Summer in the ranch means green grass, tall pines, beautiful wildflowers, blue skies, and fun. It doesn’t matter your age because there is something for everyone on a guest ranch vacation at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. You will enjoy the warm, Western hospitality, country gourmet dining, and the beauty of this country wilderness that will make your ranch stay not only a vacation but also an authentic western experience with memories that last a lifetime. This is truly a summer horse riding and ranch vacation!
You will spend your five nights at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch where you will experience “True Western Hospitality” on your summer dude ranch vacation. The lodging will be in either a handcrafted log cabin or one of the lodge’s spacious guest rooms. The beauty and seclusion of North Idaho are at your fingertips while staying at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch located 16 miles northeast of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Ranch amenities include The Great Room for dining and meeting space, the upstairs loft for relaxing, the recreation room, outdoor hot tub, basketball court, horseshoes, playground for the little ones, and laundry facilities. Dogs are allowed in the cabins but not in the rooms in the lodge. There is a pet fee of 15 USD per night per pet. Guest pets are not allowed on any rides so please bring a crate your dog can stay in while you are away.
Then, you will enjoy two nights at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort located near Paradise Montana, a scenic 2.5-hour drive from the ranch. For more than a century, this scenic resort on the Clark Fork River has provided their Guests with relaxation and renewal through pleasure and healthy leisure. To ensure the maximum therapeutic benefits, their pools are chemical-free and have constantly flowing spring water. They offer both cabin type accommodation or lodge rooms.
You will saddle up for some good old-fashioned fun as you will ride along the ridges and valleys of this fifth generation Idaho dude and guest ranch which is rich in history and beauty. You will ride through grazing cattle or sneak a peek at deer, bear, and other wildlife in their native surroundings. Moreover, you will watch a red-tailed Hawk soar overhead and listen to the song of the birds welcoming you to a new day. In the summer, horseback riding is the main activity on the ranch. The riding program will begin with an orientation where the wranglers will introduce you to your horse for the week and give instructions on how to ride and what to expect throughout the week during your horseback experiences.
Each day, you will enjoy morning and afternoon rides where you will explore the north Idaho mountains, valleys, and meadows around the ranch. One day, you will pack up for a day ride to Grouse Creek Falls for swimming or enjoy a ranch perimeter ride with views of the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountain Ranges. One evening, you will saddle up for a dinner ride with campfire grilled, ranch raised beef steak. Other horseback experiences include lessons in the arena, moving cattle, cattle sorting, and arena games. The 70′ by 100′ indoor arena means even if it’s raining, there will be horseback activities available.
Children staying with family at the ranch will have the opportunity to be involved in one of the most educational and fun dude ranch children’s program available. This program is designed for kids aged 8 to 18. Hands-on experiences with their horse is the centerpiece of this program. Before arriving at the ranch, children will receive the ranch’s horsemanship manual to help expand their learning experience. The program will start on Sunday evening and be concluded on Thursday evening with a horse show completed with trophies and ribbons. Children will be responsible for their own horse and equipment. They will learn horse husbandry skills and equipment care. Every morning, they will help prepare their horse for the day’s activities.
The ranch activities continue each evening and have the following activities
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is very proud of their four-legged working partners. They maintain a herd of more than 50 registered Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, and Paints for the saddle horses as well as one team of Belgian Percheron crosses, three teams of Percherons, and one team of 1/4 Percheron for the sleigh and wagon rides. Most of the horses are either born and raised right here on the ranch or purchased from other local ranchers. The horses are worked with and handled at an early age to begin adapting them to their future uses. As two-year-olds, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch begins the official training, getting them used to the saddle and working them in the round pen.
They then graduate to the arena, and then to some short trail rides. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch uses a training system called the ‘Basic Handle’ founded by Monte Forman and Pat Wyse. This system creates a safe, responsive, and sensible horse. Of course, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch carefully breeds and maintains horses that have a disposition that lends itself to the guest ranch industry. As three and four years old, these horses are used as mounts for the trail guides. Then, as five years old, they begin their career as mounts for the guests. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch uses both mares and geldings and rotate mares in and out as they produce more offspring for the future string.
A saddle can make the difference between a great ride and a terrible ride for you and your horse. Therefore, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch provides their guests with quality, custom-made, John Fallis, or Vick Bennett balanced ride saddles. These saddles create a more comfortable ride for you and your horse because:
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is committed to providing you with the most comfortable ride possible. The horses are the greatest asset here at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch so they believe it is vitally important to take care of their comfort and long-term use. With this in mind, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch has chosen to invest in WYNGZ RidezCool saddle pads which are designed to be lightweight, flexible, and comfortable.
You will arrive at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.
You will participate in all activities at the ranch.
After breakfast, you will depart the ranch and drive to Quinn’s Hot Springs where you will stay Friday and Saturday nights.
You will Meet Montana River Guides in Superior Montana for a day of rafting (at an additional cost). After rafting, you will head back to Quinn’s Hot Springs.
Adults and children 13 years old and older are not required to wear a riding helmet. However, they are available for your use should you want one. Children ages 12 and under are required to wear an SEI approved riding helmet. Also, anyone 18 years old and under, visiting the ranch without a parent / guardian on site is required to wear an SEI approved riding helmet.
Sandpoint sits on the shores of the spectacular Lake Pend Oreille, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the United States. At 43 miles in length Lake Pend Oreille, there is the fifth deepest lake (1,158 feet at its greatest depth) in the United States with 111 miles of shoreline. Its pristine waters are a major factor in the community of Sandpoint’s high ranking as a premier tourist destination. The reality is that the only way to get a full grasp on the natural beauty of Northern Idaho is from a breathtaking scenic vista, atop a Western Pleasure Guest Ranch horse.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is located just 16 scenic miles NE of the beautiful small town of Sandpoint, Idaho. USA Today recently voted Sandpoint as the most beautiful small town in the US. Resting at the base of the Selkirk Mountains in North Idaho’s Panhandle region, the community of Sandpoint can be found 60 miles south of the Canadian border and 75 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.
You will be served three scrumptious ranch meals per day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals while staying at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort are not included. Dinner cruise on Lake Pend Orielle is also included in the price and it is available from June 14 to August 30.
Please book your flight to arrive at Spokane International Airport (GEG).
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch recommends you rent a car. However, if you prefer, transportation can be arranged for an additional fee. Sandpoint (just 15 miles from the ranch) does have a small airport for private flights.