Ancient History

Dubois is a town steeped in history. The ancient Mountain Shoshone who lived here first left no written records, but many tantalizing traces remain like mysterious petroglyphs, fantastic rock art images carved with great effort and skill by unknown hands, hunters’ blinds and sheep traps constructed with fallen limbs and branches, were used to capture the bighorn sheep which were a major part of their diet. In the badlands lies a collection of teepee rings, and stone circles that once supported their dwellings.

Recent History

From its early days as a trading post on the Oregon Trail to its role in the development of the Old West, our town preserves its heritage with pride. 

Butch Cassidy walked and rode these streets. He owned a ranch property north of town, shopped at Welty’s General Store, and utilized, but never robbed, the old red stone bank. Some local guides identify structures in the woods as hideouts for the Hole in the Wall gang. A few old-timers have insisted that they saw and spoke with Butch here after he was reportedly killed in South America. 

Dubois is…

The town of Dubois was incorporated in 1914. In the same year, Wyoming Tie and Timber Company opened log milling operations here, eventually becoming the nation’s largest source of railroad ties. The “tie hack” operations ended in 1949, after which Louisiana Pacific operated a sawmill in town until 1988.

Today the valley’s original attractions for its settlers — ranching, lumbering, and respite or adventure for people who want a break in the mountains or an authentic Western experience — remain central to the character of Dubois.

Dubois has no Marriott and no Hilton. No Walmart or Burger King, either. What we do offer you is an authentic Western welcome in a real, uncrowded cowboy town, and a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the abundant wildlife and spectacular mountain scenery. Black Bear Inn   (Map location)Black Bear Inn Dubois (303) 842-2315 Situated on the main street of the Dubois and on the Wind River. Fish right from the property and walk easily to galleries, museums, unique shops and restaurants. King or queen beds, refrigerators, and high-speed Internet.     Branding Iron Inn and Cabins   (Map location) (307) 455-2893 Toll free: (888) 651-9378 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. Historic inn updated in authentic Western decor. Dogs and horses welcome. Trailer parking, onsite corral. Cooking and family units available. Cable TV and Wifi.       Chinook Winds MotelChinook Winds Motel   (Map location) 307-455-2907 or 307-450-3636 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. Clean, quiet motel with direct access to the Wind River. Air-conditioned cabin-style rooms with soft new linens and fresh towels. Microwave, mini fridge, flat screen with dish network and excellent Wi-Fi. Please call for information about bringing a pet.   Lava Mountain Lodge    (Map location) 1-800-919-9570 Located in the mountains west of town, en route to Togwotee Pass, Yellowstone and the Tetons. Main lodge features 10 rooms. Also 3 cabins, a large house, and campground and RV park with full hookups. Gas station, restaurant and bar, and convenience store on premises. All rooms have satellite TV. Pets welcome.     The Longhorn RanchLonghorn Ranch Lodge and Resort    (Map location) 307-455-2337 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. Shaded riverside location 3 miles east of downtown Dubois. Lodge features 5 rooms and 3 cabins. Cable TV and high-speed Internet, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. Some units have full kitchenettes. Full-hookup and dry-camping RV sites and tent camping also available. Horseback rides and fishing on site.   Rocky Mountain Lodge    (Map location) 307-455-2844 800-682-9323 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. 15 nonsmoking rooms. Porches and decks with riverside views. Some with cooking facilities. One room features a fireplace and whirlpool. Riverside location at western edge of town. On-site horse corral rentals available.   Stagecoach Motor Inn & Suites    (Map location) 307-455-2303 800-455-5090 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. Located in the historic town center, on the site of an early stagecoach stop. Easy walk to restaurants and gift shops. 47 Rooms including Suites, Kitchenettes and regular rooms. Satelite TV, Phones, Fridges, and Free WIFI. Seasonal Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Picnic Pavillion, and Playground.   Super 8 Motel    (Map location) 307-455-3694 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. 34 rooms with free easy-access parking for large RVs and trucks. Cable TV, Wifi, free 8-item breakfast bonanza. Pet friendly. Handicapped access and nonsmoking rooms available. Kids under 17 stay free with an adult. Located at west end of town on Highway 26/287.   Trails End MotelTrails End Motel     (Map location) 307-455-2540 888-455-6660 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. Open year-round in downtown Dubois. 21 units situated directly on the banks of the Wind River with easy access to fishing. Cable TV, free Wifi, 2 rooms with kitchenettes. Outdoor grills, fitness equipment, laundry, hot tub. Horse corrals and parking for horse trailers. Twin Pines Lodge and CabinsTwin Pines Lodge and Cabins    (Map location) 307-455-2600 800-550-6332 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. Authentic and rustic lodging, beautifully updated from the original 1934 buildings listed in the Wyoming National Register. Four unique cabins and four rooms in the main lodge, all with free in-room movies on cable TV and free Wifi. Refrigerators and microwaves. Trailer parking. Office services and meeting facilities. Nonsmoking and handicap rooms available.   Wind River Motel    (Map location) 307-455-2611 Toll-free: 877-455-2621 RESERVE ONLINE NOW. Suites, modern motel units, and cabins in a site along the Wind River. Only a few blocks from the National Bighorn Sheep Center and the Dubois Museum. Cable TV. Nonsmoking and pet-friendly rooms. Restaurant on premises.