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Reviewed 17 July 2015

We really enjoyed the many western opportunies we received during our two weeks at the Lonesome Spur Ranch. My husband, myself and our two daughters branded and trailed cows. We camped over night in the beautiful Pryor mountains you could see the stars and the campfire was WONDERFUL. We had some rainy weather so we got to go to Cody, Wyoming where we attended the famous Cody night rodeo and shopped and ate at the famous Buffalo Bill Codys Irma Hotel. We rode in the cottonwood area of over 65,000 acres amazing views to take in you could see the Bear Tooth Mountains with their snow covered peaks. We rode in the ranch arena and trailed the roping steers and tried to barrel race. We also got to watch some of the wranglers train their barrel racing and rope horses at a smaller completion, boy does that take a lot of skill. The ranch has a trained and certified chef who can cook wonderful meals the steaks are to die for and we have one daughter who is a vegetarian which they had no problems providing her with delicious meals too. We all would recommend the Lonesome Spur Ranch where you can enjoy many different western activites in all kind of weather. We stayed for two weeks in June 2015 and wanted to stay longer the staff really kept us busy and we are going to return for more.

Room tip: If you want western down home style this is GREAT
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Elaine G
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

My eight year old son and I stayed at the ranch for a week. All of the staff and owners were wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was great and the riding was excellent. We had just the right amount of activity and down time for the stay to be relaxing yet still get the ranch experience. We both enjoyed it very much and would come back again.

Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Elizabeth B
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

If a cattle driving experience / holiday on a real American working ranch is your dream holiday, please be careful what you wish for and think carefully before booking otherwise your dreams maybe left in tatters.

If however you want to spend just a portion of your holiday on pleasure rides and then drinking the nights away, we're sure your stay will pass you by.

The food wasn't wholesome home cooked food as advertised, it all came out of packets!

We expected the accommodation to be basic but clean. However it smelt of dog urine as dogs are allowed to roam freely round the main house and the cook house.

There is limited riding even when it's their "busiest" time and inadequate instruction given for those with limited riding experience even when advised.

Be careful about the "all meals included" as you're expected to pay for evening meals out and there's no option to stay behind unless you want to starve!

We were fortunate and had a car and left early despite booking for a week's stay however others weren't so fortunate.

This is run by a Brit for the British market, and Brits have a reputation of not complaining! The cowboy (Lonnie) who owns this ranch refers to his (paying) guests in a derogative manner which reflects the attitude of those running the ranch,

To make matters worse there are British visitors who go there frequently to "escape" from problems at home and think they are part of the management team and manipulate guests as there's a lack of supervision by the owners.

Date of stay: August 2014
3  Thank Landie151
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Reviewed 5 July 2015

Would I come back - NO! Rating - Overall 2.5 stars; Cowboy related work/activity - 1 star; Pleasure riding 3 stars. DON'T BELIEVE THE WEB SITE! This is NOT a working cattle ranch. There are NO CATTLE on this ranch. Cowboy activity apparently depends on the needs of another rancher. If he does not have a need, there is no activity. Only 2 days of cattle work were provided: day 1 - 4 hours of herding; day 2- 5 hours of branding et al combined with 4 hours riding. The remaining days consisted of trail rides: 2 times in the same location (Cottonwoods - 1 day was plenty); 1 day through scenic high country and 2 days riding around ranch property. The riding totaled 21 hours in a week with 105 hours of daylight.
Prior to coming this week, I ASKED FOR AND WAS TOLD IT WAS THE BUSIEST WEEK AND PERIOD OF THE YEAR FOR PROCESSING CALVES - BRANDING, INOCULATION, EAR TAGGING, CASTRATION AND DE-HORNING. IMAGINE MY SURPRISE to learn that moving cattle for 4 hours and branding et al for 1 day was considered busy.

Date of stay: May 2015
Trip type: Travelled solo
1  Thank bobwatson1945
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schwend2015, Owner at Lonesome Spur Guest Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2015

this guest arrived at what would have been the busiest time for branding and moving cattle, all ranch activity is weather permitting as we cannot brand wet cattle-- this is clearly stated on our website! We also cannot inoculate or ear tag cattle in wet conditions for the risk of infection to cattle. The week that this guest was here we had severe weather warning almost every day, so not cattle were moved until almost the last day of this guests vacation. We did however ride most days checking pasture, fences and waterholes. we do have cattle but as a working ranch they go up to summer grazing in the mountains from May thru to September, we are ranchers who have leased summer pastures where our cattle graze. We also help our friends and neighbors with branding and doctoring their cattle when they need the help-- this is the code of the west and old fashioned values. The guest forgot to mention that his wife came to stay at our ranch on his last night and we out of curtsey let her stay and eat free of charge.

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Reviewed 11 June 2015 via mobile

I visited the ranch with friends.
We didn't see Lonnie for the first day or so.
Didn't really do much riding either for the first couple of days.
We had some amazing times but this was down to the wranglers Mike and Shane NOT Lonnie and Elaine.
In our last day, everyone was going branding (it had got rained off the day before). Considering we were still guests at the ranch, I would have expected to go branding but instead was told we had to leave by 11am as further guests arriving!
We were happy to pack up our things before we went branding but we're not allowed to go!
I was quite angry because I had paid the full amount and there was no reason we couldn't if gone. It was just spiteful and came from Elaine.
Then we were forced to fill in guest book in front of both Lonnie and Elaine which I found extremely uncomfortable.
One final thing, this is not a working ranch, more like a dude ranch. Rides in the morning and then nothing else to do!!
We did have a fab holiday but this was only down to the brilliant wranglers.
Sorry to say that I will not be returning.

Date of stay: May 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
7  Thank Sallygir1
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