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The key to Red Horse Mountain Ranch's family vacation is simple. What you'll 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. Does everyone want to do something a bit different and you're supposed to fit it all in? Does not everyone want to ride horses all the time? Do you want a family vacation with healthy foods that take extra care for dietary concerns where even the kids like the food, or do you want to spend quality time with your kids and give them the chance to make a few new friends? Then join this family ranch vacation and you will get it all covered here!
Individuals will be fit into their own suite or private cabin (if family or large group). There are private cabins for two to eight adults. Two private suites are also available in the main lodge. Your accommodations will be stocked with home amenities, warm blankets and comforters, and spacious outdoor decks. In the morning, you'll rise to the smells of fresh pastries, hot coffee, and be set with your guides for another unforgettable day. The ranch has eight cabins with up to 24 suites. Red Horse Mountain Ranch's accommodations are a rustic luxury and everything you would expect from a great Rocky Mountain ranch is available during your vacation.
The lodging options include everything from one-bedroom suites to four-bedroom authentic log cabins. Plenty of western flavors, comfort, and tasteful decorations will make you truly feel like you are home away from home. Each accommodation includes full private bathrooms with plush towels, shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, and other items to make you feel welcomed. After your day of adventure, you'll retire in your private residence with rustic log furniture, down comforters, hypoallergenic pillows, and other amenities.
All of Red Horse Mountain Ranch's accommodations include cozy pillow-top beds in king, queen, and twin size configurations. You'll have plenty of room to stretch out in the evenings at the main lodge, and the swimming pool is not too far away, either. Privacy can be found in your suite, but around the lodge, you'll find wonderful conversations, a host of friendly staff, and a spectacular view from the main deck. However, please note that because of the large number of horses, cats, and dogs here on the ranch and for the safety of your animals, Red Horse Mountain Ranch does not allow pets.
The library contains a large selection of books, games, satellite TV, and wireless internet connection. The library is open all the time in the main lodge. Red Horse Mountain Ranch does keep a small collection of kids movies just in case a late nite binge needs filling.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch goal is to give you as much time to enjoy your family and friends, Idaho, and the ranch. So during your stay at Red Horse Mountain Ranch, they will be taking care of the laundry. You may have your laundry bag set aside for the ranch staff and it will be delivered back to you folded and cleaned (this should really be first on the list). Each suite is given two laundry tags to have laundry processed during the week. In the event your family needs more than four loads, Red Horse Mountain Ranch does offer additional laundry tickets at 20 USD.
The Trading Post store and office is staffed from 7.30 a.m. to approximately 6.00 p.m. daily and is a perfect place to get any questions answered during your stay. Cowboy hats, clothing, souvenirs, personal hygiene, and other items can also be found.
The Wapiti and Bighorn Lodge Suites have one queen bedroom, another bedroom with twin beds, and a bathroom. The lodge suites are located in the upstairs of the main lodge either by an internal flight of stairs or by an external staircase on the side of the lodge.
This cabin is easily accessible and near the main lodge, a small step to enter the cabin with a covered porch. Suites can be adjoined by an interior door, but have separate entrances as well. It is perfect in the summer for a family of four, or during the fall adult weeks for two separate couples or a group of four friends staying together. A rollaway bed can be provided for more than two children. This one-level cabin has two bedrooms that can be provided with two king beds, four twin beds, or one king bed and two twin beds. The cabin has two bathrooms.
There is a wonderfully covered porch area looking over the south valley floor with a hot tub directly behind the cabin. Appaloosa Cabin is easily accessible, but there are stairs to the bathrooms. It is perfect in the summer for a family of five to six or in the fall, two couples sharing a cabin or a group of four to five friends staying together. This two-level cabin has four bedrooms that can be provided with two king beds and two twin beds, or one king bed and four twin beds (two bedrooms with a single bed in each). There are two bathrooms located on the bottom floor.
The cabin has a wonderful covered porch area looking over the south valley floor with two hot tubs near the cabin. Easily accessible, but there are stairs to the queen bedrooms. It is perfect in the summer for two families of three to four, or one large family. During the fall adult only weeks, it is common for two couples to be in this cabin or a large group of friends staying together. This cabin can be separated or adjoined. One side of this cabin offers a handicap accessible bathroom. There are two bedrooms and two lofts. Each is arranged and two bathrooms in this two-level cabin. Two queen beds are located in the lofts above the king bedrooms and bathrooms. There are also two king bed and each king may also be arranged as two twin beds
The Monarch Cabin has four King Suites, each with bathroom. Each king bed can be arranged as two twin beds. This is a two-level cabin and both levels of this cabin have two suites. These bedrooms can be adjoined or private, and offer a roomy porch overlooking the beautiful valley floor. Each floor can accommodate a family of four or two couples. Single occupants are very comfortable in these suites as well. Moreover, there are four bathrooms in this cabin.
