About Lander

About Lander

Small Town.  Big Community.

Lander is a bustling little town!
The many faces of Lander, from 4th of July festivities, to Lander Live music, and walking in the foothills.

Past, Present, and Future

"Where rails end and trails begin!"

Lander began after an oil well went in around 1884.  The town was named after a General who explored and surveyed the Lander cutoff of the Oregon Trail.  For many years, the town saw only cowboys from local ranches, travelers headed west, oil workers, and Native Americans from the nearby Wind River Indian Reservation.  

Today, Lander is still home to cowboys, ranchers, travelers, and natives, but now people come from all over the world to experience a rustic town with access to some of the wildest country in the United States.  Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, and seemingly a mountain pass away from anywhere, Lander has remained authentic to its roots.  The first payed rodeo in the world was held in Lander, and it still runs today.

The future is bright for Lander!  Town industries have diversified, and the housing market looks like it's on the rise!  In the Summer, the town almost doubles in population as folks flock to town.  From Pow-wows to Rodeos, Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking Festivals, Art Exhibitions, and more, the town is buzzes with excitement.  Travelers and seasonal workers continue to fill out the town in Spring and Fall, and the weather is often gorgeous. 

As the cold of winter rolls down out of the mountains, the town may seem quiet, but don't be fooled!  The year-round inhabitants are hardy and independent, but the winter is when I really see the community come out.  To keep from going stir-crazy, local businesses and community members alike always seem to be organizing a movie screening at the library, or a charity soup dinner. 

Even outside of structured events, you can almost always find people walking dogs, cross-country skiing, sledding, or finding someway to be outside.  And when it is truly, bitterly cold (as it sometimes is), then you can always find community in the coffee shops, gyms, or local eateries, or shops, like Gannett Peak Sports who have beer on tap!  

The future is bright for Lander, because it is already a wonderful town, and it's only getting better!  Especially after the Eclipse in 2017, more and more people are finding out about this little gem, hidden in the wild lands of Wyoming...I'm not telling you to come out here, because if this doesn't sound inviting, Lander might not be for you!  But, if any of this sounded appealing, come visit, stay a while, and when you are ready, checkout local listings!

Lander Statistics:  

  • Population: 7,607
  • Labor Force Size: 3,878
  • Bachelors Degree or Higher: 31.19%
  • Household Median Income: 56,523
  • More from the Wyoming Business Council 


Welcoming. Involved. Rugged. Tight-knit.

All words that describe both the residents and the travelers that make up the community of Lander Wyoming. From ranchers to outdoorsmen, young families to retirees, Lander's community is a mixed bag of folks from all walks of life, bound together by the rugged Wyoming plains to the East and the remoteness of the Wind River Mountain Range to the West.