The Bus Loop - Trail Running

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This unique area just outside of downtown Lander is a great option for trail runners and mountain bikers. The terrain is fast and fun.

Written by

Emily Tilden


6.4 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

4.4 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1.5 - 3 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




Named after a wrecked school bus rusting in one of the dry drainages, this is a unique area, popular for biking and running because of its slick rock and high desert feel. The Bus offers relatively moderate terrain, smooth trails, and easy accessibility.

What Makes It Great

Only about 5 miles from town, the Bus offers an easily accessible option to stretch your legs while experiencing beautiful views of the Wind River Basin and the town of Lander. You can head out and back or create a variety of loops depending on how difficult a route you're looking for.

This is typical high plains country with no available water unless you are there soon after a rain in which case water will pool at the top of the slick rock. The trail starts on the south side of the road, opposite the parking area. A variety of single-tracks entwine old two-tracks throughout the area. From the paved road, follow the most well defined single-track winding left to a two-track road. Head right at this two-track. Be sure to notice where this single-track joins as it is easy to miss when you are facing the road heading back to the parking lot.

Best in the winter and shoulder seasons, or very early mornings in the summer, the only shade is sage brush height and effectively non-existent.

Who is Going to Love It

These easily accessible trails are a little more challenging  than others you can find in the area due to a lack of shade and more elevation loss/gain options.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Cattle often graze here May through October, so bring a leash if you have dogs.

Be aware of mountain bikers as there is no suggested direction of travel.

Please always be considerate of how your pets may interact with other folks/dogs on the trails and the local wildlife.

Like all mountain activities; you'll have more fun if you bring water and a snack. You might get a wild hair and be out longer than you had planned in which case the extra rations will avoid the dreaded bonk.

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The Bus Trail Running

Lander, WY,
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