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Medicine Bow Lodge is a dude ranch where guest stay in their own private cabin. Our lodge is open 24 hours for guest to enjoy. All activities and meals are included in our price. Enjoy daily horse rides, hiking, fishing and for some guest overnight camp trips when available. Guest staying 6 nights or more can experience a scenic float trip on the north platte river.
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greensnc wrote a review Nov 2021
Brevard, North Carolina4 contributions2 helpful votes
My family - all 27 of us - went to Medicine Bow Lodge for a week this past summer. From the first phone call to Debbie to the last goodbye hug from the staff - Medicine Bow was amazing. The family style dinners with the ranch hands and owners, music preformed by Crazy Aunt Susie , cold swim in the creek and the hummingbirds we all just a small part of the experience. Debbie and Tim welcomed our family, helped my 91 yr old dad ride a horse and even allowed my mother to help in the kitchen. Memories were made as well as friendships!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Easy drive from Denver Family friendly Great meals Action packed
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Robert S wrote a review Oct 2021
Long Beach, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
This is the first time I’m writing a review for tripadvisor and while I’m sure many people’s first reviews are because of poor experiences; this one is for the complete opposite – an absolutely exquisite experience that I had to rave about. Medicine Bow Lodge is worth every star available and is a perfect vacation spot for anyone who wants to experience a dude ranch in the forest. My fiancé and I arrived in late September during the fall season when it is a bit slower with no kids so we missed the summer season which is more action-packed and I’m sure would be great for a family with children. 1. Hospitality – While the main reason you come here is to ride horses, their greatest asset is their hospitality. From the moment me and my fiancé walked into the lodge to check in, we felt welcomed as if we were family coming to visit. Tim and Debbie go to every effort to make sure your time at their beautiful grounds is one you’ll never forget. Having dinner alongside them felt like having dinner with my own family. Debbie’s sister and a family friend were also there and treated us the same. The wranglers that were working with us at the time, Charlie and Trenton, were very attentive and even excited to do things with us. Charlie took us on a stunning-all-day hike and Trenton took us on numerous horseback rides. I’d imagine that sometimes very youthful wranglers simply “go through the motions” with guests, but not the ones at Medicine Bow Lodge. These guys care about the horses, the work they’re doing, and making sure the guest has a great experience. The way everyone treats the guests here is what sets this place apart from the rest. You'll be lucky to find another ranch with the half the kind of personal care given here. 2. Horse-back Riding – I’m sure most people come to ride horses and there’s plenty of that available. We were paired with our own horse for the week and allowed to perform some grooming on them for bonding as well. Their horses are well kept and treated and not stuck in stables. They are extremely well trained for riding trails and dealing with inexperienced riders. I already miss my horse, Mona (sorry Tim, she’s mine now). You are shown how to properly tack up the horses and given good instruction for riding. Tim makes sure the horse you’re paired with fits your abilities and whether you’ve never ridden, barely ridden, or ride all the time, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to learn and take spectacular rides. There’s morning and afternoon rides as well as all-day rides, of which we did both. The locales you ride through are often stunning. Tim and the wranglers teach you about the area you’re riding through, as well. There are opportunities to lope and canter should you be a brave enough soul. One fortunate morning, cows came onto the ranch which required us newly minted cowpokes to do some real cowboying and send them back to the neighbors. What an amazing experience! 3. Other Activities – There is plenty to do at the Lodge if you aren’t in the mood for a ride. The schedule is entirely up to you so you just tell Tim and the wranglers what activity you want and they’ll set it up. You’re not on a forced schedule here. We did some skeet-shooting, which was very fun. Earlier in the season they even have archery. You can take the canoe out to the lake (we skipped because it rained the afternoon we had wanted to do it) or swim when its warmer. During the summer they have a river float. The main Lodge is gorgeous, with extremely warm wood-burning stoves to keep you cozy. There’s plenty of games from billiards, foosball, and ping pong to an array of board games to occupy your time. They have a TV in the lodge for those who need it (and Wi-Fi) and a large selection of books. And