Trailering horses to cattle work
Cookout time at the lake
Cattle drive
Driving cattle out of gulley
big day for moving cattle
cutting in the arena
driving cattle to lake
springtime on the ranch
more cattle driving
Ghost town - the old homestead
time for a canter
riding on the ranch
Longhorn
View on the ranch
The lake at sunset
Roping in the arena
Roping at branding time
Heifer drive
Guest lodge
Ghost town
Cattle drive
Dusk canter home

This is a small family run working ranch of four generations running 600-800 cattle through the summer. The livestock roam in more than 6,000 acres alongside a variety of local wildlife in picturesque surroundings varying from pine covered hills covered to grass prairies, creeks and lakes with surrounding meadows. The ranch is run along holistic principles with most of the food raised and grown onsite, natural pest control methods and Parelli methods of horsemanship.

A maximum of 8 guests are welcomed in season (May to October). Riders need to be of intermediate ability in order to help with the work and have a good level of fitness. Guests join in with the working routine of the ranch which includes activities like: cattle roundups, roping, branding, putting out salt licks, checking fences, bringing the horses into the corrals, helping the neighbours with cattle work or simply hanging out at the local saloon in town. There is a comfortable guest lodge with 5 bedroms, bathrooms and hot tub on the porch. 
There is a very relaxed atmosphere and no strict routine and guests can do as much or as little riding as they want. Your hosts are extremely welcoming and are pleased to take you to local events such as rodeos, nearby ranches or shopping.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from RM of Amsterdam on 16/08/2018

Ride Summary
Because the ranch was on a small, we had a very personal experience, both with horses and wranglers
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It would have been good to be told that if we were being picked up at the airport and driven to the ranch, we would need to wait for other people to arrive on later flights too as to not make more than one trip by car due to the long distance to cover on the road. After 3 plane transfers, it was upsetting to find out we needed to wait a few more hours at the airport. Our wrangler was kind enough to drop us in town while we waited but the point is that we were not aware of the situation beforehand.
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This ranch is better suited to advanced riders because it is a working ranch and therefore the objective is to help out by doing activities on horse that require a certain level of skill as well as being able to take full advantage of it i the landscape on horseback.
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Unicorn comments: Thank you for your feedback. Glad you had a great time! The transfer info is written in your Final Details - apologies if this was not clear enough :)

HORSES & RIDING
There are 26 horses for guests. The horses vary from quarter horses to paints, apaloosas and some palomino/pinto horses. They all have "cow sense" and are well used to cattle work. Some are more forward going and there are a few school masters, all are very easy to ride. Riders are encouraged to help with catching, grooming & saddling but this is not a prerequisite if you'd rather have a lazy time!
Western riding is easy and if you've never done it before you'll be given some help in getting started. Riding is every day if the weather allows (rain or snow is not a problem but thunderstorms or hail might be). Depending on the work, there can be two half-day rides or one longer ride. Some involve cattle work, some other ranch work like fencing, some are trail rides. There are also horse training sessions in the open arena if riders are interested. There may be days where you go to a rodeo or a horse sale or a branding … or perhaps you want to go shopping. But 6 out of 7 days there is riding. You don’t have to join every ride but will probably want to! It’s not at all head to tail riding. We usually leave after breakfast (7.30 am). Supper is at 7.00 pm. This is a working cattle ranch so there are no set schedules. There is no riding on Saturdays but guests can still participate in ranch activities, go shopping, relax at the lake etc.
Once a week there is usually the opportunity to travel to South Dakota to work with 1000 yearling cattle in open grassland prairie (expect in September).

ACCOMMODATION
There is a comfortable guest lodge with 5 rooms each with their own bathrooms. The style is western, simple and homely. A furnace and a wood stove provide warmth on cooler days or on hot days, the central air conditioning can be turned on. An open plan living/dining kithcen area is where the social life happens. After returning from riding guests can sit on the balcony with a view of the Missouri Buttes, play a round of pool or relax in the hot tub under stars.

