New Haven Ranch

Wyoming USA: (WRWY09)

Wyoming USA
The Black Hills of Wyoming - historic and beautiful. Timbered canyon country where the deer and the antelope still play. Cattle graze and families are raised in the tradition the old west. Neighbors still help each other work, and ranchers care for the land and livestock to sustain themselves and their future generations. Here you find the New Haven Ranch. It is a family-run working cattle ranch on the edge of the Black Hills in Northeastern Wyoming. Since 2003 they have been inviting guests to share their way of life. Four generations live and work on the ranch.
You participate in the daily ranch activities, which include rounding up cattle, branding, riding fence, driving horses between pastures and from late Spring to early September we drive with the horses quite often to South Dakota to help  work cattle on the endless grass prairie as depicted in "Dances with Wolves".

The home ranch is situated on the grounds of an old ghost town in Northeastern Wyoming.  About 150 years ago the first settlers, called "homesteaders", came to the area. The small farmers were up against the rough climate, down-and-dirty cattle barons, hostile Indian tribes and the depression of the early 20th century. Many gave up and left. Today cattle graze the ranch every year. The old buildings and machinery, though bear witness of times that nowadays we only know from movies.
Driving in you see the home place. Part Ghost Town of New Haven, Wy, since 1910 with the old General Store, Grainery,  and School Teachers cabin ...Grandma Jo may be weeding the garden, the critters are being fed~ chickens, dogs, baby goats, lambs and calves. The horses are being run in the corral for the day. There ain’t nothin’ more beautiful than seeing the remuda run and buck and kick in the cool morning air. The men are working on the old buildings, restoring them to last for another 100 years. And everyone is getting their pony saddled for the days work.

" Ridin’ herd on the rim of the canyon. Feels like yer lookin’ at most of Wyoming and Montana from up here."


This is a stationary ride, so all nights will be spent at the same location.

The lodge has five comfortable rustic bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and one cabin. Hair dryer, soap, and shower gel are provided as well as bedding and towels. A furnace and a wood stove provide warmth on cooler days. On hot days, the central air conditioning can be turned on. There are now 4 TV channels.
After returning from their rides the guests can enjoy the jacuzzi or sit on the balcony with a view of the Missouri Buttes, play a round of pool, or relax in the hot tub under stars. Currently there is no cell phone reception at the ranch, but there is free WiFi! There is the possibility to use a washer and dryer at no additional cost.

Room Options
Room 1 (upper story): 1 Queen  and 1 Twin bed with bath
Room 2 (upper story): 1 Queen with bath
Room 3 (upper story): 2 Twin beds with bath
Room 4 (lower story): 1 Full bed and 2 Twin bed with bath
Room 5 (lower story): 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin bed with bath
Cabin: 1 Queen bed and a sofa sleeper (full size) with bath and kitchen

Room Occupancy
There is no single supplement fee if a single room is available.

All meals are included for this trip.

There is an open kitchen attached to the dining and living area. Here we serve a full homemade breakfast and supper and - if we don't eat out on the trail - a lighter lunch.
Snacks and drinks are available for everyone at all times.

We butcher our own cattle, lambs, geese and ducks ... and hopefully will produce pork and chicken soon. Game is shot on the ranch, trout caught in the lake (if they bite). A vegetable garden supplies us with tomatoes, lettuce, squash etc. Home-style cooking, mostly from scratch! Only fruit trees don't do too well in this arid altitude.

Alcohol is not included, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all dietary restrictions except for vegans. Please let us know ahead of time.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


Horses: They are the protagonists on our ranch: confident and surefooted Quarter Horses, Paints and mixes that carry our guests safely over rough and smooth. They live outside year round and only get extra feed when they have to work very hard or the snow is too deep. They are healthy - physically as well as mentally.  Jack rabbits or turkey chicks that move right under their feet usually don't scare them. They are "cowy" which means they like to chase cattle. Some are beautiful, some not. But they all like people and that's what's most important to us.

We train our horses the Parelli way (natural horsemanship) which allows for a better communication with the horses and makes riding safer for you. 

Riders should be able to ride in all three gaits and at least 3 hours at a time. They should be at least advanced beginners.


The New Haven Ranch is a family-run working cattle ranch situated on the grounds of an old ghost town, on the edge of the Black Hills, in Northeastern Wyoming.
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... We train our horses the Parelli way (natural horsemanship) which allows for a better communication with the horses and makes riding safer for you. If requested, we can organize a course with a certified Parelli instructor.

