The Rendezvous Trail

The Rendezvous Trail includes trips to Castle Gardens, the Gas Hills uranium mines, Riverton Museum, the Wind River Heritage Center and the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous site.

Tour Options

Full Day Driving Tour, 112 Roundtrip From Riverton, WY

Castle Gardens & Petroglyphs

Castle gardens with sunset in background
Castle Gardens Sundown Photo: Timothy Rockhold

A rare glimpse of ancient Indian history awaits visitors, in authentic Indian petroglyphs, preserved at a unique site called Castle Gardens. Petroglyphs, carvings in stone, were used by past cultures as ways to record history and share stories. Castle Gardens is 46 miles east from the southern edge of Riverton. Half of the drive is on dirt roads, making the trip longer than the mileage indicates. Plan at least 1.5 hours to get there.

Travel south out of Riverton on Hwy. 789 to its intersection with Hwy. 136, known locally as the Gas Hills Road. Turn left and head east, going past the intersection with Hwy. 135, which is 8/10ths of a mile from the turn onto 136. Continue driving east on 136, past sandstone formations.

After driving 35 miles on Hwy. 136, turn left onto a bladed dirt road to Castle Gardens. In 6 miles, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sign indicates a right turn onto another dirt road, noting that Castle Gardens is 5 miles away. That 5-mile stretch of secondary road receives little maintenance. During dry summer months, travelers should have no trouble driving it. In the winter and spring, the final 3 miles of this road may be snowed in or too muddy to drive. When you crest the top of the hill and look down at the one-of-a-kind Castle Gardens, the drive will have proven worthwhile.The Castle Gardens petroglyph site has been designated on the National Register of Historic Places. An unpaved hiking trail leads visitors to the petroglyphs. Set aside at least 1 hour to walk around the site.

Gas Hills Uranium Min & Riverton Museum

For a short side trip, after leaving Castle Gardens and returning to the paved road, you can visit the Gas Hills uranium mines by turning left and driving another 10 miles east. More detailed information on Riverton’s mining industry is available at the Riverton Museum at 700 E. Park Ave. Call 307-856-2665 for seasonal hours.

Half Day Driving Tour, <10 Miles Roundtrip

1838 Rendezvous Site

The confluence of the Big and Little Wind Rivers is the preserved site of the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous, where trappers came to trade their furs and partake in several days of merriment.  Riverton has the only site of an original trapper’s rendezvous not developed by modern man. The 1838 Rendezvous site, which stretches 100 acres along the Wind River, looks much like it did in 1838, the final year a “big” rendezvous was held. The site is easily reached from the intersection of Main Street and Federal Boulevard. Travel 5 blocks south on Federal and turn left on East Monroe Avenue for 1 mile. At the intersection with Smith Road, turn right. Follow the signs to a dirt road into a gravel storage area and in 2/10ths of a mile, you’ll come to the buck and rail fence and a wooded area that is the 1838 site.

Mountain man sits on a blanket with his wares.
Chill out at the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous. Photo: Jennie Hutchinson

At the site, a walking path with stone markings and signs relate tales about famed mountain men. The developed trail can be walked in 30 to 40 minutes. The site is open to the public year-round. The 1838 Rendezvous Association is dedicated to the preservation of the site and the re-enactment of the rendezvous. For a week every July, members don period clothing and relive the days of yore.

Check with the Riverton Chamber of Commerce for dates to this year’s 1838 Rendezvous to barter on trader’s row, try your hand at hawk and knife throwing and watch black powder rifle shooting contests.

The Wind River Heritage Center

The center is located at 1075 S. Federal Blvd in Riverton. The center features selected displays from the Jake Korrel Collection of more than 40 wildlife mounts plus historic traps dating from 1804. The center is open 10-4 Monday through Saturday. Free admission. Call 307-856-0706 for additional information.

