Welcome to Dubois, WY.
Dubois is situated in the “banana belt” of Wyoming with Chinook winds that help keep you cool in the summer and melt snow in the winter. The town has a diverse economy with working ranches, outfitters, artists, craftsmen, and loggers.
Dubois offers convenient services and accommodations to both residents and visitors. A 9-hole golf course is located on the west side of town. The Wind River Historical Center/Dubois Museum is filled with the history of Dubois, housing many artifacts of days gone by.Also open to the public are a covered swimming pool, town park with playground and tennis courts and the library.
For more information visit the Dubois Chamber of Commerce.
It was 1886 and they wanted to call their little settlement “Never Sweat”, a joke on the men of the area who seemed not to take work too seriously. But the federal government named it Dubois, after an Idaho senator of the era. Today, the town of Dubois is a quaint little community located along the Wind River, rimmed to the south by the Wind River mountains and to the north by the Absarokas. It’s an area of striking contrasts from the badlands east of town, to the high peaks south, north and west. Stop and stay awhile and see some of the sights.
Whiskey Mountain looms to the south and while several elk herds winter on Whiskey, even more take up winter residence on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Inberg-Roy management area on the East Fork of the Wind River. There, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 elk winter from mid-November to mid-April.Dubois is an area of great diversity in wildlife. Big game species include bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, moose, antelope and black bear. Cougar and grizzly bears are occasionally sighted, as are wolves. The area has a multitude of small wildlife species and migratory waterfowl.
Recreational opportunities in the Dubois country include many scenic areas, camping, fishing, hunting, horsepacking, hiking, photography and a large array of remarkable views for the artist. And that’s just in the summer. There’s a lot to do in the winter, too. The Upper Wind River Country has more than 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that have access to the Continental Divide Trail. The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail has 360 miles from Lander to Yellowstone and it also connects to 665 miles of groomed trails. Ice fishing in the winter months is an exciting adventure, as is the dog sled ride at Brooks Lake near Togwotee Pass. Crosscountry skiers enjoy the packed snowmobile trails, or venture off trail for exciting telemark runs.
Completed in 1993, the center plays tribute to one of the most stunning of all North America’s big game animals, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Dubois is home to the largest wintering bighorn sheep herd in the Lower 48.
Since 1949, more than 2,000 sheep have been transplanted to Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, New Mexico and to other areas of Wyoming from the herd on Whiskey Mountain.
The center offers interpretive displays on the bighorn sheep as well as acting as a repository for research documents. A small mountain is the centerpiece of the 4,250-square-foot building. The mountain displays the sheep in its natural habitat.
Peaks of the Wind River Range
There are 2.4 million acres of national forest, which surround Dubois. Of this acreage, 1.5 million acres are designated as wilderness, where mechanized equipment is now allowed. Gannett Peak, located in the Shoshone National Forest, is the highest peak in the Wind River Range, with an elevation of 13,804 feet. It is due south of Dubois, but it is hidden from sight by the foothills and peaks looming over the valley floor.
A memorial west of Dubois pays tribute to the timber harvesters of yesteryear. Timber harvesting has been a part of Dubois since its early settlement days, in 1914, timber harvesting began on the forests of the Upper Wind River in the DuNoir Valley, in order to supply railroad ties to the Chicago and Northwestern railroad. Thus began the era of the famous “Tie Hack” – the nickname for the job of cutting railroad ties.
During the Tie Hack era, ten million ties or approximately 40 million board feet of lumber was logged from the surrounding hills.
The main operation was run by the Wyoming Tie and Timber Company, whose employees were mostly Swedes and Norwegian immigrants. Their dedication to the drink, vigorous brawling and feats of strength brought to Dubois a colorful and lively bunch of characters.
Remnants of the flumes from this bygone era can still be seen west of Dubois. A 14-foot limestone monument overlooks the site of the Tie Camp.
Businesses & Packages
- Small, highly personalized ranch for special groups, retreats and workshops.
- 18 hole course, pro-shop, lounge, cart rentals, driving range.
- A working art studio with one of the largest selections of antler on display in the area. Work from Kirk Gordon and photography from Lynn Smith.
- Located in Dubois. Pack trips and a luxurious base camp in the Shoshone National Forest specializing in riding, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Drop trips, hunting and custom trips available.
- Cabin rentals 12 miles west of Dubois
- Explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem near the Continental Divide between 11,000 and 12,000 feet. Working cattle ranch specializing in pack trips, horse riding and training clinics. Private trout stream.
- Open June-Sept.
- An all inclusive, luxury mountain getaway with spa. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and snowmobiling.
- Hunting camp in Wind River Range. Fishing, drop pack trips.
- Chimney Rock ArenaTrail rides from 2 hours, 1/2 day or full day. Children must be at least 6 years of age.
- Riverside location with direct access to the Wind River.
- A dude ranch specializing in family vacations since 1927. Outdoor adventures include horseback riding, fishing, hiking, pack trips, weekly rodeo and cookouts.
- Dogsledding tours.
