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Meet me on the Green!. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Meet me on the Green!
Rendezvous is four days of fun, play, entertainment, history, rodeoing and partying in Pinedale. There is always something going on, and lots to see and do! Here, Dave Vlcek plays the part of Joe Meeks during the Rendezvous Pageant (Sunday at 1:00PM). Pinedale Online file photo.

Pageant. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Sunday's Rendezvous Pageant is an elaborate outdoor production re-enacting the story of Rendezvous. Many locals are involved in this huge production. Cast members play the parts of Jim Bridger, William Sublette, Jedediah Smith, Joe Meeks, Native Americans, Pony Dancers, William Drummond Stuart, Alfred Jacob Miller, Father DeSmet, Whitman Missionaries and many more. It takes place at 1:00 PM at the Rendezvous Grounds (behind the rodeo arena just south of Pinedale). Admission is $5. The Lions Club will provide concessions. It is a "Must See" during Rendezvous! Pinedale Online file photo.

Rendezvous Rodeo. Photo by Carie Whitman.
Rendezvous Rodeo
Travis Whitman of Big Piney competed in the 2008 Rendezvous Rodeo. Admission $5 (12 & under free). Photo by Carie Whitman.

Museum of the Mountain Man. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Museum of the Mountain Man
Open daily from 9AM to 5PM. Many programs are taking place on the grounds outside the museum. Over 30 programs during Rendezvous Days, including children's programs - all are free! Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 6-12. The Museum is located on the hill on the east end of Pinedale, overlooking town. Schedule. 307-367-4101.

American Mountain Men. Photo by Pinedale Online.
American Mountain Men
Members of the American Mountain Men will be at the Museum of the Mountain Man to give talks about what it was like to be a mountain man. Pinedale Online file photo of AMM member Crazy Cyot, 2008 Rendezvous.

Michael Terry. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Michael Terry
Plains Indian Historian Michael "Bad Hand" Terry will give presentations at the Museum of the Mountain Man. 2008 Rendezvous, Pinedale Online file photo.

Visitor Center. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is located in downtown Pinedale, next to the "Cow Mural." They will be open every day during Rendezvous Days. Stop by here for information, schedules, maps and directions. 307-367-2242. or

Pinedale Aquatic Center. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Pinedale Aquatic Center
The Pinedale Aquatic Center has pools, a rock climbing wall, basketball courts, racquet ball courts, tennis courts, exercise equipment, and a raised running track. Hours are Monday through Friday 5AM to 7:30PM. Saturday open after the parade (about noon), until 6PM. Sunday from Noon to 6PM. Schedule for July 6-12, 2009 (PDF)., 397-367-2832.
Rendezvous: the biggest party of the year for Pinedale! What to see and do.
Thursday-Sunday, July 9-12th
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
July 8, 2009

Let’s Party! Rendezvous Days are here!

The Green River Rendezvous has something for everyone! Thursday through Sunday, July 9th through 12th, Pinedale comes alive with festivities for Rendezvous. The event is sponsored by the Museum of the Mountain Man, the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce, and many local organizations and businesses. If you are new to town, stop by our beautiful new Visitor Center in downtown Pinedale and pick up a free Rendezvous Schedule of Events, maps. They’ll be open every day during Rendezvous Days. Phone 307-367-2242.

Click here for lots of pictures from past Rendezvous Days.

Click here for the General Schedule of Events

Click here for the Museum of the Mountain Man Schedule

Everyone is welcome to join in the spirit and enjoy the fun! If you’d like to dress up, and didn’t bring your buckskins, feel free to dress up however you like. The more colorful the better. Employees at local businesses will be dressed up in the spirit of the celebration too. Check out the pictures in this story for ideas for getting into the rendezvous spirit.

The weather is forecast to be sunny and in the mid-80s during the day, but it will cool off quickly after the sun goes down. Bring clothes to layer, and don’t forget sunscreen!

We’re always available and happy to answer questions too. Call anytime, including evenings and on the weekend if you have questions, 307-360-7689. That’s a cell number, so it’s always with someone who can answer questions. Leave a message if we don’t answer right away, and we’ll call back as soon as we can. You can also e-mail if you have questions. We can deliver messages during emergencies. (For serious emergencies, contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office at 307-367-4378.)

STREET FAIR, Daily, Thursday - Sunday
Downtown, there will be a Street Fair with over 60 vendors with booths lining Pine Street. There will be all kinds of items for sale, and plenty of great food.