Mountain Man History

Perhaps the most well-known mountain man to attend the 1838 Rendezvous was Jim Bridger, who began traveling to the Rocky Mountain region in 1822, when he was 18. He spent 20 years in the West as an explorer, trapper and scout and he is credited with being the first white man to discover the Great Salt Lake in 1824. In an 1828 trapping expedition along the Wind River, a cache of 150 furs, stored at the junction of the Big Wind River and what was then called the Popo Agie River, was stolen from Jim Bridger and his party. Bridger established Fort Bridger, pioneered the Bridger Trail, and shares his namesake with Bridger Pass, which crosses the Continental Divide.

Hotels & Motels

Black Bear Inn

505 W. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Branding Iron Inn

401 W. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Chinook Winds Motel

640 S. 1st St.
Dubois, WY

Comfort Inn & Suites

2020 N. Federal
Riverton, WY

Desert Inn Motel & RV Park

505 W. 2nd St.
Shoshoni, WY

Frontier Lodge

808 Main St.
Lander, WY

Green Mountain Motel

2271 Hwy 789
Jeffrey City, WY

Hampton Inn & Suites

2500 North Federal Blvd
Riverton, WY

Holiday Inn – Riverton Convention Center

900 E. Sunset Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

1002 11th St.
Lander, WY

Holiday Lodge

210 McFarlane Dr.
Lander, WY

Inn at Lander

260 Grandview Drive
Lander, WY

Jackpine Motel

120 S. Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Lava Mountain Lodge

3577 US Hwy 26 W.
Dubois, WY

Longhorn Ranch Lodge & RV

5810 E Highway 26
Dubois, WY

Motel 6

302 E. Fremont Ave.
Riverton, WY

Paintbrush Motel

1550 N. Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Rocky Mountain Lodge

1349 W. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Rodeway Inn

611 W. Main
Riverton, WY

Rodeway Inn & Suites Pronghorn Lodge

150 E. Main St.
Lander, WY

Roomers Motel

319 N. Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel

5690 US- 287
Lander, WY

Silver Spur Motel

1240 Main St.
Lander, WY

Stagecoach Motor Inn

103 Ramshorn St.
Dubois, WY

Sundowner Station

1616 N. Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Super 8 Motel

1412 Warm Springs Dr.
Dubois, WY

Super 8 Motel

1040 N. Federal Blvd
Riverton, WY

The Mill House

125 Main St.
Lander, WY

Tomahawk Motor Lodge

208 E. Main St.
Riverton, WY

Trail’s End Motel

511 Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Twin Pines Lodge & Cabins

