Traveling Mom’s Glamping Experience at Goosewing Ranch

Ever been glamping before? Melodious Traveling Mom and her family hadn’t either. Now that these “City Slickers” stayed at the glamping site at Goosewing Ranch in Wyoming, the Boswell family is spoiled for life to this adventurous, outdoor-centric expeTraveling Momrience. Dude ranch meets Laura Ingalls Wilder, the dude ranch glamping experience is sleeping in covered wagons, having a private chef for campfire meals, and riding with a real life cowboy.

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Solar Eclipse Week at Goosewing Ranch

 

By now, most Americans are acutely aware of the approaching total solar eclipse set to pass across the country on August 21st. There are several reasons that make this eclipse so intriguing to people, the first being its total eclipse status. There are several types of solar eclipses, including a partial solar eclipse, an annular and a total eclipse. In a total solar eclipse, the most rare type, the moon slides in front of the sun in a near perfect center that blocks out the suns strong rays, leaving a rare glimpse at the sun’s corona. This occurs because of a simple, yet amazing fact… the sun is approximately 400 times larger than the moon, and yet the moon is approximately 400 miles closer to the Earth than the sun. This mathematic equation means that when astronomically aligned, the moon appears just the right size to those of us watching from Earth to see something spectacular!

 

Arching from Newport, Oregon to Charleston South Carolina, the 2017 eclipse is the first to span coast to coast across the United States since 1918. With 2/3rds of the nation living within a 500 mile radius of the path of the eclipse, there is no doubt that many people will hit the road to see the spectacular event. The Great American Eclipse website (www.greatamericaneclipse.com) suggests arriving at your viewing destination at least two days before the eclipse to avoid the likely congestion.

 

Anyone lucky enough to be staying at the Goosewing Ranch this week will be safely tucked away from all the bustle, enjoying gourmet cooked meals, a beautiful and peaceful ranch to view the eclipse from that just so happens to be directly in the total eclipse path. Soda Lake, which lies in the Gros Ventre River Valley is going to offer some of the most amazing and unobstructed views of the eclipse. Whether your are on a pack trip adventure, a glamping holiday or perched at your private cabin, the Goosewing Ranch will provide the perfect place to create eclipse memories you will be telling for many years to come.

 

 

Solar Eclipse Chart represents Soda Lake area:

Lat.: 43.5282° N

Long.: 110.252° W

Total Solar Eclipse

Duration of Totality: 2m20.6s

Magnitude: 1.014

Obscuration: 100.00%

Event Date Time (UT) Alt Azi

Start of partial eclipse (C1) : 2017/08/21 16:17:24.2 39.0° 113.7°

Start of total eclipse (C2) : 2017/08/21 17:35:45.9 50.7° 135.4°

Maximum eclipse : 2017/08/21 17:36:56.1 50.8° 135.8°

End of total eclipse (C3) : 2017/08/21 17:38:06.5 51.0° 136.1°

End of partial eclipse (C4) : 2017/08/21 19:01:26.4 58.0° 169.6°

The Road Less Traveled By

Each year, three to four million people visit Yellowstone National Park. Many of those people continue south to Jackson Hole. Just a short 60-mile drive through the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway and Grand Teton National Park, and you wind up in one of the true mountain towns of the American West. Jackson Hole is a town built on a history of people traveling to the free expanse of the mountain landscape to find a moment of solace, a place to reclaim the busy mind and indulge in some relaxation.

In its early history, Jackson was known as a place where fur trappers could trap, buy and trade. Later, as the fur trapping industry waned, a few people began developing the area’s first dude ranches. In 1872 when Yellowstone became the country’s first national park, the interest in the West increased. Easterners yearned for the chance to experience the frontier, and dude ranches provided this avenue, albeit in a safe and comfortable fashion. The term ‘dude’ was coined as a description of those who paid for the ranching service. Through the legacy of dude ranching, people began to see the benefit settling in, and spending some time ‘living on the ranch’ and thus, a long-standing tradition of people coming to spend time in the Tetons was born.

Today, Jackson retains a touch of its western heritage as it has been enveloped in the new western traditions of outdoor sports, art and gastronomy. There are endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, a myriad of art galleries to inspect, and wonderful restaurants to satisfy the palate. You will always enjoy something in Jackson, and in the busy summer months, you will be doing it with a lot of other folks.

GTNP1`Imagine all those three and a half million people driving their cars, wagons and RV’s from Yellowstone in a vigilant procession to get to the next flag on the vehicle’s fancy navigation system. Imagine yourself in that procession when suddenly you see a road leading in another direction. Off to a quiet vista of red rolling hills, majestic mountaintops where a crystal clear river rolls through the valley uncompromised in beauty. As all those people are checking in to their hotels and motels, you are sitting on the porch of your cabin, taking in the landscape of open wilderness as far as the eye can see. As the cars move through the town, the people swarm the town square, and wait for dinner reservations, you walk to the deck for a decadent BBQ dinner masterfully cooked accompanied by a full bar and scenery that is beyond compare.

