In Dubois, time seems to move at a slower pace. The rustic log buildings that line the main street look much as they did when the town was first settled in the late 1800s. The town is nestled in a valley between the Absaroka and Wind River mountain ranges And, yes, a river runs through it. The Wind River meanders peacefully through town on its way to join the Yellowstone River system.
Native Americans, fur traders, homesteaders, outlaws, and Scandinavian tie hacks are all part of the area’s diverse cultural heritage. Legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy even spent a fall and winter living near Dubois before embarking on his most notorious crime spree. History buffs can learn more at the Dubois Museum/Wind River Historical Center.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Dubois offers four seasons of outdoor adventures. Dubois is surrounded by the Shoshone National Forest and over 800,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness. Camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and cross-country skiing are just some of the possibilities.
Eat dinner at the bistro, cafe or steakhouse before the small-town rodeo on Friday nights or put on your dancing boots for the visitor-friendly Tuesday night square dance where laughs rival footwork. Don’t miss the art galleries, Dubois Museum and National Bighorn Sheep Center.
The Wildlife Side of Dubois
The area is home to the largest herd of bighorn sheep in the lower 48 states. The National Bighorn Sheep Center tells its story in interpretive displays and takes visitors to view the sheep in winter. In the center of the museum stands Sheep Mountain, a 16-feet tall diorama.
Several thousand elk winter around Dubois, and watchful visitors can easily spot mule deer and moose. Wolves have been a presence in the area since a pair of wolves wandered out of Yellowstone National Park to establish the first pack outside the park.
Despite its rustic appearance, Dubois offers accommodations to fit every taste and pocketbook. Guest ranches offering an authentic Western experience are a long established Dubois area tradition. One of the two oldest guest ranches in Wyoming is located a few miles south of town. Dubois offers a wide range of dining choices from family fare to elegant gourmet cuisine.
A surprisingly varied selection of special events is part of the Dubois experience. Beginning with Winterfest in February, there’s something happening almost every month. Dubois’ Headwaters Center is home to a national juried art show in July. Beginning in June, a family-oriented rodeo and a chuckwagon dinner are held weekly. The Sheep Center and Dubois Museum offer free weekly interpretive programs.
Dubois is the southern gateway to Yellowstone, but we invite you to linger and relax in a true Western community.
For more information:
National Bighorn Sheep Center