Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO YOU PRICE YOUR WESTERN GUEST RANCH SO AFFORDABLY?

We are not an elaborate dude outfit. The emphasis is on lots of time in the saddle, not fancy amenities.

Here’s what to expect:

A RUSTIC GUEST RANCH – simple, sage-brushy, subject to the elements, stay in cabins or teepees on a first-come-first-served basis, bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towels;

HORSE-ORIENTED – horses and riders are carefully matched, participation in orientation and safety checks is mandatory, ride and bond with your horse, experience the Western lifestyle and country from the back of a horse;

AUTHENTIC – occasional long hours, training in proper techniques of horsemanship, sometimes dusty, hot, tiring, sometimes relaxing and laid back, and most authentic of all – living the legacy of ranch founder and Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee, Nate Brown (1921-1916);

FLEXIBLE – tailored to your riding ability and interests; riders may opt out of activities to take a half day or all day break to relax, or rise early to participate in wrangling the horses from pasture before breakfast.  Round out your Western adventure with must-see sights and activities in the surrounding area scheduled around the rides;

PEACEFUL – yes, just like in the movies – scenic rides, cool evenings, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, campfires and stories, exhaustion and exhilaration.

WHAT DO YOUR PRICES INCLUDE?

Terrific horses, tack, delicious meals, cabin accommodations at the ranch, teepee accommodations at cow camp and transportation between the ranch and Cody airport.

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE IN THIS AREA OF WYOMING?

In Thermopolis, enjoy a soak, swim and the slide in the World’s Largest Hot Springs, float the Wind River, see buffalo and walk the hot springs terraces in the Hot Springs State Park, tour the Dinosaur Center.  In Cody, don’t miss the Nite Rodeo, Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, Old Trail Town, shops and galleries.  Access Yellowstone National Park by way of the scenic Chief Joseph Byway, where you may see buffalo, elk, moose, deer, wolves, bear and other wildlife.  Just to mention a few…

WILL THE RATES REMAIN THE SAME?

Prices are guaranteed only for the current year.  Discounts for subsequent years expire Dec 31 of the current year.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES?

Paid positions on the ranch are limited, but former guests may request references for other ranches, universities, jobs and awards.  Some former guests have found jobs as wranglers at dude ranches.  Some have received college credit.  Two of our guests were accepted to ride in the Mongol Derby 2019, the longest and toughest endurance ride in the world!

WHERE DO YOU GET THESE GENTLE HORSES?

Horses have been the love and focus of Nate’s life for decades.  Nate and MaeCile believe there are good horses of every breed and try to find them to add them to the string.  Over many years of being very selective, our excellent string of gentle horses has largely been acquired through our own breeding program.