Dude Ranch Vacation
Dude Ranch Vacation. Excellent Dude Ranch Vacation. This was my first stay at this ranch and I will be returning. The location is gorgeous! You get plenty of horseback riding opportunities on horses that are well taken care of. Riders can be beginners or experienced. I did skeet shooting for the very first time and I really enjoyed it. I absolutely loved my cabin!!! Very rustic feeling with great charm, plenty of space, lots of hooks for clothes, dresser, closet, a wood stove that I used daily, comfortable beds, extra blankets, big bathroom, lots of hot water and pressure in the shower, chopped wood stacked on your porch next to the rocking chair, a cute loft with lots of additional sleeping space in addition to the two queen beds on the main floor, pretty views out the front door, trees all around the back and sides, close to cookhouse/lodge and barn, deer roaming the yard in the morning, very quiet and peaceful.
All the staff are very welcoming and extremely helpful, if you need something, don’t hesitate to ask, they will do their best to help (with a genuine smile on their face). The food is plentiful and hearty and varied throughout the week, terrific homemade desserts, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, perfectly cooked meats, and all the alcohol you can drink while visiting with your old and new friends!!!
This is a family run business and you will see them from morning until night; from office to kitchen to eating all the meals with the guests to wrangling and everything else in between. They all work very hard, love their jobs, are super entertaining, and definitely hold up the ‘Cowboy Look’. There are four friendly ranch dogs running around that can tag along on horse rides and cattle drives (two seasoned ones and two puppies in training). The ranch has a small private lake for fishing, swimming, canoeing, and paddle boating. There is a winery tour close by that you can stop off at during a horseback ride as well as a saloon tour on another days ride.
Bring a cowboy hat, good riding boots, and LAYERS (the weather can vary greatly from morning to night). Spring and fall might require a jacket that is waterproof or some type of slicker or rain poncho. This is a great place for singles, couples, groups, and children of riding age. They did not charge me a ‘single supplement fee’ for being solo (which gets high marks in my book). I saw eagles, bats, cattle, two bear, two coyotes, lots of turkeys, plenty of deer, and lots of water birds. The barn is amazing; huge with a loft and picture perfect views from the upper deck, very well maintained and everything in order, the wranglers are quick getting the horses ready for each guest, and there is also a bathroom for those last minute calls of nature before hitting the trails.
You can bring your own handgun for target shooting or use their shotgun for skeet. Check-in starts at noon, so there is plenty of time left in the day for exploring, meals, relaxing, and even an afternoon trail ride. I have been to other ranches and I would consider this a ‘no-frills’ ranch. This is not a negative thing, it means that you don’t go here expecting all the staff to be lined up along the driveway just waiting for your arrival (drive to the cookhouse/lodge and someone will be there in the kitchen or office who will warmly welcome you and show you to your cabin). There is not daily maid service, linen napkins, or someone waiting on you at your dining table. Instead; you get to make yourself at home by kicking back on a couch with a cold beverage that you can just go and help yourself to any time you want, receive true hospitality, live a genuine and authentic cowboy lifestyle, do lots of laughing and smiling, and have a tired and sore but happy body at night after a soak in one of their two hot tubs. Happy Trails!!!