out to the old hunting grounds of Chief Morning Star of the Northern
Cheyenne, where Butch Cassidy raised hell, where the deer and the
antelope play and the buffalo roam; leave behind the crowds, the
cars, the confusion and the cares of urban life. Spend some time
in the truly wide-open spaces of Wyoming.
We invite you
to join us on our ranch, an area of more than 50-square miles that
The Nature Conservancy calls, "a national park quality landscape."
Our elevations range from 7,500 ft (2,300 M) at headquarters up
to 11,156 ft (3,400 M) at the summit of Elk Mountain. In this area
you'll find hot and dusty sagebrush flats, cool aspen forests, lush
haymeadows, shady pine forests, moist spruce canyons and the closest
thing to alpine tundra south of Anchorage.
one of our open-air ranch vehicles (easy to drive) and go exploring,
or a ranchhand will give you a tour. After you know your way around,
take a ranch mountain bike and a picnic lunch to your favorite spot.
Spend a little stress-free time birdwatching the bald and golden
eagles, prairie and peregrine falcons, Swainson's and redtailed
hawks; maybe you'll catch a northern harrier swooping down on an
unsuspecting prairie dog or gopher.
patience at finding some of the Rocky Mountain elk that live here,
or the mule deer and pronghorn antelope. Watch our herd of buffalo
care for their newborn calves as they watch you watching them. Go
exploring for arrowheads or visit the memorial where desperado Big
Nose George Parrott shot two deputy sheriffs right on the ranch
in August of 1878.
the stone carvings of the U. S. Cavalry soldiers stationed at historic
Fort Halleck (1862-1866) or the firewood they chopped for the wood-burning
steam engines of the Union Pacific trains of the transcontinental
railroad. Watch ranchhands as they move the buffalo from one pasture
to another or watch a cowboy gather up wandering cows.
Go on a hike
up the mountain and watch a horselogger with his big draft horses
haul logs through the forest, or spend a day trying to catch a brown
trout that weighs more than six pounds. Explore the old log cabins
built by the pioneers and see the remnants of the Overland Trail
as it passed through what is now Elk Mountain Ranch.
or family groups are welcomed guests at Elk Mountain Ranch. Customize
your trip as you like. We will accept only one such group at a time.
Guests stay in our comfortable lodge with modern bath facilities
and dine in our ranch cookhouse. Transportation to/from the Laramie
airport can be provided.
Join us. Your
group will be the only guests here and we'll treat you like family.
You can play all the time or we'll put you to work, if you like.
Better yet, just hang around and relax; we've got over 50-square
miles of Wyoming waiting for you. Call us at 307-348-7440 or send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your questions.