance + Fitness: Youth Rock Climbing Camp“This is one of my favorite classes to teach,” says climbing instructor Charlie Manganiello, “I really enjoy seeing experienced youth climbers step it up and help their peers throughout the class. But what I mostly love is seeing youth completely new to climbing cruising up climbs and tying in with a perfect knot by the end of the week.”The week-long course Manganiello teaches focuses on technique, belaying, knots, and good old-fashioned fun. The first four days of the camp entail two hours on the climbing wall at Elemental Performance + Fitness. The Friday culmination will take place outdoors at the renowned climbing scene of Sinks Canyon.The two week-long camps will run June 19–23 and July 17–21. Students ages 5-7 will meet at the gym 8–9:45 a.m., and students ages 8–14 will take over the gym 10 a.m. to noon. Both groups will climb outside together the Friday of their camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Explain to your parents that this means you can spend the morning learning while they go on a date. Every day. All vacation long.Both dates still have limited space available. Have your mom or dad Contact him to sign you up at (307) 332-0480 or charlie@elementalgym.com.“I am actually jealous that they are learning so young,” Lander mother Kelly Roseberry told the Wind River Visitors Council last year of her daughters taking on the rock walls. She’s not alone, so if you’re interested in seeing your parents squirm a little and then swell with pride, invite them along for one of these camps:Lander Parks and Recreation: Little Monkeys Climbing Class & More“Kids climb with parent or guardian. Not required to climb but kids love seeing adults getting outside their comfort zone,” the Parks and Recreation class description urges.Kids ages 5–7 are invited to take their parents on an expedition this summer to join climbing instructor Stacy Wells in Sinks Canyon. The classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17, July 1, and Aug. 5. Spots are still open, so tell your parents to call the Lander Parks and Recreation Department for more information and get you all signed up and start packing: (307) 332-4647.Also tell them all about the many other classes for your big siblings ages 8 and up, as well as adult classes if your parents can’t keep up with you yet.If you’re looking for a little something extra to convince your parents.Use Meier’s words:“I think that getting kids into the outdoors at an early age is an invaluable experience that will stay with them for a lifetime. It teaches them how to overcome fears, empowers them to achieve goals beyond what they thought was possible, and fulfills them with a sense of accomplishment. Rock climbing is one of many incredible avenues to get kids comfortable in the outdoors and learn how to fully enjoy the natural playground that surrounds us.”Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River CountryAbout Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

American Pickers to Film in Wyoming

Mike Wolf, Frank Fritz, and their “American Pickers” team are excited to return to Wyoming. They plan to film episodes of the hit series throughout the state in July. American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on the History Channel. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. American Pickers is looking for leads in Wyoming and would love to explore your hidden treasure.As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location, and description of the collection with photos to americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST. Find us at https://www.facebook.com/GotAPick/Use #windrivercountry and #windrivereclipse to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Get Moving in Wyoming’s Wind River Country

No matter what your pace of life, you can find the perfect activity in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. You can walk, run, race, bike or hike almost every week in June. Print off our June Events Flyer and join us for some fun in the sun. Feed your need for speed and challenge yourself at the popular Lander Fremont Area Road Tour or the Riverton Fast and Furriest Fun Run (bring your dog, too). Try the Rough and Tumble Trail Run or a spectacular Full Moon Run; both happen in the stunning terrain of Lander’s Sinks Canyon State Park. Or put your dancing shoes on for some family square dance lessons every Tuesday in Dubois.If a tour is more your style, take a guided stroll around the Hudson Daze Festival, the Shoshoni Day/Antique Tractor Show, a guided mine and mill tour in South Pass City, a bronze foundry or wild horse sanctuary tour in Lander, or a guided historic walking tour of Riverton.When the time comes to get off your feet, sit back and watch the swirl of colors of authentic Indian dancing at the Ethete Powwow, Lander’s weekly Eagle Spirit dance exhibitions, or the weekly Riverton Song and Dance Experience. Get your cowboy fix at the Dubois Friday Night Rodeos or Don Scheer Pack Horse Race. History buffs will enjoy the weeklong demonstrations and activities at the Riverton 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous. There’s a lot of fun to be had in Wind River Country this summer. Print off our June Events Flyer and make your plans now—ready set, go!Use #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country. About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

National Travel & Tourism Week: Visitors to Wind River Country Support Jobs, Government