- Crooked CreekBreakfast, lunch & family style dinners. Located on Union Pass
- Mountain guest ranch located along the Continental Divide. Horseback riding, ATV and snowmobile rentals.
- Visitor information, guides and maps.
- In operation since the 1930's, the fish hatchery raises rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout to stock lakes and rivers. Call ahead to schedule a tour.
- See the history of the Upper Wind River Valley including the Sheep Eater Indians. Tours arranged by special request.
- Open May 15- Sept. 27.
- International and national riding tours by the week. Guides, meals, horses & accommodations included. Advanced riding program.
- Year round 4 bedroom home. Enjoy the Wind River out the back door for fishing. Located in the town of Dubois.
- Float or wade along the Big Horn, Snake and Wind River. Professional fly fishing guide service. Catch and release fishing.
- Kathy's KoffeeCoffee. Breakfast & Lunch.
- Campground, gas, restaurant and package liquor store.
- A full service guest ranch. Family owned and operated. Riding, fishing, hiking and hunting. Log cabins along East Fork of Wind River, 60 miles from Yellowstone. All meals provided.
- The only permitted base camp on the glacier trail located in the Fitzspatrick Wilderness. Weekly guided horsepacking trips July-Oct. This area is famous for Gannett Peak, the highest peak in Wyoming.
- Specializing in fly fishing trips. Horseback riding and ATV's can also be arranged.
- Heavenly rendezvous for family, friends & associates. Self serve cabin bordering the Shoshone National Forest.
- Explore life-size dioramas and hands-on exploration of the Whiskey Mountain Herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Wildlife viewing tours by appointment Nov-March. 24 hour notice required.Packages
National Bighorn Sheep CentermapValid From 10/01/2016 to 05/17/2017Join a guided three to four hour field tour to experience bighorn sheep in their winter range. This customized tour is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and small groups. We begin the tour at the National Bighorn Sheep Center, providing a thorough background introduction to the Whiskey Basin Habitat area, bighorn sheep biology and the history of wild sheep. We then drive to specific locations where bighorn sheep have been recently sighted and learn more about their habitat and biology in the field. Optional hiking is available to additional sites. We provide binoculars, transportation and knowledgeable guides, and we can also arrange for bag lunches if desired. Please call us today 307-455-3429 to reserve your tour: we do require a deposit and at least 48-hour advance notice, and the tours costs $100/person (for two or more), or if desired, one person can attend for $200. Mention that you read about this 2016/2017 package deal on the Wind River Country website and get $20 off the total tour rate. We can also accommodate larger groups at reduced rates, so please contact us for more information.Groups are welcome. We do require a deposit and at least 48-hour advance notice. Tours cost $100/person (for two or more), or if desired, one person can attend for $200. No pets allowed.
- Nostalgia Bistro & BakeryLunch & dinner. Asian, European, Sushi and baked goods.
- Horsepacking, backpacking and fishing in the Shoshone National Forest. Drop trips. Rentals- horses, complete camps, wall tents, stoves, cooking gear.
- Outlaw CafeFamily style
- Historic cabins and Native American tepee rentals available June-August. Located in the Dunoir Valley.
- A non-profit renewal center for spiritual growth, community and intellectual stimulation. Programs by internationally known speakers. Horseback riding, hiking, and a variety of outdoor experiences. June 1-mid Sept.
- Off road, dual sport, OHV, UTV Side-By-Side, snowmobile, SUV 4 wheel drive adventure originate 10 minutes from our central Dubois booking location. Explore the area with our team or drive yourself with maps and GPS. Standard and custom packages available. Bring your own units or have us rent one for you.
- Open year-round. Direct ATV access to BLM land.
- Hunt from small dude ranch. Limited to 2 each hunt. Trophy elk hunt. Sleeping in cabins.
- Historic dude ranch since 1919. Fly fishing, horseback riding, packtrips.
- Taylor Creek Exxon & DeliSandwiches,Salads & Pizza
- Day or overnight pack trips into the Absarokas and Wind River Mountains. Remote Golden Trout trips.
- The CobblerBakery & deli
- The PerchCoffee, smoothies, snacks
- Transportation to and from Jackson and Riverton airports.
- Triangle C Ranch is an all inclusive guest ranch located in the scenic Wind River Valley, between Dubois and Jackson Hole, WY. Horseback riding instruction, trail rides, fishing, ATV, hiking.
- Displays and gift shop featuring local geology, birds, plants and animals.
- Village Cafe & Pizza/Daylight DonutsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Donuts & Pizza
- Wilderness Boundary RestaurantHome Cooking, Varied menu, Bar & Package Liquor at the Lava Mountain Lodge
- Rent cross country ski equipment, snowshoes, backpacks, sleeping bags, fly fishing poles and waders. Guide books & topo maps.
- Wind River Mountain OutfittersFishing, game hunting and horsepacking. Summer sightseeing trips and fall hunting. 5-day trips for grizzly bear viewing from July 20-Sept. 1. Day horseback rides.
- Supports and showcases local and national art and home to the Warm Springs Gallery. Call for current gallery showings, classes and special events.
- Secluded cabins 5 miles west of Dubois. Open May-Sept.