Our outdoor and unguided activities
If horseback riding isn’t your thing, or if you are looking for something to keep you busy while you aren’t in the saddle, we have plenty of activities at our Jackson Hole resort ranch to keep you busy! We try to have a mixture of organized activities and less structured opportunities to ensure you have a great vacation. Our resort ranch is a great fit for multiply generations and family reunions, as well as couples, singles, and groups of friends.
Organized Activities for 2018
Everyday Activities: Every day we will have several activities that you can choose to participate in. Some examples of the activities we offer are target shooting with .22 rifles or BB guns, Geo-caching, hatchet throwing, archery, horse games, fishing instruction, themed trail rides, wagon rides, team penning, unguided tubing the river, unguided hiking, unguided mountain biking, and roping practice. We even offer the prospect of old-time western photos. **Due to extensive flooding in 2017 we will not be able to offer skeet shooting during the 2018 season.
Evening Entertainment: At night you can join in as we sit around the campfire, take part in wine tasting, enjoy mountain man and cowboy stories, scavenger hunts, listen to authentic western entertainment, board games, play a hand of poke, take a sunset UTV ride, or take part in our line dancing. Our location makes for spectacular star gazing. We focus on relaxation and encourage families to enjoy time together sharing the days stories.
We also want to ensure that you are free to explore the astonishing area around our Jackson Hole resort guest ranch. You have the opportunity to explore it for yourself in many capacities. We have recently purchased Polaris Rangers which are available for you to take out at your leisure. There is no additional cost for the rental of the Rangers when used during your standard package time, and one will be waiting for you at your cabin upon arrival. You only pay for the Fuel you use. UTV Rangers have either 2, 4, or 6 seats based on your cabin assignment.
With the Polaris UTV Rangers you are free to explore the valley, set up shuttles for tubing the river, accessing hiking trails, spend the day going from one fishing hole to another, or to take a canoe to nearby Soda Lake. These side x side off road vehicles are great for all visitors, and allow freedom to access many remote areas without having to spend hours in the saddle.
We also have Mountain Bikes available for use all over the valley. There are many trails great for mountain biking. We have bikes and helmets available free for your use. You are also welcome to bring your own bike to the ranch. Trail maps with intensity levels available in your cabin.
Hiking is another great option for the adventurous. There are many great trail options both into the Gros Ventre Wilderness and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Trail maps with intensity levels are available in your welcome package.
We can provide you with maps, bear spray, and a GPS radio to take with you when exploring the Gros Ventre Valley.
If exploring sounds more like work, or you need to rest your tired muscles, you can always relax by our heated pool, sauna, and hot tub or read a book in a lounge chair by our stocked pond. As the day winds down there are magnificent sunrise and sunset photo opportunities. When the sun finally sets you will get an unbelievable opportunity to stargaze with almost no light pollution. Stars are best viewed from 11pm – 3am.
Massages and Pool Activities for 2018:
Goosewing Ranch Resort includes at least one 60 minute massage in all packages during our peak and low seasons, but are not included in any shoulder season package. Each cabin booked for a three or four night package will receive one free 60 minute massage, each cabin booked for a six, seven or 10 night package will have two 60 minute massage included. Must be at least 18 years of age. Massages will need to be arranged upon arrival. The ranch has an outdoor heated pool, an outdoor hot tub and a sauna and message 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. (Pool is open from June 18 – August 31, 2016 (earlier and longer if conditions permit), hot tub and sauna available June 3 – September 23, 2018)
Fly fishing is excellent in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Gros Ventre Valley area, with one of the largest fish populations in the country. The Gros Ventre River is home to the native cutthroat trout; this river runs through the meadows of our historic Goosewing Ranch. If you love to fish in a peaceful and remote location, Wyoming is the place for you.
For those who are interested in fly-fishing for the first time, or wish to improve knowledge and skills of the sport, we offer fly-fishing instruction twice a week or by request on our stocked pond. We have equipment available for those guests who would like to participate in this activity. We also have fishing pontoon float rafts, fly rods, spinner rods, flies, lures, waders and additional fishing equipment available at the ranch for guests to use. Children under 12 years of age can use spinner rods only. Horseback rides with fishing as a lunch stop activity can be arranged. Maps of great fishing locations are available at the main office. Fishing is best early June and mid August through September. Late June to July the snow runoff can create muddy water and poor fishing. Even during June and July there are many areas with great fishing still available.
If fishing away from the ranch, a fishing license is required and costs $14 per day (this permit can be purchased at the ranch).
River and Water Activities
The Gros Ventre River can provide great fun for those that enjoy water sports. We have inner tubes available for our guests to use to float the river. Start at the ranch and end at the bridge just two miles down river. This is best enjoyed in July and August, and for children 8 and up. This is not guided and floaters need to know how to swim. Those loving to sunbath can take the float tubes or the canoe to some of the local lakes and relax under the sun. If the river is to cold or wild for your sense of adventure the enjoy our heated swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. Horseback rides can be arranged to include a stop at a local swimming hole or even a chance to swim with your horse!
Things available for you to use on the Ranch unguided
UTV/ATVs, Inner Tubes, Mountain bikes, hiking maps, GPS radios, fishing gear, canoes, fishing pontoons, camping gear, tepee for a night out of your cabin, pool table, Foosball table, shuffle board table, board games, play ground, pool, hot tub, sauna, fire rings, ropes.