Our family wanted to experience the American "West" and so we booked a few days at Yellowstone to see some of the classic sights and some time at a guest ranch for the horses and wide open spaces. We were so lucky to have selected Moose Head Ranch. Of all we looked at, Moose Head had the strongest family focus.
It was perfect! Located within the Grand Teton National Park, the view was spectacular from almost any part of the property. The accommodations, while more than comfortable echoed the age of the frontier with log construction and a front porch to enjoy the sunset from. The amply portioned gourmet cuisine was hearty and delicious. For example my wife's favorite meal of shrimp, filet mignon with all the trimmings, and key lime pie with a great cup of coffee was her dinner on our third night.
The riding was terrific! In our five day stay we could ride all day and never take the same trail twice. There was a wide variety of mounts and saddles to suit every rider. The well trained wranglers know just the trick to make your ride both comfortable and challenging according to your ability. They really enjoyed the work and were extremely knowledgeable about the trails, wildlife, and history of the area. We saw elk, antelope, bison, eagles and other wildlife. Trail conversations ranged to football, college curricula and favorite movies such that you felt you had a new friend at the end of the ride.
If gorgeous scenery and premier riding is not enough for you then Moose Head has much more to offer you. At the weekly campfire dinner there was a musician leading the sing along. Lessons in fly fishing from an expert with religious devotion are available just outside your door so that you will be prepared to take on some of the best fishing in the world along the legendary Snake river. Visits from an artist demonstrating water color techniques and a jewelry artisan were also arranged during the week. The Moose Head staff love Wyoming and can connect you, with expert knowledge, to any attraction in the area.
The atmosphere was infectious. If you wanted your privacy it was there, but who could resist the good humor and camaraderie of such a wonderful place catalyzed by outstanding hosts and staff. In fact, the Moose Head staff puts you at ease from the moment you arrive. The personal attention and friendliness calls to your memories of pre-social media real human connections and makes your "summer camp" friendships with the staff and other guests possible.
My son and I played lawn games with the other guests until we could not see the ball anymore and it was time for the children to go to bed and the adults to enjoy more stars in the night sky than they had ever seen. Our boy did not watch television or touch his electronics and said he had a better time than our trip to Disney World playing with real people and real things.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Kit and Louise, our gracious hosts, and all their wonderful, dedicated and professional staff for dreaming of a place like Moose Head and doing all the long days and hard work to make that happen. Please keep the dream alive as we plan for our next visit.
- Also Known As:
- Moose Head Ranch Hotel Moose
- Moose Head Ranch Wyoming