Calling all outdoor adventurers and memory collectors! If unforgettable experiences are what your soul craves, a Spokane area guest ranch is sure to suit your bucket list. Whether the occasion for your stay is a family reunion, couple’s getaway, girls’ trip, corporate retreat, or solo vacation, there’s no better way to unplug and absorb the pristine beauty of the Inland Northwest than on horseback.
Expect to be greeted by fresh mountain air and first-rate western hospitality regardless of the season. Away from the harried hustle of city life, guest ranches offer a sliver of heaven on earth all year round.
In the summer months, pay a visit to Red Horse Mountain Ranch, located on 560 acres at the foothills of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. If horseback riding is on your agenda (and it should be), one of more than 100 horses will be handpicked as your trusty steed for the week. Together you’ll cross crystal-clear creeks and cover miles of rolling hills. From peaks 2,000 feet above the ranch floor, take in awe-inspiring views of valleys dotted with wildflower-filled meadows and lush national forest. When you’re out of the saddle, pick from a menu of exhilarating guided excursions like clay shooting, archery, fly fishing, kayaking, or even zip-lining. Earn your nap or hot tub soak but, also feel free to relax and unwind. The quiet moments in the mountain are just as memorable and meaningful as the adventurous excursions that await.
If you’re looking for a winter escape, guest ranches offer plenty of warmth, cheer, and adventure. As snow transforms the landscape into a blanket of white, a place like Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is nothing short of magical. Once the sun is up and a hearty ranch breakfast is down, strap on your cross-country skis or jump on a fat bike to explore miles of groomed Nordic trails. Later, cover even more ground from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh, festively decorated with jingle bells. Nestle under wool blankets and enjoy conversation over hot cocoa and a crackling fire.
People often describe their experiences at Spokane region guest ranches as “once in a lifetime,” and yet these same people return again and again, turning vacations into traditions. Because why should something so wonderful be once in a lifetime?