The Old Post cabin is on a single floor with a small step up to the cabin. It is a favorite cabin for couples, has an open floor plan, and plenty of leg room. This cabin is also close to the pool located near the lodge. It only has one bathroom and one bedroom with one king or two twin beds.
This two-level cabin has four suites, two on each level. There is a central staircase leading to the upstairs. The rooms on the upper floor are adjoined by a door and share a private porch. The rooms on the lower floor are adjoined by a door in the bathrooms. This cabin is perfect and private enough for multiple couples, friends, large families, or two families of three or four. There are four King Suites here, each with a bathroom. There are four king beds in total and each king can be arranged as two twin beds.
This one-level cabin is wonderfully accessible with a hot tub right out back overlooking the valley floor; there is a small step to enter the cabin with a covered porch. The suites can be adjoined by an interior door, but have separate entrances as well. It is perfect in the summer for a family of four, or during the fall adult weeks for two separate couples or a group of four friends staying together. A rollaway bed can be provided for more than two children. There are two bedrooms and bathrooms. The beds provided can be two king beds, four twin beds, or one king bed and two twin beds.
This two-level cabin has four suites, with two suites on each level. There is a central staircase leading to the upstairs. The rooms on the upper floor are adjoined by a door and share a private porch. The rooms on the lower floor are adjoined by a door in the bathrooms. This cabin is perfect and private enough for multiple couples, friends, large families, or two families of three or four. There are four King Suites here, each with a bathroom, as well as four king beds in total that each can be arranged as two twin beds.
Hilltop Ranch Home includes a large kitchen, dining room, two living rooms, family game room, master king bedroom and bath, a queen bedroom, two king bedrooms, and two more full bathrooms. At this 2,800 square feet of an authentic log home, you'll have epic views of the ranch valley, your own private deck, and hot tub. The hilltop residence includes satellite TV, wireless internet, private phones, and all the amenities in a lightly stocked kitchen. The residence is perfect for large families wanting everything offered at the ranch.
Each day, there is a menu of guided adventures available. You'll have the opportunity to do everything on the ranch. The schedule also includes evening entertainment, meal times, and other happenings on the ranch. The schedule is located in the main lodge for all the guests to sign up for guided adventures whenever they would like. Since you'll be staying for the week, you'll have the opportunity to do everything on the ranch.
Parents or children (ages three to ten) can also sign themselves up for the kids' program activities during the week. A typical day at the ranch includes an early morning activity, morning horseback ride (or other activity), and an afternoon guided activity. You will be given lots of choices every day. Arrival check-ins are between 14:00 and 17:00 on Sundays. When you arrive, you'll be given a tour around the main lodge and settled into your suite. If you can, you may leave yourself some extra time too. There are hiking trails and other things to see on your way into the ranch.
Your first scheduled item on the ranch will not start until 17:00 so you can take your time and see some of the beauty that North Idaho has to offer. Cocktail hour will start at 17:00 and dinner will begin at 18:00. To find out more, you can stop by the Trading Post. The evening entertainment will begin at 19:30. Furthermore, all departures occur after breakfast on Saturday.
The horse is without a doubt front and center at Red Horse Mountain Ranch and horseback riding during your vacation is an everyday experience if you choose to do so. The riding program is designed to be an instructional, exhilarating, relaxing, and memorable experience for everyone. The ranch has approximately 100 horses on the ranch during the summer. Before you arrive, you will be scheduled with a horse and saddle for your entire stay based on the riding preferences you provide.
Each day on the ranch, riders will have at least two opportunities for western-style horseback riding which includes advanced riding, scenic rides, horseback lessons, all-day or lunch rides, kids horseback rides, and family rides. All guests will be asked to complete an orientation and walking ride during the first day of their vacation unless they are returning guests. This gives Red Horse Mountain Ranch's wranglers a chance to orient you to the barn and give you a chance to meet your horse and make any adjustments to your saddle and riding equipment for the rest of the week.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch offers all types of horseback riding during your dude ranch vacation. All rides will leave the valley floor and climb to unique vistas, viewpoints, or peaks, except for the horseback rides with the younger children. Advanced and beginner horseback riding is available. Advanced riders must complete the advanced test, allowing Red Horse Mountain Ranch to see your ability to control the horse and to make sure you and your horse are a good match. Each guest, three years old and up, will be given a horse and a saddle for the entire time they are on the ranch.
