Travel Insurance…Your helping hand

February 6th, 2012 by Amy Worster

Your BIG vacation is here, you have saved for this, planned for this, and been looking forward to this for a long time.  You awake with excitement before your alarm even sounds, just to find out… your flight has been delayed, your mother is sick, or something else has happened, and you are going to have to miss at least part of you treasured Wyoming vacation.  What comes to mind…NO REFUNDS, missed time with family, missing activities you have been looking forward, no Yellowstone, and all that money you have spent on this trip.

Vacations are times that will live in our memories for years to come, and for many of us we don’t get to take enough of them.   We all know too well that anything can happen between the booking stage and the actual trip itself.  This is way purchasing travel insurance can be beneficial.   Travel insurance is relatively affordable and it gives you peace of mind when spending thousands of dollars on your vacation.

Travel insurance can cover things like…missed flights, unexpected hotel expenses, weather delays, terrorist acts, hospital visits, missed vacation time because of personal or family/traveler illnesses or accidents, and much more.  Travel Guard is a company that has travel insurance designed for the Dude Ranch vacationers.  Click here http://bit.ly/AvWKg0 for more information.

We at Goosewing Ranch recommend travel insurance because you should always expect the unexpected, and we know how valuable your time away from home is. Peace of mind for both before and during your travels.  We wish you many safe and successful vacations!

Come share this corner of North America’s wildest country with us! At Goosewing Ranch, we combine the Wyoming wilderness ranching lifestyle with many of the modern refinements in life. It’s sure to be an amazing, memorable “Dude Ranch” vacation here in amazing Jackson Hole!

Connect with us at Goosewing Ranch!

Our Website – http://goosewingranch.com
Facebook Community – https://www.facebook.com/GoosewingRanch
Twitter Handle – http://twitter.com/goosewingranch
YouTube Videos – http://www.youtube.com/goosewingranch
Blog – http://ranchstyleliving.wordpress.com/

“As the gateway to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the epicenter of guest-ranch vacationing in North America. If one acknowledges that this is the area that sets the standard, then the Goosewing Ranch sets the gold standard.”
100 Best Ranch Vacations In North America

Ranch Dogs…A Cowboys Best Friend

January 31st, 2012 by Amy Worster

After a long hard day of working in the great outdoors, where Mother Nature can throw anything at you, it’s nice to have some down time with your coworkers.  The wonderful thing about being a “cowboy” – is that your coworker is also your 4 legged friend.  In the Wild West – cowboys still use horses, and working dogs to help with their livestock operations.  The best part is… your K-9 coworker doesn’t require much other than a little love, some food, and they never worry about tomorrow.

There are a number of different types of working dogs, many of which have become household pets.  These dogs have the knowledge, and ability to work stock imbedded into their DNA.  You might notice the Australian Shepherd in your neighborhood  nip at your children’s heels and chase them around…this is natural behavior for these types of dogs.  They are merely trying to “herd” the kids.

Working dogs are very high energy, and very intelligent.  They require lots of exercise and mental stimulation.  This is why ranch life is great for them.  They get all the activity needed to keep them in good health, as well as, the challenge of moving large animals.  These amazing creatures with big hearts need proper training to perfect the skills that come naturally to them.  They can be dangerous and hard to handle without boundaries and training.

At Goosewing Ranch we have a couple of, what we call nontraditional ranch dogs.  Though both are working dogs, you can also trace the heritage back to use in herding and working stock.  Ruthy is past her days of catching much of anything other than a few winks, and it is dangerous and difficult for Concho because of his size. We will leave these two ranch dogs on chiseler patrol and greeting duty.  A special thanks to all of our furry K-9 friends and partners.

Come share this corner of North America’s wildest country with us! At Goosewing Ranch, we combine the Wyoming wilderness ranching lifestyle with many of the modern refinements in life. It’s sure to be an amazing, memorable “Dude Ranch” vacation here in amazing Jackson Hole!

