Life on the Ranch: October Update

Wow, what a 2018 season! The snow is flying today, and Goosewing Ranch is  now closed for the summer 2018 season. The horses are out to pasture, the playground is empty; the rangers are parked, and it is strangely quiet around here.

To Start With, Thank You!

Most employees have headed to their next adventure, and we are taking some time to reflect on this past season. We would like to start with a BIG thank you to all our staff and guests. Our staff are what make Goosewing Ranch so special, and we can’t do this without each of them. They each play an important role and are irreplaceable. Our guests, you are so appreciated, and we know how fortunate we are that you chose to share your family and vacation time with us. So a huge THANK YOU! You are why we are here and doing what we love.

I have been asked, “Why are you in this business?”  Well for me, it is being able to share this beautiful country with all of you. I love seeing the excitement on a child’s face when they learn how to really ride their horse, and the joy this brings to their parents.

I love taking our guests to see some of the world’s most amazing scenery and sharing with them the moment they are brought to tears while experiencing these mountains on horseback. For me, it is sharing in all of these moments and helping people gain confidence, relax and reconnect with their family, and make memories that they will forever cherish. This isn’t just a job; this is a lifestyle, and I want to thank you all for being a part of our adventure.

A Year of Changes

This year, I had a new adventure: motherhood. Randy and I welcomed Jack Ray to the ranch life, and now we can’t imagine the ranch without him. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and patience with us as we adjusted to parenthood and its balance.

This season also brought us many other challenges from motherhood to Mother Nature. We experienced the damage and destruction of her fury. In June and July, the Gros Ventre River raged through the ranch, cutting a new river channel through the property, taking our tack room and riding arena with it.

First and foremost, we are so fortunate to have only lost things and that no one was hurt. Though this was an emotionally and physically difficult experience, we have emerged stronger and with an overwhelming sense of pride.

We are so proud of our staff members for enduring and persevering. The greatest praise we received was from guests that would say, “Wow, you wouldn’t know you had just experience a destructive flood. We have had a wonderful time here, and your staff make it seem as nothing negative has happened.”

What’s We’re Up to Now

We are in the process of rebuilding and protecting the ranch from the mighty Gros Ventre River’s fury. We will have a new tack room, riding arena, livestock area, petting zoo area, and activity area ready for the 2019 season. This season might have challenged us, but with the help of our friends, neighbors, staff, and wonderful guests, we will return better than before.

Thank you all for your understanding and encouragement through this difficult time. We will be sure to keep you updated on our progress. Until then, thanks for another great season at Goosewing Ranch.

-Amy

Goosewing Ranch General Manager

Jackson Hole Trail Riding at Goosewing Ranch

Happy trails to you…especially in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This area boasts magnificent views and superior settings, none more so than on the back of a horse. Here at Goosewing Ranch, we offer horseback riding for the beginner to the advanced rider. These trail rides are varied, scenic, and fun! Definitely consider trail riding as part of your dude ranch vacation: it’s one of the best and most memorable experiences in Jackson Hole.

Jackson Hole trail riding is an adventure for kids and adults, from beginner to advanced horseback riders.

“Heigh ho, Silver!” Guests staying at Goosewing Ranch can channel their inner Lone Ranger and explore the glorious landscapes of national forests and wilderness via horseback on our legendary trail rides. Located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Gros Ventre wilderness, our ranch is surrounded by miles of trails begging to be ridden. Sadlle up with the facts on how a trail ride adventure in Jacskon Hole may be one of the best family vacations ever spent.

Trail riding on a dude ranch vacation? One of the best ways to see the surrounding national parks/forests and explore nature & wildlife! Saddle up with us and learn the ins and outs of how Goosewing Ranch runs its trail rides in this scenic part of Wyoming. #JacksonHole #duderanch #trailriding #horseback #Wyoming

Trail riding at Goosewing Ranch

From our herd of 60 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 for a memorable Jackson Hole horseback riding experience. All wranglers are First Aid and CPR certified and have taken the DRA horse safety course.

Single file is the way to go on a trail ride in Jackson Hole at Goosewing Ranch.

If all you want to do is walk and enjoy the scenery, we have the perfect trail; if you want to trot and lope, we have rides appropriate for this as well.  We also have cattle work (team penning) available for those who would like to try and are advanced enough to control their mounts.  Rides go out Monday – Saturday to different areas of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Gros Ventre Wilderness.

