Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service (NPS) by traveling through time en route to America’s first national park, Yellowstone. Take a look at http://windriver.org/travel-through-wyoming-history-nps-100/ for more interesting reasons to choose Wind River Country/Fremont County for this special celebration journey.
Wyoming’s Wind River Country offers a unique, authentic way to travel through history in honor of the 100th centennial of the nation’s parks. It has always been the most scenic route to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and now you can follow an NPS-oriented itinerary to build up to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
The several NPS historic sites located in Fremont County provide a historical build to your anniversary celebration in 2016. Start in the 1840s as travelers along the Oregon Trail. Imagine passing day in and day out covering this vast land on foot, by horseback or in a wagon. Conjure up the emotion you’d feel when you first spotted—and then finally reached—each pioneer landmark like Split Rock.
Step forward in time and race along the Pony Express route in 1860, utilizing the same South Pass over the Continental Divide the pioneers traveled on the Oregon Trail.
Finally, stop by the ghost town of South Pass City State Historic Site with new dreams: gold! Flock to the streams and hills of treasure—and to the old-time saloon like the miners of 1868.
From there, continue down the Old Yellowstone Highway (U.S. Hwy 26) to Lander, Riverton, Dubois, and the Wind River Indian Reservation to experience even more of the authentic West, from cowboys to rock climbers and Native American dancers. You’ll crest Togwotee Pass on the Continental Divide to a view of Grand Teton National Park before reaching the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Learn more about this time-traveling itinerary honoring the NPS centennial here.
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For a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar. To request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233. Pioneer your own adventure in Wind River Country!
About Wind River Country/Fremont County
Wyoming’s Wind River Country is the authentic, untamed West. It holds the answers to your adventurous spirit. Come discover new things like the best route to Yellowstone, see an Indian powwow, ride a horse or holler at a rodeo, pan for real gold, and hike in country that will take your breath away. Find the pace to think, the room to breathe, and the uncontrived adventure to rejuvenate your soul in Wind River Country.