This story was created in partnership with Destination Dubois.
Day 1: From the Yellowstone Experience BeyondAs you depart from Yellowstone going south, you’ll be thrilled to see traffic thinning out. Taking a left onto Highway 278/26 at Moran Junction will have you facing an open road with stunning views. Take your time over the next 55 miles, as Togwottee Pass is a Scenic Byway that offers wildlife sightings, breathtaking vistas, and more than a few places to pull over and stretch your legs.
First stop: Brooks Lake Falls! The Falls Campground, about 30 miles from Moran Junction, is a perfect point to stop and enjoy a crowd-free attraction. Only about a half-mile hike from the campground, you’ll be greeted with a stunning, private view of the waterfall. Enjoy a picnic in the campground before continuing down the scenic byway. Dubois has the feel of a cowboy town, but you’ll find its history is more than that. Before you reach town, stop at the Tie Hack Memorial to learn about the logging and Scandinavian influences on Dubois’ character. As you enter town, it’s time for a lesson in pronunciation: You just drove over Togwotee Pass, which is pronounced TOE-guh-tee. Now you’re entering Dubois, which is pronounced DEW-boyce. The story behind the town’s pronunciation is one to take home with you: the community selected a name for itself (Never Sweat or Tibo, depending on the source), but the Wyoming Territory Senator didn’t like the name. He decided instead to name the town after himself. Having no choice in the spelling of their town’s name, the townspeople did have a say on how they say it—and they chose not to do so correctly out of spite! Learn more about the stories and history of Dubois at the absolutely charming Dubois Museum. It’s located right next door to the National Bighorn Sheep Center, which is dedicated to the largest wintering herd of bighorn sheep in North America. If you visit in the fall or winter, you can take a tour to spot the bighorn rams as they fight to catch the eye of the ewes. Bet you didn’t imagine that the wildlife of your Yellowstone experience would only get better in the neighboring town! After all that learning, you’ll surely be ready to sit down for a meal. Grab a burger and a slice of pie at the Cowboy Cafe, then stroll the wooden sidewalks of town to relax into the pace of quiet Wyoming life. If you’re lucky, local pianist Monte Baker will be tickling the keys on a sidewalk piano to really set the tone for your Dubois afternoon. Be sure to step into the shops on the main street of Rams Horn, as the work of local artists will leave you in awe. When the time comes for dinner, treat yourself to a special meal at the Lone Buffalo, then settle in for a peaceful night in your own personal cabin at Jakey’s Fork Homestead.
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