Welcome to Lander, WY

Lander is the jumping off point for many expeditions into the mountains and desert. Each year, visitors enjoy world-class high mountain lake fishing, as well as mountain and rock climbing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and hiking.

In recent years, the town has undergone a cultural shift similar to other western towns. The town’s scenic location and recreational highlights such as world-class rock climbing in nearby Sinks Canyon, have attracted many new residents who come to the community for the active lifestyle and fresh mountain air. Today Lander is a community where newcomers and “old timers” mingle happily in the shadow of the mountains.

Lander Chamber of Commerce
160 N. First Street
Lander WY 82520

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Historic Main Street

The present town site of Lander was settled in 1869, as a small military post called Camp Augur. The post provided protection for immigrants using the South Pass route to California and Oregon.

In 1875, the town was officially named Lander and because of the comparatively mild climate, it became an important agricultural area. In 1884, Fremont County was established and Lander was chosen as the county seat.

Spend some time getting to know Lander. Enjoy a casual walk down historic Main Street where on a summer evening, you might find a presentation on Native American culture, take part in a street dance, or enjoy a block party. While here, take in a round of golf on Lander’s 18 hole course or visit the well-known bronze foundry.

Sinks Canyon State Park

Sinks Canyon, located southwest of Lander, is so named because the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River does a disappearing act here. As it crashes its way out of the Wind River Mountains, the mountain stream hits a wall of porous limestone at Sinks Canyon State Park, where it disappears. A quarter of a mile downstream the river reappears in a large pool known as ‘The Rise’. An interpretive center is located at the Sinks and an observation deck where you can feed the large trout (No Fishing!) is located at the Rise.

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Loop Road

If you are dying to get up in the mountains, one of the best ways is to head west of Lander up Sinks Canyon for a tour of the southern Wind River Range. The 26-mile Loop Road is a 2-lane paved road for the first 7 miles to Worthen Meadows.  It then turns into a gravel road until you reach Hwy. 28 near South Pass. You’ll be driving through forests of pine and spruce, with vistas of snow capped peaks.

Red Canyon

For 19th century prospectors and miners in the rich gold fields of South Pass, the crimson mouth of Red Canyon meant a change in diet. From the wind-swept sagebrush prairie, they could descend nearly 2,000 feet down a steep wagon road to the fruit orchards and vegetable gardens in the warm valley below where they purchased fresh produce – a welcome switch from wild game meat.

Today Red Canyon draws travelers. Approximately 15 miles south of Lander on Wyoming 28 you can pull over for a stunning vista of iron-laden Triassic rock as red as an Irish setter. At the center of the canyon is the Red Canyon Ranch, protected by The Nature Conservancy.

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