Horseback Riding At Goosewing

January 30th, 2012 by Trina Packard

From our herd of 50 horses you will be assigned your own horse for the duration of your stay. Our head wrangler will match the horse and rider according to ability, physical requirements and horse temperament. Goosewing wranglers are experienced horsemen & women and will instruct you in our arena and on the trail on how to ride well. If all you want to do is walk and enjoy the scenery or beautiful Jackson Hole Wyoming, we have the perfect trail; if you want to trot and lope, we have rides appropriate for this as well.

  • Each ride is limited to 6 or 7 horses per wrangler
  • Riding lessons available in the arena or on the trail
  • Trail rides fit to your riding ability, beginner to advanced

Typical Goosewing Summer Itinerary

January 30th, 2012 by Trina Packard

Goosewing Ranch Archery

Sunday

Arriving late afternoon, you’ll have time to check out the ranch before dinner. With our wranglers teaching “Horse 101″, you’ll be excited to ride the following morning!

Monday

In the morning, explore on horseback the beautiful wilderness surrounding the ranch. Watch for deer, antelope, coyotes, bear, eagles, and more.
In the afternoon, you’ll have time to relax by the beautiful outdoor heated swimming pool before participating in archery. After dinner, enjoy the sunset fireside.

Tuesday

Start the morning off by trying your hand at fly fishing on our stocked pond and Gros Ventre River that runs through the ranch. By the afternoon you’ll be ready to get back on your horse! We offer morning rides today as well.
Enjoy cocktail hour by the pool, under the pergola overlooking the pond. After 0dinner, our lodge staff will get everyone on their feet for an evening of western dancing!

Wednesday

There’s still so much to see on horseback! Today may take you to Soda Lake- through canyons and plateaus, by old authentic cowboy cabins- or to the Grey Hills, which will offer you a stunning perspective on the valley, from atop cliffs overlooking the Gros Ventre River.
Perhaps this afternoon you’d enjoy a trip into Jackson for whitewater rafting and the rodeo.

Thursday

If you’re ready for a full day horseback ride, Teepee Creek or Bacon Ridge provide absolutely fantastic scenery. The Teepee Creek trail offers riding through the forest, canyons, and ridges with views of the Teton and Wind River mountain ranges, while the Bacon Ridge trail offers wide open spaces ideal for loping alongside the Gros Ventre River.
Spend the afternoon showing off your new cowboy skills with Horse Games in the Arena. Games include roping, bareback riding, and more! Enjoy a campfire under the stars after dinner.

Friday

Perhaps this morning you’d like to take out a Polaris Ranger to access excellent trout fishing upstream from the ranch. Or maybe you prefer another day in the saddle!
Dinner is by the River tonight with a special presentation by a mountain man. Expect cowboy poetry, stories of life in the 19th century, and a few surprises, all while we enjoy the campfire.
Saturday
Enjoy one last trip into the wilderness on horseback and take in the Western beauty! Participate in target shooting in the afternoon after a soak in the hot tub.
After dinner, join in the pool tournament, try your hand at poker, or just sit back and enjoy a slide show with pictures from the week’s adventure!

Swimming Pool & Hot Tub

January 30th, 2012 by Trina Packard

Goosewing Ranch has an outdoor heated pool, an outdoor hot tub and a brand new sauna and massage room. Our pool area has a deck with lounge chairs, perfect for sun tanning. Under the pergola, a shaded cocktail area overlooks the pond. Bring your swim suit and flip flops. Towels are provided, and robes are provided for adults. Spa treatments are available 2 days a week by appointment (Not included in the package.)

Overnight Pack Trips

January 25th, 2012 by Trina Packard

Riding the RiverA 2 day/1 night pack trip is included in the price of our 5 night package: 3 nights in your cabin at the ranch, then leaving the 4th morning for a full day of riding up Goosewing Canyon, night at camp high in the mountain, then a full day of riding through Teepe Creek, and last night back to civilization at the Rustic Inn in Jackson Hole.
A 3 day/2 night pack trip is included in our 10 night package: 7 nights in your cabin at the ranch, then leaving the 8th morning for a full day of riding up Goosewing Canyon, night at Teepe Creek camp high in the mountain, then a full day of riding following Bear cabin creek, 2nd night at Jagg Creek camp, last day of riding down Crystal Creek, and last night back to civilization at the Rustic Inn in Jackson Hole. Sorry, no children under 6 may participate in the pack trips.

