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What to Expect in Wyoming Dude Ranch Weather

Dude ranch reservations? Check. Travel arrangements made? Check. All the boxes are being marked. The one variable in a dude ranch vacation that can be less predictable is the weather. We haven’t quite figured out a way to control the weather, but we do have suggestions on how to prepare for ranch life and Wyoming dude ranch weather.

Wyoming Dude Ranch Weather can change on a dime, but good news is the storms usually roll in and out quickly.

When thinking of the Wild West one tends to imagine hot sunshine, beautiful mountains, majestic wild horses, and dusty old cowboys. While some of those things are true and others have been somewhat tamed, Wyoming’s western weather still remains untamed and unpredictable.

Foggy morning on Goosewing Ranch shows just how varied the weather can be on a Wyoming dude ranch vacation.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is one of those places that is still a little wild, yet filled with wonderful adventure. Being in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the area is prone to diverse weather patterns.  One thing you can count on with the weather in this vast area is that no matter the season, it could always snow on you.  Now, don’t let this turn you off and make you start thinking about that sandy beach vacation again. Just because it could snow in July in Wyoming doesn’t mean that your experience will be any less amazing.

What to Expect in Wyoming Dude Ranch Weather

Yes, that's snow around our teepee at Goosewing Ranch.

Snowy Teepee at Goosewing Ranch

Weather in any mountain region can be difficult to understand. Mountains produce their own weather and also make it difficult to see weather moving in; you just never know what to expect when setting off for a fun day hike or family horseback ride. Most of the summer months are filled with warm, arid (dry) days and clear, cool evenings.

If weather moves in, it is usually gone as fast as it arrived. Some thunderstorms may only last about 10 minutes, and just because it is storming doesn’t mean the sun won’t still shine. Then after the storm has passed, all is right in the Gros Ventre river valley again. The dust is gone, the air is fresh, and the grass is green.

Storm clouds at Goosewing Ranch

Storm clouds as they approach the ranch.

This diverse weather pattern can turn the average day into a great story making adventure. Just think about what the real cowboys and mountain men went through year after year, and take the weather in stride. The horseback riding and many other activities can still be enjoyed even when the weather is less than favorable.

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

A fiery sunset over the Gros Ventre Valley shows how beautiful the weather conditions can be.

Fire in the sky at Goosewing Ranch.

A snowy June day can also give you a chance to relax by the fire, catch up with family and friends, and a reason to treat yourself to a soothing massage. So next time you are planning a vacation to the Jackson Hole area, remember to pack a bit of everything, leave for activities prepared for anything, and take the weather in stride. After the storm comes the most amazing rainbows!

After rain showers comes a rainbow-the horses are the proverbial pot of gold at the end of this rainbow!

Remember our guides and wranglers at Goosewing Ranch are trained to keep you safe. They have gear available for you to help you stay warm and dry, and will do their best to always make the best out of any situation. We also have links that will help with packing and planning a Jackson Hole vacation.

When thinking of the Wild West one tends to imagine hot sunshine, beautiful mountains, majestic wild horses, and dusty old cowboys. While some of those things are true and others have been somewhat tamed, Wyoming's western weather still remains untamed and unpredictable. Get ready for a Wyoming dude ranch vacation by being informed about what to expect with the weather and how to get ready. #Wyoming #thatsWY #JacksonHole #duderanch #weather

7 Reasons for a Jackson Hole Family Vacation

When thinking incredible family vacations, think Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And what better place to make family memories than a guest ranch? A Jackson Hole family vacation at a dude ranch will make planning easy, consolidate costs, and provide the landscape for an amazingly active and memorable vacation.

What makes a Jackson Hole family vacation? Start with a sunset hay ride pulled by draft horses.

Planning a family vacation can be stressful.  With such a wide range of ages and diverse interests, it can be hard to choose a venue that will please everyone.  Well, we believe we have found the solution to pleasing all. Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has something for everyone, no matter their age or interest. We offer Goosewing Ranch as your home base for a phenomenal family vacation and would love to share our 7 reasons why.

7 Reasons for a Jackson Hole Family Vacation

1.  Awesome Activities.

Having something that can keep everyone entertained is key. Goosewing Ranch has activities for all ages and abilities. There is horseback riding for beginners and advanced riders. Target shooting, archery, UTV exploring, hiking, wine tasting, pool and spa facilities, arts and crafts, and even cattle work. Let us handle the details and you can just relax and enjoy your family. All these great activities are found right on the ranch.

