Best of Wyoming
9:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center - Dubois

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center is a wildlife exhibit and interpretive center located on the main street of Dubois, Wyoming. The mountains just outside of town are home to one of the world’s largest herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Realistic habitat dioramas, full-size taxidermy mounts, interactive exhibits and films draw the visitor into the world of the bighorns. It’s a wildlife experience the whole family will love.

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center received the 2014 Wyoming Destination/Attraction of the Year Award from the Wyoming Division of Tourism.

The Center is open all year. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the Center is open Mon – Sat, 9 AM – 6 PM and on Sundays 9 AM – 5 PM. During the winter months the Center is open Mon – Sat, 9 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $2.50 per adult, 75 cents per child (12 and younger) and families are $6.00.

Winter wildlife tours to the bighorn sheep winter range are available from November through March. They are offered for a suggested donation of $50 per person, with a minimum of two people required. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.

History:
The citizens of Dubois have always felt great pride in the proximity, accessibility and successful endurance of "their" herd, the Whiskey Mountain herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. In the late 1980's, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was considering building some type of small-scale sheep observatory with interpretive signage at Whiskey Mountain. At about the same time, the Louisiana-Pacific lumber mill, which had been the primary engine driving the Dubois economy for decades, was faltering. The mill was forced to close in 1988, leaving the town to wonder if their economy was facing imminent failure. Dubois needed something to encourage tourists to stop and stay a little longer. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department wanted an avenue for public education. A suggestion was made to put a bighorn sheep-themed visitor center "in town". In a rather remarkable effort of co-operation, a partnership developed that included a broad spectrum of private- and public-sector groups. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the town of Dubois, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Wild Sheep Foundation (formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep), the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation and many other entities and individuals contributed dollars, resources, talents and guidance to construct the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center. The Center was opened to the public on July 3, 1993.

Location:
907 W. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY 82513

Telephone:
(888) 209-2795
(307) 455-3429

Website:
www.bighorn.org

e-mail:
info@bighorn.org

Related Program