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National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center and Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Area
Wildlife Watching > National Bighorm Sheep Interpretive Center and Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Area (WY) 
Location
76 miles northwest of Lander.
 
Description
The Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Area is located in northwestern Wyoming, just off a main travel route to Yellowstone National Park. The area offers spectacular views and unparalleled opportunities to see the largest wintering Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd in North America. The nearby Interpretive Center in Dubois provides an excellent educational experience that features bighorn sheep. The central exhibit, “Sheep Mountain,” draws visitors into the world of the bighorn sheep; the exhibit features naturally-posed, mounted bighorns and other animals, surrounded by native-plant replicas.
 
Directions
From Lander, take U.S. Highway 287 north 76 miles to the town of Dubois. The Center is located in the western part of the town on U.S. Highway 287. Whiskey Mountain is located 5 miles southwest of Dubois.
 
Visitor Activities
Interpretive center, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and plant viewing.
 
Special Features
The largest herd of wintering Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in North America inhabits the mountains just outside the center’s front door. The elevation of Dubois is 6,917 feet; the Whiskey Mountain area is located at 8,000-9,000 feet above sea level. In addition to bighorns, the area supports elk, mule deer, and beavers. Moose, golden eagles, and migrating waterfowl are also sometimes seen.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There is a small fee for admission to the Interpretive Center. Motor-vehicle travel is limited to a few roads through the bighorn sheep range.
 
Accessibility
The interpretive center has wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, and interpretive exhibits.
 
Camping and Lodging
Commercial campgrounds and motels are available in Dubois. Several private campground facilities are available at Ring Lake and Trail Lake, 8 miles southeast of Dubois. Forest Service campgrounds are located west of Dubois in the Shoshone National Forest.
 
Food and Supplies
Restaurants, groceries, and sporting goods stores are located in Dubois.
 
First Aid
There is a medical clinic in Dubois. Ambulance service and 911 emergency service are also available in the area.
 
Additional Information
To view bighorn sheep in the Whiskey Mountain area, please inquire at the center for suggested locations. The best time of year to view bighorn sheep is from mid-November–March. Warm days and cool nights are the norm for summer; thunderstorms are common. In the spring and fall, snowstorms may occur. Winter storms can be severe. Winds are common throughout the year. Privately-run tours to the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Area are available from the center, P.O. Box 1435, Dubois, WY 82513, (307) 455-3429. The center is a partnership amongst BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Division of Game and Fish, and the City of Dubois.
 
Contact Information:
BLM - Lander Field Office
P.O. Box 589
1335 Main Street
Lander, WY 82520
Tel: (307) 332-8400              

National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center Map


Two rams use their big horns to settle a dominance dispute

The largest herd of wintering Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in North America inhabits the mountains just outside the National Bighorn Sheep Center’s front door. Here, two rams use those big horns to settle a dominance dispute. (BLM)

 
Last updated: 10-23-2009