Horseback riding is only available to those riders under 240 pounds or athletically built. Horseback trail riding is available to age three and up, and kids ages three to six will be led depending on their ability. Each guest will need to fill out the activity information form when making their reservations. If you have any questions regarding the horseback riding policies, please send Red Horse Mountain Ranch an inquiry for more information.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch has been a Horse Safety Program member since its beginning. The program is a reflection of a proactive approach by the Dude Ranchers’ Association to promote safe horse programs. The program provides an educational opportunity through two seminars. These seminars promote continual evaluation of safety procedures and skills. This program is a reflection of the member ranches and the responsibility to give guest riders enjoyable horseback riding vacations along with exercising the highest degree of care. Each certified ranch must be re-certified every three years. The owner, operator, or manager must attend both seminars to complete or update current certification. Be sure and look for the DRA Horse Safety Logo before you book your dude ranch vacation.
With Red Horse Mountain Ranch's famous kids' program, parents can choose to take on the adult adventures during their week and know their children will be well cared for and have their own adventures at a child's pace. You'll 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, .22 rifle plinking, pottery barn, horseback riding lessons, and kayaking are just some of the adventures the kids have full access to. Each week, there are usually between 10 and 15 kids through the summer, ranging between the ages of three and ten. There are usually five to seven-year-olds in the teen years.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch's goal is to make horseback riding something each child loves and remembers. Part of this is the opportunity to feel the exhilaration of changing gaits, controlling their horse, and having the chance to bond. During their week at the ranch, the little buckaroos (ages three to six) will have opportunities to learn more about their horse and step into the arena while being led by their wranglers. This will be an opportunity for the kids to take more control of their horse and possibly move into a faster gait. For kids over the age of six, there are family lessons scheduled through the week as well.
These lessons are the perfect place for the kids to learn more about horsemanship while spending some quality family time. Kids, accompanied by a parent or more family members, will have the opportunity to see, feel, and grow in their confidence and horsemanship skills. These horseback lessons are run by Red Horse Mountain Ranch's wranglers and often include a short trail ride to experience some of your new skills.
All other opportunities on the ranch available to parents are also available for ages 11 years and older. This will include the scenic rides, family horseback lessons, horseback riding lessons, advanced riding, and lunch rides. For the advanced horseback riding, each rider must pass the advanced horseback riding check before they are able to participate on this ride. It is very typical on the ranch to have families arrive at the ranch and certain kids be older than the kids' program. If your children are six and 11, Red Horse Mountain Ranch highly recommends giving your younger child the chance to meet their horse, the staff, and other kids their own age on the first day.
However, you definitely know your kids better than Red Horse Mountain Ranch do so if you feel it necessary for their older sibling to join them, they will absolutely agree. Red Horse Mountain Ranch's goal is for them to feel comfortable from day one. The kids' horseback riding program is designed as an introduction to horses and trail riding. It happens occasionally that a child has a higher skill level than most. If they have been riding for a while, you'll understand that this would be a new horse, new terrain, and maybe a completely different experience.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch is just overly cautious when it comes to kids. Their suggestion is to be as thorough on their activity information sheet as you can. It happens occasionally that eight, nine, and ten-year-olds can be included in the some of the adult scenic rides depending on their skill levels and the terrain. Red Horse Mountain Ranch would like to meet the kids, see them ride, and let them get a feel for the ranch prior to giving you the expectation. If you have any questions, please send Red Horse Mountain Ranch an inquiry prior to making a reservation. Red Horse Mountain Ranch's goal is absolutely for every child to have a learning and growth experience while being on the ranch.
Not only do Red Horse Mountain Ranch offers the grandparents an extra discount on your family ranch vacation, they will also have special considerations. The ranch is absolutely the perfect place. Grandparents will be on the ranch every week hanging out, riding horses, going down zip lines, and having a blast. Sometimes they'll join in on the kids' program or just head down to the barn to watch the kids ride off on their horse. There's plenty of space to relax. They'll enjoy the food and drink, the myriad of activities, the views, and everything in between. Even if you have a grandparent who needed to be given a shuttle around the ranch once in a while, the staffs will be happy to do it. The ranch will provide everything needed to make your grandparents feel comfortable.
In the evenings, there will still plenty to do with evening entertainment like campfires, roasting marshmallows, special dinners for parents, kids' night out, and much more. Of course, there are also quiet places to rest from the day's adventures and hot tubs scattered around the ranch.
You can enjoy the guided adventures for a full week at the ranch - it is the only way to get everything in. With a 50-foot climbing wall, zip lines, horseback riding, boat rides, bike tours, archery courses, sporting clays, and more, your family will no doubt be excited to wake up every day. There are also self guided activities on-site. Heated swimming pool, hot tubs, games, etc. If you're looking to just hang out and relax, the pool, hot tubs, and a healthy list of outdoor games are also available. Moreover, it is possible if you want to spend time with my kids but also a quality time with your spouse.
