Grand Teton National Park Things to Do

Grand Teton National Park is one of the major draws to a trip to Wyoming and the Jackson Hole area. Besides stunning scenery, there are so many outstanding activities and attractions-more so than most guests have time for! We break down the massive list of things to do in Grand Teton National Park along with some tips and basics to know before you go.

Grand Teton National Park things to do include animal watching, scenic floating, hiking, and photographing views like this one of the Tetons.

Grab your binoculars and set your sights on a Grand Teton National Park trip! With a little bit of planning and an open mind to exploring, Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons will potentially be the best vacation ever. Get ready with our suggestions of things to do in Grand Teton National Park.

With wildlife and mountains and activities galore, Grand Teton National Park has more things to do than most people have days to visit. Make the most of this national park experience with our guide to all the activities in Grand Teton-from hiking, boating, eye spying for animals, and best photo worthy spots. #GrandTeton #GrandTetonNationalPark #nationalparks #Wyoming #guide

Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park

Take a Scenic Drive

This is the best way to cover a lot of ground or if pushed for time.

  • The 42 Mile Scenic Loop: This is a loop, so start wherever is convenient for you. Our recommendation is to start in Moose and travel north along US-89 to Jackson Lake and return to Moose via the Teton Park Road.
  • Jenny Lake Scenic Drive: Follows the east shore of Jenny Lake and provides spectacular views of the peaks.
  • Signal Mountain Summit Road: Signal Mountain is the only mountain to be climbed by car. 5 miles to Signal Mountain’s 7,720-foot summit, from which you have 360-degree views of the valley below.

Snake River Scenic Float

Most of the major companies offering scenic floats glide down 10 miles of the Snake River. All the while, guests are soaking in all the majestic views of the Tetons and wildlife at close range. With an average round trip time of 2.5 – 3 hours, these trips are an ideal length, long enough to be considered a full river adventure yet short enough to allow other Jackson Hole activities the same day.

Scenic float trips down the Snake River are one of the most breathtaking Grand Teton National Park things to do.

List of companies offering float trips:

  • Barker-Ewing Scenic Tours
  • Grand Fishing Adventures
  • Grand Teton Lodge Company
  • Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
  • Heart 6 Ranch
  • Lost Creek Ranch
  • Signal Mountain Lodge
  • Snake River Angler
  • Solitude Float Trips
  • Teton Whitewater
  • Triangle X / National Park Float Trips

Jenny Lake

Lakes and hike are two of the main draws for Jenny Lake. Most noteworthy hikes include Hidden Falls Trail including Inspiration Point, a moderate 4.9 mile loop trail; String Lake Loop-easy at 3.9 miles; and Paintbrush Canyon, 16 miles categorized as strenuous.

Interesting Fact: Jenny Lake formed during the ice age when glaciers flowed down canyons and carved out depressions on the valley floor. Today, water fills these depressions forming lakes. Jenny Lake is over 250 feet deep!

Inside the Park Activities

They don’t call it the great outdoors for nothing! Grand Teton National Park has so many activities to be enjoyed outdoors, there may not be enough days in the vacation.

Park Tours

Wildlife safaris are incredibly popular as a combination of education and wildlife sightseeing. There are multiple touring companies offering a wide range of excursions that teach visitors about the wildlife, geology, and natural history of the park. Book in advance because they will fill up fast.

Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park include wildlife safaris to see moose, elk, and other animals.

Horseback Riding

While we love for guests to do their horseback riding with us, we can say that it’s an awesome activity no matter where you experience it.

For inside the park rides, there are 1 and 2 hour horseback rides departing from Jackson Lake Lodge and Colter Bay Village, and 1 hour rides from Headwaters Lodge. While on the rides, wranglers share insight into the area’s history, wildlife and flora. Horseback riding at Jenny Lake Lodge is available to guests staying at the Lodge.

Commercial companies offering rides in the park include: Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch, Grand Teton Lodge Company, and Lost Creek Ranch.

Hiking

The National Park Service has a great guide on all the hiking trails in the park.

Be Bear Aware: If planning on hiking, we recommend purchasing bear spray. Also it is vital to carry drinking water. Dehydration is common and can be serious. Most visitors will need to drink considerably more here due to low humidity and high elevation.

The marina at Signal Mountain Lodge overlooking Jackson Lake has boat rentals, one of the fun things to do in Grand Teton National Park.