TRADERS ROW, Daily, Thursday - Sunday
Trader’s Row will be located between Ridley’s Grocery store and the Sublette Center. Vendors in this enclosed area will be selling "period authentic" goods. These are items that are true to what would have been sold during the early 1800s as trade goods.

RENDEZVOUS RODEO – Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 7:00 PM, $5 admission
The Rendezvous Rodeo takes place over three nights, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the rodeo grounds, up on the hill just south of Pinedale. The rodeo starts at 7PM each night. Events include bulls, saddle bronc, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, tie down roping, barrel racing and breakaway. Admission is $5/person (12 and under free).

The Museum of the Mountain Man will have many living history talks and demonstrations every day throughout the weekend. Events include talks by the authors who were selected to be published in this year’s Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, an annual publication of the Museum. Meet the authors on Thursday night at 6:00 PM for a reception, the 2009 Awards, and book signing. Dr. Fred Gowans will speak on Thursday at 7:30 PM on "The Tragedy on Two River." Returning to give talks Friday through Sunday is Plains Indian historian Michael "Bad Hand" Terry, with presentations on the everyday life of pre-reservation era Plains Indians. (Be sure to go inside the museum and see the impressive buffalo hide tipi and furnishings display hand-made by Michael Terry.) Vendors will have tents located on the grounds outside the museum. These are run by members of the American Mountain Men Association. Goods sold are period-authentic item. Many of these men have helped create mountain man displays inside the museum, and also will be giving living history demonstrations and talks on a variety of topics each day at the museum. All events outside the Museum are free. The Museum is open from 9AM to 5PM daily. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children age 6-12. Gift Shop open The Museum will host their annual buffalo burger lunch Friday and Saturday between 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Cost is $7 for burger, chips, watermelon & lemonade. Hotdogs available too ($4). Click here for a complete Schedule of Events and guest speakers up at the Museum.

Since 1936, local residents have held a historical re-enactment of the events of the era with the Green River Rendezvous Days Pageant. This elaborate production, held each year on Sunday, tells the story of the 1837 Rendezvous. With many locals as cast members, the pageant is outside production that acts out the story of famous mountain men, Native Americans, and the first white emigrants who passed through leading the way for the Oregon Trail migration and future settling of the West. With a façade of Fort Bonneville as the backdrop, the scene includes an Indian village with teepees, mountain man shelters, horseback riders, and horse-pulled fur company resupply wagons. It lasts about an hour. The local Lions Club will be on hand to serve a BBQ lunch. Admission is $5/person. Click here for more information:

Register anytime before the race. The $5 entry fee includes a t-shirt. Proceeds will be donated to the McKenzie Meningitis Foundation. Start is at the Tegeler/Allen Agency building on the corner of Tyler & Pine Streets in Pinedale. The route follows the Fremont Lake Road to the Fremont Lake overlook.

RENDEZVOUS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Saturday, 7AM-10AM, Pinedale Community UUC Church
Pancakes, ham, eggs, juice, coffee and milk. Free will donation, all you can eat. Annual event by the church for nearly 20 years. 113 S Maybell in Pinedale.

At the High County Suites parking lot. Click here for more info.

RENDEZVOUS PIE SALE – Saturday, 9AM-2PM, St Andrews in the Pines Episcopal Church
Buy a slice or the whole pie! Fruit pies, pecan pies, coconut cream pies, chocolate pies, more! 524 W Pine Street in Pinedale.

RENDEZVOUS PARADE – Saturday, 11:00 AM, Down main street/US 191 in Pinedale
Note to traffic: US 191 will be closed to through traffic during the parade. No cross traffic allowed between A to Z Hardware to Ridley’s Grocery Store during the parade.

WOMAN’S FRYING PAN TOSS – Saturday, Noon, Trader’s Row
$5 entry fee. Payout given at the end of the event. 1st, 50% of purse per event, 2nd-30% of purse, 3rd – 20% of purse.

KIDS FISHING DERBY – Saturday, Noon to 2:00 PM, Town Park Kids’ Fishing Pond

HORSE SHOE TOURNAMENT – Saturday, 1:00 PM, American Legion Park

LIVE MUSIC – Friday & Saturday, The Lonesome Heroes!
"The Lonesome Heroes!" on Friday night at Wind River Brewing Company starting at 7:00 PM, free!
"Science Rockets" on Friday night at 7:30 PM at Rock Rabbit outdoor stage, free! (This event is not shown on the printed schedules.)
"The Lonesome Heroes!" on Saturday between 6-10PM at the outside stage between Rock Rabbit and the Sublette County Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce. Free!

