Red Horse Mountain: The History Of A Dude Ranch

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This post is dedicated to the rich history of Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch, as it represents over 100 years of transformation that made Red Horse what it is today!  While thousands of people embark on all-inclusive dude ranch vacations every year, its possible that many forget to ponder how most ranches were founded: by brave and adventurous settlers who were looking for adventure, a new life out west, and of course the timeless necessity to make a living. When it comes to our region and the historical western expansion, the hardy wilderness of northern Idaho perhaps prolonged settlement in our area while people flooded the rest of the west. For this reason, homesteaders didn’t venture to these parts until the late 1800’s. Why then, you ask? Gold of course! Equally important was silver; but also timber, furs, and any other commodity one might find when they come to a region of pristine forests, lakes, and diverse geology. When settlers arrived in the area, they were met by the « Continue »

Tubbs Hill Nature Park, Coeur D’Alene: A Fun Stop On Your Way To Red Horse Mountain!

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Looking for something to do on your way to Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch? The scenic city of Coeur D’ Alene has a lot to offer, and if you are heading to Red Horse, it’s right on your way!  So if you have time to do some exploring en route to the ranch, and are up for a beautiful leisure hike, check out Tubbs Hill. Located on the peninsula adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Tubbs Hill Nature Park is referred to as an ‘urban wilderness’, as this natural setting has been preserved despite its close location to downtown CDA.   At Tubbs Hill Nature Park there are 135 acres that support a number of trails that can give you a taste of Idaho wilderness in just an hour or two.  You can even opt for a short 20-30 walk and experience the beauty of Tubbs.  Meander on these trails through a majestic green forest, immense rock outcroppings and caves, and even make your way down to the water where there are several beaches where you can go for a swim or simply enjoy the view of Lake Coeur « Continue »

Historic Harrison, A Great Place To Visit Near Red Horse Mountain Ranch

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If you haven’t been lucky enough to venture to Red Horse Mountain Ranch, or Harrison, ID, then you don’t know what your missing!  The quaint town of Harrison has a rich history that can still be seen today.  The sense of hard work and community from which it was founded on is still represented in the culture of the locals and the 20 historical buildings that remain, eight of which are on the National Historic Register.  The town of Harrison is a wonderful reminder of the western frontier spirit, as it was established by brave settlers who persevered through floods, fires, and of course the rugged and breathtaking wilderness of northern Idaho! Harrison is located on Lake Coeur d' Alene and adjacent to the CDA River, and was officially incorporated  in the early 1890’s; settlers quickly prospered from the resources of the area.  Today, much of the Coeur d’Alene region still remains largely wilderness; it is truly important to remember the first settlers that were able to make « Continue »

It’s Time To Add New Horses To RHMR! Learn About How We Pick Our Trail Horses

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Here at Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch we are celebrating the New Year and looking forward to the upcoming season, and it’s time to start introducing some new horses to the ranch! Over the next few months we will be searching the northwest for the perfect trail horses that will fit right in with our herd here at the ranch.  Choosing a horse requires extensive knowledge, intuition, and riding experience. While to some, it may seem that a trail horse might require less training than say, an arena horse, but this is not the case!  Trail horses need excellent balance and athleticism as trails have all types of obstacles and rough surfaces that our wranglers and guests will encounter.  This is western wilderness, after all, and ya never know what’s going to be around the next corner. Our ranch is nestled in a valley surrounded by beautiful green mountains, with segments of quite steep and rocky trails, and many creek beds that require crossing.  Our horses need to be ready and capable « Continue »

Meet Andi Bordelon, An Area Local And Wrangler Here At RHMR

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Andi has been a wrangler here at Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch for the past two years, going on three, and she has some great reasons as to why she loves this place!  Andi has spent most of her life around horses and found her passion for these magnificent animals at a young age.  She started 4H and got her first horse at the age of 9, and has been hooked ever since!  She has done horse shows, trained several horses, and competed in barrel racing and other timed events before finding her calling here at Red Horse, a perfect fit as trail riding has always been her favorite. Here at RHMR, it is important to us that all of our wranglers are passionate about what they do to make our guests feel welcome, and to have a blast doing it!  Andi is a perfect example of this as she lives and breaths ranch life!  She isn’t just here in the summer guiding trail rides, singing and playing her guitar, and guiding our many outdoor activities, but she lives on the ranch in the « Continue »