We visited Paradise Ranch with my extended family to celebrate our parent's 50th wedding anniversary. When they told us that we were going to a Dude Ranch, we were a little anxious because we did not know what to expect! We are city folk and had hardly been on a horse but, we found some cowboy boots and hats and drove to Wyoming. After one amazing week there, we didn't want to ever leave!
The owners, Lea and Clay, are some of the most kind and gracious people I have ever met. All of the staff goes out of their way to make sure you are having the best time ever. Our entire family was so impressed with all the staff. They are well trained and very fun to be around!
There are so many things for all ages to do at the Ranch. You can do horseback riding, fly fishing, team pennng, barrel racing, massage, hiking, steer roping, or just hanging out and relaxing! My father-in-law enjoyed two full day fishing expeditions. My 13 year old and his aunt tackled an 18 mile hike one day. My husband, 11 year old son, and I loved riding our horses. We can now lope! That was fun to learn. The staff was so great to us as we "attempted" to complete the team penning and we wound up laughing hysterically as we learned it is much harder than it looked! My teens enjoyed the Rec Room and went on many rides without us. They enjoyed hanging out with their new friends. We so loved working wth the horses. You get to ride the same horse all week and even remove the saddle and brush him down in the evenings. My youngest, 11, fell in love with his horse, Bob. He talks about him all the time!
The Ranch does an excellent job of offering special dinners for the children/teens and activities after so that the parents can have some dinners alone. We enjoyed having time to visit with our adult family for a few nights. The food is wonderful and everyone enjoyed all of it. We especially loved the gourmet night! The guests and staff become like a family and we had so much fun getting to know everyone. After dinner, we would head down to the French Creek Saloon and enjoy some dancing and fun times.
One of the things that we really loved (besides everything else) was watching the wranglers drive the horses from the pasture to the stable in the morning and back into the pasture in the evening. I can't think of anything that is more breathtaking to watch then witnesses 100+ horses running through creeks and lush grasses. I will never tire of that!
The cabin that my family stayed in was great. We had a two bedroom / two bath cabin with a small kitchen. We didn't really use it much except for coffee early in the morning. Why cook when the food is amazing and cooked for you? It had plenty of room for all of us and we loved sitting on the porch and looking out onto the amazing valley that the ranch is in. It also had a washer and dryer and with three boys that came in handy! The housekeepers were fantastic and so appreciated.
I would highly recommended Paradise Ranch. Our family relaxed, bonded, laughed, reconnected, and loved every minute of our stay. We can't wait until we can return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dude ranch suited for children. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Paradise Guest Ranch Hotel Buffalo
- Paradise Guest Ranch Buffalo, Wyoming