Goosewing Ranch

Gros Ventre Valley, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Goosewing Ranch is located among the most spectacular scenery in North America. Live the cowboy dream with excellent horseback riding and fly fishing and expect to spot spectacular wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone wilderness.

At a Glance

  • Remote wilderness location, combines well with Yellowstone National Park safari

  • Incredible family adventure

  • Tippee tent for under-the-stars sleep over for the children

  • Beginners and advanced riders assigned their own horse for their stay

  • Get you own off-road Ranger vehicle with each cabin

  • Excellent fly-fishing opportunities

Adventure, Riding, Wildlife, Fishing

Insider's View

It's hard to beat the location of Goosewing Ranch; big skies, endless mountain views and cosy cabins make it a real wild west getaway. Combine this with Jackson Hole for rodeo and cowboy bars and a wildlife Safari in Yellowstone and you have the making of a truly memorable adventure.

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Description

Goosewing Ranch is nestled in the Gros Ventre Valley at 7,400 feet offering spectacular scenery and trail riding through the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Gros Ventre River, home to native cutthroat trout, runs through the meadow on the ranch and the valley is the host to some of North America’s most spectacular game: elk, moose, mountain sheep, antelope, bear and eagles.

The dude ranch experience dates back to 'city slickers' or dudes who would go and stay out on a homestead to experience the Wild West of America. The experience is about getting in the saddle and hitting the trail, rounding up cattle or trying rodeo, and by night sitting around a camp fire, practising line dancing, or playing lawn games followed by a cosy nights sleep in a log-cabin. Goosewing has sixty horses and guests are assigned a horse for their duration of stay according to their ability and horse temperament. Goosewing wranglers are experienced horsemen & women and can instruct in the arena and on the trail on how to ride well for a memorable horseback riding experience. If all you want to do is walk and enjoy the scenery, there are perfect trails. For more experienced riders, there are trails for trotting and loping or cantering. There is also the opportunity to try cattle work known in the West as team penning or try their hand at rodeo skills for those who are advanced enough to control their mounts. Rides are two, four or six hour pack rides depending on how long guests would like to ride for each day.

Although Goosewing is ideally suited to those who want to live the cowboy or cowgirl dream, the ranch is also located by the Gros Ventre River that provides excellent fly fishing. Fly fishing instruction is available in the stocked trout pond at the ranch with advanced notice. Guests can then take the spinner rods and fly fishing equipment to the river and spend the day fishing for trout with permits obtained from the ranch.

Each cabin comes complete with its own all Polaris Ranger vehicle that is ideal for exploring the back country - guest just need to ask for a picnic to take with for the day. Mountain bikes are also available for guests use, and hiking is a popular way to explore. After a day of activity, there is also an outdoor heated swimming pool and outdoor hot tub sauna to rest aching muscles.

For guests staying on the ranch for extending stays, rodeo visits and white water rafting trips.

Goosewing offers simple, comfortable lodging in eight private guest cabins and three larger 2-bedroom cabins for families. With its large stone fireplace, the main lodge serves as a central gathering place for dining or relaxing. A loft with a pool table and television overlooks the main room. Local beers, wines and liquor compliments a hearty seasonal menu.

Please note that due to the remote location of the ranch that there is no phone signal, though guests will have access to a landline as required. Each cabin has its own satellite internet system and though skyping and downloading is prohibited. The ranch is a great place to disconnect from the outside world but if staying connected is a must, the limited wifi available is for adult use only.

Accommodation

With only twelve cabins on the ranch, Goosewing can only accommodate around thirty guests at any time maintaining an intimate, homely dude ranch atmosphere. Pioneer Cabins offer two-bedrooms for families with younger children; Indian Cabins come with a queen and double bed and Cowboy Cabins with Queen Beds and bunk beds that are ideal for siblings; and Trappers Cabins come with one large cosy bed ideal for couples. Cabins are equipped with mini-fridges and tea and coffee makers, with snacks and drinks always available in the main lodge. All cabins come with a fun off-road Polaris Ranger for driving around the ranch and exploring.

Indian Cabin

The Indian Cabins are a great western retreat. These Jackson Hole cabins include a queen and full sized bed perfect for couples or smaller families. Propane stoves heat the cabins on the cool summer nights and add a cozy atmosphere to relax and enjoy your stay in. The private porch looks out over the pasture and Gros Ventre River.

Location & Directions

Gros Ventre Valley, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Located in the Ventre River Valley, Goosewing marks the entry point to a protected, pristine wilderness. Located 40 miles northeast of Jackson, Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, bordering the Gros Ventre Wilderness the remote location allows for excellent horseback riding, fantastic scenery and many opportunities to spot wildlife.

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