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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!

Snake River: What You Should Know

Snake River weaves it way through the Western landscape in Wyoming, from Yellowstone down to Grand Teton National Park and into Jackson Hole and beyond. Learn more about this river and why it should be on every Jackson Hole traveler’s list for its awesome water-based activities.

Snake River runs through Grand Teton National Park and spans 6 states including here in Wyoming.

Here at Goosewing Ranch, we love the landscape in our neck of the woods, and one of the natural beauties is the Snake River. This rollicking river wows with Teton views, terrific rapids, and stunning scenery.

Snake River: What You Should Know

Did you know?

  • The Snake River is the 9th longest river in the US at 1,078 miles and the longest tributary of the Columbia River.
  • Its drainage basin covers parts of six states which are Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
  • The average flow of the river is 1,553 cubic meters per second.

One of the main reasons to explore Snake River is the stunning scenery!

Its Name Was a Misinterpretation

The Snake River likely got its name from European explorers who misinterpreted the sign made by the Shoshone people. The Shoshone made swimming motions which appeared to these explorers to be a snake. In actuality, they were signing that they lived near the river with many fish.

Lewis and Clark were the first American explorers to discover it.

Between 1804 and 1806, Lewis and Clark sailed down the Snake River to the Columbia River. Lewis is credited as the first American to see this river’s drainage basin, so it is often called Lewis Fork.

Snake River offers rafting, scenic floats, and fishing just to name a few popular summer activities. What you need to know before you explore Snake River in jackson Hole, Wyoming and beyond. #JacksonHole #SnakeRiver #GrandTeton #nationalpark #Wyoming

Things to Do on the Snake River

In Jackson Hole, there are many activities centered on Snake River. From rolling rapids to calm waters through Grand Teton National Park, rafting makes the cut on many guests’ wish lists.

Whitewater Rafting

For outdoor fun and an adrenaline boost, whitewater rafting is the way to go. The most popular rafting section of the river stretches from Grand Teton National Park and travels through Jackson Hole.

Scenic floats along the Snake River are photo opportunities at every turn!

Scenic Float

If relaxation and soaking in the scenery is more your speed, then we suggest a scenic float. Enjoy a secluded trip down Snake River inside the Grand Teton National Park for a one-of-a-kind way to see the national park. Be sure to bring a camera and binoculars to take in all the wildlife and great shots. Most whitewater companies also offer scenic float excursions.

Fishing

Ask the experts and they will agree that Snake River is perfectly suited for fly fishing whether a beginner or expert. Plus, there are those incomparable views of the Tetons. Many outfitters offer fly fishing in the area and welcome all ages (kids should be old enough to sit in a small drift boat for a half or full day). All fishing in Jackson Hole is catch and release to keep population levels high. We also have fishing here on our ranch to give it a try before taking on Snake River.

If planning any of these activities, be sure to bring appropriate apparel. Check out our packing list of suggested items for a Western vacation.

Fishing is one of the best family activities whether at Goosewing Ranch or on the Snake River during your stay in Jackson Hole.

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 at Goosewing Ranch.

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 Gros Ventre 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, two night minimum stay packages are available for glamping 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

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!

 

Dude Ranch: The Ultimate Vacation for Kids and Parents!

Ask a kid and their parent about their idea of a perfect vacation and you will likely get two very different answers. While a parent’s idea of fun includes the chance to wind down, rest and recuperate, kids tend to want to do more, see more, and experience more. Why would you want to rest on a vacation, kids say! Packing the days with as much fun as possible equates to a fun summer vacation. Here’s why a dude ranch vacation at Goosewing Ranch meshes the two for a unique and satisfying experience for everyone in the family, parents and kids alike!

ultimate dude ranch vacation families-horse painting wows the kids

Where should we go on vacation? The question may get very different answers from everyone in the family. Kids typically want action, excitement, and adventure. But parents might have more leisure and relaxation in mind mixed in the with the hustle and bustle. Let Goosewing Ranch combine the two for the ultimate dude ranch vacation for kids and parents.

