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Idaho Guest Ranch Vacation All Inclusive

At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, experience the spirit of the west on an All Inclusive Guest Ranch Adventure Vacation. The warm, western hospitality, country gourmet dining, and the beauty of Idaho’s wilderness will make your guest ranch stay not just a vacation, but an authentic western experience with memories that last a lifetime.

All Inclusive Guest Ranch Vacations include lodging in one of our cozy Grand Lodge rooms or Log Cabins, daily horseback rides, three Country Gourmet meals daily, evening entertainment and access to all ranch amenities.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch’s quality ranch raised horses are perfect for the beginner or the experienced rider. For the non-rider, our many other activities will fill your day with relaxation, education or adventure. When you’re looking for a fantastic family guest ranch adventure vacation or a ranch that you can visit as a single or a couple, look no further than Western Pleasure Guest Ranch!

What does an All Inclusive Guest Ranch Vacation include?

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for some good old fashioned fun as you ride along the ridges and valleys of this fifth generation Idaho dude and guest ranch, rich in history and beauty. Ride through grazing cattle or sneak a peek at deer, bear, and other wildlife in their native surroundings. Watch a Red-tailed Hawk soar overhead and listen to the song of the birds welcoming you to a new day.

In the summer, horseback riding is the main activity on the ranch. The riding program begins with an orientation where the wranglers introduce you to your horse for the week and give instructions on how to ride and what to expect throughout the week during your horseback experiences. Each day you will enjoy morning and afternoon rides where you will explore the north Idaho mountains, valleys and meadows around the ranch. One day, you will pack up for a day ride to Grouse Creek Falls for swimming or enjoy a ranch perimeter ride with views of the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountain Ranges. One evening, saddle up for a dinner ride with campfire grilled, ranch raised beef steak.

Other horseback experiences include lessons in the arena, moving cattle, cattle sorting and arena games. Our 70′ by 100′ indoor arena means even if its raining, we will have horseback activities available.

Children staying with family at the ranch on our All Inclusive Package have the opportunity to be involved in one of the most educational and fun dude ranch children’s program available. This program is designed for kids age 8 – 18. Hands on experiences with their horse are the centerpiece of this program. Children will receive our ranch’s horsemanship manual to help expand their learning experience. The program starts on Monday morning and is concluded on Thursday evening with a horse show, complete with trophies and ribbons. Children will be responsible for their own horse and equipment. They learn horse husbandry skills and equipment care. Every morning they will help prepare their horse for the day’s activities.

Fall Horseback Ride
Lodge Front

Evening Activities

The ranch activities continue each evening;
Sunday: Take an evening walk to the meadow to meet the ranch horses and be introduced to your own horse for the week.
Monday: Test your archery skills with traditional bows and 3D Target
Tuesday: This evening you will venture off the ranch for a dinner cruise on Lake Pend Oreille. Enjoy your meal on the Shawnodese while keeping an eye out for Bald Eagles and their nests (available June 14 – August 30).
Wednesday: A guest ranch vacation wouldn’t be complete without a Dutch Oven cookout and cowboy music around the campfire.
Thursday: This evening we harness one of our 5 teams of draft horses and take you for a horse drawn wagon ride. Following the wagon ride, the children get to show off the skills they have learned throughout the week in a Children’s Horse Show Rodeo complete with trophies and ribbons.
Friday: Saddle up for a dinner ride with campfire grilled, ranch raised beef steak and of course, all the ranch gourmet fixings to go along with it.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

On Tuesday afternoon, trade your horse in for a shotgun and work on your aim. In Skeet Shooting, participants, using shotguns, attempt to shoot clay targets flung into the air before they hit the ground. The minimum age to participate in this activity is 12.

Mountain Biking

Take a self-guided mountain bike ride on the ranch’s 1100 acres. We have 5 mountain bikes of varying sizes available for you to use at any time during your dude ranch vacation. The terrain on the ranch varies from rolling hills to more extreme elevation changes. Grab a trail map bandanna at the ranch office and pick your trail route to fit your riding experience.

