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. Yours is a friendship built on action, not words. 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—one day you might try sporting clay shooting and archery. Another, fly fishing. And yet another, zip lining or kayaking. Here, naps and hot tub soaks are earned, but don’t be afraid to take a time out. The quiet moments are just are just as memorable—and meaningful.
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 fatbike to explore miles of groomed Nordic trails.
Later, cover even more ground from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh, festively adorned with jingle bells. It’s amazing how quickly a childlike sense of wonder returns when you’re nestled under wool blankets, catching snowflakes on your tongue. And the conversations that happen over hot cocoa in front of a crackling fire—priceless.
People often describe their experiences at Spokane area 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? Put simply, it shouldn’t be.