Boat Rentals

From canoes to kayaks and motorized boats are plentiful in the park. Just be wise which lakes allow which types of vessels. On Jenny Lake, you can rent a canoe or kayak or launch your own boat (less than 10 horsepower) to enjoy the lake at your own pace. A boat permit is required. Sailboats and wind-surfers are not allowed on Jenny Lake, but may be used on Jackson Lake.

Where to Rent:

Fishing

Fishing fans might be angling to try some fishing inside the park. As such, purchase a Wyoming fishing license at marinas and tackle shops.

These companies provide commercial fishing trips licenses by the NPS:

  • Grand Fishing Adventures
  • Grand Teton Lodge Company
  • Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
  • Grand Teton Fly Fishing
  • Lost Creek Ranch
  • Signal Mountain Lodge
  • Snake River Angler
  • Triangle X/National Park Float Trip

Ranger Programs

Join a ranger for a scheduled program to learn about the wild communities, history and geology of the park.

Grand Teton National Park General Information

Visitor Centers

Need information? Then check out one of the 5 visitor centers:

  • Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center (open March to October)-Located in Moose 12 miles north of Jackson.
  • Colter Bay Visitor Center (open mid-May to October)-Located 25 miles north of Moose, adjacent to Jackson Lake.
  • Flagg Ranch Information Station (open June to early September)-Located 16 miles north of Colter Bay on Highway 89/191/287.
  • Jenny Lake Visitor Center (open May to September)-Located 8 miles north of Moose at South Jenny Lake.
  • Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center (open June to September)-Located four miles south of Moose on the Moose-Wilson Road.

Entrance Fees 

  • $35 Grand Teton-Private Vehicle (good for 7 days)
  • $30 Grand Teton-Motorcycle (good for 7 days)
  • $20 Grand Teton Hiker/Biker (good for 7 days)
  • $70 Grand Teton Annual Pass
  • $80 America the Beautiful Annual Pass (recommended if you’re going to multiple parks)

Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park include scenic drives to do wildlife spotting like these bison.

Tips from the National Park Service

Here are some of the rules that NPS has come up with to help protect the delicate balance between parkgoers and wildlife:

  • DO NOT approach wild animals. Whether in a car or on foot, stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and 25 yards away from other wildlife.
  • Use binoculars, spotting scopes or long lenses for close views and photographs.
  • Never position yourself between an adult and its offspring. Females with young are especially defensive.
  • It is illegal to feed wildlife, including ground squirrels and birds. Feeding wild animals makes them dependent on people, and animals often bite the hand that feeds them.
  • Do not harass wildlife. Harassment is any human action that causes unusual behavior, or a change of behavior, in an animal. Repeated encounters with people can have negative, long-term impacts on wildlife, including increased levels of stress and the avoidance of essential feeding areas.
  • Nesting birds are easily disturbed. For wildlife, raising young is a private affair. If an adult bird on a nest flies off at your approach, or circles you or screams in alarm, you are too close to the nest. Unattended nestlings readily succumb to predation and exposure to heat, cold, and wet weather.
  • Allow other visitors a chance to enjoy wildlife. If your actions cause an animal to flee, you have deprived other visitors of a viewing opportunity. Use an animal’s behavior as a guide to your actions.

Photo Worthy Spots

Oxbow Bend

Don’t miss Oxbow Bend, possibly the most iconic Grand Teton National Park sight and also the most photographed. The appeal? Capturing Snake River as it approaches the Teton Range with Mount Moran reflected in the water.

Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park is one of the key places to see and photograph.

Located just a little over a mile straight east of the Jackson Lake Junction on Highway 89, this spot will jump out because of its beauty and also the crowds!

Schwabacher’s Landing 

Schwabacher’s Landing is a launch site on the Snake River for anglers and river rafters and is one of America’s most spectacular viewpoints.

From Jackson, WY – travel north on Highway 191 for 16 miles and then turn left onto Schwabacher’s Landing Road.

Mormon Row

This area gets it name because Mormon settlers once established 27 homesteads here. It’s a photographer’s dream; two historic barns are the backdrop to some of the most iconic landscape shots in the US.

Driving north on highway 191, turn right onto Antelope Flats road just past Moose Junction. In a little over a mile, turn left at a small dirt road. Parking area provides access to the John Moulton barn, and turning right goes to the T.A. Moulton barn.

Moulton Barn is one of the most majestic views, making it one of the Grand Teton National Park things to do.