We offer two, four, and six hour long trail rides.   Riding on your check in day consists of being fitted to your horse and saddle and riding in the arena or taking your loping test (this is only available for arrivals between 4:00 and 5:00 PM).  The ranch uses mostly quarter horses or quarter/draft crosses.  The weight limit varies based on height, physical fitness and trails.

Children 6 and older can join the riding program, but must be able to control their horse and follow instructions.  We recommend cowboy boots or riding shoes.  Boots should have at least a 1 1/2 inch heel and be slick soled.  Enclosed shoes and long pants are required.  We have riding helmets with sun visors available by request.  We also have gel pads for the saddle seats.

Sunglasses and hats always come in handy on sunny trail rides at Goosewing Ranch, located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Here’s What You Can Expect

  • Each ride is limited to 6 or 7 horses per wrangler
  • Riding lessons are available in the arena or on the trail
  • Trail rides to fit to your riding ability, beginner to advanced. Walking to loping
  • Loping rides and lessons available after rider passes riding test
  • Bareback riding available
  • Horse swimming available
  • 2, 4, or 6 hour trail rides
  • Lunch rides
  • Sunrise Breakfast rides
  • Kid only rides
  • Adult only rides
  • Family rides

Horseback trails and riding activities are prearranged each evening for the following day.  Sign up typically begins at 6:00pm.  Riders can also choose from a variety of arena lessons, team penning, or horse game options.  Our head wrangler will help you decide what option fits your ability and interest best.  Rides will go out in rain or snow, but will be canceled for lightning.  Trails are subject to change based on weather, riders’ ability and trail condition.  Some riding activities are ONLY available during the peak season such as swimming rides, kids rides, and breakfast rides.

Jackson Hole trail riding would be incomplete without seeing the Grand Tetons on your horseback ride.

 

Goosewing Ranch Drone Tour | Jackson Hole Dude Ranch

You’ve heard the phrase: “seeing is believing.” Well, we here at Goosewing Ranch think this is true, especially when taking an aerial tour of our Jackson Hole, Wyoming dude ranch. Fly high on this Goosewing Ranch tour with us as we explore the nooks and crannies of the ranch with our drone, from the 7400 feet plus elevation to the Gros Ventre River Valley riverbeds. Practically hear the breathing of the horses as they lope on trail rides. Feel the wind in your hair as you crest hills in a UTV. See the gorgeous mountain vistas and spectacular Grand Teton views. This is Goosewing Ranch.

Goosewing Ranch Tour via drone. The Gros Ventre Valley and Bridger-Teton Forest are our playgrounds.

About Goosewing Ranch

Howdy, partners! Our dude ranch is uniquely situated in Jackson Hole in the Gros Ventre River Valley. At 7,400 feet, the valley is the host to some of North America’s most spectacular game: elk, moose, mountain sheep, antelope, bear, eagles, geese, cranes, and much more, not to mention fantastic scenery. The Gros Ventre River, home to native cutthroat trout, runs through the meadows of our historic ranch.

We pride ourselves on being a working ranch reborn as an isolated retreat. We are located 40 miles northeast of Jackson, Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, bordering the Gros Ventre Wilderness. Our remote location allows for excellent horseback riding, fantastic scenery and many opportunities to spot wildlife.

Goosewing Ranch Tour

Drones are very popular, and they provide an awesome way to capture a vacation property. So Goosewing Ranch decided to put ours up in the sky and let it fly to show you around.

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Fly high on this Goosewing Ranch tour with us as we explore the nooks and crannies of the ranch with our drone. Practically hear the breathing of the horses as they lope on trail rides. Feel the wind in your hair as you crest hills in a UTV. See the gorgeous mountain vistas and spectacular Grand Teton views. This is Goosewing Ranch. #duderanch #GoosewingRanch #ThatsWY #JacksonHole #Wyoming

Lasso a Summer Special for Jackson Hole Dude Ranch

In a few weeks, we open Goosewing Ranch to guests, and we cannot wait to start a new summer season in Jackson Hole, Wyoming! So to entice you even more in planning a vacation to our ranch, we’ve come up with a few extra perks to throw in by offering these dude ranch specials. If you’ve been dreaming of a Western vacation to Wyoming with side trips to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, or Jackson Hole, then lasso up these summer deals before they ride off into the sunset.