FOOD
The meals are homemade and plentiful to set you up for a full days activities. They are usually prepared in the lodge kitchen or sometimes picnics en route on full days out. A full homemade breakfast and supper are served and - if we don't eat out on the trail - a lighter lunch. Snacks and drinks are available for everyone at all times. The ranch rears its own cattle, lambs, goats, geese and ducks for the table ... and hopefully will produce pork and chicken soon. Game is shot on the ranch, trout caught in the lake (if they bite).  A vegetable garden supplies the ranch with tomatoes, lettuce, squash etc. Only fruit trees don't do too well in this arid altitude.

A typical breakfast: juice, milk, coffee, tea, cocoa, fried eggs (from their own chickens), pancakes, bacon or French toast, sausages and scrambled eggs, always fruit and plain toast with jams, honey etc. and there is always cereal available

A typical lunch: Sandwich lunches (with fruit, granola bars, chips etc. and drinks) on the ride or soups, stews, salads, burgers etc. on the ranch (altogether lighter than supper), drinks as mentioned above

A typical supper: meat (beef from the ranch, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb from the ranch, sometimes fish (they have a trout pond), with vegetables, bread, salads and potatoes/rice/noodles etc. and dessert, drinks. Drinks like lemonade, coffee, tea, juice, milk etc. are included. Canned drinks (Coke etc.) and alcoholic drinks are not included. Guests are welcome to bring them along and a shopping stop is made en route from airport to the ranch. 

Snacks like cookies, granola bars, chips and fruit are always available. Vegetarians can be accommodated although vegans cannot. Once a week there is a a cook-out at their own lake with live Western music. There are also boats and guests can go swimming.

CATTLE WORK
There is a lot of activity during the season: The cattle are moved to fresh pastures regularly and then pastures must be rechecked to gather cattle missed in the first roundup. Water holes, sick cattle, mavericks and fence are all checked daily.
May and June is branding season. The ranchers rope, mark and vaccinate the newborn calves. Brandings are a social event that makes a hard job a sporting event. The neighbours gather to help each other and appreciate any help they can get in return.
In July-August the cattle are still moved to pasture regularly and it is rodeo season! There are many in the neighbourhood and these are an unmissable social event.
In September - October we work our own cow/calf herd, also help neighbours move their different herds of cattle and sheep, this is a very busy time and good for experienced and fit riders. We also offer trail rides, playing with our Longhorn cows in the arena and riding to check fences, reservoirs and for strays.

OTHER INFORMATION
The ranch is set on the site of an old ghost town which is gradually being restored. The old houses were built out of rough wood planks and most of them went to ruin with time and weather. Now some of the restored buildings are being used for barns, shops, stables, and tack rooms. The guest lodging is an early built western style log house with a large balcony. Most of the other ranch buildings date back to the days when the homesteaders first arrived in this country.

The ranch is 18 miles from Hulett, Wyoming, near Devils Tower, the first National Monument in the Unites States.
The landscape converts from high plateau meadows, to timbered canyons and creek bottoms, and then flows out to the sagebrush prairie, all of which account for the wide variety of wildlife. Part of the ranch is used for growing hay but most of the country is too rough for farming. 600 to 800 cattle graze the pastures during the summer and keep the cowboys busy.

There is wifi internet access and 4 TV channels in the lodge. Currently there is no cell phone reception at the ranch. You are there to relax!
Aside from horses and cattle - the reason the ranch exists - there are lots of other animals on the ranch: dogs, cats, sheep, goats, buffalos "Daisy" and "Junior" as well as ducks and geese. And of course wild animals like deer, antelope, bob cats, porcupines, skunks, raccoons, prairie dogs, turkeys, eagles, beavers, coyotes, snakes, mountain lions and so on.

Please note that all our ranch prices are fully inclusive of taxes, charges and gratuities. Extras commonly charged locally at ranches, and which we include in our prices are: state taxes (2-8%), local town taxes (1-5%), accommodation tax ($1-5/night) and gratuities (12-15% is commonly expected as the staff are paid largely via tips). Our prices include all of the above and are guaranteed not to be affected by currency fluctuations once booked.

