Whatever type of riding you choose, this area of western Wyoming surrounding Lander offers an almost limitless variety of biking opportunities, including desert single track, technical forest riding and smooth road riding, all of which provide a unique method of experiencing the beautiful Wind River Range.
Lander is world famous for miles of weathered, ash-white Bighorn dolomite and Wind River granite. Lander sees more than 300 comfortable climbing days per year and has become a legendary destination for those looking for famous 5.13 and 5.14 climbs or classic 9s and 10. The Wind River Range surrounding Lander contains nearly 700 routes including the Wild Iris, Sinks Canyon, Baldwin Creek, Suicide Point & more.
The area surrounding Lander is filled with a wide array of landscapes & terrain. Whether you want to hike in the wilderness areas of the Wind River Range, the deserts and high plains in the South Pass area, one of three designated Volksmarch trails from Atlantic City or South Pass City, Sinks Canyon, or one of the many trails off the Loop Road, Lander is your playground. It would be hard to find a better area anywhere.
Equestrian activities of all kinds are very popular in Lander. The Double A Equestrian Center is the hub for dressage and hunter jumper, while the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Association and the Lander Rodeo grounds are the hubs for western disciplines. Countless miles of trails are available, Johnny Behind the Rocks is a popular place for trail riding. On a regular basis horse enthusiasts can find a roping, reined cow horse competition, cutting, reining, all girl rodeo, junior high or high school rodeo or English event just about every week. Local ranchers love to have help moving cattle from summer to winter range. About the only thing we don’t have is polo, and we’re working on that!
The Lander Old Timer’s Rodeo Association (LOTRA) is a member-driven indoor riding arena located in Lander at the rodeo grounds. It is one of only a handful of indoor arenas in Wyoming. LOTRA is a volunteer-run association, membership is open to all and enables its members to have a place to ride, train, compete, and season a horse during the winter months. Members of LOTRA enjoy open riding all hours with cattle scheduled two nights a week for roping practice. Public events at the arena include barrel racing, breakaway roping, calf roping, team roping jackpots, ranch horse competitions, team pennings, gymkanas, ranch rodeos, Jr. rodeos. Download member application, click here.
The Lander Golf Club is located at 1 Golf Course Drive and boasts a beautiful and challenging 18-hole regulation par 71 layout combined with stunning views of the Wind River Mountain Range. Lander’s mild climate and lack of wind, combine to create an enjoyable and relaxing experience from early spring to late fall. In addition to a full length driving range, the Lander Golf Club has a complete full service pro shop that carries all of the major brands, as well as a full bar for quenching your thirst after a round of golf. The club pro, Mike Johnson, is a Class A member of PGA of America. Mike was a lead instructor at the Chuck Cook Golf Academy in Vail, CO for three years and has the ability to help make your game the best it can be.
Annual Pioneer Days Rodeo
The membership hosts the annual 4th of July Pioneer Days Rodeo, that is billed as the “Oldest Paid Rodeo in the World”. The money raised from this event allows the association to sustain the facility and keep the members dues at a very low rate compared to other similar facilities around the state. Building updates are mostly accomplished through local recreation grants and donations. Memberships are super reasonable and are currently $450 for a family, $250 for an individual, and $225 for a student. Daily use fees are also available at $20 per individual and $25 on a roping practice night. Roping cattle are leased by the organization through the winter months and are financed through the production of barrel racing and roping jackpots held on weekends.
To Download LOTRA membership application, click here.
Many families have spent hundreds of hours together at the arena. Numerous youth have gone on to compete nationally and acquire scholarships that were made possible thru the use of the Lander Old Timer’s Indoor Riding Arena.