Gros Ventre Valley, The Rockies, United States of America
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights based on a family of 4 with 2 children under 12 years at Goosewing inclusive of meals and activities.
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
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Jackson Hole has an extreme continental climate with very cold winters and warm summers. Activities are very seasonal. Spring, from late April to June, is marked by mild days and cold nights, with some rain and occasional snow. It is in spring that newborn elk, moose, bison and bears start appearing. Summers offer warm days and cool nights and a profusion of brightly colored wildflowers. In autumn, the aspen and cottonwood run gold and red. The days are sunny, with cold nights. Rain eventually gives way to snow. Winter brings with it enough deep snow to keep a skier happy well into April. It also brings the elk to the valley. They come down from the mountains by the thousands to the National Elk Refuge, which lies at the very edge of town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children of all ages are welcome but to get the most out of the ranch experience, we recommend 6-years and up and children must be this age in order to ride. Children must be aged 14-years and up in order to shoot.
The children’s program is offered from mid-June through the end of August. The kid’s club house allows parents a chance to relax knowing that their children are well entertained in a safe environment. The Club house includes a place for creative arts and crafts, an old west town, a foosball table, shuffle board and more.
The program runs for about 2-4 hours daily. Activities include arts & crafts (dream catchers, horseshoe and river rock painting, and face painting), lawn games, scavenger hunt, horse games and horse painting, hay rides, roping, archery, and target shooting, and kid rides with adventure activities.
The ranch also has a tepee that can be reserved for a night under the stars which can be popular with the younger guests and their friends.
A babysitting service is available upon request and must be arranged before arrival. Please note babysitting is not available every day.
In terms of facilities, despite Goosewings remote location there is limited wireless internet provided throughout the Ranch. Laundry facilities are also available for guests to use.
All meals are served in the Main Lodge. Breakfast is complete with eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage and pancakes, in addition to a continental buffet with cereal, fruit and homemade pastries. Lunch is often a simple trailside picnic and dinners are often themed to locally sourced foods such as Cowboy Night (steaks) or Angler Night (trout and salmon) but all dietary needs can be met. Depending on the cuisine, meals may be served plated or buffet style and once a week there is a open fire cookout by the river with live entertainment. Although there isn't a saloon bar, the ranch carries a good selection of beer, wine and liquor.
The main focus at the ranch is trail riding but there are also other activities guests can choose from such as target shooting with .22 rifles, skeet shooting (clay pigeon shooting), hatchet throwing, archery, horse games, tubing, rafting, wagon rides, team penning, roping practice and even national park day tours. Guests can also explore with their Polaris Rangers which are available to take out your leisure. There is no additional cost for the rental of the Rangers, and one will be waiting for you at your cabin upon arrival. With the Rangers you are free to explore the valley, set up shuttles for tubing the river, spend the day going from one fishing hole to another, or to take a canoe to nearby Soda Lake. There are also mountain bikes available for use all over the valley.
If exploring sounds more like work, you can always relax by the heated pool or read a book in a lounge chair by the pond. When the sun finally sets there is perfect stargazing whilst sitting around the campfire or learn to line dance.
Location & directions
Gros Ventre Valley, The Rockies, United States of America
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.