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50 Reasons to Vacation in Wind River Country, Wyoming in 2016

Wind River Country, WY - The communities of Dubois, Lander, Riverton, Hudson, South Pass City, Shoshoni, and the Wind River Indian Reservation will host over 50 Top Events that can only happen in Wind River Country/Fremont County.

Catch gold fever while panning for gold at South Pass City just like a real prospector. Be mesmerized by Native American dancers sharing their cultural heritage at powwows and weekly cultural events. Satisfy that hankering for the old Western days—watch cowboys hang on for dear life at authentic weekly rodeos, whoop n’ holler at western parades or learn the secrets to throwing a tomahawk and shooting black powder rifles at historical re-enactments.

Or get away from it all and get your fill of pure mountain air on a paddle, hike, climb, or bike in mind-boggling natural vistas. If you have any energy left after a full day of play, dance the night away at a live concert or try some boot-scootin’ square dancing!  See the attached events flyer for even more ideas.

You might think you’ll mark a few things off that bucket list by visiting Wind River Country, but we think you’ll be tempted to add more items to it!  One thing is for sure: no matter what your age or passion, you’ll reconnect with it when you get here.

Follow us on social media for ideas and to see what other visitors enjoyed.  Follow in their footsteps or blaze your own new trail.  Either way, start planning your adventure now by signing up for our e-newsletter at windriver.org/?s=newsletter and check out our calendar at windriver.org/calendar to plan even more exciting things to do on your trip of a lifetime. All of Wyoming is area code 307.

Jan. 15–Feb. 24 Riverton 30th Anniversary Wild West Winter Carnival. A month of Wyoming winter magic! 851-4839, 850-5245, wildwestwintercarnival.org

Feb. 1-2 Lander EUKANUBA Stage Stop Dog Race. Lander leg viewing at Hwy. 28 Louis Lake turnout or Lander’s Bruce’s Bridge. Meet mushers and dogs before the film viewing Feb. 1. 970-310-7746, racedirector@wyomingstagestop.org, wyomingstagestop.org  

Feb. 27-28 Lander 49th Wyoming State Winter Fair featuring Ultimate Miniature Bull Riding and Horse Show. 332-4011, whywyo@live.com, wyomingstatewinterfair.org

March 3-4-5 Lander 49th Wyoming State Winter Fair. Trade show with live performances and traditional crafts. 332-4011, whywyo@live.com, wyomingstatewinterfair.org

April 3 Riverton Central Wyoming College Rodeo with over 40 riders. 851-8959, facebook.com/readytorideropeyourdreams

May Ethete Wind River Tribal College Powwow. Watch traditional Native American dancing with Grand Entry 6pm, closes at 11pm. Blue Sky Hall, 506 Ethete Rd., 335-8243  

May 7 Riverton, Wind River Casino Native American Team Dance Contest. Performances from the nation’s best dancers. 349-9656, 349- 6534, 10269 Hwy. 789, windriverhotelcasino.com 

May 7 Riverton Central Wyoming College United Tribes Spring Powwow. See colorful Indian dancers and drummers. cwc.edu/powwow

May 20-22 Lander Outdoor Weekend & Expo, Trade show & outdoor clinics, 950 Buena Vista. 332-9694, wyomingoutdoorexpo.com 

May 27-30 Riverton 42nd Saltwater Classic Pro Am Golf Tournament, which attracts top professionals each year at the Riverton Country Club. 856-4779, rccgolf@wyoming.com  rivertoncountryclub.net

June 7, 14, 21, 28 Riverton Northern Arapaho Native American Song and Dance performed every Tuesday. 840-5805, 855-2600, windriverhotelcasino.com                                   

June 22 & 29 Lander Eagle Spirit Dancers Traditional Native American Indian Dancing every Wednesday. 335-8778, amwest@wyoming.com, museumoftheamericanwest.com 

