Riverton

Founded In: 1906

Population: 10,615

Elevation:  4,956 ft.

Median Income: $39,366

Chamber of Commerce: http://www.rivertonchamber.org/

The town of Riverton lies within the Wind River Indian Reservation and is the hub city for Fremont County, Wyoming. The name Riverton was selected by a committee of residents and successfully won over the railroad’s choice, Wadsworth. The name fits because it is located where four rivers meet.

Riverton’s route along the Yellowstone Highway has made it a favorite stop-over for visitors headed to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. No matter what your favorite outdoor activity is, Riverton and the surrounding area have it! Fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, boating,

golf, snowmobiling, skiing and just plain old relaxing are available within minutes of Riverton.

Rendezvous were held in this valley in 1829, 1830, and 1838.  The rendezvous played host to many prominent mountain men including Jim Bridger, William Sublette, Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith. Every July, Riverton celebrates mountain man history by hosting the annual 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous.  This event keeps the old memories alive by providing a living encampment, games of skill, food and dancing. Riverton’s rendezvous site is the only rendezvous site that remains on original ground today.

 

Climate

As with most Wyoming cities, Riverton has a semi-arid climate. Winters are cold and dry, with summer warmer and wetter.

 

Economy

Most of Riverton’s businesses are classified as small businesses, with over 6,000 local businesses having fewer than 10 employees. The largest company in Riverton is Brunton, Inc, the manufacturer of the Brunton compass.

 

Things to Do

Tucked in between the Owl Creek and the Wind River Mountains, Riverton offers opportunities for all types of outdoor recreation. There’s hunting and fishing, or hiking and rock climbing all within

a few minutes drive. You can boat on Boysen Reservoir (http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/pdf/Brochure/boysen.pdf), play a round of golf, study Native American petroglyphs at Castle Gardens (http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Lander/cultural/castlegardens.html), or four-wheel drive across thousands of acres of state and federal lands. Also be sure to visit the Riverton Museum (http://fremontcountymuseums.com/riverton/) which takes you on a trip to the past covering everything from trappers to cowboys.

Another great place to take in history is the Wind River Heritage Center. Exhibits of Wyoming wildlife including 40 fullsized mounts including wolves, bears, bison, moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep and smaller animals. Native American art, gifts, local history books and educational programs for schools and organizations are also available at the heritage center.

Central Wyoming College (www.cwc.edu/) was founded in 1966 and offers a wide variety of programs and services to students, businesses and community members of all ages. CWC’s services reach far beyond providing educational programs. The college is the cultural center for the region. With one of the finest visual and performing arts centers in the area, CWC offers a full slate of cultural activities. Professional touring groups augments concerts, exhibits and theater productions by CWC visual and performing artists.

Rails to Trails (http://www.traillink.com/city/riverton-wy-trails.aspx) is a beautiful trail used for biking, walking and jogging, getting its name from the replacement of the old railroad tracks.

The Northern Arapaho Experience (http://www.windriverhotelcasino.com/events.php) is something you won’t want to miss. Each year from June to August, the Northern Arapaho allow you to experience Indian Country through song, dance, and storytelling.

At St. Stevens Mission (http://daithi4.tripod.com/), you can look at historical displays, traditional crafts and beadwork, as well as photographs and clothing. Plan to spend at least half a day here.

If you want to see Riverton from the sky, consider taking a hot air balloon ride on the Cloud Kisser (http://www.balloonridesoverwyoming.com/hot-air-balloon-rides/WY/Fremont/82501/Riverton-hot-air-balloon-rides.html). You can also be a balloon pilot, if you choose!

 

Places to Shop

The Riverton area is full of specialty stores. No matter what you seek, you are likely to find a unique gift for anyone on your list.

  • The Golden Buffalo Fine Jewelry (http://www.thegoldenbuffalo.com): The Golden Buffalo is a  symbol of the West. Each piece of jewelry has been custom designed to create the perfect expression.
  • Woodward’s Floral (http://www.flowersrivertonwy.com/): Over 30 years’ experience selling fresh flowers and flower arrangements.
  • The Wherehouse LLC: Unique gifts and treasures.
  • Linton’s Big R (https://www.lintonsbigr.com/home.php): Small farm and ranch store since 1960.
  • Sheep Camp Quilt Supply (http://sheepcampquilts.com/): Find batiks, reproduction prints, wildlife and landscape prints, modern and retro fabrics, as well as quilting basics such as patterns, books, and notions.
  • Meadowlark Books: Amazing selection of used books.
  • High Country Sporting Goods (http://www.highcountrysportinggoods.com/): Selling outdoor sports equipment, guns, ammo, reloading, hunting, fishing, camping, and archery.
  • Kusel’s Home Furnishings (http://www.kusels.com/): Locally owned and operated, offering all the brands of furniture and appliances you trust.
  • Rocky Mountain Discount Sports (http://www.rocky-mountain-sports.com/): All the supplies you will need for hunting, archery, fishing, camping, outdoor cooking, footwear, outerwear, and sportswear.
  • Rock Solid Lapidary & Beads (http://rocksolidlapidary.com/): Offering interesting and unusual beading supplies, mineral specimens, and pieces to make your own unique jewelry.
  • Ecker Leather (http://eckerleather.com/): Custom, local, handcrafted leather goods.

 

Where to Dine

After a fun day exploring the area or hitting the casinos, sit yourself down for a delicious meal. Whether you are looking for Mexican, Italian, or local treats, Riverton has something for everyone.

  • Perrett’s: Delicious Italian food at a reasonable price.
  • The Trailhead: Family restaurant serving American cuisine.
  • Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery (http://brownsugarcoffeeroastery.com/): Coffee shop selling freshly roasted coffee.
  • Roasted  Bean and Cuisine: Soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers made to order with fresh ingredients.
  • Red Willow Restaurant (http://www.windriverhotelcasino.com/redWillow.php): Featuring local favorites and unique meals sure to tempt the taste buds.
  • Les Complements Cafe: Offering French cuisine and international flavors.
  • The Depot: Mexican favorites sure to please.
  • Bar 10 (http://bar10wyo.com/): Delicious pizza in a variety of flavors.
  • Sundowner Station Motel (http://sundownerstation.com/restaurant/3347004): Serving American cuisine and state staples.
  • Buffalo Restaurant (http://www.windriverhotelcasino.com/buffalo.php): Wide variety of dishes all under one roof.
  • El Sol De Mexico: Delicious, authentic Mexican food.
  • Phil’s Dog Shack: Awesome hotdogs, fries, drinks, and service.
  • The Bull & Bistro Restaurant: Delicious steaks and pork.

 

Living in Riverton

Riverton is the epitome of small town living. The schools are excellent spending almost double per student what the average expenditure is in the US. Plus, compared to the rest of the country, Riverton’s cost of living is lower at just 6.10%. Homes cost about $150,000, and there are many activities for those living in the area.

Riverton

Founded In: 1906 Population: 10,615 Elevation:  4,956 ft. Median Income: $39,366 Chamber of Commerce: http://www.rivertonchamber.org/ The town of Riverton lies within the Wind River Indian Reservation and is the hub city for Fremont County, Wyoming. The name Riverton was selected by a committee of residents and successfully won over the…
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