Dude Ranch Experience: The Ultimate Vacation for Kids and Parents

At Goosewing Ranch, the ultimate kids’ vacation is easy to achieve in the Jackson Hole area. Most importantly, kids and teenagers alike have the chance to experience some independence, roam free on the dude ranch and explore their deep sense of adventure.

ultimate dude ranch vacation families-trail riding and line dancing are just a few of the activities

Dude Ranch: A Hit with the Kids

Autonomy is important for anyone, and in today’s world it can be difficult to give your children these types of opportunities to taste that freedom. The ranch is safe and offers an environment where kids have a natural boundary to explore within. In addition, a wide range of activities and experiences keep kids of all ages entertained. This gives parents some much needed time to relax around the ranch. Like the pool and jacuzzi!

ultimate dude ranch vacation families Swimming Pool at Goosewing Ranch

Adventurous and artistic, athletic or active, there are activities designed to meet every kids personality. Scavenger hunts, geo-caching and track/scat identifying activities bring out the adventure. Arts and crafts activities include bracelet and dream catcher making, river rock and face painting, and even some horse painting.

There is target practice, roping, archery and hatchet throwing, and fire making. Wagon rides and horse feeding give kids a taste of ranch life and when its time to cool off, kids can float the river and swim in the pool.ultimate dude ranch vacation families-archery is a big hit with the kids

Dude Ranch: Activities Galore

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

ultimate dude ranch vacation families teens and tweens love all the activities too

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

ultimate dude ranch vacation families-tepee under the stars can be tent for the night

We hope you’ve got a keen sense that Goosewing Ranch has considered all the amenities your family desires. Parents, this is the ultimate vacation your family will talk about for years to come. Questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you every step of the way.

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Saddle Up for Glamping at Goosewing Ranch

Ever been glamping before? We recommed you try it! Glamping is truly a unique experience not offered by many dude ranches. Sleeping in covered wagons? Check. A private chef for campfire meals? Check. A dedicated wrangler just for the glampers? Check. We not only share a bit about the glamping site and its amenities, but also a TravelingMom.com.review of the glamping experience by one of our guests.

Traveling Mom visits Goosewing Ranch, tries glamping, and is amazed! Here are the glampers on their trail ride.

Glampers from South Carolina and England on one of many trail rides. Photo by Sherry Boswell.com.

Glamping. A new word to the English vernacular. Camping and glamour combine to make this fun word. Here at Goosewing Ranch, we have what we believe to be an amazing glamping setup with 5 covered wagon for families and couples nestled in the hills of the Bridger-Teton National Forest overlooking our ranch facilities a few miles below. Yes, the glamping site is a fun Polaris UTV ride up to Gunsight Pass. More isolated than the ranch itself, it creates the feel of a total escape from the ordinary.

Glamping at Goosewing Ranch

All dirt roads lead to Gunsight Pass, home of the Goosewing Ranch glamping site.

Don’t just take our word for it! Sherry Boswell, one of the writers at TravelingMom.com and her family tried it out this summer and had the time of their lives. These self-professed “City Slickers” stayed at our glamping site, and now swear that they have been spoiled for life. Happy to have them and the same would go for you, too.

Breakfast of glampers: donut holes, french toast, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, OJ, and coffee.

 

Go to Traveling Mom to read the full post. Have questions? Contact us!

Solar Eclipse Week at Goosewing Ranch

By now, you’ve probably heard…a total solar eclipse is coming! August 21, 2017 is the big day. We are very excited because Goosewing Ranch and much of Wyoming is in the path of totality. Between the eclipse and already spectacular scenery, this promises to be a once in a lifetime kind of experience.

solar eclipse 2017 will be total eclipse at Goosewing Ranch and many part of Wyoming especially the Grand Teton National Park

Grab those solar eclipse glasses and get ready! The total solar eclipse is coming.

 

By now, most Americans are acutely aware of the approaching total solar eclipse set to pass across the country on August 21, 2017. There are several reasons that make this eclipse so intriguing to people, the first being its total eclipse status. There are several types of solar eclipses, including a partial solar eclipse, an annular and a total eclipse. The next total eclipse in North American will not be until April 8, 2024.

In a total solar eclipse, the most rare type, the moon slides in front of the sun in a near perfect center that blocks out the suns strong rays, leaving a rare glimpse at the sun’s corona. This occurs because of a simple, yet amazing fact… the sun is approximately 400 times larger than the moon, and yet the moon is approximately 400 miles closer to the Earth than the sun.

This mathematic equation means that when astronomically aligned, the moon appears just the right size to those of us watching from Earth to see something spectacular!

Solar eclipse 2017 will be total eclipse at Goosewing Ranch. Here's a photo of one.

This is what a total eclipse looks like.

 

Solar Eclipse at Goosewing Ranch

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

NASA also has excellent information on the path of the 2017 total eclipse.

