Founded In: 1884

Population: 971

Elevation:  6,917 ft.

Median Income: $35,524

Chamber of Commerce: http://duboispachamber.com/

Lying between the Wind River Indian Reservation and infamous Togwotee Pass is the quaint, rustic town of Dubois.  The first settlers wanted to call it “Never Sweat” because some settlers were not working hard, but the federal government named the town Dubois after an Idaho Senator.

Dubois runs alongside the Wind River and is surrounded by the Wind River Mountains to the South and the Absaroka Mountains to the North. These mountains make for good logging, and so the

forests were heavily logged in the first half of the twentieth century to help meet the endless demand for railroad ties to the Chicago and Northwest railroad. Scandinavian Paul Bunyan types, known as tie hacks, could cut and shape about thirty ties a day, burning about 9000 calories in the process and earning a mere ten cents a tie.

Today, Dubois is a popular stop for visitors traveling to Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The city doubles in size during the summer with part-time residents taking advantage of the recreational opportunities in the Dubois area include camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, hiking, photography and many selections of guest ranches and outfitters.



Dubois, like most of the state, has a semi-arid climate. As part of the “banana belt” of Wyoming, the Chinook winds keep things cool in the summer and melt the snow in the winter, making Dubois milder than many Wyoming towns. On average, the sun shines more than 300 days a year.



The town’s economy is diverse and consists mostly of working ranches, artists and craftsman, outfitters, and loggers. As of 2014, almost 24% of those living in Dubois were self-employed, mostly in the construction field.


Things to See

Although summer travel is a large economic part of Dubois, there are many winter activities as well. The Dubois area has more than 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and access to the Continental Divide trail. Ice fishing, cross country skiing and the Brooks Lake Lodge (http://www.brookslake.com/) dog sledding rides are also popular winter activities.

Dubois is a region which hosts a vast variety of wildlife. People from afar visit this area to see some of Wyoming’s most diverse big game. Big game species include bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, moose, antelope and black bear. Cougar and grizzly bears are occasionally sighted, as are wolves. A great place to view big game is at the National Big Horn Sheep Center (http://www.bighorn.org/).


To the south of Dubois lies Whisky Mountain (http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/nlcs/wsa/wrbb/whiskeymtn.html), which is home to Wyoming’s big horn sheep and several elk herds during the winter, although many more elk take up winter residence on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Inberg-Roy management area on the East Fork of the Wind River. 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.

Brooks Lake is located 20 miles West of Dubois and about 7 miles off the main highway, Brooks Lake is located at the base of Brooks Lake Mountain. Brooks Lake Lodge was built in 1922 to serve as a stopover for the many tourists passing through the area on their way to Yellowstone. It is listed in the National Historic Register. The lake, lodge and mountain were named after one of Wyoming’s former governors, Bryant B. Brooks.

Trail Lake Ranch (www.traillakeranch.org), also called Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp, is still owned by Wyoming Game and Fish. The facility is leased and programs are run by the Lucius Burch Center at Trail Lake Ranch, which continues the ranch’s long education history. Surrounded by sagebrush hills, massive mountain peaks and a conifer forest, Trail Lake Ranch provides the perfect outdoor classroom for exploring the natural world with expert guides. Just outside our door, high in the northern Wind River Mountains near Dubois, Wyoming, rise the Fitzpatrick Wilderness and the Shoshone National Forest, one million acres waiting to be studied, explored and enjoyed.  Besides a beautiful setting, Trail Lake also boasts some large elaborate pictographs, probably some of the oldest in Wyoming.

The Dubois Museum (http://fremontcountymuseums.com/dubois/) features displays that are unique to the Dubois region, including a large collection of Tie hack tools and photographs, a history of the Sheep Eater Indians, and more.

The Dubois Fish Hatchery (https://wgfd.wyo.gov/About-Us/Offices-and-Facilities/Dubois-Fish-Hatchery) is located at the base of the Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep winter range.

Two natural springs supply more than a million gallons of water a day to the hatchery. The most important area of this hatchery is the spawning operation of the cutthroat, but they also care for rainbow, golden, brook, and brown trout. Visitors are welcome to look around.

Every Friday night from mid-June to mid-August, the Clarence Allison Memorial Arena holds a rodeo. This is a great way to experience the Old West. And if this isn’t enough Old West, then consider heading over to the Rustic Pine Tavern on Tuesday evenings during the summer for some lively square dancing.


Shopping in Dubois

Though a small community, Dubois has some interesting shopping experiences, especially for the tourist. Here are a few stores to find exciting finds.

  • Absaroka Design & Tannery (http://absarokawesterndesign.com/):  Western interior decorations, designs and furnishing including tanned skins western buffalo skins.
  • Cowboy Junkies:  Civil War-era and antique cowboy gear, child-sized cowboy apparel and toy guns, antiques, and collectibles.
  • Donn’s Custom Leather (http://www.donnscustomleatherwyo.com/): Specializes in hand-crafted and custom quality leather products.
  • Marlow’s Fly Shop (http://mflyshop.com/):  Offer the best fly fishing gear
  • Pony Tracks Gallery: Old and new west art, jewelry, and home décor.
  • Tukadeka Traders (http://nativeamericangiftshopwyoming.com/): Large selection of Native American historic trade beads, Indian artifacts, and handmade gifts.
  • Water Wheel Gifts & Books: A small log cabin full of Wyoming made gifts, including Breath of the West sagebrush candles, clothing, jewelry, and books about the west.
  • Wind River Gear: Outdoor store in a small mountain town.


Dining in Dubois

After an exciting day looking at big game or hiking through the beautiful mountains, you are sure to be famished. Try one of these delicious restaurants to ward off your hunger.

  • Cowboy Cafe (http://www.cowboycafewyo.com/home.aspx): Small town cafe serving All-American food.
  • Nostalgia Bistro (http://www.nostalgiabistro.com/): Lunch and dinner in a turn of the century atmosphere. Works with local ranchers for locally raised, grass fed cattle.
  • Kathy’s Koffee: Offering house roasted coffee.
  • Cobbler Restaurant: Family run, reasonably priced American fare.
  • Wilderness Boundary Restaurant (http://www.lavamountainlodge.com/):  Serves delicious meals from a Fresh Casual Menu Board in a relaxed mountain atmosphere.
  • Heart-Bar Bar-B-Que: Once the best barbecue in Texas, Heart-Bar relocated to Dubois, offering ribs, brisket, and sides.
  • Taylor Creek Deli: Delicious deli food where the locals eat.
  • Tammy’s Coffee Haus: Coffee, breakfast, brunch, and sandwiches.
  • The Outlaw Cafe & Outlaw Saloon: Offering sandwiches, burgers, chicken strips, and fish and chips.
  • Rustic Pine Grill & Steakhouse: This historic tavern offers steaks and grilled items in a true Western Experience.
  • Crooked Creek Guest Ranch and Restaurant (http://www.crookedcreek-gr.com/): A wide variety of American-fare and local favorites.


Living in Dubois

The town of Dubois is an “outdoorsy” community. If you love fishing, hiking, boating, hunting, camping, biking, art, and photography, then Dubois may be right for you. The community is actively involved with the tourists through happy hours, bingo, and festivals. The town embodies the old west with its wooden sidewalks and rustic shops. Beyond the city are the horse and cattle ranches, lending an independent spirit to the town.

This is mountain living at its finest. Leading magazines have named Dubois one of America’s “Best Rural Towns” and a “Top 10 Western Towns.”

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