The Triangle C ranch in the Dubois, Wyoming area was a great time. The ranch is really easy to get to from the Jackson airport, as it's all highway driving on route 26 until you come up to the ranch entrance. I went with my wife and our three kids, ages 13, 10 and 5. We spent six days at the ranch in early July 2008.
The rustic style facilities are very well kept, in a beautiful valley next to a river, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Weather was sunny during the day with highs in the 80s, and the nights were cool, dipping into the 40s. Our two-room cabin was clean, cozy and comfortable. The ranch has a small heated pool and a hot tub. They have easy to use, self-serve laundry facilities at the ranch, so travel light, leave the six extra pairs of designer jeans at home, and don't overpack like we did.
The atmosphere was very kid-friendly. Our primary activity was riding the horses. They have trails suitable for kids and adults can choose more challenging rides. We also participated in a trip to Yellowstone, a hiking trip, fishing and a trip to the local rodeo in Dubois. Our 13-year-old had lots of fun camping out overnight offsite with ranch personnel and other teenaged guests, and our 10-year-old also had a fun time spending a night with other kids in a teepee on the ranch premises. We saw elk, moose and bison during the trip. The food was good, with breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Dinner and breakfast rides were lots of fun, as was the dinner sing-along later in the week. At the end of the week, the ranch offered dinner and theatre in Jackson, and this was a worthwhile and upbeat end to our vacation.
The ranch is operated by the conscientious, multi-talented, singing cowboy Garnick family, and they were active in ranch events throughout the week. We were also favorably impressed with the friendly support staff, which did a fine job in various activities for both the parents and the kids.
Overall, the experience felt authentically western and cowboy-ish, and the warm family atmosphere added to the experience, providing lots of opportunities for bonding among parents and kids. If you're coming from a big city, remember that this is a dude ranch, and the experience is focused on nature. It is rustic, rugged and remote by big city standards, so set your expectations accordingly. For a city person like me, the activities were tiring and left me sore, but I can't wait to go back.
The ranch program starts on a Monday and runs until Saturday. I recommend flying in on Sunday to get an early start on Monday morning. If you get in early enough on Sunday, stay at a hotel in the Teton National Park for the night; it's on the way to the ranch and is a beautiful way to start the trip. You should check out the ranch's website, just type the ranch name into a search engine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the scenic Rocky Mountains of northwestern Wyoming, our lodge overlooks the Wind River and is surrounded by the Absaroka mountain range creating a vacation destination that is serene and relaxing. The beauty will take your breath away and the amenities of an 8,000 square foot rustic lodge has a lounge, library, swim spa, Tie-Hack Saloon, and the Wind River Dining Room that seats up to 65. We offer an exciting program for your Dude Ranch vacation experience! Reconnect as you spend hours horseback riding, enjoy evening campfires with s 'mores and cowboy sing-a-longs, tour Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks with a guide, go hiking and fishing at Brooks Lake and take in the history of the Petroglyphs. Relax and have fun at the weekly square dance and experience a touch of the good 'ole days during our rifle shoot-out, archery, tomahawk and knife throwing. Treasure the peaceful atmosphere during our breakfast and sunset rides, the excitement of the Dubois Rodeo on Friday night! There is sure to be something for everyone . . . And if your dream is to sit back and read a book and soak up the sunshine, there are a variety of decks and porches waiting for you! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Triangle c Dude Ranch Hotel Dubois
- Triangle C Ranch Dubois, Wyoming