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Riverton, Wyoming

Riverton is located in central Wyoming’s Wind River Valley, surrounded on three sides by the Wind River, Absaroka, and Owl Creek mountain ranges. Approximately 15,000 people reside in Riverton and the surrounding ranches and farms with about 40,000 people in Fremont County. The valley has a rich Native American culture with both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapahoe tribes residing on the Wind River Indian Reservation.


Community
  • City of Riverton
  • Riverton Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Lander - 23 Miles away
  • The main campus of Central Wyoming College (CWC), is a major contributor to the city’s cultural and commercial life. CWC offers a wide-array of programs to students and the community. The college boasts a 1,000-seat theatre and offers intercollegiate athletics.
  • Central Wyoming Regional Airport offers daily jet service to Denver. There are surrounding airports in Jackson, Casper, Cody, and Rock Springs—all within driving distance—offering additional options for air travel.
  • Riverton’s economy is buoyed by farming, ranching, energy development, fishing, hunting and tourism.
  • Live in the city limits or pick a place in the rural areas to enjoy wide open country and beautiful views.

Activities/Recreation - The outdoor recreation opportunities in Fremont County are nearly unlimited!
  • Fremont County is the home to the headquarters of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a leader in outdoor leadership education since its inception over 50 years ago.
  • Wind River Outdoor/Recreation Country
  • The easy access to spectacular scenery and the variety of outdoor recreation options is routinely cited as a primary reason for choosing Riverton.
  • You can be on a trail headed to a 13,000-foot mountain peak, fly fishing a world class stream, boating on Boysen Reservoir, whitewater rafting the Wind River Canyon, rock climbing at the world famous Wild Iris, or hunting big game or fowl in less than a one hour drive from Riverton.
  • During the winter season, attention turns to Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, and snow-shoeing. Nearby Togwotee Pass is routinely rated among the top five best snowmobiling destinations in the United States. Access to the top rated downhill ski slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are about three hours away.
  • A little further to the west of Jackson is the Grand Targhee Resort.
  • Just a little over a two hour drive East of Riverton is the Hogadon Basin Ski Area on Casper Mountain.
  • Camping, hiking, backpacking, and photography are other favorite pastimes.
  • Fremont County is also home to Sinks Canyon and Boysen state parks. If you like the outdoors, you will be hard-pressed to find a better place to live than Riverton and Fremont County.
  • Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and Jackson Hole Wyoming are about 170 miles from Riverton.
  • Rock hunting in Wyoming is a rock hound's paradise - GUIDE TO PROSPECTING AND ROCK HUNTING IN WYOMING

Community Quick Facts
  • Population: Riverton: 11,000
  • Fremont County: 40,000
  • Elevation: 4,951 feet above sea level
  • Average Annual Temperature: 44.6°F
  • Average Annual Precipitation: 9.50 in.
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 43.2 in.
  • Days of Sunshine: 300+ Annually
  • Income Tax: None
  • Sales Tax: 5.5%
  • Median Home Price: $240,000

Wyoming Wildlife

Western and Central Wyoming is home to various types of wildlife. From the roaming bison of Yellowstone to the galloping pronghorn of the Central Wyoming plains there are plenty of viewing opportunities. Just don't be like some tourists and disrespect these majestic creatures, or you may end up on the wrong side of the horns! Central Wyoming is a prolific stopping ground for migratory birds each year as well. Many people may think that the harsh winters would make this a desolate place with little wildlife, but that is far from the truth! There are many animals that hibernate during the winter months such as, grizzly bears, black bears, ground squirrels, marmots, chipmunks, and bats. One of the most interesting mammals that calls Wyoming home is the Pronghorn, which many mistakenly call antelope. Pronghorn are actually the second fastest mammal in the world and can run to speeds around 60 mph! Good luck trying to keep up. The only other mammal that is actually faster is the cheetah. Last, but not least, bald eagles can be seen soaring through Wyoming skies. 

 


About WFO Riverton, Wyoming

WFO Riverton is an upper-air facility employing 22 people. The WFO maintains an Electronics Systems Analyst, two electronics technicians, an Information Technology Officer, an Administrative Support Assistant, a Data Acquisition Program Manager, Science & Operations Officer, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, a Meteorologist in Charge, and 13 forecasters/HMT. Riverton personnel are responsible for over 56,000 square miles and proudly serve around 240,000 people. Some prominent Decision Support Services provided by the office include fire weather services, snowmelt river flood support to state and local emergency managers, collaboration of consistent messaging with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and on-site support of the National High School Finals Rodeo. Aviation forecasting requires the routine issuance of nine terminal forecasts spread widely across the service area. Western and central Wyoming has its fair share of large hail, dry microbursts, flash flooding, and even the occasional tornado. So, if you are looking for a place that will diversify and enhance your professional skills in a setting that will refresh you, choose Riverton!