Bike racks, drones and more in Wind River Country this summer

    While 2022 is well underway, the Wind River Visitors Council took a step back in time to put together its first annual report. We focused the report on the 2021 calendar year, instead of breaking up the summer by using our fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). 2021 was a record-breaking year for lodging tax income in Fremont County, and it’s been exciting to see so many visitors. Interestingly, the top 10 states that Wind River Country’s visitors come from are:

    1. Colorado
    2. Utah
    3. Montana
    4. Texas
    5. California
    6. Washington
    7. Nebraska
    8. Idaho
    9. South Dakota
    10. Arizona

    The annual report will be available later this month. Following are some of the WRVC’s other projects.

    Continental Divide Trail

    The WRVC partnered with the University of Wyoming, Wind River Outdoor Recreation Collaborative and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition to try to get Dubois and Lander-South Pass City recognized as Gateway Communities for the Continental Divide Trail. This is a senior project in the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management degree program at the University of Wyoming, and three students are working on the project.

    Backcountry Discovery Routes

    The WRVC is a sponsor of the Wyoming Backcountry Discovery Routes, an organization that specializes in adventure motorcycle routes. Wyoming was added to the organization’s routes in February. As part of the new Wyoming route, a film tour has been planned. The WRVC, in partnership with Wyoming Outdoor Recreation and Wyoming Offroad Racers Association, is hosting a screening of the film as part of the tour on Saturday, May 21 at 5 p.m. at the Dennison Lodge in Dubois. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

    Here’s a link to the film trailer, which features many areas in Wind River Country,

    More information about Backcountry Discovery Routes can be found here,

    Fremont County Historical Society’s 2022 Trek

    The WRVC is supporting the Fremont County Historical Society’s 2022 Trek, which takes place from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12 and features various locations in Dubois, Lander, South Pass City and on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The itinerary can be viewed here, A registration form can be downloaded at

    Wind River Rally

    The WRVC has partnered with the Journal of Lost Time for a van life event series in celebration of gathering in beautiful places. The event takes place from June 23 to 26 in Hudson. The WRVC is arranging county-wide excursions, which will be booked directly through the businesses providing them. In addition, the Wind River Visitors Council will provide “goodie bags” to be picked up at the Chambers. These events focus on Leave No Trace principles, clean-ups and exploring beautiful places. For more information or to register, visit

    Bike Racks

    The WRVC is working with the Riverton Chamber of Commerce to put bike racks throughout Riverton. This is also a project that helps to support the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s WY Responsibly campaign.

    Riverton Drone Project

    The WRVC is putting together a drone video of parts of Riverton. This video is scheduled to be produced in May and released in June.


    The WRVC is working with the Northern Arapaho Economic Development Commission on the completion of a Wind River Indian Reservation Audio Tour. The tour currently has 10 Eastern Shoshone sites, and 10 Northern Arapaho sites are being added. The full tour is scheduled to be released in July.

    Temporary Jackson Hole Airport Closure

    From April 11 to June 27, 2022, the Jackson Hole Airport will be closed as work is done on its runway. Central Wyoming Regional Airport, located in Riverton, provides daily service to Denver through United. The drive over Togwotee Pass is spectacular, so if you know people who are heading to Jackson, please encourage them to consider flying into Riverton.


    Do you have events that you’d like posted to the Wind River Visitors Council’s website, which automatically posts to the Wyoming Office of Tourism website and County 10? Please send any 2022 events, packages, news, etc. to Melanie Hoefle (the Wind River Visitors Council’s Community Engagement Manager) at [email protected]. She can also get you Wind River Visitors Council vacation guides, driving tours, Continental Divide Trail information and/or the Wyoming and Utah Pioneer Trails Auto Tour brochure.

    Helen Wilson
    Executive Director, WRVC

    The Wind River Visitors Council’s mission is to stimulate tourism by increasing awareness of and encouraging visitation to, the unique destinations, activities and events in Wind River Country.

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