T minus 15 days and counting until Goosewing Ranch officially opens for 2018! We are busy preparing for returning “family” and new guests. From the glamping site which made its debut last year to rave reviews to our ranch cabins, there’s multiple options for accommodations and experiences. So we’ thought we’d sweeten the pot and throw in some extra incentives for booking your summer vacation. Not that you need any arm twisting!

Jackson Hole, Wyoming Dude Ranch Specials

holiday special from Goosewing Ranch to ring in the new year-horseback riding activity

Dude Ranch Special # 1: Adult Beverage Package Included (June, August and September)

Fans of beer and wine, this is a special package for you! Beer and wine is included with 3 or 4 night Guest Ranch Package with four or more guests. Please call for dates, availability and rates. This offer expires June 1, 2018. Not valid with any other specials or offers.  For new reservations only.  

Dude Ranch Special # 2 Family Activity Special (June and July)

Book three or four nights at Goosewing and take your pick of whitewater rafting on the Snake River or a night at the Jackson Hole Rodeo. Please call for dates, availability and rates. This offer expires June 1, 2018. Not valid with any other specials or offers.  For new reservations only.  

If these dates work for you, book now! We would love to have you.

Located in Kelly, Wyoming, we are well positioned so guests can also spend time in Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, or Grand Teton (or all of the above), this is it!

Have more questions? We’ve got answers. Learn more about a dude ranch vacation, glamping, and  packing tips. 

Dude Ranch Specials: Summertime means vacation. Lasso up a dude ranch special with Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But act fast because these deals ride into the sunset June 1st. #duderanch #summer #JacksonHole #Wyoming

Why You Should Plan a Goosewing Ranch Vacation in June

Rejoice-summer is on the horizon! Our ranch doors will soon open, and we are excited to start a new season with guests that are soon to be part of the Goosewing family. June is considered our early season, so there are definite advantages to booking your ranch vacation in that month. Think wildlife, fewer crowds, and discounted rates. Learn more about the upside of a June dude ranch vacation in our Jackson Hole, Wyoming location.

Summertime is just around the bend, and that means…vacation time! Whether you’ve already booked a trip to Wyoming or are still in the planning stages, summer is a delightful time to visit Wyoming. Since our season at Goosewing Ranch begins on June 1, we thought we’d chat about the benefits to having a dude ranch vacation in June. Between the weather, the crowds, and the animals, June can be one of the best times to explore our corner of the world here in Jackson Hole.

Why You Should Plan a Goosewing Ranch Vacation in June

1. Price advantage

Rates for early summer travel are discounted off our peak season. Shoulder season runs June 1-16, followed by the Low Season rates from June 17-July 7. Both are more advantageous in pricing that our peak season. Our Summer 2018 Rates will be properly reflected on our website. Or feel free to call us at (307) 733-5251.

2. Great for Wildlife Viewing

June is quite an opportune time to see all kinds of wildlife as they get active from their winter slumbers. From bison to grizzy and black bears, moose, elk, mountain goats, foxes, and eagles, animal sightings are especially plentiful during the month of June.


Since the road to our ranch doesn’t officially open until June 1, the upside is that wildlife roam free and virtually undisturbed during this time. So the possible animal sightings are heightened. Between elk, moose, bears, they have all been spotted on our property during June. Although the tradeoff is a bit more unpredictability in terms of weather, the advantage is a season filled with wildlife. Antlers and sheds are also plentiful during this time.

Moose Jackson Hole wildlife

 

It’s also a time where animals are starting to have their babies, so you may even see those.

Photography buffs, June may be more ideal because the sun is not as strong as it is in July and August.

 

3. Fewer Crowds Than in Late Summer

Crowds in the national parks like Grand Teton and Yellowstone swell at the peak of summer. The National Park Service reports that from 2012-2017, the average number of visits to Yellowstone per summer months as follows:

Month Average # of Visits (2012-2017) % of Average Annual Visits
June 743,361 19.39%
July 922,018 24.04%
August 822,021 21.44%

 

So wildlife buffs, photography fans, and those craving fewer crowds in the national parks, come check us out in June!