8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation

A dude ranch vacation? Say yes, but don’t go into it expecting City Slickers. From outdoor excursions to horseback adventures, the fun quotient at a dude ranch is off the charts. Guests looking for a nature-centric, outdoors vacation are guaranteed to love the views and the diversity of activities. Knowing what to expect is key to finding the right ranch. So here are 8 reasons to choose a dude ranch vacation.

One of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation has to be horseback riding and trail rides.

If you’ve never taken a dude ranch vacation, just ask someone who has. They will probably have many stories and likely will rave about it…for good reason! Find out these 8 reasons to choose a dude ranch vacation. Then we hope you’ll consider Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole for this adventure. Don’t be surprised if it becomes the family’s new go-to destination.

8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation

1. Location, location, location.

Consider where your dude ranch is located. If the ranch is close proximity to national parks, plan to take advantage of this either before or after your dude ranch vacation.

One of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation includes location; Goosewing Ranch's proximity to Jackson, Wyoming makes it a popular spot.

Our ranch is about 40 miles northeast of the town of Jackson. You will need about 30 minutes for the first half, through beautiful Grand Teton National Park. The last 20 miles will take about 45 minutes, driving along a scenic dirt road through the Bridger Teton National Forest. Goosewing Ranch is about 90 miles from the south entrance of the Park. Allow at least 2 hours for driving through Grand Teton Park and wilderness and along the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway to reach the South entrance of Yellowstone.

Study up on your ranch ahead of time. Know what it’s close to and what activities it offers. This helps everyone go in with realistic expectations. Pamela from California took this advice to heart: “We researched guest/dude ranches for months trying to find the right ranch for us. We loved the fact that Goosewing Ranch is a smaller more intimate ranch!”

8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation have to be their close location to national parks, especially Grand Teton National Park; Goosewing Ranch even has views of the Grand Tetons from the ranch.

Our ranch is also in a prime location with views of the Grand Tetons. Located deep in the Gros Ventre River Valley in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area. Goosewing Ranch marks the entry point to a protected, pristine wilderness. The south entrance to Yellowstone National Park is located just 90 miles north, and you are within minutes of the majestic mountains of Grand Teton National Park, one of three mountain ranges surrounding the high valley of Jackson Hole. 

Looking for the ultimate family vacation? Here's 8 reasons to choose a dude ranch vacation. From food to horseback rides to exploring nature and new activities, there is something for everyone at a dude ranch. Especially if families and guests want to unplug from the stresses of life and get off the grid! We hope you are convinced to book a dude ranch experience with us at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. #duderanch #JacksonHole #duderanchvacation #Wyoming #thatsWY

2. The experience feels like family.

So may dude ranches are owned by families or have been in their family for years, so it translates that a dude ranch vacation feels like staying with family. It starts early because the staff get to know all the guests. Additionally, the warm hospitality also spills over to fellow guests who are sharing the same experiences. 

Bonding with staff and fellow guests make dude ranches feel like family, one of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation.

One guest compared it to old friends: “Staff were extremely friendly and helpful! Felt like we were old friends and enjoyed meeting them.”And Jayne from London gives credit to the staff: “But most of all we enjoyed the people, who were all warm, charming and willing to bend over backwards to give us a great experience.”

We highly recommend read the reviews of previous guests. Our ranch is happy to share guest feedback because it both gives an unbiased review of our property…and because they have great things to say!

3. Prepare to be surprised at what your family can do.

A dude ranch is a liberating experience for the entire family. Kids may discover skills they didn’t know they had; grown-ups may try something for the very first time.  

Some of the new-to-you activities might include: 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.

trying new activities like axe throwing is unique experience at a dude ranch, making it one of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation.

As an added bonus, we also have a glamping site with covered wagons as accommodations. 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.

The Goosewing glamping site is located about four miles northeast of the ranch and sits at about 8,400 feet.  This is a unique western experience perfect for those seeking adventure without sacrificing comfort.  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 in a one-of-a-kind location.

8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation: glamping in a covered wagon like this one here at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Guests from Arlington, Virgina found glamping to be the highlight of their vacation:”The covered wagon, in particular, was awesome. We were the only guests there and wrangler Wayne and cook Jim were super hosts. We spent both days riding horses all day, learning how to tend for them, taking the ATV up the mountain, eating and drinking around the campfire, and enjoying some space and time out in nature with virtually no other contact or modern life. It was the highlight of our ten-day trip to Wyoming.”

