Before heading up to the Grand Tetons and a five-day stint of boondocking (camping without any electric or water connections), I spent two nights at a KOA in Dubois, Wyoming, doing errands, using their wifi to finish some work, and stocking up on groceries and gas.
First off, the town’s name is pronounced DO-boys, with the accent on “DO”. Of all the ways I thought you could pronounce it, this wasn’t one I’d thought of, but the three ladies at the P.O. all said it that way and they are the local authorities on such things.
The KOA has tepees you can camp in, should your trailer or their cabins not made you feel authentic enough. I have no ideas if these tepee designs are actually ones the local natives long ago might have used but they were fully booked during my stay so I didn’t get a chance to peek inside and see if the families were sleeping on the ground or if the KOA had upgraded them to comfy American-style beds.
I was a bit disappointed that the KOA had their own laundry because I didn’t have an excuse to hang out at this place, which also boasted a car wash and a truck wash. There might have been a dog wash in there somewhere, too.
This old building used to be a day car, closed now, but you could start your own little business if you just sign a lease. Right on Main Street, steps from everything.
I couldn’t resist checking out this place. Good selection of tourist stuff and some nice Wyoming Jade as well. The owner is retiring the end of this year, so I wonder if it will sell or close its doors.
And, like most small towns in Wyoming that I’ve passed through on this trip, there is a motel, locally owned and run. This one, unlike some of the others, was hopping, although they still had a few rooms if you came into town without a plan.
Dubois also has restaurants, a few bars, a drive-up liquor store (!), and three gas stations. It clearly makes its living being the gateway to the Tetons if you’re coming from the east. And it’s also home to the Wyoming jackalope.
If a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and just be one.