The American state of Wyoming is a state of natural beauty to behold. The state has the soaring mountain peaks, the national parks, and the wide open spaces that are sure to delight any nature lovers. Wyoming is a very sparsely populated state. So, there isn’t as much in the way of civilization.
One thing that brings out Wyoming’s appeal is the scenic ranches where animals such as horses and bisons graze peacefully. If you are a ranch lover asking yourself about what to do in Wyoming, you will want to check out these ranches.
A-OK Corral Horse Creek Ranch
A-OK Corral Horse Creek Ranch is located on South US Highway 89 in Jackson, Wyoming. This ranch is owned and run by the Child family. This ranch offers horseback rides through mountain trails. This ranch offers a one hour, two hour, or three hour horseback rides. There are also half day and full day horseback rides available at the ranch too and they also come with lunch.
During your horseback ride, you can take in gorgeous views of the Gros Ventre Wilderness and the Teton Mountain Range. You will ride along the scenic Snake River and come across breathtaking wildflowers. You can also observe a variety of wildlife as you ride along. The horseback rides at this ranch are suitable for people regardless of their riding ability.
The prices for the horseback rides are $40 for one hour ride, $55 for two hour ride, $70 for three hour ride, $85 for half day ride, and $150 for full day ride. In addition to the horseback rides, the ranch offers what is called pack trips. These are basically camping trips that are done via horseback riding.
What happens is that you will stay at least one night at a camp, have home cooked meals that are prepared on campfires, go horseback riding, and go fishing in the streams. Where you will go and how long the camping trip is will depend on which package you choose.
For example, Package #1 will last for two days and one night. Package #1 will have you stop at Granite Hot Springs where you will have a chance to soak into one of the natural hot springs. Package #2, for example, will have you head to one of the high mountain lakes. Package #2 lasts for three days and two nights.
The prices per person for the pack trips are $475 for Package #1, $875 for Package #2, and $1050 for Package #3. This ranch also offers fishing trips via horseback riding. This will come with lunch. Also, if you are in need of fishing gear, they will have them on hand. If you are interested in a fishing trip, the price for that is $225 per person.
Hotel Suggestion: Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole
This hotel is located on West Broadway in Jackson. This luxury western-style hotel has an onsite restaurant called The Whistling Grizzly. The hotel’s beautiful lobby, called Grand Western Lobby, house a wood burning fireplace and wild life art by renowned artist Thomas Mangelsen. The hotel is home to a brand new indoor hot tub. There is also a fitness center, also called Fitness Room, at the hotel.
The hotel’s rooms and suites have a western feel to it with western furnishings. The hotel’s suites have gas fireplaces in them. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of Jackson’s natural beauty. At the very least, you can look forward to WiFi, Keurig coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves in the hotel’s rooms and suites. The average rate for a standard room range from $109 to $417.
Terry Bison Ranch
Terry Bison Ranch is located on Interstate 25 Service Road East in Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming. This ranch is more than 100 years old and has some interesting history to it. Francis Emory Warren was the most famous owner of this ranch. He was the first governor of Wyoming in 1890 and served as Wyoming’s first senator during the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Former President Theodore Roosevelt was known to have visited this ranch a few times during the early 20th century. US Army General John “Blackjack” Pershing was a frequent visitor to the ranch and it was there that he married Francis’ daughter. Today, the ranch is owned by the Thiel family. The ranch is now 27,500 acres and stretches into Colorado.
There are many activities to be had at this ranch. Arguably the best one is the Bison Train Tours. This is where you will ride the custom-built trains on a narrated tour to see the bisons roaming the ranch. In addition to the bisons, you will see other animals such as ostriches and camels. The price for this is $15 for adults, $7.50 for these aged 4 to 12. These aged 3 and under get a free pass.
The ranch also offers Sunday Lunch Train in which you ride and have lunch on the 0ld-fashioned train. The train will leave from the Trading Post located on the ranch. The price for this is $14 per person plus $13 for the meal. There are the one hour horseback rides available at this ranch. Small children can look forward to the pony rides.
The prices are $48 per person for the horseback rides and $10 per child for the pony ride. If you are looking for something more thrilling, you will want to consider the one hour ATV Tours. You will be able to go around the ranch property and see the countryside and the animals roaming around. The prices are $79 per driver and $69 per rider. Drivers must have a valid driver license in order to operate the ATVs.
There are also two onsite restaurants at the ranch. They are Senator’s Steakhouse and Brass Buffalo Saloon, and Tombstone Cafe. If you are looking for souvenirs, you can check out the Trading Post Gift Shop located onsite.
Hotel Suggestion: Fairfield Inn & Suites Cheyenne Southwest/Downtown Area
This hotel is located on West Lincolnway in Cheyenne. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. If you are looking for somewhere to eat nearby, a few options include 2 Doors Down, Luxury Diner, and Paramount Cafe. This hotel also has a Bar-B-Q and picnic area outdoors. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at this hotel. You can workout at the hotel’s fitness center.
All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room range from $84 to $129.
Durham Bison Ranch
Durham Bison Ranch is located on State Highway 59 South in Gillette, Wyoming. The ranch has 55,000 acres of land. This ranch has owned and operated by the Flocchini family since at least 1930. It has a prairie landscape with a mixture of rolling hills and peaked buttes. There are many animal species at this ranch from elks to mule and whitetail deers to coyotes to badgers.
Over 80 species of birds have been known to roam the ranch. But the most notable of the animals at the ranch are the bisons. The bisons that roam the ranch trace their origin back to the Yellowstone National Park. This ranch is also famous for exporting some of the best meat, including bison meat, to some of the finest restaurants in the United States.
This ranch offers the Durham Ranch Tour. As a part of this tour, you will wander around the ranch and observe the bisons and other animals that also live on the ranch. You will learn about the history of this ranch from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to being one of the largest bison ranches in North America that is now home to more than 2,500 naturally raised bisons.
You will also learn about how the ranch makes wise use of its resources in its operations. You will get a sense of what life on the ranch is like during this tour. Also, during the tour, you will be served to a bison lunch at one of the few local restaurants that serves bison meat sourced from this ranch.
Hotel Suggestion: Wingate by Wyndham Gillette
This hotel is located on Cliff Davis Avenue in Gillette. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. There are also barbeque facilities at this hotel. If you are looking for a nearby restaurant to dine, a few options include The Prime Rib Restaurant & Wine Cellar, Old Chicago, and Applebee’s. This hotel has an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. A fitness center is also available at this hotel.
All of the hotel’s rooms and suites include WiFi, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and Keurig coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $65 t0 $99.
If you consider yourself a cowboy at heart and are wondering what to do in Wyoming, you will want to visit these ranches. What are your thoughts? Do you feel like a cowboy inside? Feel free to leave a comment here.