4. While on a Dude Ranch, Enjoy Everything It Has to Offer

Dude ranches hit the mark with amazing activities. We offer fly fishing, archery, skeet shooting, cattle herding and pinning, target shooting, hatchet throwing, driving our Utility Terrain Vehicles, and tubing. Not to mention the special events like cookouts, s’mores by the fire, and hayrides. And don’t discount enjoying the pool and hot tub after a day in the saddle.

Keep in mind that many ranches are isolated and it will take some driving to get to any off-site activity. Translation: Once guests arrive at our ranch, they don’t want to leave! 

Cooling off in the pool or soaking in the spa after a trail ride sounds pretty appealing, which means amenities at a dude ranch are one of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation

Here’s how Jodi D. described it: “As many activities or as little as you want – fly fishing, trip to rodeo, horseback riding (several trips to choose from) swimming pool, skeet shooting, Rangers to explore…..Absolutely LOVED it!”

While it’s not included in our packages, we will gladly arrange excursions to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; Rafting or floating trips on the Snake River; Guided Fishing trips; Golf outings; Hot Air Balloon Rides; Guided Hiking Tours; or a Night at the Rodeo.

One of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation: consider the local attractions like the Jackson Rodeo.

5. Dude Ranches are heavy on horseback riding.

The heart and soul of a dude ranch is its horseback riding. This becomes obvious when one of the very first things guests do is get fitted for a horse. Simply put, a dude ranch vacation is more enjoyable if guests are willing to ride. All levels are welcome as Bonnie from Illinois commented: “As far as horseback riding, you could take beginner, intermediate or advanced riding lessons all included in your week. The staff at the stables were awesome and very patient with you. They offered 2, 3, or 6 hour rides.”

Come to a dude ranch primarily for the horseback riding; all levels are welcome, making it one of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation.

One of our guests from Alameda, CA commented: “We rode every day, and never repeated a trail. These trail rides are not at all like trail rides you have ever taken…or at least not like the tourist trail ride where you ride an hour to a waterfall, have lunch, and ride back. Sometimes we weren’t even on a trail…just rode where we wanted to go. We had beautiful views from our lunch spots, as we gained altitude during the ride. We also rode through shallow rivers. It was breathtaking wherever we were. The vistas never got tiring. The fall foliage was really starting to come into its own, mostly with the aspens. We took far too many pictures, as it just seemed so pretty at every turn we made.”

Check out these views of the Grand Tetons from Goosewing Ranch's trail ride and think of it as one of 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation.

Guests from London raved about the horseback riding options: “We did one ride a day, 4 and 6 hour duration. For the longer rides, the kitchen provides packed lunches which you order in advance. The rides were fun – we passed the loping test and were able to lope (canter) on the trails. The scenery was spectacular – we haven’t been anywhere like this. Two of our rides allowed us to have amazing views of the Tetons – nothing like it.”

6. Freedom from Devices.

Most ranches like ours have limited wifi and cell phone service. We like to call it the “dude ranch bubble.”  And consistently we hear that families are happy to be in the bubble and free from electronics. Families can instead focus on their adventures and each other.

A guest from Jupiter, Florida said: “You really go off the grid. No cell service. Wifi is pretty much non-existent. Just go with the mindset that you are disconnecting. Was wonderful to have our full family unplugged for a week!”

7. Choose a Ranch that Serves Great Food

Activities and riding are great, but one thing that guests comment about it the quality and variety of food. Some of the options include Prime Rib Night, Southwest Night, French Night, Cowboy Night (steaks), and Angler Night (trout and salmon). Depending on the cuisine, meals may be served plated or buffet style.  We offer two choices for dinner each night as well as accommodate dietary restrictions, requests, and a kids option.  Once a week we do an open fire cookout in dutch ovens.

Great food is a key draw to any dude ranch, especially cookouts, making cuisine one of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation

One guest raved: “We can’t say enough about the food. It’s simple, but outstanding. Lots of choices per meal and all were hearty, fresh and very appreciated. The chef even made whip cream for our daughter to have on top of the chocolate chip pancakes. THANK YOU. All of the servers were friendly and took the time to get to know all of the guests.”

BBQ ribs served up family style are one of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation.

