Activities Near Bitterroot Ranch
This quaint western town has only about 1,000 inhabitants and the tourist trade is the main business. There are some interesting shops and art galleries. Stewart’s Trapline Gallery, has a fine collection of Indian jewelry at considerably lower prices than Jackson. The Dubois Museum has excellent coverage of the history and geology of the area. Dubois is proud to have America’s largest herd of bighorn sheep living just above the town and is home to the National Bighorn Sheep Center which has impressive exhibits of these fascinating animals which were once so abundant in the area and provided a large part of the food for the local Sheep Eater Indians. The wild sheep were nearly wiped out by diseases brought in by domestic sheep, but have now recovered to some extent although they are nowhere near the numbers of 200 years ago. They are mostly in the high country in the summer, but there are some interesting sites in the area. The easiest to visit are the petroglyphs near Torrey, Ring and Trail Lakes just outside Dubois. In July and August there is a rodeo every Friday night and square dances are held on Tuesday evenings.
The town lies in a spectacular location at the foot of the Grand Tetons and has become a popular tourist destination in summer and a world class place for skiing in the winter. It has a great variety of excellent art galleries, fine restaurants and chic shops. The National Museum of Wildlife Art near Jackson is a first-rate museum well worth a visit. Float trips can be made on the Snake near Jackson either for white water or more placid scenic excursions. Jackson is a 2 1/2 hour drive from the ranch. On the way you travel through Grand Teton National Park where moose and buffalo can often be seen from the road.
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is one of America’s great treasures and was the first national park in the world. Yellowstone is full of wildlife and natural wonders. One can drive there from our ranch in about 90 minutes, but the Park is quite large and only part of it can be seen in a day. It is possible to take in Old Faithful, the geyser basins, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake in a day’s excursion.
Cody is about a four hour drive from the ranch and lies near the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It is the home of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center which is an absolutely world class museum. The collections of Western art, American Indian anthropology and firearms are superb. In Cody one can also visit the Old West Trail Town and rodeos are held every evening during the summer.