The locals in Wyoming’s Wind River Country have a secret. It’s a dirty secret, one that keeps growing.

It has wrapped itself around the county, tight as handlebar tape: This place has an incredible, uncrowded biking scene that just keeps getting better.

The problem is that we can’t keep our secret. We’d love to share our ever-expanding network of trails and gravel roads with you. Join us for parties, demos, group rides, and an absolutely brutal race this fall so you won’t be left out any longer. Scout it out at windriver.org if you want, but riding is believing.

Fall in Wind River Country is a phenomenal time for putting rubber to dirt or asphalt anywhere from Dubois’ Overlook Trail System to the handful of destinations within 20 minutes of Lander. The temperatures are just right for working hard, the tree colors bright enough to distract you from your burning muscles, and the trails dry and polished.

The events of the season will bring you into the fold with the locals.

This fall, try the Jurassic Classic Aug. 23­–26. This mountain bike festival in Lander is overflowing with shenanigans and inside jokes.

“Here in Lander, we just want to ride bikes, drink some beer, and have some fun,” says local Mike Dicken, by way of inviting everyone to explore all the new trails being built in the area. Learn more about the party, group rides, demo opportunities, and local brews at jurassicclassicfest.com.

The more burly among us can test their mettle against the Wyo 131. In its second year, the gravel grinder starts out on Highway 131 in Lander and forms a 131-mile loop through “red desert hoodoos and historic mining towns, following the tracks of Oregon Trail emigrants up to South Pass. It continues to climb up into the Wind River Mountains, passing high mountain lakes and stunning vistas before rapidly descending back to Lander,” the course website states. Learn more and register at wyo131.com.

If you like being the first to know about a new trail, the first to test a new piece of gear, or the first to report on local trail conditions, it’s time you discovered biking in Wyoming’s Wind River Country.