FIREWORKS – Saturday at dusk
Set off from the Ball Fields, north of the Medical Clinic. Fireworks will be visible from most places in Pinedale. Sponsored by the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce.

Next to Proactive Rehabilitation. $5 entry fee. $.25 per practice throw. Pay out given at the end of the event.

On the hill overlooking the historic Rendezvous Grounds, southeast of Daniel. Approximately 1 mile south of Daniel on US 189, turn east at the Daniel Cemetery sign-DeSmet Monument Historical Marker and follow the main gravel road to the end to the monument.

FARMER’S MARKET – Sunday, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (note time correction.
On North Tyler Avenue in Pinedale between the Sublette County Visitor Center and Wise Connections. Fresh produce!

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  • Rendezvous Schedules and Photos - 2004-2008 photo galleries

  • Possibles Bags. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Possibles Bags
    Vendors at the American Mountain Man encampment by the Museum of the Mountain Man sell items that are period-authentic to early 1800 trade good items. Items are hand-made with hand-done decorative embellishments, similar to what would have been sold during the 1800s rendezvous. These are items from Northwest Traders from Ohio,

    Capotes. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Hand-made clothing that is period authentic is for sale at trade tents by the Museum of the Mountain Men. Northwest Traders tent.

    Moccasins. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Hand-made leather moccasins, hand-beaded and decorated with dyed porcupine quills. Northwest Traders tent near the Museum of the Mountain Man.

    Leather Knife Sheaths. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Leather Knife Sheaths
    Hand-made leather knife sheaths, hand-decorated with beads and dyed porcupine quills. Period authentic. Northwest Traders tent at the Museum of the Mountain Man.

    Patterns. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Northwest Traders sells patterns for mountain man era clothing.

    PAC Leisure Pool. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    PAC Leisure Pool
    The Pinedale Aquatic Center has a great leisure pool, complete with submarine, overhead water sprays and a slide. This facility will be open Saturday and Sunday until 6:00 PM over Rendezvous Days. It's a great place to take the kids. Didn't bring swimsuits? You can buy one there! 307-367-2832,

    Rock Climbing Wall. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Rock Climbing Wall
    Rock climbing wall at the Pinedale Aquatic Center.

    Swimming Pool. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Swimming Pool
    Olympic-size swimming pool at the Pinedale Aquatic Center.

    Exercise Equipment. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Exercise Equipment
    There is a variety of exercise equipment and weights available at the Pinedale Aquatic Center. Flat screen TVs are mounted nearby to watch while exercising.

    Run-Walk Track. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Run-Walk Track
    Raised Running-Walking Track at the Pinedale Aquatic Center.

    Cowboy Boots. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Cowboy Boots
    The Cowboy Shop in Pinedale has been catering to the needs of local cowboys since 1947. They sell the "real thing" for working cowboys. You'll find a great selection of cowboy boots for cowboys, cowgirls and cowkids here. 307-367-4300,

    Pink Cowgirl Shirt. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Pink Cowgirl Shirt
    Dressing up is part of the fun for Rendezvous Days. Little Cowgirls love pink cowgirl shirts, hats and boots. You can find them all at the Cowboy Shop.

    Cowboy Hats. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Cowboy Hats
    The folks at the Cowboy Shop know how to fit your cowboy hat just right, and they'll shape it to your specifications. Ask for Bob Bing.

    Books by local authors. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Books by local authors
    The Cowboy Shop carries a good selection of books by local authors. Signed copies are available here.

    Sandy Beach on Fremont Lake. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Sandy Beach on Fremont Lake
    The water is still high in the lake, so there isn't a lot of beach at the moment. The lake swimming area is just 4 miles from Pinedale and a fun place to go and take the kids. No dogs allowed.

    Lakeside Lodge. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Lakeside Lodge
    Lakeside Lodge Resort & Marina is just 4 miles from Pinedale, on the shore of Fremont Lake. They have a restaurant with fine dining and spectacular view of the lake. Deck seating available. They also have cabins for rent. Boat rentals available. Go water skiing! They also handle the cabin rentals for Half Moon Lake Resort. 307-367-2221,

    White Pine Resort. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    White Pine Resort
    White Pine Resort is located just 10 miles from Pinedale. Take the Fremont Lake, Skyline Drive road - it's paved the whole way. The resort offers fine dining on the weekends. Reservations encouraged. 307-367-6606,

    Scenic Chairlift Rides. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Scenic Chairlift Rides
    Enjoy a leisurely ride up the chairlift at White Pine Resort for a great view of the scenery. They also offer mountain bike rentals for the downhill trails down the mountain. Over Rendezvous Days they'll be operating Friday-Sunday from 5-7PM. Cost is $10 for a single ride, $20 for ride with bike, $26 for bike 1/2 day pass. Have dinner there and get $4 off the chairlift ticket price. Dinner reservations encouraged. 307-367-6606,

    Pony Express Photo. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Pony Express Photo
    See Pony Express Photo for film and digital camera photo processing needs.