then there’s hiking, with plenty of places to hike all over the Medicine-Bow Forest. We did an all-day hike up to the top of Medicine Bow Peak. This was a 2000 feet climb up a pretty difficult hike, but boy was it worth the views. I think some people forget the spectacular chances to hike in the forest here and I’m glad we didn’t pass on it. There’s also a hot tub to relax in or an outdoor firepit to warm up next to and gaze up and the array of stars. You’re never bored when you’re here. 4. Food – What to say about the food? Well, Debbie is the chef, and she uses old family recipes as well as ones she’s invented on her own. I have eaten in numerous places around the United States and in other countries, from mom & pop shops to Michelin star restaurants. I consider myself a pretty good cook as well. But Debbie has the talent and skill to be the head chef of her own restaurant anywhere in the country and there is zero doubt in my mind it would be a massive success. When you stay at Medicine Bow Lodge you are going to be eating great food all week. Chicken salad, stuffed bell peppers, lasagna, smoked ribs, smoked salmon, steaks, mashed potatoes, cowboy beans, are just some of the amazing things we ate. I may have even stolen a salad dressing recipe of hers. Debbie will also accommodate to whatever your allergies and tastes are. Whether you’re a vegan or a ravenous carnivore, you’ll be fat and happy. Three full meals a day and then every night (and sometimes lunch), there’s dessert. And oh my god are the desserts amazing. As I told Debbie, if she fills the hot tub with her chocolate mousse, you’ll find me swimming in it. Looking back, I’m even more glad I did that 8-mile hike considering the desserts I ate! You come to be a cowboy only to realize you’re also getting a wonderful culinary experience to boot! 5. Accommodations - Generally speaking, when I travel, I mostly just care about a comfy bed, clean room, and hot shower because I don’t spend much time in my room. We were given a 2-bedroom cabin for the two of us, which was more than enough. The cabins are nice and cozy and kept clean. The heaters keep the room very warm with little effort. Now, you’re not going to get luxurious rooms here and why should you? This is a dude ranch vacation with a focus on outdoor events! If you want room service, a TV, Wi-FI, the best of the best linens and stuff, you’re taking the wrong vacation anyway. And if you want to relax, which was doable in the Cabin, the best option is the gorgeous Main Lodge that has numerous comfy couches, fireplaces, games, and the rest available. And hey, our cabin even had a hammock to relax in! There’s also access to the dining room 24/7 if you want a snack, fruit, soda, water, iced tea, etc where some dude ranches don’t have anything available outside of meals. Medicine Bow Lodge turned out to be one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. I never thought a city-slicker like me would say that about a Dude Ranch vacation, but it’s the truth. And as fun as all the activities were, Tim and Debbie’s hospitality (and yes, food!) are what took it to the next level. If you’re looking to ride horses, hike, and do numerous outdoorsy activities in a gorgeous setting while being fed like a king and treated like family, it’s hard to imagine a better place than Medicine Bow Lodge. I couldn’t recommend this place any more highly and it’s definitely a vacation we might just have to do in the summer season in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Adrienne S wrote a review Sept 2021
Columbus, Ohio12 contributions1 helpful vote
I had the opportunity to visit Medicine Bow Lodge for 5 days with my mom - and it was a wonderful experience from start to finish! To say the least, it fulfilled my mom's dream and crossed off this experience on her bucket list. Upon arrival we were eagerly welcomed by Tim, Debbie and Susan and shown our accommodations. The cabin was extremely comfortable and definitely adequate for a sound night's sleep. Each day we had the opportunity to select what we wanted to do, whether it was two rides, fishing, hiking, shooting, or relaxing! We did ALL OF THE ABOVE!! The staff accompanied us when we needed and we felt supported even in trying something new. There was no pressure regarding making our own agenda. The time with the horses definitely the highlight. We took a different route each trip. I highly recommend the full-day ride as the views of the landscape were unbelievable. We visited during the peak time of fall foliage of the aspens so it was extremely special! I think what really makes this place special is the care of the individuals running it. The meals were wonderful and unique plus homemade desserts! It really felt like home. The energy of the space was so relaxed. The warm fire of the lodge, the calm of the back deck space, and the peace of the property. The evenings were quiet. We had the ability to look at the stars and just soak in the activities of the day. I loved having the dogs there as well. Roper was a wonderful guide. You definitely need to visit this space for a chance to unplug, relax, and enjoy all the opportunities of living in Wyoming.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Responded 22 Sept 2021
