Everything You Need to Know About the Dude Ranch & Area
Planning a visit to the Jackson or Yellowstone area? Take a few minutes to look over some of the most common questions we get regarding visiting this beautiful western wilderness. Of course if you have other questions, do not hesitate to contact us, we are more than happy to assist you!
Where is the ranch located?
An isolated retreat deep in the Gros Ventre River Valley, Goosewing marks the entry point to a protected, pristine wilderness. We are located 40 miles northeast of Jackson, Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, bordering the Gros Ventre Wilderness. Our remote location allows for excellent horseback riding, fantastic scenery and many opportunities to spot wildlife.
How far is the ranch from Jackson?
Goosewing Ranch is located about 40 miles northeast of the town of Jackson. You will need about 30 minutes for the first half, through beautiful Grand Teton National Park. The last 20 miles will take about 45 minutes, driving along a scenic dirt road through the Bridger Teton National Forest.
How far is the ranch from Yellowstone National Park?
Goosewing Ranch is about 90 miles from the south entrance of the Park. Allow at least 2 hours for driving through Grand Teton Park and wilderness and along the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway to reach the South entrance of Yellowstone.
Which is the closest airport?
Jackson Hole airport (JAC) is 30 miles away. It is about a one hour drive from the ranch. The Jackson Hole Airport is connected to several major hubs in the US (Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Dallas, etc.). Flying into Salt Lake City, UT and renting a car from there may prove a good choice. Salt Lake City is about 6 hours from Jackson. There are generally more daily flights available into Salt Lake than into Jackson. This is a fun alternative for those with extra days available before/after your ranch stay, which can include a visit to Yellowstone National Park and the Jackson Hole area.
Is there an airport shuttle?
Transfers are available from the town of Jackson or the Jackson Hole airport for $200 + tax per party per round trip per vehicle. You will be met in the baggage claim area; look for someone holding a Goosewing Ranch sign.
Do I need to rent a vehicle?
For guests that would like to visit other locations than Goosewing Ranch, a rental car provides freedom in scheduling these activities.
A four wheel drive vehicle is recommended early and late in the season.
Is there wildlife around the ranch?
Depending on the time of season, there are opportunities to spot elk, moose, mule deer, antelope, eagles, black bears, wolves, mountain lions, trumpeter swans, cranes and geese in the area.
What is the scenery like?
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are surrounded by huge National Forests that create a unique ecosystem.
Surrounding the high valley of Jackson Hole are 3 mountain ranges (Teton, Gros Ventre, and Wind River), all reaching more than 10,000 feet in elevation. Flowing through the valley are the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers.
Where is the nearest hospital?
OTC medications are available at the ranch. All of our guides are CPR and First Aid certified. St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson is a well-known and great hospital. Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City both offer larger medical centers.
What should I bring?
Layering is advised for comfort. Bring jeans, long sleeve shirts, jackets, hat, leather boots with a heel for riding, walking or hiking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. The ranch is western and casual. Don’t forget your swim suit and camera!
Is there cell phone reception at the ranch? Wireless Internet? TV?
There is no cell phone signal at or around the ranch. A land line is available for guests to use in the main lodge; we have phone cards available for sale. Complementary limited Wi-Fi internet is available in the main lodge and in the cabins.
A TV with satellite, DVD, pool table, and book shelves are located in the loft of the main lodge.
Do you allow pets?
For the safety of all guests and animals, the ranch only allows you to bring your pets only after approval. Pets are not allowed in any ranch building, including the cabins. Pets are not permitted on horseback trails or near the horses.
How long is the summer season?
2016: June 5 to September 25
2017: June 4 to September 24
How many guests can the ranch accommodate?
The ranch can accommodate 35 guests, in eleven individual cabins.
What are the ranch accommodations?
