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Sinks Canyon State Park is located in west central Wyoming just south of Lander, WY. The park is situated in the Wind River Mountains on the middle fork of the Popo Agie River. The site is named after distinct geologic phenomena in which the Popo Agie river disappears into a limestone cavern and reappears a quarter mile down canyon in a placid pool filled with 8 - 12 lb. rainbow trout. The site has a variety of natural habitats which creates diversity of flora and fauna. The canyon provides a variety of recreational opportunities including nature studies, photography, camping, fishing, hiking, world class rock climbing and access to miles of mountain bike trails.

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching for Plein Air in the Parks


The early bird deadline for artists to register for Plein Air in the Parks, a collaborative weekend event presented by Wyoming State Parks, the Wyoming Arts Council and the Lander Art Center, is Aug. 15.

The early bird rate is $35. Regular and walk up registration after Aug. 15 will be $50. A reduced rate for college students is available for $15 and a youth division rate for those under the age of 18 is available for $5. Applications for youth and adult categories are now open and available by contacting the Lander Art Center at (307) 332-5772 or vialanderartcenter.com/classschedule.

DSCN3873Taking place this September at Sinks Canyon State Park, this painting competition pairs talented artists with beautiful locations, and offers cash prizes to top participants.

Taking place Sept. 20 - 23, participants will first stamp their canvases at Lander Art Center (224 E. Main St.) or Sinks Canyon State Park Visitor Center (3079 Sinks Canyon Road). From there artists can look forward to a weekend of outdoor, on location, plein air painting in Sinks Canyon State Park. At least 75% of entered works must be produced outdoors and within the bounds of the park.

“For many years the Wyoming Arts Council worked with State Parks on various ‘arts in the parks’ programs,” says Rachel Clifton, Assistant Director of the Wyoming Arts Council. “Plein Air in the Parks is a return to form. Wyoming boasts some of the most beautiful places in the world, and countless talented artists. Putting them together just makes sense.”

The competition will be judged anonymously by a panel comprised those with an arts background, representatives from the community, and individuals familiar with Sinks Canyon State Park. The Best in Show Cash Award will be $1,000, while 2nd and 3rd place prizes go for $500 and $250 respectively.

The public is invited to attend a reception on Sunday, Sept. 23 and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, a $250 cash award and purchase artwork produced during the event Prizes for youth categories include a cash award and gift cards to the Lander Art Center. Artists will also have the option of selling pieces produced at the event during the reception.

For full rules and regulations, visit the Arts Council website at https://wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-program/plein-air/.

For more information, contact Rachel Clifton, Wyoming Arts Council, at 307-777-5305 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mabel Jones, Wyoming State Parks, at 307-777-6968 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Site Status


Visitors to Sinks Canyon State Park can expect detours and short delays in various campground areas through mid-July due to pavement maintenance.

Work crews will undergo pavement maintenance and seal coat operations at the park through approximately July 13.

71 Construction of Riverton is the general contractor on this project. Funding for the project is from Wyoming State Park road maintenance funds.



  • The site is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round.
  • Visitors Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

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