Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall

Contributed by Dina Mishev

Yup, Hole in the Wall – of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame – really exists, and it's in Wyoming. (It might already be obvious to some of you; but it wasn't until only recently that I learned Wyoming had an outlaw past, and I've lived here for nearly a decade.)

Anyway, Butch, the Kid, Jesse James and more than a dozen others hung their spurs in six cabins nestled in this fertile, almost-hidden valley at the Willow Creek Ranch. The ranch owners were okay with their law-breaking squatters mainly because, well, they didn't want trouble.

Today's Willow Creek Ranch owners celebrate their former visitors, but you'll have to get their permission before you cross the private land to access the site. Take a rugged dirt road from the ranch headquarters to reach what remains of the hideout cabins. While these are interesting enough in themselves, the ranch has plenty of other history. Stay overnight at the ranch and explore Native American teepee rings, petroglyphs and homestead cabins on horseback or foot.

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