Half a million people make up the state of Wyoming. The same number of people visited this pocket of Wyoming—Fremont County—in one year. In 2016, 513,000 travelers spent at least one night in Wyoming’s Wind River Country, according to a recent Wyoming Office of Tourism report compiled by Dean Runyan Associates. With each of these overnight stays, the Fremont County economy reaped the benefits in the form of visitor spending, job creation, and tax collections.Direct travel spending in the county totaled $125.3 million last year.Travel and tourism is the second largest industry in Wyoming, and its role is increasingly important to Fremont County residents as the mining industry ebbs. In fact, according to this study, were it not for travel and tourism, Fremont County’s unemployment rate of 5.4 percent would have jumped up to 12 percent in 2015.“It’s what we all survive on,” says Mike Bailey, owner of Bailey Tire & Auto Service. “It’s huge to get those tourism dollars coming through the county.”Employees of Fremont County’s travel and tourism industry earned $44.4 million in 2016.The county’s travel and tourism industry isn’t as much about numbers as it is about people. In honor of National Travel & Tourism Week May 7–13, the Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) celebrates the half million people who visited Wind River Country last year and the 1,540 of your neighbors they relied on for safe, memorable experiences.“Our ambassadors are the people who make travelers want to share their Wind River Country experience with their friends and family,” said Paula McCormick, marketing director of the WRVC. “Whether you work in the industry or not, you can help elevate the positive economic impact of tourism on your community by being a friendly ambassador to our visitors.”Travel generated $5.9 million in tax receipts for Fremont County in 2016.For every night, meal, and vacation experience local ambassadors provide in Wind River Country, another boost finds its way back to the community. The lodging tax, at 4 percent, is used to grow the travel/tourism industry. Sales tax, collected on every purchase, goes toward the local and state public services we rely upon. Due to the efforts of locals working in the tourism industry, lodging and sales tax collections have increased 79 percent since 2006. These funds are a boon to local businesses and residents alike.Half a million guests supported jobs, businesses and communities in Fremont County last year through tourism. The best thing Fremont County can do to show gratitude is to continue to demonstrate excellent hospitality.About the Wind River Visitors CouncilThe Wind River Visitors Council’s mission is to stimulate tourism by increasing awareness of, and encouraging visitation to, the unique destinations, activities and events in Fremont County/Wind River Country, Wyoming. The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) is a Lodging Tax Board responsible for promoting the travel and tourism industry in Wind River Country through expenditures of the Lodging Tax. WRVC Board members represent our communities and the county and are appointed by local City Councils and the Fremont County Commissioners. Learn more at windriver.org.

Take a detour into Wyoming's Old West

Fremont County, WY - Western tradition still flourishes in Wind River Country. This beautiful, undiscovered part of the state lies an easy half-days drive from both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.Each year, historic and traditional local events bring the classic western way of life into high gear for visitors. Those who hanker for cowboy-flavored events need look no further.Get your western on at stock horse shows, rodeos, cowboy festivals, competition barrel races, ranch rodeos, bull riding events, and even a kids’ gymkhana rodeo. Or saddle up for a horseback ride on mountain trails where wild still reigns. If it’s western, we have it. Print out the attached rodeo schedule as your treasure map to all this action this summer. Use it to plan your days to get good and dusty in Wind River Country! The 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse will carve a path of 100% totality right through the heart of Wind River Country on August 21 creating a once-in-a-life time cosmic event of darkness during mid-day. We still have room for you to stay and play cowboy at the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, Dubois Friday Night Rodeo, Chasin’ the Eclipse Barrel Horse Races, the Bulls, Barrels and Border Collies Rodeos, or the Beauty and the Beast Youth Rodeo all held during the eclipse weekend. You can even stay in a real Indian tee-pee on the original riverside 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous spot! Make plans now to secure your best seat for the best show on Earth at http://www.windrivereclipse.org. Use #windrivercountry to share your photos! Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Explore and Save in Wind River Country, Wyoming

What could be better than finding yourself in some of the most amazing mountain wilderness in the West? Having the details taken care of so all you do is show up! Find the perfect package for your Wind River Country outdoor adventure this spring, summer or fall! Local businesses have put together special packages and deals to save you time and money on your adventure. All you need to do is decide which deal will fit your vacation. Since much of the legwork is already done, you can save your legs for exploring Wyoming’s best trails!With all that there is to do in Wind River Country, picking just one might be impossible. Why not combine a couple deals to save even more?Any Great American Eclipse seekers searching for spacious prime viewing locations, chase those dreams on over to our special eclipse event page on windrivereclipse.org. Almost all of Wind River Country lies in the path of totality of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and we still have plenty of RV parking and camping available.Use #windrivercountry to share your photos. Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceSee the complete calendar of events or request a vacation packet at Wind River Country.About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

