Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons, there sits a small town in Wyoming’s Wind River Valley that provides a much needed respite from the crowds, but with easy access to all the great adventures the region has to offer. Dubois is an Old West town nestled among the high peaks of the Wind River, Absaroka, and Owl Creek ranges, and its Wild West heritage remains strong. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and outdoor adventures are plentiful, and the town’s larger neighbors—the national parks, Jackson Hole, Lander—are all within a two hours’ drive. But, this Wild West town has quite a bit to offer year-round on its own as well.
Still fully entrenched in cowboy culture, Dubois main street is complete with log cabin-style buildings and they have weekly rodeos and square dances during the warmer months. Horses are as abundant as the people and there’s no lack of opportunity to hop on horseback and explore the surrounding scenery near or far. Many of the lodging accommodations are in lodges or cabins (rustic to luxurious) and there are plenty of spots to set up a tent and soak in the stunning landscape of the Wind River Valley.
The most popular time to visit Dubois is during the summer. The 185-mile Wind River runs right through town, and is a popular spot for canoeing and kayaking on gentle waters, or fly fishing for one of the area’s abundant trouts (brook, rainbow, cutthroat or brown). In addition to the river, there are numerous lakes close by where you can go for a paddle or fish.