Sinks Canyon State Park, WY

Sinks Canyon State Park is near Lander Wyoming in the Wind River Mountains. The middle fork of the Popo Agie River seems to disappear into the mountain at “The Sink” and reemerges at “The Rise” a quarter mile down the canyon.

It takes the water 2 hours to move from The Sink to the calm pool at The Rise. It is unknown why it takes so long or why more water comes out at The Rise than goes into The Sinks.

I parked at The Rise parking lot and walked to the observation platform above The Rise and watched the huge fish. They are Brown, Rainbrow, and Brook Trout. Visitors can buy fish food and feed them. I think they get fed a lot.

The Rise


I then continued up the mountain .25 miles on the Sinks to Rise Trail along the Overflow. From late May to June, the snow melt doubles the size of the Popo Agie River and the river flows both into the sinks and thru the Overflow.

Overflow
Overflow Loop Trail
Sinks Cavern

Still on the Bucket List:

  • Drive “The Loop Road” – 70 mile scenic drive beginning and ending in Lander
    • Learn more about The Loop Road here

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