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Karen D wrote a review Sept 2021
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If you are looking for a relaxing and refreshing time, Medicine Bow Lodge is the place for you. The owners and staff did an amazing job showing us the Wyoming countryside. We fished, went horseback riding, hiked, shot skeet, and watched the stars from around the lodge. Don't pass this opportunity up to make memories that will last a life time.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Rachelrsy wrote a review Sept 2021
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I brought my two children, 20 years and 11years to Medicine Bow Lodge the last week of the 2021 school year in June I can't tell you what a mental, physical, emotional and wonderful restore and pleasure this stay was in every way. The owners and young staff were great, energic, accommodating and warm. The rooms were rustic, pleasant and well equipped. The natural beauty was nothing like I've ever experienced. The hummingbirds were regular visitors during indoor meals in the dining room that had a window the size of the wall. The lodge, snacks, crafts and art work were a pleasure to experience. The horses were always ready for a ride and activities were fun, friendly and plentiful. I can't say enough things about this ranch, this experience, the family and the staff. The after affects of such a beautiful and healthy vacation are still going strong for me and for my kids too.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Sherry H wrote a review Aug 2021
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My sister and I visited Medicine Bow Lodge last year for ladies week and loved it so much we immediately booked for Rocking the Ranch 2021. It was an awesome week! We loved seeing Tim, Debbie, Susan and Trenton, again and meeting the new staff member Charlie. Oh, and we also met Tim and Debbie’s son, Byram. Of course we made new, hopefully life long friends, with the other families that came to the lodge, too. Gemma Pearl sure did not disappoint with her singing and the band was phenomenal! Gemma Pearl definitely rocked the stage! But mostly I can’t say enough about the scenery, the family feeling of the lodge, the exquisite food, the horses, the fishing trip and the cabins. I can’t forget Roper and Magnum and the new little pup, Gauge, they are precious pets. I highly recommend this guest ranch to anyone who wants to bask by a bubbling brook in the mountains, ride well trained horses or simply sit in the lodge with a great book. Of course there is a pool table, a ping pong table and more, as well. It is an adventure for the young and not so young.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
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LLLbeing wrote a review Aug 2021
Planet Earth3 contributions1 helpful vote
The Medicine Bow Lodge is nothing short of a slice of heaven on earth. We've ridden many trails and the trails here are among the most beautiful. The food is amazing and cabin was very comfortable. Not sure if it was the mattress, the cozy quilt or serenity all around but we slept more soundly than we had in years. Tim, Debbie and Susan are salt of the earth and wonderful hosts and the staff were attentive and accomodating to any requests. We highly recommend and will visit again. We had such a fabulous experience that I'm planning to bring my women's retreat to this location in the future. Thank you, Medicine Bow Lodge!!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Sarah Delilah Allen wrote a review Aug 2021
Portland, Oregon22 contributions4 helpful votes
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Some of my best childhood memories are of going to horse camp with my sister, so in 2021, we decided to try it as adults. We could not have picked a more perfect place to live out our "adult horse camp" dreams than Medicine Bow Lodge. We arrived on Sunday, July 25, and were greeted warmly by the dogs, Roper and Magnus, and Susan, who is Debbie's sister and was an all around terrific host through the week. My sister, Jen, and I stayed in the Grasshopper cabin, which is a duplex with separate bedrooms and bathrooms, separated by an adjoining door. It was more than enough space for us, and so comfortable. Tim said at one point during our stay that he wanted the Medicine Bow Lodge's website to truly represent the place, and it does: It's zero perfect foofy and fancy, and every bit as warm, comfortable, and absolutely enjoyable as the website portrays it to be. No, there aren't fancy linens and turndown service—and we didn't want that kind of experience! But believe me, the beds are comfy and the linens are soft and delightful. I slept like a log every night we were there. Our cabin was very clean and tidy, with soaps, lots of clean towels, plenty of closet space—everything we needed and more. What IS fancy though is the meal service. I mean, not