June Dubois Friday Night Rodeos – See real western action. 480-8992, facebook.com/wyomingwindrodeo, wyomingwindrodeo@gmail.com

June 11 Hudson 4th Hudson Daze Festival & Craft Fair in Gold Star Memorial Park. Enjoy old-fashioned Western games and events. 335-8125, 240-0251, mikeanderson@wyoming.com  

June Dubois Don Scheer Memorial Packhorse Races. Watch the Old Timers and Powder Puff Ladies Race at the Dubois overlook chariot track. 455-3675, facebook.com/DonScheerMemorialPackhorseRace

June 4 Red Desert 3rd Run the Red Desert Trail Half Marathon. 13 and 23 miles of spectacular desert routes. 332-7031x16, wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org/runthered/routes/

June 10-11 Lander 14th Brewfest and Golf Tournament. Regional brewers and vendors in City Park. Tee-off at Lander Golf & Country Club, 332-3892, landerbrewfest.com

June 11 Lander 7th Fremont Area Road Tour cycling event with scenic bike routes ranging between 15-100 miles. 332-3394, landercenter@cwc.edu, landercyclingevents.org 

June 11-12 Shoshoni 21st Don Layton Memorial Antique Tractor & Engine Show. Tractor pulls, tractor games, craft vendors, and other old-timey contests. Held at 1st and 2nd Street. 856-1164, edgeta.com

June 24-26 Fort Washakie 57th Eastern Shoshone Indian Days, Powwow, and Indian Rodeo & Relay Races. Wyoming’s largest powwow with over 700 dancers. 349-7089, mcbuck2th@hotmail.com, easternshoshonetribe.org

June 29-July 3 Riverton 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous. Camp activities and re-enactments on the actual historic site where great trappers and traders gathered. 856-7306, johnb@wyoming.com, 1838rendezvous.com

July 5, 12, 19, 26 Riverton Northern Arapaho Native American Song and Dance performed every Tuesday. 840-5805, 855-2600, windriverhotelcasino.com

July 6, 13, 20, 27 Lander Eagle Spirit Dancers Traditional Native American Indian Dancing every Wednesday. 335-8778, amwest@wyoming.com, museumoftheamericanwest.com  

July Dubois Friday Night Rodeos. Real western action. 480-8992, facebook.com/wyomingwindrodeo, wyomingwindrodeo@gmail.com

July Lander LANDER LIVE! Summer concert at JC Park stage. 332-3892, landerchamber.org

July 3 Lander 122nd Pioneer Days Rodeo. Oldest paid rodeo in the USA.  332-3892, landerchamber.org

July 4 Lander 122nd Pioneer Days Celebrations. Rodeo, marathon, buffalo BBQ, parade, fireworks and more. 332-3892, landerchamber.org

July 4 Lander 5th Paxton Cady Memorial Bad Boys of Bull Riding. 411 Willow Creek Road. 332-3687, 330- 8639

July 4 Dubois 4th of July celebrating the old and new West with a Western parade, duck race, and fireworks! 455-2556, duboiswyomingchamber.org

July 9-10 South Pass City State Historical Site Gold Rush Days. See a real Western ghost town and gold mining camp. 125 Main St. 332-3684, southpasscity.com

July 9 Riverton Rendezvous Day in the Park! Come enjoy handmade crafts, western food, and dancing. 851-2844, 856-4801, rivertonchamber.org  

July 13-16 Lander 23rd International Climbers Festival. Over 500 climbers celebrate climbing around Lander. 349-1561, climbersfestival@gmail.com, climbersfestival.org

July 15-17 Riverton Rendezvous: balloon rally, car cruise, parade, street party, car & bike show, auto-cross racing and fireworks. 800-325-2732, 851-6049, rivertonrendezvous.com

July 22-24 Ethete Celebration & Indian Powwow. Dancers, traditional crafts, and foods. Ethete Road and US Hwy. 132, 332-2992, 258-6165, info@windriver.org    

