We spent a week at the Diamond D, and we literally cried when we left. The Demorest family who own and operate the ranch is so warm and welcoming: Kara, Dana, Jenn, Heather, Brit, Jake, and Tom. We didn’t get to meet Linda, the “Queen” of the ranch, but anyone who heads a family like this must be an amazing and wonderful woman (she even built the gorgeous cathedral by the river by herself, one stone at a time over ten years!).
The horses are so well trained and healthy. The food is absolutely delicious. The cabins are warm, clean and lovely with comfy beds and plenty of storage. And the setting is gorgeous, every direction you look. Our family of 5 (mom, dad, 11 year old, 9 year old, and 4 year old) couldn’t have found a better place to spend our family vacation.
By the way, the fishing is incredible! My husband is an accomplished fly fisherman and he was dumbfounded by the number and quality of fish every day. And aside from other guests, he didn’t see another fisherman the entire trip.
There are also other activities: mountain lake hikes, hot springs hikes, volleyball, fantastic swimming pool, hot tub, target shooting, kickball, campfire, rowboats on the lake, bar/dancing night, and more. We engaged in most everything. And also found time to relax in the lodge or on the porch.
For our little one, the girls working on the ranch were happy to babysit so we could find some adult time. And the wranglers were happy to offer pony rides too.
Rustic yet elegant. Secluded and pristine. Warm, welcoming and professional. The Diamond D is exactly what we were looking for. And more. We’ll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Diamond D Ranch is Idaho's premier all-inclusive guest ranch, nestled in the Frank Church Wilderness and surrounded by the Salmon River mountains. We offer several wonderful activities, including: horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, gold panning, swimming, and many evening festivities. After an exciting day at the ranch, many of our guests enjoy cracking a window at night and listening to the sounds of the bubbling stream and the wind in the trees from the comfort of their cabin. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Diamond D Ranch Stanley, Idaho