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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 Yellowstone.

What to See & Do in Dubois

A remarkable sidetrip near Dubois is the Union Pass Road tour. The pass was a major mountain crossing during the trek west by thousands of settlers who used the Oregon Trail to get to Utah, California and the Oregon Territory. This is the land which John Coulter discovered in 1807.

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 32 feet.

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.




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