December 17, 2021

In a place as diverse as Wyoming’s Wind River Country, there is no shortage of story ideas. From the awe-inspiring Wind River Range to charming small towns and everything in between, we’re ready to help you tell the story of this place. Dig into story angles below or contact [email protected] for more information. 

Winter in Wyoming’s Wind River Country
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Snowmobiling in the soft, pink morning glow. Photo: Wyoming Office of Tourism

There are places made for those with a winter soul. Places that speak to people with adventure in their hearts and powder play on their minds. One such place: Wyoming’s Wind River Country. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, Wind River Country will exceed your expectations and have you dreaming about epic adventures that await the next day. Snowmobile through vast terrain or discover endless acres of untouched backcountry powder at Togwotee Pass, snowshoe among a wintry cathedral of trees in the Shoshone National Forest and end your days at a cozy mountain lodge.

Sinks Canyon State Park: A Climber’s Paradise
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A multi-pitch climb on a sunny day in Sinks Canyon. Photo: Jared Steinman

As the snow falls, Wind River Country’s scenery is transformed into a winter wonderland made of up adventures, unforgettable moments and plenty of sun, with around 235 days of sunshine each year. Experience one of Wind River Country’s best winter thrills—climbing. While most locations have ice climbing in the winter (Wind River Country has that, too), rock climbers can find year-round pitches and routes at Sinks Canyon State Park, located mere minutes from Lander. The south-facing wall soaks up the sun and is one of the best winter rock climbing areas in the country with plentiful pitches and routes. Come in the winter and you’ll see climbers scaling the rockfaces in T-shirts.

Go Beyond Yellowstone: Wind River Country
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Exploring the Wind River, North of Dubois. Photo: Scott Copeland

Home to stunning mountain peaks, charming small towns, and miles of open landscapes to explore, Wind River Country is Wyoming’s hidden gem. Awaken your senses with a visit to the Red Desert, pull on your cowboy boots and experience an authentic rodeo or take a scenic drive through Wind River Canyon, which is arguably one of the most stunning drives in the state of Wyoming. In Wind River Country, you’ll find room to breathe, space to explore and charming Old West towns – like Dubois – ready to welcome you and introduce you to life the way it’s meant to be.

Culture and History Collide in
Wyoming’s Wind River Country
Horse and bareback rider at a run
Indian relay racers speed around the track. Photo: Matthew Spaulding

The wonder of Wyoming’s Wind River Country goes beyond breathtaking mountain landscapes and charming small towns. A rich history – made up of First Nations, early pioneers and mountain men – pulses just beneath the surface and combines to create a beautiful tapestry that’s ready to be explored. The sole Indian reservation in Wyoming, the Wind River Indian Reservation, is the seventh-largest reservation in the country, and encompasses 2.2 million acres. It is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. Feed your soul and educate your mind by experiencing the diverse culture and history of this vast, unspoiled land. Visit Fort Washakie – the oldest community on the reservation – and see where the legendary Buffalo soldiers were stationed in the late 1800s or visit the place where Sacajawea was laid to rest. Immerse yourself in the tradition of powwows, which honor the spirit and traditions of the country’s First Nations, and visit cultural centers to learn about the land, tribes and time-honored traditions. It’s time to discover the cultural tapestry of the Wind River Indian Reservation and the people whose history in this part of modern-day Wyoming dates back thousands of years.

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