There are eight authentic 1-room, 1-bath log cabins that offer casual western comfort, complete with full bath, fireplace and porch, and newly remodeled with lodge pole furniture (with different bedding arrangements for different family sizes). There are three 2-bedroom, 1-bath cabins for larger families, which have 1 queen bed in the parental bedroom, and 1 double bed and a set of bunk beds in the kids’ bedroom, in addition to a full bath and porch. All cabins are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outdoors only. See Lodging
May I arrive on any day of the week? What time is check-in and check-out?
There are set check-in/out days and times, please see Policies
What types of activities do you offer?
What is the riding program like?
The Goosewing Ranch location allows for spectacular rides. For more details see Horseback Riding
Does the ranch offer overnight pack trips?
Yes, please see Pack Trips
Is there fishing available?
Yes, the Gros Ventre is home to some amazing fishing. Please see Activities/Fishing
Does the Ranch have ATVs or UTVs available?
Yes, we have Polaris UTVs with every cabin. Please see Activities/Explore
Is hiking available?
Yes, there are great hiking trails surrounding the Goosewing Ranch. Please see Activities/Hiking
Does the ranch have mountain bikes?
Yes, please see Activities/Mountain Bikes
Does the ranch have a children’s program?
Yes, checkout the upgraded Kids Program
Does the ranch have a spa? Swimming pool & hot tub?
Yes, we have a pool, hot tub and sauna, and offer massage treatments. Please see Activities/Spa
Does the ranch have a playground?
Our Fort Goosewing playground area, complete with swings, slides, bridges, rock-wall, and shaded picnic area, will entertain little Davey Crocketts.
We also have a tepee that can be reserved for a family night under the stars. And a kids cabin with many fun games and an old west town setting.
What are the meals like?
Please see Dining Room/Meals
Does the ranch serve alcohol?
The ranch has a liquor license and offers a cocktail hour daily. There is a $10 per bottle corkage fee for guests who would like to bring their own alcohol. We also accept special requests and can have the alcohol you desire on hand with advanced notice. We have beer, liqueur, and wine selections. One welcome drink is offered to guests 21 and over on their arrival day.
Alcohol is an additional cost. Must be at least 21 years of age to enjoy. Please see Wine/Bar List
What types of evening entertainment are there?
Please see Activities/Evening Fun
Do you have a gift shop?
We have a full gift shop in the main lodge. Items can include: coffee mugs, ornaments, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, chaps, cowboy hats, ball caps, leather gloves, jackets and vests, wildrags, stampede strings, candles, basic over the counter medicine, post cards and more.
Does the ranch have guest laundry facilities?
We have a newly remodeled laundry facility, which exclusively serves our guests. Laundry facilities are available at no extra cost, and laundry detergent is sold at the ranch. Guests can also bring their own HE detergent.
Is rafting available?
Yes, Please see Local Activities/Rafting
Is there a rodeo in Jackson?
Yes, Please see Local Activities/Rodeo
Does the ranch offer sightseeing tours?
Yes, Please see Local Activities/Park Tours
What is there to do and see in the area?
Please see Local Activities
What is the weather like and Packing?
Warm, dry days are the norm during summer time with evenings and nights often dropping to quite chilly temperatures. Short rain showers may occur in early spring or late summer.
Remember, we are located at 7400 feet, the sun is very intense, and sunscreen and a hat are essentials. Be sure to drink plenty of water.
June High and Low: 68 / 35
July High and Low: 76 / 42
August High and Low: 75 / 43
September High and Low: 65 / 35
We recommend for you to pack layers of clothing, long sleeves are great to keep you warm and cool (keeping the sun off your skin), bathing suits, cowboy boots, walking or hiking shoes, hats, sunscreen, shorts and t-shirts, long pants and jeans. Goosewing Ranch is Western attire and casual for all settings and meals. If doing a pack trip bring along some extra warm clothing such as stocking caps and wool socks, and rain gear.
For more information about visiting Goosewing Ranch or many of the activities in the area, call us toll-free at 1-888-733-5251