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Jackson Hole, Wyoming Family Reunion at Goosewing Ranch

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

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

Family time has always been important, but getting together for an extended family vacation now is as important as ever. Families are living farther apart than ever before. Yes, we have the technology to stay connected, but is that really enough? It is no longer the era where cousins are spending entire summers together at the grandparents’ farm. Sometimes we are lucky to even get together during the holidays.

This is why multi-generational vacations are so needed. We need our children to know how fun it can be to play for endless hours with siblings and cousins making connections through experiences. Not to mention how cool and adventurous grandparents can be. Opportunities to grow as a family and create lasting memories through adventure, education, experiences, and time spent together are invaluable. A family reunion at Goosewing Ranch will allow your family to disconnect from daily distractions and reconnect as a family, making memories together.

Family Reunion at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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

Why Choose a Dude Ranch Reunion

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

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

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

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

We are also able to organize a family photo shoot. This can be a group picture with matching tee shirts or cowboy hats, or a costume party for the holidays. Believe us when we say this will be a stress free holiday where everything is taken care of for you.

Trust your family with our family. Dude ranches were founded on the idea of bringing families together and opening our home to you so you can become a part of our extended family. These family excursions are important for child development and building of family relationships. If you have never experienced a dude ranch vacation, let us show you some true Western hospitality and help you plan your next adventure.

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

Planning a Family Reunion

This can seem very daunting task. How am I going to schedule 10 – 30 people a vacation and ensure all will have something they will enjoy? The best part of planning an all-inclusive family reunion at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is that the planning ends when your vacation begins. Once you are on the ranch, everything will be taken care of for you. From meals and lodging to activities and equipment. Family members simply choose their activities for the day and the fun starts.

How We Can Help You Plan a Family Reunion

Choosing Dates

Once you have the list of family members who are interested in attending, you will need to have a list of the dates that they are available. Don’t forget that we are a small property and can book out 6 months to a year in advance. Something else to consider is the season you wish to visit. If you have young children (infant-15 years) we recommend visiting us in July or August. For more mature families you might be able to find great options in either June or September. Each season comes with different weather and activities. Also, consider how long you should stay to make the most of your time together.

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Gathering Details

We are happy to send information via mail or email about what to expect, weather, activities, packing tips, food details, and more to all members of your family or for the planner to disperse. We feel the more information provided the better to ensure everyone’s expectations are met.

Choosing Accommodations

Depending on your group size, you might have the entire ranch to yourself or you might need just a few cabins. We are here for you to help arrange the best accommodations possible. What we will need would be: age, gender, and desired lodging accommodations for each immediate family.

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

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

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

Other Helpful Information We Need and Suggest

Additional Information about Your Family

It is very important for us to know as much about each family member as possible. We are interested in know if there are any dietary restrictions, allergies, medical conditions, special needs/requests, horseback riding level/interest, other activity interest. Additionally, if there are any special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or graduations, we’d love to know.  Finally, we can assist in arranging unique activities (National Park trips, photographer). All of these details will ensure that you are provided with True Western Hospitality and all your needs will be met.

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

Go With Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend travel insurance to all our guests, but when you are dealing with multiple generations traveling together, we feel it is even more important. When making a reservation with us, you can opt into additional travel insurance that will cover all members of the traveling party and extended family member emergencies. It is always better to be prepared so you can be worry free.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

 

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Why Wyoming?

Wyoming tends to fly low on the radar when it comes to vacations. However, there are several gems that make this state stand out. In the northwestern corner lie Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park, which attract tourists in the summer and avid skiers and snowboarders in the winter. As a result of these famous spots, Jackson Hole has flourished.

Wyoming has a low population, clocking in at just over 580,000 people (as of 2014), but the national parks draw a big crowd to Jackson and the Greater Yellowstone area. Yellowstone alone entices about 4 million people per year; the heaviest concentration falls between May and September.

Just recently the Wyoming Office of Tourism launched a new slogan, “That’s WY.” Focused on bringing up tourism percentages, the slogan highlights all the beautiful, rugged, and wild things Wyoming has to offer.

Brian Ganther, the group creative director at BVK—the Milwaukee ad agency that created the campaign—says, “Wyoming takes Western culture and kicks it up a notch… You aren’t going there for an urban experience, although there is a growing amount of good food, music and culture.”

#GreatOutdoorsMonth #MountianBiking #Vedauwoo #ThatsWY

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The hashtag has come alive on Twitter and Instagram, with a steady stream of pictures posted online that showcase the adventurous side of Wyoming. Whatever image comes into someone’s head about Wyoming, this new campaign is solidifying a positive perception.

Goosewing Ranch, located northeast of Jackson Hole, provides a perfect slice of Wyoming that is hard to replicate, and not often seen by visitors of the area.

Aside from being close to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the ranch sits on the Bridger Teton National Forest and is the perfect entry point into the Gros Ventre Wilderness. (True to its name, the wilderness has remained untouched by all motorized vehicles – accessible only by foot or horseback.)

So if you ask us why you should pick Wyoming, or why you should pick Jackson Hole as your vacation destination, just take a look at this piece of country that is still truly wild. Not many people get to experience our isolated paradise. That’s why.

Dude Ranch Family Reunion

2011 Tipi with Jeremy 111

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

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

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

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

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

Horseback Riding Vacations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Goosewing Ranch, Riding the River sweet

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

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

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Josh posing for the camera with a teenage guest

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

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

Goosewing Ranch, Riding the Meadows 3

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

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

 

 

This post was written by Sara Massery.