ITEMS TO FINALIZE BEFORE ARRIVALS
Guest Activity Forms
Although we have some time before your reservation, here are a few important items that we would like to take care of. The first item is your Activity information. Each guest will need to complete the Guest Activity Form found on our website at: http://www.redhorsemountain.com/guest-info/activity-form/ This information allows us to schedule everyone with the correct horse and saddle. This is also a good time to add any special dietary concerns or food dislikes so we can let the chefs know in advance of your arrival. Please take note that this form also identifies any allergies (bees, food, etc) that our incoming guests may have.
Liability Release forms
Next, each individual will also need to have a liability form. It is available for download at this address: http://redhorsemountain.waiversign.com/?docId=5629499534213120 .
Airport Shuttle Information
Red Horse Mountain Ranch shuttle service is available from the Spokane, WA & Coeur d’Alene, ID regions. The shuttle service is usually the best option for those travelers with the ranch as their primary destination. If you are planning to travel onward after your stay, a rental car is usually a better option. From the Spokane Airport (Airport code GEG), the shuttle service takes approximately 1.5 hours; It takes 2 hours with getting your baggage and other traveling time to arrive at the Ranch. To be timed with your flight departures, your return trip to the airport will be scheduled 3 hours in advance of your flight, which has proven to give plenty of time, even with small children and checking in baggage. Costs for the shuttle from the Spokane Airport to the ranch is $120 for the first person, and $20 per person after that. This is a one way charge. If you schedule an advanced shuttle, you will be billed at the time of checkout. We do not include gratuities for the driver to your bill.
You can request a shuttle online at the following address on our website or you can simply call the ranch with your flight information : http://www.redhorsemountain.com/guest-info/airport-shuttle-service/
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RANCH VACATION
Recommended Items to Pack
Water. Activities at Red Horse Mountain Ranch are an exciting and fun way to spend a vacation. It’s important to stay well hydrated. We’ll take care of the little buckaroos while on a trail, but adults should come prepared with a water bottle or a hydration pack. Complimentary bottles will also be available.
Sunglasses and a Cowboy Hat: To shade and protect your eyes as well as protect you from any branches that might be on the trail while horseback riding. Hats are required to ride, at the very least a baseball cap is needed. Sunglasses are also great for the shooting activities. Kids 12 and younger will be wearing riding helmets that are provided for their safety.
Flashlight: It’s a good idea to have extra flashlights as the Ranch keeps all exterior lights dimmed to let the millions of stars shine through at night.
Sunscreen, a bathing suit, and a good book ,Layers and/or a Jacket: The nights can be cool, but that will not stop us from providing you with our evening entertainment. A good fleece jacket is perfect most of the time.
Bicycle Shorts: To protect your back 40 while on mountain bikes. Guests have also commented that bicycle shorts are nice to wear during the horseback riding too.
Slick Soled Boots: Not too many items are mandatory but good riding boots are. We do provide a selection of good used boots at the Tack Barn if you prefer to use ours. We suggest that when you arrive on Sunday, to head down to the tack barn and get yourself a pair of boots.
Water Shoes: There are so many water based activities at Red Horse Mountain Ranch, we’re throwing this one up on the gear list. Water shoes that have a snug fit are the best, something that you can also use for small hikes. You’ll need the water shoes for the MEGA Zipline. Our previous guests wanted to make sure we tell you flip flops don’t work.
Helmets: We highly recommend you wear protective gear while participating in the Mountain biking, Bike Tours, and the Challenge course; in these activities it is mandatory. Helmets are actually very hip with the kids. We will provide helmets to anyone. We also have horseback riding helmets, which are required for the kids age 3 through 12. For those whom are older, you can opt to not wear a helmet during the horseback riding.
Jeans and other clothing. Bring a few pairs of jeans with you for the horseback riding. Summer clothing is usually perfect to keep you casual, cool, and comfortable. Please remember that there is a laundry services so if you need to pack light, please do so. Our staff will be happy to take care of you. Each suite has certain days that they are scheduled for laundry service, usually twice per week.
Does the ranch have a Dress Code?
We have no dress code, we want everyone to be comfortable during their stay here at the Ranch. We see everything from shorts and jeans to dress pants and cocktail dresses at dinner. The night of the 5 course wine dinner is usually more formal, but it is totally your choice to dress comfortably. At this meal we see many pairs of nice jeans matched with a favorite shirt and this might be the one evening that women of the group choose to bring out a dress. The children are well taken care of this evening and are encouraged to dress casual and bring a sweatshirt for when the sun dips behind the mountains as they are enjoying their own meal around the campfire.