The ranch experience is designed specifically for this. The kids' program is designed to allow you to have your children taken care of completely during their day or you are more than welcome to join them. Red Horse Mountain Ranch even has specific time periods when you can do your adventures as your own family. During each week on the ranch, there will be one night set aside for parents to dine in a formal setting (with or without you needing to be formal) and the kids have their own evening planned. This will be a special time for the adults to celebrate the week with the adults and the kids to do the same.
This vacation will take place in Idaho, USA.
You will be served three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), snacks, dinner appetizer, non-alcohol drinks (coffee, teas, juices, hot chocolate, and pops), as well as alcoholic drinks (cocktails, house wines, and beer) for 21 years of age and older. On the day of arrival, you will only be served dinner and on the day of departure, you will only be served breakfast.
The chefs will delight you with daily fresh bread, wonderfully plated dinners, coursed dining, and buffets. Red Horse Mountain Ranch's menus are derived from seasonal favorites and grown and farmed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Alaska. The menu strives to be healthy and give you a taste of Pacific Northwest cuisine and the flare of a great western dude ranch. Red Horse Mountain Ranch is also including all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during your stay.
There are premium wines available for purchase, but house wines, regional beers, and spirits are all included, along with a long list of pops, juices, teas, coffee, and milk. The kitchen is open from 6 a.m. through 7.30 p.m. for any needs you may have. Breakfast is served in the main dining room between 7.30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Lunch is served at 12 p.m., and dinners are typically served at 6 p.m. If there is anything you may need, the chefs will be more than happy to accommodate you.
If you bring children, do not worry, as each meal has the children in mind as well. Red Horse Mountain Ranch's meals are kid friendly and if there is something your picky eater needs, let the chefs know in advance on your activity form. Prior to your arrival, Red Horse Mountain Ranch will have you fill out the activity form which includes any special dietary requests. Vegans, allergies, gluten-free, etc., are not a problem, but Red Horse Mountain Ranch would like to know of this well in advance so the menu can be adjusted accordingly. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and allergies are very typical food requirements that the chefs take care of each week on the ranch.
While staying at the ranch, a snack bar loaded with healthy treats, juices, milk, and other things is available all of the time. Guests are more than welcome to help themselves at any time. Hot coffee, pops, teas, iced tea, orange juice, lemonade, fruit punch, and water are always available in the lodge, self-serve.
A full-service bar is located in the main lodge and open during lunch, the afternoon, and through dinner. Alcoholic beverages are available to adults at no charge. A selection of premium wines is available for purchase. Microbrews, wines, and spirits are available.
During the week, the old west saloon will be open during the evening. A pool table, darts, music, and a dance floor will keep you entertained. A full bar will also be available during the evening.
Each day between 5 and 6 p.m., a cocktail hour is scheduled which includes a selection of house wines, beer on tap, and a selection of hard liquor. The cocktail hour is included in your rate if you're over the age of 21. After the cocktail hour, only premium wines have a charge. A selection will also be made available during each evening at the evening entertainment programs, and any purchases will simply be added to your bill. If you would like to bring alcoholic beverages, you may do so. A 1 USD cork fee is charged if you bring wine to dinner. State laws do not allow personal beverages to be brought to evening activities. The main lodge bar will be available at lunch, but if you will be taking advantage of any afternoon guided adventures, you will be asked to keep it to one beverage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Spokane International Airport (GEG). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
The nearest airport is Spokane International Airport (GEG) in Washington state, an approximate one and a half hour drive from the ranch. Airlines flying into Spokane include United, Delta, Southwest, Horizon, Alaska, and other major airlines. Red Horse Mountain Ranch offers shuttle services available for guests from the Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area if you opt out of renting a car. They can accommodate single guests in large groups up to 60.
The shuttle takes approximately one and a half to two hours of driving time from the Spokane International Airport (GEG), and about one hour from Coeur d’Alene. To reserve your shuttle, you can submit the shuttle request form from your online folio and provide your flight information or your pickup location and how many guests will be in your party. Please be sure to specify if you need a booster seat or car seat. With Sunday check-in being anywhere from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., it’s best to schedule your flights to arrive anywhere from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are planning to remain in the region after your stay, Red Horse Mountain Ranch recommends a rental car.
Furthermore, if you have any questions, please feel free to send an inquiry to Red Horse Mountain Ranch. If you have other means of transportation, please kindly let the ranch know so they know not to book a shuttle for you. To be timed with your flight departures, your return trip to the airport will be scheduled three hours in advance of your flight, which has proven to give plenty of time, even with small children and checking in baggage.