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“A guest ranch experience doesn't get better than this!” 5 of 5 stars
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82 Parque Creek Road, Dubois, WY 82513   |  
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Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Dubois
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“A guest ranch experience doesn't get better than this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

My daughter and I spent the second week of July at T Cross Ranch this year. After a fabulous experience with a ranch in Arizona last year we doubted we could top that, but we were wrong! T Cross was the most amazing experience. Gretchen and Mark are so attentive, caring, hospitable and down to earth. They genuinely are interested in their guests and make you feel like family right away. It really sets the tone for wonderful interaction and socializing between the guests both on rides and at mealtime. By the second day, pretty much all the guests were relaxed and comfortable together, already recalling each other’s names. The cabins are rustic, but oh so comfortable and full of charm. Even in July we set a couple of fires in the wood stove to take off the chill. Meals were down home cooking with the guests eating together with great conversation about each other’s lives and the events of the day. For us, this was a key part of the trip; we really enjoyed getting to know such an interesting and diverse group of people.
The staff of the ranch from the wranglers to the cooks, to the young ladies who served the food and cleaned the cabins were wonderful. They obviously love the ranch and their work. The scenery is almost indescribable. From every direction, including looking from the porch of your cabin, you’ll see the best scenery our great country has to offer. You can see a few samples in the attached pictures.

The ranch horses are excellent. They have some seventy horses and will work hard to match you to a horse of your liking. They are well trained, sure footed and enjoyable to ride. The riding itself is rather diverse as well, depending on the direction you take from the ranch. Ambling through thick, deep woods, rolling meadows out in the open or steep mountain climbs; it’s all available and part of your menu of riding opportunities. You don’t have to be an experienced rider to enjoy yourself. The ranch hands will take as long as you need orienting you to your horse and offering instruction. Obviously, you need to have a level of physical fitness necessary to get on and off the horse and stay in the saddle for 2-3 hour rides – or their all day rides if you choose. By no means to do you have to be an athlete, though.
The ranch is very secluded; miles down a dirt road (very negotiable by your rental or personal car). The only thing you’ll hear are nature’s sounds, no traffic and even very few air planes. The summer weather is classic Wyoming; cool nights and mornings, warm days and the occasional afternoon thunderstorm barreling through – then clearing again by six o’clock. Simply brilliant.

This may all sound like a paid advertisement, but it’s not. It’s just what I and my daughter experienced. T Cross is a place where you can really disconnect from the rat race of the world and our busy lives. I actually forgot the password to my work PC and had to think for several hours before it came back to me. Now that’s a vacation! Thanks to Gretchen, Mark and the whole team for a fabulous time!

Room Tip: All the cabins are great!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Quinton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

T Cross is neither the largest, nor the flashiest ranch in Wyoming, and the great thing is that it doesn't try to be. It is a beautiful, remote, and incredibly accommodating ranch for people who love horses, scenery, friendship and good food. It's history goes back 100 years. The hosts, Mark and Gretchen, are the epitomy of hospitality. They are smart, savvy ranchers who make it their priority to know and make welcome each of their guests. But even more, they are surrounded by an incredible staff of true cowboys and cowgirls, not to mention their gourment chefs, Jay and Will. Be prepared for incredible meals accompanied by fresh homemade breads and desserts each day. Other high points are the horses and scenery. No matter what level of rider you are, T Cross will find a horse (from their 60+ head) you are comfortable with and that you will not want to leave by the end of the week. The rides are scaled to start out slow and short to build your confidence and comfort.The cowboy wranglers ensure that you are safe and properly seated on each ride, and are extremely adept at improving your horsemanship. By the end of the week, the all day rides up into the high country take you places you never thought you could get to. You truly will not want to leave T Cross, nor the friends you will make while you're there. I can recommend the Moose Belle cabin for couples, although all cabins are quaint and well-appointed. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I just got back from an amazing week of riding and roping at the T Cross with two other friends. Mark and Gretchen were gracious hosts. The entire staff were warm, welcoming, and oh-so-very kind! I truly felt like I was leaving family when our stay ended. The scenery is breath-taking, the cabins are delightfully cozy and the food! - oh, my! I've never eaten so well! I can't wait to go back and share this phenomenal ranch with more friends and family!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Not only was the view incredible, the ranch in a beautiful valley, the food phenomenal, one trip better than the other but what really made it outstanding was the staff!
The wranglers were amazing, the kitchen staff funny and so lovely and Marc & Gretchen made you feel home! The cabins were great. We had fun at the Gymkhana, Square Dance & the rodeo in town. The Horses were excellent and something for every riding level. Be prepared to have a vacation of a life time. I will be back - next time with my daughter!

