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Teach Kids the Spirit of the West on Idaho’s Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

by Eugenia Lazaris

Apr 26, 2023

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Mention the Wild West and images of cowboys easily come to mind. While those adventurers on horseback used to be commonplace, there are few places today where family travelers can still get a true glimpse into the wild spirit of that bygone era. Luckily, with Idaho’s Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, families can experience it firsthand.


This dude ranch-style resort offers an all-inclusive summer experience, including lodging, daily horseback rides, three country gourmet meals per day, and evening entertainment and activities. There is also a specially designed kids’ program for children aged 8–18 included with the summertime package and is designed to teach kids the basics of horseback riding and husbandry skills before concluding with a competitive horse show.


With plenty of outdoors activities and comfortable accommodations in either the guest lodge or one of the property’s authentic wood cabins, the experience lets families experience the best of the west in modern luxury. Spend the stay relaxing; enjoying the beauty of Idaho’s wilderness; and participating in a variety of fun activities, from riding ranch-raised horses, hiking local trails and clay pigeon shooting.


Week-long, all-inclusive packages are available for summer, starting in June and running through September, but fall and winter stays offer plenty of ranch fun, as well. While there is always horseback riding (except on Sunday when the horses have the day off), cold-weather months offer ideal seasonal activities like sleigh and wagon rides in the snow.


The ranch’s all-inclusive packages are designed for six-night stays, with arrivals Sunday and departures the following Saturday, but the staff works to provide customized vacations for those looking for a shorter stay. From expertly trained ranch hands to country chefs grilling your steak over a campfire, everyone on staff at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch works to ensure your family has a vacation to remember.


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