Our family owned and operated working cattle ranch is situated on the edge of the Black Hills of Wyoming – near Devils Tower National Monument. Hulett, the closest town, is 18 miles away on gravel road. Here – where one habitat melts into another – we work livestock in timbered canyon and rim rock country as well as in open sagebrush prairie. In 2003 we decided to share our unique Western lifestyle with a few guests during the summer months.
Having just 10 guests at a time allows us to offer everyone a very individual experience. Guests can become part of the operation and participate in the various ranch activities as much or as little as they like. And to be honest: We enjoy getting to know our guests beyond their names – many of them coming back year after year.
Due to our goal to operate our ranch sustainably, we mimic the grazing behavior of large migrating buffalo herds which historically roamed the prairies. This entails frequent cattle moves and thus a lot of hours in the saddle.
We work cattle on our ranch as well as on neighbors’ properties. There is no head-to-tail riding. When we don’t move livestock or check reservoirs and fences, we may be learning how to rope, practice team penning or just go on a trail ride enjoying the scenic views and abundant wildlife. Guests coming for the first time are always awed by the wide open spaces of the Western wilderness. It’s like getting to live in a different world – and maybe even a different time.
We run close to 40 horses and will match each guest with two horses as working partners for the week. We practice Natural Horsemanship and love to involve our guests in the training, last but not least for their and the horses’ safety. Since the work and the terrain can be quite demanding at times, the minimum age for riders is 16. Beginners should be physically fit, not too timid and willing to learn. Riding lessons prior to visiting the ranch are highly recommended.
Experienced riders will enjoy the varied challenges of riding on New Haven, be it climbing up a steep canyon wall on their sure footed horse, crossing creek bottoms or going after a stray at a full canter. Not to mention trying their luck at cutting in the arena or roping livestock.
Riders as well as non-riders can also learn how to shoot pistols and rifles, swim, boat and fish in our lake or go hiking. If available, we also visit rodeos and horse sales.
The New Haven Ranch is part of an old ghost town. About 150 years ago the first settlers, called "homesteaders", came to the area. The small farmers were up against the rough climate, down-and-dirty cattle barons, hostile Indian tribes and the depression of the early 20th century. Many gave up and left. Today the old buildings and machinery found all over the ranch bear witness of times that we only know from novels and movies.
|Open:||mid May to mid October|
|Location:||The Black Hills of Northeastern Wyoming near Devils Tower National Monument.|
|Rates:||$1470 per rider/week based on double occupancy
$1620 per rider/week based on single occupancy
lower rates for non-riders
rates include riding and all ranch activities, accommodations and meals (American Plan)
rates do not include sodas and alcoholic beverages (BYO) and activities off the ranch
10% gratuity and $23.10 sales and lodging tax per person/week will be added.
|Minimum Stay:||7 days, arrival and departure day is Saturday, you can stay 1 week, 2 weeks etc.|
|Deposit:||25% within 14 days of booking, non-refundable, we recommend travel insurance|
|Payment:||checks, cash, travelers checks, wire-in (sorry, no credit cards)|
|Transportation:||airport transfer available from Rapid City, SD,
$100 per person/round trip
|Activities:||Cattle work and moving cattle from pasture to pasture, doctoring cattle, brandings, searching for strays, round-ups, loading and shipping, checking on fences and reservoirs, Natural Horsemanship, roping, team penning, pistol and rifle shooting, trap shooting, swimming/boating/fishing in and on our own lake, hiking and wildlife watching, and if available, visiting rodeos and horse sales.|
|Lodging:||Our lodge has five comfortable rustic bed rooms, each with its own bath room (with hair dryer, soap and shower gel).
A furnace and a wood stove provide warmth on cooler days. On hot days, the central air conditioning can be turned on. Bedding and towels are provided. There is the possibility to use a washer and dryer as well.
After a long day in the saddle guests can relax in our outdoor hot tub, play a round of pool, sit on the balcony with view of the Missouri Buttes or just take a walk under starry Western skies.
Adventurous souls can ride their horses down to the lake and stay in the tipi for a night or two.
|Kids' Program:||minimum age is 16|
|Food/Dining:||Our open kitchen is attached to the dining and living area. Our home cooked meals are served buffet style and include a full breakfast, a lighter lunch (either eaten at the ranch or on the trail) and a hearty supper including dessert. Snacks and drinks are available for everyone at all times. Please, bring your own sodas and alcoholic beverages. Once a week (if the weather allows) there will be a BBQ at the lake.|
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