from 6 y.o
From the horse’s mouth
- Stay in the unspoilt mountain wilderness, bordering the Shoshone Forest
- Outstanding horses - one of the best Arabian stud farms in the country
- Ideal for families and /or beginners as the instruction is both professional and reassuring
- Authentic, comfortable accommodation (the ranch was built in the days of the pioneers and has been renovated)
- Excellent home cooked meals using the produce from the ranch coupled with a selection of the best Chilean, Australian and Californian wines to accompany every meal
- Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are only a c.1h 30 drive away and offer a convenient extension to your stay
- Staying in a ranch is ideal whether you are travelling alone or with your family
- Both a guest ranch and a working cattle ranch and on some specific weeks you can try your hand at cattle work
Day 1 1 : LONDON - JACKSON HOLE - DUBOIS - No ridingBitterroot ranchInternational flights to Jackson Hole Wyoming (flights not included but we are happy to help with this on request). Your flight should arrive early in the morning.
You will be driven to the ranch - with transfers payable locally (see dates and prices for details) - which will take around 2 hours. Settle into your room and relax. This evening you are invited to a wine tasting and to meet the ranch team.
If you want to extend your trip after your stay at the ranch, you can hire a car in Jackson for more autonomy. The Yellowstone National Park is only 1hr 30 drive from the ranch.
THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMME IS NOT COMPREHENSIVE BUT REFLECTS ALL ACTIVITIES WHICH YOU ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN.
The activities of the ranch are devoted largely to riding in the mountains. The wranglers take you out each morning and afternoon and sometimes a picnic is carried in the saddlebags.
It is possible to arrange, in advance, pack trips of 2 to 5 days with horses for a minimum of 4 riders (maximum 6 riders). A surcharge applies, please see dates and prices.
From July through September, the cattle go up to the summer pastures high above the ranch. During this period, besides riding, time may be occasionally spent working cattle (gathering, cutting etc). Cattle work is not guaranteed every week as it depends on what needs doing, although on a Friday afternoon you are able to practice your cutting skills with a dozen cows in the arena!
Day 2 2 : DUBOIS - 5-6 hours ridingBitterroot ranchYour stay will begin with a short test in the saddle in the equestrian yard. This will be to assess the ability level of each rider and to demonstrate the techniques used at the Ranch.
The ranch's team mixes western roots and strong European influences. Riding is essentially English and special attention is paid to the horses' welfare - you will be required to ride at a rising trot or gallop in a forward seat in order to minimise the pressure put on the horses back throughout the long days in the saddle. The horses respond to neck reining.
There are a wide selection of horses at the ranch and you will be carefully assigned a horse to ensure your safety and maximum enjoyment throughout your stay.
The experienced guides will lead out small groups (which are divided by riding ability) for 2-3 hours in the morning. After a short loop, you will return to the ranch for lunch and a short siesta!
In the afternoon, you will ride out once more to explore the surrounding areas and test your horse during the first canters of your stay. In the evening you will be able to relax and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal, accompanied by excellent wine.
Day 3 3 : DUBOIS - 5-6 hours ridingBitterroot ranchSeveral rides are available at the ranch: you can ride in every direction with no roads in sight!
This morning, you may ride out to see one of the old historic haunts of Butch Cassidy, this is in the north of the ranch and is hidden away in a narrow canyon.
If you are joining one of the working cattle weeks, you may be part of a cattle drive, the cattle have to be moved to allow the pastures to recover from heavy grazing. This requires spending several hours on horseback due to the vastness of the pastures. You will have to be on the ball and not leave any of the cattle behind! Please note: cattle work is not guaranteed and will depend on the weekly needs of the ranch.
For beginners wishing to improve their riding, you will be able to schedule filmed lessons in the yard and then be helped in correcting your seat and technique. Lessons are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. A cross country course of 70 jumps is an option for more advanced riders.
In the late afternoon, you will return to the ranch for an early evening drink at around 18:00 and an early dinner.
In July and August, on Tuesday evenings, the small town of Dubois comes to life with country music and line-dancing!
Day 4 4 : DUBOIS - 5-6 hours ridingBitterroot ranchIn the morning, you may ride out through the vast open spaces of Wyoming where at the edges of the woods you are likely to spot a herd of Wapiti, a variety of moose.
In the afternoon, you could ride out into the mountains looking out for traces of grizzlies or wolves... Or perhaps spot one of the bands of wild horses that roam the area!
Or if you prefer to stay at the ranch, you could organise a lesson or spend some time with Bayard learning the art of fly-fishing.
Day 5 5 : DUBOIS - 5-6 hours ridingBitterroot ranchDepending on the season and the needs of the ranch, you could choose to ride out to explore a new part of the property or go to work herding the cattle and driving them back to the ranch.
