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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

Jackson Hole Must See Spots

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is filled with many must see spots. Use our list of the best destinations in Jackson Hole and make sure not to miss the most memorable and most photographed spots.


Jackson Hole must see spots include the Antler Arches in downtown Jackson.

Jackson Hole Must See Spots

  1. Grand Tetons

  2. Mormon Row

  3. Teton Village

  4. Antler Arches

When you hear Jackson Hole, what is the first thing to come to mind?  Maybe the Grand Tetons, Mormon Row, the Teton Village, or Antler Arches. Hands down, these are just a few of the most popular features in the valley.

1. Grand Tetons

No visit to Jackson Hole is complete without a trek to see the Grand Tetons.

Named by French trappers, the three peaks are now known as the South, Middle, and Grand Teton. They called the mountains “Les Trois Tetons,” or “The Three Breasts.” It is the youngest mountain range in the Rockies. Spanning 40 miles long and 8 miles wide, the highest peak measures in at 13,770 feet (Grand Teton) and it has 8 peaks that are over 12,000 feet!

The Grand Tetons are a highlight of any visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Fact: Grand Teton National Park was approved by President Calvin Coolidge on February 26, 1929. This act protected the Teton Range and six glacial lakes but not nearby Jackson Hole.

Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park

2. Mormon Row

Mormon Row was an early homesteading settlement in Jackson Hole before the Grand Teton National Park was formed. Mormons from Salt Lake Valley set out to establish new communities, and they clustered their farms to share labor. Their community was known as Mormon Row.

The famous Moulton Barn is probably the most photographed barn in Wyoming, if not the world. Pretty logical considering its location directly in front of the Grand Tetons!

Moulton Barn is one of the most majestic views, placing it on our Jackson Hole must see spots list.

3. Teton Village

Located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Swiss-styled Teton Village offers restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

In the wintertime, this location bustles with skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Even non-skiing types will love activities like the sleigh ride dinners and dog sled rides.

During the summer, activities in Teton Village include scenic tram rides to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, horseback riding, tandem paragliding flights, hiking and mountain biking trails, and a disc golf course. Learn more about the Tram, called “Big Red”in our post Jackson Hole Aerial Tram.

The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram at Teton Village takes guests up to Rendezvous Peak and gives stunning views of Jackson Hole.

4. Antler Arches

Step off, McDonald’s! The Antler Arches put the golden arches to shame. The Antler Arches in Jackson’s Town Square are one of the most iconic spots in all of Jackson Hole. As Jackson transformed from a mountain man town into a dude ranch town, the Antler Arches grew in popularity with family travelers and locals alike.

The 4 Antler Arches flanking the corners of Jackson Town Square are some of the most photographed in all the area.

There are four antler arches, one marking each corner of the town square. Though there isn’t an exact date of when the first arch was built and placed on the town square, most sources cite 1960 as the year the first antler arch was added to the town square. In 2007, they began to replace the arches, and auctioned off the old weathered ones.

Each arch contains about 10,000 pounds of elk antlers. Don’t worry: not one elk was harmed in the making of the arches. Elk grow antlers that they shed annually. Unlike horns that must be cut off and are hollow inside, antlers, fall off naturally and are solid.

Horse drawn carriage tours circle Town Square in Jackson, Wyoming.

Starting May 1, locals, tourist, and the local Boy Scout club hit the National Forests and Elk Refuge in search of the all the antler sheds. Each year at the Old West Days, the Boy Scouts put on an auction where they sell their antlers. Others sell them to jewelers, furniture makers, private deals, dealers from overseas, or just keep them to enjoy in their own homes.

Did you know? See Jackson Hole hosts live webcams all around Jackson, including Town Square. Get your Jackson Hole fix by checking out the happenings around town and in Jackson Hole.

When heading to Jackson Hole, where to first? Here's a list of some Jackson Hole must see spots, highlighting a few of the standouts, including Grand Tetons, Teton Village, Mormon Row and the Antler Arches. #JacksonHole #Wyoming #familytravel #mustseespots

 

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Why Jackson Hole: Yellowstone, Tetons, and Ranches

Winter is one of the best times to make plans for a vacation destination.  Whether a young couple, mature couple, large family or small, the Jackson Hole area has something offer each diverse traveler.  Make this year’s vacation an adventure filled with new experiences while exploring this educational and historic area. Here’s why Jackson Hole (hint: Yellowstone and Grand Teton might have something to do with it).