Anyone lucky enough to be staying at the Goosewing Ranch this week will be safely tucked away from all the bustle, enjoying gourmet cooked meals, a beautiful and peaceful ranch to view the eclipse from that just so happens to be directly in the total eclipse path.

Soda Lake, which lies in the Gros Ventre River Valley is going to offer some of the most amazing and unobstructed views of the eclipse. Whether your are on a pack trip adventure, a glamping holiday or perched at your private cabin, the Goosewing Ranch will provide the perfect place to create eclipse memories you will be telling for many years to come.

 

Solar Eclipse Map and Stats

solar eclipse 2017 will be total eclipse at Goosewing Ranch and many part of Wyoming-map view

Source: The Great American Eclipse website.

Solar Eclipse Chart represents Soda Lake area:

Lat.: 43.5282° N

Long.: 110.252° W

Total Solar Eclipse

Duration of Totality: 2m20.6s

Magnitude: 1.014

Obscuration: 100.00%

Event Date Time (UT) Alt Azi

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

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

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

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

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

 

Finding the Road Less Traveled By in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming includes many popular spots such as the city of Jackson and Grand Teton National Park. But the road less traveled may also be nestled in its same valleys and along the Gros Ventre River. See why Robert Frost could have been writing about Jackson Hole and specifically Goosewing Ranch when he penned the words “the road less traveled by.”

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is home to Jackson and also places on the road less traveled by such as Goosewing Ranch. Views overlooking the Gros Ventre River for miles.

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

So what’s the difference between Jackson Hole and Jackson, Wyoming? Jackson Hole is the larger 48-mile long valley and includes the towns of Kelly, Moose, Moran, Wilson, Teton Village, and of course, Jackson.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is home to Jackson and also places on the road less traveled by such as Goosewing Ranch. Our draft horses know the road less traveled by heart!

Evolution of the Dude Ranch

In its early history, Jackson was known as a place where fur trappers could trap, buy, and trade. Later, as the fur trapping industry waned, a few people began developing the area’s first dude ranches. In 1872 when Yellowstone became the country’s first national park, the interest in the West increased. Easterners yearned for the chance to experience the frontier, and dude ranches provided this avenue, albeit in a safe and comfortable fashion.

The term “dude” was coined as a description of those who paid for the ranching service. Through the legacy of dude ranching, people began to see the benefit settling in, and spending some time “living on the ranch.” Thus, a long-standing tradition of people coming to spend time in the Tetons was born.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is home to Jackson and also places on the road less traveled by such as Goosewing Ranch. Jackson's elk antlers are fun to see.

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

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is home to Jackson and also places on the road less traveled by such as Goosewing Ranch. Views from one of our cabins.

Jackson Hole: Choosing Jackson or a Dude Ranch

Imagine all those three and a half million people driving their cars, wagons and RV’s from Yellowstone in a vigilant procession to get to the next flag on the vehicle’s fancy navigation system. Imagine yourself in that procession when suddenly you see a road leading in another direction. Off to a quiet vista of red rolling hills, majestic mountaintops where a crystal clear river rolls through the valley of uncompromised beauty.

As all those people are checking in to their hotels and motels, you are sitting on the porch of your cabin, taking in the landscape of open wilderness as far as the eye can see. As the cars move through the town, the people swarm the town square, and wait for dinner reservations. Meanwhile, you walk to the deck for a decadent BBQ dinner masterfully cooked accompanied by a full bar and scenery that is beyond compare.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is home to Jackson and also places on the road less traveled by such as Goosewing Ranch. The BBQ feast plate.

The Road Less Traveled

One cannot help but think of Robert Frost’s classic poem, The Road Not Taken:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Not everyone has the opportunity to stay at a guest ranch in the heart of the Gros Ventre River Valley. Not everyone knows about such a magical place. And not everyone will ever know the wonder and peacefulness of spending time in the wilderness. Goosewing Ranch offers weary travelers a respite from the busy chatterings of life. A chance to jump out of the line of status quo into a fresh unique way of discovering nature.

Days on the ranch are filled with horseback riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, sunbathing poolside, amazing meals, and time to unwind. No lines to wait in, no cash registers, no buses filled with tourists. And when you do get to Jackson, you will do so with a smile on your face. The furrow in your brow will not be quite so deep because you took the time to slow down, breathe in the expanse of the wild, and stare at a star filled sky.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is home to Jackson and also places on the road less traveled by such as Goosewing Ranch. Horses kicking up a storm.

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

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is home to Jackson and also places on the road less traveled by such as Goosewing Ranch | Our entrance along the road less traveled.