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Outdoors


OUR BACKYARD

Lander and the surrounding area have been long known for their outdoor appeal. People have been visiting and relocating here to take advantage of myriad opportunities in the Wind River Range. 

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Outdoors


OUR BACKYARD

Lander and the surrounding area have been long known for their outdoor appeal. People have been visiting and relocating here to take advantage of myriad opportunities in the Wind River Range. 

Lander experiences so many sunny days per year that many locals often refer to the town as ‘sunny Lan Diego’.
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The topography in the Lander area offers an excellent outdoor classroom, and the National Outdoor Leadership School is headquartered here for that reason. Climbers have found the climate here in Lander to be agreeable for climbing year-round. In the winter, you can cross-country ski nearby and climb on the warm south facing cliffs of Sinks in the same day. Lander experiences so many sunny days per year that many locals often refer to the town as “sunny Lan Diego”. The mountain biking scene in the area is starting to develop, adding yet another opportunity for individuals who enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Several day and multi-day hiking options exist in picturesque mountains and meadows, or out in the remote Great Divide Basin. Continental Divide Trail hikers often make a stop in Lander to relax and refuel before they head back out on the trail. Fishing for the elusive Golden Trout in the Wind Rivers is another popular summer activity among locals and visitors both. So, whether you are visiting for the first time, or making a return trip to the area, Wild Iris Mountain Sports is here to help you make the most out of your outdoor adventure.

The winter activities near Lander include snowshoeing, cross country skiing and backcountry alpine skiing in some of the most beautiful country. Travel by snowshoe, snowshoes can be rented at the shop for eight dollars a day, can take you into the Wind River Range on hiking trails covered by snow or across the high mountain deserts. By cross-country skiing you can cruise the groomed trails at Beaver Creek or the Lander Valley Golf Course, or venture into the mountains off the Loop Road or Togwotee pass. Backcountry opportunities are focused at Togowotee Pass highlighting Angle Mountain, Breccia Pass and Two Oceans. 

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Day Hikes


DAY HIKES

The day hiking options just outside of Lander are perfect for an after work run, bike or hike with the dogs. Or make it an all-day excursion with the kids. In any direction from town you'll find a scenic and relaxing outing that will take your mind off the daily grind.

Day Hikes


DAY HIKES

The day hiking options just outside of Lander are perfect for an after work run, bike or hike with the dogs. Or make it an all-day excursion with the kids. In any direction from town you'll find a scenic and relaxing outing that will take your mind off the daily grind.

Local Day Hikes

Old Truck in Sinks Canyon on Fairfield Hill along Pete's Lake Trail. Photo Jeremy Rowan

Old Truck in Sinks Canyon on Fairfield Hill along Pete's Lake Trail. Photo Jeremy Rowan

Looking southwest from the Blue Ridge Fire Lookout, Fiddler's Lake stands out among the evergreen, mountains and sky. Photo Jeremy Rowan

Looking southwest from the Blue Ridge Fire Lookout, Fiddler's Lake stands out among the evergreen, mountains and sky. Photo Jeremy Rowan

Popo Agie Falls – 3 miles round trip. Drive up Sinks Canyon to Bruce’s Parking Area, the large parking area just before the start of the switchbacks, and park. Carefully cross the road and a bridge over the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River to start this popular day hike.

Sinks Canyon Nature Trail – Park at the end of the Popo Agie campground in Sinks Canyon State Park. Cross the suspension bridge and explore a series of loops on the South side of the canyon. A great place to run.

Leg Lake Cirque – Park at Worthen Reservoir Trail head and take the Roaring Fork Lake Trail. Follow the middle drainage to Leg Lake.

Blue Ridge/Cony Mountain – 1.7 miles. Short hike to an old fire lookout or continue on 4WD road to wilderness border to access Cony Mountain or Upper Silas Lake. Follow FS 131 from Sinks Canyon up switchbacks to signed trail head for Blue Ridge, park on the left.

