Wild Iris is one of the most beautiful sport climbing areas in the U.S. It's hard to beat a warm summer day spent climbing the white limestone pockets of Wild Iris. And to top it off, you'll belay comfortably beneath a peaceful canopy of aspen trees. Sublime.
The climbs are mostly short, and occasionally sharp, but the climbing and experience is more than enough to compensate for these minor drawbacks. There are plenty of routes from 5.9 on up to 5.14, so most climbers will find more than enough to stay busy.
Wild Iris is located at Limestone Mountain at an elevation of 9,000 feet. The climbing season begins when the snow melts (early June) and can last into Fall. The high altitude makes summer climbing pleasant, but be aware that the weather can change at any moment - wind and cold storms are common all summer. Many of the climbs face south, so also be prepared for warm temps! Remember this is Wyoming - land of the extremes!
A number of primitive spots are available for camping, and an outhouse is located just up from the main parking lot. Closest supplies are located in Lander.
The Lander Bar comes highly recommended for food and drink - it's a climbing tradition!
This is a pretty great setup! Camping in the City Park is FREE and limited to 3 days. This place gets busy during festivals which occur with some regularity on the summer weekends. I'd check beforehand unless that's the reason you're there! There is a area for trailers. Tents can be pitched on the lawn area. It's a park with nice lawns which are watered regularly so there is the sprinkler obstacle.
Flush toilets are available and water. The park has a volleyball area and horseshoe pits. There are covered picnic areas. No fires allowed, but there are grill available for cooking.
Great place, close to adventure with town amenities readily available!
I visit Wild Iris frequently! They have amazing limestone sport routes in a variety of skill levels. The campground is along a severely rutted road, but are level and in the trees along the OK Corral Crag. The area has a well marked trail system to point you in the direction of different walls along the crag.
Each campsite offers a metal bear boxes to store your food items. There story is, there was a black bear who broke into someone's camper and ate their waffles. So there is a bear named Waffles in the area! There is established rock fire rings. Pit toilets at the parking area for The Main Wall area. Tons of trees and more climbing than one can do in a lifetime! And it is FREE!
We visit several times a year! Check out the International Climbing Festival that is hosted in July each year!
Bears are present, please be vigilant with your food and smelly goods.
Campsites are dispersed. Some have firepits and tent pads built. All accessible with a 2WD car. Amazing views, but still warm in September. Great climbing location also.
I have determined that Lander WY is the friendliest city in America… plus, they let you camp for FREE up to three nights in their city (town) park. There are restrooms with flushing toilets and running water. Nice soft green grass to set your tent up in. I recommend getting a burger from the Lander Bar when you visit!
There are picnic shelters, horseshoe pits and lots of trees.
And sprinklers… be aware, you might get a wet tent (see video)