Thanks for everything, you are truly amazing!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Burlington, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

I went with 2 friends, we all ride back home and were looking for an opportunity to ride good horses into the mountains......this was the perfect place for that!
Wonderful staff....the wranglers were amazing.
We took over 1000 pictures...and love every one of them!
thanks for wonderful memories.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Bridgewater, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

My wife and two boys 6 years and 8 years had simply a dream vacation at T-Cross. It was interesting as we left Jackson Hole we passed a heck of lot of other ranches and most of which you will find that are right off a main road or highway (not my picture of what a dude ranch vacation spot it about) not something you find out about until it is too late. Anyways we were driving we had this picture of driving into the beautiful wooded mountain range and finding the ranch nestled in some hidden valley. Well that was not exactly how it worked out - at first. As we drove from Jackson and got closer to Dubois we started to wonder, what the heck, this is starting to look more like prairie than mountains and trees?! Well let me tell you, don’t be fooled as you will be quite surprised how the last 15 miles north up those dirt roads from Dubois can make a huge difference in scenery and it won’t disappoint. The ranch itself is truly nestled in the mountains and there is no one around for miles, just woods, breathtaking mountains and trails as far as you can see.
Now the ranch itself caterers to only about 24 guest on average so you will enjoy very intimate experience with folks that will really caterer to your wishes with both riding and activities including fly fishing. When you arrive you have to remember this is a working ranch, so their reception is a little slow and lack luster as you will not be greeted by some doorman to carry your bags to the cabin and if you are lucky you will finds someone that will gladly lend a hand. But once you meet the owners (Mark and Gretchen) and the cowboys you will be assured they are the type of people that will gladly give you the shirt off their backs to make your stay a wonderful experience. The cabins are simple with tons of rustic charm and were kept spotless. We stayed in White Grass and personally I think Bar BC and White Grass were the best of them if you can get one.
Ok, on the activities – what you will find is tons of flexibility and customs rides, that makes this such a great place to go regardless of your riding ability. One day my family asked to have one of the cowboys to give us some advanced riding lessons and it was absolutely no problem. Once we were finished with the lessons we went on a fun ride of our own. But the most AMAZING part of our trip was the Pack Trip. Whatever you do, try and at least go for a one day pack trip and I assure you that that experience alone will make your entire vacation and stay. Just remember this, the farther north you go into the mountains the better is gets! The pack trip will take you a good 3 to 4 hour ride up into the mountains (to Five Pockets) where you will see the most spectacular scenery around and dwarfs the scenery back at the ranch. A breathtaking meadow, streams with great fishing and it is just amazing that you have just climbed another 1,500 feet in elevation and yet you are still surrounded by even higher mountains and panoramic scenery. After the ride up to the camp the cowboys unpacked the pack horses and set up camp. And then you start looking around and see the electric bear fencing surrounding the camp which obviously sparks the questions. Inevitably you will get the response “boys you better not pee on that there fence”. The tents and bedding is very comfortable and you are pretty surprised for the fact you are sleeping on the ground. Breakfast and dinner during our camping trip was simple, but if are a coffee drinking, make sure you have them pack the coffee! These folks seem to love hot chocolate and are not so much in to coffee, wow was that a shock we found we had not coffee for breakfast. Anyways the whole reason to be up there is that you will now have a launching pad to take even further rides up into the mountains that you simply can’t do on their all day rides from the ranch. If you can take a ride up on to one of the surrounding ridges and all I can say is don’t, whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. And trust me you won’t regret any part of your riding up there, just amazing, I wish I had the words to describe what you will see. In summation, you will really know you’re on to something when every time you speak with someone about the pack trip and their faces light up and after you come back you will know why!
While there all sort of other fun activities (square dancing, rodeo, etc), I just don’t have enough time to tell you all the fun things we did. In the end it is all about the riding, the people and the atmosphere. This is a vacation that delivers all three and it will be worth the money. Let’s just say you know you know you had a great trip when you have that sense of real heartache as you leave and you are already trying to figure out how can a save up to come back.

Room Tip: White Grass and Bar BC were our favorites
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011 via mobile

Our week at the T Cross Ranch was great. The ranch is rustic but beautiful. It is REAL! The staff is truly attentive. The cabins are clean, the beds comfortable, the food was OUTSTANDING! I left the T Cross wanting to stay longer and with NO regrets and no unpleasant surprises.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Address: 82 Parque Creek Road, Dubois, WY 82513
Location: United States > Wyoming > Dubois
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Dubois
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The T Cross Ranch, located in the greater Yellowstone area, has been providing guests with an unforgettable all-inclusive experience for close to 100 years. Comfortable cabins are furnished with rustic elegance. Fabulous meals featuring made-from-scratch breads and organic ranch-raised beef satisfy every appetite. The surrounding country is unforgettable, with the Absaroka mountain peaks soaring to over 13,000 feet around the ranch. This land has been carved naturally by water, wind, and glaciers. Horseback is the only way to see this pristine country. With a string of over 60 horses, there’s the perfect mount for every guest. Our wranglers are experienced cowboys with literally thousands of miles on horseback under their belts. This is western riding in its purest form, the way it originated, the way few people experience it. ... more   less 

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