May 25, 2018
In a partnership between many different agencies and the Dubois Anglers and Wildlife Group (DAWGS), a new fishing pond for children is about to open on the former sawmill site just east of the Dubois Medical Clinic.
The site is a great example of environmental renewal. It was cleaned of toxic waste beginning in 2012, after the dubious distinction of earning a “brownfield” designation from the Environmental Protection Agency due to the presence of chemicals such as benzene. Now, it is being used for purposes that promote good health: a clinic, a fitness center, a new assisted living facility, and soon, a park .
The new pond is adjacent to the Wind River, which is so deep and turbulent much of the year that it is not an ideal fishing site for children. With added landscaping between the quiet new pond and the highway, DAWGS is essentially creating a second town park on the east side of Dubois.
Pete’s Pond will open unofficially on June 9, with an educational “kids’ fishing day” sponsored by the Dubois Museum, which is calling the event “New Life at Pete’s Pond.” The program is free, and families are encouraged to join their children.
May 10, 2018
They weren’t permanent residents, but the Mountain Shoshone migrated through the Dubois area for many centuries before Europeans arrived, moving between a widely dispersed network of established settlements as the seasons changed. Some of the earliest discoveries about these natives of the area are housed in the Dubois Museum, and much of the (literally) ground-breaking archaeology that informs our knowledge about this lost civilization took place in the nearby mountains.
It’s also thought that these elusive people carved the mysterious petroglyphs in Whiskey Basin east of town.
Learn all about the Mountain Shoshone in a new article in wyohistory.org, and stop by the Museum when you’re in town to learn even more.
May 9, 2018
The Wyoming Department of Game & Fish has created a more tightly focused area for wolf hunting east of Dubois, hoping to reduce pressure on the local herd of bighorn sheep which are “already stressed” by other unknown factors. Officials at the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois are concerned about signs from its regular sheep counts that may signal reduced numbers of lambs over the past several years, although the reasons for this are not clear.
The new wolf-hunting area will focus on the Wind River mountain range around Whiskey Basin, rather than including areas of the neighboring Absaroka range which is not part of the bighorns’ habitat.
March 18, 2018
Of course the Dubois area has countless locations for a breathtaking view — or photo.
This week the Wyoming Office of Tourism features an image taken from the Scenic Overlook as one of 10 “photos that have us swooning for Wyoming.”
One great thing about taking photos from the top of Scenic Overlook is that it requires almost no effort to get there–unless you decide to hike up, which some locals do. The Overlook is located right in the middle of town.
From there, visitors can branch out in almost any direction for a limitless number of spectacular “photo ops.”
March 2, 2018
“With towns like Dubois,” says a new article in the tourist guide Lonely Planet, Wyoming “wears a hard-earned belt buckle when it comes to saddling up in the wild west.”
“Sharing hard rides and meals in a remote and humbling landscape,” it adds, “segues smoothly to sharing stories and companionship.
The article appears in a section about family adventure vacations.
February 3, 2018
In its February issue, the magazine True West has designated Dubois as the town with the most authentic Western architecture.
This is not the first time the magazine has drawn attention to Dubois. It was included in True West recommendations in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
“Butch Cassidy once ranched in the area, and legend has it he visited the town regularly and shopped at the historic Welty’s General Store, built in downtown in 1899,” True West says in its 2018 Best of the West section. “Visitors to Dubois will enjoy walking, shopping, dining and touring the city’s center, much of which was built over a century ago.”
January 5, 2018
Expedia has chosen the best place in every state of the Union for a reprieve from the stresses of everyday life and the hustle and bustle of civilization. Its choice for Wyoming? Dubois
“An Old West town where you may feel like you’ve stepped out of the real world and into Westworld,” says Expedia, “Dubois will cure your frontier fever and fulfill your Wild West daydreams.” The listing features pack trips, yoga retreats, and visits to guest ranches, as well as hiking, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing as means for a real getaway into the wilderness that surrounds the town
November 7, 2017
Although bison were central to the life of the original Shoshone, they have been missing from Shoshone land since 1885. A new documentary by Wyoming PBS details the years of effort by the Eastern Shoshone tribe, in cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation, to return bison to the Wind River Reservation east of Dubois. This is the last of the 7 ungulate species that disappeared after the arrival of Lewis and Clark to be restored to the Reservation.