The Great American Eclipse Presentation Series at CWC-Lander Offered through August, 2017   

The Wind River Eclipse Education Team (WREET) is a collaboration of many local partners throughout Fremont County including Central Wyoming College. Together they present the following activities in preparation for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. More information can be found at www.windrivereclipse.org A total eclipse is happening on August 21, 2017 and will be unlike anything you have ever experienced! Totality will cross the US from the Pacific to the Atlantic with its path sweeping across Fremont County. Nearly everyone in the US can reach this total solar eclipse within one day’s drive. Residents and visitors will have the rare opportunity to experience day turning to night and the numerous celestial events that will take place in the eclipse sky. CWC Lander is offering a series of free presentations to help your prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event! Presentations are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations preferred. Free and open to the public. 120 Leedy Blvd., Room 106. 307-349-2536 or 307-332-3394. www.cwc.eduWhat is a Star?Monday, April 11, 6:00-7:30PMWith Suki SmaglikIs our sun special? Its energy warms our planet and makes it habitable. However, our Sun is but one of billions of stars in the Universe. So, what is a star? Are they all the same? Where do they get all of their energy? How do we know? Understanding what’s in a star is a bit of a detective story. This presentation will include some interactive activities to help you understand our Sun as a star.The Citizen CATE ExperimentMonday, May 1, 6:00-7:30PMWith Joe Meyer, Mark Roy & LVHS Astronomy Club studentsThe Citizen CATE Experiment will use a fleet of telescopes to observe the total solar eclipse of 21 Aug 2017, and the Lander Valley Astronomy Club is leading one of the observation sites! As the shadow of the moon travels across the continental USA, citizen astronomers from more than 60 sites will take images of the brightness of the inner solar corona. While the totality phase of the eclipse will last only 2 minutes at each site, the combined Citizen CATE Experiment data set will reveal for the first time how this part of the solar atmosphere changes during 90 minutes.High-Altitude Ballooning ProjectWednesday, May 17, 6:00-7:30PMWith the Wind River Eclipse Education Team (WREET) Come and learn about the student experiments that will be conducted during the August 21st eclipse. Students will conduct high altitude balloon (HAB) flights from 15-20 locations across the total eclipse path, from Oregon to South Carolina, sending live video and images from near space to the NASA website. Video and images of a total eclipse from near space are fascinating – and they’ve only been taken once before, in Australia in 2012. It’s never been done live, and certainly not in a network of coverage across a continent. WREET is the only K-16 team in the country! Come hear about this, and other, citizen science activities around The Great American Eclipse.What will you see in the Eclipse Sky?Monday, June 5, 6:00-7:00PM With Suki SmaglikWhile the total eclipse lasts but a few minutes, the sky will be changing for about an hour before and after. The moments before and after the total eclipse are amazingly beautiful. Once totality has been reached, the sky will be dark like night. Will we see other stars or heavenly bodies? If so, what and where? Come and find out. This presentation will also include safety guidelines for viewing the eclipse.What is an Eclipse and why is the August 21, 2017 one so important?Tuesday, July 10, 6:00-7:30PM With Suki SmaglikCome join us for this informative presentation. Learn more about eclipses and how, as totality approaches, you will see the astonishing sight of day turning to night and the Sun’s corona blazing in the sky. The Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. Eyes on the Sky: What is a telescope and how does it work?Tuesday, Jul 25, 6:00-7:00PMWith Suki SmaglikFrom the ground, to outer space; from the simplest telescopes of Galileo and Newton, to the most complex Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) currently being designed, telescopes allow us to look beyond our world and learn more about our universe. The variety of existing telescopes include all of the wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum (gamma, x-ray, UV, visible, IR, microwave and radio wave). While this presentation will focus on optical scopes, participants will be introduced to many of our large modern telescopes as well. What will you see in the Eclipse Sky?Monday, August 8, 6:00-7:00PM With Suki SmaglikWhile the total eclipse lasts but a few minutes, the sky will be changing for about an hour before and after. The moments before and after the total eclipse are amazingly beautiful. Once totality has been reached, the sky will be dark like night. Will we see other stars or heavenly bodies? If so, what and where? Come and find out. This presentation will also include safety guidelines for viewing the eclipse.end

Spring is just around the corner in Wyoming’s Wind River Country!