Some of the ranch work is on the ranch's ground, for instance branding calves, loading and shipping cattle, fencing etc. The ranch provides timbered canyons, high plateaus and endless sage brush prairie.

When time and season allow, we visit rodeos, country dances and horse auctions with our guests.

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! 

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.

Non-Riding activities:
Non-riders who like to be away from it all, will also be able to enjoy this place: you can hike and watch the abundant wildlife or go swimming, boating or fishing.

Sightseeing (not included in the package):
If you want to combine a ranch vacation with traveling though the Wild West, you should plan a trip to nearby 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: an ancient volcanic vent which was exposed by millions of years of erosion and the setting of many movies as well as 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 2 hours or less.

Rates and Dates for New Haven Ranch

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, 6 riding days & all other on-site ranch activities.

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    20218 day trip, AP$1610
Minimum Deposit: ~$450.00 per person

Tax 1: 27.3 %

Rates Note:

* Discounts cannot be combined.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 27.3 %  

Rates Note:

* Discounts cannot be combined.

Transfer and Other Charges:

2021 Transfer from Rapid City airport or hotel before 6pm, SD per person - roundtrip
- to be paid locally
2021 Discount for groups of 3 or more - please inquire $0
2021 Discount if staying for 2 consecutive weeks - 10% OFF! *(discount cannot be combined) $0
2021 Non-rider discount $-910
2021 Single supplement -- no charge if available $0
2021 Daily rate (dbl), pp $230
2021 Daily rate (dbl), pp, non-rider $70

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 07/24 - 07/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 07/31 - 08/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 08/07 - 08/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 08/14 - 08/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 08/21 - 08/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 08/28 - 09/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 09/04 - 09/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 09/18 - 09/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Expired
A 2021 09/25 - 10/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Reserve
A 2021 10/02 - 10/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Reserve
A 2021 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 1 /10 Reserve

Dates Note: Arrival days are Saturdays only. Departure Saturdays or Wednesdays.

Guests can stay 7, 11, 14, etc. nights

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic beverages (can be purchased after airport pick-up), Activities off the ranch premises, Transfers, Gratuities & Taxes
No riding on arrival and departure days.


Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For New Haven Ranch (WRWY09):
If guests cannot come to the ranch due to the virus or the ranch is not allowed to be open for business, we are offering customers to rebook at no extra cost for later this year or next year (for the same rates). 

We are cleaning a lot more often and disinfect everything.
When the weather allows (it's very windy in WY), we can eat outside.
When we trailer the horses to other ranches to work there, people have to share vehicles (or bring their own).

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at

Other Info
Meeting: Hulett
Airport: Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
Transfer: Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)

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Source: NOAA

Generally speaking, summer visitors can expect summer daytime temperatures to run in the 70s and 80s degrees Fahrenheit. Ninety-degree days are rare anywhere in the state and over 100˚F are almost unheard of. The air cools quickly after sundown. It can get downright cold in the mountain towns. Wyoming folks sleep under blankets most nights and are never far away from a warm jacket.

A typical Wyoming summer day will start out bright and sunny. Clouds will appear on the western horizon about noon and thunderheads will develop in mid-afternoon. Scattered, isolated thundershowers will dot the landscape in late afternoon and early evening. Some can be severe with wind and hail, especially on the eastern plains, but the chances of getting wet in any given location are slim. Wyoming is mostly a fairly dry, low humidity place in any season.

Autumn in Wyoming is a pure delight. Most places will start to see snow in mid-September, but winter weather won’t start to stick until late November. For most of the two months in between, the state enjoys a special season called Indian Summer, with warm days, cool nights and spectacular colors. It’s a delightful change-of-season experience.

Weather is one of the most pleasant and interesting things about living in Wyoming. Enjoy your trip to the Cowboy State. Bring a jacket.

What To Bring:
We can supply saddle bags, helmets, water bottles, and rain coats!

- some kind of hat (best with a wide rim), tight boots with a bit of a heel (no riding in tennis shoes), sturdy clothing (layers are recommended in spring and fall), long denim jeans (beginners might want to bring cycling or long underwear).
- the sun is especially strong in this dry and high altitude. Bring high sun protection!
- we don't have many midges but if you are sensitive, bring protection.
- don't forget a bathing suit for the hot tub and lake.
- riding helmets are not used in this area but if you want to bring one, go ahead; it's certainly smart.