 

Why Jackson Hole

Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming is home to our nation’s first National Park, Yellowstone National Park, founded in 1872.  However, Yellowstone is not the only park that neighbors Jackson Hole-there is also Grand Teton National Park.  Jackson not only has two historic and magnificent parks in its backyard, but is also home to many guest ranches and summer attractions.

Black Pool Hot Spring in Yellowstone National Park

 

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park has much to offer as well.  This is a great area to enjoy the water or spend the day hiking.  Grand Teton has hiking trails suitable for those looking for an easy family picnic and hike to the more adventurous climber and backpacker.  Grand Teton has many great opportunities to view wildlife and is a photographer’s dream.

Dude Ranch as Home Base for the Parks

Guest Ranches such as Goosewing Ranch are a great way to visit the area with the ease of an all-inclusive package.  While staying at a ranch you can enjoy many different activities from hiking, horseback riding, line dancing, spa treatments, rodeos, cookouts, off-roading, and more.  But, make sure you save some time to visit Jackson Hole for some shopping, rodeo, rafting and a quick history lesson, and then head into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

There are many outfitters that will guide you through the parks in all fashions, but if you are a do-it-yourself kind of person here are a few tips.  I would suggest leaving your accommodations early in the morning and hitting the trail.  You should allow for a full day or more in each park, 12+ hours.

If you only have one day I suggest driving the Lower Loop of Yellowstone.  You will see such features as Old Faithful, boiling paint pots, hot springs and swimming holes, waterfalls, grand canyons, and hopefully some wildlife.  There are many different boardwalks taking you safely around various features of the park, and you may find park rangers on site to answer questions.

Remember obey all warning and safety postings and keep a vast distance between yourself and ALL wildlife. Yellowstone might have park behind its name but that doesn’t mean it is safe to play or recreate anywhere.

 

Between Jackson, the national parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton, the Jackson Hole area has a lot to offer a diverse group of travelers.  With a history, adventure, and science rich environment, you will return home with more than a vacation. You will return home having had an experience.  When visiting Jackson Hole, expect to experience the Wild West!

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.

Try Glamping in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Have you ever dreamed of sleeping under the stars, having meals cooked over dutch ovens and spending your vacation days like cowboys on horseback trail rides? Does spending the night in a covered wagon sound appealing? Ever wanted to escape from reality for a few days and try your hand at flyfishing, archery, or skeet shooting? Then a Jackson Hole glamping vacation may be the perfect fit for you and your family. Goosewing Ranch invites you to try our glamping camp for a unique adventure. We answer our most frequently asked questions to give a sense of what glamping in a picturesque Wyoming location is truly like.Jackson Hole vacation | Glamping in covered wagons at 8,400 feet.

Glamping has become one of the hottest travel trends. In 2017, Goosewing Ranch expanded our dude ranch to include a glamping experience called Goosewing Rendezvous. The glamping camp allows guests to have a customized, truly unique western experience. Perfect for those seeking adventure without sacrificing comfort.  

For those not familiar with glamping, it’s a newly created word that means glamorous/luxury camping. Some common threads to glamping:

  • Nature is usually a stone’s throw away from where you sleep;
  • Glamping is typically in a unique structure like a treehouse, yurt, tent, or covered wagon;
  • Accommodations include a bed and indoor plumbing. More likely than not, the glamping destination has upped the luxury quotient and could rival resorts and hotels on the amenities.

Since the definition of glamping can vary, the first step is to do your homework and research the glamping location. Read the reviews, see what’s included, and get a sense of what it will be like to stay there. This is key to align expectations with what is available.

Welcome to Goosewing Ranch’s Glamping Camp

Our glamping camp is named Goosewing Rendezvous after the French word “rendezvous” meaning to come together or gather. We are certain this vacation experience will bring you closer to nature and close together with one another.

If you want to try something unique for your next adventure, consider Goosewing Glamping. Our hand crafted, custom made wagons are perfect for your next family adventure.  Be the envy of your friends and family when you return home with grand stories of horseback riding, wildlife spotting, hiking, fishing, explorations, and much more.  

You will have many opportunities to search for wildlife, learn survival skills, learn about Dutch oven cooking, learn how to tack and care for your horse, fish, ride, hike, and explore the Gros Ventre area.  This is a remote location and the main focus is for you to have a unique Western experience.Jackson Hole Vacation | Ever wanted to try glamping? Then Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming may be calling! With 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 this as we answer frequently asked questions about our Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping camp. #duderanch #glamping #JacksonHole #Wyoming #GoosewingRanch

Goosewing Glamping FAQs

Q. What can we expect from our glamping experience?

A. Your Goosewing Rendezvous Glamping package will begin at our Resort Guest Ranch, Goosewing Ranch, located approximately 4 miles below the glamping site location.  However, this is not the same package as our guest ranch packages.

