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7 Day Clean Up Drive Ranch Vacation in Wyoming

Sheridan, Wyoming, USA

USA Guided Ranch Vacation Wyoming

In spite of the overwhelmingly positive response Double Rafter has received from most all of their guests. They have always wanted to offer a trip which would more closely represent their lifestyle exactly as it was during the turn of the century. They promise you the trip of a lifetime. Out on the range, they give you the real deal! They don't schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires, they happen all on their own. So, go pack your bag and live the life of a ranch with Double Rafter!

Key information

  • Tack type: Western tack
  • Horse Breed: Quarter Horse or Quarter Horse Cross

Highlights

  • Horse riding sessions
  • There will be 2-3 camp moves
  • Ride through the entire mountain allotment
  • Complimentary photography and horsemanship clinic
  • Saddle, tack, and horse lease will be provided
  • Ground transportations are included
  • Food and soft drinks will be served
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Billings Logan International Airport (US$235 per person)
Airport transfer included: Sheridan County Airport
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Accommodation

You will sleep in wall tents or teepee tents. If you choose double occupancy, Double Rafter will match you with another guest around the same age and gender. Accommodation the night before is in a motel, double occupancy. Double Rafter does not include single occupancy at the motel, but in case it is requested, it can be given at a discounted price.

You will likely spend two nights at the Lake Creek Cabin, two nights at the Little Horn Cabin, and a night at the Dry Fork Cow Camp. Depending on the pasture rotation, the days and nights spent at the individual cow camps may change from year to year.

Program

“Its too bad people couldn’t spend a night or two in the Little Horn Cow Camp so they could see how it was,” Dana would often remark when he would relate stories about his teenage years as the rider in the Little Horn Camp. “Cowboys like Dick Babbion and ’44 Bill’ have all left their mark on those of us who experienced their tenure at the cabin. To us, it’s quite real. The cowboys of my father’s generation, and his father before him, are nearly all gone now. Most are just a name in a story Dad would relate to his childhood in cow camp. I guess we too will someday become just a name in a story, and then, over time, events which seemed so important to us, become nothing at all.”

“Now I realize that seems terribly empty but, to me, this is the appeal of the Little Horn Cow Camp because it is here the stories and names live forever. Every time I step through the kitchen door and hear the creak of the aged wooden floor under my boots, I always expect everything to be exactly as it was the first time I saw it at age nine. It always is.”

“In the dim light from the hissing gas lantern, my mind can see Dave Fuller in his old denim apron and brown leather bedroom slippers shoving another stick of firewood into the massive Monarch cook stove as he turns out another batch of horse-hair pad pancakes. Boy, could those things soak up the syrup. I watched him for years and could never figure out his secret. Sometimes he used milk, sometimes water, sometimes bacon grease, sometimes butter, and sometimes eggs but it never seemed to matter, they always tasted like horse-hair pad pancakes. Dave is gone now; he lost his battle with colon cancer in the spring of ’99, but within the century-old log walls of the Little Horn Cabin, he will live forever.”

Here is what Double Rafter has: they are offering 10 spots for guests to accompany them on this clean-up ride as they re-ride the entire permit about two weeks after the September cattle drive. They will likely spend two nights at the Lake Creek Cabin, two nights at the Little Horn Cabin, and a night or two at the Dry Fork Cow Camp. Depending on the pasture rotation the days and nights spent at the individual cow camps may change from year to year.

This trip is wide open as far as the number of cattle and what you would be doing. In all likelihood, you will be spending a couple of nights in each camp as you ride the entire mountain allotment. These three camps range in elevation from 6,800 feet to over 9,000 feet. The beauty of this trip is that when you are finished riding for the day, you'll actually feed people in the cabin where it is warm and dry. You will still be sleeping in a tent though.

After riding all day in cool to cold weather, it is nice to be able to come in, strip down to your shirt sleeves, and have a meal in a warm comfortable cabin. One of the cabins is over 100 years old and the other has logs in it that came out of the original homestead built on the Double Rafter in 1887.

When the Dry Fork cow camp was built in 1932 the original log cabin was dismantled and parts of it were loaded on a wagon and a team of horses pulled it to the mountain to reconstruct a cow camp in the Dry Fork. The wagon also had the original Majestic stove on it for the cow camp. It is pretty steep getting into the area they wanted to construct the cabin, and the weight on the wagon, overran the team causing serious enough injuries to have to put the team down!

The family was grazing the Dry Fork area before it became National Forest in 1890. Consequently, they have lots of history and stories of the family in this area. There will be many miles in the saddle. Double Rafter does think you will find this trip quite unique because you will experience things few people will ever see. Again, they must limit this trip to 10 guests so this trip is going to fill early. Don’t wait.

Schedule

You will arrive a day before. You will stay at a motel and have a delicious banquet in the evening. At 08:00, you will be picked up and transport to cow camp. There will be many miles in the saddle. Double Rafter does think you will find this trip quite unique because you will experience things few people will ever see. With the cook’s phenomenal Dutch oven cooking, incredible horses to ride, and the camaraderie around the campfire, you will make new friends forever. You will return to civilization the last day, and the following morning at 09:00, you return to the airport.

Horse

At Double Rafter, 98% of the horses are Quarter Horses or Quarter Horse Cross. Double Rafter will determine a horse for you based on your profile. How you perform during the cattle handling seminar and the horsemanship clinic will determine if you stay on that horse or get moved to another one. They want you on a horse that fits your skill level.

Location

This trip will take place in Wyoming, USA.

Food

You will be served Double Rafter cook’s phenomenal Dutch oven cooking and soft drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Horse riding sessions
  • 2-3 camp moves
  • Horsemanship clinic
  • Complimentary photography
  • Wide open trip as far as the number of cattle
  • Saddle, tack, and horse lease
  • Guide service
  • Ground transportation to and from Sheridan
  • Food and soft drinks
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Single occupancy at the motel the night of the banquet
  • The night before the trip is not included, you should all stay at the same hotel and you can start the trip all together early next morning. The Double Rafter have special prices arranged per night for their guests. Please contact the Double Rafter for more information.
  • Airport transfers from and to Billings Logan International Airport (BIL) (235 USD per person)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Billings Logan International Airport Airport transfer available: Billings Logan International Airport (US$235 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Sheridan County Airport Airport transfer included: Sheridan County Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Sunday October 3, 2021
Departure: Saturday October 9, 2021

Pricing information

There will be a 300 USD per person round-trip delivery charge from Billings to Sheridan. This service is available one day before and one day after the trip.

Double Rafter offers double occupancy in a wall tent for an additional 600 USD and also offers single tee-pee occupancy during the week for 300 USD. This does not include single occupancy at a motel the night of the banquet. The last night’s lodging is included in the trip price.

The recommended gratuity is 125 USD per guest.

For more information, please send an inquiry.

Trip information
  • October 3rd arrival into Sheridan, October 4th pickup and transport to cow camp, October 8th return to civilization, October 9th free to return home

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