Thank you for your interest in Goosewing Ranch, in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Goosewing Ranch is galloping forward to provide our guests with the best ranch experience possible. For 2019 we are focused on perfecting our expanded activity schedule and kids program, our enhanced dinner menu, and our ability to have something unique for everyone. As always, we are continuing to improve our internet connection. You will find information on our packages and programs for 2019 and basic reservation and ranch info below my signature. Please feel free to contact us via email or phone at your convenience. For personalized rate quotes please provide us with a check-in and check-out date, number of people in your party and ages of any children or follow the link to ranchbookings.com to do this automatically.
RANCH LOCATION Goosewing Ranch is an isolated retreat deep in the Gros Ventre River Valley; the Goosewing Ranch marks the entry point to pristine wilderness. We are a small resort guest ranch 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. At 7,400 feet, the valley is host to some of North America’s most spectacular wild game; bison, elk, moose, pronghorn, and bear. The Gros Ventre River, home to native cutthroat trout, runs through the meadows of this historic ranch.
2019 SUMMER SEASON Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, September 8
RANCH CAPACITY 35 Guests
CHECK IN 4:00 PM (We are unable to accommodate early check-ins)
CHECK OUT 11:00 AM (We are unable to accommodate late check-outs)
Early check-ins and late check-outs are subject to an additional service charge.
NEARBY AIRPORT Jackson Hole Airport is 30 miles away (about an hour drive).
TRANSFERS Transfers are available from the Jackson Hole Airport or the town of Jackson for $200 + tax per party/per vehicle per round trip. If you choose this option, you will be met in the baggage claim area or hotel lobby by a staff member that will be holding a Goosewing Ranch sign. Shuttles from Teton Village cost $250 + tax. Shuttles must be pre-arranged. Transfer to and from off ranch activities are an additional charge. Rates for these activities and transportation vary.
OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS Flying into Salt Lake City, Utah and renting a car from there may prove a good choice. There are generally more daily flights available into Salt Lake than into Jackson Hole Airport. The drive from SLC to the ranch will take about six hours. Denver Int’l Airport is about nine and a half hours from the ranch. Idaho Falls, Idaho Airport is only about 4 hours from the ranch and is another great option for those looking to rent a car and drive. These are a few fun alternatives for those with extra days available before and after your ranch stay, which can include a visit to Yellowstone National Park and the Jackson Hole area. Transfers and shuttles provided by Goosewing Ranch are only available from the Jackson Hole Int’l Airport or downtown Jackson Hole.
RENTAL CAR For guests that would like to visit locations other than Goosewing Ranch, a rental car provides freedom in scheduling these activities. Rental cars are available at the airport or in town. There is parking at your cabin at no additional charge. We do recommend 4×4 or all wheel drive vehicles with higher clearance, especially in early June.
NON-SMOKING ACCOMMODATIONS There are eleven authentic log cabins that offer casual western comfort. Eight cabins are one-room units complete with full bath, gas fireplaces and porch –with lodge pole furniture and modern amenities. Three two-bedroom cabins are for larger families, which have one queen bed in the parental bedroom, and one double bed and a set of twin bunks in the kids’ bedroom, in addition to a full bath and porch. Smoking is permitted outdoors only; please properly dispose of cigarette butts. Smoking is not permitted on horseback rides or at the tack room, and may be ban on the National Forest if dry conditions exist. There will be a $200 cleaning charge added to your bill for cabins that require additional cleaning, repairs, smoke removal, or if items are damaged or missing.
MEALS All meals are served in the Main Lodge at set times. Breakfast is from 8:00 – 9:00am and includes a complete breakfast with eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and daily specials, in addition to a continental buffet with cereal, fruit and pastries. Lunches are either sack lunches on the trail or a hot lunch in the main lodge at noon. Dinner service starts at 7:00pm. There will be two choices for dinner each evening, as well as a little buckaroo option and vegetarian option. Depending on the cuisine, meals may be served plated or buffet style. Once a week, there is a “Dutch oven” open fire cookout. Special diets and food allergies will be accommodated with advanced notice. Fruit and light snacks are available throughout the day.
ALCOHOL The ranch has a liquor license, and has a great selection of beer, liquor, and wine available for sale. There is a $10 corkage fee per bottle of wine, $50 per bottle of hard alcohol, and $25 per 12 pack of beer for guests who would like to bring their own alcohol. We can order in special alcoholic beverages by request with advanced notice to avoid corkage fees. The corkage fee will be added to guests mixing their own drinks at their cabin and bringing concealed containers to the lodge, gazebo or pool areas. We also offer wine tasting for guests 21 years of age and older, this is an extra activity you can sign up for; the cost is $35 per person.