 

What to Pack for a Dude Ranch Vacation

Summer is on the horizon, and that means VACATION! Dude ranch vacations offer some of the most active, adventurous experiences for families, couples, and even multigenerational or solo travelers. As unique as a ranch vacation is, it also requires some specific items to make the trip a success. Check out this dude ranch packing list to get prepared for the ultimate outdoor vacation.

Dude Ranch Packing Tips | What to Pack for a Dude Ranch Vacation just might include clothes for a pack out. And the horses do the heavy lifting!

The countdown has begun and your summer vacation is quickly approaching. Now begins the task of preparing and packing. Packing for any vacation can be a challenge, and a guest ranch is no different. Whether you plan to pick up some essential items in Jackson, or bring them from home, we would like to give you some suggestions on what to pack and expect.

Dude Ranch Packing Tips | What to Pack for a Dude Ranch Vacation. Use our packing list to get ready for the ultimate vacation. Specific tips on what works best at our dude ranch, the climate, and what NOT to pack.

Dude Ranch Packing Tips

Remember, Goosewing Ranch is located at 7,400 feet in the Gros Ventre Mountains, the sun is very intense, and the weather can change drastically very quickly. Typically the summer months in Jackson Hole are very enjoyable, with mild temperatures and a dry climate. Expect, warm, and dry days, with chilly temperatures in the evenings and nights.

The weather can be very different as you travel from Yellowstone to Jackson to the Ranch. We recommend always carrying an extra layer with you while traveling through western Wyoming. The ranch, town, and surrounding National Parks are all very causal and laid-back. You will be welcomed into most establishments in causal summer attire, or your cowboy getup.

Jimmy and Tiffany riding their horses with the Tetons in the background

Aside from you cowboy or cowgirl gear we suggest that you bring along sunblock of SPF 15 or higher, lip balm with SPF, and make sure to apply throughout the day. Hats are a great tool in keeping you cool, and aid in sunburn prevention. A cowboy hat works well, because it keeps the sun off your face and neck. Just make sure it is a snug fit or purchase a stampede strap to keep it on your head.

We also recommend bringing a thin long sleeve shirt; this will also help keep you cool and from getting too much sun exposure. We have found that fishing or western button up shirts work the best. For horseback riding, you will want to have a comfortable pair of jeans, and slick soled boots with about a ½” heel. We recommend this style of boot for safety reasons; bulky hiking boots could get stuck and shoes without heels can slide to far forward being very dangerous for the rider. Boots are fun for a night of line dancing, also.

There can be a drastic temperature fluctuation between day and night, so we suggest that you bring a fleece or light jacket. For those of you coming in June or late September, bring a heavier jacket or more layers.

Don’t forget shorts, t-shirts, and comfortable hiking or walking shoes for touring the local area and parks. And a bathing suit for the pool, hot tub, and sauna!

If you are planning on rafting the Snake River or floating the Gros Ventre, pack a pair of water shoes or sandals that will stay on your feet.

For your convenience, we have a guest laundry facility located near our cabins. We will provide all riders with rain slickers in case of an afternoon shower. We also have a number of items available for purchase in of gift shop, such as gloves, hoodies, vests, lip balm, bug spray, sunblock, ball caps, and more.

In your cabin for your pleasure are hair dryers, robes, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, and eco-sential bath products. If you are planning on going on an overnight pack trip, we suggest bringing wool socks, warm hat, and an extra warm layer.

Average Temps at Goosewing Ranch:
June High and Low: 68 / 35
July High and Low: 76 / 42
August High and Low: 75 / 43
September High and Low: 65 / 33

Feel free to print and use this packing list to get ready!

Please feel free to contact at 1-888-733-5251 or 1-307-733-5251 us or visit our website for more information.

And check out the Dude Ranchers’ Association website for more dude ranch packing tips.

Try Glamping in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Have you ever dreamed of sleeping under the stars, having meals cooked over dutch ovens and spending your vacation days like cowboys on horseback trail rides? Does spending the night in a covered wagon sound appealing? Ever wanted to escape from reality for a few days and try your hand at flyfishing, archery, or skeet shooting? Then a Jackson Hole vacation glamping may be the perfect fit for you and your family. Goosewing Ranch invites you to try Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping for a unique adventure. We answer our most frequently asked questions to give a sense of what glamping in a picturesque Wyoming location is truly like.Jackson Hole vacation | Glamping in covered wagons at 8,400 feet.

