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Wilson, Wyo.: 5 Things We Love

Wild West meets world-class cuisine in an unincorporated village near Jackson Hole.

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Photo courtesy of DickDaniels/Wikipedia
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Compared to the size of its body, the great horned owl's eyes are among the largest of all terrestrial vertebrates.

One of Jackson Hole’s unincorporated villages, Wilson exudes the warmth of a small town and the flavor of the Wild West. Day-trippers take on the nearby Teton Range in spring. Area code is 307.

When you come to the log cabin topped by a 15-foot trout, you’ve found Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, winner of a 2012 James Beard American Classics Award. Dig into the green salsa–smothered huevos rancheros with a side of sticky sweet rolls and you’ll understand why. 733-8288.

If you take Introduction to Rodeo, a two-hour, hands-on course for would-be wranglers ages 5 and up, you can learn to weave around the barrels and rope a calf dummy while maintaining your horse’s stride. 215-3120,

At the Teton Raptor Center, located at the historic Hardeman Ranch, lock eyes with a great horned owl, a golden eagle, a peregrine falcon, or a red-tailed hawk while learning about the center’s work rehabilitating injured birds. Call ahead to schedule an appointment. 203-2551,

Dine on world-class cuisine without borders at Stiegler’s Austrian Restaurant & Copper Bar, where chef Peter Stiegler serves inventive takes on Hungarian goulash and a Wiener schnitzel that will ruin you for all others. 733-1071.

Mingle with cowboys and hippies, skiers and dancers at the Stagecoach Bar, whose raucous history inspired an award-winning 2014 documentary. 733-4407,

This article was first published in Spring 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.