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Sitting beside the upper Wind
River, the town of Dubois in the heart of the Wind
River Mountains is an unparalleled outdoors
recreation center. It's a rustic town with a main
street spread along Highway 26/287 containing
false-fronted buildings, many made of logs.
It used to be a town which serviced cattle
operations and was the railroad tie capital of Wyoming—during the building of the transcontinental rail lines.
Now, Dubois is a hub for guest ranching, and fishing and
hunting expeditions to some of the best big game
territory in America.
The town is mid-way between Riverton and Jackson Hole,
via Grand Teton National Park, and makes a pleasant and
somewhat rustic stop-over on your way to Grand Teton and
What to See & Do in
This mountain man, explorer and trapper is said to be
the first white man to explore what is now Wyoming. He
passed through the Dubois area on a trip to Jackson Hole.
At the summit of Union Pass, south of Hwy 26/287, is a
monument marking the role of this road and Union Pass in
the settling of the West. The scenery is spectacular. To
get to the pass, follow Highway 26/287 west from Dubois.
Union Pass Road is on your left and is signed.
You might expect the Dubois area to have plenty of
guest ranches, and you're right. There are a dozen within
a short drive of town including Absaroka Ranch, 16
miles northwest of Dubois, located at the foot of Ram's
Horn Peak. This secluded ranch offers riding, fishing and
hiking and arranges white water trips. The ranch is known
for its good food. There are rustic cabins and a sauna. CM Ranch is a relaxed place, with log cabins
accommodating up to 50 guests. It's six miles from Dubois
on Fish Hatchery Road. The Washakie Wilderness is
nearby. The ranch has a heated pool, sauna and offers
cookouts and fishing in a private stream.
For those who like lodge rooms, you can't do better
than staying at the Diamond Bar E Ranch which is
15 miles east of Dubois and a half mile south of the
highway. Meals are provided in the lodge dining room or
on dinner rides. Besides riding, the lodge offers fishing
and is open for snowmobiling during winter months.
There are several Forest Service campgrounds in
the Dubois Area including Falls, 23 miles west of
town on Hwy. 287; Horse Creek, 12 miles west of
town on a forest road; and Pinnacles, 23 miles
west of Dubois via Hwy. 287 and then north on a forest
road. All have tent sites and spaces for trailers under
Where to Eat
The Cowboy Cafe, at 115 E. Ramshorn in Dubois,
has good soups, pies and other baking. Anita's Cantina,
at 106 E. Ramshorn, is a locally-operated Mexican
restaurant, offering standard south-of-the-border
cuisine. Down the street, at 119 E. Ramshorn, the Rustic
Steakhouse is just that.
The Crooked Creek Guest Ranch restaurant is open to the public as well as overnight guests at 76 Fir Road. th food is down-homey, steaks, burgers, and other comfort food.
Mom's Breakfast House
106 East Ramshorn in Dubois is open each day from 6;30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch (closed Wednesdays). The breakfasts served here are superb. A fire pretty well destroyed the place recently but it's back in operation and as popular as ever. The menu includes several Benedicts, and steak and eggs featuring tender filet mignon. Regular breakfast items are also on the menu. Lunch brings different dishes including steak tacos, an open-faced stroganoff burger, and a Philly steak sandwich, among other delicacies.