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#2 of 8 ranches in Dubois
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The ranch is a 640-acre spread where the guests help with the fall cattle round-up.
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1480 E Fork Rd, Dubois, WY 82513-9614
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DaDaGa wrote a review Aug 2023
Maryland3 contributions
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Leading up to this trip and even before I booked in the Spring, I anticipated a truly memorable experience. The ranch is well managed with excellent care for both the animals and guests! You will be off the grid and able to disconnect and unwind. If you ride. you will also be able to push your skills to new levels. You will find both a state of mental relaxation and physical exhaustion early in your week..I have never consumed so many anti-inflammatory meds. Driving into the ranch set the tone with a 16 mile dirt road, well maintained but prone to washouts..keep in mind when getting a rental car. The main lodge is over the bridge and where you will get your cabin assignment. Greeted by a friendly woman, I felt at ease and welcomed immediately. Other guests arrived and gathered in the living room of the lodge before dinner. My log cabin was connected like a duplex to another (unit A and B). My room was set up simply, with two twin beds, warm clean comfortable bedding, a shower/tub and a desk. Yes for Electricity, Yes for heating, Yes warm water, No TV, No internet (at the cabin)..just the sound of the river running past. Perfect for reading. I do recommend bringing a few things to support your stay. 1) If you prefer to have a strong lock on your door-Amazon sells a simple door jam that adds a level of comfort. 2) Critters can be heard at night (not seen)..outside of the cabin. I brought two sonic critter repellant plugs. 3) a Jar candle- moths get in the cabin at night and I found the candle was great at attracting and trapping them in the wax. 4) Because internet was spotty at the ranch, I purchased a Zoleo satellite router from REI - it can send emergency alerts and also allows you to text with loved ones no matter your location. Food- We ate family style buffet with meals prepared farm to table by a wonderful Chef and served by friendly staff. Eating with the other guests was a high point throughout the week, allowing us to create new and lasting friendships. We bonded over our shared love of horsemanship and the adventures we experienced on our rides. The Fox family owns and runs the ranch. They also ate every meal with us, underscoring the family nature of this operation. Horses- I rode a rotation of 4 horses over the week. Two per day; morning and afternoon. As an intermediate level rider, I rode in the advanced group traveling overland at walks > canters. We climbed mountains, crossed rivers, and explored miles only seeing wild horses and cattle along the way. The horses are well kept, well trained and travel in pack well. We also were given the opportunity to guide some errant cattle back to their grazing grounds as a team..which was very satisfying. I took advantage of the Yoga during the week, held in a beautiful yurt next to the river, drove into the town of Dubois for square dancing (not cheesy…super fun!) and the Friday night rodeo. I worried that these were going to be a tourist trap, they are not!! It is a gathering place for the town…and very entertaining. Guests- I travelled solo to this ranch knowing I would enjoy the land, horses and peace. A BIG extra was the amazing group of guests that were there with me-this trip has gifted me with many new friends from around the country. We are bonded through this experience. Staff- The Fox family (Hadley was my primary contact and she was wonderful), the horse wranglers, maintenance staff, Chef / cooks, housekeepers and servers all created a life long memory - Thank you. Overall, photos can’t capture the beauty and vastness of the sky and land. Saying good bye to Bitterroot was bittersweet!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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James O wrote a review Apr 2023
San Jose, California8 contributions1 helpful vote
Celebrated my honeymoon here in September 1994. I’m sure things have changed one way or another but I’d still love to go back. Some of my best memories were there. Having three horses assigned to me for the week, running full gallop across wide expanses, the non-nonsense dinner gatherings after sundown, and the incredible silence outside our cabin at night. Do they still raise Irish Wolfhounds to keep the wildlife away?
