We are often asked, "what should I bring with me on a guest ranch vacation?" So, in response to that question, here is my list of what to bring along with a few tips for making your guest ranch vacation an unforgettable life experience.
What to Bring
Long pants or jeans - I prefer to ride in jeans as they usually do not ride up as much and offer more protection.
Cowboy boots - If you don’t have a pair we have a boot closet full of boots of all shapes and sizes for you to borrow while you are here.
Tennis shoe or hiking shoe - The ranch is located on 1100 acres which make for miles of hiking trails for you to explore.
A hat - A baseball cap, cowboy hat, or other brimmed hats will help to shade your eyes from the sun on your many outdoor excursions. If you don't want to bring a hat, the ranch gift shop has a wide selection of cowboy hats and baseball caps to purchase.
Swimsuit - A dip in the outdoor covered hot tub after a long day in the saddle does a body good. Also, we take a day ride to Grouse Creek Falls and a dip in the crisp waters are refreshing on a hot day.
Water shoes - For that trip to Grouse Creek Falls, it is a good idea to have water shoes as the rocky creek bottom is a challenge to walk in barefoot.
Raincoat - It is always good to be prepared for all sorts of weather in the Idaho Panhandle.
Warm weather clothes (shorts, t-shirts, etc) - The average summer temperatures here in Sandpoint, Idaho, are usually in the mid to low 80's, although it has been known to be warmer.
Sweatshirt or coat - It will cool down in the evenings and usually a sweatshirt or light coat is most comfortable.
Bug Spray - In the early summer and early fall, the mosquitoes and gnats come out in the evenings so a little bug spray is a big help.
A Good Book - Take some time to kick back and read that book you have been meaning to get to. Or, borrow one from the ranch library and read a great western while you are experiencing the West!
A Few Ranch Vacation Tips
Be honest about your riding experience. We ask about your riding experience to best match you with a horse most appropriate for your riding experience and comfort level.
Consider making it a tech-free (or at least tech limited) vacation. You will get the most out of a western experience when you can free yourself up from technological distractions.
Come with a hearty appetite! While you are on your All-Inclusive Guest Ranch Adventure, you will be served 3 delicious meals a day to keep you fueled for your outdoor experience. We believe that one important adventure fuel is dessert!