The documentary is the first in a new series to be released by Wyoming PBS on YouTube only.
November 2, 2017
Elk hunters rejoiced as 12 inches of snow fell on the Dubois area today, promising easier access to game that have been enjoying a mild Indian summer in recent weeks. Further snow is forecast for the entire weekend, assuring a good start to the coming winter sports season on Togwotee Pass and elsewhere in the vicinity.
October 20, 2017
The members of Wyoming Writers Inc. are already on alert that their next meeting will be in an unusually note(taking)worthy location. “Early morning tea in a large sunroom, a westward view of the Pinnacles above Brooks Lake, hikes along Long Creek where we found grizzly tracks, and visits with dear friends nourished my soul,” wrote WWI President Cindy Jackelen, as she announced that the Headwaters Center in Dubois has been chosen for the location of its next annual meeting on June 1-3.
Calling Dubois “one of the most welcoming communities I know,” she urged attendees to bring their families and stay a few extra days to enjoy the hiking, fishing, historic sites, and other pleasures that so many visitors enjoy.
“Downtown Dubois has charming restaurants, shops, and the newly rebuilt mercantile building that burned a few years back,” she added. “The city park is very attractive and has hiking trails along the river. The history museum and the Sheep Center are some of the finest facilities in the state.”
We couldn’t have said it better.
October 17, 2017
Residents have already seen some of them in recent parades on July 4, as well as a few howitzers that seem to aim over the distant highway to target the slope opposite. From Memorial Day 2019, the World War II vehicles owned by Dan Starks of Dubois will have a permanent home, in a museum planned to showcase his huge collection of military trucks, tanks, ambulances, and assorted other wheeled military machinery. You can learn more about the project in a documentary to be aired on Wyoming PBS at 7:30 PM on November 17.
October 9, 2017
Those feathered pieces of sky are gone to warmer climates, but now is a good time to assess the results of Dubois’ new effort to keep them coming back in the spring.
Starting last April, “bird boxes” were installed all over the Dubois area, as part of a collaborative effort with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.
Organizers will review the outcome, and prospects for next summer, in a free program at the Museum on October 26 from 7-8 PM.
September 14, 2017
We knew they were coming to Dubois. But not until we saw the footage on YouTube did we realize that Dubois was the national center of the action for the team behind the Eclipse Megamovie project.
A partnership of Google and the University of California-Berkeley, the project captured thousands of photos of the August eclipse at the moment of totality, contributed by people from across the US. Studying the images will reveal new information about the corona, the region immediately around the sun.
The YouTube video about the project offers fabulous vistas and intimate moments from the Dubois area, as well as interviews with local notables. Portraying Dubois in all its small-town Western charm, it shows the team playing horseshoes and lounging around a campfire at the Chinook Winds Motel before for the great moment, and then reveling in the long-awaited experience.
The video also wonderfully captures the view from the Scenic Overlook, magically darkened at midday when the moon blocked the sun.
September 11, 2017
This stunning photo of wranglers at work won retired lobbyist Gary Kohn third prize in this year’s Washington Post travel photo contest. (The Post referred to the men as “cowhands,” but did recognize that the animals being herded were horses.)
Kohn, who was in Dubois for a photo workshop, spoke about the challenge of trying to capture an image of horses running at full gallop, and the joy of catching the lasso in the air. The moment was “magical,” he said.
Thanks to our guide to last month’s total eclipse, Craig Tupper of NASA, for sharing this news from his hometown newspaper.
August 15, 2017
At least 20 people from Google and University of California-Berkeley have booked their stay in Dubois this week, preparing for Eclipse Megamovie, which a Google representative called “a citizen science project to study the sun’s corona by recruiting over 1,000 volunteers from across the country to photograph the total eclipse as it passes overhead.”
The general public is invited to take part in capturing a continuous image of the total eclipse as it crosses the entire United States from west to east.
