From Lander, Wyoming head southwest toward Sinks Canyon and hike up the Popo Agie River. There are waterfalls up there.

For the first mile, the trail parallels the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River.

This is not a hard hike. There is some uphill, but not too steep. The trail starts at an elevation of 7,800’, and it is only 1.5 miles from the waterfall. On that walk, you gain just 650 feet in elevation.

One fall is an experience you'll never forget if you want the adventure of a natural water slide that drops off into a pond at the end.

By drops off I mean, the slide ends and you DROP!

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Depending on the time of year the water can be anything from refreshing to freezing.

So go in the heat of summer when you'll enjoy it.

Spring or early summer is often best. That is when there is more water in the river from the winter snow melting.

Sliding down the waterfall has become a sort of rite of passage for local young people.

You can earn bragging rites the younger you do it.

I found a few videos online of people who have taken the plunge.

There is so much more to do in the area than just riding this natural slide.

Hiking, camping, geology, and don't forget to take the long drive up to the lakes at the top of the mountains.

Sinks Canyon Wyoming is one of those places where you can spend the entire weekend and not run out of outdoorsy stuff to do.

After you have had your fill make sure to visit Lander, Wyoming, just a few minutes up the road, for great hotels, shopping, and museums.

Lander has one of the most active and interesting downtowns in Wyoming and is always worth the trip.

Inside The Cars At The Douglas Wyoming Train Museum

Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Thermopolis Wyoming has one of the most interesting and active dinosaur museums in the world. As they continued to make new finds in the area they put in on display, so you can discover and learn.

Let's have a look at some of what is on display.

THE HISTORY & REBIRTH OF CHUGWATER WYOMING