Hiking

With the scenic beauty of the Cabinet Mountains at your cabin’s doorstep, hiking at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is a great way to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Get your map from the ranch office and explore our piece of North Idaho paradise on a self-guided hike.

Relax in the Hot Tub

At the end of the day after all your guest ranch adventures, the hot tub is the perfect way to unwind and relax. The outdoor covered hot tub is located just outside the lodge with easy access from the lodge rooms or cabins.

Other Activities

Sandpoint, Idaho is an outdoorsman’s paradise.  Other off-ranch activities can be arranged for you for an additional fee. Fly fishing or lake fishing on the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille with local outfitters is a fun and exciting day activity.  Kayaking on Lake Pend Orielle is relaxing and the perfect half day or day long outing for a hot summer day.  Make it a real day on the lake adventure and rent a boat  and explore all of Lake Pend Oreille’s 111 miles of shoreline. Still looking for something else? Ask us about other outdoor adventure in the Sandpoint, Idaho area.

Summer on the ranch means green grass, tall pines, beautiful wildflowers, blue skies, and fun, fun, fun! It doesn’t matter your age there is something for everyone on a guest ranch vacations at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. At an elevation of 2700 feet there is no need to worry about losing a day of your visit to elevation sickness. Horseback riding is our main focus, but we have many other activities that you can participate in including:

  • Hiking
  • Fishing with a local outfitter (extra charge)
  • Horse shoes
  • Teepee camp
  • Evening campfires with songs and s’mores
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Basketball
  • Pool table
  • Foosball
  • Movies

For those staying on the All- Inclusive Guest Ranch Package activities include…

  • Cattle sorting
  • Dinner cruise on lake Pend Orielle (Available June 14 – August 30)
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Archery range
  • Trap shooting
  • Fishing with a local outfitter (extra charge)
  • White water rafting (extra charge)
  • Kayaking (extra charge)

We are also easy driving distance of many attractions including…

  • Silverwood Theme Park
  • The Idaho Club Golf Course
  • Downtown Sandpoint
  • Schweitzer Ski Resort
  • Glacier National Park

If you are wondering what to pack on your dude ranch vacation, visit our “What to Bring on a Guest Ranch Vacation” blog post. Are you an “always be prepared” sort of traveler? Visit our “How Do I Prepare for a Guest Ranch Vacation” blog post for some tips on getting physically prepared for horseback riding.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch provides a fun environment for your next family, couple or singles vacation!

Tentative Summer Weekly schedule at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

*This is a tentative weekly schedule and is subject to change.

Sunday:

3:00 pm – Check-in. Unpack, explore the grounds, play yard games, or kick back and relax.
5:00 – 6:00 – Happy Hour. Beer and wine will be served at the lodge.
6:30 pm – Dinner. Dinner is served in the great room of the lodge.
7:30 pm – Mosey down to the horse pasture to see the ranch horses. You may even get to meet your horse for the week.

Riding across the creek

Monday:

8:30 am – Wranglers run the horses up from the meadow.
9:00 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – Meet at the horse barn for your horseback orientation and a 1.5 hour trail ride.
12:30 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – Afternoon Ride (1-hour ride or 2-hour ride offered) or skip the ride and go for a self guided hike or mountain bike ride.
5:00 pm – Wranglers run horses back to the meadow.
5:00 – 6:00 – Happy Hour. Beer and wine served at the lodge.
6:30 pm  – Dinner
7:30 pm – Archery practice

Ranch 3D Archery
Cruise on the lake

Tuesday:

8:30 am – Wranglers run the horses up from the meadow.
9:00 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – Meet at the barn for a morning ride (about two hours) and the lope test. If you wish to go on a fast ride you must first pass the lope test.

OR

3D Archery. Put your archery skills to the test on our 3D Archery course!
12:30 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – Afternoon Ride. A fast ride and a slow ride are offered this afternoon. You must pass the lope test to go on a lope ride. Ride may be a little shorter because of dinner cruise.

