History is alive on the Wind River Reservation

The Wind River Reservation is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. Located in the heart of Wyoming, near Lander and Riverton, and just a few hours from Yellowstone National Park, it is the seventh-largest reservation in the country and remains influential in the region today.

Exploring the Wind River Reservation is a great way to connect with the history of the country and celebrate the culture of our First Nations. From Sacajawea’s Gravesite and ancient petroglyphs to the current-day effort to restore the buffalo, there is a lot to see and experience in such a meaningful place. 

Hear the History: The Wind River Indian Reservation TravelStorys Audio Tour includes 10 Eastern Shoshone sites and 11 Northern Arapaho sites. On the tour, listeners can learn about the culture, legends and history of the tribal nations, including how they both came to reside here.

View the Land: You can explore the 2.2 million acres of the reservation in many ways including on land through many different driving tours or on the water through a Wind River Float Trip. The area is close to many state parks, such as Sinks Canyon and Boysen Reservoir, that also showcase the beauty of the area. 

Explore the Culture: Visitors can dive deep into the cultures of the area by visiting the Northern Arapaho Experience Room at the Wind River Hotel & Casino or the Eastern Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center in Fort Washakie. The best time to experience a tribal event is in the summer when both tribes hold powwows and ceremonial dances.

Learn more ways to explore the Wind River Reservation and experience Native American culture.