Washington Dude Ranch Vacations
Bull Hill Guest Ranch, located in northeastern Washington State, sits at the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains near British Columbia, Canada. Sweeping panoramic views of neighboring Idaho, Lake Roosevelt and Canada provide a backdrop setting that is one of the most picturesque in the Pacific Northwest. Opened in 1995, Bull Hill Guest Ranch is part of a large working cattle ranch that dates back to 1903. Rich in history and tradition, the ranch today has become a favored destination for families, corporate retreats and the outdoor adventurer who is looking for authentic western living amidst the tall pines and cedars. It is especially noted for its fly fishing and horseback riding.
3738 Bull Hill Road
Kettle Falls, WA 99141
Luxury Cabin Lonestar
Named for the Lonestar state, this newest addition to Bull Hill sprawls “ranch-style” across one level, comprising two queen bedrooms, one king bedroom, two baths, a kitchenette and washer/dryer mudroom. Hardwood floors throughout with Italian tile in baths, air-conditioning, custom linens and bed covers, leather upholstered furnishings and western art make this the perfect retreat for the discriminating visitor or executive family. Sorry, no pets allowed and six person maximum. Located adjacent to the horse barn with private driveway, this is our most remote cabin from the Cookhouse and other guest cabins.
The Ranch Cabins are your lodging facilities at Bull Hill Guest Ranch. Strategically located in a private setting against a backdrop of cedars, cottonwoods or aspens, the seven cabins, with no two being alike, are decorated in a rustic western theme. (Named “Virginian”, “Ponderosa”, “Lonesome Dove”, “Rawhide”, “Rifleman”, “Maverick” and “Gunsmoke”). Inside these spacious two-story cabins, visitors will find all the modern conveniences of today, including:
Luxury Cabin Bullagio
The Deluxe Cabin, nicknamed “Bullagio” for its luxury accommodations and private driveway, sits on the highest point of the guest ranch compound and comprises two queen bedrooms, one king bedroom, two baths, a kitchenette and washer/dryer. Hardwood floors, custom linens and bed covers, large picture windows, leather furnishings and western art make this the perfect retreat for the corporate executive or family reunion. Sorry, no pets allowed and limit six persons maximum. Inquire about availability and rates as this cabin is often times booked months in advance
This is as glampy as glamping gets. Completed in 2012, our two canvas glamping tents, also known as Safari Tents, bring back a tradition that began when Bull Hill Guest Ranch first opened in 1995. Each tent is just 100 feet from our Shower House, where each tent has its own private bath and shower. This “camp” site harkens back to the days of luxury lodging in Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks. Fully furnished and wired for electricity, these tents, fondly nicknamed “Lakota” and “Laredo”, provide a connection with the great outdoors that our other lodging just can’t duplicate. Expansive, covered front porches with lodgepole railing, provide sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, river, mountains and valley below. Two queen beds, fitted with cushy comforters and fluffy pillows, easily allows sleeping capacity up to four people—very luxurious as a single or double! Ideal for young couples, families or those seeking privacy with a romantic twist.
Guests looking for a more relaxing (laid-back) horseback riding experience can saddle up one of the ranch’s more than 70 horses for a scenic, guided trail ride. Available from April through October, the two-hour (or longer) trail rides combine breathtaking views of nearby Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia River with a variety of terrain, including open meadows and forests. Riders can even hit the trail to visit the nearby China Bend Winery—on the shores of the Columbia—to sample selections in the tasting room, or enjoy a cold brew in the lively atmosphere of the Crown Creek Saloon.
Ansaldo Lake is privately owned by the Guglielminos and is reserved exclusively for Bull Hill Guest Ranch. It is approximately 20 acres in size, and stocked with rainbow trout. It is a natural spring fed lake, dating back to prehistoric times. Don and Pete’s great grandfather Peter Ansaldo founded the lake as his original homestead in 1903 when he emigrated to this country from Italy. It has been passed down through four generations, and is enjoyed today by visitors nation-wide as a favored destination for mountain fly fishing.
Cowboys and cowgirls alike may enjoy the opportunity to take part in authentic cattle drives. Lasting anywhere from a half day to a full day, the drives typically occur between May and October when the cattle are driven to spring grass areas or upper pastures throughout the summer and early fall months, before they are driven back to the ranch. Beginner to advanced riders are welcome, although riders should have the ability to ride with complete confidence.
A short 60-minute ride from the cookhouse at Bull Hill Guest Ranch you will stumble upon a true gem in the woods. An authentic old west saloon complete with a boardwalk, a barkeep and double swinging doors. Immerse yourself in the gunslinger culture as you sip a Jack and Coke or blow the head off a cool draft beer after a long day in the saddle. Wash away the trail dust while visiting with friends or making new ones. Be sure to bring the little ones as just two doors down is a “moving pictures” theater done up in authentic old west style (with a few modern features). There will be plenty for them to do as you enjoy a leisurely afternoon visiting with friends and neighbors.
Things To Do Nearby
Whether you’re joining us overnight, or just here for the day, come enjoy Bull Hill Ranch and the beautiful Kettle Falls area.
So you’ve spent a day in the saddle and it’s time to unwind. After dinner is time to socialize and enjoy the evening sunset. Why not head up to the trap shooting range and fire off a few rounds and show your shooting prowess? The cowboys will bring up the gear and the clays all you need to do is have fun!
Pete & Patsy
Pete is the patriarch of Bull Hill Guest Ranch. Him and his wife Patsy will come up to the ranch to share meals with the guests just about every day. You will often find Pete feeding the horses or cattle and just enjoying the lively end of day conversation. Be sure to say hello to Pete when you see him. He has some great stories to tell!
Nephew of the Guglielmino family, Brent joined the family ranch operation in 1998 as our Ranch Manager, after graduating from Washington State University. Brent assists with the daily operations of the guest ranch, assuring a quality stay for every guest. Brent, his wife Carrie, and their three young children, Joe, Pete and Kate join with the Guglielmino family to welcome our guests.
Director of Marketing
Tucker not only is a wrangler when needed but he is the office and marketing manager. He earned his degree from WSU in marketing and is putting those skills to good use keeping Bull Hill running smoothly.
Hunter is another son of the ranch and in is the youngest of the Guglilmino clan. Hunter brings his own youthful style and energy to the ranch and you will thoroughly enjoy riding the trails and washing down the trail dust with this fine wrangler.
Maja grew up in Pullman, Washington amongst the rolling hills of the Palouse with her parents and two sisters. Her interest in riding began at the age of five when she started taking her first riding lessons. From there her passion continued to grow as she competed and trained her own horses over the years in various riding disciplines. Maja is currently entering her senior year at Washington State University as she pursues a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Management Operations. Aside from enjoying a glorious day on her horse, she enjoys swimming, downhill skiing, backpacking, and nearly anything that will get her outdoors.
This will mark the second season for Jordanna at Bull Hill Guest Ranch. She has lots of experience in the saddle and is just plain fun to be around. Don’t hesitate to ask her for an “advanced” ride if you feel up to it. Going off trail can be an exhilarating experience!
You will find Mitch slaving away over the stove to bring you the best in local fare. His specialty is anything on the smoker. Mitch is always available to whip up a snack or full meal any time he is there!