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If you are looking for the perfect location where everyone will be having fun without any worry, this 7-day family ranch holiday in Idaho, USA, will be the best for you. What you will get here is family time, healthy food, plenty of outdoor adventure, a little luxury, mom and dad time, a safe place for kids to be kids, and a whole lot of western hospitality. Enjoy your family time and have fun!
You will be staying at Red Horse Mountain Ranch. The ranch has eight cabins or up to 24 suites. The accommodations are a rustic luxury and everything you would expect from a great rocky mountain ranch is available during your family ranch vacation. Your accommodations will be stocked with home amenities, warm blankets and comforters, and spacious outdoor decks.
Ranch activities include your own horse for the week and horseback riding, kids program, challenge course and climbing wall, boat tours, hiking, 3D archery trail, sporting clays, mountain biking, bike tours, on ranch fishing, lake fishing, fly fishing lessons, and morning fitness activities. Non-guided activities include on ranch fishing, geo-caching, hiking, swimming pool, hot tubs and library, family board games in the lodge, disc golf, horseshoes, and other lawn games. Soccer balls, and other lawn games are available.
Each day on the ranch, you will have at least two opportunities for a western-style horseback riding. A menu of full day family, scenic, and advanced lessons and kids horseback rides are available. You will be given your own horse for a week. Horseback riding at Red Horse Mountain Ranch starts at age 3. Horses and saddles are carefully chosen for you based on your riding preferences.
With the famous kids’ program, you can choose to take on the adult adventures during your week and know your children will be well cared for and have their own adventures at a child’s pace. You will meet back at lunch and dinner and hear all of the exciting adventures they were able to accomplish with the seasoned crew of kids’ adventure guides. Zip lining, challenge course, rifle shooting, pottery barn, boat rides, horseback lessons, kayaking, and other adventures are some of the things the kids have full access to.
The challenge course is unlike any other experience you will have while on vacation at Red Horse Mountain Ranch. The course is designed to challenge you and your group mentally and physically with each element progressing in difficulty. The challenge course is a fantastic way for all ages to build confidence, work as a team, and achieve new heights never imagined. Your trained and professionally certified challenge course facilitators will accompany you at the course.
Before you get started, you will receive a safety orientation and get properly fitted with a helmet and harness. You will start on the ground with stretching and work as a group with creative problem-solving games. As your team moves on and is oriented, you may try your hand at any of the high challenges, ranging from the 63-foot climbing wall to leaping from a platform 30 feet in the air in an attempt to catch a trapeze, aided by your team, balance, and inner strength.
As with most of the adventures, all of the climbing and challenge course equipment will be provided. There is no need to bring your own climbing harness or ropes, however if you would like to bring your own chalk bags or climbing shoes, please do so. You are encouraged to wear comfortable athletic type clothing and sneakers, you may also want to include sunglasses, hats, and sun screen.
If fitness is not your primary concern or you would just like to experience the trails by foot, you may do so by stopping in the trading post to find out which trails are open for the day. Since the lodge is near the valley floor, you ought to expect some hills. Self guided hikes are clearly marked around the ranch, but you are encouraged to take a radio so you will have direct communication with the office at all times.
Each morning before breakfast, a short brisk hike and/or the morning stretch routines are offered as a wonderful way to wake up those tired muscles. Everybody has all commented on how the early morning activities help to get the blood flowing. However, sleeping in is also highly recommended by the previous guests.
The archery course is designed for all levels of shooting abilities and consists of numerous shooting stations. You can shoot life-size targets hiding just off the trail, at a variety of distances and challenging angles. You will receive instruction from your guide to get you acquainted with the top of the line archery equipment. After the initial instruction and all of your questions are answered, you will head out with your guide to the archery course.
This activity does require a short hike through the course so come prepared with your sunglasses, weather appropriate clothing, and closed-toe foot wear. The 3D archery course is a great family or group event that will put your archery skills to the test. The guides will take you through a forested archery course. The targets vary from life-like turkeys, elk, and even a mountain lion. You will be provided with a bow and a quiver full of arrows so that you only have to bring your sense of adventure.
You will be given instruction and will be participating in a safely controlled environment. Shooters will be provided with the opportunity to have a lot of fun, to learn some things about shooting, and be challenged. There are 5 stations, each providing their own unique targets. The routine is much like golf. The shooters will be starting in small groups, which move from station to station.
The sporting clay course has made good use of thick brush, steep terrain, and other natural features to make the shooting both difficult and realistic. The sporting clays course will have everything to fit your needs, including shells, different shotguns, shooting glasses, ear protection, vests, pouches, and of course a guide and trapper.
The ranch may provide instruction to children under the age of 12 provided that a parent talks with the guides about their skill level about what strengths are needed beforehand. The goal would be a simple introduction to shotgunning (along with particular safety importance) and to have a positive experience for the child. Most importantly, shooting a shotgun too early can be detrimental to later gun control skills.
The mountain biking trip is an exhilarating ride through the Idaho Panhandle National Forest on selected off-road trails that offer novice and advanced riders great vistas and overlooks of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. Trails are mostly single track and you will be traveling by shuttle to the trailhead where you will ride through forests and across ridgelines.
The trails will include creeks bottoms and mountainsides, as well as sustained uphill and downhill sections. You will be passing through old tree stands and along open meadows. Although not an adventure for the younger children, usually an adventurous teenager can ride up to the Red Horse Mountain peaks.
The trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a rail trail that follows the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan, a mountain mining town near the Montana border to Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border. It is the longest continuous bike path in the United States.