in an off-putting way—we wore shorts and t-shirts to all the meals, and guests chatted from table to table, got up to grab cookies, very casual and friendly. The food was a 5-star experience though. In the mornings, the staff takes your breakfast order, so you can choose between pancakes, toast, bacon, sausage, eggs however you want them, yogurt, cereal, fruits—just about anything! Lunches and dinners are planned (see photos for menus) and we ate and loved every bit of them. And when is the last time you had dessert every night at dinner? Quite an indulgence, and worth the few pounds we had gained when we got home! We were there to ride though, and it not only didn't disappoint, it was even more incredible than we had anticipated. Rides are at 9:30 and 2:30 every day (though you can choose other activities, or simply laze bout in your cabin, on a hammock, or sitting creekside with a book—"whatever makes you happy" could be the motto of this place). There were 3 wonderful girls there at the same time as us, ages 10-12, and I took to going on "fast rides" with them often. The wranglers are incredible: They were so kind with the girls, letting them help with brushing and saddling (because they asked—guests can simply show up and get on a saddled horse if they choose. But I appreciated that we could be involved with the care and tacking/untacking if we chose to). The Medicine Bow National Forest is across the road from the lodge, and it is indescribable in its beauty. I think we took different trails every day and were far from running out of things to see. We galloped across meadows, explored high mountain ridges, tromped through rushing streams, and explored abandoned logger cabins. The temperatures weren't necessarily high, but being at that altitude (something like 6,500 feet!), it was warm. However, riding through the forest was cool and pleasant, thanks to the shade and the astounding vistas. We would return from our afternoon rides sweaty, dirty, and joyful. Some people would then go skeet shooting (which we wanted to try—there were truly so many activities from which to choose that we couldn't do everything!). Also, you could opt to go fishing or hiking any time. We just always took the opportunity to ride if we could! I should stop here to talk about the horses: I ride all the time at home, and have ridden at many barns, so I'm familiar with recognizing the level of comfort in which horses live. Sadly, many places overwork their horses and make their lives fairly monotonous. How incredible it was, then, to see the horses at Medicine Bow Lodge be so well taken care of, so encouraged to just be horses—to roam in wide pastures, with plenty to eat, with so much freedom and joy in their lives. Here is a perfect example: On my first morning, I was delighted to see a horse grazing right outside my bedroom window! I asked Debbie about it at breakfast, and she said, "Oh, that's Pedro. He gave us so many wonderful years, and now he's retired. We thought he deserved to just enjoy this time in his life and roam, after all he did for us." Many—if not most—places would send an old horse who could no longer work to the slaughterhouse, but not Medicine Bow Lodge. They love their animals like family. A few things to note not covered on the website: • There is internet but it's spotty. You can use it in the lodge but not your cabin (I was able to keep up with time-sensitive emails, but had planned to be mostly offline—a GOOD thing!). In the evenings when I would call my husband, I had to stand inside the lodge to get a signal—it was fine, just be aware. • They don't serve alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own. Some guests even stored their white wine in the fridge inside the lodge. • This is not a party place! It's a place for relaxing, as well as having lots of physical activities: regardless of what you do, you will be ready for bed early, which was awesome! • There is a float trip for guests staying 6 nights or more, which was wonderful. It takes place on the North Platt River and leaves out of Saratoga (about 12 miles from the ranch). Note that the river is super low—when we were on our float in late July, the guides said they were stopping the floats soon because the water was too shallow. • There is also an overnight pack trip for guests staying 6 nights or more. My sister and I opted to stay back (we wanted to sleep in beds!). The other guests said it was a great experience though, and of course, the little girls loved it. • Unfortunately, there were not many swimming options—we sat in the creek behind the lodge to cool down, but I was always in search of a swimming hole. I think next year when I go back, I will tag along on one of the fishing excursions in order to get some swimming in. • Just this summer, they opened the most adorable gift shop! It's stocked with wonderful, locally made and handcrafteditems like Christmas ornaments, earrings, soaps, etc. There are branded soft leather gloves, t-shirts, hoodies, even a few Western men's shirts with the MBL lodge on them. Best of all are the hand-thrown ceramic mugs and pottery, made by a wonderful woman named Teri who happened to be visiting when we were there. She is related to Tim, Debbie, and Susan, and was just a terrific, kind person, and so talented! She actually helped Susan one afternoon with Crazy Aunt Susan's Craft Camp, wherein we all painted pieces barn wood out on the deck overlooking the creek. Anyway, be sure to plan to buy some gifts at the gift shop—I got Christmas completely sorted out! I'm just about to make a reservation for summer 2022. I ADORE this place, the people, the horses, the dogs, the lodging, the FOOD—the hospitality was incredible. Be sure to bring plenty of cash to tip the staff! They deserve it for all of the hard work, from sun-up to sun down, that they put in.