Glamping has become one of the hottest travel trends. In 2017, Goosewing Ranch expanded our dude ranch to include a glamping experience called Goosewing Rendezvous. The glamping camp allows guests to have a customized, truly unique western experience. Perfect for those seeking adventure without sacrificing comfort.  

For those not familiar with glamping, it’s a newly created word that means glamorous/luxury camping. Some common threads to glamping:

  • Nature is usually a stone’s throw away from where you sleep;
  • Glamping is typically in a unique structure like a treehouse, yurt, tent, or covered wagon;
  • Accommodations include a bed and indoor plumbing. More likely than not, the glamping destination has upped the luxury quotient and could rival resorts and hotels on the amenities.

Since the definition of glamping can vary, the first step is to do your homework and research the glamping location. Read the reviews, see what’s included, and get a sense of what it will be like to stay there. This is key to align expectations with what is available.

Welcome to the Goosewing Rendezvous: Our Glamping Camp

Our glamping camp is named Goosewing Rendezvous after the French word “rendezvous” meaning to come together or gather. We are certain this vacation experience will bring you closer to nature and close together with one another.

If you want to try something unique for your next adventure, consider Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping. Our hand crafted, custom made wagons are perfect for your next family adventure.  Be the envy of your friends and family when you return home with grand stories of horseback riding, wildlife spotting, hiking, fishing, explorations, and much more.  

You will have many opportunities to search for wildlife, learn survival skills, learn about Dutch oven cooking, learn how to tack and care for your horse, fish, ride, hike, and explore the Gros Ventre area.  This is a remote location and the main focus is for you to have a unique Western experience.Jackson Hole Vacation | Ever wanted to try glamping? Then Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming may be calling! With covered wagons as accommodations, a dedicated chef, personal wrangler, and activities galore, this is a unique vacation you'll remember years to come. Get the lowdown on this as we answer frequently asked questions about our Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping camp. #duderanch #glamping #JacksonHole #Wyoming #GoosewingRanch

Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping FAQs

Q. What can we expect from our glamping experience?

A. Your Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping package will begin at our Resort Guest Ranch, Goosewing Ranch, located approximately 4 miles below the glamping site location.  However, this is not the same package as our guest ranch packages.

Upon arrival you will be checked in by our reservation staff, and then a Ranch Hand will help you with moving your luggage from your car to your Polaris Ranger UTV (utility terrain vehicle).  A Goosewing employee will escort you from Goosewing Ranch to the glamping location. Once at the glamping site, our wrangler will give you a personal tour and show how to use the amenities around the site.  You will have full days of horseback riding, exploring, and activities in your package.  Your checkout morning is for relaxing, packing, and completing your experience.  You will head back down to the main Goosewing Ranch where checkout will take place, return your Ranger, and we wish you happy trails. There is NO cell coverage and internet is limited.  

Q. What’s different about glamping camp compared to the resort ranch?

A. The Goosewing Rendezvous site is located about 4 miles northeast of the Goosewing Ranch and sits at about 8,400 feet.

There are generally fewer guests at the glamping camp, so in that way it becomes an incredibly personalized, tailored for you and your family vacation. With 4 covered wagons, the glamping camp has a maximum of 17 guests.

You will enjoy a vast amount of guided horseback riding and equine adventures, horse drives, hayrides, non-guided fly fishing in both trout ponds, rivers, streams and lakes, you can take a refreshing dip in one of the mountain waters, or tube down the Gros Ventre River.  Hiking is abundant with varied difficulty.  Many of these activities are self-guided, but we can provide the instruction, gear, and location.Jackson Hole vacation | Saddling up horses for the day's ride. Glamping guests will learn how to tack their horses.

Q. What is included in the glamping package?

A. Glamping packages are 5 night packages running Saturday – Thursday. These rates are all per person based on the occupancy of the wagon. Included are the glamping accommodations, meals, and on site glamping seasonal activities. Rates do not include 22% taxes and gratuities; off glamping site activities, excursions, or accommodations; transportation; alcohol; UTV fuel; fishing licenses; or any Goosewing Ranch amenities and other incidentals.Jackson Hole Vacation | A UTV comes in handy to drive from the Goosewing Rendezvous glamping camp to the resort ranch.

