There’s much to do right here on the ranch.
It’s outdoor living here in North Idaho. Here at the ranch we wake up to the ranching sounds: horses whinnying, goats bleating and sometimes machinery humming. It’s not unusual to hear the lonesome howl of a coyote, or the honking of Canada geese landing on the pond, and wildlife sightings occur daily year-round.
Some of our guests use the ranch as a base camp, traveling the area during the day and returning at night. Others find plenty to do on the ranch, seldom leaving until their vacation is over. Here are some of the activities to do right on the ranch.
Hike the wooded trails on the ranch or across the road in the huge National Forest, or stroll down the long driveway through hay fields, tall cedars and the pastures of ranch horses.
Ride Horses near the ranch with Idaho Outdoor Experience, our neighbors. Jan and Gene Gilbert are experienced horse people in the business since 1949. They have 19 horses and mules and an Outfitters License, Forest Permits and insurance required to provide our guests horse back riding. Their rates start at $25.00 an hour, and the hourly rate may be lower for longer rides. When the Gilberts aren’t available, we refer our guests to Mountain Horse Adventures at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Area, or to the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.
Pet the goats, miniature horses or other farm animals in the petting pen.
Grill hamburgers on the large gas grill on the newly rebuilt deck overlooking the largest pond, or just sit on a bench and read a good book.
Play a game of horseshoes, badminton or volleyball with the family.
Watch for deer, elk or moose, otter, beaver, coyotes, muskrat, wild turkeys, eagles and osprey, or watch the kids play on the playground.
Fish in the large Catch-And-Release pond near the ranch house. It has large brown trout and rainbows, cutthroat, bass, bluegills and perch.
Ride a bike (yours or ours) from the ranch through the valley on the old River Road. An international bike route from the western shores of Canada to the eastern shores of the United States goes right by the ranch. We have a limited number of free loaner bikes for your use.
Sit around the fire ring with family and friends telling stories and making S’mores. Sometimes there’s music and singing.
Play games, put together puzzles or read in the cabins away from televisions and telephones.
Watch the kids wade and splash in the pond
Play croquet on the lawn with the family.
Hunt large white tail deer or elk in the woods on the ranch for a "trespass fee." (Limit 2 hunters per year and no guiding or outfitting provided.) or hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest across the road.
Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe in the meadows and wooded trails on the ranch.
Bring Your ATV or Snowmobile and ride from the ranch for hours on the National Forest roads that begin across the road. Due to liability and insurance concerns, guests are not allowed to ride atv or snowmobiles on the ranch, except on the driveway to their cabins or RV.
Tube the Clark Fork River behind the ranch.
Go mushroom hunting in the woods on the ranch.
Bring a camera and photograph family, nature or wildlife.
"What a totally delightful place to stay. Warm, cozy cabin that is clean and cute. Very kind and warm people who own it. Thank you for everything."Steve, Margo, Sean and Kevin Long Beach, California
"Beautiful, peaceful property you have here! We look forward to coming back in the future, hopefully when we can stay longer. Thanks much!" Robert, Brianna, Madison, Melody, Jaidyn & Clayton Mesa, Arizona
"We definitely want to come back in the future. We felt so welcome with your greeting sign at the driveway. This was a perfect getaway to relax for our 10th anniversary. Thanks so much for everything and we hope to see you soon."Ken & Leanne Cranbrook, British Columbia
"Our minds and souls found peace and refreshment here. J And Willow especially enjoyed jumping in and frolicking in the pond. Thanks so much for time to rejuvenate for ministry."Ron and Tina, and Willow (puppy in training) Long Beach, California