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Special Offer: Saddle Up Holiday Cheer at Goosewing Ranch

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

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

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

Western stars, Goosewing Glamping wagon circle

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

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

Spreading Holiday Cheer with this Special Offer

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

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

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

We hope to see you in the saddle in 2018!

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

#GoGoosewing: Share Your Goosewing Ranch Memories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Or perhaps the food made a big impression…

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

 

Maybe scenery like the Grand Tetons left you in awe…

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Gift Ideas for Travelers: Dude Ranch Vacation at Goosewing Ranch

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to gear up and figure out what to give friends and family. Here’s our suggestion: give the gift of travel and book a stay at Goosewing Ranch for 2018! From trail rides, archery, flyfishing and skeet shooting, Goosewing Ranch has activities galore. Coupled with stellar food and a stunningly scenic setting, our dude ranch would make a terrific surprise this holiday season.

Gift Ideas for Travelers: Dude Ranch Vacation at Goosewing Ranch. The 60 horses at the ranch will be ready!

Tired of giving the same gift for the holidays? Or trying to find something for someone who has everything? Walking around aimlessly at the mall and feeling like you are moments away from a last minute, desperate purchase? We’ve been there too and agree that it’s no fun.

So here’s a novel idea: buy them something they will love, that gives back endlessly, and perhaps be something you can do with them. What is the answer to this gifting riddle? Why, it’s giving the gift of travel! Specifically, we suggest a present of a dude ranch vacation.

Gift Ideas for Travelers: Dude Ranch Vacation at Goosewing Ranch. Ranch entrance welcomes your stay!

From the moment travelers set foot on Goosewing Ranch, they are met with a picturesque location, welcoming staff, and boundless activities to choose from.

Gift Ideas for Travelers: Give the Gift of a Dude Ranch Vacation at Goosewing Ranch

Here’s why travel makes such a meaningful gift, why gift a dude ranch vacation, and how to make it happen!

Why We Value Experiences over Material Goods as Gifts

There’s even science behind it. Researchers at Cornell University found that experiences make us happier than material goods.

Here’s what they found: “People often think spending money on an experience is not as wise an investment as spending it on a material possession. They think the experience will come and go in a flash, and they’ll be left with little compared to owning an item. But in reality we remember experiences long afterward, while we soon become used to our possessions. At the same time, we also enjoy the anticipation of having an experience more than the anticipation of owning a possession.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it? Experiences are also harder to be compared with something else because most times they are in the category of unique. It’s much easier to compare consumer goods than say a bobsledding adventure or a horseback excursion.

Finally, experiences will have the upper hand because they are more likely to be social. And at our core, most of us are social beings and we will remember that experience because it was shared with others.

What Better Gift for Travelers than a Dude Ranch Vacation?

So now that we’ve unpacked the why behind giving experiences, let’s talk about the why behind a dude ranch vacation. First and foremost, guests will encounter many settings and activities they have never experienced before. That in and of itself it quite thrilling!

One of the biggest draws at a dude ranch is horseback riding. No two trail rides with Goosewing Ranch are the same, and we assess all riders for their level of experience and carefully select horses for each guest for their stay.

Gift Ideas for Travelers: Dude Ranch Vacation at Goosewing Ranch. Trail rides are the most popular activity!

Giddy up, partner! Trail rides for all ages and all skill levels are available at Goosewing Ranch.

One way we stand out is that every cabin has use of a Polaris UTV (utility terrain vehicle). We also offer fly fishing, archery, skeet shooting, cattle herding and pinning, target shooting, hatchet throwing, and tubing. Not to mention the special events like cookouts, s’mores by the fire, and hayrides. After a long day in the saddle, the pool, hot tub, and a massage are popular treats.

Gift Ideas for Travelers: Dude Ranch Vacation at Goosewing Ranch. Horse painters.

Move over, Picasso! These budding artists have fun horse painting.

When staying at Goosewing Ranch, almost all amenities and activities are included. So the credit card can stay in the wallet and the vacation won’t follow you home for months afterwards! All-inclusive is a big plus for a dude ranch vacation at Goosewing.

So as you can see, a dude ranch vacation is customizable and unique for every guest. From kids to parents and grandkids, couples on their honeymoon or family reunions, Goosewing will prove the science behind giving experiences is true.

Gift Ideas for Travelers: Dude Ranch Vacation at Goosewing Ranch. Target shooting is fun for all ages.

Teens and tweens particularly like target shooting and other hand-eye coordination activities.

