Relaxing Ranch Vacation in USA

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In this ranch vacation, prepare to be delighted with chef-prepared meals, enjoy a wide range of guided adventure, have your own horse and saddle for the week, and be plush fully tucked away each night in a monstrous pillow topped bed on a distant mountain in the middle of Idaho. This is a perfect retreat for college friends, couples, singles, adult groups, or families with young adults ages 11 and up. You'll be blessed with gorgeous scenery and the simple hospitality of a premier Idaho ranch, chorused by nearby elk and local campfire cowboys. The quite will soon help you discover that late August and September are months not to be missed at Red Horse Mountain Ranch!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 240 pounds / 109 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Western tack

Highlights

  • Amazing scenic horseback rides
  • Horseback riding lessons for everyone
  • Horse riding sessions for advanced riders
  • Various guided / non-guided ranch activities
  • Fun evening entertainment every night
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Free snacks and beverages
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Spokane International Airport (US$75 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Golf course
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Baby sitting
  • Child care
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

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.

Library and games

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.

Laundry services

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

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 cabins and suites

Wapiti and Bighorn Lodge Suites

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.

Star Garnet

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.

Appaloosa Cabin

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.

Syringa Cabin

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

Monarch Cabin

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.

Old Post 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.

White Pine Cabin

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.

Cutthroat Cabin

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.

Eagle's Nest Cabin

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

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.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Vacation USA Program

For years, Red Horse Mountain Ranch has been well known for its kids' program, amazing family adventures, and a week at the ranch full of energy and excitement. As the colors change with the season, the ranch becomes even quiet and serene, taking on a completely different feel. The foothills of the Rockies will begin to turn shades of red and yellow, spectacular in their own right.

The fall weeks continue with the full schedule of ranch activities including horseback riding, kayaking, archery, sporting clays, challenge course, and many others that will be available to you. Red Horse Mountain Ranch provides plenty of opportunity for a simple bit of rest and recreation as well. You can also enjoy a massage from the ranch's licensed massage therapist, curl up with a book in the library, or simply sit on the deck overlooking the ranch.

Each evening, the lodge will be filled with conversation and a festive atmosphere while you enjoy the stars and evenings at the ranch. As the night progresses, you can enjoy the evening entertainment programs or just sit back and relax or just soak in a hot tub under the stars. You can also retire to your private suites with European bedding, down comforters, and rustic appeal. You will be awakened to fog rolling throughout the valley while the horses search out the first beams of the day's light.

Weekly ranch schedules

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. 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.

Horseback riding vacation

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.

Your own horse for 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 policies

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.

Horse Safety Program by the Dude Ranchers' Association (DRA)

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.

Evening entertainment

At Red Horse Mountain Ranch, the day doesn't end with dinner. Every night the ranch will provide evening entertainment for anyone looking to have some fun.

Evening campfire programs

A couple nights during the week following dinner, you will head down to campfire meadow for the evening. Cowboy poetry, stories, and plenty of s'mores to go around will keep you entertained and toasty. The full bar, warm coffee, and hot chocolate are also available. The evening activities are a great way to relax in the company of family and friends before heading off to bed.

Wine dinner

After your day's activities, you will get ready for a special culinary delight whipped up from the chefs. It will be a splendid evening at the lodge under candlelight and music. Wonderful conversations, laughs, and delicate foods will be served in a seven-course meal format. The head chef will be choosing special wines for the dinner.

Other activities

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.

Location

This vacation will take place in Idaho, USA.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Baby sitting
  • Child care
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

Food

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.

Meals and drinks

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.

Snacks

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.

Full-service bar

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.

Old West Saloon

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.

