Photo by Brad Christensen.

(Lander, Wyo.) – Lander is receiving the distinction of being in the top seven “Trail Towns” by TrailRunner Magazine. Each year, TrailRunner experts search for towns and cities around the US that make solid trail-running vacation destinations, both for their metropolitan offerings and their access to singletrack. In addition to Lander, Wyoming the “Trail Towns” they chose “that are gateways to serious wildlands” include Conway, New Hampshire; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Los Angeles, California; Ouray, Colorado; Silver City, New Mexico; and Whitefish, Montana.

Meghan M. Hicks of TrailRunner Magazine writes, “We’re not talking about quaint urban retreats or little trail networks. We’re talking granddaddy landscapes, thousands of acres of preserved lands and hundreds of miles of trails, the biggest playgrounds our country has to offer.”

The top trails highlighted by TrailRunner Magazine near Lander are Worthen Meadows Reservoir Trailhead in the Southern Wind River Range and the Bear Ears Trail and Lizard Head Trail out-and-back from the Dickenson Park Trailhead in the Shoshone National Forest.

Sinks Canyon trail, eight miles from Lander is a great starting point to work your way up to the Worthen Meadow trailhead. The trail head begins at the end of Sinks Canyon Highway 131, before the road begins to switchback up the mountainside. sinkscanyonstatepark.org.

The magazine article states there are over 600 miles of trails in the Wind River Range. It also mentions there’s plenty of other outdoor activities in this trail town.  Lander boasts world-class climbing, miles of mountain biking, and the Wind Rivers offer excellent trout fishing.

Asked to describe the Wind River Mountains, Lander trail runner and teacher Gabe Joyes, 28, chooses the phrases “big wilderness” and “rocks and ice.”

“To run in the Winds, you’d better be self-sufficient,” says Joyes. “There are only a handful of other places in the lower 48 that are as remote.”

To read more about these trails, pick up the September 2014 issue of TrailRunner Magazine or trailrunnermag.com.

–Provided by Wind River Country, a County10 Community Partner