Great people sharing a common passion

January 23rd, 2012 by Amy Worster

Goosewing Ranch is excited to be involved with the Dude Ranchers Association, or the DRA.  We recently returned from the DRA convention in Cody– where we met and mingled with fellow “dude ranchers”.

The DRA has been around since 1926.  Being a part of such a great organization brings us pride.  To become a member – the ranch must go through a two year inspection and approval process.  All DRA ranch members are required to represent the highest quality of western hospitality, while ensuring that all guests have a wonderful western ranch experience.  DRA ranches are also kept to the highest safety standards.

It was nice to get off the ranch and enjoy Cody Wyoming in January.  We enjoyed the company of our fellow ranchers – and shared knowledge of the industry, and of course good cheer!  We visited the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the DRA headquarters at the Heritage Center, and other historic hotels.  Cody Wyoming is a wonderful place… It is full of history, great hospitality, and located just outside the East entrance of Yellowstone National Park.   From wild mustangs to big horn sheep – Cody also has amazing opportunities for viewing wildlife.

Throughout the convention we enjoyed guest speakers from all around.  Some spoke about horse safety, and how to better prepare our wranglers for the summer, others about marketing and the latest trends.  We also meet with different venders that all have our guests’ best interest in mind.  They shared information on products such as cozy towels and linens, belt buckles and  souvenirs, as well as travel insurance.  (Look for our next blog on travel insurance).

The core principles of the Dude Ranchers Association are the “6 H’s”: Horses, Hats, Hospitality, Heritage, Honesty, and Heart.  Each one of the previous words beginning with “H” represent what dude and guest ranches are about.  Though our guests’ expectations have changed over the years, and we have evolved with them, the core principles of dude ranching remain the same.

We hope that with Goosewing Ranch being a part of this great association we can provide our guests with the best possible experience.  Remember dude ranches aren’t only about horses and rustic cabins; they offer many adventurous outdoor activities, classic culinary experiences, and modern amenities.  Come and let us share with you our passion for horses, hats, hospitality, and adventure, all while making lasting memories.

Come share this corner of North America’s wildest country with us! At Goosewing Ranch, we combine the Wyoming wilderness ranching lifestyle with many of the modern refinements in life. It’s sure to be an amazing, memorable “Dude Ranch” vacation here in amazing Jackson Hole!

A walk in the Park…

January 16th, 2012 by Amy Worster

For those of us at Goosewing Ranch once the snow starts accumulating, we start closing up shop.  Just because Goosewing is closed during the winter months doesn’t mean the Gros Ventre valley isn’t booming with life.  For many species, the Gros Ventre is a good place to call home for the winter.

As one might imagine winter in Wyoming can be brutal.  Now think what it might be like if you had to dig through a foot of snow every time you needed a meal.  The Gros Ventre might border Grand Teton National Park, but surviving out here is no walk in the park.  Elk don’t have the luxury of putting on a winter snow suit to stay warm, or opening the refrigerator for a meal.  They must use their front legs and paw at the snow until they dig deep enough to find the grasses underneath.  This will usually burn as much energy as they receive from the meal.  Though the Gros Ventre valley will see extremely cold temperatures, and high winds throughout the winter, it typically receives less snow fall than some of the surrounding mountain ranges.  Lighter snow pack and abundant grasses from the summer make this area a wonderful place to spend the winter, that is, if you‘re an elk.

Life isn’t easy being an elk – you have to deal with weather and deep snow packs, you need to avoid wolves, and be healthy enough to fight off diseases.  Finding an appropriate place to winter is the difference between life and death.  Ranchers have been feeding elk in the Jackson Hole area for close to 100 years.  This still holds true today in the Gros Ventre.  The Gros Ventre valley is home to 3 out of the state’s 22 elk feeding areas.  It makes sense to supplement feeding for them here since elk are naturally drawn to this area.   About 3500-4500 elk will spend the winter around Goosewing Ranch, and the feed grounds.  That number varies depending on the amount of snow fall in the area.  There is a lot of controversy about feeding the elk, but, right or wrong, it is wonderful to see them in our backyard.