Upon arrival you will be checked in by our reservation staff, and then a Ranch Hand will help you with moving your luggage from your car to your Polaris Ranger UTV (utility terrain vehicle).  A Goosewing employee will escort you from Goosewing Ranch to the glamping location. Once at the glamping site, our wrangler will give you a personal tour and show how to use the amenities around the site.  You will have full days of horseback riding, exploring, and activities in your package.  Your checkout morning is for relaxing, packing, and completing your experience.  You will head back down to the main Goosewing Ranch where checkout will take place, return your Ranger, and we wish you happy trails. There is NO cell coverage and internet is limited.  

Q. What’s different about glamping camp compared to the resort ranch?

A. The Goosewing glamping site is located about 4 miles northeast of the Goosewing Ranch and sits at about 8,400 feet.

There are generally fewer guests at the glamping camp, so in that way it becomes an incredibly personalized, tailored for you and your family vacation. With 4 covered wagons, the glamping camp has a maximum of 17 guests.

You will enjoy a vast amount of guided horseback riding and equine adventures, horse drives, hayrides, non-guided fly fishing in both trout ponds, rivers, streams and lakes, you can take a refreshing dip in one of the mountain waters, or tube down the Gros Ventre River.  Hiking is abundant with varied difficulty.  Many of these activities are self-guided, but we can provide the instruction, gear, and location.Jackson Hole vacation | Saddling up horses for the day's ride. Glamping guests will learn how to tack their horses.

Q. What is included in the glamping package?

A. Glamping packages are minimum 2 night packages. These rates are all per person based on the occupancy of the wagon. Included are the glamping accommodations, meals, and on site glamping seasonal activities. Rates do not include 22% taxes and gratuities; off glamping site activities, excursions, or accommodations; transportation; alcohol; UTV fuel; fishing licenses; or any Goosewing Ranch amenities and other incidentals.Jackson Hole Vacation | A UTV comes in handy to drive from the Goosewing Rendezvous glamping camp to the resort ranch.

Q. Are we at the glamping site by ourselves? Any staff there with us?

A. At the Goosewing glamping site, there is a chef, a wrangler/guide, and an event coordinator/helper.  These folks work together to provide you with all your meals, services and information.  They also live at camp to provide you with a safe and enjoyable vacation experience.

Have fun on the glamping camp and the surrounding property  We have trail maps available for you, wranglers/guides for your equine adventures, fishing gear, tubes for the river, and Polaris Ranger UTVs. Many adventures and activities will be self-guided with instruction and information provided by staff members.

Q. What is the food like?

A. This is a true Western culinary experience. We expect you will be impressed with the food given the scale of our Rendezvous kitchen. Expect Dutch-oven meals, grilled meals, or open fire cooking.

Our chef and staff members prepare and serve breakfast and dinner.  Meal times are flexible depending on the day’s adventure and groups desires. Hearty breakfast fare typically includes fruit, eggs, pancakes, sausage, and bacon.Jackson Hole vacation | Breakfast of champions at glamping camp includes eggs, donut holes, sausage and bacon.

Lunch is typically a sack lunch out on the trail horseback riding, hiking, UTVing, or enjoying a number of other adventures.  Snacks are available in the afternoon, and dinner is served family style in the dining tent or around the campfire.  Meals are hearty, home cooked from fresh meats, breads, and veggies.  Some dietary restrictions can be met with advanced notice.Jackson Hole vacation | Trout, rice, potato salad and zucchini round out the glamping dinner.

Q. What are the wagons like?

A. We have four custom, handcrafted wagons available at the glamping camp.  Three wagons will sleep a maximum of five people, with a king bed and three twin beds set up like bunk beds.  The fourth wagon is perfect for just a couple, with a king bed and seating.  Wagons have storage for luggage and dressers.  All linens and bedding provided. There is a safe box located in the bath cabins for valuables and your convenience. There is NO daily housekeeping.  On Monday, linens are changed and the trash emptied. Jackson Hole vacation | Custom Goosewing Glamping Wagon with 2 twin bunks and a king bed

Additional propane lights, lanterns, and solar or battery operated lamps are provided for your use.  Wagons do have outlets and USB ports for charging.  Propane stoves provide the heating in bath-cabins, wagons and around camp.  There is no air conditioning as it is not needed in our mountain climate.  Special instructions will be provided upon check-in for all features of your wagon, bath-cabin and other aspects around camp.