EVENING ENTERTAINMENT The Goosewing Ranch focuses on relaxation! Each evening we provide entertainment, such as: a cowboy cookout, line dancing, lawn games, western and Indian crafts, and campfires. Enjoy family time relaxing around the lodge or watching the sunset.
PHONE AND INTERNET CONNECTIONS There is NO cell phone signal at or around the Ranch. A land line is available for our guests to use at the main lodge; we carry phone cards for sale. Complementary limited internet is also available at the ranch. Skyping, uploading, downloading, and streaming is discouraged. We like to say that the ranch is a great place to disconnect and reconnect as a family, but we also know that staying connected is a must. The limited WiFi is for adult use for keeping in contact and business use, not for children.
GUEST LAUNDRY Self-service laundry facilities are available at no extra cost. H.E. Laundry detergent is sold in the gift shop. Laundry hours are Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm.
PETS For the safety of all guests and animals, the ranch doesn’t allow pets unless otherwise approved by management. If pets are approved there are special conditions. Pets are not permitted in any ranch building, including cabins, on the horse trails or around horse activities, and around the lodge and cookout sites. If pet is approved, it must be kept on a leash around the property, and kenneled at night. Please pickup after your pet. There will be an additional non-refundable pet fee added to your bill.
ACTIVITIES Besides horseback riding and arena lessons, we also offer other planned activities throughout the day for both adults and children, including fly fishing, .22 rifle or BB gun target practice, clay pigeon shooting, hatchet and mountain man knife throwing, archery, arts & crafts, roping, team penning, fly fishing, spinner rod fishing, canoeing, tubing the river, wagon rides, horse feeding, hiking, biking, UTV riding, and more. We also have an in-ground/outdoor heated swimming pool and outdoor hot tub and sauna. There is no life guard on duty at the pool. Some activities are guided and others are available to use on your own as a self-guided activity. Activities are subject to change. Activities may be determined based on weather conditions. There is no horseback riding, or activities available on your arrival and departure days.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM The children’s program is offered from mid-June through the end of August. The program goes for about 2 to 4 hours daily and is best suited for children 2 years of age and older. Children under the age of 2 will be the full responsibility of their parents. Children under 2 are free of charge when sharing a room. Activities include kids rides (ages 6 and up), arts & crafts (dream catchers, horseshoes and river rocks painting, face painting…), horse painting, wagon rides, on foot roping lessons, swimming, survival skills, fishing, canoeing, hiking, archery, hatchet throwing, lawn games, kid’s club house, and target shooting. Babysitting may be available with advanced notice for an additional fee. We don’t have professional full time babysitting available on the ranch. Babysitting fees are $20/hour for the first child and $10 per additional child/hour. Babysitting is not available everyday all day, and must be per-arranged. The tepee can be reserved for a family night under the stars.
KIDS CLUB HOUSE The kid’s club house will allow parents a chance to relax knowing that their children are well entertained in a safe environment. The club house includes a place for creative arts and crafts, a Foosball table, shuffle board table, ping pong table, and more. There is also the Fort Goosewing Playground. This is a place where kids get to be kids. Adults can also enjoy this area, which includes a horseshoe throwing pit, and beanbag toss course.
FISHING We offer fly fishing and spinner rod fishing to our guests. Fly fishing instruction is offered throughout the week. You can fish on our stocked trout pond and section on the Gros Ventre River that runs through the property, or any of the tributaries to the Gros Ventre. If fishing off the ranch, a fishing license is required and costs $14 per day (this permit can be purchased at the ranch through the Wyoming Game and Fish website). Children under 14 years of age don’t require a license, if fishing with a licensed adult. Instruction can be arranged. This is a non-guided activity. We can provide anglers with spinner rods, fly rods, and float rafts or float tubes; flies and lures are for sale on the ranch. We don’t offer guided fishing trips, only instruction for fishing our area and casting/fly tying lessons.
INFLATABLE PONTOON FISHING RAFTS Attention fly fishermen… An inflatable pontoon raft is available at the ranch, giving guests better access to area lakes. Pontoons can be strapped to a guest’s Polaris Ranger UTVs and driven to different locations. This will give even the novice angler an advantage.
HIKING You are free to explore wilderness trails on your own. The ranch can provide pack lunches, back packs, bear spray, directions and maps to the trail head if desired. Trails vary in difficulty, length, and condition. This is a non-guided activity. There are short hiking trails around the ranch and longer trails accessible via your Polaris Ranger UTV.
MOUNTAIN BIKES Adult mountain bikes and helmets are available for guest use at no additional charge. Guests are also welcome to bring their own bikes to the ranch. Trails vary in difficulty, length, and condition. These trails are multi-use trails, and horses always have the right of way if encountered on the trail. Riding down from Gunsight pass is a great option as well. This is a non-guided activity.
