Years of Western Tradition

For the past 40 years, our wagon train adventure has provided guests from all over the world with a high quality western outdoor experience. This same tradition will continue with you as our guest. National articles have appeared in the following magazines: Country Woman, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Modern Maturity, U.S. News and World Report as well as many other national publications. “Two on the Town” TV show in Los Angeles featured the Wagon Train in their segment on “The American Cowboy”.

Elijah Nicholas Wilson
(Uncle Nick Wilson)

The heritage of the Teton Wagon Train and Horse Adventure dates back to 1854 when “Uncle Nick” Wilson as a boy of 12 passed through Jackson Hole with the Shoshone Indians. Uncle Nick or “Yagaki”, as he was known to the Indians was adopted by the mother of Washakie, Chief of the Shoshone, and lived with them for two years. In later years, Uncle Nick rode for the Pony Express and drove for the Overland Stage.

Photo courtesy Jackson Hole Traveler @boocreative

In 1889, Uncle Nick drove the first covered wagons over Teton Pass into Jackson Hole and the town of Wilson still bears his name today. Bill Thomas, a descendant of Uncle Nick, and his wife, Joyce, began the tradition of the Teton Covered Wagon Train many years ago. The reins were then passed to their son, Billy. Jeff Warburton worked closely with Bill, Joyce and Billy for many seasons. Jeff and his brother Chris are now proud to continue the strong Covered Wagon Train tradition.

Our families and our crew provide the personal attention and service which makes us the best covered wagon train trip and horse adventure in the country. Many of the Warburton’s ancestors crossed the plains with wagon trains and helped settle the West. Matthew Caldwell crossed the plains during the Mexican-American War and then assisted in the rescue of the ill-fated Donner Party. Richard Warburton came from England to travel West and start the Warburton ranching tradition. His son, Richard Warburton, worked as a blacksmith during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Later, he and his brothers were the first to open new country as they searched for new livestock range.

Experience the thrill of the western way of life from those bygone years as you join us on the Teton Covered Wagon Train and Horse Adventure into the spectacular Teton and Yellowstone Mountain Country surrounding Jackson Hole, Wyoming.