The Oregon Trail

Between Casper and the Grand Tetons, US-26 is a mostly scenic highway, crossing the Continental Divide at 9,659-foot Togwotee Pass before winding along the Wind River through the multicolored badlands that surround the town of Dubois (pop. 987; pronounced “dew-BOYS”). A low-key ranching and logging center that’s still in its infancy as a tourist destination, Dubois does have one unique attraction: the National Bighorn Sheep Center (307/455-3429 or 888/209-2795, daily spring-fall, Mon.-Sat. winter, $4), right on US-26 at the west edge of town, documenting the life and times of the thousands of elusive bighorn sheep that congregate in the winter months around Whisky Mountain, south of Dubois.

There are a few saloons, steakhouses, and fly-fishing shops, and one great place to stay in Dubois. For full Wild West immersion, book a room at the log-cabin Twin Pines Lodge (218 W. Ramshorn, 800/550-6332, $80 and up), in business since 1934.