TUBING THE RIVER Inner tubes are available for guests to float sections of the Gros Ventre river. This is best from mid-July to mid-August. This activity is non-guided and at your own risk. We recommend that you wear a lifejacket and sandals that strap onto your feet.
RAFTING Rafting is available from June to September in Jackson Hole on the Snake River. Prices are about $80 – $100 per person. We can arrange for this activity with 2 days advanced notice, and provide transportation for an additional charge. This is an off ranch activity not contracted by Goosewing Ranch and is not included in packages.
RODEO There is a rodeo every Wednesday and Saturday night in Jackson, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fees are $20 – $45 per person. We can arrange for this activity with 2 days advanced notice, and provide transportation for an additional charge. This is an off ranch activity not contracted by Goosewing Ranch and is not included in packages.
NATIONAL PARK TOURS Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are both within close proximity to the Ranch. We can arrange guided park tours for you with advanced notice. Park tours are not included in packages. Fees are dependent on trip length and destination. Fees range from $150 – $300 per person. You are free to self-tour the National Parks, in which we can arrange pack lunches, directions, maps, and instruction on must see sites. Transportation from the ranch to meet guided tours is not included in Park tour rates or packages. This is an off-ranch activity not contracted by Goosewing Ranch and is not included in packages.
MASSAGES/POOL/HOT TUB/ SAUNA The ranch has an outdoor heated pool, an outdoor hot tub and a wet/dry sauna. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There is no life guard on duty. The pool is open from 8:00am – 6:00pm and the hot tub and sauna are open from 8:00am – 10:00pm. Pool towels are available on site. Adult only swim times available. Massage treatments are available by appointment on scheduled days of the week. At least one massage is included in all packages during our PEAK season. Short stays such as three, four, or five night packages include one 60 minute massage per cabin. The six and seven night packages included two massages per cabin. Guest must be at least 18 years old for massages. Massages cannot be traded or gifted to another person, cabin, employee or party. A 60-minute massage averages $120 + tax, gratuity not included. Additional massages can be prearranged bases on availability. Massages are not included and may not be available in shoulder or low season packages.
UTVS You have access to a Polaris Ranger UTV (2, 4 or 6 seats: cabin dependent) during your stay. UTV stands for Utility Task Vehicle. Gas is even included. These are great for exploring the National Forest roads, accessing superb fishing locations, sight-seeing, photography trips, and spotting wildlife. These UTVs average about 54” wide, some NF trails are closed to vehicles over 50″. Drivers are responsible for damage, and fines. Maps are available at the ranch. This is a non-guided activity. Drivers need to have a valid driver license to operate UTV.
RIDING PROGRAM The ranch offers rides Monday – Saturday into the Gros Ventre wilderness and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Trail rides cater to all abilities, from the beginner to more advanced riders, and groups are kept small with 6 or less riders per wrangler. The ranch uses mostly quarter horses and quarter horse/draft crosses. Cantering or loping is allowed after approval from the wrangler and after the guest passes a “loping test” in the arena. Children 6 and older can join the riding program. Riders must be able to control their horse and follow wrangler instructions. Riding on check in day only consists of being fitted to your horse and saddle, brief instruction or loping test (only available for arrivals between 4 and 5 pm). There is no riding on your checkout day to give horses a well-deserved day off. We recommend leather boots, with a slick sole and a heel; the weight limit is 270 lbs. We encourage our horse enthusiasts to be involved with our wranglers and horse activities as much as possible. From grooming and saddling to bareback riding there is something for all interest levels. Riding may vary depending on weather, trail conditions, and other factors. Safety comes first for our guests, wranglers and horses. All horse activities and riding are guided by a certified wrangler. Wranglers have completed advanced training courses in wilderness first aid, CPR, and wrangler training.
SOME RANCH ACTIVITY RESTRICTIONS TO NOTE · Some restrictions such as age and weight limits may apply to certain on ranch activities: · There are no activities on your check-in or check-out days, unless prearrange in special packages. · There is No horseback riding or activities on Sundays, no exceptions allowed. · The weight limit for horseback riding for novice riders is 250lbs. For advanced riders 275lbs. Some trails or faster rides may be restricted if at or over weight limit. · Riding age is a minimum of 6 years old for the trail and 3 years old for short hand lead rides around the ranch. For trail rides children need to be able to follow instruction and control their horse. Hand lead trail rides are not always available. · Children’s programs are designed for children 3 and older · Babysitting is not included in packages. We don’t have professional nannies employed at the ranch · Skeet (clay) shooting: shooters must be a minimum of 16 years of age; all shooters must wear protective eyeglasses and earplugs. · Recommended minimum driving age of the UTV is 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. · First time fly fisher-kids must be at least 12 years of age · The billiards table in the lodge loft is for people 16 years of age or older. There is a kid’s cabin with games and activities for those younger than 16 to enjoy. · Additional restrictions or recommendations may apply to both on ranch and off ranch activities. · Activities and schedules are subject to change without notice. · Shoulder-season packages don’t include any extra activities or special activities, such as, massages, horse swimming, breakfast rides, extra shooting, pack trips, wagon rides, kids programs, swimming pool, and possibly others. Shoulder-season is a great time for friends, groups, couples and adults to enjoy the wilderness, exploring on the UTVs, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and relaxing by the fire in our lodge. · Low-season packages may have some activity restrictions based on weather and other trail/ranch conditions. Other restrictions may apply, we reserve the right to alter and change activity schedules.
