Enjoy the beauty Lander has to offer

Three Days For The Outdoor Enthusiast

Get Outside

Day

1

Hey! You made it off the beaten path to one of the west’s best-kept secrets. Its time to wake up and get ready to discover the Lander Valley.

 

After a fuel-up breakfast in one of the town’s many fine restaurants, coffee shops or bakeries, get on out to Sinks Canyon and hike the Middle Fork Trail to the Popo Agie Falls. It’s just about 8 miles from town inside the Shoshone National Forest’s Washakie Ranger District.

 

The nearly two-mile long trail is mostly easy to moderate on the hiking scale, but the scenery along the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River is outstanding, with sandstone and limestone cliffs on both sides of the canyon wall dotted with aspen and conifer forests.

 

You’ll want to take your camera, a hat, water, some energy snacks and insect repellant with you. The trail goes up 600 feet in elevation. At the falls, the river descends over a series of cascades, including one slick rock cascade where hikers can slide down into a refreshing but brisk pool of water.

 

If you packed a lunch, the picnic area at the trailhead is a good place to settle down for lunch, listen to the rhythm of the river and the calls of the songbirds. Not a bad way to relax. On the way back into town stop at the Sinks Canyon State Park Visitors Center and explore the exhibits inside, and the cavern, or Sinks, where the river disappears in the side of the canyon wall. Just a quarter mile downstream, the river reappears in a trout filled pool, but on the opposite side of the canyon. The two features are connected by a nature trail.

 

Back in town, enjoy a cold beverage and a good meal at any number of Lander’s restaurants and gastro-pubs and get ready to enjoy Lander’s nightlife.

 

Throughout the summer and into fall Lander is host to any number of outdoor festivals or free concerts.

Day

2

For hikers or mountain bikers, a trip out to the Rawlins Highway, US 287 South, takes you to the popular Johnny Behind the Rocks trail system for non-motorized use. The trail system there has a variety of easy, more difficult and very difficult trails for the mountain biker. The scenery of scrub pine and tall native grass next to red rock outcroppings is fantastic. Most locals ride or hike the area during the cooler shoulder seasons.  As a non-motorized trail, watch out for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians using the trails and be respectful of others. At nearby Twin Creek, look for ancient petroglyphs alongside the road.

 

After a full morning of enjoying the trail, return to Lander and head out for an afternoon of fishing or geocaching on and along the Popo Agie River and local trail systems. There are several Wyoming Game and Fish public access fishing areas, including at Red Canyon south of Lander, in Sinks Canyon right outside of town, and along North Second Street north of town. Fly fishing is the favorite here. The spectacular Red Canton sits opposite the foothills of the Wind River Range. The area is a winter range for both elk and deer and summer range for cattle.

 

Returning to Lander, repeat Day one’s end of the day relaxation with friends at a wide variety of dinner options and drinks and entertainment at the local pubs.

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3

For the ATV enthusiast, the Coal Mine Road area on BLM lands between Lander and Hudson is a definite draw. The Wyoming State Parks and Cultural ResourcesDepartment issues maps of off road vehicle areas, and it’s a good resource to scope out a day of fun.

 

If climbing is your passion, Sinks Canyon and the Wild Iris climbing areas are World Class and draw climbers to the crags around Lander all year long.  The most popular climbing area is at Wild Iris on the south end of Limestone Mountain, some 25 miles south of Lander on Highway 28.  Closer in are the main wall and sandstone buttresses in Sinks Canyon.

 

Feel like a town day? Lander has you covered with a vibrant and inviting downtown Main Street. Local shops and specialty stores exist the entire length of the main drag. Put your comfortable shoes on and start walking.

 

For all of these outdoor activities, stop at the Lander Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center next to the River on First Street for lists of guides, maps, and recommendations for enjoying all that the Lander Front has to offer.