Q. What are the bathrooms like?

Each glamping wagon has a detached bath-cabin, with full amenities of shower, commode, vanity with sink and running hot and cold water.  Towels and some Eco friendly toiletries provided (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bar body and face soap, toilet paper). Bath-cabins have power with lights and outlets.  Jackson Hole vacation | Each wagon comes with its own bath cabin with sink, shower, toiler, and space heater.

Q. Do I have to be an expert rider?

A. Absolutely not. We welcome riders of all levels and experience. With over 60 horses in our stable, we can match guests with the most appropriate horse for them. Riding age is 6 years old and up. Riders must be able to listen and follow instructions for our seasoned wranglers.Jackson Hole vacation | Count on plenty of horseback rides and varied trails every day at the Goosewing Rendezvous glamping camp.

Q. What other activities are available besides horseback riding?

A. While with us, you will experience true Western Hospitality, learn the cowboy way of life, help us with our environmental stewardship, and connect with nature.  We encourage our glampers to engage in helping around the  site with horses, meal prep, all while learning about the Western lifestyle.  Evenings consist of campfire songs and stories, stargazing, s’mores roasting, and relaxing while reflecting on the day’s activities.  Activities available may include archery, hatchet throwing, knife throwing, roping (not on horseback), and wildlife spotting.Jackson Hole vacation | Try a hand at cutting wood with an axe.

Each day you will experience a different part of the Western culture and have the opportunity to learn and practice new skills.  These range from dutch oven cooking lessons, equine care, horse tacking and packing instructions, wildlife tracking skills, fire starting and more.

Additionally, activities vary from guided and instructed, or to being available for self service. Either way, we suggest that glampers be healthy and in good physical health so you can enjoy the remote experience.

Q. Will we get bored without electronics/wifi?

A. Well, that is really more of a personal answer depending on your family. Does the idea of not needing phones for anything (except for photos) sound appealing? Would your family like to take a break from social media and texting and get into outdoor activities, games, and hay rides? Or does not having email and phone coverage make you twitchy?

The main focus of Goosewing  Glamping is to enjoy nature, the wilderness and reconnecting with family and friends in a unique setting. So if you’re up for a disconnect and an escape from the “real world”—this is it! Jackson Hole vacation | Wyoming night Goosewing Glamping fun around the fire

Q. What should I pack?

A. Don’t go overboard, but also prepare for a range in temperatures. Think lightweight and layers. The glamping camp is at 8,400 feet elevation in the Gros Ventre Mountains, the sun can be intense, and the weather can change quickly. Here are our packing recommendations:

  • For horseback riding: Jeans, cowboy boots or slick soled enclosed shoes with at least a 1 ½” heel, wide brimmed hat or cowboy hat with stampede strings, long sleeve/lightweight shirt, gloves, fleece or extra layer.
  • For hiking/fishing/biking: Shorts or lightweight easy dry pants, river shoes or sandals that strap to your feet (no flip flops), lightweight easy dry shirt, walking or hiking boots/shoes, hat, and sunglasses.
  • Essential items: Sunscreen, camera, bathing suit, lightweight jacket or extra layer for cool mornings and evenings, lightweight packable rain gear, warmer clothing for early or late season visitors and pack trippers.  Additionally, the ranch does have a gift shop where many of these items can be purchased. We have a full Packing List to help you get ready!
    Jackson Hole vacation | Views of the Grand Tetons.

Q. What’s the weather like since we’ll be in covered wagons?

A. 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.

Average temperatures:

June: 68/35; July: 76/42; August: 67/43; and September: 65/33

Moreover, there is no air conditioning, but it is not needed in our mountain climate. We will provide you with rain slickers, but we suggest you follow our packing guidelines for additional gear.

Q. How long will it take to get to Goosewing Ranch?

A. Allow at least 1 ½ hours from downtown Jackson, Wyoming or the Jackson Hole airport.

We recommend you print directions and use them along with your GPS devices. GPS devices are not always accurate in the mountains. Also, use the physical address of 24440 East Cottonwood Creek Road, Kelly, Wyoming, 83011.Jackson Hole vacation | Aerial view of the glamping camp.

Q. What are check-in and check-out times?

A. Goosewing Glamping Check-in time is between 2:00pm and 6:00pm, while Check-out time is 9:00am – 11:00am.  (check-in and out times are strict, we cannot accommodate early or late arrivals or late checkouts).  On your arrival or check in day, please have lunch before you arrive, there will not be a meal for you until dinner.  Breakfast is provided on your departure on checkout day.

