Lander Area Chamber of Commerce

160 North 1st St. • Lander, WY 82520
Phone: 307-332-3892 • Toll Free: 800-433-0662

Lander is located in the heart of Wyoming.
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When you are looking to get away from it all, make Lander your destination. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Wind River Mountains while hiking alone or guided by an outfitter. Perhaps a stroll through our historic Main Street would make for a pleasurable afternoon. Whatever adventure you fill your day with, be sure you finish it off with an evening of dining, shopping, or taking in one of the nightly activities before retiring to your first-rate accommodations.

Nestled against the foothills of the Wind River Mountains on the banks of the Popo Agie River, Lander is where Fremont County history began. Lander saw the first white trappers in 1811, became a small military post in 1869, and now borders the Wind River Indian Reservation.

If you are interested in historical trails and sites, you will want to plan to spend time in the Lander area. Here you will find some of the most pristine areas on the Oregon, Mormon, California-49er, and Pony Express Trails.

South Pass is the gentle ascent where the trail crosses the Continental Divide. Emigration began in 1843 when over 1,000 people made the 2,000-mile trip. Close to 500,000 individuals eventually traveled this route over the Continent heading for Utah, California, and Oregon. The last recorded wagon crossed South Pass in 1912. Wagon ruts and the graves of those who died along the way are visible today.

Close to South Pass you will find Willie's Handcart Monument, a place dedicated to the 75 members of the Willie Handcart Company who lost their lives in a mid-October 1856 winter storm. Here you will see ruts of the Oregon-Mormon Trail. Oregon Buttes Road will lead you to the most pristine sections of the Oregon-Mormon Trail, and at South Pass Overlook, you will be able to imagine the hardships of the trail.

Make a stop at South Pass City where you will find a renovated historic site offering a glimpse into the history of a town created as a result of a gold rush. Over twenty original structures offer plenty of exploration. The site is open during the summer months and is approximately 30 miles from Lander.

Down the road is Atlantic City, which dates back to the 1860's when thousands rushed to the area to take part in Wyoming's first gold rush. Today Atlantic City provides visions of the gold rush years as well as camping, cabins, a bed & breakfast, and a restaurant/bar that is a National Historic Site. Miners Delight, an original mining camp established in 1867, is now a ghost town open to visitors wishing to walk back in time.

Fascinating history abounds and adventure is not hard to find. If our friendliness and charm don't captivate you, then our blue skies and breathtaking scenery will. Whatever your interests are, we invite you to discover Lander, Wyoming where history is combined with visions for the future.

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