Some Google staffers will also be taking 360-degree videos in the Dubois area for Google Expeditions, an app that allows teachers to take their students almost anywhere with virtual travel.
August 4, 2017
Young people in Dubois know that the town is special, by why? A new week-long program, a partnership between the Susan K. Black Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Dubois, offered them the reasons why they have such a strong sense of place.
Appropriately named PLACE (for People, Land, and Community Education), the program gave kids “the full story on the town’s roots, its past and present” using the skills and knowledge of local artists, scientists, and historians (including Mountain Man expert Steve Banks, left).
Artworks created by the students during the program were on display during a reception at the Headwaters afterwards.
July 14, 2017
Not the first or the last to flee heat and humidity in the refuge of the Wind River Valley, equestrian Chris Cox has relocated his summer horsemanship programs from Texas to the newly renovated Triangle C Ranch west of Dubois.
He will also be filming episodes of his weekly RFD-TV show Chris Cox Horsemanship from the Wyoming location.
For visitors who come to the Triangle C to learn how to communicate with horses, “it’s the best vacation in the West you can possible have,” says Cox.
June 29, 2017
It was supposed to barrel straight east on Interstate 80, but the current run of the five-year-old Famous Idaho Potato Tour detoured through Dubois this week, just so that Kaylee Wells (left in photo) could visit her grandparents, who live in town.
The huge tractor-trailer with its massive load of potato sculpture hung out in the Town Park overnight, while Kaylee and her fellow travelers and coworkers enjoyed the pleasures of the area. Then it went along its way to Crossville, Tennessee.
Wells works in marketing for the Idaho Potato Commission.
June 14, 2017
Artists Gary Keimig (left) and Les LeFevre of Dubois will be among those exhibiting this Saturday, June 17, at the sixth annual Plein Air Fest at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, overlooking the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole.
Admission is free to this event, which draws the largest crowds of any event sponsored by the Museum. Both Keimig and LeFevre are masters of the art of painting from nature in the wilderness setting. Their full collections can be seen at the Keimig Gallery of Western Art on Ramshorn Street in Dubois.
Small Town, Big Valley, Warm Heart
May 31, 2017
Dubois may be one of the most welcoming places on earth, once we get to meet someone new. But we’re so spread out across the valley that it can take a long time to make contact.
The solution? A get-together! The Dubois Community Fund has announced the (can we hope for first annual?) Neighbors Meet and Greet reception. Appetizers and drinks will be served.
Bring yourselves if you’re new to town, newcomers if you’re not one (but know someone who is), or yourself alone if you’re a long-time resident who just wants to be as friendly as usual. The Neighbors Meet and Greet will take place on Friday, June 9, from 5-7 PM at the Dennison Lodge.
May 23, 2017
After winning second place last year in a University of Wyoming contest for best archaeological artifact, with its authentic Shoshone soapstone bowl, Dubois Museum has entered this year with its remarkable bighorn sheep skull embedded in a tree trunk. Found on the side of Whiskey Mountain, the unusual skull may have been placed within the growing tree as part of a ritual after a hunt. Please cast your vote by clicking on the headline.
May 22, 2017
The lucky winner of a casting call, to be chosen late this month, will visit Dubois in late July as part of HGTV’s series on tiny houses. Part of a promotion by the Wyoming Office of Tourism, the series will feature a six-week tour of the state, including footage of the spectacular Wind River Valley landscape, a visit to the Dubois rodeo, and other sites such as South Pass City and the Wind River Indian Reservation.
May 20, 2017
The Ramshorn Gallery is featuring singer Mary Kaye at its gala and fundraiser in the Headwaters on Saturday, July 1, at 7:30 PM. In 2013 she was recognized as Female Performer and Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and as Best Solo Musician by True West Magazine. She received a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for her Butch Cassidy tune, “Any Name Will Do.”
May 1, 2017
The historic lodge building that once entertained notables such as Clark Gable is now available for your special event. Relocated to the center of Dubois adjacent to the Town Park, it is wonderfully appropriate for weddings, other celebrations, family reunions, and seminars. The lodge includes a stunning open space as well as a convenient smaller side room, a fully functional kitchen and a wonderful outdoor deck. For further information or to schedule your summer event, call 307-455-2414.