Q. Are we at the glamping site by ourselves? Any staff there with us?

A. At the Goosewing Rendezvous, there is a chef, a wrangler/guide, and an event coordinator/helper.  These folks work together to provide you with all your meals, services and information.  They also live at camp to provide you with a safe and enjoyable vacation experience.

Have fun on the glamping camp and the surrounding property  We have trail maps available for you, wranglers/guides for your equine adventures, fishing gear, tubes for the river, and Polaris Ranger UTVs. Many adventures and activities will be self-guided with instruction and information provided by staff members.

Q. What is the food like?

A. This is a true western culinary experience. We expect you will be impressed with the food given the scale of our Rendezvous kitchen. Expect Dutch-oven meals, grilled meals, or open fire cooking.

Our chef and staff members prepare and serve breakfast and dinner.  Meal times are flexible depending on the day’s adventure and groups desires. Hearty breakfast fare typically includes fruit, eggs, pancakes, sausage, and bacon.Jackson Hole vacation | Breakfast of champions at glamping camp includes eggs, donut holes, sausage and bacon.

 

Lunch is typically a sack lunch out on the trail horseback riding, hiking, UTVing, or enjoying a number of other adventures.  Snacks are available in the afternoon, and dinner is served family style in the dining tent or around the campfire.  Meals are hearty, home cooked from fresh meats, breads, and veggies.  Some dietary restrictions can be met with advanced notice.Jackson Hole vacation | Trout, rice, potato salad and zucchini round out the glamping dinner.

Q. What are the wagons like?

A. We have four custom, handcrafted wagons available at the Goosewing Rendezvous.  Three wagons will sleep a maximum of five people, with a king bed and three twin beds set up like bunk beds.  The fourth wagon is perfect for just a couple, with a king bed and seating.  Wagons have storage for luggage and dressers.  All linens and bedding provided. There is a safe box located in the bath cabins for valuables and your convenience. There is NO daily housekeeping.  On Monday, linens are changed and the trash emptied. Jackson Hole vacation | Custom Goosewing Glamping Wagon with 2 twin bunks and a king bed

Additional propane lights, lanterns, and solar or battery operated lamps are provided for your use.  Wagons do have outlets and USB ports for charging.  Propane stoves provide the heating in bath-cabins, wagons and around camp.  There is no air conditioning as it is not needed in our mountain climate.  Special instructions will be provided upon check-in for all features of your wagon, bath-cabin and other aspects around camp.

Q. What are the bathrooms like?

Each glamping wagon has a detached bath-cabin, with full amenities of shower, commode, vanity with sink and running hot and cold water.  Towels and some Eco friendly toiletries provided (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bar body and face soap, toilet paper). Bath-cabins have power with lights and outlets.  Jackson Hole vacation | Each wagon comes with its own bath cabin with sink, shower, toiler, and space heater.

Q. Do I have to be an expert rider?

A. Absolutely not. We welcome riders of all levels and experience. With over 60 horses in our stable, we can match guests with the most appropriate horse for them. Riding age is 6 years old and up. Riders must be able to listen and follow instructions for our seasoned wranglers.Jackson Hole vacation | Count on plenty of horseback rides and varied trails every day at the Goosewing Rendezvous glamping camp.

Q. What other activities are available besides horseback riding?

A. While with us, you will experience true Western Hospitality, learn the cowboy way of life, help us with our environmental stewardship, and connect with nature.  We encourage our glampers to engage in helping around the rendezvous site with horses, meal prep, all while learning about the Western lifestyle.  Evenings consist of campfire songs and stories, stargazing, s’mores roasting, and relaxing while reflecting on the day’s activities.  Activities available may include archery, hatchet throwing, knife throwing, roping (not on horseback), and wildlife spotting.Jackson Hole vacation | Try a hand at cutting wood with an axe.

Each day you will experience a different part of the Western culture and have the opportunity to learn and practice new skills.  These range from dutch oven cooking lessons, equine care, horse tacking and packing instructions, wildlife tracking skills, fire starting and more.

Additionally, activities vary from guided and instructed, or to being available for self service. Either way, we suggest that glampers be healthy and in good physical health so you can enjoy the remote experience.

Q. Will we get bored without electronics/wifi?

A. Well, that is really more of a personal answer depending on your family. Does the idea of not needing phones for anything (except for photos) sound appealing? Would your family like to take a break from social media and texting and get into outdoor activities, games, and hay rides? Or does not having email and phone coverage make you twitchy?

