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.

Dude Ranch Family Reunion

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Our ranch—with 11 cabins of varying sizes and maximum capacity of 35 people—is the perfect place for your family reunion. Whether your family is 4 people or 20, you will enjoy cabins that are within easy walking distance to visit your loved ones.

Goosewing Ranch is remote: an hour from the nearest town, with only one road in and out, nestled in the Gros Ventre River Valley. We are surrounded by natural, untouched beauty.

Our all-inclusive packages remove the stress from the family members trying to plan the reunion. The lodging is cozy and clean, we provide three delicious meals a day (plus snacks), and all ranch activities are included. We take the worrying out of your vacation—the only major decision your family has to make is which activities they want to do the next day.

Celebrate with Goosewing, where there’s something everyone can enjoy. Tour the area, with scenic views of the Tetons and other impressive landmarks; enjoy a family trail ride all together with knowledgeable wranglers; go explore the lakes and roads off the ranch in the UTVs provided at each cabin; try your hand at fly fishing, either taking a rod out on your own or taking a lesson on our stock pond; hone your aim and competitive nature (or simply have fun) with skeet shooting, archery, target shooting, and hatchet throwing.

We encourage guests to disconnect from their hectic lives and reconnect with each other. It’s easy to build memories that will last a lifetime when you can truly step away from your phone, tablet, and computer. Focus on the people who are most important in your life: your family.

Horseback Riding Vacations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Ever dream of being a cowboy or cowgirl, but couldn’t seem to swing it in the city (or suburbs) where you grew up? Here is your chance to test it out with an all-inclusive vacation to Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming! We feature three to seven nights deep in the beautiful Gros Ventre wilderness only accessible by horseback—just like in the old days.

How it works:
You will arrive on the ranch, check in, and then head down to the tack room to meet your horse for the week. Having your own horse lets you become comfortable with your mount and develop a bond that will have you saying “Remember Josh? He was a great horse,” for years to come.

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Josh posing for the camera with a teenage guest

From beginners to experienced, we have a horse for everyone. This wide variety ensures guests can enjoy all aspects of riding, both on the trails and in the arena, as well as feeling safe and secure with their horse partner. Plus, our kid horses take their job very seriously—the quintessential babysitter when a child is out on a ride.

Catch a glimpse of the impressive landscape surrounding the ranch on different length trail rides, and either return to the ranch for a hot lunch or eat a boxed lunch on the trail with unbeatable Wyoming views.

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For people wanting to spice up their trail rides and have the necessary riding experience to do so, we offer advanced rides. Get a chance to go on a loping ride or swim with your horse in the river! And if you don’t think you’re capable of loping or riding bareback, take a lesson from one of our experienced wranglers and work up to it.

Whether you’ve never been on a horse or were riding before you were walking, this horseback riding vacation is the perfect getaway if you want to experience the vast remoteness of the Jackson Hole Wyoming region from the saddle.

 

 

This post was written by Sara Massery.

Celebrate Your National Parks with Goosewing Ranch!

morman barn and tetonsThis year, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday, and to celebrate, fourth graders are being given free park passes for them and their families.

Yellowstone National Park is the oldest park in the United States. It was established in 1872 as an Act signed by President Grant. It wasn’t until August 25, 1916 that the National Park Service was created to protect and preserve our beautiful parks, and since 1916 over four hundred parks have been created. The NPS has grown tremendously over the years. They rely on 22,000 employees and 221,000 volunteers to maintain the parks—and no wonder they need so many people, as Yellowstone alone draws over 4 million visitors a year, usually between the months of May to September.

Goosewing Ranch makes an ideal location to stay while visiting the parks. Not only can you take advantage of the free park pass given to your fourth grader—visiting the parks with ease from our location—you can enjoy the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the beautiful, untouched wilderness that surrounds the ranch, as well. The UTVs available for guests are a fun way to get off the ranch and explore everything nature has to offer.

This is a historic year for the parks. By celebrating 100 years of service, the NPS campaign has shifted public focus to the future, and preserving National Parks for another 100 years to come. This will be a celebratory year to visit Jackson Hole.

For your child to receive his or her park pass, go to everykidinapark.gov. Passes are valid until August 31, 2016. This year’s third graders are eligible to receive their park pass starting in September 2016.

 

This post was written by Sara Massery.

All Inclusive Family Vacation

_SRS2021As a general rule of thumb, parents have a lot of questions for us, even after they’ve made a reservation.

What will we be doing? How does a typical day go? Will there be enough good food?

It makes sense to me to want to question these things. On the parent’s end, they’ve been planning, planning, planning. What to pack, when to leave for the airport, flights, and rental cars… the list goes on. But once they arrive at Goosewing Ranch? What should they expect? How should they prepare?

At Goosewing Ranch, guests disconnect from their hectic lives to reconnect with each other. Our remote location lends a helping hand to parents whose teenagers (or spouses!) won’t put down their phones. We want our guests to create lasting memories with their families through experiences and adventures.

We are an all-inclusive guest ranch, designed with families in mind—and the “all-inclusive” part relieves stress in our guests. In our rates, you’re securing your lodging, three meals a day (plus snacks!), and all the on-ranch activities you want to do. This means your schedule could be packed, from trail riding to archery lessons or skeet shooting; or you could have a trail ride in the morning and take a packed lunch in a cooler on your UTV (utility task vehicle) and go picnic down the road at Soda Lake. Or, hey, it’s been a busy week – relax by the pool in the sun.

But perhaps the best part of this all-inclusive ranch vacation is that you won’t have to fight the crowds.  Goosewing Ranch is a small guest ranch with a max capacity of only 35 in-house guests.  This allows us to customize your family’s dude ranch vacation package to fit your family’s needs, and fulfill all your cowboy desires.

This isn’t a cookie cutter vacation; this is a memory making, tradition changing experience that has something different for everyone in your family to excel.  Moms beware, you will have time to relax and enjoy a massage while you let us handle all the details; and Dads, you should note that the fishing is exceptional and only a short walk from your cabin. With activities like hiking, UTV exploring, mountain biking, horseback riding, team penning, fly fishing, target shooting, clay pigeon shooting, archery, hatchet throwing, roping, pool, spa, sauna, and lots of other adventures to be had we will have something for your whole family to enjoy together!

 

This post was written by Sara Massery.