Fremont County, WY – As we transition between winter and spring in Wind River Country, signs of the warmer season to come abound. Animals and humans alike get restless, so we’ve gathered up lots of events to jump-start your spring. Print out the attached March/April events flyer to see what we mean. With the August 21st Wind River Eclipse path of totality passing right through our county neighborhoods, we have plenty of cosmic events lined to suit every level of learning: hear from local scientists and NASA experts or attend informal night-sky observing opportunities.Enjoy the bold colors and scents of spring flowers at the Garden Expo. Guided tours into the backcountry or grand stately homes from the past are also an option. Hear youngsters giggle with delight at the petting pen on sheep sheering day celebrating a once-thriving local industry. Flavorful music concerts, arts shows, an Easter powwow, and other dance events dot our events flyer, too. We aim to please and have fun in the process here in Wind River Country, and it shows in our friendly faces. Bring the family and experience our spring hospitality wherever you choose to go in Wind River Country! This exciting events calendar is provided by theWIND RIVER VISITORS COUNCIL*Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media. Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Super Bowl of Dog Mushing Coming to Lander

Lander local Jerry Bath knows the Pedigree Stage Stop Race. He helped design the Lander trail, has participated since 1998, works with local junior mushers each year, and he and his wife are chairpersons of the Lander stage. In turn, you have the opportunity to get to know this enduring figure of this Wild West dog sled race during the Lander Stage Stop.The night before the Lander Stage—on Monday, Jan. 30, downtown Lander will host a “Meet the Mushers” event 4:30–6 p.m. Traffic will be closed on the 200 block of Main Street, and dog trucks will line the block. Dogs and mushers will be available to visit, including local hero Jerry Bath. The Lander Bake Shop will also play the 2015 race movie on a loop during this time.The next morning, Bath and his dogs will line up and put their training to the test in what he calls “the Super Bowl of dog mushing.” He’s finished in the top 10 every year, but this year will bring unique challenges.“This year training has been tough to say the least,” he said, explaining: “Not enough snow, too much, no trail. Work, other engagements, life happens!”Regardless, Bath isn’t tucking his tail between his legs for the “Super Bowl of dog mushing.”“Although I'm a bit behind in training I wouldn't miss the premier event…. the camaraderie and sportsmanship are second to none. Lasting friendships are made.”Lasting impressions are also a benefit of the Stage Stop making its way through Wyoming’s communities—the Junior Musher program.“The junior musher program is a blast! Sometime I think I have more fun than the kids. I have kept in touch with several throughout the years. My junior musher a few years ago still helps me at the kennel and goes on a few training runs,” Bath raved.Join the family of Wind River Country mushers during the Lander Stage of the Wyoming Stage Stop Sled Dog race on the evening of Monday, Jan. 30 and the day of Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9 a.m. Maybe give mushing a shot yourself! Due to snow and road conditions, the route has not yet been set. The plan is to start at the Louis Lake turnoff on South Pass/Hwy. 28, but road closures may have the racers starting closer to town at Bruce’s Parking lot at the top of Sinks Canyon. Stay tuned to http://www.wyomingstagestop.org/ for details, and contact Bath if you’d like to volunteer.*Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media. Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Wyoming’s Wind River Country Locations Listed in Bestseller

Wyoming’s Wind River Country made the book of “1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die.” Three times. The #1 New York Times Bestseller touts the backcountry beauty of the Wind River Mountains, the horse-lover’s dream of Bitterroot Ranch and the remarkable restoration of Historic South Pass City, all of which are situated within Fremont County’s borders.The locals know there’s much more in Wind River Country to add to this list. Close neighbors like global attractions Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks also sit on this famous list. Nonetheless, the Winds, Bitterroot Ranch, and Historic South Pass City are excellent places to start, whether you’re a history buff, horseback rider, fly-fisher or outdoors person.“Considered by many to be the top backcountry hiking and climbing destination in Wyoming, the Wind River Mountains offer
700 miles of trails to high-country lakes,
alpine meadows, glacier-carved cirques, and
towering granite pinnacles. Three different
wilderness areas protect the Wind River high
country, with turret-like alps visible for over
100 miles from the state’s sagebrush rangeland,” author Patricia Schultz writes of Wind River Country.In the northern high country of the county sits Bitterroot Ranch, one of Schultz’ favorite spots to recommend: “Mel and Bayard Fox own and operate this 1,300-acre rider’s paradise with a dozen hand-hewn log cabins, some a century old, scattered along the trout stream that runs through it,” she writes before diving into glowing details about the horses, the setting, and the fly-fishing.Schultz describes Historic South Pass City and Atlantic City in terms of the rich American history and the fun experiences of today.“Today, South Pass City, a state historic site and one of the most intact frontier ghost towns in the American West, has been carefully restored,” she writes. “Many of the town’s original buildings are open for viewing, including saloons, cabins, a general store, and a small mine. In summer, the dusty streets and boardwalks bustle with actors and merchants in period costumes; you may even get a chance to hone your gold- panning skills.”Travelers looking for the best of Wyoming will find it in Wind River Country’s mountains, stories, and people. You simply must see it before you die.*Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media. Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois, Shoshoni Chamber of CommerceFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

