Two Creek Round Ups

Wyoming USA: (RUWY06)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/wy_two_creek_ropund_ups.aspx

Introduction
Wyoming USA
The Two Creek Ranch is a family owned working cattle ranch. Currently running 600 mother cows on 25,000+ acres of land. The winter and spring range is located 8 miles south of Douglas, nestled along the North Platte River, with the LaBonte and Wagonhound Creeks flowing through.
The Oregon Trail straddles a portion of the range, where the ruts are still visible today. The ranch has two summer ranges, one 15 miles North of Douglas and the other 75 miles SW of Douglas, on the Laramie Plains. The Laramie Peak and Medicine Bow National Forest  are the areas we can see from the ranch and from Cow Camp.
From February through October, you can experience life as a true working cowboy. Calving, branding, gathering, sorting, trailing and shipping cattle is what Two Creek Ranch is all about. This trip is not for the faint hearted - only real cowboys or cowgirls need to apply !

Accomodation

At the main ranch:
2 private rooms in the main house; shared bathroom
2 cabins (bunkhouse) with 6 beds in each; shared bathrooms

Cow camp:
 
1 bath shared, 7 single beds in dorm room; 1 private bedroom
1 trailer with double bed and 2 singles; and tents

We serve three meals a day:
Breakfast : Juice, either a egg dish or pancakes, breakfast meats, toast, coffee or tea
Lunch : On trail there can be sandwiches, fresh fruit & veggies, potatoes chips, cookies, etc.
Supper: Beef dish, potatoe dish, vegetable dish, salad, fruit and dessert.

Please Note:
Guests must provide their own favorite beverage if they have one - example: soda/pop, beer, wine, hot chocolate etc. You can purchase this in Casper.  The ranch will provide you transportation to a store to purchase the extra things you need/want.

*Sorry, we do not cater to special diets.

Support vehicles along or nearby.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample Itineraries 2020 - Subject to changes

April 25 - May 1 (6 nights and 7 days)
If early spring is your time to be outside and enjoy seeing the awakening of spring, then this event is for you. We will round up the 650 mother cows and their calves and trail them 10-15 miles to the spring pasture where green grass awaits them. We take smaller groups of them as the calves are slower to move. We usually cross the La Bonte Creek and go on the cliff trail. Be sure to bring your camera and take some pictures of the cliff trail. Then on to the spring grass.

May 8-11 (4 days and 3 nights)
Branding week: For the ranch this is the social event of the year , as neighbors join together for branding. We brand in the traditional western way, by roping off of horseback and wrestling the calves. We invite you to join and share with us this western experience.  

May 20-31 Cattle Drive (12 days and 11 nights) -- see under cattle drive
This is our 75 mile cattle drive to summer pasture located on the Laramie plains. We spend several days gathering the cattle from the spring pasture and trailing them to the ranch. Those nights are spent at the ranch and guests stay in the bunkhouse. We turn out the pairs and start on the journey. The cattle spend their first night at the county pen, the next night the cook and the trailers join the drive. We move the cattle about 10-12 miles a day with a break at lunch to rest the cattle, riders, and horses. We follow the old Fort Fetterman Freight trail to the Laramie Plains. We will then spend a day sorting cattle. Overnights at the Little House on the Prairie. For this event you will need a sleeping bag for the 4 nights we camp out.

July 25-29 (5 days and 4 nights)
Lot of riding rounding up cows and calves and trail them to new pastures. The bulls will be removed and trailed to a separate pasture. Riding will take place on the Laramie Plains on our ranch and the Laramie Ranch River. We will stay at the Cow Camp. 

August 1-7 (7 days, 6 nights)
We will gather the heifers and trail them to the corrals for Pregnancy testing and then trail them back to fresh pastures. During this time we also help our neighbor gather and trail pairs from Hamilton Springs to Sheep Creek. This week includes a 22 miles cattle drive to the Prager pasture on the Laramie Peak. We will be staying at Cow Camp.  

September 1-8 (8 days and 7 nights)
We will be getting ready to market our calves during this time. We will gather cows and calves, weight all calves and give them shots and prepare them for shipping. We will pair calves with their mothers and sort them as to sex. This involves a day of Cutting. We will spend our time on the Laramie Plains at Cow Camp, and 1 day will be spent at main ranch working north of Douglas. It will take us a week to complete the job.

