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JACKSON'S WILD WEST ACTIVITIES

Dude ranches. There are more than 20 dude ranches operating in Jackson Hole, offering activities from horseback riding and cookouts to float trips and children's programs. Some even feature gourmet dining, private trout streams or ve to ride the range with cowboys on a cattle roundup.

- Covered-wagon trips. Two companies in Jackson Hole offer a hearty slice of real pioneer life - covered-wagon train trips that last up to a week or more and travel through scenic wilderness. Some modern amenities are provided, but the experience of reliving pioneer life in the great outdoors is what this adventure is all about.- Shoot-out on the Town Square. Jackson boasts the longest-running shoot-out in the world, now in its 35th year. Almost every night from Memorial Day through Labor Day visitors gather on the Town Square to watch gunslingers in a free, action-packed Western melodrama.

- Stagecoach riding. During the summer months rides are conducted daily and take in the Old West streets of Jackson through the open windows of authentic stagecoaches. The horses clop past the famous Town Square, elk antler arches, wooden sidewalks and western buildings, many of which have been around for more than a century.

- Chuckwagon Dinner Shows. Three outfits in Jackson Hole serve up chuckwagon dinner shows. The Bar J Chuckwagon Supper and Original Western Show puts on an all-you-can-eat barbecue beef dinner with professional performers singing cowboy songs, telling jokes and explaining a little history of the Old West.

- The Bar T-Five Covered Wagon Cookout and Wild West Show takes visitors on a ride by covered wagon up picturesque Cache Creek Canyon, located at the edge of town. The program includes a hearty outside meal accompanied by campfire songs and live entertainment.

The Moose Chuckwagon near Grand Teton National Park Headquarters, 12 miles north of town, also offers an all-you-can-eat barbecue beef meal, cooked and served from huge caldrons over open fires.