A Ranch Vacation to Remember.
“It’s been too long, too hectic, I’ve got to get away, and we need this,” is what Red Horse Mountain Ranch is all about in the Fall. If you’ve done the bright-light metropolis and sandy beach, as fun as they are, maybe it’s time for a change of pace. You won’t have to worry about taxis, reservations, wallets, cell phone, or trying to find a quiet place to just be alone. The ingredients are all here; adventure, rustic and cozy suites, well designed meals, hand crafted desserts, hot tubs,100 plus horses, a staff wanting to make your stay perfect, and a far off ranch nestled on 300,000 acres of the Idaho’s Rocky Mountains. This vacation is just easy, and you’ll be able to unplug, get back to the basics, and it’ll be a week to remember. But don’t take our word for it, check out Tripadvisor, the Dude Ranchers’ Association, and Ranchweb.
Evening concerts, cowboy poets, spectacular views, capable horses, star-filled nights, and a delightful staff. If its entertainment, new friends, great conversation, and a few laughs you’re looking for, the evenings at the lodge are filled with folks looking for the same things. For couples, the ranch has private suites. You’ll have the entire lodge to relax in during the evenings with hot tubs, wrap around deck, and a full service bar available. Our helpful staff will make you feel right at home. No matter how you choose to spend your time, we can guarantee you’ll be happy with your choice of our Idaho adventure and western hospitality.
Wine Tasting Weeks
Indulge your senses, relax your soul, and find the adventures of a western dude ranch at your fingertips during our special Wine Tasting Weeks. Explore a sample of Pacific Northwest wines while our chefs delight you with exceptional dining. Requested by our returning guests, the wine tasting is part of your All-Inclusive Vacations during these weeks. See More….
What’s included in the All Inclusive Dude Ranch Vacation?
Everything you’ll need to enjoy a full week at Red Horse Mountain Ranch is here. Rustic luxury accommodations, chef prepared meals, horseback riding for adults and kids over 3 years of age, a wealth of other outdoor guided adventures, a long list of other amenities including evening entertainment, cocktail hour, non-guided adventures, long distance phone calls, and wireless internet in the main lodge!
Each day on the ranch, riders will have at least two opportunities for western-style horseback riding during your vacation. Before you arrive you will be scheduled with a horse and saddle for your entire stay based on your riding preferences. Your horse will be chosen for based on the information you have provided on your Activity Information form. Horseback riding at Red Horse Mountain Ranch is exhilarating and there are rides scheduled throughout the week for all types of riding levels. All rides will be leaving the valley floor to unique vistas, viewpoints, or peaks. Advanced and beginner riding is available. Advanced riders must complete the advanced test, allowing us to see your ability to control the horse and to make sure you and your horse are a good match.
From whitewater rafting to a 60 foot climbing wall, the list of adventures at Red Horse Mountain Ranch is exciting. Everyday while at the ranch, you can choose from a menu of available adventures each day during your vacation. Mountain biking, downhill mountain biking, scenic boat rides, fishing trips, fly casting lessons, a 3D archery trail, sporting clays, hikes, swimming, high-element challenge course, a climbing wall, and kayaking are some of your possible choices. But relaxing at the ranch with a good book is also highly recommended!
In the spirit of a great Rocky Mountain Ranch, Grandma’s recipes are alive and well, but we’ve added a little flair to bring out the flavors and the freshness of the West. With guests visiting from all over the country and the world, we like to keep our menus diverse, yet simplified to please many different appetites. The chefs will delight you with daily fresh breads, seemingly endless buffets, 7-course dining, and outdoor western ranch cooking. All of your entrees, appetizers, salads are made fresh daily. Lunches and dinners always include salad and seasonal, regional produce whenever possible, as well as breads and desserts, made fresh daily. We are open to special meal requests and dietary concerns for you and your family. We encourage you to fill out the allergy and food preference portions of the Activity Form so that we can be prepared for your visit upon arrival.
