Working Dude Ranch Vacations near Yellowstone
There are many working dude ranches near Yellowstone National Park. Your first decision is whether to go to a working dude ranch or a Real Working Ranch for an Internship focused on horsemanship and horseback riding, like HorseWorks Wyoming, located an hour from Cody, WY and 40 minutes from Thermopolis, WY. Then decide how long to stay for your initial trip to HorseWorks. Unlike most working dude ranches, HorseWorks offers the opportunity to stay for one, two or three weeks, and to extend longer as a member of our Ranch Family at prices that are a fraction of dude ranch prices.
Here are some things to consider if you want to make a trip to Yellowstone National Park part of your Working Ranch Internship. .
Planning your Yellowstone National Park excursion
A weekend trip to Yellowstone National Park is a scheduled off-ranch activity during your Working Ranch Internship and usually takes place the weekend between the first and second weeks of the Internship. Planning this overnight at Yellowstone trip is a great opportunity for teamwork – booking a car, sorting out drivers, making decisions about camping versus staying in a hotel, hiking versus driving to more sites, taking a cooler of food or eating at the famous Old Faithful Inn and so on. Friendships deepen as you get to know each other better while you explore Yellowstone, one of the great national parks in the world.
The Yellowstone National Park excursion is not included in our fee, but by sharing the costs of the trip with other Interns, depending on the number of participants and detailed plans, the expenditure for the entire weekend is usually as low as $150 per person, a little more if the East gate isn’t opened due to snow and you need to go through the North Entrance, which is further away. Be sure you consider budgeting time and funds to include this amazing experience as part of your Working Ranch Internship.
Spring versus Summer & Fall in Yellowstone
In the Spring, Yellowstone is accessible only through the North Entrance, which is several hours drive from the ranch through beautiful Wyoming and Montana scenery and well worth the trip to enjoy the magic. In the Summer & Fall when the East and Northeast gates to Yellowstone are open, we recommend driving the 46 miles long Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (Wyo 296) that links Cody with the Bearthooth Highway and the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone National Park at Silver Gate, MT and offers views of the Absaroka Mountains, Beartooth Mountains and the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone river, as well as the Shoshone National Forest. We will happily help you with your trip planning for this excursion.
Here are tips for other Off-Ranch Activities to round out your Western experience.