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Wind River Wilderness Horse Ranch

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Next to daily riding, other activities on the ranch include hiking, trout fishing, wildlife viewing and trips to nearby hot springs. These parts of the Winds are so vast that most folks sign up for one of our pack trips to reach just a few of the 30 lakes and many streams available from the ranch.

Chat with your wrangler each day to plan rides that best match the goals and abilities of you, your family or group. Ride to high lookouts, rivers, streams or lakes - there is an abundance of options! Unlike most dude ranches that have a pre-set daily schedule, we enjoy tailoring a unique experience to each individual or group, allowing everyone private rides each day.
Daylight lasts until bedtime during the summer ranch vacation season. After dinner, we often enjoy conversation on the porch of the main lodge while viewing spectacular alpine sunsets over towering snowcapped peaks. The nightly horse stampede is exciting as 80 horses thunder through the corral gate to graze unfenced mountain meadows.

Approximate riding times for the pack trips are:
Middle Lake  - 4 hrs/ 10 mi
Valentine Lake - 6 hrs/ 15 mi
Cliff Lake - 5 hrs/ 12 mi
Dutch Oven Lake - 5½ hrs/ 14 mi 
Baer Lake - 5½ hrs/ 15 mi
Washakie Lake - 7 hrs/ 17½ mi
Lonesome Lake - 6½ hrs/ 17 mi
Grave Lake  - 8 hrs/ 20 mi
The inlet of Grave Creek on Grave Lake is as far as we can go for a one day charge.
Baptiste and Mt. Hooker are a 10 hour ride and charged at two days.

Popo Agie Wilderness Area

The Popo Agie Wilderness was first established as a primitive area on March 2s, 1932. The area, containing 101,991 acres, was classified as wilderness by the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984. It is bounded by the Wind River Indian Reservation on the north, and the Bridger Wilderness on the Bridger- Teton National Forest on the west. 
The Popo Agie Wilderness is within the boundaries of the Shoshone National Forest in western Wyoming. It lies immediately east of the Continental Divide, l8 miles west of Lander, 135 miles west of Casper, and 80 miles north of Rock Springs, Wyoming. It is accessible via trailheads which may be reached by US Highway 287, Wyoming Highway 131 and secondary roads. 
The topography of the Popo Agie is very rough, consisting of high jagged peaks separating many beautiful stream courses in deep, narrow valleys and canyons along a 25-mile stretch of the southern Wind River Range. Sheer granite walls are prevalent. There are several permanent snowfields along the Continental Divide.
Wind River Peak, 13,255 feet in elevation is the highest peak associated with the Popo Agie. It is on the western boundary which is common with the Bridger Wilderness on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Over twenty summits above 12,000 feet in elevation are present within the Popo Agie Wilderness. The lowest elevation, 8,400 feet, is at the point where the eastern boundary crosses the Middle Fork Popo Agie River. 
Over 300 lakes and ponds are dispersed throughout the area. Headwaters of the Middle Fork Popo Agie, North Fork Popo Agie, and South Fork Little Wind Rivers originate here. All are tributaries of the Wind River.
The montane, subalpine, and alpine vegetative life zones are represented within the wilderness. 

Also, for non-riders, or those that like fishing, the ranch is in a prime location to spend the days waiting for a tug on that fishing rod. Cutthroat trout are the only native fish in the Wind River Range. However, thanks to the old-timers who horse packed young fingerlings in milk cans to secluded lakes, today you can also enjoy catching golden, rainbow, mackinaw, brook and beautifully colored hybrid trout.
We encourage catch and release fishing, but recommend fresh pan-fried trout at least once during your stay.
Fishing rods should be in hard protective cases; shorter pack rods are better on the pack horse.
Wyoming fishing licenses may be purchased ahead online at or in Lander at Wind River Outdoor Company or the Good Place on Main St.
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Wind River Wilderness Horse Ranch
Tour Code: GRWY02
6 days / 5 nights
Dates : June- Sept, other dates possible

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Basic
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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2024 07/08 - 07/13 6d / 5n 6 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
B 2024 07/08 - 07/12 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
B 2024 07/29 - 08/02 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 07/29 - 08/03 6d / 5n 6 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/05 - 08/10 6d / 5n 6 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
B 2024 08/05 - 08/09 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
B 2024 08/11 - 08/15 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/11 - 08/16 6d / 5n 6 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/19 - 08/24 6d / 5n 6 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
B 2024 08/19 - 08/23 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
B 2024 08/25 - 08/29 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/25 - 08/30 6d / 5n 6 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/02 - 09/07 6d / 5n 6 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
B 2024 09/02 - 09/06 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch 2 /10 Reserve
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter Horses, cross
Pace: 5-7 hours in the saddle walking only ...
Airport: Riverton
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