April 26, 2017
The local charity Needs of Dubois awarded its 2017 trophy to the “Donkey Kongs” (Dubois schoolteachers), after a highly entertaining fun(d)-raising event in the school gym.
In a hotly contested–and often clumsy– basketball playoff, the contestants were mounted on donkeys (some of which decidedly lacked team spirit). The Kongs defeated the “DTE Assets” from the local phone and Internet company by a score of 14-8. Announcer Joe “You’re No Mule Whisperer!” Brandl provided prods, barbs, and occasional interference from the sidelines.
April 19, 2017
It reportedly took historian-artist Tom Lucas about an hour to create a useful stone tool from a hunk of rock, in his flint-knapping presentation at the annual meeting of the Fremont County Archaeological Society in Hudson. Besides creating sought-after paintings of Native American craft work and local landscapes, Lucas is known for researching and demonstrating historical Native American weapons, including hunting bows made from sheep horn.
April 15, 2017
Pete Petera, the late head of Wyoming Game & Fish, had a vision that kids in Dubois should have a great place to fish. This is nearing reality, thanks to approval of grant funding from the Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resources Trust.
Dubois Anglers and Wildlife Group is seeking $150,000 in additional donations to complete the project. Click on the headline for further information.
April 7, 2017
Just as the bluebirds begin house-hunting around our prairies, the Dubois Museum is beginning a project to offer them new homes. In collaboration with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, it is preparing to install 32 custom-designed “bird boxes” between Crowheart and Dubois. For further information, or to join the effort, call the Museum at 307-455-2284.
March 30, 2017
Our go-to restaurant for local game, soon to open an outpost in Riverton, features deliciously in Food Network’s new page called “Cowboy Cravings: The Most Iconic Dishes in Wyoming.” This entry focuses on the elk and bison in the Wild Game Platter.
Wonder if they even tried the pie. Next year, maybe.
March 10, 2017
It will cost you only $10 to find out (or less, if you’re a child) when Needs of Dubois will sponsor a Donkey Basketball competition on Tuesday, April 25.
Participants need to be at least 13 years old and weigh less than 200 pounds. Teams need a captain and 8-10 players, one of whom plays on foot. All proceeds (as with every other amusement NOD dreams up) will go to local charitable causes.
The mind boggles. Don’t miss it!
Click on the headline above, or contact NOD at 307-455-3173 for more information.
February 25, 2017
People here have been saying they haven’t seen so much snow in 30 or 40 years. But National Weather Service readings show that it’s the most snow on record: an amazing 90.6 inches of snowfall in Dubois since October 2016.
Wonderful news for our snowmobilers!
(Not so much for locals who don’t own a plow.)
February 10, 2017
Country music singer-songwriter Sarah Darling, like so many others, fell in love with Dubois. Like few others, she has had the means to make that love go global. The music video entitled “Where Cowboys Ride,” filmed for the lead single on her new album Dream Country, features typically heart-stopping images of our countryside. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:
“We started in Dubois, Wyoming. It was like something out of movie, and it’s hard to describe in words how beautiful it was. The landscapes are majestic everywhere you turn, like being in a postcard. The greatest part of the entire shoot was the beautiful people I met. … It’s a memory I will keep in my mind forever.”
To see the images, click on the headline.
February 9, 2017
Before being asked to serve as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, among the other calls that Rev. Melinda Bobo answered was the invitation to head Dubois Search and Rescue. Now she has been appointed to another side job: Rev. Bobo was sworn in today as chaplain for the Fremont County district of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Besides offering counseling to highway patrol officers and their families under an employee assistance program, she may be called to provide spiritual help at road accidents.
February 8, 2017
The US Forest Service announced today that our local forest rangers have won the Regional Forester award for District of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region, which includes all of Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
Wind River Ranger district staff were commended for partnering with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to restore nearly 80,000 acres of forest land to reduce vulnerability to climate change, as well as making improvements to the Simpson Lake Lodge and helping to create an interpretive program for a WWII POW camp located on Forest Service land. They were also praised for actions during last summer’s Lava Mountain fire, including collaboration with other agencies across district lines and fuel management policies that both reduced risk to firefighters and to structures.
