April 22, 2016

By Casey Adams
There’s nothing to do here?? You’re just passing through on your way somewhere else?? Sleepy little towns?? We’ve heard it all, and we just don’t understand. So we put together a list of things to do on any weeknight in Wind River Country. Try a few, then tell us there’s nothing to do in our sleepy little towns. 

Monday

Casinos: Start your wild week in Wind River Country off right by getting Lady Luck on your side. Wind River Country is host to the Wind River Indian Reservation and therefore the only place in the state with casinos. Open 24-7, the three casinos in the county offer dining, cultural opportunities, and, of course, the opportunity to set your week off on the right foot with a little extra cash in your wallet.

Blackjack at a WRIR casino

Outdoor activities: The best way to wrap up a day of adventure and discovery in Wind River Country is more adventure and discovery. Hike or rock climb in Sinks Canyon. Settle in at one of our many campgrounds and cook dinner over an open fire. Take in the sunset from the mountain bike path at the Dubois Overlook. Catch dinner from a mountain stream … the possibilities are endless.

Hiking the Popo Agie Falls Trails. Photo: Kyle Duba
Photo by Kyle Duba

If you plan your weeknights well in advance, you should know the total solar eclipse in 2017 will happen on a Monday!

Tuesday

Square Dancing, Dubois: Though it may seem cliché, you won’t stop smiling through an entire night of square dancing in an authentic cowboy town. Join a square dance any Tuesday night during the summer at the Rustic Pine Tavern (119 E Rams Horn, Dubois). Join fellow visitors and seasoned local dancers on the floor.

Kids swing dance in Dubois
Photo by Kristin Foster

Northern Arapaho Song and Dance Experience, Riverton: Native American dancers perform traditional dances in full regalia, including the popular hoop dance. These weekly dances are free to the public. Dancing begins at the Wind River Hotel & Casino at 6 p.m. every Tuesday night through the summer.

Dancer at Northern Arapaho Experience

Wednesday

Native American Indian Dancing, Lander: Eagle Spirit Dancers present traditional dancing at the Museum of the American West every Wednesday evening during the summer. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and conclude with the friendship dance, during which the public is invited to join. These dances before the stunning backdrop of the Wind River Mountains are free to the public.

Photo by Jennie Hutchinson
Photo by Jennie Hutchinson

Thursday

Lander LIVE, Lander: Lander LIVE is a free, live, summer concert series in Lander. The 2016 season will run Wednesday, July 13, and Thursdays July 28, Aug. 11, and Aug. 28. The concerts are held on the brand-new Jaycee Park Stage near the familiar Lander caboose and alongside the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River (North First and Main Streets).

Photo courtesy of Lander Chamber
Photo courtesy of Lander Chamber, by Julianna Eckely

Trivia Night, Lander: Hilarious fun, themed questions, and prizes. What more could you ask for in a game night? Oh wait—beer and appetizers. The Coulter Loft above the Lander Bar hosts this event each week at 7 p.m., so refreshments flow as easily as the laughs.

Friday

Friday Night Rodeo, Dubois: Before you leave Wind River Country for the next attraction, you have to get a rodeo under your belt. Dubois holds Friday Night Rodeos all summer long. Real rodeo action, authentic Western culture and sport, and more for just $10 (kids 5-12 for $5, kids under 5 get in free). Rodeos start each week at 7:30 p.m. at the Clarence Allison Memorial Arena. If you choose the right Friday night, you’ll even be able to catch kids gymkhana—a children’s competition on horses.

Photo by Jennie Hutchinson
Photo by Jennie Hutchinson

Should you find yourself in Wild River Country on a weekend, you’ll find we have 10 times as much going on out here! Find the event or activity that suits your weekend style here.

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