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14 Day Working Ranch Vacation in Thermopolis, Wyoming

Horseworks Wyoming, 3591 Brown Lane, Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming, USA

Ranch Vacation in Wyoming

Less than an hour from Cody, Wyoming, guest ranch vacation gives gap year and other vacationers an opportunity to really enjoy horses and riding regardless of your age, background, or horseback riding experience. It is called a guest ranch vacation to distinguish it from a “dude ranch vacation” and to emphasize Horseworks Wyoming's focus on horses and riding versus other amenities. There is no particular background or riding experience is necessary because Horseworks Wyoming has horses to match riders’ levels.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 275 pounds / 124 kilograms
  • Horse Breed: Quarter horses, Appaloosa, paint horses, crossbreds
  • Horse Heigh: 14 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Western Tack

Highlights

  • Long and short trail rides
  • Rustic horse and cattle ranch setting
  • Horses and tack for rides during the vacation
  • A great selection of seasoned horses, yearlings, and foals
  • Transportation from and to the airport
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


13 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Yellowstone Regional Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Horseworks Wyoming's rustic cabins are located between Meeteetse and Thermopolis near the former town of Grass Creek. There are six cabins for two to four people with twin beds or bunk beds. Shared bathrooms are in the lodge, a short walk from the cabins. Also located in the lodge are the laundry, kitchen, and a sitting area with wood stove, all available 24 / 7. Cabins have heat and electric, but no running water.

Horseworks, a working horse and cattle ranch, has a spacious open-area lodge, including a sitting area with a wood burning stove for relaxing prior to going to your cabin for the night. The lodge, including bathrooms / showers, great room, kitchen, laundry, and library, is accessible 24 / 7 to guests who stay in the cabins. Guests are not allowed in the corrals or the livestock.

This is a rustic, no-frills, working ranch located 23 - 36 miles from the nearest towns on a well-maintained gravel road. The facility is off-grid - Horseworks Wyoming has solar-powered electricity, but no electric or phone lines running into the ranch. Limited Wi-Fi is available to check emails, but not for streaming. Cell phone signal is available in lodge only and there is no TV.

Program

Typical ranch days may include long and short trail rides, wrangling the horses from pasture before the morning rides, rounding up cows, and team penning in the arena. You may try your horse at barrel racing or stay overnight at cow camp and cookout around the campfire.

You may also sleep under star-filled Wyoming night skies and observe Horseworks Wyoming's work with foals and horses to see how their natural horsemanship training methods create the great horses you ride during your stay.

Horseworks Wyoming works with you to schedule off-ranch activities to round out your special Wyoming experience. You may enjoy the Cody Nite Rodeo, a soak at the hot springs, an overnight trip to Yellowstone National Park, and other opportunities unique to Wyoming. Take it all in during your stay!

Note: Helmets are required and all participants are encouraged to wear helmets, as per Certified Horsemanship Association guidelines.

Location

Horseworks Wyoming, a working horse ranch located in Grass Creek between Cody and Thermopolis, Wyoming, USA, near beautiful Yellowstone National Park, is on the Absaroka Front, a prong of the Rocky Mountains in the American West. Here, you may ride on 66,000 acres ranging from sagebrush flats to expansive scrub pine mountains.

Today, fewer people travel this 15-mile wide and 25-mile long country than traveled it 70 years ago. The land is wild and beautiful. You may enjoy easy day rides from Horseworks’ ranch headquarters or faster paced, tougher rides into the high country, trailing the remuda, and on occasion moving the cattle.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen

Services

  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Food

Delicious meals will be provided during your vacation. The lodge, which is accessible 24 / 7, is where you will savor home-cooked meals planned to satisfy your dietary preference (including vegetarian, food allergies, and so on).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

Things to do (optional)

Local off-ranch activities include the Cody Nite Rodeo, white water rafting, floating the Big Horn River, soaking at the hot springs in Thermopolis, and an overnight trip to the world famous Yellowstone National Park, all of which Horseworks Wyoming will help you schedule around your on-ranch experience to round out the perfect Western adventure!

What's included

  • Horse riding
  • On‐ranch activities
  • Mandatory orientation to ranch and horse safety, policies, and procedures
  • Horses and tack for rides
  • 24 / 7 access to the lodge (dining room, kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, and showers)
  • Transportation from and to airport
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious meals

What's not included

  • Off‐ranch activities or off-ranch meals
  • Transportation to / from the town for the activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving direction from Billings or Cody

  • Leave Cody, Wyoming on Highway 120 toward Meeteetse and Thermopolis.
  • Go through Meeteetse and continue past the Gooseberry Rest Area on your left to the Grass Creek sign at mile marker 36 (County Road 17 / Four Mile Road).
  • Turn right and go four miles to the T.
  • Turn left onto Highway 171 (the Marathon Oilfield Headquarters is on your right and a Quonset Hut is on the left).
  • Go across one cattle guard and watch for Coalmine Draw Road sign on the right (about 2.5 miles).
  • Turn right onto the gravel road and go 2.5 miles bearing right whenever another road intersects.
  • You will see Brown Lane (Horseworks driveway) on the right.
  • Turn right and come to the house.

Driving direction from Thermopolis or Casper

  • Leave Thermopolis on Highway 120 toward Meeteetse and Cody.
  • Go to the Grass Creek sign after the 25-mile marker (Highway 171 / Nine Mile Road).
  • Turn left and go about five miles watching for Coalmine Draw Road sign on the left and turn left (gravel road).
  • Go 2.5 miles straight ahead.
  • You will see Brown Lane (Horseworks driveway) on the right.
  • Turn right and come to the house.
Airport: Yellowstone Regional Airport Airport transfer included: Yellowstone Regional 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 on arrival.
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