Hit the trail on horseback along with many other fun activities on a guest ranch vacation.

2.  Fabulous Food.

From the young to the refined to the just plan picky…we have a menu option to that should satisfy all. We know that you all want to eat together and enjoy each others company over a savory meal, but that not everyone enjoys the same type of foods. At our Jackson Hole guest ranch, you can eat together and enjoy the food of your preference.

With a menu for children and adults, and the ability to accommodate dietary requests and restrictions, we have something hearty and delicious for all tastebuds. The dining experience is also second to none. With breakfasts made to order, adventure based lunches, plated dinners and even cookouts, you will get a variety of culinary options and dining experiences.

Cookouts are one of the fun ways guests can interact and dine on delicious food at Goosewing Ranch.

3.  A Place to Disconnect to Reconnect. 

A guest ranch is a great place to bond with your family through activities you might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Goosewing Ranch allows for families to talk without the constant distraction of phone calls and text messages. It’s a place to escape the daily grind.

Feel safe letting the kids run free while the adults reminisce their childhood around a glowing fire with a glass of wine. Here, kids can be kids and adults can disconnect and reconnect as a family. Embrace each other and enjoy growing as a family through the various ranch activities and experiences.

Highlights of a Jackson Hole family vacation at a dude ranch includes a campfire with smores and music.

4.  Making Memories through Adventure.

What better way to bond and embrace each other than through the many adventures you will experience on and around a ranch. Watch each other shine while trying something new. You might just find an adventure based activity you can’t live without.

Jackson Hole family vacation at a dude ranch includes new activities like skeet shooting.

5.  An Exclusive All-inclusive Family Vacation.

With so much included in your package, guests won’t have to worry about what is for dinner, where to explore tomorrow, or who is paying for the activity. Goosewing Ranch is an exclusive guest ranch with all-inclusive package deals. You will have meals, lodging, activities, and spa treatments for the entire family included in one package rate.

Sit back and have a glass of wine or a beverage overlooking the pasture during your Jackson Hole family vacation at a dude ranch.

6.  Give the Gift of Memories.

The world we live in seems to be all about staying connected and instant gratification. A family vacation at a guest ranch is a gift you give yourself and your family, it is a gift that will last for generations. We have been fortunate enough to watch families grow as they return year after year, generation after generation. This is a special place made for creating special family memories.

One souvenir families will bring home from a Jackson Hole family vacation is great memories together, especially for a family reunion.

7.  Educational Fun.

From the historic western frontier town of Jackson Hole to our nation’s first National Park, Yellowstone, there is so much to learn and see in this region. You are sure to leave with many fun facts. The best learning environment is a fun and active one, so what better place to get a little vacation education then in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at a guest ranch? Guests will learn about the wildlife, the cowboys and Indians, and the mountain men that were as wild and free as the wind blowing across the top of the Tetons.

Planning a family vacation can be stressful.  With such a wide range of ages and diverse interests, it can be hard to choose a venue that will please everyone.  Well, we believe we have found the solution to pleasing all. Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has something for everyone, no matter their age or interest. We offer Goosewing Ranch as your home base for a phenomenal family vacation and would love to share our 7 reasons why. #JacksonHole #familyvacation #Wyoming #guestranch #duderanch

 

We could list many more reasons, but 7 seems like a lucky number, so we’ll stop there. Please join us at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for your next family escape!

Dude Ranch Packing List

Summer is on the horizon, and that means VACATION! We may be biased, but dude ranch vacations offer some of the most active, adventurous experiences for families, couples, and even multigenerational or solo travelers. This Wyoming environment also requires some specific items to make the trip a success. Check out this dude ranch packing list for our Jackson Hole destination to get prepared for the ultimate outdoor vacation.

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

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

Our Dude Ranch Packing List will help you get in the saddle for a dude ranch vacation. Use our packing list to get ready for the ultimate vacation. Specific tips on what works best at our dude ranch, the climate, and what NOT to pack. #duderanch #packinglist #JacksonHole #GoosewingRanch #Wyoming

Jackson Hole Weather

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

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

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

Using our Dude Ranch Packing List, guests will be sure to have everything they need on these epic trail rides-don't forget boots and hats!

What to Pack for a Dude Ranch Vacation

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

We also recommend bringing a thin long sleeve shirt; this will also help keep you cool and from getting too much sun exposure. We have found that fishing or western button up shirts work the best.

