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• Black Hills Ranch (Wyoming)

 

Reviews



Fabulous holiday, good company, a lifetime wish come true. Brilliant! Fantastic accommodation, friendly staff, good horses.

Anne B
Brilliant! The holiday was fantastic - everything I expected and more. I took Far & Rides recommendations given my riding ability and had an absolutely wonderful time.. The horses were excellent. The accommodation was very good and the food was great.

Deborah S.
We have now arrived home from America, and I am just writing to say what a wonderful holiday we had! The ranch was exactly as described and the horses and scenery were wonderful. Roberto, Christina and Heike were very nice and friendly and the food was great. We were the only English people there, the rest were Italians (two couples) and John an elderly American man who was a charming man and great to talk to. We rode every day for at least 2 1/2 hours and on a couple of days twice a day! We got involved in rounding up yearlings and also moving horses to another part of the ranch. We went into Hulett to the local Ponderosa Bar one night and a good time was had by all, drinking and dancing!!! On the last day (Friday) we rode the horses into the local town (Hulett) for a BBQ, as it was 10 miles from the main road to the ranch we took the horses by trailer to the road and then road the rest of the way about 6 miles, but it was a great experience to ride into the town and then have the BBQ.

Jeannie
We had a great time. The Ranch was all that we expected, very much hands on if you wanted to be and we were lucky to be there in a week when the vet was out to castrate a group of colts and also had a bunch of calves to brand and castrate so lots practical to do. Every day we were riding twice a day and rounding up and moving or checking horses and cattle, usually 6 hours a day in the saddle. The countryside was stunning and views amazing, just so vast and plenty of riding country. Lots of creeks and canyons and the horses very sure footed. The horses were wonderful, a variety and we could choose to ride the same one of keep swapping. We never had a bad horse, so very well behaved and schooled felt very safe at all times. Lots of help and advice with tacking up if needed and also how to ride with cattle and horses. We had a great time and learnt lots.

Nicky B.
Lovely setting, challenging terrain, stunning scenery. Clean and comfortable accommodation, superb food. Horses were great.

Curtis B.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Mainly Quarter Horses but also paints, mustangs and cross breeds

Nature of horses:

Mostly home bred, all different temperaments to suit all riders

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16 hh

Weight limit:

None within reason

Tack type:

Western

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

This is a genuine working ranch with over 30,000 acres. The ranch is set in the Black Hills of North East Wyoming - a very beautiful area known for its beauty and the variety of wildlife to be seen. It converts from timbered canyon country to creek bottom meadows to grass prairie. A variety of wildlife lives, feeds and reproduces in the greatest abundance on the edge where one environment changes to the next.

For many years the ranch has welcomed guests who love the ranch life. Guests (seldom more than six to eight people at a time) can join the ranch life like a part of the crew - in the house, in the corrals, on the pastures, while helping the neighbours, or in the local saloon in the next town.

The ranch breeds Black Angus and they run 2,000 Black Angus cattle including heifers. The ranch work is seasonal but guests are invited to participate from April to October with calving, branding, 'round-ups' and even breaking in horses. They have an outdoor arena which is used for team penning and roping steers.

There is a very relaxed atmosphere and no strict routine and guests can do as much or as little riding as they want. Your hosts are extremely helpful and will take you to rodeos, nearby farms and even to go shopping.

Children are very welcome but must ride and stay with their parents. Children must wear helmets and back protectors which are not provided.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The ranch is situated in a landscape north east of Wyoming and has been welcoming guests for many years. Whilst the staff live in the the old ranch house, the guests have use of a lovely decorated pine lodge with eight simply furnished bedrooms each with their own bathroom.

There is also a cabin for two people with its own bathroom ideal for couples. The guest saloon has a fireplace with a pool table, a football table and has a real western feel to it with western art decorating the log home. There is also a shop on site where it is possible to buy some Western gear.

The food here is substantial. Food here is Western style with BBQs, home cake and plenty of vegetables. There is often pasta for lunch due to the Italian heritage of the ranch owners. Dinners are three course and breakfast is a help yourself buffet taken at your leisure.