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Glamping is a unique experience. Whether the cabins or the glamping site, we’d love to have you. Or try a combination stay including both glamping and the main ranch. Best of both worlds!

We have a dedicated website just for Goosewing Glamping. We’d love for you to check it out!

Jackson Hole Summer Jobs: Working at a Dude Ranch

Looking for a summer job in the Jackson Hole area? Then consider applying to work at Goosewing Ranch, a dude ranch nestled near the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park. Our full-service ranch employs kitchen workers, lodge staff, ranch hands, and activities personnel, and we are looking for talented, qualified, and hard-working individuals. If you enjoy working with people of many different backgrounds, and love hiking, horseback riding and exploring this beautiful country, then this may be the Jackson Hole summer job for you.

Jackson Hole Summer Jobs | We need wranglers and horse staff for our horseback riding program.

Interested in working in the Jackson Hole area this summer? Goosewing Ranch may be the perfect place for those looking for an unforgettable experience off the beaten path. Just beyond the busy summer streets of the town of Jackson, this dude ranch offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle with its solace and exceptional work environment.

Imagine hiking through meadows of wildflowers with spectacular mountain views, casting your fly rod as rays of sunlight filter through the crystal clear waters of the Gros Ventre River, or horseback riding along a ridgeline while the gentle breeze blows the tall grasses – the Grand Teton mountain range towering in the distance.

Jackson Hole Summer Jobs

Flanked by the mountains of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and the Gros Ventre Wilderness, Goosewing Ranch is an all-inclusive ranch nestled in a pristine valley 40 miles northeast of Jackson. Our unique dude ranch has a variety of jobs available for a four month season extending from June 1st through September 23rd.Jackson Hole Summer Jobs | Looking for people who enjoy working with families and kids like these ranch staffers who help kids learn the ropes on horseback.

The full-service ranch employs kitchen workers, lodge staff, ranch hands, and activities personnel – just to name a few. Ranch lodging is provided as well as opportunities to make life-long friends, learn and improve workforce skills, and explore the breathtaking terrain of the Jackson Hole valley. The close-knit staff works together to provide a high level of hospitality to guests, implement sustainable missions, and have a lot of fun.

We are seeking people who:

  • are motivated and willing to work hard and to learn our methods and bring character to this beautiful ranch;
  • work equally well when working alone or as part of a team;
  • are honest, friendly, enthusiastic and have a good sense of humor;
  • enjoy interacting with guests from all around the world; and
  • get a great sense of satisfaction from providing excellent service to all.

We will provide training for positions and for the right person.

Jackson Hole Summer Jobs | Our activities are diverse and we pride ourselves on great employees, like this one teaching archery.

Our Application Process

Applicants must:

  • be able to stay a minimum of four months;
  • pass a background check;
  • be drug free; and
  • willing to live at the ranch.

Our location is deep in the Gros Ventre Valley and not located in the town limits; there is no public transportation to and from the ranch.  This is a chance to make lasting memories through a rewarding summer work program.

Goosewing Ranch would be a great fit for outgoing individuals that love working with people of many different backgrounds. Added bonus if you love hiking, horseback riding and exploring this beautiful country. During this great summer adventure, you’ll meet and make great friends and create lasting memories through exciting new experiences. In the process, we will help you discover this vast area though both education and adventure based experiences in an authentic Western setting. This is not a job for those looking to be constantly connected to their smart phone or those wanting to live in an urban setting.

Those seeking a lifestyle, a culture, a experience that you can’t find anywhere else–this is for you! Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning our culture and having the best summer of their life.

We are mostly seeking applicants that can complete our full season of employment from June 1 – September 23. There are limited spots for those with shorter duration dates. Our goal is to find individuals that are looking to grow with our business, that are dedicated, and will “ride for the brand.”

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Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is one of the hotspots for vacationing, especially for horse lovers. From the Grand Teton National Park to the rolling landscapes, the area is filled with trails to be explored. Horseback riding is one of the most popular activities, and dude ranches welcome riders of all skill  levels and ages. Learn more about horseback riding at Goosewing Ranch and how a dude ranch vacation gives opportunities for daily trail rides, lessons, penning, and packouts.Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole | Goosewing Ranch entrance as horseback riders head out for a trail ride.

