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What We Love

  • All activities and meals are included
  • Fishing, riding and hiking are available every day, and there are extra daily activities, such as wagon rides (Thursdays) and trips to the rodeo (Fridays)
  • You’re assigned a horse upon arrival
  • Mountainous landscape filled with wildflowers and wildlife
  • Nearby Dubois is an authentic Wyoming town; think Jackson Hole 40 years ago
  • Quiet setting (the ranch can accommodate no more than 30 people)

What To Know

  • There’s a 3-night minimum, and the ranch closes on Saturdays
  • Simply decorated cabins have fireplaces and porches
  • You must arrange your own transportation to the ranch from Jackson Hole Airport (2 hours) or Salt Lake City International Airport (6 hours)
  • You must buy a Wyoming license in advance of your stay to fish in Horse Creek
  • Back-to-nature vibe with limited communication (spotty cell phone service)
  • You’ll need bug spray from early July through August
  • The ranch doesn’t have a liquor license, but you can bring your own alcohol

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
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Overview

The Review

Just when I thought I’d lost my way in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest, I spotted a simple pine gate marked with the letter T. A bit farther down the unpaved road lies T Cross Ranch’s main lodge (built in the 1920s with hand-hewn pines from the 160-acre property), looking exactly the way one might imagine the heart of an all-inclusive dude ranch, tucked into a high alpine meadow, would look.

T Cross is great for families, but couples and groups of friends come too. Horseback riding is the main activity. The wranglers are friendly and give lessons to people of all skill levels twice each day, and there are full-day destination excursions on Wednesdays and Fridays. But there’s no pressure to ride, and the impressive roster of activities also includes fly fishing for rainbow trout and mountain whitefish on the eight-mile Horse Creek, and camping trips in the surrounding wilderness to spot bald eagles, elk and even moose. For kids there are wagon rides on Thursdays and rodeos on Fridays in nearby Dubois.

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Eight guest cabins, also made from local hand-hewn logs, sit tightly together on either side of the lodge. All are simple but cozy, with down comforters, Pendleton wool blankets, a fireplace or wood stove, bathrooms with walk-in showers, and covered porches (except Bar BC) with surprisingly comfortable log furniture.

The town of Dubois is a short drive away, and Grand Teton National Park and Jackson are a bit farther but still accessible. But in my experience the T Cross is best enjoyed as a step-back-in-time place rather than for access to what it’s close to. Although there are myriad activities, the ranch’s philosophy is a balanced one, and I’ve never been to a place where afternoon naps are as encouraged as they are here. There really is something about slowing down and getting to know a place — especially when, at the end of a long day, you’re free to take a dip in an outdoor hot tub and eat s’mores around a campfire.

How to Get There

T Cross Ranch
Parque Creek Road
Dubois, WY 82513 United States

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 61 Reviews
Exceeded our expectations
Reviewed 1 year ago

My wife and I tripped over this hidden gem outside Jackson as we were looking for a ranch/horseback experience. Triangle C was a delight from the moment we checked in, the staff were super friendly and made sure that we got settled into our cabin ok.

The cabins are very comfortable, clean and the bedding was super comfortable.

The meals here were better than you will find at most facilities in the Jackson area, each meal was prepared with the best care and attention to detail...the chef prepares every meal from scratch and even the most picky "foodie" will be hard pressed to find fault in these superb meals.

Our tour guides (Randall, Caleb and Brandy) were in tune with each guest and constantly offering small tips so even the most amateur rider (me) could improve and most importantly enjoy their experience. (Thanks for the horse swimming demonstration Brandy)

All in all, Chris Cox and his family have done a fine job of bringing the Triangle C Ranch back to life, Chris and his family were constantly present at the ranch to make sure everything was running up to spec and his children were a real joy to meet, just great kids.

I am sure we will be back again in the future.

Thank you to the Triangle C crew for your efforts, your hard work shows and the customer service is much appreciated.

3 generations of fun
Reviewed 3 years ago

We went to the ranch for the first time with 3 generations. Mark & Gretchen have a wonderful policy that 1 grandparent was free with 3 generations - this made my mother very happy (she even got on a horse). My 85 year old Dad rode 5 out of 6 days.... The entire staff was wonderful. The fishing was fabulous. The riding lessons in the ring were so much fun and very helpful regardless of your level - look, if you are a very experienced rider looking to cantor all day etc then you should not go to a dude ranch. This is mainly trail riding and some fun in the ring. The mini rodeo at the ranch was a blast and the one in town was tons of fun. The food was quite good and plentiful - if you want gourmet city food - again your expectations need to switch to ranch food - it is hearty and tasty, but this is a casual ranch both in terms of accommodations and feel - it is a welcome respite from city life, so you shouldn't expect the trapping of the big city. You are here to experience nature and simple pleasures! Dinner is family style and you meet the other guests - who were really nice people. We came away with some new friends. The location is wonderful - inside a National Forest - you feel like you are in nature. We intend to return!!!!