July 23 Dubois National Day of the Cowboy Rodeo. Mingle with real Western cowboys. 262-6094, 455-2556, duboiswyomingchamber.org

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Riverton Northern Arapaho Native American Song and Dance performed every Tuesday. 840-5805, 855-2600, windriverhotelcasino.com                  

Aug. 3, 10 Lander Eagle Spirit Dancers Traditional Native American Indian Dancing every Wednesday. 335-8778, amwest@wyoming.com, museumoftheamericanwest.com 

Aug. Dubois Friday Night Rodeos - real Western action. 480-8992, facebook.com/wyomingwindrodeo, wyomingwindrodeo@gmail.com

Aug. Lander LANDER LIVE! Summer concert at JC Park stage.  332-3892, landerchamber.org

Aug. 1-6 Riverton 103rd Fremont County Fair and PRCA Ram Rodeos. Full week of events: hog wrestling, jousting knights, monster truck show, and a demolition derby. 856-6611, fremontcountyfair.org 

Aug. 6 Lander 8th Annual Riverfest Art & Music festival. Regional artists, demonstrations, color me fun race, and live bands starting at noon. 332-5772, landerartcenter.com       

Aug. 13 Dubois 59th Fireman’s Buffalo BBQ. Enjoy a buffalo roast with the locals. 455-2556, duboiswyomingchamber.org

Aug. 26-28 Arapahoe 62nd Northern Arapaho Indian Powwow, Wyoming’s oldest Native American Powwow with dancers Indian foods and tribal vendors. Arapahoe Powwow Grounds. 240-0963, 332-2646, info@windriver.org, northernarapaho.com 

Sept. Lander Ultimate Miniature Bullriding Finals and Pee-Wee rodeo.  See the young rodeo stars of tomorrow! 349-6400, howlrodeobulls.com

Sept. 3-4 Shoshoni Labor Day Ranch Rodeos.  Watch real day-to-day cowboy ranching skills on Saturday and authentic cowboys and fast rodeo action on Sunday. 262-6094, facebook.com/ShoshoniRodeo

Sept. 15-18 Riverton Central Wyoming College Rustler Roundup Rodeo: Three days of steer wrestling, barrel racing and more. 856-6611, lridgeway@cwc.edu, cwc.edu, fremontcountyfair.org

Sept. 10 Lander 5th Jurassic Classic Mountain Bike Race.  Mountain bike heaven for cycle enthusiasts with amazing scenic routes between 4 and 22 miles. 335-5435, landercycling.org

Sept. 10 Crowheart 8th Festival of the Cowboys! Enjoy rodeo, Western tunes, cowboy chow, and Western poetry. Big Wind Hall Community Center, 33 Old Yellowstone Hwy. 486-2238, 349-9948, crowhearlib@outlook.com

Sept. 10 Lander "Wings and Wheels" Airshow. Fly-In and Car Show at Hunt Field Airport with tethered balloon rides. 805-509-2779, 707-498-1150, landerflyin@gmail.com, facebook.com/landerairshow

Sept. 12-16 Dubois 15th Susan K. Black Foundation Art Show and Workshops. Join 150 artists and over 20 teachers for weeklong fine art workshops. 455-2687, headwaters@wyoming.com, skbworkshop.com

Sept. 15-17 Lander 76th One Shot Antelope Hunt: world-class hunt, auction, and Native American ceremonial dancing. 332-8190, 332-3356, 332-3892, landerchamber.com, oneshotantelopehunt.com/history/one-shot-antelope-hunt/

Oct. 29 Lander Guns, Boots, & Brands: a Western Affair & Auction of guns and artwork. Live music and dinner. Lander Community & Convention Center, 950 Buena Vista Dr. 332-3892, landerchamber.org  

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Related Links: Lander Chamber of CommerceRiverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of CommerceDestination Dubois

For a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar.  To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Come pioneer your adventure in Wind River Country!