One cannot help but think of Walt Whitman’s classic poem, The Road Not Taken. Not everyone has the opportunity to stay at a guest ranch in the heart of the Gros Ventre River Valley. Not everyone knows about such a magical place. And not everyone will ever know the wonder and peacefulness of spending time in the wilderness. The Goosewing Ranch offers weary travelers a respite from the busy chatterings of life, a chance to jump out of the line of status quo into a fresh unique way of discovering nature, letting her speak to you. Days on the ranch are filled with horse-back riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, sunbathing poolside, amazing meals, and time to unwind. No lines to wait in, no cash registers, no buses filled with tourists. And when you do get to Jackson, you will do so with a smile on your face, the furrow in your brow not quite so deep because you took the time to slow down, breathe in the expanse of the wild, and stare at a star filled sky.

So, when you are making your summer plans, think of Whitman… “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

The Ultimate Vacation for Kids and Parents!

Ask a kid and their parent about their idea of a perfect vacation and you will likely get two very different answers. While a parent’s idea of fun includes the chance to wind down, rest and recuperate, kids tend to want to do more, see more, and experience more. Why would you want to rest on a vacation, a kid says. Packing the days with as much fun as possible equates to a fun summer vacation.

At the Goosewing Ranch, the ultimate kids’ vacation is easy to achieve in the Jackson Hole area. Most importantly, kids and teenagers alike have the chance to experience some independence, roam free on the dude ranch and explore their deep sense of adventure. Autonomy is important for anyone, and in today’s world it can be difficult to give your children these types of opportunities to taste that freedom. The ranch is safe and offers an environment where kids have a natural boundary to explore within. In addition, a wide range of activities and experiences keep kids of all ages entertained, giving parents some much needed time to relax around the ranch.

Adventurous and artistic, athletic or active, there are activities designed to meet every kids personality. Scavenger hunts, geo-caching and track/scat identifying activities bring out the adventure. Arts and crafts activities include bracelet and dream catcher making, river rock and face painting, and even some horse painting. There is target practice, roping, archery and hatchet throwing, and fire making. Wagon rides and horse feeding give kids a taste of ranch life and when its time to cool off, kids can float the river and swim in the pool.

And if that didn’t seem like enough, there is a Kids Town, complete with a sheriffs office, jail, old bank and saloon, foosball and shuffleboard where kids can use their imaginations to their hearts’ content. An evening kids cookout gives kids a chance to have fun together and learn about cooking. The children’s program operates from mid-June through the end of August. There are daily activities that last anywhere from 2-4 hours. Most activities are suited for kids over the age of six.

One more unique feature you won’t find in too many places is a teepee that can be reserved for family or kids nights. Sleeping under the stars in a teepee is something you and your kids will not soon forget.

Sustainability: A Way of Life at the Goosewing Ranch

The ranching tradition has forever been built upon the intimate relationship of people and the land. Nowadays we call it sustainability, though the practices of good stewardship have always been a part of ranch life. The more respect and care is shown for the land, the more the people who inhabit that land benefit.

The Goosewing Ranch carries out a philosophy of environmental respect, with a multitude of programs intended to minimize impacts, promote concepts sustainability and live in harmony with the land.  The sustainability mission demonstrates the concepts of reuse, recycling and reducing throughout the many functions of the ranch.

“Our sustainability mission is to lessen our daily footprint and leave our environment in better condition than we found it.  To leave a lasting impression in the hearts of our guests, but not on the land we call home.  To improve the experience of our guests, neighbors, community members for generations to follow.”

 So how does a ranch achieve a sustainable operation?  Carefully constructed and well thought out plans have been implemented in just about every area of the ranch functions. Reducing waste is a key feature. In the office, the staff strives to conduct as much paperless business as possible. The ranch’s composting program reduces the amount of material sent to the trash, and much of the food scraps are used to feed the pigs and chickens.

Reuse of materials is another method used at the Goosewing Ranch to encourage a lighter impact. Guests are encouraged to use the towel reuse plan and are given a waterbottle for their stay that eliminates single-use water bottles. Used motor oil is used for heating, and in the evenings the ranch switches to a smaller power source generator that reduces propane use.

Recycling is a part of everyday operations and includes an educational component to teach both guests and staff about all of the green practices in place at the Goosewing.

The philosophy of maintaining a peaceful relationship with the land is observed in the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, utilizing downed and dead trees for ranch projects as well as catch and release fishing. A stay at the Goosewing Ranch provides guests with many enriching experiences, all within harmony and balance of the beautiful landscape.