During your stay at the Goosewing Ranch, there is plenty of time for both relaxation and adventure. Once the car is parked, the vacation begins. You can spend time kicking back at the pool. Enjoying a quiet cup of coffee on your porch taking in the stunning surroundings of the Gros Ventre River Valley. Or gazing into a warm campfire in the evening. When it is time for fun, there is an impressive list of activities to engage both children and adults. At the heart of the ranch’s activities is their horseback riding program.

Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole

Included in your stay at the Goosewing Ranch is the opportunity to be fitted and paired to your very own horse for your entire stay. This gives guests time to get to know their horses and develop a camaraderie. Horse’s personalities are as unique as humans, and the accomplished head wrangler at the ranch carefully selects one of their 65 horses. Horses are matched to fit each person’s riding abilities and personality, providing the foundation for an exceptional experience.

The extensive program features leisurely strolls as well as faster paced rides with trotting and loping, technical rides, and simple walks to the fishing hole. There are 2, 4, and 6 hour scenic trail rides on different types of trails through the Jackson Hole area. Also consider a peaceful sunrise breakfast ride.

The exclusive area available for riding includes 55 deeded acres and another 300,000 permitted acres. For those ready for it, there are bareback riding opportunities, and even a ride where you get to swim down a smooth section of the Gros Ventre River on your horse.

Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole | Talk about a bonding experience-trail rides result in fast friends with both fellow guests and with your horse.

Lessons are always available for anyone who wants to improve their riding skills and abilities. Regardless of what types of horseback riding activities you participate in, one thing is sure; at the end of your stay, you will take away the wonderful memories of an incredible experience.

Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole | Grand Teton views as trail rides meander through Goosewing Ranch property and beyond in neighboring state parks.

Guest Reviews of the Horseback Riding at Goosewing Ranch

Don’t just take our word for it. Here are some guest reviews of the horseback riding:

“We just came back from an incredible vacation at Goosewing Ranch. The views are spectacular in every direction. The horseback riding was fun for every level of rider – even very experienced, which is not always the case. The food was top notch. The staff and wranglers feel like family now. I highly recommend this place. Just a little tip for the out of practice rider….padded bike shorts inside your wranglers might be a good idea.”

“We loved the horseback riding and the ATV’s. Tori and Ben (wranglers) have a lot of knowledge about the area. My kids absolutely adore Wrangler Carter and the kids’ horseback riding.”

“Breathtaking setting, great accommodations and fabulous staff…The wranglers, ranch crew and all the staff are the Best in the West as the saying goes. A once in a lifetime experience I hope to repeat.”

We are blessed to have exceptional wranglers and staff and are so happy that guests see their quality. Thanks to all our guests for the feedback!

Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole | Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has horseback riding for all levels and ages. Learn about the trail rides, location, and what sets Goosewing apart from other dude ranches.

Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has horseback riding for all levels and ages. Learn about the trail rides, location, and what sets Goosewing apart from other dude ranches. #GoosewingRanch #duderanch #ranchvacation #horsebackriding

 

Another Holiday Special to Ring in the New Year!

Although all the packages have been unwrapped, we’ve been filled with the holiday spirit and feel compelled to offer another Goosewing Ranch holiday special. And this one is a real winner: a three day package that adds on a fourth day activity for free! If you’ve been dreaming of a dude ranch vacation to Wyoming with side trips to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, or Jackson Hole.

holiday special from Goosewing Ranch to ring in the new year

Ahh, still glowing from the holiday magic, we at Goosewing Ranch are now looking forward to 2018. Because the start of a new year means it will soon be time to open our doors to our returning family and new guests! So we’re harnessing that holiday happiness and turning that into one huge holiday special.

Goosewing Ranch Holiday Special

Those of you looking for a three night dude ranch experience so you’ll have time to also do Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, or Grand Teton (or all of the above), this is it!

holiday special from Goosewing Ranch to ring in the new year-horseback riding activity

Grand Teton views and great horseback riding-this could be your free extra activity if you book this special!

Get the most out of your limited time with this special offer: a three night package that includes a FREE extra activity day.  Book a three night package from either Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 or Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 8 and all party members will receive a free activity day with an early check-in on Thursday.  This is over a $200 value per person.

Not valid with any other specials or offers.  For new reservations only.  We reserve the right to adjust package as needed.  Valid from December 18, 2017 – January 2, 2018.  Must mention 2017 Holiday Special.

If these dates work for you, book now! Hopefully you’ll be toasting an upcoming trip to Goosewing Ranch as you ring in the New Year. We would love to have you!

holiday special from Goosewing Ranch to ring in the new year banner

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!

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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