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Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

At this ranch you will find 36 confident and surefooted Quarter Horses, Paints and crosses that carry guests safely over rough and smooth terrain. They live outside year round and only get extra feed when they have to work very hard or the snow is too deep. They are healthy - physically as well as mentally. The horses are described as "cowy" which means they like to chase cattle. Some are beautiful, some not - but they all like people and that's what's most important to your hosts. Riding is in the centre of all of the activities on the ranch. When cattle are not being moved to a different pasture, they check fences and reservoirs, look for strays or practice "roping" and "cutting". And sometimes you will just ride for fun... The horses are trained the Parelli way (natural horsemanship) which allows for a better communication with the horses and makes riding safer for guests. If requested they can organize a course with a certified Parelli instructor.



CATTLE WORK

There is a lot of activity during the season: the cattle are moved to fresh pastures regularly and then pastures must be rechecked to gather cattle missed in the first roundup. Water holes, sick cattle, mavericks and fence are all checked daily.

May and June is branding season. The ranchers rope, mark and vaccinate the newborn calves. Brandings are a social event that makes a hard job a sporting event. The neighbours gather to help each other and appreciate any help they can get in return.

In July-August the cattle are still moved pasture regularly, this work is also undertaken for neighbouring ranches.

In September - October the roundup season starts in earnest with cattle needing to be gathered on a daily basis for shipping, a very busy time and good for experienced and fit riders.

On other days a neighbouring ranch may have projects going. They are one of the biggest cattle outfits in Crook County and run 4500 to 6000 feeder cattle every year. The herds are moved regularly to new pastures and every cowboy is welcome to ride the country! For an extra charge (payable on site) guests can have the opportunity to ride with the buffaloes.


Rider requirements

Riders must be of intermediate ability in order to help with the work, and have a good level of fitness, although no previous knowledge of western riding is required.
Some of the ranch work is on the ground, for instance branding calves, loading and shipping cattle and fencing etc. The work carried out depends entirely on the time of year and what needs to be done.

Rider participation with the catching, grooming and saddling is not required but very welcome. There is no set riding schedule but they ride every day or 6 out of 7 days, if the weather allows (rain or snow is not a problem but thunderstorms or hail might be). Depending on the work, there can be two half-day rides or one longer ride - riding is not nose to tail. Some involve cattle work, some other ranch work like fencing, some are trail rides. They also do horse training (totally voluntary) in the open arena. There may be days where they go to a rodeo, horse sale or a branding. Guests do not have to join every ride.

The minimum age on the ranch is 16 years old. There is no maximum weight limit for riders but beginners should weigh no more than 16 stone/100 kg/220 lbs.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 18 st/250 lb/114 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The ranch lodge has five bedrooms, each with their own bathroom.The bedrooms are made up as follows: room 1 (upper story): 1 Queen bed with bath room 2 (upper story): 2 Twin beds with bath room 3 (upper story): 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin bed with bath room 4 (lower story): 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin bed with bath room 5 (lower story): 1 Full bed and 2 Twin beds with bath A furnace and a wood stove provide warmth on cooler days. On hot days, the central air conditioning can be turned on.



After returning from their rides guests can sit on the balcony with a view of the Missouri Buttes, play a round of pool or relax in the hot tub under stars. The ranch has an open kitchen which is attached to the dining and living area. Here they serve a full homemade breakfast and supper and - if you don't eat out on the trail - a lighter lunch. Snacks and drinks are available for everyone at all times. They butcher their own cattle, lambs, goats, geese and ducks and will hopefully will produce pork and chicken soon. Game is shot on the ranch, trout caught in the lake (if they bite). The chickens have just started to lay eggs A vegetable garden supplies tomatoes, lettuce, squash etc. Only fruit trees don't do too well in the arid altitude.



A typical breakfast: juice, milk, coffee, tea, cocoa, fried eggs (from their own chickens), pancakes, bacon or French toast, sausages and scrambled eggs, always fruit and plain toast with jams, honey etc. and always cereal available A typical lunch: Sandwich lunches (with fruit, granola bars, chips etc. and drinks) on the ride or soups, stews, salads, burgers etc. on the ranch (altogether lighter than supper), drinks as mentioned above.

A typical supper: meat (beef from the ranch, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb from the ranch, sometimes fish (they have a trout pond), with vegetables, bread, salads and potatoes/rice/noodles etc. and dessert, drinks.