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Come share this corner of North America’s wildest country with us! At Goosewing Ranch, we combine the Wyoming wilderness ranching lifestyle with many of the modern refinements in life. It’s sure to be an amazing, memorable “Dude Ranch” vacation here in amazing Jackson Hole!

Connect with us at Goosewing Ranch!

Our Website – http://goosewingranch.com
Facebook Community – https://www.facebook.com/GoosewingRanch
Twitter Handle – http://twitter.com/goosewingranch
YouTube Videos – http://www.youtube.com/goosewingranch
Blog – http://ranchstyleliving.wordpress.com/

“As the gateway to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the epicenter of guest-ranch vacationing in North America. If one acknowledges that this is the area that sets the standard, then the Goosewing Ranch sets the gold standard.”
100 Best Ranch Vacations In North America

Ever wanted to be John Wayne…

January 10th, 2012 by Amy Worster

Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming employs about 25-30 employees each summer.  Our staff is made up of full-time, returning and rookie employees from all over the world.  And, just in case you were wondering . . . you don’t have to be a REAL cowboy to get a job at Goosewing Ranch, just a cowboy or girl at heart!

Goosewing Ranch employees are able to spend their summer doing things most people only dream about.  Yes, you will have to work hard – but, you will be interacting with people from all around the world with exciting backgrounds.  Imagine: You are surrounded by wildlife and vast mountain views, where you can smell the aroma of horses in the cool morning air.  Goosewing Ranch gives you an opportunity to experience life on the ranch, while making friendships and memories that will last a lifetime!

Goosewing Ranch provides it employees with room and board, and the tools needed to succeed.  There are a variety of positions available.

So!  If you have ever thought about living in the Jackson Hole area, near both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks, and want to help others make their dream vacations come true, than we invite you to spend your summer with Goosewing Ranch.

Click here for more information.

Or email us your resume, work references, and photo to info@goosewingranch.com

Come share this corner of North America’s wildest country with us! At Goosewing Ranch, we combine the Wyoming wilderness ranching lifestyle with many of the modern refinements in life. It’s sure to be an amazing, memorable “Dude Ranch” vacation here in amazing Jackson Hole!

Experience Ranch-Style Livin’ – with Goosewing Ranch!

January 2nd, 2012 by Amy Worster

Deep in the Gros Ventre valley near Jackson Hole, Goosewing marks the entry point to a protected, pristine wilderness.  At 7,400 feet, the valley is host to some of North America’s most spectacular game: deer, elk, moose, antelope, bear, and eagles, plus fantastic scenery.  The location, surroundings, and spectacular views make Goosewing Ranch a unique, secluded and magical place.

This location, which so many of you have shared with us, is the main reason for Goosewing to begin this new adventure of blogging.  Thanks for joining us in learning more about our beautiful ranch, and the experience of ranch style living!

With a smaller capacity at Goosewing Ranch, our guests become like family.  We ride horses, dine and play together – creating memories that last a lifetime.  Our guests are the heart and soul of the ranch experience, and we would like to share some of your encounters, as well as keep you included in what is happening here at Goosewing Ranch.  We are excited to pass along some interesting information about the ranch in general to the world as well!

A big THANK YOU goes out to all of our guests for helping make Goosewing what it is today.  You have embraced Goosewing and made us a part of your family.  Your helpful suggestions and praise have helped us to better host the special families that come to visit us.  Now, Goosewing Ranch is able to give something back to our past, present and future guests – via a very personalized blog.

We invite you to share in our ranchstyleliving blog. Let us know about your experiences and we will continue to share with you the world of ranch style living in the amazing Grand Teton Park area of Jackson Hole!

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Come share this corner of North America’s wildest country with us! At Goosewing Ranch, we combine the Wyoming wilderness ranching lifestyle with many of the modern refinements in life. It’s sure to be an amazing, memorable “Dude Ranch” vacation here in amazing Jackson Hole!

Connect with us at Goosewing Ranch!

Our Website – http://goosewingranch.com
Facebook Community – https://www.facebook.com/GoosewingRanch
Twitter Handle – http://twitter.com/goosewingranch
YouTube Videos – http://www.youtube.com/goosewingranch
Blog – http://ranchstyleliving.wordpress.com

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