Giving the Gift of Travel

So now that you’ve decided on giving a dude ranch vacation, have fun with the delivery! Wrap up a travel guidebook or get a travel brochure and enclose your gift inside. The gift could be as simple as a letter explaining what you will pay for or an actual gift certificate, gift card or check.

We can assist you in making a booking or in letting your travel lover know about this special gift. Click the “Book Online/Get Quote” tab at the top of our website or give us a call at (307) 733-5251. 

Gift Ideas for Travelers: Dude Ranch Vacation at Goosewing Ranch. Trail ride down the mountain.

Top Six Reasons to Stay at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Dude ranches are one of the best vacation experiences around. From couples to families to groups, all who wander onto a dude ranch are in for an unbelievable vacation. The biggest dilemma may be which dude ranch to choose. If Wyoming is on the travel list, then consider Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Nestled in the Gros Ventre River Valley adjacent to the Grand Tetons, our dude/guest ranch is in a prime location to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Here are the Top 6 reasons to stay at Goosewing Ranch.

Top 6 Reasons to Stay at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming includes national parks, horses, and diverse activities Goosewing Ranch is a place to disconnect from your daily struggles and reconnect with what is really important: Family, friends, nature, and your inner self. Here at Goosewing Ranch, we combine the lifestyle of ranching in the Wyoming wilderness with many of the modern refinements that make your visit with us especially enjoyable.

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. The Gros Ventre River, home to native cutthroat trout, runs through the meadows of our historic ranch.Top 6 Reasons to Stay at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming includes national parks, horses, and diverse activities With many different package options, we can truly customize the perfect all-inclusive vacation option for you. From pack trips to nights in Jackson, let us help make this year’s vacation the best ever.

We invite you to come share this corner of North America’s wildest country just as it has been for over a hundred years – a working ranch reborn as an isolated retreat deep in the Gros Ventre River Valley. Here are the Top 6 reasons why Goosewing Ranch should be on your travel list.

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1. Access to Yellowstone National Park

2016 marked the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday! Stay at Goosewing Ranch and include a visit to our nation’s first National Park: Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park is near Goosewing Ranch, and we can help you plan your self or guided tour of this historic and amazing National Park. From wildlife viewing to hiking around thermal features, there is much to see and do. Top 6 Reasons to Stay at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming includes national parks, horses, and diverse activities

2. Proximity to Grand Teton National Park

Let’s not forget about Grand Teton National Park. With many spectacular Grand Teton views from the Goosewing Ranch trails, you won’t have to leave your saddle to experience this mesmerizing mountain. I can already imagine your new profile picture…you on a horse with the Grand Tetons towering behind you.

Top 6 Reasons to Stay at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming includes national parks, horses, and diverse activities

3. Hello, Jackson Hole

Historic Jackson Hole is a great place to stay before or after your package with Goosewing Ranch. While in town, shopping, dining, and history surround you. Don’t forget about a white water rafting trip or a scenic float trip. There’s also the rodeo and the old west shoot out on the town square. We’ll take care of the planning so you can relax and enjoy your true Western Vacation.Top 6 Reasons to Stay at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming includes national parks, horses, and diverse activities

4. All-Inclusive and Exclusive

It is an exclusive and all-inclusive vacation. Goosewing Ranch is a small unique property that offers all-inclusive packages including lodging, meals, ranch seasonal activities, taxes and gratuity. Being all-inclusive makes planning and organizing your vacation much easier; just tell us what you want to do and we can arrange the details. You won’t have to make dinner reservations, plan daily activities, or think of things to do that will please everyone–we have you covered!

Goosewing Ranch has a wide variety of adventure based activities for all abilities and age ranges. From flyfishing, skeet shooting, trail rides, and archery, the possibilities are bountiful. And did we mention the Polaris UTVs to get around? These mean endless hours of exploring the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Top 6 Reasons to Stay at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming includes national parks, horses, and diverse activities

5. Something for Everyone

Goosewing Ranch offers a chance to experience the Wild West and get a taste of it all. This is an ideal spot for multigenerational travel, family reunions, and special occasions. Being a small guest ranch means the focus can be on the guests and their needs. Whether kids or kids at heart, the ranch has a full list of activities sure to please both thrill seekers and chill seekers. We have a great package that offers a bit of everything: from a luxury night in Jackson Hole, a one night/two day spectacular pack trip, and three nights of rustic charm and all-inclusive activities at the ranch. Customize the vacation of your dreams.