Drinks like lemonade, coffee, tea, juice, milk etc. are included. Canned drinks (Coke etc.) and alcoholic drinks are not included. Guests are welcome to bring them along and a shopping stop is made en-route from airport to the ranch.



Snacks like cookies, granola bars, chips, fruit always available. Vegetarians can be accommodated although vegans cannot. Once a week there is a a cook-out at our own lake with live Western music. 



There is limited free wifi available and no mobile phone reception.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

All travellers are required to provide details online 72 hours prior to travel. For more information, and to apply online please visit the following website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Electronic travel authorities once obtained will be valid for a period of two years, or the validity of the travellers passport (whichever is shorter). There is a $14 charge for this service (2015). Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely to be detained and sent home.

On 5 January 2004, the US Authorities introduced the US-VISIT Programme. This means that all those aged between 14 and 79 travelling to the US are now finger-scanned and digitally photographed on arrival at passport control.

There are British consulates at many locations in the US, please check with the Foreign Office website for your closest one. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on 020 7008 0232/0233 or see www.fco.gov.uk

Climate Summary

May and the beginning of June can be still cool, rainy and sometimes even snowy (it can be warm and sunny as well but it won’t be hot). Later June, July and August are hot with little precipitation (thunderstorms in the evening, nights are cooler). September is usually still warm but there may be some rain. October: anything is possible, in 2009 it snowed a lot, the year before it was a perfect Indian summer.

Climate Chart

Health

No specific health precautions are required for visits to the USA.

Medical treatment can be very expensive; there are no special arrangements for British visitors. The British Embassy and Consulates-General cannot assist with medical expenses.

Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is essential; at least $1,000,000 cover, which includes hospital treatment and medical evacuation to the UK, would be wise. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake including horse riding.

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org

Health (ride specific)

There are no specific health requirements although do remember sun block. There are not many midges but if you are sensitive, take protection.

Electricity

The voltage is 110V in the USA and you will need a flat blade plug and possibly an adaptor depending on the appliance. Check the voltage input required for mobile phone and digital/video cameras before leaving.

Film and Camera Equipment

There is electricity available each night in the lodge to recharge camera batteries etc. There is no mobile phone reception but there is wifi in the guest lodge. Batteries and film can be bought on shopping trips but the ranch itself is remote.

Packing List

Jacket - wind proof
Long sleeved shirts
Casual dinner wear
Short sleeved shirts or T shirts
Rain gear (no ponchos)
Sweater or fleece
Sneakers or soft shoes
Riding boots or shoes with a heel and little or no tread
Sunscreen
Chaps (optional)
Chapstick
Gloves
Swimming costume for hot tub and lake
plug-in adapters

The ranch can supply raincoats, helmets, saddlebags, water bottles, bedding, towels, shower gel/soap, hair dryer, saddlebags and water bottles.

Programmes

Weeks start on Saturdays from May to October.

Departure Dates

2019: 18 May to 19 October - Saturday arrival

Pricing
A single room can be booked for no extra supplement when available.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2019 8d/7n8d/7n6per person1,515
2019 8d/7n8d/7n6non-rider669
2019 12d/11n12d/11n10per person2,379
2019 12d/11n12d/11n10non-rider1,055
2019 15d/14n15d/14n13per person2,895
2019 15d/14n15d/14n13non-rider1,285
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2019 8d/7n8d/7n6per person1,725
2019 8d/7n8d/7n6non-rider765
2019 12d/11n12d/11n10per person2,709
2019 12d/11n12d/11n10non-rider1,205
2019 15d/14n15d/14n13per person3,299
2019 15d/14n15d/14n13non-rider1,465
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2019 8d/7n8d/7n6per person1,945
2019 8d/7n8d/7n6non-rider865
2019 12d/11n12d/11n10per person3,059
2019 12d/11n12d/11n10non-rider1,359
2019 15d/14n15d/14n13per person3,725
2019 15d/14n15d/14n13non-rider1,655
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2019 8d/7n8d/7n6per person18,565
2019 8d/7n8d/7n6non-rider8,235
2019 12d/11n12d/11n10per person29,169
2019 12d/11n12d/11n10non-rider12,939
2019 15d/14n15d/14n13per person35,499
2019 15d/14n15d/14n13non-rider15,765
Recommended Reading