Cocktail hour and BYO

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten 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)

  • Boat and jet skiing
  • Deep tissue massage (65 USD per hour)
  • Disc golfing
  • Geocaching
  • Golfing
  • Horseshoeing
  • Pottery
  • Soccer balls and other lawn games activities
  • Swedish Massage (65 USD per hour)
  • Trading post souvenirs shopping

What's included

  • Advanced horseback riding sessions
  • Scenic horseback riding sessions
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Various guided / non-guided ranch activities (challenge course and climbing wall, boat tours, hiking, 3D archery trail, sporting clays, mountain biking, bike tours on the trail of the Coeur d’Alene, kayaking tours, and morning fitness activities)
  • Evening entertainment
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Snacks and dinner appetizers
  • Alcohol / non-alcohol beverages
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Ranch amenities

What's not included

  • 6% Idaho sales tax
  • 2% Idaho bed tax
  • 15% service charge
  • Shuttles from the airport
  • Premium wines and spirits
  • Babysitting
  • Gratuities

How to get there

Driving directions from Coeur d’Alene

  • Take Interstate 90 east toward Kellog, Idaho
  • Take the ID-97 exit 22 toward Harrison
  • Turn right onto ID-97
  • Turn left onto East Blue Lake Road in 25 miles
  • Follow the signs to the Red Horse Mountain Lodge once onto the Blue Lake Road, approximately five miles, to the end of the road

Driving directions from Missoula, Montana

  • Take Interstate 90 Westbound
  • Go approximately 135 miles to the Rose Lake exit, ID-3
  • Turn left onto ID-3
  • Go approximately 20 miles
  • Bear right, toward Harrison, on ID-97
  • Go approximately 10 miles through Harrison (don't blink or you'll miss it) to East Blue Lake Road
  • Follow the signs, approximately five miles, to Red Horse Mountain Lodge

Driving directions from Sandpoint, Idaho

  • Take US-95 Southbound
  • Go approximately 45 miles to Coeur d’Alene and Interstate 90
  • Turn left onto Interstate 90
  • Take Interstate 90 Eastbound
  • Take the Harrison exit, ID-97
  • Turn right onto ID-97
  • Go approximately 25 miles to East Blue Lake Road
  • Turn left onto Blue Lake Road
  • Follow the signs to Red Horse Mountain Lodge, approximately five miles off of ID-97

Driving directions from Spokane, Washington

  • Take Interstate 90 Eastbound
  • Go approximately 45 miles through Coeur d’Alene
  • Take the Harrison exit, ID-97
  • Turn right onto ID-97
  • Go approximately 25 miles to East Blue Lake Road
  • Turn left onto Blue Lake Road
  • Follow the signs to Red Horse Mountain Lodge, approximately 5 miles off of ID-97

Arrival by airplane

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.

The group or large family shuttles are arranged by the ranch office and are designed for families or groups arriving or departing at around the same time from the Spokane International Airport (GEG), minimum six and maximum of 26 passengers per vehicle. The pricing is for this service is 380 USD for six to eight passengers, 420 USD for 9 to 14 passengers, 475 USD for 15 to 26 passengers, and 395 USD for executive SUV rate (Escalade holds five passengers, Denali holds six passengers). This is paid directly to the driver by cash or card. All fees include 20% gratuity.

There is also private shuttle services option. This shuttle service is provided by Scott’s Taxi Service from Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The shuttle request form will be available in your online folio. The cost is 150 USD per vehicle, one way for the first two passengers. Extra passengers are 20 USD each, with a maximum of five (including children) or four adults. The vehicles are mini-van style and five passengers are tight if there is ample luggage. Upon your arrival at the airport, please gather your luggage and meet your driver located in the taxi service area outside of baggage claim. The shuttle vehicles are black or white and will be clearly marked, "Scott’s Taxi" in yellow. The fee for the shuttle is handled directly by the driver by cash or card.

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.

Airport: Spokane International Airport Airport transfer available: Spokane International Airport (US$75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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

This vacation is available from August 26 to September 30, 2018, with arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Special discount

The prices below include 10% off for the weeks of August 26 - September 1 and September 2 - 8, 2018.

 

Pricing information
  • ​​Military: 1,875 USD per person
  • Grandparents: 1,875 USD per person
  • Hilltop Home additional charge: 1,000 USD per week (minimum four persons)
Saturday September 1, 2018
(7 days / 6 nights)

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