OR

Trap Shooting. Trap is a recreational and competitive activity, using shotguns, where participants attempt to shoot clay disks flung into the air at high speed. Minimum age to participate is 12 years old.
4:30 pm – Meet in the lodge parking lot for transportation to town.
5:00 pm – Wranglers run horses back to the meadow.
5:15 pm – Board the Shawnodese on Lake Pend Orielle for a dinner cruise. (Available June 14 – August 30)
9:00 pm – Return to the ranch.

Lounging at the falls

Wednesday:

8:30 am – Wranglers run the horses up from the meadow.
9:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Make sack lunches for the day ride.
10:00 am – Meet at barn for all day ride. Today we will offer Huckleberry Ridge Ride or a ride to Grouse Creek Falls. For Grouse Creek Falls you may want to bring a swimsuit, watershoes and towel (ask for towels at the lodge) for a refreshing dip at the Falls. The trip home in wet jeans can be long. There is a half mile, moderate hike into Grouse Creek Falls. A 1 hour ride and transportation to lunch at Grouse Creek Falls will also be available this morning.
4:30 pm – return to the lodge
5:00 pm – Wranglers run horses back to the meadow
5:00 – 6:00 – Happy Hour. Beer and wine will be served at the campfire on the lawn.
5:00 pm – Roping Practice
6:30 pm – Dutch Oven Dinner. Served outside at the fire pit.
7:30 pm – Music around the campfire

Wagon ride

Thursday:

8:30 am – Wranglers run the horses up from the meadow.
9:00 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – Cattle Sorting. This is a competitive team event. Bring your game face!
12:30 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – Afternoon Ride
3:00 pm – Youth Horsemanship Horse Show. Participants of the Youth Horsemanship program show off what they have learned in a fun horse show complete with ribbons.
5:30 pm – Wagon Rides and roping practice.
6:30 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – Wranglers run horses back to the meadow.

Grilling steak over a fire

Friday:

8:30 am – Wranglers run horses up from the meadow.
9:00 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – Morning on your own OR Schweitzer Mountain Excursion. Transportation will be provided.
12:30 pm – Brown bag lunch. Pick this up from the kitchen after breakfast.
12:30 pm – Wranglers run the horses up from the meadow
2:00 pm – Horseback Ride.
5:00 pm – Depart for steak dinner ride.
6:30 pm – Steak Dinner
7:30 pm – Ride back to the lodge
8:00 pm – Wranglers run horses back to meadow

Cattle drive

Saturday:

8:30 am – Wranglers run the horses up from the meadow.
9:00 am – Breakfast
11:00 am – Check Out

No Good byes here, just until next time!

Experience An Authentic Western Holiday

Stunning views and fresh mountain air pervades your senses. Imagine a comfortable, rustic vacation that takes you back to nature, to a time when things were simpler.

All Inclusive Guest Ranch vacations include lodging in one of our cozy Grand Lodge rooms or Log Cabins, daily horseback rides, three Country Gourmet meals daily, evening entertainment and access to all ranch amenities.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch’s quality ranch raised horses are perfect for the beginner or the experienced rider. For the non-rider, our many other activities will fill your day with relaxation, education or adventure. So, when you’re looking for a fantastic family guest ranch adventure vacation or a ranch that you can visit as a single or a couple, look no further than Western Pleasure Guest Ranch!

We offer fun and exciting experiences for everyone. You will love our hands on approach to horseback and trail riding instruction and the personal attention you will receive. We limit the number of guests participating in our summer ranch program to twenty. As a result, you can be assured that you won’t get lost in the crowd. We specialize in personalizing guest ranch vacations to fit you. You have special requests, just ask!

Our summer All Inclusive Guest Ranch vacations are fun, memorable, and exciting. This is a life experience. Come enjoy an Idaho guest ranch vacation; where life moves at the speed of a horse.

The summer season runs from June 1 through September 30. Most of our guests arrive on a Sunday and depart on a Saturday, but for your flexibility we do offer shorter stays and arrivals any day of the week. Keep in mind that the only meal served on Saturday is breakfast. Sunday is the horse’s day off so no horseback rides are available.

Dutch Oven Dinner
Around the Campfire