Fremont County, Wyoming
Fremont County represents the primary service area covering 9,394 square miles with a population of approximately 37,000. The population of Riverton is approximately 10,000, while Lander is nearly 7,000. The presence of the Wind River Indian Reservation, home of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapahoe Indian Tribes, represents a strong population and cultural influence in Fremont County.
Riverton is the economic and cultural hub of Fremont County. People are drawn from around the Wind River Basin for work, shopping and pleasure. In addition to healthcare, employment opportunities in the area range from jobs in government and energy, to precision instrument manufacturing, retail and construction. Agriculture and ranching continue to be major economic and social influences in the community.
The city has had continuous commercial air service since 1947, and has daily round-trip flights out of its modern airport. Riverton is also the regional hub for several overnight delivery and parcel services. Highways enter Riverton from all directions, with major urban centers such as Salt Lake City, Utah, Billings, Montana, and Denver, Colorado an easy half-day drive away. The city has a telecommunications system comparable to that of much larger urban communities.
Riverton is a community of people brought together not because of convenience or necessity, but because of choice. People choose to live in Riverton because of its quality of life. They want to live in a place where they can go fishing after work, where the checker at the grocery store doesn't need ID to accept their check, where they can enjoy the simple pleasure of listening to their children sing in the Community Children's' Chorale.
Low population density, low crime rate, and a great location make the serenity of life in Riverton one of its most outstanding features. People work hard, but they work without the stress of living in a city where high-pressure jobs are matched by high-pressure lifestyles. Riverton remains close to its western roots, so you may have to wait for a cattle drive to cross the highway, but you'll also be treated to old-fashioned hospitality wherever you go around town.
At an elevation of 5,357 feet, Lander features an Historic Downtown District with numerous art galleries, specialty shops, restaurants and cafes. A greenway that parallels the scenic Popo Agie River is a favorite destination for walkers. The city’s Eagle Bronze Foundry casts and produces many of the world’s largest bronze statues and monuments. Lander also has a strong public education system. Central Wyoming College, located 24 miles away in Riverton, has a Lander Extension Office and offers local classes.
Lander is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors. Here you can find world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding and camping. The Wind River Mountains have more than 40 peaks that top 13,000 feet, and offer more than 150 glaciers. The “Winds” contain the tallest peak in Wyoming - Gannett Peak at 13,804 feet - and more than 735,000 acres of continuous wilderness area, the largest such designation in the continental U.S. Moose, elk, bighorn sheep, antelope and other wildlife are abundant.
During the winter, there’s cross-country skiing on six miles of groomed trails in the South Pass area. Snowmobiling is another popular activity. The Lander/Sinks Canyon area has 70 miles of groomed trails. Lander is the site to the southern-most trailhead to the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail, which you can ride all the way into Yellowstone National Park. Lander is also one of the few Wyoming towns that allows snowmobiles on city streets. Ice-skating and hockey are other popular winter activities at Lander City Park. Fishing spots are plentiful. Christina and Louis Lakes are known for their lake trout and brook trout. Boysen Reservoir is a popular spot for anglers fishing for walleye, ling, perch, catfish, trout and sauger.