Laundry services are available while you are staying at the ranch. The housekeeping staff will pick up your laundry in the morning while you are on your guided adventure and return your laundry during the afternoon, folded for you. Each cabin and suite will have at least two days when laundry can be done, usually during the beginning of the week and at the end of the week. You can check with the Trading Post to see if it is possible that extra laundry can be done for your cabin when it is not your cabin’s scheduled day for a small fee.
Cocktail Hour and BYO
Each day between 5 & 6 pm, 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 complimentary. 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 alcohol beverages, you may do so. A $1 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, we ask that you keep it to 1 beverage during lunch.
Do we need to reserve fly fishing trips ahead of time, or can we just sign up when we get there?
If you know that you definitely want to participate in this trip, it is best to let us know in advance. We highly recommend contacting the ranch and finding out more information. Once scheduled you will be charge for the trip if canceled with less then 48 hours notice. What works best for families, or large groups, is to decide on the fly fishing trips after you have had a chance to review the ranch schedule. These trips can also be arranged prior or after your ranch vacation if you have extra time in the region. More information about the trips are also available on our website.
Do we need to bring any equipment for the guided activities?
Besides the hat, boots, and clothing suggestions, no. All of the equipment for the activities is provided and available. However, if you would like to bring your own fishing rods, etc., you may do so. We recommend if you have any questions to give the ranch a call and to talk with one of the adventure guides or Cory.
We will be driving to Ranch, do you have any suggestions?
Just be careful if you are using a GPS system or mapping your route to the ranch on the internet before traveling. Stay away from roads that are not main highways, except for Blue Lake Road near the ranch. Most of the online mapping systems and GPS navigational systems will take you onto National Forest roads which may not be open and passable. Maps and information on the best routes are available on our website at www.RedHorseMountain.com
Weekly Ranch Schedules
Each day at the Ranch, 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. We only ask that if you are signing up, or removing your name for the horseback rides, please let one of the staff in the Trading Post know so your horse can be either let go or saddled. All other changes on the schedule can be done at any time. Parents or children (ages 3-11) can also sign themselves up for the Kids Program activities during the week.
Arrival check-ins are between 3 pm and 5pm on Sundays and Wednesdays.When you arrive, you’ll be given a tour around the main lodge and settled into your suite. Cocktail hour will start at 5 pm, and dinner will begin at 6pm. To find out more, stop by the Trading Post. Evening entertainment will begin at 7:30 pm.
Massage services can be arranged by signing up in the main lodge.
Purchases and Checking Out
Purchases that are made while at the ranch (fly fishing trips, alcohol outside of cocktail hour, items in the gift shop, massage services) will be automatically added to your bill. On your last full day at the ranch, a copy of your final billing will be left for you in your room. You may stop by the Trading Post if you have any questions concerning your bill. Arrangements can be made with the Trading Post staff to take care of your billing at anytime. Any purchases that are made after check out will be automatically charged to your credit card which will be left on file with the Trading Post at the time of check-in.
Weather. What you can expect.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is known for its mild temperatures, but we are still in Idaho at the base of the Rocky Mountain Range. We recommend coming prepared for temperature and weather fluctuations. If you have any questions, please contact the ranch for current weather patters. But as we say in Idaho, if you don’t like the weather, give it about 5 minutes.
Each suite has many items to keep you comfortable during your stay such as microwaves, coffee makers, and a refrigerator. Private baths with ample towels and bath amenities (shampoo, body gels, conditioner, hair dryer) are also supplied. Bedding is european with down comforters and numerous pillows to keep you warm and cozy.
Towels are also available at the heated swimming pool and hot tubs. Additional toiletries are available for purchase at the Trading Post. Beverages (juices, pop, water, ice tea, coffee, and hot teas) are available in the main lodge and a snack bar is available 24 hours a day in the main dining area. Past guests have also brought in additional beverages and snacks to be kept in their cabins. A small cork fee is charged should you want to bring your own wine to the dining room.
Long distance phone calls can be made while at the ranch for no additional costs from two phones located in the main lodge and near the swimming pool. A wireless internet service is available for all guests in the main lodge. If you have incoming calls while at the ranch, the Trading Post will be happy to take a message for you and have it delivered to you as soon as possible. Faxes can also be sent to you while you are at the ranch via (208) 689-9686.