Still the best vacation place ever!
Reviewed 3 years ago

2015 was my third consecutive visit to the T Cross and I'm already making plans for a 2016 visit. Mark and Gretchen have created a wonderful place to escape from it all. Jay (the chef) makes the best meals, always something I enjoy. They bend over backwards to accommodate dietary restrictions.

I rank my riding ability as moderate and I'm always happy with the horse I'm assigned. I've seen rank beginners and super-advanced riders at the T Cross and they're happy as well. If you want a particular type of ride (a certain trail, faster/more advanced riding, for example), all you need to do is ask the cowboys or Mark. You may not get your wish on the next ride, but you *will* get your ideal ride. After the first morning or so, the cowboys are better able to judge what would be the ideal makeup for each riding group. They don't want the groups so large they're unmanageable. They also don't want rank beginners grouped with more advanced riders. You're not forced to ride; if you're a fisherman there's great fishing on Horse Creek.

Accommondations are spotless. This year I brought my niece (rather than travelling alone) so we were in one of the 2-bedroom cabins. My bedroom had a large fireplace and my niece's had a potbellied stove. That worked out great because I could have the cold room I like for sleeping and she had a nice cozy one. Cabins do have indoor plumbing and electricity, but if you want plush carpets, bathrobes, and total pampering you might not be happy here.

I've read other reviews where the traveller had complaints. My reaction to those reviews is that the person probably sat and fussed and didn't say anything. As I mentioned with the riding, all you need to do is ask somebody if you need or want something and the staff will do everything within their power to get you what you want.

This ranch is great for families as well as singles/couples. There's a weekly square dance in Dubois one night, and a rodeo another night. Those are fun, but I also enjoy just sitting on my porch (or inside, after it gets too cold) and reading a book.

Magical Family Experience
Reviewed 3 years ago

My husband and our three boys always wanted to venture out west and have a real dude ranch experience. We are from the Northeast and wanted a break from school, sports and our hectic schedule. I did a lot of research on dude ranches and determined I wanted to be in Wyoming and during August before our sons returned to school. I discovered T Cross from their website.

Now, we have many friends that have stayed at ranches all over the west but most notably in Wyoming and Montana. All reported that their vacations were the "best they had every had", and the dude ranch experience is "simply amazing." We decided that we wanted to try a different ranch and we deemed T Cross to be our favorite for several reasons. It was close to Jackson Hole which we wanted to visit anyway during our trip. It was accessible but just enough off the beat and path -- many of these ranches, particularly near JH are close to or just off the main roads. We also wanted a smaller ranch for a more personalized ranch experience.

All I can say is the T Cross DELIVERED! From the moment you enter the gates, the scenery is breathtaking. You pass the horses as you drive in which got our boys just so excited! We were greeted by the staff and they could not have been more warm and welcoming -- Gretchen and Mark make you feel like you are at home. We were brought to our wonderful cabin which was perfect for our family and so close to horses! The food was delicious and lovingly prepared, served in the dining area in the guest lodge with all the other guests. I have to note that the other guests at the ranch during our week made our experience just as special -- everyone was so friendly and warm hearted. Many were return guests which is a testament to the ranch itself.

One of the most memorable experiences for us was our pack trip led by Michael into the heart of Wyoming wilderness. It took hours on horseback to reach our beautiful destination and every minute from start to finish was special and unique. My boys still talk about Michael and how much fun they had. It brought our family together in a way I can never describe in words.

I read the previous review with a bit of dismay. The individual states the horses were mistreated and food was less than gourmet. If you are looking for a Ritz Carlton, then go to one. All the staff T Cross had nothing but love for those horses and did everything in their power to ensure their care and safety. The food is wonderful, period. My impression is that you go to a Dude Ranch to be on a Dude Ranch. And T Cross is all that it promises and more. We may not be able to go back this year. But we WILL RETURN. We left part of our hearts there. Thank you T Cross for making lasting memories for my family. xo

Extremely disappointing
Reviewed 3 years ago

We stayed her summer 2015. Scheduled one week but left early. The riding, though advertised as "beginner to advanced" is not riding at all, it's sitting. Walk only. Up the mountain and then down the mountain, every day. Horses had cracked hoofs, some were lame. None were very happy to be going out on the trails. Half of the horses were worked every day, several times a day, for a week, in the heat and up and down those slopes. Then given a week off, and the other half (over)worked in the same way. All so that the "wranglers" don't have to change the girth holes on the saddles. Shame on them.

Food advertised as "gourmet". That's a joke. Coolwhip topping, spaghetti and tomato sauce, coolaid, iceberg lettuce, corn syrup instead of maple syrup .... Tables were full of processed junk at every meal.

Cabins dark, window screens didn't even come close to fitting and full of holes, so cabins full of mosquitoes. Mattresses all very soft and lumpy, with no box spring underneath, just squeaky, old springs. I had a sore back every single morning.

The "kids program" simply does not exist. No pool for the heat, jacuzzi water disgusting, and the landscape was a bit depressing, given that at least half of the forest was dead.

The clientele all seemed happy though ... Mostly the southern, gun totting, wildlife shooting, not too sporty kind that is happy sitting on the back of a mistreated horse.