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Merszei wrote a review Dec 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia44 contributions39 helpful votes
I always wanted to go to a dude ranch, and Bitterroot did not disappoint! My husband and I met his son, daughter-in-law and 11 year old granddaughter at the ranch. She was the best rider in our group and Mel and Hadley did a wonderful job matching each of us to the appropriate horse and the appropriate group given the variances in our riding abilities. It was a fabulous week. The cabin, meeting the other guests at meals and when we had wine and nibbles, the wranglers, the horses, the scenery - wow! Loved the stories Ross shared with us, and interacting with the cattle was fun. All was amazing, and so special meeting Bayard ! The lessons were great - transitioning from English is not so easy - and Hadley’s yoga class was a gift . It was an exceptional experience and one that our family will always cherish. We are thrilled to recommend Bitterroot! Every day offers new rides with breathtaking views and fun experiences along the way . Well organized and a spectacular herd.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Jeff_Ederer wrote a review Oct 2022
Bozeman, Montana5 contributions
My wife and I have traveled all over the world to over 70 countries and our week at Bitterroot Ranch was incredible. The horseback riding was central to our experience but it was so much more to our time there. Bayard, Mel, Hadley, Ross, they're all great and they each made the whole experience truly unique adventurous, and fun. The countryside and the lodge, the energy the ranch hands bring with them...my wife is the main one who loves horses and ridings and still I told her it may have been the best vacation I've ever had. They also sponsor Equitours and we're conceding going on two of them next year!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Lucky Niks wrote a review Sep 2022
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We have been booking our international equestrian travel through Equitours for over a decade. Given the fact we are all horse owners and quick to trailer, travel and ride at any opportunity, I was reluctant to book a domestic experience here stateside. Fact is, I initially declined this trip with my fellow riding companions. Yet, an unexpected scenario found that I, along with my eleven year old daughter, were to be guests of Bitterroot Ranch. What a gift this turned out to be, it was a joy to meet the Fox family, live and in person after booking travel through their amazing company for sixteen years. Bayard was readily available for thoughtful conversation while Mel and Hadley were the daily faces executing flawless riding experiences for all. I cannot overstate the quality of the Fox herd. I was deeply impressed at the quantity and quality of all their mounts. They truly had something for everyone, the training time that had to be put into each of these mounts for such a superb experience is humbling and appreciated. My daughter took a group lesson with Hadley, at which time Hadley clearly busted through some barrier I was having with my daughter. I saw tremendous improvement in her riding after this instruction. I am forever in Hadley's debt for this special transition. I enjoyed speaking with each of the wranglers on the trail, learning their backstories which were varied and interesting. A great group!! Then we have the food . . . goodness, wow!! I ate it all, leaving no lid untouched. This was one of the best wide-ranging menus I have experienced thus far. Absolutely lovely, what a treat to have three wonderful meals such as these per day. In summary, Mel and Hadley do a spectacular job assigning you a group, their eyes miss nothing. The out and back rides were perfectly timed and yielded new and varied terrain each time. The staff were efficient and fully engaged. The food = delicious. The cabins, clean and cozy with the river lulling you to sleep each night.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Departure438808 wrote a review Sep 2022
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A dream come true! ain, I cannot thank the Foxes enough for an amazing week. The ranch, the horses, the wranglers, the lodge staff and ESPECIALLY the chef were spectacular! As a lifelong horse woman I can attest that I have never ridden finer more responsive horses. The care to separate the riders into appropriate groups and to make sure that everyone had a great time… It was amazing. And the opportunity to talk with 93-year-old ranch founder Byard was is a daily highlight. I learned so much from this week especially riding with ranch xo-owner Mel as well as discovering a love of moving (and sorting!) cows. Hadley and the Wranglers were supportive and unfailingly cheerful! And the views… Indescribably beautiful. There is nothing I would have changed about this experience, except perhaps if there had been a little more oxygen at 9000 feet ;-) of course I live at sea level so perhaps it was my bad! If you were thinking about taking a real ranch trip… Not a sanitized Disneyland version… Improving your riding skills and seeing apart of America that harkens back to a simpler time, this is the trip for you! I will be returning fall of next year for the cattle drive, and will be counting the days!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Susan J wrote a review Jul 2022
