HorseWorks Wyoming - Working Ranch Vacations

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3285 Grass Creek Rd
Thermopolis, WY 82443
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Tel: (307) 921-9555

 
 

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The focus at HorseWorks Wyoming is on horses and riding. With over fifty saddle horses in the string, in addition to brood mares and retired horses, participants on these Wyoming horseback vacations are immersed in horsemanship from morning till night. Bond with one horse, or ride horses of many breeds and learn from each one. Riders are matched to horses appropriate to their riding abilities, so no experience is necessary and everyone has opportunities to try their hand at team penning the cattle, barrel racing and other horseback games between rides. Ground work and natural horsemanship sessions are scheduled during down time for those interested in training. Riders of all levels build confidence and skill around horses.

Ranch chores range from graining the retired horses to learning to pack a horse using the double diamond hitch to secure the panniers for riders’ lunches and gear on all-day rides. Fast riders enjoy loping in the wide-open spaces and wrangling the string of saddle horses from the pasture to the corrals in the mornings. Riders wanting to rough it may stay overnight at the cow camp a ten-mile ride from the ranch headquarters.

At 92 years young, co-owner Nate Brown often wrangles and rides with the crew, offering a unique opportunity to learn from and share in the life of one of the last old-time cowboys of his generation. This genuine Western experience attracts guests from all over the USA and as far away as Great Britain, Europe and other areas of the world, creating a unique international flare. The intensity of the Western experience results in enduring and memorably friendships. Some riders even buy their horses and board with us, returning during vacations from work to ride the range that they have come to know and cherish.

Experience the real Wyoming West with horses all day and sharing stories, poetry and song around the campfire at the end of the trail. Then take a break from your working ranch vacation activities to soak those tired muscles in the hot springs, or attend the Cody Nite Rodeo! Riders are encouraged to take advantage of the Lodge to write in their journals, visit, share photos, play games and read during down time. Our schedules permit short stays and our prices encourage long stays, with many of our guests extending their Wyoming riding vacations and returning in subsequent years at greatly reduced rates, creating our unique ranch family – join us!

Activities

Beginning riders welcome, Bring Your Own Horse (BYOH) or ride one of the ranch horses, cattle drives, hiking, horse drives, kid-friendly activities, pack trips, working ranch activities, riding lessons and clinics, training, western horse riding, horse wrangling (bringing the saddle horses from pasture to the corrals each morning), amateur team penning and barrel racing, roping lessons, as well as ranch chores, such as graining the retired horses and learning to secure panniers on one of the pack horses using the double diamond hitch.

Accommodations

Rustic 12’ x 16’ log cabins with bunk beds, electricity, area rugs and a modest sitting area provide a cozy and private alternative to the convivial atmosphere of the Lodge.

Food

Cookie turns out three hearty, hot meals a day that include lots of vegetables and salads, and caters to dietary preferences from vegetarian to gluten free upon request, with fresh fruit and homemade snacks between meals. Riders take bag lunches on the trail on all-day rides.

Area Attractions

The area is rich in Native American and frontier history. Grass Creek is only two hours’ drive from Yellowstone National Park’s East Gate and less than an hour’s drive from three towns with local attractions from the Cody Nite Rodeo and Buffalo Bill Historical Center Museum, to white water rafting, to soaking in the “World’s Largest Hot Springs” that includes three spas with multiple indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs and saunas. Beach swimming, fishing and golf are available within an hour’s drive in several nearby towns.

At a Glance

A working Wyoming horse ranch accepting horseback riders and interns from around the world to be a cowboy or cowgirl for horse-focused one-week and multi-week vacations in the American West! 

Location

The town of Grass Creek, the north-central Wyoming home of HorseWorks, was founded in 1860 in a basin bounded by the Absaroka Range on the west, the Big Horn Mountains on the east and the Owl Creek and Bridger Mountains on the south. The sage brush flats, grassy slopes and rim rock views remain unchanged, taking riders back in time to a simpler, more peaceful place. Located at 5,500 feet, hot summer days give way to wonderfully cool evenings punctuated by beautiful sunsets and sunrises that make getting up early worthwhile.

Airport

Cody, WY

Riding Style/ Ability

Western, Beginner to Advanced

Season

May to September

Capacity

16

Rates/ Payment Methods

$1100 for Sunday to Friday night, $2500 for three weeks. HorseWorks Wyoming accepts credit cards (Mastercard and VISA) and personal checks.