6. Memory Making at Its Best

Make memories through adventure and experiences. Goosewing Ranch offers guests many opportunities to create life long memories and new family traditions through adventures. This is a place where you can disconnect from distractions and truly relax and recharge.Top 6 Reasons to Stay at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming includes national parks, horses, and diverse activities Don’t fight the summer crowds escape to beautiful Goosewing Ranch. The Tetons are at our doorstep and nature surrounds us. Immerse yourself in fun and the freedom of multiple activities and make memories sure to last a lifetime.

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.

7 Reasons your next Family Reunion should be at a Jackson Hole Guest Ranch…

wagon ride family reunion 2014Planning a family reunion for any size gathering can be stressful.  With such a wide range of ages and diverse interest, it is 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.

1.  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.

2.  Menu planning:  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 this Jackson Hole guest ranch you can eat together and enjoy the food of your preference.  With a menu for children, adults and the ability to accommodate dietary requests and restrictions, we have something hearty and delicious for all taste-buds.  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 culinary options and dining experiences.

3.  A Place to Disconnect to Reconnect:  A family guest ranch is a great place to bond with your extended 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, a place to escape the daily grind.  This is a place where you feel safe letting the cousins run free, while the adults reminisce their childhood around a glowing fire with a glass of wine.  This is a place where 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.

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.

5.  An exclusive all-inclusive Family Vacation:  With so much included in your package you won’t have to worry about what is for dinner, where you will 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.

6.  Give the gift of Memories:  The world we live in seems to be all about staying connected and instant gratification.  A family reunion at a guest ranch is a gift you give yourself and your family, it is a gift that will last for generations.  The gift of memories!  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.

7.  Educational Fun:  From the historic western frontier town of Jackson Hole to our nations first National Park, Yellowstone.  You are sure to leave with many fun facts.  The best learning environment is a fun and activity one, so what better place to get a little vacation education then in Jackson Hole Wyoming at a Guest Ranch.  You 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.

Come join us at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole Wyoming for your next family escape!

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Wild Western Weather

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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; the wild western weather still remains untamed and unpredictable.

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 doesn’t mean that your experience will be any less amazing.

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, and 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 the dust is gone, the air is fresh, the grass is green, and all is right in the Gros Ventre again.

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.  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 pack a bit of everything, leave for activities prepared for anything, and take the weather in stride, because after the storm comes the most amazing rainbows!  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.

Rainbow over Goosewing Ranch

Rainbow over Goosewing Ranch

Snowy Tipi at Goosewing Ranch

Snowy Tipi at Goosewing Ranch

Fire in the sky at Goosewing Ranch

Fire in the sky at Goosewing Ranch

 

Welcome Back!

The excitement is building.  Goosewing Ranch Staff started arriving several weeks ago.  Fortunately the weather has cooperated to help speed up preparation for guest.   With the sunshine comes an early snow melt pushing water over river and stream banks.   This morning from the lodge, a herd of Elk were spotted on the far side of the river; with a backdrop of Aspen trees and evergreens.  A magnificent scene for the privileged few who get to experience the moment in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, bordering the Gros Ventre Wilderness.

Wranglers how worked to repaired fences and hay racks preparing for the horses arrival.   Tack has been cleaned and checked for any necessary repairs.  Goosewing is fortunate to have a knowledgeable team of Wranglers.  Their keen eyes will match the guests with a perfect mount to make their vacation experience the best we can provide.  Guest comfort, happiness and well-being are the priorities of the entire staff at the ranch.

This week brought the arrival of the ranch horses.   The trucks pulling the trailers were spotted a couple of miles from the ranch.  Everyone headed to the barn to help unload and get the horses settled in to their accommodations.    They were like kids returning to summer camp; anxious to greet old friends and make new ones.   You could feel the Wrangler’s eagerness to climb on the back of a horse and get going.  

Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Returning and new guest  will appreciate   the scenic drive along Gros Ventre Road as it overlooks Slide Lake on your right.  Continuing on you will cross over the Gros Ventre River and Crystal Creek.   The rugged road allows you time to take in the breathtaking countryside as your mind drifts back to the difficult life of the Mountain men who walked through this wilderness.  The slower pace prepares you for your time at the ranch to, at your choice, relax, participate in new activities, make new friends and create memories to last a lifetime.

Hey look, the gangs all here!

Hey look, the gangs all here!

 

 

 

The horses’ thoughts are more of

when do we get out to eat!

 

Romance on a Jackson Hole Guest Ranch

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With it being Valentine’s Day and all we thought it was a good time to talk about Romance on the Ranch.   Yes, a Guest Ranch in Jackson Hole Wyoming can be very romantic, in many ways…  Goosewing Ranch has been host to just a couple of very special weddings, but have embraced many honeymooners, and couples looking to escape and enjoy each others company in a very beautiful place.  We aren’t talking about the mushy stuff here, we are talking about experiencing new adventures together, horseback riding, wine tasting and relaxing by the pool and spa, treating yourselves to couples massage, dancing,  photography and more.