Horseback Riding


During your stay at the Goosewing Ranch, there is plenty of time for both relaxation and adventure. Once the car is parked, the vacation begins. You can spend time kicking back at the pool, enjoying a quiet cup of coffee on your porch taking in the stunning surroundings of the Gros Ventre River Valley, and gazing into a warm campfire in the evening. When it is time for fun, there is an impressive list of activities to engage both children and adults, and at the heart of the ranch’s activities is their horseback riding program. Included in your stay at the Goosewing Ranch is the opportunity to be fitted and paired to your very own horse for your entire stay, giving you and your horse time to get to know each other and develop a camaraderie. Horse’s personalities are as unique as humans, and the accomplished head wrangler at the ranch carefully selects one of their 65 horses to best fit each person’s riding abilities and personality, providing the foundation for an exceptional experience.

The extensive program features leisurely strolls as well as faster paced rides with trotting and loping, technical rides and simple walks to the fishing hole. There are 2, 4, and 6 hour scenic trail rides on different types of trails through the Jackson Hole area, as well as peaceful sunrise breakfast rides.  The exclusive area available for riding includes 55 deeded acres and another 300,000 permitted acres. And for those ready for it, there are bareback riding opportunities, and even a ride where you get to swim down a smooth section of the Gros Ventre River on your horse. Lessons are always available for anyone who wants to improve their riding skills and abilities. Regardless of what types of horseback riding activities you participate in, one thing is sure; at the end of your stay, you will take away the wonderful memories of an incredible experience.

Working at a Dude Ranch

Interested in working in the Jackson Hole area this summer? Goosewing Ranch may be the perfect place for those looking for an unforgettable experience off the beaten path. Just beyond the busy summer streets of the town of Jackson, this dude ranch offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle with its solace and exceptional work environment.  Imagine hiking through meadows of wildflowers with spectacular mountain views, casting your fly rod as rays of sunlight filter through the crystal clear waters of the Gros Ventre River, or horseback riding along a ridgeline while the gentle breeze blows the tall grasses – the Grand Teton mountain range towering in the distance.

Flanked by the mountains of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and the Gros Ventre Wilderness, Goosewing Ranch is an all-inclusive ranch nestled in a pristine valley 40 miles northeast of Jackson. The unique dude ranch has a variety of jobs available for their four month season extending from May 15 through September 30th. The full-service ranch employs kitchen workers, lodge staff, ranch hands, and activities personnel – just to name a few. Lodging at the ranch is provided as well as opportunities to make life-long friends, learn and improve workforce skills, and explore the breathtaking terrain of the Jackson Hole valley. The close-knit staff works together to provide a high level of hospitality to guests, implement sustainable missions, and have a lot of fun. You can learn more about employment and the application process on our website.

Jackson Hole Glamping

Do you want to experience the wilderness? Do you want to escape the mundane daily struggles and reconnect with nature? Are you looking for a unique vacation experience that will create a lifetime of memories? Well, we have the solution! How about making your next holiday a glamping adventure in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

Goosewing Ranch is now proudly offering all inclusive glamping packages in the Gros Ventre Valley and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Let our cowboys help you experience the west in comfort and style.

This rare experience will allow you to disconnect from distractions and reconnect with family without sacrificing comfort. Our glamping accommodations are in authentic, custom, handmade wagons. Each wagon contains a king bed and personal detached bath house with full shower and hot water. For the larger family, there are also deluxe wagons with two additional sets of twin bunk beds! Throughout the day, prepare to be indulged with some classic, hearty western meals, snacks, and hot or cold beverages. Did we mention? Each wagon also comes with a Polaris Ranger UTV exclusively for you and your family to explore the beautiful Jackson Hole Valley! Plus, all of the activities on the ranch including horseback rides and equine activities, hiking, fishing, wildlife spotting, shooting sports, family adventures and spa treatments will be included as well.

Our glamping is offered in six night packages only, running Sunday – Saturday from June 18 – September 2, 2017. These packages are great for couples, groups of friends, or families. No experience required, just a desire for adventure and western charm.

Jackson Hole Wyoming Family Reunions

Family time has always been important, but getting together for an extending family vacation now is as important as ever. Families are living farther apart than ever before. Yes we have the technology to stay connected, but is that really enough? It is no longer the era where cousins are spending entire summers together at the Grandparents farm; sometimes we are lucky to get together during the holidays. This is why multi-generational vacations are so needed. We need our children to know how fun it can be to play for endless hours with siblings and cousins making connections through experiences, and how cool and adventurous grandma and/or grandpa can be. This is a time to grow as a family and create lasting memories through adventure, education, experiences, and time spent together. This is a family reunion where you will disconnect from daily distractions and reconnect as a family making memories together.