 

Activities

Clearly the accent here is on ranch life which is seasonal - in April the calves are born, in May/June they are branded. July and August are lazy months - perhaps an escaped steer to round up or a small cattle drive to another pasture.

Whilst not on the back of a horse, you may like to visit a rodeo or a horse auction in a neighbouring town, From here you can visit a national monument known as the Devils Tower or Mount Rushmore which is an hour and a half's drive away. Your hosts are very happy to take you shopping!

You can also swim or fish in the lake,

There is much wildlife to see here - deer, antelope, coyote, racoon, marmot, beaver, prairie dog, eagle and turkey. Your hosts are happy to take guests sightseeing.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Italian and German

Health requirements: None

Age limit: None

Tuition: No

Included: All accommodation based on two people sharing, all meals, all riding and transfer from Rapid City.

Not included: Alcoholic drinks, personal items.

 

Travel Information

Transfer from Rapid City Airport, South Dakota is included with week long stays on Wednesday and Saturdays

Airport: Rapid City Airport

 

Programme


Black Hills Ranch (Wyoming)



This is a working cattle ranch and whilst you are here, you will be able to get involved in as much of the ranch work as you wish. You have a great choice of Quarter Horses and they all have different temperaments. Most have been bred and broken on the ranch. The goal of the breeding programme here is to produce strong and healthy horses and as they look good as well that's a bonus! As you will see, these horses are in first class condition and are a pleasure to ride. The horses are all different types. 

The day begin with a good buffet breakfast: coffee, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, ham, cheese, cookies, eggs, etc. Around the table the cowboys will explain the plan of the day. The cowboys will catch the horses who run free in the pasture and bring them into the corrals, where a horse will be assigned to every guest for the day. 

During their vacation every guest will have the chance to try several horses and find the horse that suits them.You will ride for 3-4 hours in the morning, return for lunch and will ride again in the afternoon for another 3-4 hours. 

The programme may change due to cattle work or ranch activities. When no cattle work is necessary you can just ride for fun, enjoying the beautiful landscape through canyons, forests and endless prairies...surrounded by the beauty of these places. 

The riding changes seasonally.  April-June is calving season so you will be able to ride to the herd to check on the babies every day to be sure that they are thriving.  At the end of the calving season there will be a branding which is reminiscent of the old west with horses, ropes, sweat and dust.

July-August is the time to manage the pasture. There will be 1200 head of cattle to sort. The cowboys will explain to the guest the technique used for the cattle drive and the way to move cattle.

In August-October, they will begin their roundup of cattle and choose which ones to keep and  which to sell before winter.  The cattle they keep will be moved to the winter pasture. This is a time of very hard work and where you might be riding all day.

When you have time you can go into arena and practice team penning, breakaway roping, barrel racing, cutting horses.  Or you can just relax in the beautiful lake or in the hot tub

When possible they will  take you to visit Devils Tower (First national monument of America), Black Hills National Forest, Deadwood, Badlands National Park etc.  There is no strict routine here and you can participate as much as you wish in the ranch activities. The spare time is used for long and interesting horseback rides. 



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate riders are welcome, although advanced and experienced riders will be able to make the most of this ranch.
Type of ride: Trail and based
Total riding time: Flexible - up to seven hours a day in the saddle.
Departure dates: Dates to suit from April to October.
 
Pricing: 2019:
Weekly (7 nights): £1298 per person
Daily Rate: £185
Children under 10 years old free of charge (staying with adults)
Children 10-14 years 50% discount

20% single supplement for those who would not be willing to share a room.
20% discount on second week

Prices include: All accommodation and riding, food and drinks (but not alcoholic drinks), and taxes. Free transfer from Rapid City on Wednesdays and Saturdays for guests with a minimum stay of seven days. Arrival before 8 pm and departure after 9.00 am.An extra charge of £41 for flight arrivals before 9 am or after 8 pm.

Arrivals on a different day £82 per person.

Gratuities are not included but left to guests discretion and are not obligatory

Flights and travel insurance are not included in the price.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.