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Black Hills Ranch (Wyoming)

Overview

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 wild…

Highlights

  • Experience a genuine working ranch with Black Angus
  • Get involved with ranch work such as calving or roundup
  • Ride through beautiful hills, creeks and meadows
  • Stay in a simple pine lodge with small groups of guests
  • Join your hosts for plentiful Western style meals

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 15 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 8 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 120kg / 264lbs / 18st 12lbs.
    more info Heavier riders can be accepted if they are experienced.

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.

Horses & Riding

Tack

All tack used is Western; which is particularly well adapted for long hours in the saddle and for working with cattle.

Horses

Most of the horses at the ranch are American Quarter Horses which have been bred and raised there. However, you will also meet some paints, mustangs and cross breeds too. All the horses are selected for their ability to remain calm, level headed and strong around cattle, but also for their amazing stamina and willingness to work for long hours each day.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Black Hills Ranch (Wyoming) is a based ride

Ages

No age limit, but children should be competent riders who are happy to ride a full sized horse.

Health

None

Weight

120kg / 264lbs / 18st 12lbs. Heavier riders can be accepted if they are experienced.

Food & Accommodation

Food

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.

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.

Itineraries

Black Hills Ranch (Wyoming) Standard accommodation.

Other 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.

Travel

Transfer from Rapid City Airport, South Dakota, are included on Wednesdays and Saturdays for week-long stays with pickup between the hours of 10 am and 8 pm only.

Transfers on other days of the week are available at a supplementary charge. Pickup times will again be between the hours of 10 am and 8 pm only. Outside of these times you should use a local airport shuttle company (arranged and paid locally).

Testimonials

Anne B, June 26, 2009

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


Deborah S., June 26, 2009

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.


Itinerary & Pricing

Days 1 to 8

Riding: 3 - 8 hours

This is a working cattle ranch where 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 having been bred and broken on the ranch. The goal of the breeding programme here is to produce strong and healthy horses and if they look good as well that's a bonus!

The day begins 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.

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. 

We would recommend a 7 night stay, however you may choose to stay for less time or longer (minimum of 3 nights).

Accommodation

Each night is spent in one of eight comfortable guest bedrooms at the ranch, with private bathrooms.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

All levels of rider may be accommodated with prior notice. However advanced and experienced riders are best suited to the ranching programme here and will be able to make the most of their stay.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 15
Departure windows

At any time during: April 20, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021  (Dates available to suit)

Pricing

2021
Nightly Rate; Sharing
£166 $235 €193 per night
2021
Weekly Rate (7 nights); Sharing
£1160 $1645 €1350
2021
Child Weekly Rate (aged 10-14 years); Sharing
£580 $820 €675
Children aged under 10 years stay free of charge when sharing a room with their parent/parents.
Included Accommodation (in double/twin rooms), all meals, drinks (except alcohol), daily riding, transfers from Rapid City (Weds/Sat only) and taxes.
Not included Flights, alcoholic drinks, airport transfers on other days of the week, travel insurance, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - "Out of Hours" Airport Transfer $220
Paid locally
Arrivals outside of inclusive times (before 10am and after 8pm) should use a local airport shuttle service, payable locally at c. USD 220 each way.
2021 - Set-time Airport Transfer £106 $150 €123
Paid to Far and Ride
Applicable for transfers required on weekdays other than Wednesday and Saturday. * Complimentary set-time airport transfers are included on Weds and Sat between 10am and 8pm. Arrivals outside these times should use a local airport shuttle service, see "Out of Hours Airport Transfers"
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.