A Winter Buffet of Events Awaits in Wyoming’s Wind River Country

Fremont County boasts a menu of winter fun that the whole family can do together. Locals know that January and February means it’s time to don those hats and mittens and head outdoors to enjoy fresh powder scenery and oodles of winter activities every week. Take a peek at the attached calendar of events flyer to see what we mean.Back in 1986 some Riverton area folks got together and created the first Wild West Winter Carnival. 2017 will bring the 31st gathering of this month-long favorite winter tradition in Fremont County. Each year a king and queen are crowned at a coronation to preside over the festivities including a night parade, hot rod car and bike show, ice fishing derby, four-wheeler poker run, remote controlled car races, casino specials, quilting competitions, artists quick draws, and ice sculpting along Main Street. For a complete list and detailed descriptions of the scheduled carnival events visit: www.wildwestwintercarnival.orgIn addition to Wild West Winter Carnival fun, there are lots of ways you can get your fill of our pure mountain air. Join some friends on the First Day Hike, cheer at the Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, watch the fast-paced Dubois’ chariot horse and buggy races, attend a vintage snowmobile expo, or take a guided snowmobile tour to explore miles of breathtaking top-ranking trails along the Continental Divide.  Those wanting to get in touch with a quieter nature can cross country ski, ice skate, and fat bike...all are just a rental away.Foodies and culture seekers can get their fill of favorite flavors from local chefs at the Taste of Lander, a Valentine’s chocolate competition, and the infamous Soupenanny. Art lovers will immediately recognize our rich landscapes in several art shows and craft fairs. There are also plenty of opportunities to simply sit back, relax and listen to Western musical jams or stage concerts heard all over Fremont County.Make your plans now to join us for some real Wyoming winter fun you won’t soon forget.  Use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media! Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination DuboisFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.

Choose your 2017 Wind River Eclipse Seat for the Show of a Lifetime

Choose your 2017 Wind River Eclipse Seat for the Show of a LifetimeWhere will you be for the great solar eclipse show on Aug. 21, 2017? If you want unmatched, crystal-clear skies instead of the typical city congestion, welcome to our clean air and high-altitude locations! The odds are in our favor with only an 8 percent historic chance of clouds on Aug 21. Find more information at http://www.windrivereclipse.org/ Not only will there be a total eclipse of the sun passing all the way through Fremont County, Wyoming, turning day to twilight, but you can also experience adventurous and cultural landscapes and events in our towns of Dubois, Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, and Hudson and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.Be here for the main event of the total solar eclipse on Monday afternoon, and plan to arrive early and stay late to participate in the weekend and post-show celebrations—all within easy driving distance of each other. Take a peek at the impressive line-up of events on our calendar, and packages designed to salute the real stars of this cosmic show: http://www.windrivereclipse.org/packages-and-events/Be sure to make your reservations now while there is still room for this show you’ll remember forever, available only in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Those seeking cultural and spiritual experiences can enjoy Native American ceremonies, dancing and singing, storytelling, and sun yoga. Wind River Country is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Native American tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Don’t miss a rare chance to hear revered tribal elders share their ancient stories. Creative expressions will be at every turn—from art shows, contests, and revivals of lost arts and crafts to exhibits, live music, cosmic storytelling and poetry, and stellar book readings. Authentic Native American artwork will be in high demand. Find your perfect souvenirs and meet the artists themselves!If action calls your name, bring your gear to trek, paddle, bike, fish, run, and hike to watch the eclipse in the middle of the Wind River, Absaroka or Owl Creek mountain ranges. Quench that thirst for adventure with mountains lakes, streams, rivers, trails, and stunning scenic overlooks that are true geological paradises! Curious minds will delight in the prominent national guest speakers, scientists, teachers, and astronomy experts planning to be here. They’ll lead eclipse-related programs, star parties, wildlife treks, and insights to the historic and cultural landmarks that dot the Wind River Country landscape.Make new friends at local celebrations of fun and games on tap all over the county. Test your movie trivia skills at several Sci-Fi movie marathons. Dance till you drop at any of the extravaganzas, concerts, and cocktail parties. Leave with your very own personal memento to prove you really were here when the Great American Eclipse shadow blasted through Wind River Country at 1,800 miles per hour and left its mark forever in our hearts.*Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media. Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination DuboisFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!end