September 21 - 28 (8 days and 7 nights) 
It is time to sell our steer calves. We will gather the pairs and trail them 10 miles to where they will  be weighed and put on trucks.  We will trail cattle  from our pastures north of Douglas, through the town of Douglas to the home ranch. We will have other activities for a couple of days and return to move the cows back to our pasture. Time will be spent at Cow Camp on the Laramie Plains. We plan to be gone 

October 20-31 Cattle Drive (12 days 11 nights) -- see under cattle drive
The fall gather will take place on the Laramie Plains and the Laramie River Ranch for the 75 mile trip home. There will not be as many cattle in the fall because of shipping the steer calves, still over a 1,000 head. This trail is spring in reverse. The Cattle move easier this time of year because the cows are ready to come home and the first couple of nights at Cow Camp and 4 nights camping and the remaining nights at the main ranch. Weather that time of year is unpredictable. Anything from Indian summer to rain, snow or blizzard. 

Note:  This is an actual working ranch - because of the weather and other considerations, any of the events may change

--Subject to change--


Rates and Dates for Two Creek Round Ups

Rates include:

Accommodations in the bunkhouse or cow camp, all meals, riding days according to schedule.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day Ranch, AP$900
  • B
    20194 day Ranch, AP$450
  • C
    20195 day Ranch, AP$750
  • D
    20198 day Ranch, AP$1050

Tax 1: 6 % Tax 2: 3 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 6 %   additional Tax: 3 %

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from Casper airport pp return
- to be paid locally
$75

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
C 2019 07/25 - 07/29 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch, AP 3 /10 Expired
A 2019 08/01 - 08/07 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch, AP 3 /10 Expired
D 2019 09/01 - 09/08 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP 3 /10 Reserve
D 2019 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP 3 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Other Info
Meeting: Douglas
Airport: Casper
Transfer: Casper, WY Airport

Climate:
                                                Douglas area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

37

41

48

58

68

79

86

85

75

62

46

38

Average Low Temperature (°F)

9

14

22

30

39

48

54

52

41

30

20

11

Average High Temperature (°C)

3

5

9

14

20

26

30

29

24

16

8

3

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-13

-10

-5

-1

4

9

12

11

5

-1

-7

-12

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

2

2

4

6

7

4

5

3

3

2

3

2

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Wyoming has a dry, continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers. Warm Chinook winds from the Rockies modify some of the winter weather of the eastern plains. Wide temperature ranges exist in the state because of differences in elevation. For example, January mean temperatures range from a low of about 10 °F (–12 °C) in the mountains to the upper 20s F (about –2 °C) in the southeast. Mean July temperatures range from the low 50s F (about 10 °C) in the mountains to the mid-70s F (about 24 °C) in the Bighorn Basin in north-central Wyoming.

Average annual precipitation (rain and melted snow) varies from 6 inches (15 centimeters) in the Bighorn Basin to about 31 inches (79 centimeters) in the Tetons.

What To Bring:
There is no electricity on the trail, so leave those blow dryers, curling irons, shavers, and radios at home.
Your cellular phones won’t work here either. Besides, you’re on vacation! 

This list is only a guideline for you 
  • Travel documents and Voucher
  • Flight tickets
  • Passport
  • Visa (check with your consulate)
RIDING GEAR
  • Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Boots with heels for riding (hiking boots don't make it, unless you don't want to ride)
  • Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips). No helemets are available to borrow, so if you wish to wear one (optional) please bring your own.
  • Riding gloves
  • Hat: cowboy or baseball.  Cowboy hats offer more protection from our intense sun, and are a must for the authentic programs
  • Rain coat/Wax jacket
PERSONAL CLOTHING
  • Heavy sweater and or wind breaker! Even in the middle of summer, when the sun goes down it gets cold
  • Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Pyjama
  • Bag for dirty clothes
  • Walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Swimsuit
  • Bandana
FOR CAMPING TRIPS:
  • Sleeping bag rated down to -10 F (-20 C) at least
  • Towel and small bar of soap
  • Flashlight
 ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Insect protection
  • Personal medications
  • Sore cream (for the emergency)
  • Sewing kit
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Camera and enough extra films (binoculars)
  • Belt pack
  • Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
  • Sun glasses with strap
  • Sun tan lotion and lip balm
  • Musical instruments, if you like to play
  • Cash. Our cooks and wranglers live to make your stay nice. If you’re pleased with the service, please tip!
What you will need for our Events
Items needed 4-25 5-9 5-21 7-18 8-1 09-1 9-22 10-21
                 
warm clothes  X  X X         X
light clothes X X X X X X X X
sleeping bag     X X X X X X
worn jeans X X X X X X X X
cowboy boots X X X X X X X X
personal items X X X X X X X X
hat with visor X X X X X X X X
rain gear X X X         X
heavy jacket  X X         X
light jacket X X X X X X X X