Whether you stay in an Outlaw cabin, a boutique hotel, one of the city’s award-winning lodging establishments, or a campground, breakfast is just a few paces away to fuel your day. The Lander Bake Shop or Crux Coffee are two popular local hang-outs, or you can chose the upscale Middle Fork or the Oxbow Restaurant. To begin, after your morning wake-up, stop at the brand new Lander Visitors Center on the corner of Main Street and North First, next to the banks of the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. There you’ll find just about everything you’ll want to know or do in the area.
Over the July 4th National Holiday, Lander hosts the Oldest Paid Rodeo in the World during Pioneer Days, complete with one of the state’s best parades, a buffalo barbecue in the city park, live music and, of course, fireworks-legal in the city on the 4th.
Let’s stay in town on this first day and explore Lander and the region’s history. Within a four-block area of downtown, the Lander Self-Guided Walking Tour identifies 26 different historic locations and the story behind each. Look for the window signs identifying each or follow along with a brochure available at the Visitors Center. You’ll discover such jems as the Noble Hotel and its spectacular lobby. And the 1903 Bossert Building, with its traditional Old West style of architecture has housed everything from a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, a movie theatre, a pool hall to today where a bakery is pleasing customers.
On West Main Street is the museum complex housing the Fremont County Pioneer Museum and the Museum of the American West, both in one location. The Pioneer museum features local artifacts from pre history through the 1920’s. Next door, the MAW, as it’s become to be known, is a collection of historic buildings from around the Lander Valley with artifacts unique to each. Be sure to see the one room school house, the chapel, a blacksmith shop and the livery stable. Other visitor centers in the city are located at the Wyoming Game and Fish Lander Office, the One Shot Museum, the Shoshone National Forest Washakie Ranger District and at the Eagle Bronze Foundry in the South Lander Industrial Park, one of the few foundries in the country specializing in “monumental” bronzes.
Sinks Canyon State Park is where the Popo Agie River mysteriously disappears into a cavern on one side of the canyon and bubbles back to the surface in a trout-filled pool a quarter mile away. The Sinks is a perfect location for a camp out or a picnic lunch or dinner.