Packing, Weather, Directions

All You Need To Know When Visiting Our Dude/Guest Ranch

When visiting the Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, and Goosewing Ranch areas you will want a to have a few specific items on hand.  The area and ranch is casual dress for local shops, touring areas, restaurants and other local events.  We suggest bringing the following items for certain activities:  We will give you a reusable water bottle, we have rain slickers on the saddled horses, and an array of gift shop items available for purchase (gloves, vests, jackets, stampede strings, cowboy hats, and chaps).  Each cabin has hair dryers, coffee makers and mini fridge.  Cabins are stocked with Eco Friendly bath products such as body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body soap, and face soap.  We have self service, free laundry facilities available for guest use.

Horseback Riding:

Jeans, Cowboy boots or slick soled enclosed shoes with at least a 1 1/2″ heel, wide brimmed hat or cowboy hat with stampede strings, long sleeve/light weight shirt, gloves, fleece or extra layer.


Shorts or light weight easy dry pants, river shoes or sandals that strap on to your feet (no flip flops), light weight easy dry shirt, walking or hiking boots/shoes, ball cap, and sunglasses.


Sunscreen, camera, bathing suit, light weight jacket or extra layer for cool mornings and evenings, light weight packable rain gear, warmer clothing for early and late season visitors or pack trippers.

Weather and Temps:

Weather can be very unpredictable in the mountains and can change very quickly.  We suggest dressing in layers, always applying sunblock, drinking lots of water, and being prepared for vast temperature fluctuations between morning, noon, and evening.

Our summers are typically warm and dry.  May/June will see more rain than July or August and by September the autumn weather is arriving.  Temps range from high 80s during the day to 30s at night and early morning.

For more weather and packing advice, or what is already in the cabins checkout our Blog post

Directions to Goosewing Ranch:  We recommend you print directions and use them along with your GPS devices.  GPS devices are not always accurate in the mountains.  Use the physical address of 24400 East Cottonwood Creek Road, Kelly Wyoming 83011.

Starting from Jackson, follow signs to Yellowstone:  head NORTH out of town on North Cache (Hwy 89.)

Continue driving about 5 miles into Grand Teton Park, along the Elk Refuge.  Just after crossing the Gros Ventre River, turn RIGHT (heading EAST) at the Gros Ventre Junction sign.  **If driving from the airport OR YELLOWSTONE, drive SOUTH towards Jackson until you get to the Gros Ventre Junction, and turn LEFT** 

Drive about 7 miles, through the small town of Kelly, following the sharp curve to the left.  After half a mile, turn RIGHT onto the Gros Ventre Road; you will see signs for Red Hills and Crystal Creek campgrounds.

Pass the warm springs and follow the road for about 5 miles; you will pass Slide Lake and the road will turn to dirt.

Continue driving on the dirt road for a total of about 15 miles.  Just past the Red Rock Ranch driveway, there is a fork in the road with a sign marking the Slate Creek Trail / Gros Ventre Road.  Keep RIGHT at the fork to stay on the Gros Ventre Road; you are 9 miles from Goosewing.

Arriving at the second junction, turn LEFT, cross the Gros Ventre River and drive 2 miles.  Our ranch gate will be on the right side.  Congratulations, you made it to Goosewing!