Christina Lake – 8 mile round trip. Follow directions for Blue Ridge hike but continue past Blue Ridge to trail head at Fiddlers Lake.

Stough Creek Basin -- Park at Worthen Meadows trailhead and take the Stough Creek Basin trail

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Hiking


Hiking and Backpacking

The Wind River Mountains range over 100 miles from north to south; from the forested peaks near Togwotee (pronounced Toe-go-tee) Pass to the sage-covered high desert of historic South Pass.

 

Hiking


Hiking and Backpacking

The Wind River Mountains range over 100 miles from north to south; from the forested peaks near Togwotee (pronounced Toe-go-tee) Pass to the sage-covered high desert of historic South Pass.

 

The Wind River Mountains are one of the largest Wilderness Areas in the country. This means that it is a haven free of roads and motorized vehicles, requiring great effort from anyone who wishes to enter the domain. Still, the vast mountain territory is a playground for climbers, hikers, campers, fishermen, skiers, snowshoers, and animal watchers alike.

The uninhabited, unperturbed nature of the Wind River Mountains makes prime habitat for innumerable species of birds, plants and mammals, including: bear, elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, wolverines and bobcat. There have also been sightings of grizzly bears and wolves throughout the Range.

The Wind Rivers have more than 1600 lakes, which provide legendary alpine fishing. You can catch cutthroat, brown, golden, rainbow, grayling and brook trout in many of the mountain waters.

Whenever traveling in the Wind Rivers all recreationists must carry Bear spray. Although this is not a law, bears are active during the spring summer and fall in the Wind Rivers, and can be seen often. Though bears are a beautiful sight, humans need to be careful around them. Every year several attacks are reported and those who carry spray always fare better.

The staff at Wild Iris Mountain Sports love to assist in making plans for trips into the Winds. Please contact us for books, maps, weather updates or specific information. Stop into the shop on your way out to stock up on any last minute needs including backpacks, stoves, med kits, and food bars.

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Wind River Range by Beartooth Publishing

This trail map of the Wind River Range is an excellent companion for your hiking and backpacking adventures in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. This hiking and backpacking trail map covers the entire Wind River Range, including land in the Wind River Indian Reservation. 

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Northern Winds


Northern Wind River Range

The Wind Rivers are dramatic no matter which access point you choose.

Northern Winds


Northern Wind River Range

The Wind Rivers are dramatic no matter which access point you choose.

The Northern Winds are known best as the home of Gannett Peak; at 13,804 feet it is the tallest peak in Wyoming. While climbing Gannett is a popularly sought ascent, there are endless backpacking and climbing opportunities including Titcomb Basin and Squaretop. The Bears Ears Loop is regarded as one of the most scenic hikes in the entire Wind River Range. Investing in a Wind River Indian Reservation Fishing Permit allows one to explore and enjoy rarely visited areas of the Northern Winds.

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Wind River Range North by Beartooth Publishing

This trail map of the Northern Wind River Range is an excellent companion for your hiking and backpacking adventures in the Northern Wind River Range of Wyoming.

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Southern Winds


Southern Wind River Range

The Southern portion of the range is best known for the beauty, grandeur and climbing in the Cirque of the Towers.

Southern Winds


Southern Wind River Range

The Southern portion of the range is best known for the beauty, grandeur and climbing in the Cirque of the Towers.

With a good map, boots that fit and plenty of food & water you really can't go wrong. The Southern Winds are famous for the Cirque of the Towers and the countless back country climbing routes that are found not only in the Cirque, but also on lesser known peaks such as Haystack, the Steeple Peaks and the Cathedral Cirques. Equally popular are backpacking excursions to Big Sandy Lake, the Stough Creek Basin, Wind River Peak and many others.

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Wind River Range South by Beartooth Publishing

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Camping


CAMPING

Waking up to breathtaking scenery, crisp fall mornings, abundant wildlife, campfires and trail-hikes; all just a handful of the many wonderful experiences that Wyoming camping has to offer.

