Welcome to Lander, Wyoming!
Enjoy easy access to millions of acres of stunning scenery – with none of the crowds.
With the majestic Wind River Range to its west and south and the vast Wyoming prairie to the East, Lander is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. Even the locals stumble across new hidden gems every year – a testament to just how big, wild, and remote this country is. Whether you love to ski, dream of a once-in-a-lifetime elk hunt, or want to explore hundreds of miles of hiking and cycling trails, Lander is the perfect place for you to live out all of your outdoor adventures.
Sinks Canyon State Park
Surrounded by rugged mountains, Sinks Canyon is the site of one of the world’s most fascinating geological phenomenons. Water trickles down from the snow-capped peaks in the heart of the Wind River range, eventually forming a roaring cascade that tumbles through the canyon. That is, until it mysteriously disappears into a limestone cavern, appropriately dubbed “the sinks.”
Only 1/4 mile down the road, the water reappears in a calm pool that’s home to some of the biggest trout you’ll ever see in your life (no, there is no fishing allowed – but you can feed them.) Dye tests have shown that all of the water that disappears upstream reappears at the rise, along with some extra. What’s more, the water spends over two hours underground before finally reappearing only a quarter of a mile down the road!
But this geological wonder isn’t the only draw for people wanting to explore the area. Sinks Canyon is also home to abundant wildlife, including mule deer, bighorn sheep, snakes, birds of all kinds, foxes, coyotes, and more. Plus, there’s abundant opportunities for beautiful hikes ranging from easy to very difficult. There are also several campsites in the canyon for those who want to extend their stay just a little longer…
Wind River Mountain Range
Wyoming has a lot of beautiful scenery. But where much of it can be crowded with tourists from all over the world (as well as locals who just want to get out for the weekend), the Wind Rivers remain relatively unpopulated. When you adventure out here, in many cases it’s just you and whatever company you decide to bring along.
19 of Wyoming’s 20 highest peaks can be found in the Wind River range. If you’re not a mountain climber, you can fish at one of the cold, clear mountain lakes or relax at one of hundreds of campsites scattered from Lander to Dubois to Pinedale. Opportunities for hunting, hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling abound – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Out here, the only limits are your preparedness and sense of adventure (but seriously – make sure you’re prepared. Depending on where you are, you might not see another person all day!)
The Red Desert
Is it a wonderland or a wasteland? You’ll have to decide! Wyoming’s Red Desert country stretches for hundreds of miles, and just brushes the eastern side of Lander. Despite its sometimes barren appearance, it’s home to all sorts of animals, including the pronghorn, sage grouse, wild horses, elk, mule deer, bobcats, coyotes, hawks, eagles, and more. Opportunities for biking, hiking, photography, camping and more can all be had in this amazing, one-of-a-kind place.
Things To Do
Hiking and Camping
Road and Mountain Biking
Nearby Towns and Attractions
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is famous the world over, and for good reason. It’s a wonderland full of otherworldly geology, amazing wildlife, good food, and great people.
Lander is a great jumping-off point for getting to Yellowstone. Fill up your car, grab a bite to eat at one of our local cafes, and then hit the road for the adventure of a lifetime!
Drive through some of the most beautiful country in the world as you head from Lander towards the famous Jackson Hole. There are several scenic byways and excellent places to take pictures along your journey. And if you start early in the morning or late in the afternoon, you might be able to see some amazing wildlife like elk, deer, antelope, moose, and even grizzly bears.
If you’re going to Jackson from Lander, you’ll end up passing through the small mountain town of Dubois. Home to around 1,000 people, Dubois has absolutely stunning scenery that ranges from colorful badland hills to rugged mountains. If you’re traveling this direction during the winter and early spring months, keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, especially near the red cliffs close to town. Deer abound in the area, so pay extra attention to the road in case one or two decide to cross in front of you.
There are plenty of little hole-in-the-wall eateries in Dubois, as well as some fascinating western shops and art galleries. Additionally, construction is under way on a brand new military vehicle museum for the history buffs among us!
While Jackson and Yellowstone draw tourists from all over the world every year, Pinedale is a quiet town that’s generally off the beaten path. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring – far from it!
Pinedale is the gateway to some of the most spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities in the United States – and not many people even know it exist. If you’re looking for seclusion in an absolutely pristine natural setting, you might want to consider spending a few days in this little town and its surrounding mountains on your way to your final destination.
You Can Always Find Us Here
Wherever your outdoor adventures take you, we hope you can always find your way back to us at Householder Properties. If you’ve been adventuring around Lander, you’ve probably already figured out that it’s an amazing place to live. As you are headed back home, be sure to stop by our office so we can help you find your dream home here in the Wind River Mountains!