    Pony Express Photo. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Pony Express Photo
    Pony Express Photo can process your film and do reprints and enlargements from film or digital images. They also have a little gift shop inside their store that sells paintings and pottery by local area artists. many of the paintings depict local scenery. They are located in the middle of downtown Pinedale, across the street from the Visitor Center.

    Fremont Lake painting. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Fremont Lake painting
    Pinedale artist Melita Snow did this painting of Fremont Lake. Find it, and paintings by Melita and other artists, on display and for sale at Poney Express Photo in Pinedale.

    Pizza for dinner. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Pizza for dinner
    Wind River Pizzeria is a great place to go to get pizza, to eat in or take-out. They are located on the west end of Pinedale on US 191. They will also have a booth with pizza downtown along main street.

    Brew Pub. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Brew Pub
    Wind River Brewing Company will be hosting live music on Friday night. This free event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commrece. Great ambiance, great food, great beer!

    Wind River Brewing Company. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Wind River Brewing Company
    Don't be deceived by this photo which shows the place relatively empty. We had to time a photo when they were empty so we could grab a picture of the interior. Normally it is next to impossible to get a picture of the interior because this place is usually packed. They are a brewpub and grill. Outside seating also available.

    Rock Rabbit. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Rock Rabbit
    Rock Rabbit in Pinedale caters to the hippie in us all. They sell clothing, jewelry, and a collection of hippie memorabilia. They also have ice cream, coffee and a restaurant. Live music entertainment Friday and Saturday night. They are located across the street from the Visitor Center.

    Great Outdoor Shop. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Great Outdoor Shop
    Stop here for all your outdoor needs. Hiking, rock climbing, camping, fishing, cool summer clothers, topo maps, guide books. The staff is very knowledgeable about the local fishing and hiking in the Winds. They have canoe rentals and rent pack llamas! They also have a video store around the back where you can rent a movie or get a game for the kids. 307-367-2440,

    Great Outdoor Shop Maps. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Great Outdoor Shop Maps
    The Great Outdoor Shop has a good collection of topo maps for hiking. They also sell guidebooks for hiking the Wind River Mountain Range.

    Winds Guide Book. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Winds Guide Book
    Available at the Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale. They also all kinds of outdoor recreation equipment, clothes, GPS, fishing flies for local waters, hiking boots, bear spray.

    Two Rivers Emporium. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Two Rivers Emporium
    Two Rivers Emporium is an Orvis-authorized dealer. They are located on main street in downtown Pinedale. They offer guided fishing trips, lessons, and equipment. Didn't bring your fishing pole? They will rent you one! 307-367-4131,

    Waders. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Two Rivers Emporium is a fishing-specialty shop where you'll find everything you need to get out fishing. Their guides are very knowledgeable about local area waters.

    What's working?. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    What's working?
    Two Rivers Emporium has a board in their store with information on what flies are currently working for fish in the Green and New Fork Rivers, alpine lakes, and Soda Lake. The two big flies on display near the board are for catching "the really big fish!"

    Pitchfork Fondue. Photo by Pitchfork Fondue.
    Pitchfork Fondue
    Choice sirloin steak cooked on a pitchfork! They are located at the Pinedale Rodeo Grounds serving dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 PM Thursday through Sunday. Cost is $19.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 6-10. "Best price around for a steak dinner with all the trimmings, side dishes & dessert," says owner Verna Walker. They've been featured on "Taste of America" on TV! Call for reservations, 307-367-3607.

    Fremont Lake Campground. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Fremont Lake Campground
    Fremont Lake campground is a Forest Service campground located on the shore of Fremont Lake, 7 miles from Pinedale. It has 53 campsites. Some are reservable 10 days in advance, the rest are first-come, first-served. It has restrooms and a boat ramp. Water faucets are interspersed throughout the campground. RV pull through spaces available. NO phone, electricty, showers or RV dump. Garbage dumpsters available. Cell phone reception works there. Paved road access, with miles of low-traffic road nearby for bike riding. Pinedale Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest, 307-367-4326.
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