Plan Your Fall, Winter or Spring Vacation in Wyoming’s Wind River Country

Plan Your Fall, Winter or Spring Vacation in Wyoming’s Wind River CountryWhat does your cool-weather holiday look like, when you close your eyes and imagine all it could be? Is it a luxurious new hotel with entertainment on site? Is it the chance to witness Wyoming’s most majestic wildlife, or is it a group adventure of snowmobiling or cycling?The local businesses of Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont County have put together a set of packages and deals that will meet the interests of any winter vacationer. So close your eyes and picture yourself in your winter wonderland. Find full details for each package at http://windriver.org/trip-planning/packages/ Best in the West—Shoshone Rose Casino & HotelPackage includes a two-night stay for two people, steak dinners for both each night, breakfast and lunch, and Match Play and Free Play on the casino floor.Bighorn Safari—National Bighorn Sheep CenterJoin a guided three- to four-hour field tour to experience bighorn sheep in their winter range. This customized tour is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and small groups. We begin the tour at the National Bighorn Sheep Center, then drive to specific locations where bighorn sheep have been recently sighted. Optional hiking is available to additional sites. Fall-Winter 2016 Special Deal—Big Diamond RanchFour private mountain cabins on 90+ acres with a panoramic mountain view. Fully equipped, modern kitchens. Explore the high altitude snowmobile paradise on a 4-wheeler and park your trailer here all winter!Hunter and Snowmobile Special—Branding Iron InnBook three nights get 50% off the fourth night. Yes, we can handle any toy-hauler you can tow!  We have pull-through parking. We have been awarded, “Wyoming State Snowmobile Business of the Year 2015-2016.”  Two Free Mountain or Fat Bike Rentals—The Bike MillWhat is better than one day of biking with a friend? Two days of biking with a friend! When you and a friend each rent a bike, you may keep the rentals for an additional day, on us. Come and experience the full spectrum of Lander area riding. We have everything from high desert slick rock to winding mountain single track. *Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media. Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us!Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination DuboisFor a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the room to breathe, slow your pace a bit, and discover uncontrived adventure that will rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.end

Documentary About Artifacts of Wind River Indian Reservation to Air in Fremont County

What Was Ours, a documentary that uncovers the story of three Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation residents and countless cultural artifacts, will play for Wyoming audiences this month. The film follows three residents of Wind River Country/Fremont County as they, “navigate the world of tribal identity, museums, and reclaiming [their] sacred items,” said Arapaho journalist Jordan Dresser, of Fort Washakie, who co-produced the film. Over several years, the producer followed Dresser, Shoshone elder Philberg McLeod and powwow princess Mikala Sun Rhodes as they pursued the stories of artifacts that have been removed from the Reservation, returned to it, and even learned to create new ones to sustain tradition. What Was Ours’ Wyoming premiere will ­be at the Peck Theater of Central Wyoming College in Riverton Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. and the Grand Theater in Lander Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. Both screenings are free and open to the public, making this a notable opportunity to view an award-winning documentary about local matters and discuss them with Dresser, producer/director Mat Hames, and executive producer Beth Hames.<span style="text-decoration: none"> What Was Ours played in the Vision Maker Film Festival in Nebraska and premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Mont., then played at the USF Human Rights Film Festival in San Francisco and the  Thessaloniki Doc Market in Greece in March. Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian selected the film to screen at its film festival in August. Learn more about What Was Ours and the recognition it has already garnered at whatwasoursfilm.com. *Don’t forget to use the hashtag #windrivercountry when you share your Wind River Country memories on social media.   <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Facebook - Like us!Twitter - Follow us!Instagram - <span style="font-family: Arial">Follow us!You Tube - Watch us!#windrivercountry - Tag us! Related Links: Lander Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Destination Dubois For a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar.  To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!  About Wind River Country/Fremont CountyWyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. 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