T Cross is a trip to the 1800's. From the handmade decor in the log-cabin lodging to the untamed wilderness, you will take a trip to a distant place and a distant time.
Most of these reviews focus on riding and hospitality, and they were great. But I'd like to start with fishing. If you own a fly rod, this place is for you. Someone said that TCross is a 3 hour drive to the nearest stoplight. Then, you can ride another 3 hours into a wilderness area. There are no other ranches in the area. Bottom line: there is no fishing pressure. At the closest pool to the ranch, on my first walk out, I caught my biggest trout ever. Further up the trail...much further...in a meadow surrounded by snow-capped marvels named "5 pockets", one cast was greeted by three (!) large trout jumping out of the water competing for my fly. I should note: I'm not much of a pro; others there did better than I. My only complaint: I wish I had more time in the backcountry after the long rides. It was pristine, beautiful, unmarred nature. It could have been 1885.
On to other topics I don't see well covered in the reviews...
Dubois is a hoot. We went to the square dance, expecting older tourists and the boring do-si-do lessons. Well, there was some of that, but the real surprise was the diversity of the crowd. The dance is the only thing going on in town on Tuesdays. All the locals, teens, adults, tourists, and more show up. It was a blast with a lively crowd. It could have been 1885.
The rodeo in Jackson is a big, commercial affair (we only drove by it). I'm sure it's fun. But the rodeo in Dubois?? It's amateur locals in honest year-long competitions in time-honored events like riding and roping. We rooted for our wranglers (go Cody & Conner!) who were in the running for first place in the team roping. Some of our braver guests even tried their "skills" in the arena trying to catch a 600-lb "calf". Where can you do that? It was like, er, 1885.
Some advice if you go:
Leave the electronics behind. The only useful things with a battery are a camera and a kindle.
Leave the bug stuff at home. High, dry, don't need it.
Bring sunblock. And a big-brimmed hat. And a very lightweight long-sleeved shirt.
Do try the "shovel race", but expect to be covered with dirt and, er, fertilizer.
There are no locks on any doors. No need, either.
I'm a runner; going it alone miles from the ranch is beautiful. But there are wolves and grizzlies. The risk is minimal, but carry bear spray (they will lend it to you), and don't expect to really relax. It's hard to get into the zone when taunted by thoughts of nature, red of tooth and claw.
Don't miss 5 Pockets.
The cooks are amazingly accommodating. But this is probably not the best place for a vegetarian. We don't usually eat red meat. We made an exception this trip.
It's not really 1885. It just looks that way. It has modern plumbing, lighting, etc. (Although all the lights are inside appliances that look like gas or oil lamps).
I didn't discuss the horses, staff, food, or activities. They are all excellent.
My horse was Howard, one of the "troublemakers" who likes to jump. If you get him, and you aren't much of a rider, give him a chance. My kid had Bridger...a real gem. My wife had Eddie, a good steady Eddie (or maybe "special Ed" :-)).
The location is also special. The other ranches, even those around Dubois, aren't nearly so remote.
If you've taken French, you won't like how the locals all pronounce the "s" in Dubois. Je n'ai jamais pris l'habitude de cela.
You will feel like you're staying with a family.
- 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