For horseback riding, you will want to have a comfortable pair of jeans, and slick soled boots with about a ½” heel. We recommend this style of boot for safety reasons; bulky hiking boots could get stuck and shoes without heels can slide to far forward being very dangerous for the rider. Boots are fun for a night of line dancing, also.

Little buckaroos can be ready to ride using our Dude ranch packing tips

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

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

One of the most important tips for our dude ranch packing list: pack a bathing suit for our pool, sauna and hot tub!

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

Did you know that tubing the Gros Ventre River is an adventure and something you should pack prepared for using our dude ranch packing list?

What You Don’t Need to Pack

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

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

Dude Ranch Packing List Printable

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


Here's a printable of our dude ranch packing list-sure to help you get ready for that once in a lifetime vacation!

Contact us at 1-888-733-5251 or 1-307-733-5251 us or visit our website for more information.

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

Dude Ranch: The Perfect Multigenerational Vacation

Looking for a multigenerational vacation or family reunion destination that has options for every age, virtually all-inclusive, and easy to plan? Then choose a dude ranch vacation at Goosewing Ranch. We volunteer as tribute to serve as your family’s home base. Between trail rides, diverse activities, proximity to national parks, delicious meals, and cozy cabins, Goosewing Ranch checks all the boxes for multigenerational travel.

A dude ranch experience makes a great multigenerational vacation, including trail rides.

Searching for a family reunion spot or vacation for multi-generations? Then look no further than Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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.

Plan a Dude Ranch Multigenerational Vacation

Nestled in a remote location in the Gros Ventre River Valley. We are an hour from the nearest town, with only one road in and out. So get ready to get off the grid for vacation time!

We are surrounded by natural, untouched beauty. The Grand Tetons are a welcome view from the property.

What makes a great multigenerational vacation spot? Plenty of diverse activities and a stunning setting like the Gros Ventre Vally overlooking the Grand Tetons.

Our all-inclusive packages remove the stress from the family members trying to plan the reunion. Cabin lodging is cozy, spacious, and clean.

All cabins have an outdoorsy feel, from antlers and pelts to wildlife bedding adorned with moose, bears, and horses.

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.

Planning a family reunion or multigenerational vacation? Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has trail rides, exceptional food, and activities galore in an idyllic setting in the Gros Ventre River Valley. With the Grand Teton National Park in our backyard, the outdoors is your family's playground. So grab your boots and hat and saddle up for a memorable family vacation. #multigenerationalvacation #familytravel # familyreunion #duderanch #familyvacation

When you celebrate with Goosewing, there’s something everyone can enjoy. Here are some suggestions:

  • 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 (utility terrain vehicles) 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; or

  • Hone your aim and competitive nature (or simply have fun) with skeet shooting, archery, target shooting, and hatchet throwing.

What makes a great multigenerational vacation spot? Plenty of diverse activities that appeal to all ages like archery, skeet shooting, and axe throwing.

As far as dining, our food ranks as some of the best around. From afternoon snacks like chocolate chip cookies and lemonade to prime rib dinners and family style cookouts, the atmosphere is family friendly and conducive to guests getting to know one another.

What makes a great multigenerational vacation spot? Wonderful food like prime rib dinners, cookouts, and smores over a firepit.

Click here to read all about our food: from the meals offered, how we work with dietary restrictions, and what to expect in your meals at Goosewing Ranch.

The Perfect Spot for a Family Reunion

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. So focus on the people who are most important in your life: your family. Reunion time in all senses of the word!

If looking for a truly rustic, unique experience, check out our glamping site. With covered wagons and a dedicated wrangler and chef, the entire family can dine under the stars and sit by campfires sharing stories and laughs.

Our glamping site can accommodate large groups planning multigenerational travel.

Whatever your family’s preference, contact us to see if Goosewing Ranch might be able to make this year’s family reunion trip or multigenerational vacation one they will never forget!

Pack those matching shirts for an epic Christmas card shot of the entire family on your dude ranch multigenerational vacation.

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?

Why You Should Plan a Goosewing Ranch Vacation in June

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

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

Why You Should Plan a Goosewing Ranch Vacation in June

1. Price advantage

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

2. Great for Wildlife Viewing

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


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

Moose Jackson Hole wildlife

 

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

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

 

3. Fewer Crowds Than in Late Summer

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

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

 

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

 

What to Pack for a Dude Ranch Vacation

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

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

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

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

Dude Ranch Packing Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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