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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PBG wrote a review Aug 2020
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Over the course of a week, Medicine Bow Lodge earned five stars – in every possible way! Our family of eight met there in early August: six twentysomething kids, my husband and me to celebrate my husband’s early retirement. Debbie and Tim Bishop were warm and accommodating hosts. The meals were amazing. We started the day with a hearty breakfast and their menu had it all: eggs, bacon, sausage, blueberry pancakes, fruit and great coffee. Their dinners were absolutely delicious including ribeye steaks, salmon, BBQ. Every night, Debbie wowed us with her homemade desserts such as cheesecake that we unanimously voted the best in the U.S. Her strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream was sheer perfection. Tim and Tucker, one of the ranch hands, led us on twice-daily trail rides that were spectacular, winding through the hills of Medicine Bow National Forest. Some of us were experienced with horses; they got the all challenges they wanted. Others were more timid; Tim and Tucker taught basic riding skills while making sure those guests felt safe and accomplished. After riding, we all took a plunge in the deliciously cold mountain stream behind the lodge. Tim had matched every one of us perfectly to just the right horse on the first day at Medicine Bow. By the end of the week, our kids had fallen in love with their horses – and with the newborn foal in a nearby pasture. We all wanted to learn fly-fishing while at Medicine Bow, and the lodge had an expert fishing guide on staff, Steve. His mastery of the sport – and his ability to explain it to those of us who had never dipped a line in the water – was extraordinary. He offered our kids not only patient instruction in fly-fishing but also some wisdom about life that our kids will never forget. On Friday, we had a special treat: Debbie’s sister Susan, a professional singer, gave a concert outdoors near the firepit after dinner as the sun set over the mountains. All in all, Medicine Bow Lodge gets our highest recommendation. We spent an unforgettable week there and hope to make it a family tradition in the future.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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MichMom2016 wrote a review Jul 2020
Gaylord, Michigan11 contributions1 helpful vote
I cannot say enough good things about Medicine Bow Lodge. We went for a week in July and I highly recommend it. Firstly, the owners, Tim and Debbie Bishop, are beyond hospitable. They are lovely people that will do anything to make sure your stay is both fun and relaxing. Debbie is an amazing chef. You will not leave hungry! And, Tim is so caring and an amazing trail boss. We had no experience riding horses and Tim and his staff were so wonderful in matching a horse to our abilities and our 12 year old daughter’s, as well. The scenery and trails are spectacular. We were blessed with amazing weather, which allowed us to partake in other activities that they provide, such as fly fishing on a beautiful lake nearby. The Medicine Bow Forest is not busy like Yellowstone, but equally as beautiful. The lodge sits right at the base of the Forest. The accommodations are rustic but very clean and very comfortable. Our cabin had two rooms with two bathrooms. We all slept so peacefully. The days were hot but the evenings cool off, which made for perfect sleeping conditions. The staff at Medicine Bow Lodge are all incredibly nice and helpful. Everyone was so hospitable! I truly cannot say enough good things about our vacation. When we left, I felt like the Lodge got into our souls. We are definitely going back! If you have children, please take them to MBL. You will not regret it. Lastly, if you are an experienced rider or have never touched a horse before, you will have fun at MBL. There are many trails that they can take you on, based on your comfort level. Likewise, if you have young children, they will make sure you and your child are safe and have an experience suited to your needs. My husband and I loved being at MBL and our daughter had a vacation that she will never forget. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled
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