8. Exploring Nature and Seeing Wildlife

Dude ranches are all about the outdoors and usually located in peaceful spots with scenic views. An isolated retreat deep in the Gros Ventre River Valley, Goosewing marks the entry point to a protected, pristine wilderness. 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.

One guest wrote: “Each cabin is allocated with a Ranger for your personal use. There are endless roads, trails and areas to explore at your convenience. We had a blast packing up a small lunch and visiting the river, the lake and the overlooks per the staffs recommendations. Our daughter loved this part of the trip and we would love to have explored more of the area if we hadn’t spent so much time on the horses!”

One of the 8 Reasons to Take a Dude Ranch Vacation: Polaris Rangers (UTVs) are a great way to explore the surrounding areas of a dude ranch.

So share with us in the comments: what would be most appealing about a dude ranch to you and your family or group?

Jackson Hole Glamping

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

Jackson Hole glamping means s'mores around a bonfire at Goosewing Ranch.

Jackson Hole is a fabulous vacation destination. With nearby national parks in Grand Teton and Yellowstone, the Teton Village, rodeo, a national elk refuge, hot springs, and the Jackson Town Square, the sights and sounds of Jackson Hole are diverse and dynamic. So finding equally exceptional lodging is key. We’ve got just the ticket: glamping at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch nestled in the Gros Ventre Valley and Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Jackson Hole Glamping

For a third straight season, Goosewing Ranch proudly offers all-inclusive glamping packages. From covered wagon lodging to horseback riding to campfires and cookouts under the stars, Goosewing glamping is the perfect combination of rustic wilderness meets modern amenities. Let our cowboys help you experience the West in comfort and style as we share what our glamping experience is all about.

Jackson Hole glamping at Goosewing Ranch in covered wagons and private baths featuring hot water, showers, sink, and toilet.

Glamping at Goosewing Ranch

This unique experience will allow you to disconnect from distractions and reconnect with family without sacrificing comfort. Our glamping accommodations are in authentic, custom, handmade Conestoga 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!

Jackson Hole glamping at Goosewing Ranch offers two types of accomodations, including this King size couples wagon.

 

Jackson Hole glamping at Goosewing Ranch offers two types of accommodations, including this family wagon with twin bunks and a king bed.

Throughout the day, prepare to be indulged with some classic and hearty Western meals, snacks, and hot or cold beverages. Did we mention? Each wagon also comes with a Polaris Ranger UTV (utility terrain vehicle) exclusively for you and your family to explore the beautiful Jackson Hole Valley!

Every group gets a UTV to explore the Jackson Hole landscape while glamping at Goosewing Ranch.

Plus, all of the activities on the ranch, including horseback rides and equine activities, hiking, viewing wildlife, fishing (spinner or fly fishing), photography, painting/drawing, reading and relaxing, reflecting, tubing the river, roping, hatchet throwing, archery, cooking, and camp skills will be included.

Jackson Hole glamping at Goosewing Ranch include daily opportunities for horseback trail rides with the majestic Grand Tetons in the distance.

Climb inside one of these wagons for a grand tour:

For 2019, our glamping is offered in two night minimum stay packages from July 15-August 20th. These packages are great for couples, groups of friends, or families. No experience required, just a desire for adventure and western charm.

Goosewing Ranch glamping in Jackson Hole is all-inclusive experience with fireside breakfasts with eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast and pancakes.

Check out our Glamping Page for rates and reservations. Or read more about our Glamping Site and Experience.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming: national parks, wildlife, and glamping! Goosewing Ranch offers a glamping experience featuring 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 our Glamping camp. #duderanch #glamping #JacksonHole #Wyoming #GoosewingRanch

Notes from the Ranch: Happy Thanksgiving!

Even though we are not a year-round ranch here at Goosewing Ranch, we have been busy making preparations for next year. And now that it is Thanksgiving week, we can take a breath and take time to be thankful for the past year and for all of you, our beloved guests and friends. As we enter into this season to be thankful, we share some of our gratitude and welcome you to do the same. 

Well, friends, it’s the time of year where we give thanks for all our good fortune and express gratitude for everything we have been blessed with. As the week of Thanksgiving is here, we have some holiday wishes to extend.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  The skies are bright clear blue today and the air is cold, and all the leaves are gone from the trees like the guests from the ranch.  Tis’ the season to be thankful. With all the obstacles 2018 has thrown our way, we know we still have so much to be thankful for.

