Wyoming’s Best Kept Secret

The Wind River Mountains

Craggy peaks, circular valleys or cirques, glacial lakes, an abundance of wildlife and unlimited recreational opportunities await in the magnificent Wind River Range, the backbone of Wyoming and all at Lander’s doorstep.


The Continental Divide rides the crest of the range, dividing the country west to east and producing the headwaters of the mighty Colorado, Columbia, and Missouri river systems from origins in the Green, Snake, Wind/Bighorn and Yellowstone rivers.


In these mountains are found golden trout, elk, moose, deer and bighorn sheep with black bears and bald and golden eagles, falcons and hawks.

The mighty mountains reach a height of 13,804 feet at Gannett Peak, the range’s tallest with 40 other peaks in the area topping 13,000 feet. In addition to Gannett Peak, 19 other mountaintops in the range are the tallest in Wyoming.


In winter, the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail attracts over the snow enthusiasts from all parts of the country with wide open meadows and miles and miles of groomed snowmobile trails.


Spanning over 100 miles from the Great Divide Basin to Yellowstone National Park, the Winds have hundreds of miles of hiking trails, fishing streams, lakes and scenic wonder. Whether it be by horseback or foot, ATV or mountain bike, canoe or kayak, the range is irresistible for modern day explorers, campers and mountain climbers.


Lander serves as the gateway to the Winds with numerous trailheads beckoning adventurers, climbers, hikers, fisherman, photographers and sightseers in the Shoshone National Forest, the nation’s first.