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My best friend and I spent a week at Bitterroot ranch for their horseback riding and yoga retreat. It was an amazing time!!! Nature, de-stressing and lots of good food and wine! We are both experienced riders and do yoga at home regularly, so we were physically ready for this trip. The Fox family takes wonderful care of their horses, all of them were happy and energetic doing their jobs. Hadley does an incredible job helping match riders and horses of similar skill. Hadley and Mel run the barn and direct the wranglers seamlessly. Plus, Hadley, Richard and Tristan are just a joy to be around. We got to walk, trot and canter through some of the most beautiful scenery-everyday a different trail. The other portion of the day was yoga in the Yurt. Marc, the instructor, was so great!! His classes helped us, not only learn about the practice, but stretch and strengthen from our rides. It was a great balance of activities during the day. The meals served by Chef Leon everyday were fantastic! He served a wide variety of foods and the wine was always plentiful. All the kitchen staff were very accommodating to anything you needed. This trip was exactly what we were expecting- rustic, quiet, and stress free. If you love the outdoors, horses, and want to disconnect from all life's stress ....then this is the trip for you!!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Matt O wrote a review Jul 2022
Upton, Massachusetts3 contributions
This is a great location and an excellent horseback riding ranch with a very hospitable staff, which accommodates all levels of riding experience. My son and I had a wonderful trip. It was a first horseback riding vacation for each of us. He was an experienced rider and I had just had 3 months of lessons. They accommodated us both, and by the end of the week I was on faster trot-canter rides with my son. They have over a hundred horses and both my son and I rode five different horses over the week. They are very good at choosing horses that fit each rider. None of the horses are lazy, all are happy to trot or canter when given the opportunity, and respond to a light touch. Interacting with the Fox family and the other guests during shared meals was a great part of the trip as well. New friendships were formed and it was hard to say goodbye. The food was very good and my plant-based (vegan) request was accommodated on all dinners and almost all lunches. The cabins were comfortable and clean, with a rustic touch. All of the buildings are log construction. If you want a great horseback riding trip in scenic Wyoming, up in the mountains where it gets pretty cold at night even in the summer, try Bitterroot Ranch. My son and I are definitely going back!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Susan M wrote a review Jul 2022
New Albany, Ohio12 contributions2 helpful votes
If you want a taste of the Wyoming mountains from the view of a horse, this is an authentic ranch adventure. Not for the beginner rider or out-of-shape person, you go on twice-daily two-hour trail rides, cover steep terrain and mountain streams, see magnificent scenery and have possible sightings of wild horses, antelope, rabbits and elk. The owners are experienced in matching you to the right horse. My 14 year old granddaughter and I each rode three different horses over the course of a week. All of the horses were lovely, though we each had a favorite. We went during summer cattle drive and were able to experience herding cows a couple of times, a real treat. The meals were excellent and included vegetarian options. The staff, from the kitchen to housekeeping to the wranglers (trail guides), was excellent and responsive; you just needed to request your needs. Best of all, we experienced wonderful camaraderie and support from other guests who came from all over the USA, UK, Netherlands and Australia. Hadley Fox was helpful in our booking, from providing information about transportation from the airport to answering all my questions; she is responsive, charming, hard-working and efficient. The cabins are rustic, but adequate. The Lodge is comfortable and beautiful and was a perfect meeting place before and after rides and meals. Proof of Covid vaccination was not required. Staff wore masks indoors, and we could eat meals outside.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Barbara O wrote a review Jul 2022
Okemos, Michigan97 contributions50 helpful votes
If you're looking for a vacation where you can ride well-cared for horses every day amid gorgeous scenery, Bitterroot Ranch--located between the Absaroka and Wind River mountain ranges --is the place for you. The ranch is of the Rocky Mountains. The Fox family has enough friendly, capable staff to customize planned riding routes for each guest, including herding their rather exotic long-horned Highlanders. We spotted several bands of beautiful wild horses while riding on the adjacent Wind River Reservation, home to members of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. You'll stay in comfortable, well-appointed cabins and enjoy three delicioius meals a day. Ranch-raised meats are excellent, and there are ample tasty choices for vegetarians--often provided by Bitterroot's large garden. The cocktail hour before dinner provides a nice opportunity to get to know the other interesting guests; we enjoyed guests from Canada, France, and Germany during our recent stay. Tip 1: If your riding is a little rusty, or you're not used to riding in "two-point position," invest in a few lessons before heading for the ranch. Tip 2: Even though the ranch is in the valley, it's still high--and rides take you even higher. I took meds along for altitude sickness; didn't need them, but I get out of breath when trotting and cantering for the first three days. Tip 3: While in Wyoming, you might want to explore nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
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Date of stay: June 2022
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