Fremont County, WY - When it comes to outdoor adventure, Wind River Country (Fremont County, Wyoming) has it all, making it the perfect start for this year’s Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Adventure Race.
The 3 1/2 -day adventure race, which starts July 17, covers more than 300 miles and launches in South Pass City State Historic Site, an actual gold-mining ghost town, where the teams will need to find a gold nugget and take a shot of Wyoming Whiskey at the saloon. (The serious racers will have an iced tea option).
From South Pass City the teams make their way to Sinks Canyon State Park where on day two they’ll mountain bike and complete a rappel before riding to the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous site in Riverton. There mountain men will greet them and help them complete a tomahawk throwing challenge, before competitors bike to Boysen Reservoir where 18 miles of paddling awaits them- likely in the famous Wyoming wind. The next day they’ll whitewater raft through Wind River Canyon, a Wyoming Scenic Byway, and bike 80 miles on back roads to Hell’s Half Acre, completing checkpoints along the way before finishing in Casper.
Best places and times to see the Cowboy Tough adventure racers while in Fremont County:
July 17, Thursday 8:30-11:00 a.m. South Pass City State Historic Site. Activities: Trekking and biking
Thursday 8:00 p.m. through midnight: Sinks Canyon State Park Activities: Trekking and biking
July 18 Friday, 6:00 a.m. through 9 a.m. Sinks Canyon State Park Activities: Rapelling, caving and biking
Friday Noon through 4 p.m. Riverton's 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous Site Activities: Biking and tomahawk throwing
Friday, 4:00 pm through midnight: South end of Boysen Reservoir, and Boysen State Park. Activities: Paddling
July 19 Saturday, 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Boysen State Park and Wind River Canyon Activities: Whitewater rafting and biking
The Cowboy Tough race is designed to showcase the best of Wyoming and the course moves around the state each year. This year’s race highlights all the adventures of Wind River Country- mountain biking, road biking, rappelling, hiking and paddling. Mixed in is the rich history of the area as racers travel the path of the earliest pioneers and intrepid explorers.In its second year the race attracted the second ranked team in the world from Costa Rica and the third ranked world team from California among the 80 racers. Six of the top 10 United States adventure racing teams also will be on the course, as will Wind River Country’s own team of Casey Adams, Shad Hamilton, and Karla Wagner. The fourth member and new to the team is Marina Fleming.
"The Wind River Country Team couldn't be more grateful to Marina for rising to this challenge just three days before the starting gun goes off in South Pass City. She's made Lander her home recently, and we're excited to show her so much of what Fremont County has to offer in these four days and 400 miles!" You can cheer them on, along with other competitors at different points of the race. Follow their training at their blog, www.windrivercountryteam.wordpress.com
Head to Sinks Canyon the morning on July 18 for glimpses of the racers in action on the rock cliffs, or check out the Mountain Man Rendezvous site in Riverton and watch the tomahawk throw between about noon and 4 p.m. Or encourage competitors to finish their exhausting day at Boysen Reservoir State Park that evening. If you arrive around 6:30 p.m. you should see people on the water. On July 19 they get back on their bikes to ride 80 miles on 2-track backroads to Hell’s Half-Acre, near Casper, to finish the race.
Watch for racers on the course and start thinking about your own Wind River Country adventure. For more information, visit the Wind River Country website and calendar of events at or go to www.rev3adventure.com/race/rev3cowboytough