The main focus of Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping is to enjoy nature, the wilderness and reconnecting with family and friends in a unique setting. So if you’re up for a disconnect and an escape from the “real world”—this is it! Wifi is available at the main ranch lodge, but don’t tell the kids!Jackson Hole vacation | Wyoming night Goosewing Glamping fun around the fire

Q. What should I pack?

A. Don’t go overboard, but also prepare for a range in temperatures. Think lightweight and layers. The glamping camp is at 8,400 feet elevation in the Gros Ventre Mountains, the sun can be intense, and the weather can change quickly. Here are our packing recommendations:

  • For horseback riding: Jeans, cowboy boots or slick soled enclosed shoes with at least a 1 ½” heel, wide brimmed hat or cowboy hat with stampede strings, long sleeve/lightweight shirt, gloves, fleece or extra layer.
  • For hiking/fishing/biking: Shorts or lightweight easy dry pants, river shoes or sandals that strap to your feet (no flip flops), lightweight easy dry shirt, walking or hiking boots/shoes, hat, and sunglasses.
  • Essential items: Sunscreen, camera, bathing suit, lightweight jacket or extra layer for cool mornings and evenings, lightweight packable rain gear, warmer clothing for early or late season visitors and pack trippers.  Additionally, the ranch does have a gift shop where many of these items can be purchased.
    Jackson Hole vacation | Views of the Grand Tetons.

Q. What’s the weather like since we’ll be in covered wagons?

A. Typically the summer months in Jackson Hole are very enjoyable, with mild temperatures and a dry climate. Expect warm and dry days with chilly temperatures in the evenings.

Average temperatures:

June: 68/35; July: 76/42; August: 67/43; and September: 65/33

Moreover, there is no air conditioning, but it is not needed in our mountain climate. We will provide you with rain slickers, but we suggest you follow our packing guidelines for additional gear.

Q. How long will it take to get to Goosewing Ranch?

A. Allow at least 1 ½ hours from downtown Jackson, Wyoming or the Jackson Hole airport.

We recommend you print directions and use them along with your GPS devices. GPS devices are not always accurate in the mountains. Also, use the physical address of 24440 East Cottonwood Creek Road, Kelly, Wyoming, 83011.Jackson Hole vacation | Aerial view of the glamping camp.

Q. What are check-in and check-out times?

A. Goosewing Glamping Check-in time is between 2:00pm and 5:00pm, while Check-out time is 9:00am – 11:00am.  (check-in and out times are strict, we cannot accommodate early or late arrivals or late checkouts).  On your arrival or check in day, please have lunch before you arrive, there will not be a meal for you until dinner.  Breakfast is provided on your departure on checkout day.

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Glamping is a unique experience. Whether the cabins or the glamping site, we’d love to have you. Or try a combination stay including both glamping and the main ranch. Best of both worlds!

We have a dedicated website just for Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping. We’d love for you to check it out!

Another Holiday Special to Ring in the New Year!

Although all the packages have been unwrapped, we’ve been filled with the holiday spirit and feel compelled to offer another Goosewing Ranch holiday special. And this one is a real winner: a three day package that adds on a fourth day activity for free! If you’ve been dreaming of a dude ranch vacation to Wyoming with side trips to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, or Jackson Hole.

holiday special from Goosewing Ranch to ring in the new year

Ahh, still glowing from the holiday magic, we at Goosewing Ranch are now looking forward to 2018. Because the start of a new year means it will soon be time to open our doors to our returning family and new guests! So we’re harnessing that holiday happiness and turning that into one huge holiday special.

Goosewing Ranch Holiday Special

Those of you looking for a three night dude ranch experience so you’ll have time to also do Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, or Grand Teton (or all of the above), this is it!

holiday special from Goosewing Ranch to ring in the new year-horseback riding activity

Grand Teton views and great horseback riding-this could be your free extra activity if you book this special!

Get the most out of your limited time with this special offer: a three night package that includes a FREE extra activity day.  Book a three night package from either Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 or Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 8 and all party members will receive a free activity day with an early check-in on Thursday.  This is over a $200 value per person.

Not valid with any other specials or offers.  For new reservations only.  We reserve the right to adjust package as needed.  Valid from December 18, 2017 – January 2, 2018.  Must mention 2017 Holiday Special.

