5 Must-See Places in Wind River Country

Wyoming’s Wind River Country is a region that contains one of the most diverse landscapes I’ve ever seen. From lush forests with waterfalls to desert badlands, this part of Wyoming has it all. I was fortunate enough to explore this area for a weekend. The amount of things to do here blew me away. With literally hundreds of great spots in Wind River County, I’ve narrowed it down to five top destinations for you.
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Sinks Canyon State Park

Located just south of Lander, this park is full of wonder. The Sinks is a rocky cavern in which the Popo Agie River rushes into the earth only to reappear further downriver. At the rise, there is a fish food dispenser so that visitors can feed the monstrous trout below. In addition to the sinks and the rise, this canyon is also a huge climbing destination. Moreover, it is home to many miles of beautiful hiking and biking trails.Of course, my favorite is the trail to Popo Agie Falls. The waterfall forms a natural water-slide over a smooth rock face, and it’s always fun to go take the plunge into the water beneath.

Downtown Lander

There are few towns in Wyoming that are as recognizable as Lander. When entering town, one of the first things you’ll see is the historic Purina Mill grain elevator, which towers over downtown. In town, you’ll certainly find a delightful array of unique restaurants and shops. There is no shortage of outdoor gear suppliers, because Lander is a hub for climbers, cyclists, and backpackers. As a result, this town is also home to many events throughout the year. Most noteworthy is the 4th of July, which is complete with a half marathon, parade, rodeo and incredible firework displays. Be sure to stop and check it out!

Dubois Badlands

You may think that the nation’s only badlands are in South Dakota, but Dubois also offers another incredibly impressive rocky landscape. Driving in from the East, colorful red rocks that were carved by the Wind River appear. As the river wore away the canyon, geological wonders began to surface. While the majority of these rocks are on restricted land of the Wind River Indian Reservation, some can certainly be accessed directly from the roads of southeastern Dubois. These dirt roads go to great places to catch a sunset or walk the dog.

Dubois Scenic Overlook

In the heart of Dubois, you will find a gravel road going up to a grand overlook of the town. If you’re looking for a new perspective of Wind River Country, this is the place for you. The scenic overlook offers an amazing view of the entire town, nearby mountain ranges, and the badlands. Because of this, you couldn’t ask for a better photography spot in Dubois. Along with the views, green meadows with wildflowers cover the overlook. Make sure you don’t miss the world famous Jackalope Exibit back in town. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Consequently, for a more realistic wildlife display, visit the International Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center.

Boysen Reservoir State Park

Boysen Reservoir State Park, Wyoming

Near the border of Wind River Country and Hot Springs County, Boysen Reservoir offers a place to boat, fish, or just sit back and relax. In the north end of the reservoir, stark rocky canyons hold the vibrant blue water. Finally, there are numerous spots to camp on the shores of the reservoir and in the state park.  Spend some time with friends there. Its the perfect spot. If you want to take a boat out on the reservoir, there are easily accessible boat docks, marinas, and restaurants.

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