The trail is 72-mile route winds through the mountainous terrain of the historic Silver Valley, into the chain lakes region, along with the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, over the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park, and finally, climbs to the Palouse prairie. You can continue along a bike path in Washington that will eventually lead to Spokane.
The trail of the Coeur d’Alenes includes camping facilities and rest areas, regularly. The trail leads through protected marsh lands, offering the cyclist a glimpse of eagle and osprey nests, moose, elk, and a variety of ducks and other wildlife, as well as some rare species of wildflowers and accompanying butterflies as a result of the age-old soot from the old railroad.
The fishing pond is stocked with 12 to 24-inch trout ranging in size from 1 / 2 to over 5 pounds, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, brook trout, and perch. You can try your luck with a fly rod or conventional fishing tackle provided for you at the pond. Kayaks and row boats are also available, but little ones under the age of 14 are required to be with either a guide or a parent.
You can venture to the pond in the early morning before breakfast, after dinner, or during the day with one of your guides. You are recommended to wear sunglasses and a hat, and if you have your own equipment, you are more than welcome to bring it along. Fishing at the pond is to catch and release only, so make sure to take a camera to document your success.
Located on the south side of Red Horse Mountain Ranch, the Coeur d’Alene Chain Lakes and Lake Coeur d’Alene are considered wonderful bass habitat. This trip can be scheduled 1 day in advance and you are required to have a valid Idaho fishing license, which can be purchased at the Trading Post. This guided fishing trip will be done by motor boat. Sunglasses and a hat are required and anglers should check with the guide staff on current water conditions and fishing reports.
Blue Lake is also one of the Chain Lakes of the Coeur d’Alene and the fishing is best from May until early July, then again in late September through October. This trip is about a 5-minute drive from the ranch. Trips can be scheduled throughout the day. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the Northern Panhandle of Idaho, 30,000-acre Coeur d’Alene Lake is a spectacular recreational jewel of a lake. Recognized by National Geographic as one of the five most beautiful alpine lakes in the world, residents and visitors alike can enjoy a multitude of water sports as well as hiking, golfing, biking, and wildlife viewing.
A full week at the ranch is the only way to get everything in. With a 60-foot climbing wall, zip lines, horseback riding, fishing adventures, boat rides, bike tours, archery courses, sporting clays, and more, your family will no doubt be excited to wake up every day.
In the evenings, there is still plenty to do with evening entertainment like campfires, roasting marshmallows, special dinners for parents, kid’s night out, laughter, and more. You can also enjoy quiet places to rest from the day’s adventures and a few hot tubs scattered around the ranch.
This holiday will take place in Idaho, USA. Red Horse Mountain Ranch Resort is a 1.5-hour drive from the Spokane International Airport, near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It is tucked away on a private road 5 miles off Highway 97 at the foothills of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains and surrounded by National Forest lands and private property.
The ranch is situated at the base of Red Horse Mountain with Blue Lake Creek running through the heart of the valley. Rolling hills rise from the valley floor, offering unique vistas from a well-developed trail system surrounding the ranch. Local peaks 2000-feet above the ranch floor offer amazing views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, rivers and mountains, Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and even British Columbia on clear days.
The region is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast providing diverse opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, golfing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The setting is one of Idaho’s perfect places for corporate retreats, family reunions, group meetings, and family ranch vacations.
On this vacation, you will be served 3 daily meals. Dinner is only on day of arrival, and breakfast on day of departure. The chefs will delight you with daily fresh breads, seemingly endless buffets, salad bars, a special dinner paired with regional wines, and outdoor western ranch cooking. All of your entrees, appetizers, and salads are made fresh daily. Lunches and dinners always include salads and seasonal, regional produce whenever possible.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch’s chefs and kitchen staff are dedicated to making sure that you and your children enjoy every meal during your stay. Red Horse Mountain Ranch is open to special meal requests and dietary concerns for you and your family. Red Horse Mountain Ranch also encourages you to fill out the allergy and food preference portions of the activity form so that Red Horse Mountain Ranch can be prepared for your visit upon arrival.
In the morning, the chefs usually have a hot pot of coffee brewing around 6 a.m. for the early risers. You will always find fresh fruits, muffins, cookies, cereals, fountain drinks, and juices available in the lodge throughout the day and evening. The snack bar is well-stocked with granola bars, trail mix, yogurt, and bagels for anyone looking for a quick bite.
Lunches are served buffet-style and are light meals for most. Fresh salads, carved meat, and fresh-baked bread for sandwiches are the usual menu. For those late risers with an appetite, there is always a main dish or two from the chefs just for good measure. You will also be able to pack a lunch to go that will go with you on the fun in the sun.
Usually, dinners are served buffet-style, allowing you to choose your own portions. Meals vary throughout the week, featuring barbecue, roasted chicken, fresh cut fish, and grilled meats. One night each week, the chefs will prepare a special wine dinner for the adult guests, highlighting regional wines chosen specifically for the meal. Meanwhile, your children will be well provided for with a balanced kid-friendly meal, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
A wealth of snacks will always be available in the lodge, including such things as fresh baked goods, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts, string cheese, juice, milk, cookies, and trail mix. You are more than welcome to help yourself at any time.
Please book your flight to arrive at Spokane International Airport (GEG). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch has a number of shuttle services available for the guests from the Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho area. The shuttle can accommodate single guests up to large groups up of 60. The shuttle takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours driving time from the Spokane Regional Airport (GEG), and about 1 hour from Coeur d’ Alene.
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