The Forest Service announcement also points out that our rangers are active as volunteers in several local nonprofits, including the volunteer fire department, the snowmobile club, the charity Needs of Dubois, and the Bighorn Sheep Center.
February 7, 2017
It was 113 years ago this month that our legendary lumbermen, the tie hacks, set up their base camp in the mountains above Dubois and began hewing ties for the railroads that were rapidly expanding westward. But how to get all those logs off those rocky, almost impassable mountains? Read the entire remarkable story, rich with fascinating detail, on the website of the Wyoming State Historical Society.
January 23, 2017
Glamping on the River, which offers accommodation in an Airstream trailer, wall tent or rustic cabin in Dubois, has taken the clever approach of auctioning off spaces for your choice of 7 days surrounding the total eclipse of the sun. Dubois is right in the “path of totality” of the eclipse, which has been cosmically scheduled for August 21. Our altitude, remoteness, and clear skies will offer some of the best viewing anywhere. Bidding ends on February 15. For more information, click on the headline or call 307-455-3988.
January 19, 2017
Better known for training the great Clydesdales in Budweiser ads, Turtle Ranch west of Dubois now features in the latest ads for pickups on the Ford website. Click on the link above and scroll around the website for plenty of great shots of the ridges behind the ranch, and a few glimpses of beautiful women on equally beautiful horses. There you have it: The dreamscape for any would-be owner of a shiny new Ford truck.
January 18, 2017
A Wyoming style of drag racing, using real horsepower: That’s what one participant told a reporter from KCWY News who attended last weekend’s chariot races on the Scenic Overlook. “You know it’s a rush coming out of the gates,” added racer Darrel Graff. “That’s why you do it.” Dubois has been hosting old-fashioned chariot races for half a century. There’s likely to be another one, sometime next summer.
January 17, 2017
For the third straight year, visits to National Parks including Yellowstone have broken all previous records. This is creating serious problems for both the public and park managers, the Associated Press reports.
Yellowstone had 4.3 million visitors in 2016, after hosting 4 million for the first time the previous year. To address the problem of hour-long waits at the entrance, shortages of parking spaces and crowding on trails, the Park is now considering a reservation system and a daily limit for visitors (not just for those staying in campgrounds and lodges).
It has also urged visitors not to stop at the roadside to look at bears or to approach wild animals to take “selfies.”
The article describes “a crowded, Disneyland-like situation when people were expecting peaceful serenity.” More than ever, Dubois offers a wonderful sanctuary for those who want to limit this kind of stress, enjoying Yellowstone-like wonders without Yellowstone-like crowds.
January 9, 2017
Join members of the Dubois Association for Rails and Trails next Sunday, January 15, for Fat Tire Bike Demo Day at Deception Creek. DART has been grooming the trail so you can learn the joy of sailing down a snowy slope on two wheels. The Bike Mill of Lander and Teton Mountain Bike Tours from Jackson will provide a bike for you to try out.
January 5, 2017
It may seem to locals driving into town that the deer population is exploding, but according to Wyoming’s Game & Fish Department, it is merely healthy and growing slowly. Mule deer outnumber permanent residents of Dubois by 50%, at 1,532 mule deer. Game & Fish observers report this year’s count as the highest in nearly a decade, with enough fawns maturing to more than replace the herd.
January 3, 2017
The Wind River Valley is legendary for its great fishing, thanks in part to seeding from the Dubois Fish Hatchery, but also in part to a decades-old recycling program. Continuing a 28-year-old tradition, out-of-season Christmas trees from Dubois help to maintain the ecological health of nearby Ocean Lake. The program was started to honor an avid local fisherman.
December 21, 2016
After days of generous snowfall in the Dubois area and points west, the meadows and hills of Togwotee Pass are already latticed with snowmobile tracks. Snowmobile season now begins in earnest for the Dubois area, as the Lava Mountain Lodge west of town reopens for visitors. A look at their webcam shows what snowmobilers can expect, and there’s much more farther uphill.
