Idaho is a relatively undiscovered gem on the ranching map, but this state offers surprisingly beautiful landscapes. As well as riding through cattle you may chance upon deer or bear, or other native wildlife in the mountains, whilst Red-Tailed Hawks circle overhead.
This 75 year old family ranch has been welcoming guests since 1991. Back in 1940, the family bought logged land to turn into fine ranch land and began breeding Red Angus cattle. They now own a second ranch, located about six miles away and both ranches are home to their cattle - with the calving grounds being at the lower ranch and the summer pastures at the higher ranch. There are 1,100 acres to explore either on horseback, mountain bike or on foot.
The ranch breed their own horses and train them using a system called the Basic Handle which was founded by Monte Forman and Pat Wyse. Each horse is handled gently and begins their early training in the round pen before progressing to trails under the tutelage of the wranglers for a couple of years before becoming mounts for guests. There are horses for complete beginners as well as responsive and athletic horses for experienced riders. They also have some Percheron and cross-breeds which pull the horse wagon and can offer this experience to those who wish to sit back and relax.
Trail rides venture through open meadows, quiet forests and along slow moving creeks. Try your hand at cattle sorting, cattle drives or arena games - or take a lesson in the arena. The month of September is restricted to Adults only, whilst the months of July and August offer special Children's Packages. This ranch really does offer options for everyone.
Even though they can comfortably sleep 40 guests (and can do so for private groups), they limit their capacity to 20 guests so that everyone has a more customised experience.