Yoga, bird watching
Fishing & Wildlife
Bayard is a keen fly fisherman and often accompanies interested parties. You can step right out of your cabin and cast a line into the pristine private water of the East Fork of the Wind River. There is also good fishing for cutthroat trout up river in the Shoshone National Forest and down river on Wyoming Game & Fish habitat. A short drive to the spectacular Wiggins Fork gives you opportunities to land brown, brook, rainbow, cutthroat trout and whitefish (which make delicious smoked fish pate!). A little farther away are the bigger waters of the Wind River and Bull Creek as well as a number of Alpine Lakes.
We have gear that we can lend out, but serious fishermen should bring their own equipment. There are excellent fishing guides in Dubois that can be booked with prior notice.
Fishing on offer
spin, fly, river, stocked pond, lake, guided inclusive, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available
This varies greatly according to the season. Early in the summer you can always spot elk with their calves before they move higher in the mountains. Mule deer, antelope and coyotes tend to stay near our valley year around. Less common sightings include grizzly and black bears, wolves, the elusive mountain lion, moose, bighorn sheep and badgers. Squirrels, chipmunks and ground squirrels are always in evidence along the trails. There are often golden eagles riding the thermals and red tailed hawks, marsh harriers and prairies falcons soar overhead. Great horned and great grey owls can sometimes be spotted and there are numerous smaller birds which nest around the ranch from the ubiquitous magpie to robins, hummingbirds and, everyone’s favorite, the Western bluebird.
This small town has retained its Western flavor. There are a number of art galleries and gift shops, some selling fine American Indian handicrafts. The Dubois Museum has some old, preserved buildings featuring the life of a bygone era, as well as interesting locally related exhibits. The National Bighorn Sheep Center provides an in depth look into these animals, whose habitat just a few miles from town supports one of the largest herds in the US. Although they are usually in the high mountains during the summer, it is worth visiting the Indian petroglyphs in that area. On Tuesday evenings at the height of the summer there is square dancing in town and on Friday nights a local rodeo brings in participants and visitors from the surrounding country.
26 miles / 45 mins
Wind River Indian Reservation
Pow wows in late June through July at various locations.
55 miles / 1 hour 15 mins
Grand Teton National Park
Known for the incredibly spiny ridge of mountains that rise abruptly straight out of the plains. There are also regular encounters with wildlife such as buffalo, moose and grizzly bear right on the main road leading from Jackson Hole to the ranch.
80 miles / 1 hour 45 mins