Good news for townies as well: This also brings the return of prime rib to the Lodge’s Wilderness Boundary Restaurant every Wednesday night, including tonight. Book early!
December 15, 2016
Sure, winters can be cold and sometimes windy in Dubois, a wildlife biologist wrote this week on Facebook, “but deer handle that with their heavy winter coats.”
“Plus, the wind sometimes comes as a chinook sweeping down from the mountains. As the air descends, it increases in barometric pressure, heating up at a rate of 5.5°F per 1000 feet drop in elevation. The warm, dry air — also known as adiabatic wind —melts off the snow. A strong chinook can melt a foot of snow in a single day, though Dubois rarely has that much snow. Thousands of deer and elk take advantage of this local climate, populating the hills around Dubois and in many cases right in town itself.”
He remarked about seeing deer right on the main street, wandering off toward the cemetery.
We knew they were there already, but this year some observers not native to Dubois are keeping closer track of the deer, documenting one of the longest land-based migrations on earth. In a collaboration between Wyoming Migration Initiative, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and The Nature Conservancy, scientists are working to understand and help preserve the migration routes that assure healthy lives for local mule deer.
December 8, 2016
When Jordan Dresser returned to the Wind River Reservation near Dubois after graduating from college, he began working at the local casino. He was excited when they expressed interest in establishing a museum on the premises to tell the stories of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho, but learned that the tribes no longer had possession of many artifacts. Most were located in museum collections around the country. How, he wondered, could Wind River get them back?
Learn the answer on Monday, January 16, when What Was Ours, directed by Mat Hames, premieres on Independent Lens from 10:00-11:00 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS.
December 7, 2016
With some of the clearest skies in the nation in mid-August, as well as clean air, huge open vistas, high altitude, and a location right in the “path of totality,” Dubois may be the best place in the country to view the total eclipse on August 21, 2017. The town is busy preparing to make this adventure the best possible experience for those who have planned to be here for those important few moments. There’s so much else to enjoy in the upper Wind River Valley when the sun is shining at full brilliance — which it usually does, most of the year — and the town is planning how to help visitors discover all they can do with the rest of their time here.
November 25, 2016
The first wild horse sanctuary on a Native American reservation has opened near Lander, and the Toronto Star has featured it in its travel section. Government funds pay to feed the horses, and public tours are part of the arrangement. The sanctuary includes a small visitor center and a vehicle that takes visitors into the fields to see the horses up close.
November 23, 2016
Members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church were busy last week packing Thanksgiving meal basics for those in town who find it a challenge to buy the turkey and stuffings for themselves. Dinner boxes went out from the church to the High County Senior Center and also through the town’s food bank, which has been operating out of the church each Saturday morning since the 1980s, with help from volunteers from the school, the Boys & Girls Club, and more.
November 19, 2016
One of the most charming myths about Dubois is that the earliest residents wanted to name the town “Neversweat,” but were not allowed to do so. Relying on information from a recently re-issued oral history of the area, a local resident reveals the real deal about Neversweat in her latest blog, and goes on to ponder a totally new reason why the town might deserve that name.
November 8, 2016
Again this year, supporters of the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center competed to out-bid each other for “sheepish” collectables at the town’s go-to gala, the Bighorn Bash, on November 5. All in good fun, this was the town’s way to support its most distinctive institution, which commemorates and educates about the large herds of bighorn sheep that roam the mountains nearby. Among the items that went for thousands: a box with a ram’s head carved on the lid, made from ram’s horn. This was the biggest Bighorn Bash yet, and all tickets were sold out days in advance.
October 28, 2016
“Many fly fishermen around the world would like once in their lives to have the chance to catch indigenous cutthroat trout, which is nowhere in the U.S. better protected than in Wyoming,” writes Eva Geigl of the Royal Flyfishing Shop in Bavaria. “These native trout live in Wind River Country in dream-like, unspoiled rivers and streams.” Read her fascinating account in full, translated by the head of Bitterroot Ranch east of Dubois.