The historic area along the Wind River still retains the flavor of the land as it looked in 1830 and 1838 when Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and a host of famous mountain men met for the annual fur trade and to re-supply. The landscape near the forks of the Wind River harbors one of the rare rendezvous sites accessible to the public and still in pristine condition. A fifteen-year span of early 19th-century history is represented by the site. Since 1989 the 1838 Rendezvous Association has been working to preserve this rare historical site associated with the American mountain men.
Every year since 1989, visitors and locals alike have flocked to Riverton, Wyoming for the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous celebration and reenactment. The Rendezvous is an authentic look into the vast history of the area.
The gallery below, h/t 1838 Rendezvous Association Facebook page.
When you set up camp with us, you literally walk the same ground as the Trappers, Traders, Missionaries, and Indians of old.
Join the fun and learn what mountain man’s life was about! The Rendezvous features:
- Primitive Black Powder Shooting Matches
- Hawk/Knife Throws
- Nightly Council Fire
- Traders and more!
The Rendezvous focuses on authenticity and offering of courses in “skills & history” related to the mountain man era.
This year a very special guest will be visiting the Rendezvous. Josh Kirk of History Channel’s “Mountain Men” TV show and his baby buffalo “Custer Pendelton” will be in attendance!
Early set-up and camping begin on June 28-30. Camp activities will begin on July 1-5.
For the complete map and directions, click here.
Register here. For more information, news, discussions, and updates visit the website. Questions about attending or camping on site, please contact Gary Gavin at [email protected] or call
Everyone is welcome! You do not have to dress “primitive” to share in the fun.