Our dude ranch vacation guests have always commented on feeling at home in any of our 20 private suites designed to keep our guests comfortable and cozy during their week-long vacation. Lodging options include everything from one bedroom suites to four bedroom authentic log cabins. Plenty of western flavor, comfort, and tasteful decorations will make you truly feel like you’re 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. Sit outside in the companionship of a good book on your own private deck with wonderful views of the ranch.
Hints about Our Romantic Ranch Vacations
Arriving & Departing the Ranch. Most everyone will be taking the shuttle in from the Spokane International Airport (GEG). A flight arrival between 12 & 3 pm is perfect. Or, arrive in Spokane on Saturday and make a day in Spokane or Coeur d’ Alene. We’re hearing from our guests this year that the flights seem to work better with a Saturday arrival. The shuttles can easily pick you up from anywhere in the region. On Sunday afternoon, when you arrive at the ranch, we’ll get you settled into your cabin, give you a short tour around the ranch, and give you some time to relax before our cocktail hour and appetizers. Dinner will be ready at around 6 pm and evening entertainment will begin. Departures will occur after breakfast on Saturday and we’ll be sorry to see everyone head home.
During the week. Throughout the week, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from any of the outdoor adventures we have in store for everyone. Massages, horseback riding, fitness hikes, kayaking, sporting clays, bike tours, and more! You’ll need the entire week to fit it all in, but don’t forget, relaxing with a good book is also highly recommended. Every evening has something fun planned from campfires to evenings in our old west saloon. We’ll have beautifully crafted dinner with courses paired with some of our favorite wines, luncheon horseback rides to far off meadows, and all-day rides to some of the nearby peaks. It’ll be a week to remember!
Hint #1. Be prepared to ride. From advanced to beginner horseback riders, our week is going to be filled with lots of riding. After our orientation ride on Monday, there are advanced, scenic, and all-day rides scheduled throughout the week. You’ll also able to take advantage of learning from some of the wranglers by taking a lesson. One of our past guests suggests bringing a pair of bicycle shorts to go under your jeans to save your bum. If you don’t have boots, we do have boots you can wear but slick soles are a must. You should also make sure to have a few pairs of jeans, a pair of shorts, or something you can get wet in for the kayaking trips, boat tours, and bike rides. Some folks bring a pair of leather gloves with them to ride with during the fall. We recommend this highly. A pair of tennis shoes or running shoes are also very handy.
Hint #2. It’s Idaho weather. We have a saying in Idaho during the fall. If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes. Plan on evenings being chilly, a good fleece jacket will no doubt be very useful. Rain is possible but don’t worry about that stopping the horseback riding. The barn has a number of full length slickers to fit you.
Hint #3. Dinners and meals. Our chefs are going to make it very difficult to shed pounds while you’ll be here. Daily baked breads, fresh salads and fruits, homemade desserts, and more. Some decide to get a little dressed up during our Wine Dinner. Don’t have to though, a pair of jeans and boots are regular attire on the ranch. This will be an exciting and fun evening! For those guests that have food likes or dislikes (and the likes are just as important), don’t forget to fill out your activity forms and tell us. Gluten free, vegetarians, etc are all welcomed!
Question #1. Should we rent a car? Unless you’re planning to go elsewhere during your vacation, we suggest just taking the shuttle from the Spokane International Airport. Once you have arranged your flights, just come back to our website, fill out the shuttle form, and you’re all set. If you’ll be driving into the ranch, check our website for the best directions. The only thing you want to watch out for is the navigational gps units pointing towards forest service roads or away from the main highway as you near the ranch.
Question #2. Are we going to get some alone time? Yep. There’s places to sit and take in the clean air and breathtaking views. We also might highly recommend one of our newest adventures for adults that will be on the schedule this coming fall, “Horses and Hammies.” Imagine riding up through the forest after lunch to a secluded meadow about 1000 feet above the ranch. Tie the horses up and relax with a breathtaking view and a huge comfortable hammock to relax in. No doubt it’ll be an afternoon to remember.
Question #3. We’re a group of friends? Are there accommodations where we can be together? Yes. More than likely if you’re making your reservations early, we’ll easily be able to put you all in your own cabin together.