My husband and I just returned last night from a week long trip to Red Horse Mountain Ranch. The trip was absolutely perfect!
The setting is wonderful and breathtaking. Set in a valley among the mountains of Idaho, the ranch is peaceful and very well kept. The staff knew me by name within the first 24 hours and remembered little things about me...like a drink diet Coke in the morning instead of coffee! The wranglers and every one of the staff members were top notch...friendly, accomodating, personable, professional and entertaining.
As for things to do, the list is numerous. If you would like to stay busy every second of the day, you can do so by riding your horse, taking a horse back riding lesson, hiking, mountain biking, getting a massage, zip lining, kayaking, fishing, archery, long range shooting, and the list goes on and on. But, if you want to relax and take it all in, you can do that as well by the pool, in the hot tub, read in the library, etc... There is no pressure to do everything. It is a perfect place to go at your own pace. My husband stayed busy non-stop and I stayed busy and relaxed.
The best activity for me was the all day horse trail ride to the top of Huckleberry Mountain. The second best activity was the 14 mile bike ride along the Coeur d'Alene. I enjoyed shooting the sniper rifle and zip lining too!
The food was absolutely spectacular. Breakfast is made to order with a choice of homemade muffins and scones each morning. Lunch and dinner are buffet but I would call it more of a gourmet buffet. All freshly prepared and delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the wine dinner Friday evening. The staff went to great lengths to provide a steakhouse setting with the five course candlelit dinner. We were lucky enough to be there during the wine tasting week and enjoyed every minute of the daily happy hour before dinner. We enjoyed it because everyone was able to re-group at the end of the day and talk of their day. The other visitors were fabulous and we enjoyed everyone's company.
Okay....that should be enough to make you book your trip but wait...there's one more thing! They do your laundry!! We came home with a quarter of the dirty clothes than we were expecting. There is something to be said about coming home with clean laundry. Very very nice touch!
Cory and the entire staff run a well oiled machine at Red Horse Mountain. Nothing is missed and the attention to detail is unbelievable. Thanks to everyone! Best trip for us...and we travel a lot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Red Horse Mountain Ranch is a family dude ranch, vacation getaway, and retreat on nearly 300,000 acres tucked away in Rocky Mountains near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Since 1947, the ranch has had a rich history of dude ranching in Idaho and the same traditions of the Western experience live today. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch Hotel Harrison
- Red Horse Mountain Ranch Idaho/Harrison