2018 was quite the challenge (thanks to the Gros Ventre River changing course), but we also learned what we are made of and how much it can bring us all together.

We are most thankful for family.  Of course, our immediate families and especially those of us whose families are ever growing. But also our extended families from our staff to our guests.  Each person holds a special place in our hearts, and we are thankful to have so many wonderful memories shared with many families.

From our family…

Jackson Hole Family Reunion

…to yours!

Grateful for Our 2018 Season

We just finished the last of our autumn projects and have the ranch closed up tight.  Wow, what a season and autumn it has been. We have been so very fortunate that the weather allowed us to complete many projects, giving us a head start to the 2019 season.  

Look who was in charge: Jack, the son of our very own Amy and Randy.

We do have snow on the ground, and we also have great wildlife all around us. As the people become scarce, the wildlife really take over. We have seen bears (both black bears and grizzly bears), wolves, elk and moose.

Check out this wolf track we found in the snow.

 

Most of the deer and pronghorn have migrated out of the area. I think that’s our cue to do the same and settle in for a long winter’s nap!

So from our ranch to your home, we wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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

Jackson Hole, Wyoming Family Reunion at Goosewing Ranch

Planning a family reunion? A multi-generational trip to Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming will allow your family to disconnect from daily distractions and reconnect as a family, making memories together. Here’s how we can help you plan and pull off a family reunion

Sporting matching shirts and photo session are some of the ways to commemorate a Jackson Hole family reunion at Goosewing Ranch.

Family time has always been important, but getting together for an extended 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 even 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. Not to mention how cool and adventurous grandparents can be. Opportunities to grow as a family and create lasting memories through adventure, education, experiences, and time spent together are invaluable. A family reunion at Goosewing Ranch will allow your family to disconnect from daily distractions and reconnect as a family, making memories together.

Family Reunion at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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

Why Choose a Dude Ranch Reunion

A dude ranch is a destination that has something for everyone. From horseback riding to fly fishing and spa days to exploring days, there is something for all ages and abilities. We have a wide variety of activities that are great for all ages. For kids 6 and under, they can enjoy a nature walk, a UTV(utility terrain vehicle) ride, pony rides, finger painting the horses, wagon rides and Indian arts and crafts.

Little kids will love finger painting the horses during a family reunion at Goosewing Ranch in Wyoming.

For older kids, archery, target shooting, horseback riding, team penning, hatchet throwing, hiking, and UTV exploring are on the menu.

Older kids will have their hands full with archery, skeet shooting, and UTVs instead of cell phones and tablets while on a family reunion at Goosewing Ranch.

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. Believe us when we say this will be 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.

A hayride is a fun family activity on a Goosewing Ranch family reunion vacation.

Planning a Family Reunion

This can seem very daunting task. How am I going to schedule 10 – 30 people a vacation and ensure all will have something they will 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. Family members simply choose their activities for the day and the fun starts.

How We Can Help You Plan a 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 you wish to visit. If you have young children (infant-15 years) 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, consider how long you should stay to make the most of your time together.

Family reunions are wonderful ways to reunite and have travel adventures. A multi-generational trip to Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming will allow your family to disconnect from daily distractions and reconnect as a family. Here's how we can help you plan and pull off a family reunion and make memories to boot. #duderanch #familyreunion #JacksonHole #Wyoming #GoosewingRanch #multigenerational

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 for the planner 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.

We have eight private guest cabins and three larger 2-bedroom cabins for bigger families. For a totally different experience, we also have a dedicated glamping site with covered wagons.

Our 1 and 2 bedroom cabins at Goosewing Ranch can accommodate families of all sizes for a family reunion in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Goosewing Ranch has one of a kind glamping site with covered wagons if your family would prefer these accommodations for a family reunion.

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Additional Information about Your Family

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. Additionally, if there are any special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or graduations, we’d love to know.  Finally, we can assist in arranging unique activities (National Park trips, photographer). All of these details will ensure that you are provided with True Western Hospitality and all your needs will be met.

Kids get involved in all aspects of ranch life during their family reunion vacation in Wyoming.

Go With Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend travel insurance to all our guests, but when you are dealing with multiple 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.

Let us help you plan an extraordinary family reunion. We’d be honored and believe it will make for the most memorable family vacation ever.

The horses and the Gros Ventre Valley await for your family reunion in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at Goosewing Ranch.

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!