Turpin Meadow Ranch
Wyoming, The Rockies, United States of America
At a Glance
Soft ranch experience just an hour North of Jackson Hole
Within easy reach of both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park for day visits
Newly refurbished cabins and chalet ideal for couples and families
Overnight pack horse trips with professional Wranglers available
Away from it all location with low key and relaxed feel
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Wyoming has an extreme continental climate with very cold winters and warm summers. Summer is the best season to visit for riding, hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching. It will be warm during the day and cool at night. Fall brings spectacularly clear days; cool, clear nights; and calm winds up until late October. Winter is a glorious season here, with plenty of snow for snow-shoeing, snow mobiling and ice skating. Spring in likely to be chilly with snow or rain.
To start planning your vacation to Turpin Meadow Ranch
Turpin Meadow Ranch lies just an hour north of Jackson Hole and within an hour of Yellowstone National Park. A relaxed, soft ranch experience with a laid-back feel where guests can simply enjoy the pretty scenery, great food and sample the activities.
Turpin Meadow Ranch has recently undergone a transformation, upgrading its cabins and adding in some beautiful new loft style suites, perfect for those who like a little more luxury with their ranch experience.
Turpin Meadow isn't what we would consider a full ranch experience. It's ideal for guests who would like to sample ranch activities perhaps over a few days rather than a full week. Its proximity to Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks also makes it a superb base should you wish to be based in a more tranquil environment.
A typical day at Turpin Meadow will begin with a hearty breakfast served up in the main ranch house. Here there is a restaurant and lounge leading through to a welcoming bar which becomes the heart of the ranch in the summer evenings. Here you will find the only TV on the property as well as games and books for guests to enjoy.
After breakfast, choose from fly fishing, a trail ride or horse riding lesson, a hike around the area of perhaps a bit of biking on one of the "fat bikes" that the ranch has on offer. The ranch also offers guided trips in to the Grand Teton (20 minutes away) and Yellowstone National Parks (one hour away). All activities here are "a la carte" so guests can decide what they would like to do and when.
For a unique experience, the ranch also offers two day pack trips out toward the park with two of their best Wranglers. It's a wonderful way to truly experience the riding in the area and novices through to experienced riders are welcome. Sleep out under the stars and enjoy fantastic camp meals cooked for you along the way, a very special experience for a couple or family together.
Dinner is a relaxed event at the ranch where guests can come together and chat over the days' adventures. A three course gourmet meal is served each evening or during the summer there is often a riverside BBQ to enjoy on balmy Thursday nights. Evening entertainment is lawn games or board games, or simply sitting around the fire pit, counting the stars up above.
All three of the room types: The Lodge, The Cabins and The Chalets have had recent renovations with upgraded amenities, while retaining their rustic and natural ambiance. All the rooms have gas lit fireplaces to warm you up on cooler evenings, and sooth you after a day of adventures over the Wyoming Wilderness.
The Ranch was established in 1887, the lodges retain the old world charm of wooden beams and rustic amenities and a touch of the Wild West. You can sit back enjoying the views of the Dude Ranch from the comfort of the front porch, with a cracking fire to keep you warm on the cooler evenings.
Nestled right on the banks of the Buffalo River, you can listen to the water meandering by. Though rustic with a real old world charm and quaint surroundings these cabins are sophisticated and extremely comfortable. You can choose between a one or two room cabin in which to enjoy your Wyoming retreat.
These Chalets are the new addition to Turpin Meadow Ranch, though are already up there with the rest in terms of popularity. The chalets are each individually designed to suit specific preferences and groups. With crackling fires, you can truly unwind after an exciting day in the Wild West.
Turpin Meadow Ranch is very family friendly and the new loft style suites are ideal for family groups. There are no particular children focussed activities, the ranch is about being together as a family and they are happy to accommodate children within the activities.
All the accommodation is ideally located near to the traditional farm-to-table Ranch restaurant. There is also a jolly bar where you can reminisce on the days of activities with a comforting drink.
Lawn games are available down by the river and a fire pit for sitting out under the stars. A small gift shop with local goods and outdoor gear is in the reception area.
All activities at the ranch are on an "a la carte" basis. Choose from guided fly fishing, hiking, fat biking, horse riding and private guided trips in to Yellowstone or Grand Teton. Overnight pack trips on horse back are also available, please ask for more details on these.
Anna Northeast (Staff)
We weren't sure about Turpin Meadow Ranch on arrival. Around an hour north of Jackson Hole and 4 miles along a gravel road we wondered what we were to find. We finally reached the main ranch, with the corral on the left with horses out in the field. We were warmly greeted and quickly shown around. The first thing I would say is that this isn't a ranch in the conventional sense. We would say it is more of a lodge which offers some riding, biking, hiking and fishing as well as easy access in to Grand Teton Park which is around 20 minutes away, and Yellowstone which is around an hour away. If you know this though, it could be a great choice. The cabins have been beautifully refurbished and either look out over toward the mountains and river or back over the lodge toward the corral. For couples, the one room cabins are perfect, for families, try out the new chalets which offer loft style suites with two or three bedrooms, very comfortable and roomy. There isn't TV here although good WiFi in the cabins, not in the main house though which I think is really nice. It gives a more sociable atmosphere and as we head down for dinner, the bar, lounge and dining room, all part of the same space but nicely segregated to give three defined areas, we soon meet with some of our fellow guests. A vast array of drinks are available from the bar (Kerri loved her mojito) and then we headed in for a delicious dinner. Each evening you choose from a changing menu, its not cheap, with wine you're probably looking at around $70 a head for three courses, but it certainly is good. After dinner entertainment is all about games in front of the roaring fire or heading off to sit on your deck with a good book. Life is simple here, peaceful and quiet. The next day you can head off on two hour trail rides, they're nose to tail somewhat although private rides for the more accomplished riders are possible. Full day fishing trips into Yellowstone are possible and well worth doing with expert guides, and float trips and guided tours of the parks are also always available. Bikes and hikes are easy too. For something a little special, the ranch offers a two day pack trip out with its two most experiences wranglers. Available for anyone that is happy to be on a horse from age 8 upward, it's an exciting and rewarding trip which includes a night camping, yet still with some rather lovely food. Enjoy a private trip as a family for an unforgettable experience.
All in all I would say that Turpin Meadow is an ideal soft ranch experience. It's relaxed, quiet and all activities and meals are a la carte so you decide on what you would like to do during your stay. Its location makes it an ideal jumping off point for Yellowstone and Grand Teton too, in a lovely peaceful location with great accommodation, food and company.
Location & directions
Wyoming, The Rockies, United States of America
Turpin Meadow Ranch is located near the town of Moran and Jackson Hole. The Ranch is settled on the shores of the Buffalo Fork River. The Yellowstone National Park is a must visit and a short drive away.
How to get there
In the summer the Ranch is easily accessible, with a couple of route options. In the winter there is only one route to get to the Ranch due to the deluge of snow.