There are a few key points to consider when planning a family reunion. Here are a few that we think are important to make this the best vacation and the easiest to achieve. Making lasting impressions and memories is the end result, but we want this to be great for even the planner. We love hosting family reunions and have had a many great experiences bringing families together from all over the world.

Planning: This can seem very daunting, how am I going to schedule 10 – 30 people a vacation and ensure all will have something they will love and enjoy. The best part of planning an all-inclusive family reunion at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole Wyoming, is that the planning ends when your vacation begins. Once you are on the ranch everything will be taken care of for you. From meals and lodging to activities and equipment. Let us help you plan your next extraordinary family reunion.

Choosing dates: Once you have the list of family members who are interested in attending you will need to have a list of the dates that they are available. Don’t forget that we are a small property and can book out 6 months to a year in advance. Something else to consider is the season on which to visit. If you have young children (ages 0 – 15) we recommend visiting us in July or August. For more mature families you might be able to find great options in either June or September. Each season comes with different weather and activities. Also, how long should you stay to make the most out of your time together.

Gathering Details: We are happy to send information via mail or email about what to expect, weather, activities, packing tips, food details, and more to all members of your family or just you to disperse. We feel the more information provided the better to ensure everyone’s expectations are met.

Choosing accommodations: Depending on your group size you might have the entire ranch to yourself or you might need just a few cabins. We are here for you to help arrange the best accommodations possible. What we will need would be age, gender, and desired lodging accommodations for each immediate family.

Helpful Information: It is very important for us to know as much about each family member as possible. We are interested in know if there are any dietary restrictions, allergies, medical conditions, special needs/requests, horseback riding level/interest, other activity interest, if there are any special occasions (birthday’s, anniversaries, graduations), or unique activities we can arrange (National Park trips, photographer), who is the main contact for us. All of these details will ensure that you are provided with True Western Hospitality and all your needs will be met.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend travel insurance to all our guests, but when you are dealing with multi-generations traveling together we feel it is even more important. When making a reservation with us you can opt into additional travel insurance that will cover all members of the traveling party and extended family member emergencies. It is always better to be prepared so you can be worry free.

Selling the “Dude Ranch Reunion” idea: There is something for everyone, from horseback riding to fly fishing and spa days to exploring days there is something for all ages and abilities to enjoy. We have a wide variety of activities that are great for those ages 6 to 86. For the younger children under six they can enjoy a nature walk, a UTV ride, pony rides, finger painting the horses, wagon rides and Indian arts and crafts. For those older a few activities are archery, target shooting, horseback riding, team penning, hatchet throwing, hiking, and UTV exploring. We are also able to organize a family photo shoot, this can be a group picture with matching tee shirts or cowboy hats, or a costume party for the holidays. This is a stress free holiday, where everything is taken care of for you. Trust your family with our family. Dude ranches were founded on the idea of bringing families together and opening our home to you so you can become a part of our extended family. These family excursions are important for child development and building of family relationships. If you have never experienced a dude ranch vacation, let us show you some true western hospitality and help you plan your next adventure.

Why Wyoming?

Wyoming tends to fly low on the radar when it comes to vacations. However, there are several gems that make this state stand out. In the northwestern corner lie Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park, which attract tourists in the summer and avid skiers and snowboarders in the winter. As a result of these famous spots, Jackson Hole has flourished.

Wyoming has a low population, clocking in at just over 580,000 people (as of 2014), but the national parks draw a big crowd to Jackson and the Greater Yellowstone area. Yellowstone alone entices about 4 million people per year; the heaviest concentration falls between May and September.

Just recently the Wyoming Office of Tourism launched a new slogan, “That’s WY.” Focused on bringing up tourism percentages, the slogan highlights all the beautiful, rugged, and wild things Wyoming has to offer.

Brian Ganther, the group creative director at BVK—the Milwaukee ad agency that created the campaign—says, “Wyoming takes Western culture and kicks it up a notch… You aren’t going there for an urban experience, although there is a growing amount of good food, music and culture.”

#GreatOutdoorsMonth #MountianBiking #Vedauwoo #ThatsWY

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The hashtag has come alive on Twitter and Instagram, with a steady stream of pictures posted online that showcase the adventurous side of Wyoming. Whatever image comes into someone’s head about Wyoming, this new campaign is solidifying a positive perception.

Goosewing Ranch, located northeast of Jackson Hole, provides a perfect slice of Wyoming that is hard to replicate, and not often seen by visitors of the area.

Aside from being close to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the ranch sits on the Bridger Teton National Forest and is the perfect entry point into the Gros Ventre Wilderness. (True to its name, the wilderness has remained untouched by all motorized vehicles – accessible only by foot or horseback.)

So if you ask us why you should pick Wyoming, or why you should pick Jackson Hole as your vacation destination, just take a look at this piece of country that is still truly wild. Not many people get to experience our isolated paradise. That’s why.