218 W. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Wind River Hotel & Casino

10269 Hwy 789
Riverton, WY

Wind River Motel

519 W. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Restaurants

789 Casino Cafe

10369 Hwy 789
Riverton, WY

Arby’s

1140 W. Main
Riverton, WY

Atlantic City Mercantile

100 E. Main
Atlantic City, WY

Bar 10

114 S. Broadway
Riverton, WY

Breadboard

124 E. Washington
Riverton, WY

Breadboard

1350 Main
Lander, WY

Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery

303 E. Main
Riverton, WY

Burger King

2100 N. Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Cee nokuu Cafe, Wind River Casino

10269 Hwy 789
Riverton, WY

China Garden

162 N. 6th Street
Lander, WY

Chopstix Asian Bistro

824 N. Federal Blvd
Riverton, WY

Cowboy Cafe

115 E. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Cowfish/Lander Brewing Co

148 Main Street
Lander, WY

Coyote Blue Coffee and Deli

306 W. Ramshorn St.
Dubois, WY

Crooked Creek

76 Fir Road
Dubois, WY

Crux Coffee

300 Main St.
Lander, WY

Dairy Land Drive-In

977 Main Street
Lander, WY

Dairy Queen

819 N. Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Daylight Donut & Ice Cream

622 E. Main Street
Riverton, WY

Deka-Guy Hee, Shoshone Rose Casino

5690 Hwy 287
Lander, WY

Domino’s Pizza

175 N. 4th
Lander, WY

Domino’s Pizza

1188 W. Main
Riverton, WY

El Durango

489 S. Federal
Riverton, WY

El Jarro

1422 Warm Springs D.
Dubois, WY

El Sol De Mexico

711 E. Main
Riverton, WY

El Sol De Mexico

453 Main Street
Lander, WY

English Muffin Bakery & Expresso

132 Main
Hudson, WY

Flat Stick Bar & Grill

1 Golf Course Dr.
Lander, WY

Gannett Grill

126 Main St.
Lander, WY

Get Hooked

12 Boysen Marina Rd
Shoshoni,

Kai Espresso

109 Main St.
Hudson, WY

KFC

830 N. Federal
Riverton, WY

KT’s Grab N Grub

204 E. 2nd
Shoshoni, WY

Lander Bake Shop

259 Main St.
Lander, WY

Maverick Cafe

808 Main Street
Lander, WY

McDonald’s

235 McFarlane Drive
Lander, WY

McDonald’s

813 N. Federal
Riverton, WY

Middle Fork

351 Main St
Lander, WY

Miner’s Grubstake

150 Main St.
Atlantic City, WY

Morning Star, Little Wind Casino

800 Blue Sky Hwy 132
Ethete, WY

Noon Rock Pizza

112 E. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Oriental Palace

202 S. 3rd St. East
Riverton, WY

Oxbow

170 E. Main St.
Lander, WY

Paintbrush Grill, Little Wind C-Store

693 Blue Sky Hwy 132
Ethete, WY

Perrett’s

519 W. Main
Riverton, WY

Phil’s Dog Shak

611 E. Main
Riverton, WY

Philly’s and Cream

502 E. 2nd
Shoshoni, WY

Pizza Hut

215 N. Federal
Riverton, WY

Pizza Hut

607 E. Main Street
Lander, WY

Pizza Plus

201 E. Washington
Riverton, WY

QT’s Restaurant, Holiday Inn

900 E. Sunset
Riverton, WY

Red Willow Restaurant, Wind River Hotel & Casino

10269 Hwy 789
Riverton, WY

Riverton Country Club

4275 Country Club Road
Riverton, WY

Roasted Bean & Cuisine

514 W. Main
Riverton, WY

Senior Center

214 E. 2nd
Shoshoni, WY

Shoshone Tribal Service & Food Mart

3 N. Fork Road
Ft. Washakie, WY

Smokehouse Burgers & Fries

116 N. 6th
Riverton, WY

Speedway Cafe

815 S. Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Split Rock Bar and Cafe

2297 Hwy 789
Jeffrey City, WY

Spur Steak House & Saloon

1409 W. Main
Riverton, WY

Subway

900 Main
Riverton, WY

Subway

960 Main Street
Lander,

Subway Wal-Mart

1733 N. Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY

Sundowner Station Restaurant

1616 N. Federal
Riverton, WY

Svilar’s Bar & Steakhouse

173 S. Main St.
Hudson, WY

Sweet Surprises

221A E. Main
Riverton, WY

Taco Bell

1812 N. Federal
Riverton, WY

Taco Johns

870 W. Main St.
Lander, WY

Taco Johns

623 W. Main
Riverton, WY

Taylor Creek Sinclair, Deli & Pizza

1426 Warm Springs Dr.
Dubois, WY

Thai Chef

720 E. Main
Lander, WY

Thai Chef 2

712 E. Fremont Ave
Riverton, WY

The Buffalo, Wind River Hotel & Casino

10269 Hwy 789
Riverton, WY

The Cove Restaurant

301 E. Main St
Riverton, WY

The Depot

110 S. 1st
Riverton, WY

The Forge

202 Main
Lander, WY

The Hitching Rack

785 E. Main
Lander, WY

The Lone Buffalo Steakhouse

120 E. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

The Moose Outpost

616 W. Ramshor
Dubois, WY

The Perch Coffee House

132 E. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

The Summit Restaurant

260 Grandview
Lander, WY

Tony’s Pizza

637 Main St.
Lander, WY

Trailhead Restaurant

203 E. Main
Riverton, WY

Village Cafe

515 W. Ramshorn St.
Dubois, WY

Wendy’s

1800 N. Federal Blvd
Riverton, WY

What’s Cooking

106 E. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY

Wilderness Boundary Restaurant, Lava Mountain Lodge

3577 US Hwy 26
Dubois, WY

Zanmai Sushi & Korean BBQ

140 N. 7th
Lander, WY