E. Annie Proulx’s three books of Wyoming short stories (“Close Range”, “Bad Dirt”, “Fine just the way it is”), Mary O’Hara’s “Flicka” triology. “The Virginian” by Owen Wister (a classic one) and Zane Grey’s Western novels. I love the detective novels (contemporary) by C.J. Box (i.e. “Open Season”) and Craig Johnson (i.e. “The Cold Dish”). Cowboy poet Baxter Black … he writes the column on the last page of the biggest Western riding magazine “Western Horseman”. “Where Rivers change Direction”, a memoir by Mark Spragg about life on an early dude ranch. And “Where the Rivers Run North” by Sam Morton, a historical novel. “The Meadow” by James Galwin. Brand new: Dan Simmon’s “Black Hills”.
Movies: Brokeback Mountain, Shane, Cat Ballou, Did you hear about the Morgans? (from 2009), Dances with Wolves, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Latter one is a science fiction movie but Devils Tower plays a major role in it as the landing place for UFOs.

Other Activities

Some of the ranch work is on the ground, for instance branding calves, loading and shipping cattle, fencing etc.
The ranch provides timbered canyons, high plateaus and endless sage brush prairie. You can hike and watch the abundant wildlife. Or go swimming, boating or fishing. The trout taste great. Non-riders who like to be away from it all will also be able to enjoy this place.
Just half an hour away is the US's first National Monument, Devils Tower. The ancient volcanic vent which was exposed by millions of years of erosion is the setting of many movies and a holy place for the Lakota Indians. The old gold digger town of Deadwood, the Harley Davidson mekka Sturgis and the famous presidential heads of Mount Rushmore can be reached in two hours or less.
When time and the season allow, you can visit rodeos, country dances and horse auctions with your hosts. If you want to combine a ranch vacation with travelling though the Wild West, you should plan a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Western Wyoming, the Badlands in South Dakota or the battlefield on the Little Big Horn where in the 19th century General Custer and Chief Sitting Bull fought one last big battle.

Wildlife

Aside from horses and cattle there are lots of other animals on the ranch: dogs, cats, sheep, goats, buffalos "Daisy" and "Junior" as well as ducks and geese. And of course wild animals like deer, antelope, bobcats, porcupines, skunks, raccoons, prairie dogs, turkeys, eagles, beavers, coyotes, snakes, mountain lions and so on.

Other Information

The ranch is set on the site of an old ghost town which is gradually being restored. The old houses were built out of rough wood planks and most of them went to ruin with time and weather. Now some of the restored buildings are being used for barns, shops, stables, and tack rooms. The guest lodging is an early built western style log house with a large balcony. Most of the other ranch buildings date back to the days when the homesteaders first arrived in this country.

The ranch is 18 miles from Hulett, Wyoming, near Devils Tower, the first National Monument in the Unites States.
The landscape converts from high plateau meadows, to timbered canyons and creek bottoms, and then flows out to the sagebrush prairie, all of which account for the wide variety of wildlife. Part of the ranch is used for growing hay but most of the country is too rough for farming. 600 to 800 cattle graze the pastures during the summer and keep the cowboys busy.

There is wifi internet access and 4 TV channels in the lodge. Currently there is no cell phone reception at the ranch. You are there to relax!

Other Country Information

The USA has 4 main times zones - Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST) and Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Vermont is on EST, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah are all on MST, California is on PST.

Weights and measures are imperial although weight is always expressed in pounds, not stone. The US gallon is 3.8 litres in contrast to an imperial gallon which is 4.2 litres.

Mobile telephone: In 2015 3G is widely available throughout the US in cities, towns, villages and along main highways with AT&T having the best overall coverage and T-mobile offering better speeds in cities. 4G is beginning to be available in cities. There are still a few rural areas which have no GSM reception but do have the older CDMA telephone networks. To be able to call from these areas we recommend buying a cheap Verizon phone from eg Walmart (from $13) and topping up with credit. Almost all hotels and airports offer free wifi connection.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Rapid City Airport (RAP) or ranch.
Transfer:
2019: $150 round trip per person payable locally (125 miles to ranch). Please arrive by 6pm for pick up. Return to airport from 10am. Car hire is also a good option.
Flight Guide:
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