Camping


CAMPING

Waking up to breathtaking scenery, crisp fall mornings, abundant wildlife, campfires and trail-hikes; all just a handful of the many wonderful experiences that Wyoming camping has to offer.

In the eastern part of the state, the Black Hills area offers rolling hills, white tail deer and wild turkey populations, as well as fantastic hiking and sightseeing destinations. Devils Tower National Monument serves as a terrific "home base" when traveling through the area where you can climb or watch other climbers ascend the tower. Further west in the state and deeper into the Rockies, the Wind River Range hosts an abundance of alpine and sub-alpine camping venues. From Lander you can head northwest into the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park. This area is one of, if not Wyoming's most popular camping destination. So whether you're looking for rolling hills, rugged peaks, lakes, plains, or the epic adventure, Wyoming can fulfill your camping needs. After your trip make sure to swing by the shop and tell us about all of your adventures, good, or bad and why. We will do our best to make your camping experiences the best possible in all aspects. In the eastern part of the state, the Black Hills area offers rolling hills, white tail deer and wild turkey populations, as well as fantastic hiking and sightseeing destinations. Devils Tower National Monument serves as a terrific "home base" when traveling through the area where you can climb or watch other climbers ascend the tower. Further west in the state and deeper into the Rockies, the Wind River Range hosts an abundance of alpine and sub-alpine camping venues. From Lander you can head northwest into the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park. This area is one of, if not Wyoming's most popular camping destination. So whether you're looking for rolling hills, rugged peaks, lakes, plains, or the epic adventure, Wyoming can fulfill your camping needs. After your trip make sure to swing by the shop and tell us about all your adventures, good, or bad and why. We will do our best to make your camping experiences the best possible in all aspects.

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Pedal


Pedal

Mountain biking around the Lander area offers something for everybody, from the casual weekender to the hardcore biking enthusiast.

Pedal


Pedal

Mountain biking around the Lander area offers something for everybody, from the casual weekender to the hardcore biking enthusiast.

Alan Mandel, professional trail builder and rider, builds his dreamline on the sage covered Wyoming landscape where he grew up and first fell in love with the outdoors and riding. Dedicated to - Joe McGowan, Kelly McGarry, and Stevie Smith. Production & Cinematography: Kyle Duba Aerial Cinematography: Brian Hensien

With millions of acres of public lands in Wyoming, trails abound. Whether you are looking for the challenge of the “loop road” to the pristine beauty of the Red Desert and South Pass, there is a trail for you. For the most current information on pedaling in the area, contact our friends over at  The Bike Mill or Gannett Peak Sports.

Recommended Mountain Bike Rides:

Recommended Road Bike Rides:

  • Squaw-Baldwin Loop
  • North Second-North Fork
  • Lyons Valley Road
  • Sinks Canyon to Worthen Meadows
  • Willow Creek
  • Lander-Sweetwater-Riverton Century Ride
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Fishing


FISHING

Does the thought of finessing a beautiful golden trout onto the shore of a glacier fed lake high in the Wind Rivers sound good to you?

Fishing


FISHING

Does the thought of finessing a beautiful golden trout onto the shore of a glacier fed lake high in the Wind Rivers sound good to you?

FISHING

With seven species of trout in the pristine alpine lakes and streams in Wyoming, the fishing in the Wind River Mountains near Lander is undeniably world class. While many waterways are accessible by car, there are hundreds of rarely visited fishing holes available to those who are undeterred by a hearty day hike. Any trip to Lander is not complete without a stop in Sinks Canyon to see the monstrous fish that swim in current at the Rise of the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. In addition to the spectacular trout fishing, Wyoming offers tremendous bass, walleye and sockeye salmon angling as well. Give us a call at Wild Iris Mountain Sport, and we can "hook" you up with all the information you need for that fishing trip that spawns a thousand stories.

Need more proof that great fishing can be had around Lander? Fly Rod and Reel Magazine ranked Lander (and several NW Wyoming towns) as a top 10 fishing town!

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