10 Things to Do in Lander That You Shouldn't Miss

November 15, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

Lander is a city in Wyoming and the county seat of Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. Named for transcontinental explorer Frederick W. Lander, Lander is located in central Wyoming, along the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. A tourism center with several dude ranches nearby, Lander is located just south of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The population was 7,487 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Lander

1. Sinks Canyon State Park

3079 Sinks Canyon Rd, Lander, WY 82520-9115 +1 307-332-3077
Excellent
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4.5 based on 227 reviews

Sinks Canyon State Park

Reviewed By Peter K - Hurricane, Utah

We stopped here on 9/5/17 after reading about Sinks Canyon. The VC was closed (after Labor Day?) but we could walk to where the river goes underground and where it reappears 1/4 mile away.
The cave into which the river disappears was interesting but the hundreds of large trout in and around the pool where the river comes back to the service were amazing.
If you are in the area, check out Sinks Canyon.

2. Museum of the American West

1445 Main St, Lander, WY 82520-2649 +1 307-335-8778
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Museum of the American West

Reviewed By Jambungo - Salt Lake City, Utah

The recently introduced entrance fee did not deter us as this is an impressive Museum. A very balanced view of the American West and the impact on the indigenous population of the migration and settlement of their lands. Very thought provoking, but also showed the hardships endured by the settlers and highlights the pioneering spirit needed to survive.

3. Popo Agie Falls Trail

Shoshone National Forest, Lander, WY
Excellent
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Popo Agie Falls Trail

Reviewed By JoJoBoHo5656 - Ridgway, Colorado

This is an unusually "braided" type of waterfall, offering several paces to enjoy the cascade. But be careful as rocks are slippery, and water is cold. Very refreshing on a hot day. WARNING: many cars in the parking lot/trailhead have been invaded by MICE recently. Put all food in coolers and open the car up fully after returning.

4. Fremont County Pioneer Museum

1443 Main St, Lander, WY 82520-2649 +1 307-332-3339
Excellent
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5 based on 23 reviews

Fremont County Pioneer Museum

The Fremont County Pioneer Museum in Lander is located at the foot of the Wind River Mountains in west central Wyoming and is Wyoming's oldest history museum. Beginning in 1916 the collections of artifacts include amazing Native American collections and artifact related to the Oregon, Mormon and California Trails, gold mining, agrigulture and ranching. The Pioneer Museum hosts a number of great programs each year as part of their Discovery Speakers Series, Children's Exploration Series and the Adventure Trek Series in addition to a historic walking tour of Lander.

Reviewed By TheSpear - Colorado

We spent a very good hour looking through this well done Museum. It has a wide variety of History items including local history and Native American items. There are adjacent Pioneer cabins, buildings and homes though they are not technically part of the museum. Do be aware that they appeared to close maybe an hour earlier than the museum so we were unable to visit the Interiors when we walked through at 4 p.m.

5. Wind River Climbing Guides

Lander, WY 82520
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5 based on 11 reviews

Wind River Climbing Guides

Wind River Climbing Guides is an independently owned and operated service that offers high quality guided rock climbing and instructional courses at the base of the Wind River Range. Whether you are trying rock climbing for the first time or you're an experienced climber looking to improve, we customize each and every course to fit your expectatios and fulfill your goals. Our experienced guides are certified through the American Mountain Guides Association and in wilderness medicine to ensure that you have the highest possible standard of safety.

Reviewed By pranay P

HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

I worked with Kyle to arrange a climbing trip for 13 folks (ages 5-40, climbing experience 0-lots) while travelling to Lander for a family event. Kyle and Becca went over an above our expectations, and ensured that every person had a safe, memorable, and amazing Sinks Canyon climbing experience! Their gear was high quality, well maintained, and nearly brand new! Plus they had and extensive array of shoe and harness sizes to fit everyone (not easy given the range of ages/sizes).

At the crag, they set up a variety of different routes to ensure everyone had climbs at the right level. Their instruction was spot on, and it was clear that safety was a priority while maximizing everyone's experience.

Following the climbing, Kyle patiently taught ~8 kids to rappel for the first time in their lives - their smiles were priceless. Meanwhile, for those of us who wanted to keep climbing, Becca set extra routes at higher levels to keep each individual challenged and engaged.

I look forward to returning to Lander and working with Kyle and Becca again!

6. Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel

5690 US Highway 287, Lander, WY 82520-9341 +1 307-206-7000
Excellent
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Good
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4 based on 18 reviews

Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel

With a variety of slot machines, table games, restaurants, and a stunning hotel, we are your one-stop option to play, sleep and eat. All rooms have majestic views of the Wind River Foothills and Mountains. Some rooms have fireplaces and our suites have jetted tubs.

Reviewed By Maria R - St. Augustine, Florida

We arrived in Lander an heard the excitement of the grand opening the following day (Oct 14th). Unsure how long we would remain in Lander we decided to visit the Shoshone Rose. The casino was clean and spacious however the customer service clerk could have been a bit more personable. I went to the hotel reception and asked to see a room. The clerks were rather dismissing of me and finally one clerk responded "you can look at it tomorrow when we have an open house". We had accommodations at Wind River Hotel & Casino and were entertaining staying at Shoshone Rose on our return trip. There was no reason to not show me a room. Their lack of customer service was disappointing and we did not return for the grand opening or stay at their hotel.

7. Wild Horse Sanctuary

8616 US Highway 287, Lander, WY 82520-9349
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Wild Horse Sanctuary

Reviewed By Dawn F - Cheyenne, Wyoming

We got the chance to visit with the owner of the sanctuary. He was very knowledgeable about the horses. This is a new sanctuary for the BLM. If you love horses this is a hidden gem for you to visit.

8. The Forge

212 Main St, Lander, WY 82520-3128
Excellent
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

The Forge

Reviewed By dmcnitt - Council Bluffs, Iowa

If you want to get a flavor of the local people, this is where I would recommend. Very friendly staff and great conversations to be expected at The Forge. Over 10 beer taps for those of you that like both traditional domestic beer and brewpub choices. We did not eat here so I cannot comment on the food.

9. Global Arts

360 Main St, Lander, WY 82520-3102 +1 307-349-3795
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Global Arts

Global Arts offers a variety of local & Wyoming quality artisan artwork including original paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and much more. At Global Arts, we value aesthetics and an awareness of how design impacts our lives. Please feel free to explore our ever-expanding site including media, info, and ..................and soon an online store.

Reviewed By Feike v

Global Arts offers a variety of local & Wyoming quality artisan artwork including original paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and much more. You can spend $3 for a woderful gift or even $2500 for a piece that would wow your visitors that could be used as an investment.

10. Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area

WY-28 W/Dickinson Ave, Lander, WY
Excellent
35%
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33%
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4 based on 6 reviews

Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area

Reviewed By Kristin B - Lander, Wyoming

This is a great, local Nordic ski area, maintained by donated time and services (local merchants support the mechanized trail maintenance. Some of the trails are very demanding but there are enough easier trails that most users can find a good route. It is reasonably closed to Lander (10 miles?) with good parking and a safe underground highway crossing. Lots of local competitions are held (races, biathlons, group activities) and the area seems well supported. I don't think there is a charge but users are expected to support the area through joining the users group. Given that it is a non-profit are run mostly by volunteers, I'd have given it a 5-star rating but I have to agree that there is a certain edge by some of the club members who seem put off by the less than expert users. The ski area is entirely on BLM and Forest Service land (ie public land) and should be available for the less than aggressively serious skiers without getting an "attitude" from the other users. Make sure you know the race schedule (it is posted online) because casual skiing is not allowed that day.

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