5 NIGHT PACKAGES (4 NIGHTS ON THE RANCH AND 1 NIGHT IN JACKSON HOLE): Our five night packages are not exclusively on the ranch. Five night packages can either begin on Sunday or Tuesday. For an arrival on Sunday you will check into the ranch at 4:00pm and spend until Thursday afternoon on the ranch with activities Monday – Thursday afternoon. Your fifth night will be spent downtown Jackson Hole at a local resort hotel. For an arrival on a Tuesday, you will first check into your resort hotel in downtown Jackson Hole. Then you will need to be on the ranch by about 9:30am Wednesday morning for the start of activities. You will spend from Wednesday morning until Sunday morning on the ranch.
OCCUPANCY Single occupancy allows for a maximum of one person to stay in a room at one time. Double occupancy allows for two people to stay in a room at one time. Children 2 and under are free when sharing a room with two or more parents or siblings, and are not joining the full riding or activity program. Pioneer (two bedroom) cabins can sleep up to 5 persons. The 2 guest staying in the parental bedroom pay the double occupancy rate. The 3 guests staying in the kids’ bedroom pay the triple occupancy rate. Indian, Cowboy, Mountain Man and Trapper Cabins all have one room. Max occupancy on one room cabins is between 1 – 4 people. The guests pay the rate matching their occupancy.
DEPOSIT/FINAL PAYMENT & CREDIT CARDS A 30% deposit is required to reserve a reservation, no credit card fees apply when paying for the deposit. A 3% credit card fee will be added when a credit card is used to pay for the final balance, or for additional credit card charges. For wire transfers please add an additional $35 for wire transfer fees. The balance is due and will be collected by the ranch 45 days prior to arrival, the credit card we have on file will be charged if you don’t contact us with another form of payment by 40 days prior to your arrival date. Reservations not paid in full by 30 days prior to check in date will be cancelled and the deposit will not be refunded. Late fees may apply to reservations not paid in full 30 days before arrival. All bank fees are your responsibility.
Mail checks to: P.O. Box 4084, Jackson WY 83001
CANCELLATIONS: 30% of the total reservation are non-refundable when reservations are cancelled at or after 60 days before arrival. If cancellation occurs less than 45 days prior to arrival, total payment is non-refundable. There will be a $150 service charge added to any reservation canceled or changed at any time after the deposit is taken. Optional travel insurance is available through a private provider with a fair rate, and strongly recommended. For reservations over $15,000 proof of travel insurance is required or you must sign off that you declined insurance. For large group reservations (3 or more cabins or over $15,000) deposits are non-refundable at 90 days before arrival, unless all accommodations can be re-booked by at least 60 days prior to scheduled arrival. Cancellation fees still apply. Pack trips are not cancelled due to inclement weather.
PACKING, WEATHER, DIRECTIONS When visiting the Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, and Goosewing Ranch areas you will want 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. 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. Fishing/Hiking/Biking: 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. Essentials: Sunscreen, bug spray, 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.
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!
|SUMMER 2019: JUNE 2 until SEPTEMBER 8|
|Web Rack Rates|
|PEAK SEASON: JUNE 30 TILL AUGUST 24|
|PER NIGHT||$ 549.03||$ 422.33||$ 401.21||$ 390.66|
LOW SEASON: JUNE 2 TILL JUNE 29, AND AUGUST 25 TILL SEPTEMBER 8
|PER NIGHT||$ 439.22||$ 337.86||$ 320.97||$ 312.52|
|Rates include lodging, all meals, daily maid service, swimming, flyfishing, riding|
|instruction, daily rides into the wilderness, evening cookout and all activities at the|
|ranch. Rates are per person. Children up to 2 are free when sharing a room with|
|one or more people.|
|Rates do not include alcohol or fishing licenses, or gratuities and tax (22%).|
|We can arrange special events such as a trip to Jackson, rafting or float trips, guided|
|fishing trips, or a tour of Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park.|