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Riding is in the center of all the activities on the ranch. When we don't move cattle between pastures, we check fences and reservoirs, look for strays or practice "roping" and "cutting". And sometimes we just ride for fun... 
For the more experienced riders: From late Spring to early September, we often trailer the horses to South Dakota to help work hundreds of yearling cattle across the endless open grass prairie as depicted in "Dances with Wolves" - weather permitting. The herd of  horses need to be moved between pastures, which is always a lot of fun.
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.



When time and the season allow we visit rodeos, country dances and horse auctions with our guests. If you want to combine a ranch vacation with traveling 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.
Just half an hour away is the US' 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 mecca Sturgis and the famous presidential heads of Mount Rushmore can be reached in two hours or less.



A typical day at the ranch:
Wake up sleepy heads! Head to the Lodge kitchen for a hearty or light breakfast with sweet rolls, eggs, bacon, fruit, juice, and of course cowboys always need coffee! A good night's sleep was easy to get in the New Haven Lodge. With five rooms, all with private bathrooms, a comfortable living room where everyone gets together to talk about the day and tease the cook while she’s in the kitchen. You can eat your breakfast inside or outside on the balcony overlooking the ranch, where you can watch the wild deer and turkeys have their breakfast too!
Then to the barns to saddle up! Catch your horse and get your gear. And we’re off to move cows, check fence, roundup strays (yearling cattle~they don’t have no home and don’t want one), check pairs (Mommas and babies). We intensively manage our grazing which means frequently moving the up to 1000 head of cattle and keeping them in big, tight groups to maintain our healthy, productive landscape of 15,000 acres.
Lunch is often from the saddle bags at one of the many old homestead sites. The old historic barns and cabins provide shade and conversation. You get the feel of what it must have been like to live out on the open range, alone…just you and the cattle, with deer and birds for neighbors.
If we get our work done early we take the horses for a swim in the New Haven Lake! We have pedal boats down there to play and fish for trout on. And of course inner tubes for floating and swimming with! Tramp, one of the ranch horses, is our champion swimmer. We think he’s part trout…
The evening meal is an event to look forward to. The ranch cook will spoil us all with steak (raised and chased by us!), home-made bread, potatoes, and veggies from the garden. Oh, and don’t forget to save room for deserts!!!
After supper we could enjoy campfire music or play cards and billiards.  Before bed don’t forget to smooth out those hard working muscles in the hot tub. Get some sleep in beds handmade by Nick (2nd Generation). Rest up to do it all tomorrow!
If you get worn out we can always head to town for fun and sightseeing. Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota and Devils Tower, Wy (the first national monument) are nearby. As well as historic Deadwood, SD home of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane. Rodeo’s are frequent all summer long in this part of the world and those are usually accompanied by western dances!


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New Haven Ranch
Tour Code: WRWY09
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,610.00
Dates : May to Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2019 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
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Airport: Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
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