While at the ranch we encourage couples to get out and explore the area.  Whether on one of the Polaris rangers for a picnic lunch in the National Forest, or to either Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks.  No matter where you explore  there are endless options when it come to photography.  This is a great way to make those special moments last,  we can also arrange for some spectacular couples photos, with a natural back drop that you must see to believe.

What could be more relaxing and romantic than spending a long weekend filled with exciting days and warm evenings cuddled up with your sweetie, and a glass of wine by the fire…  That is what you get with a romantic weekend at a Jackson Hole Guest Ranch.  BUT…Goosewing Ranch is more than just a great place for couples, it is also a great place to celebrate your true love with the entire family.  This is a great way to make lasting memories that all your loved ones will cherish for years to come.  With lots of daily and evening activities everyone is bound to be fully entertained.  This is a great way to get the family together to celebrate and anniversary or reunion.  We will even prepare your favorite cake for all to enjoy.

Try something different this year; do something that your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers will be jealous of… embrace your love in a beautiful area, filled with natural beauty and adventure.  We can provide all your meals, lodging, ranch adventures, and a romantic setting for any occasion.  Let us help make your dreams come true at Goosewing Ranch.

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Hats off…

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The American cowboy hat, as we know it today, didn’t exist in the 1840’s.  Hats worn by those legendary mountain men were generally made of pelts; a few of wool for the hunters and trappers who ventured into town for supplies.  Moving west hats were generally a sign of a profession, or reflections of cultural practices.  Hardy men trailing cattle wore a variety of styles, shapes and materials to fashion their head gear.

The traditional Chilean horsemen wore what is called the Chupalla.  They were first made of a plant named the bromelia which locals called achupalla.  Now they are made of rice and wheat.  The Chupalla was also used for a traditional Chilean folk dance.  However, with the high cost of hats now a day, it is difficult to see any wage earning cowboy stomping this valuable accessory into the ground with dirty boots and spurs.

Today there is a well-respected cowboy and one of the original “horse whisperers” who is generally seen wearing a version of the Chupalla.  Buck Brannnaman has long been admired for his skill with a horse.  Perhaps Brannaman’s easy going mannerisms; laid back way with horses is symbolized perfectly by the phrase “por la chupalla” which loosely translates to “what the heck”.  Or perhaps he is a great Chilean dancer.

Around 1865 John B. Stetson traveled west in search of a drier climate for health reasons.  He was the son of a Philadelphia master hatter and learned his skills working with his father.   Although hatters were not well thought of in that time period, looked upon as lazy and unreliable, Stetson eventually proved that myth wrong.

During his journey west he demonstrated to his companions how he could create felt out of working fur and shaped it into a large brimmed hat.  Even though his friends made fun of his extreme design, Stetson liked the way it protected him from the elements, created a unique image and perhaps covered a bald spot.  The hat was later named, “The Boss of the Plains”.  Perhaps Hollywood’s Tom Mix carried on the daring fashion statement of the 10 gallon hat to woo audiences.

John B. Stetson changed the berated image of a hatter to become a successful, influential and respected business man.

In 1872 Montgomery Ward opened, offering store bought clothing to rural America.  At first only selling a wide brimmed hat called the “Men’s Panama Hat”; four years later they introduced the “Men’s Planter’s Hat”.  The rounded crown and smaller brim could be molded to adjust to the individual personality of the cowboy.  The smaller brim was also a better fit for the winds of the prairie.

In the 1920’s, millionaire E.R. Byer invested in hat maker Harry Rolnick.  His unique creations caught Byer’s eye and in 1927 Byer-Bolnick started their business in Dallas, TX.  Later they would create the Resistol hat line meaning resistant-all weather.

Now hats come in a wide range of styles and colors.  There is a style for everyone.  Some interesting ones say a lot about a person.

No matter what your style is, be comfortable and enjoy your cowboy experience.  Jackson Hole has a variety of outfitters that want you to be comfortable on your family vacation.  Look around and find the hat that says, “I’m having a great time here”.   And, if you forgot your hat for your Guest Ranch Vacation we have a variety of sizes at Goosewing Ranch to help protect every buckaroo!

Cowboy lore: never put your cowboy hat on your bed.  Also, don’t eat peanuts before a rodeo but that really doesn’t have anything to do with style, just thought it was interesting.

By: Janis Wright