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The high mountain environment of the Bitterroot is beautiful but it is a harsh one to survive year round, leading one of the early inhabitants to remark that, “the only thing you can grow successfully here are jackrabbits!” There was much remodeling in the early years and cabins were either moved in or built to…

It was the buffalo that almost got me killed. Goodness knows those athletic, prehistoric beasts chased me and my horse enough times over the years with evil intent, but it wasn’t their horns which came closest to finishing me at the end of the day. The trouble came when, as a last resort, I hired…

Dude ranches got their start in the West in the 1880s not long after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Many wealthy foreigners made hunting trips and sight seeing excursions to the American West which was home to abundant wild game and provided magnificent unspoiled scenery. A famous early dude was Theodore Roosevelt. After…

Ranching probably plays a more important role in Wyoming life than it does in any other state. Wyoming never had rich strikes of gold and silver like neighboring Colorado and Montana which brought thousands of miners and their followers so there was little to hold any of the stream of settlers passing through with dreams…

One of the most compelling images in American history is that of the mounted warrior in full regalia with eagle feather headdress holding spear and shield. It is evocative of consummate equestrian skill, indomitable courage and a life in open spaces free of civilized constraints. It is easy to forget that this colorful equestrian culture…

The Dubois Rodeo is a fun, family-friendly event held every Friday night from mid-June to mid-August. The rodeo is about a 40 minute drive from the ranch, but guests who go think the drive is well worth it. Rodeo visitors will see all the major events: barrel racing, team roping, break away roping, saddle-bronc riding,…

The Shoshone National forest surrounds Dubois and borders our ranch. Much of the economic activity in the Upper Wind River Valley depends on this forest which extends to Yellowstone Park. Our ranch borders the Shoshone National Forest on the north and many of our day rides enter it. It reaches from us to Yellowstone Park…

We are fortunate to have a spectacular view of the Wind River Mountains across the valley from us. On most days we can see 100 miles of this spiny range which also forms the Continental Divide. Guests at the Bitterrot Ranch have the wide vista of the perpetually snowcapped Wind River Mountains in view across…

Following the Wind River The Wind River rises just on the east side of the Continental Divide between Jackson and Dubois to begin its winding journey for thousands of miles to empty eventually into the Gulf of Mexico. It first rushes out of the mountains fed by a myriad of little streams racing to join…