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7 Day July Cattle Drive Ranch Vacation in Sheridan County, Wyoming

Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States

Guided Ranch Vacation Wyoming

Come and enjoy this once in a lifetime journey in Wyoming. ​​​Double Rafter promises you the trip of a lifetime. Out on the range, you will be given the real deal! Double Rafter doesn't schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires, they happen all on their own! This trip begins in the green rolling foothills of East Pass Creek and covers 45 to 55 miles. During this trip, you will trail the mother cows and their calves high to their summer range.

Key information

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

Highlights

  • Horse riding sessions
  • Wide-open trip as far as the number of cattle
  • Saddle, tack, and horse lease use are included
  • Horsemanship clinic and complimentary photography
  • There will be 2-3 camp moves
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Ground transportations
  • Food and soft drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Sheridan County Airport
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Accommodation

You will sleep in wall tents or teepee tents. If you choose a double occupancy, Double Rafter will match you with another guest around the same age and gender. Accommodation the night before is at a motel in a 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.

Program

During this trip, trail the mother cows and their calves high to their summer range. In addition to a family crew of 10 to 12, Double Rafter generally has 20 to 25 guests on this drive. In keeping with their ancestor’s tradition, the lodging will be 1800s style canvas wall tents and tepee tents. All meals are prepared using cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, or at a pit barbeque.

Double Rafter knows all outfitters think their cook crew is the best, but that is a lie. The cook crew is truly the best. In addition to being phenomenal chefs, the chuckwagon crew is a bit on the lively side and has been known to play a prank or two. You’ve been warned.

At day three, they push the herd south up the rough and rugged Little Horn Canyon. The trail from this point is too rough and narrow for wagons, pickups, or four-wheelers. This is another twist that separates from all the other “plastic banana cattle drives.” Many people find the massive canyon walls and boulder-strewn river bottom too impressive for words. It is magnificent!

Depending on range conditions and grazing plans established by the USDA Forest Service, the herd may be dropped at the midpoint of the canyon, or trailed higher up to the 9,000-foot level. Keep in mind that the three permits cover well over 120,000 acres so it is difficult to predict exactly where the endpoint will be.

Once on the National Forest, you will be moved by the beauty of the lush, green, flower-filled open parks which are characteristic of the Big Horn Mountains. In the Rock Cabin Park camp, you will find there is a perfect spot to sit with a cup of boiled coffee and soak in all the surrounding beauty. Off to the west is the ever-present roar of the plunging falls of Leaky Mountain.

Ponder this: you are 12 miles from the nearest road, any soul in this canyon is part of your group, there are no phones or electricity, the first sign of civilization is a 4-6 hour horseback ride in any direction and in two days, you have to fly home to people, pollution, and the stresses back at work. It’s amazing people leave.

The last morning, you'll either back-track 12 miles out the mouth of the canyon or ride to the Lake Creek camp on top. At either place, you will say goodbye to your horse. From there, go to Sheridan, Wyoming or the Bear Lodge Resort for a good hot shower and the closing ceremonies. After six days in the saddle, you will have a new appreciation for the cowboys of the old west.

The last night, you'll generally end up at the historic Mint Bar on Main Street in downtown Sheridan. The cowboy memorabilia which adorns the walls, coupled with the rustic knotty pine booths and tables adds the frosting to your authentic western adventure. No doubt, you have experienced a dying piece of America.

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 transferred 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 horse riding holiday will take place in Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, USA.

Food

Meals are prepared using cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, or at a pit barbeque. The cook crew is truly the best. In addition to being phenomenal chefs, your chuck wagon crew is a bit on the lively side and has been known to play a prank or two.

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

  • Cattle drive and horse riding sessions
  • Horsemanship clinic
  • Saddle, tack, and horse lease
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Guide service
  • Ground transportation to and from Sheridan
  • Food
  • Soft drinks

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 has special prices arranged per night for their guests. Please contact the Double Rafter for more information.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Billings Logan International Airport (BIL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

From Billings, Montana, Double Rafter will pick you up and return you to the airport for 235 USD per person. The ranch is about two hours south of Billings. There are flights directly into Sheridan, Wyoming from Denver, Colorado and can be found by going to Sheridan Air Connection. Double Rafter needs everyone to arrive in Sheridan, Wyoming the night before the trip starts.

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 July 4, 2021
Departure: Saturday July 10, 2021

Pricing information

The price for the Open Range Cattle Drive will change depending on how many people will book at a time:

  • 1-5 People – 3,590 USD per person
  • 6+ People – 3,115 USD per person

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
  • July 3rd arrival into Sheridan, July 4th 8 a.m. pickup and transport to cow camp, July 9th p.m. return to civilization, July 10th 9 a.m. return to the airport

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