If these dates work for you, book now! Hopefully you’ll be toasting an upcoming trip to Goosewing Ranch as you ring in the New Year. We would love to have you!

holiday special from Goosewing Ranch to ring in the new year banner

Special Offer: Saddle Up Holiday Cheer at Goosewing Ranch

It’s the holiday season. Don’t stress about gift giving or wrapping presents. We’ll do all that for you with a Holiday Cheer special that will have you smiling from ear to ear next year. But don’t be an Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve because this offer expires on December 24th.

Saddle up holiday cheer with this special offer from Goosewing Ranch. Imagine this present's reaction this holiday season!

Dude ranch fans, have we got a holiday special for you! For those of you who have never been to a guest ranch, now is the perfect time to get introduced. Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming cannot wait to welcome guests. Our 2018 summer season runs June 1st-September 23. Picture horseback rides, flyfishing, archery, utility vehicles, and much more. We also have the Glamping Rendevous, our glamping site complete with covered wagons for a truly unique experience–with horse wrangler and its own chef.

Western stars, Goosewing Glamping wagon circle

Miles and miles of national forest to explore. A river beckoning for tubing fun. Trail rides galore, and each one different and customized to riders’ skill level. For relaxation, we’ve got the pool, sauna, and massages.

Sound enticing? We’ll sweeten the deal a bit more with this Holiday Cheer special in case you’ve been sitting on the fence about booking.

Spreading Holiday Cheer with this Special Offer

The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends and rejoice in life.  Your summer holiday should be the same.  Goosewing Ranch wants to spread some holiday cheer this season.  If you make a reservation between December 11, 2017 and December 24 we will include one free alcoholic or nonalcoholic drink in your package for each day for each person.

Contact us today at 1-307-733-5251 or email us at info@goosewingranch.com

This offer is only valid for new bookings taken between the mentioned dates, with deposits paid in full.  Not valid with any other offer. Mention HOLIDAYCHEER when booking.

We hope to see you in the saddle in 2018!

Saddle up holiday cheer with this special offer from Goosewing Ranch. Imagine this present's reaction this holiday season!

#GoGoosewing: Share Your Goosewing Ranch Memories

Here at Goosewing Ranch, we want to give something new a try, and we need your help! We love sharing our photos on Instagram, but we also know that some of the best photography has been taken by many of you, our guests! So we’ve come up with our own hashtag and would love it if you would use the hashtag #GoGoosewing when posting your dude ranch memories. In doing so, we would love to then share your photos by reposting on our Instagram account. Win-win! So let’s get those photos out and get the hashtag #GoGoosewing off to a great start!

Dude ranch memories are sure to last a lifetime, so why not share them with others? Like this trail ride with vistas of the Grand Tetons.

Be a Part of Goosewing Ranch’s Instagram Feed with #GoGoosewing

Instagram is one of our favorite social media platforms because it really captures the beauty and essence of our ranch as well as Jackson Hole and Wyoming. It gives future guests a sneak peek into their future vacation. For those who have become Goosewing family, we’d love to share your memories and photos because your photography and storytelling are the essence of our story.

Dude ranch memories are sure to last a lifetime, so why not share them with others? Snake River and the Tetons in the background

Anytime you’d like to post an Instagram photo of your Goosewing experiences, please use the following hashtag: #GoGoosewing. That then tells us that we have permission to repost your photo (giving you all the credit, of course!) Share about your favorite trail riding session…

Dude ranch memories are sure to last a lifetime, so why not share them with others? Like bonding with your horse.

 

Or perhaps the food made a big impression…

Dude ranch memories are sure to last a lifetime, so why not share them with others? Bouillabaisse for dinner.

 

Maybe scenery like the Grand Tetons left you in awe…

Dude ranch memories are sure to last a lifetime, so why not share them with others? Grand Tetons in the distance

 

Or watching your family try new experiences made you say “AWW”

Dude ranch memories are sure to last a lifetime, so why not share them with others? Kids a wranglers have fun with archery

Whatever bring a smile or shares a memory, we’d love to have it tagged #GoGoosewing so we can encourage others to do just that: Go Goosewing!

Dude ranch memories are sure to last a lifetime, so why not share them with others? Go Goosewing pin