Working with the cattle requires you to separate the animals based on their brandings as well as their calves, corral any escapees and sort them from the animals that need to stay out in the pastures. Not such a simple task over uneven ground with often uncooperative cattle!
For beginners wishing to improve their riding, you may choose to have a lesson in the yard to work on correcting your seat and riding technique.
Several times a week, Hadley will offer yoga lessons in the yurt: everyone is welcome to join, even if you don't have any previous yoga experience.
Day 6 6 : DUBOIS - 5-6 hours ridingBitterroot ranchOn a morning ride through the beautiful countryside, you may to be able to spot moose, wild geese and maybe, if you are very lucky, a puma. You will have the chance to enjoy fantastic canters along the high plateaus.
In the afternoon, with a buzz in the air, you will be able to practice your cutting-in skills with a dozen cows in the arena. In teams, riders will compete in a - friendly! - sorting competition to see who make the best cowboys!
From mid-June to the beginning of September, in the evening, you'll have an early dinner so you can make the most of the Dubois rodeo from 20:00 onwards. Break out your cowboys hats!!
Day 7 7 : DUBOIS - 5-6 hours ridingBitterroot ranchEnjoy a great day's ride with a picnic lunch carried in your saddlebag meaning you can stay out all day making the most of the landscape, vastness of the area and the varied wildlife - with not a soul in sight within 80km!
In May and June, there are still snowcapped peaks, in July and August the grass is long and wildflowers colour the landscape, while in September the trees are beginning to change colour and welcome the fall.
You will then head back for your last night on the ranch.
Day 8 8 : DUBOIS - LONDON - No ridingAfter breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Jackson Hole. You will catch your flight back to London.
For trip extensions to the Yellow Stone National park, accommodation or hire car advice, contact us for more information.
Day 9 9 : LONDON - No ridingArrive in London.
Dates & prices
- Gratuities and taxes are included in the listed rate (10%).
- Children aged 4-5 yo get a 25% discount, while children under 4 year old come at a reduced rate of £240
- If you wish to travel as a single rider, a single supplement applies (£265).
- Non rider rate: starting from £1480 per person
- You may wish experience a 2 -3 day pack-trip expedition in the mountains from mid July to the end of August with an extra cost of appr. £45/day/rider. This is payable locally.
Min : 4 riders, Max : 6 riders. On request only
PLEASE NOTE - Some weeks are priced at a special rate in 2021 (please contact us):
- Summer Yoga and horseback riding week: July 11-18 and August 22-29
- Cattle Range Rider weeks: dates pending for 2021 Experienced riders. It is 3 long days moving and checking on cows, 3 days normal trail riding.
- Transfers to and from Jackson Hole airport are payable locally at $245 (approx. £200) each way for groups of 1-5 riders
- An electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) is required to enter the USA. It is your responsibility to organise this. Please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ and contact us if you need help.
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.
Price doesn't include
Meals in Jackson Hole are not included in the price
Visa fees (ESTA) of USD 14 which must be arranged in advance
May - June 2021
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The horses are trained western and are used to being neck reined; they do not go on contact.
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Nothing is mandatory, so you can ride as much or as little as you want. Each rider will be allocated a horse that matches their ability as well as riding in groups with riders with a similar level.
There is a maximum rider weight of 90kg/ 14st/ 198 lbs.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Love of exploring and life outdoors is also a must!!
Saddlebags provided on request.
Helmets are mandatory at the ranch. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Helmets are mandatory.
There are no TVs or telephones in the cabins and only one telephone line is available to the guests in the lodge. Due to the remote area and surrounding mountains, mobile phones often do not work well at the ranch. WIFI is available in the main lodge for guests with their own laptop.
The ranch water is monitored by the EPA and it is not necessary to bring a supply of plastic bottles. Since the ranch does not have a liquor license, please bring your own hard liquor, beer and sodas. Wine is provided at cocktail hour and with dinner.
Breakfasts are composed of eggs, bacon, toast, fresh fruit, muffin, cereals and juice.
Wine is provided at cocktail hour and with dinner.
During the 'mid-season', temperatures are mild ( 15°C) and the evenings cool (5°C).
Summer, July and August, are sunny and rain is rare. The average temperature is between 20-25°C - with the temperature reaching 30°C at their peak. Nights remain cold, around 10-12°C on average.
Guide and local team
Richard returned to the ranch after graduating from Bowdoin College in Maine. He and his wife, Hadley, now manage the pack trips, cattle and farming operations. Hadley, also a Yale graduate, was born and raised with horses in North Carolina. The atmosphere at the ranch reflects the melding of their eclectic backgrounds.
It is also customary to leave a 1 or 2$ tip to taxi drivers.
Gratuities (obligatory tips included in the salary of employees on the ranch) are included in the price of the trip but you can leave an additional tip if you wish.
- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable. You also have the option of buying protective shells to go under your hats (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western hat helmets (Troxel)
- Sunhat (indispensable especially during the mid and sunny seasons)
- High-protection sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind, dust or rain
- Informal evening wear
- T-shirts in cotton and long-sleeved shirts (to provide protection from the sun) or t-shirt made from a material that wicks away moisture
- Casual clothes for the evening
- A lightweight fleece or equivalent
- A warm fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket (waterproof and breathable in a Goretex-type material) OR a long, thigh-length waterproof. DO NOT bring a poncho
- 2 pairs of jodhpurs or riding appropriate jeans
- A change of trousers (riding trousers, jeans or equivalent)
- A swimming costume may come in useful (swimming in the lake, washing in the river)
- Underwear in cotton of synthetic non-irritant material
Hands and Feet
- 1 pair of comfortable riding boots. We recommend short riding boots with half chaps OR cowboy boots - possible to buy them in Dubois
- 1 pair of trainers or lightweight shoes for the evening
- Several pairs of thick socks
- A pair of sandals or flip-flops
- A pair of gloves - to protect your hands for the sun, cold and chafing from the reins whilst riding
Other useful items
- Travel bag 60-80 litres (hold luggage)
- Travel bag 25-30 litres (cabin bag)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Hand luggage mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container.
- Travel with a copy of your passport and insurance policy.
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100 ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic Ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- If you wish to travel light and wash your clothes throughout the trip, please think to take ecological washing powders/ soaps/ shampoos etc.
If you are planing a packtrip in the mountains additional items to bring:
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Thermal trousers
- Waterproof over trousers
- Sleeping bag. You need at least a comfort factor down to minus 5 celsius, but we would recommend at least minus 8 or 10 celsius
- Sleeping bag liner - silk, cotton or fleece - adds an extra layer
- Even if foam mattresses are provided, you may pack your inflatable mattress for comfort sake.
Other useful items
- Towels - camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
- Swiss army knife (to be carried in your hold luggage!!)
Visa & Health
You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. To enter the United States of America, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by Australian, British, Canadian and other EU nationals.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME
Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. Visit the official US website to apply for your ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports require a valid USA entry visa.
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren’t valid for entry into the United States or transit through the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme; if you’re planning to enter or transit through the US using an ETD you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card’), which you must have with you on arrival; you can leave the US using an ETD that has been issued in the United States
Visitors to the USA travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the USA, if arriving by air or sea. It is recommended that applications are made at least 72 hours prior to travel but you may apply at any time prior to travel. Airlines must now deny check-in to passengers without a valid ESTA. There is a US$14 fee. An ESTA is valid for two years, so if you've applied for one previously, ensure it's still valid.
When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the USA. The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA. Canadian citizens do not require an ESTA, but permanent residents of Canada who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program must obtain one.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISAS
If you don’t qualify for entry under the VWP, and don’t have a US Permanent Resident Card, you should apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before travelling.
Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and need to obtain a visa.
Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA
If you are travelling to the USA visa Canada, please remember you also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), mandatory for anyone transiting through Canada. Completing ESTA formalities do not replace your eTA.
Addresses of consulates
- Paris | Ambassade des Etats-Unis
2, avenue Gabriel
Tél. : 01.43.12.22.22
- Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
20007 Washington D.C.
Tél. : +1 (202) 944 60 00
- US Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square
W1A 2LQ London
Tél. : 020 7499-9000
Travel insurance that provides medical coverage is a requirement for visitors to the US. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment and treatment may be refused without evidence of insurance or a deposit. All receipts for services rendered must be kept in order to make a claim. Medical care in the United States tends to be quite expensive, especially for emergency treatment provided in hospital settings, paid for out of pocket.
Budget and money
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request pre-payment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card. Be sure to check with your card issuer for current surcharge rates imposed for use of the card outside your home country. You should also inform your issuer that you are travelling for a specified period so your card is not flagged or temporarily suspended.
Bank-issued debit cards are accepted at many businesses in the US; however, using them to pay for many travel-related expenses, such as car hire and hotel rooms, often incurs a surcharge, deposit, or a hold on your account.
Telephone and jetlag
The country stradles a number of different time zones. Eastern Daylight time (eg. New York) is GMT -4. Mountain Daylight time (eg. Montana) is GMT -6. Pacific Daylight time (eg. California) is GMT -7.
Did you know?
Did you know?
Guest and dude ranches
On a working ranch, guests are expected to help out with cattle work and general duties. These are reserved to experienced riders with reasonable levels of fitness.
On the other hand, guest ranches (also called dude ranches) are open to everyone. The riding programmes are usually very flexible and you can do as much or as little riding as you like, often with the option of non-riding activities. They welcome most riding abilities, and are perfect for families with children or non-riders.
Guest ranches are perfect for those wanting to experience the fantastic scenery of the United States on long trail rides, and maybe do the occasional bit of cattle work, in a relaxed atmosphere and a safe and friendly environment.
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