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Ponderosa Ranch Working Cattle Ranch/Horseback Riding Vacation

offered by supplier M13032 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Specialty Category: Guest ranches
Location: Nebraska
Region: USA
Min Price: 175 US Dollar (USD) per day
Max Price: 200 US Dollar (USD) per day

We strive to provide a family friendly, serene environment for our guests. We only accept small groups so we are able to tailor your experience to your specific desires and experience level. We offer guests the opportunity for a day or a week to ride and experience ranch life on a scenic, timbered high-country cattle ranch. We offer a relaxed atmosphere, good horses, rustic lodging in a comfortable cabin, meals served family style and beautiful country!

Most of all we consider it our mission to provide a peaceful retreat that the setting of pine studded ridges encourages. We ask that you have some prior riding experience in open areas to work with our cattle. If you are not sure if you have enough experience just contact us and we will discuss what we expect and your prior experiences. We will do our best to accomodate guests of various experience levels by designing a ranch vacation experience that fits your dreams!

Property amenities:
We strive to provide rural down home hospitality for our vacation and adventure-seeking guests. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the cabin porch, star-gazing, wide open spaces, a retreat from the urban hustle and bustle that many of our guests come from. Come as a guest and leave as friends.

Nearby attractions and activities:
- Fort Robinson State Park
- Crazy Horse Monument
- Mount Rushmore
- Black Hills of South Dakota
- Wild Horse Sanctuary
- Museum of the Fur Trade
- Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
- Toadstool Geological Park
- Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Site
- Mammoth Site

Location:
120 miles south of Rapid City, SD, 280 miles northeast of Denver, CO. This Nebraska ranch is close to the Wyoming border just south of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Policy:
We allow smoking only on the porch of the cabin. We allow pets and would truly enjoy having children come. We have no minimum stay requirement. Check-in/Check-out time is flexible. Cancellation policy is on our website.

Packages:
Because our ranch is a working cattle ranch we do require that guests have some prior riding experience.  We do not ride nose to tail, but spread out when the terrain allows and you need to be able to control your horse at a trot or canter outside of an arena if you wish to work with the cattle or help move cattle. Our guest horses are very gentle working ranch horses. You are welcome to bring your own horses.
Because we only take one group at a time, we can tailor your riding and vacation time to match your experience level and desires. We can do pleasure riding only if you do not feel comfortable working with the cattle. The speed will be set by you, there will always be a little trotting involved but we do not need to canter/lope if you are not comfortable with that. You will have our undivided attention as we only take small groups of 5 people or less. If you are unsure about your experience level being adequate, please contact us and we can talk about it! Your safety is very important to us as we strive to make this an ultimate horseback riding vacation for you and your friends or family.
If you wish to have the working ranch experience, you will ride, help round up and drive the cattle herd of 200 cows and calves, plus bulls, to new pastures. Also join us as we ride through the herd daily to check on them, checking fences, water, and minerals. Experience the thrill of bonding with your horse through the adventure of working together to accomplish daily ranch tasks.
In May we normally round up the herd for branding and vaccinating the calves. In June we put the bulls out to pasture and sort them off and bring them home in August. We round up the herd again for vaccinating calves around Labor Day. We repeat this process again in October for weaning and selling the calves and pregnancy testing the cows. We sort off the cows who aren’t pregnant and haul to our local livestock auction. Then the rest go back out to pasture until we run out of grass or it starts snowing. They will be moved closer to home then for feeding hay during the snowy season and calving season in the spring. Then the cycle repeats itself.
Other tasks that go on through out the year on our working ranch are checking water, filling salt and mineral bins, separating our cattle from our neighbors if they break down the fence, fixing fence, doctoring sick cows or calves. Also maintenance and improvement projects on our tack, well/water system, buildings, equipment, etc., trimming hooves on the horses, spraying weeds....We have about 200 acres of alfalfa that we hay for winter feed. Enjoy seeing all the wonderful wildlife on the ranch - mule deer, white tail deer, wild turkey, coyotes, eagles and hawks, porcupines, raccoons, and many others. Even elk and mountain lion have been seen on our Nebraska working ranch. See our website for photo slideshows.

Notes:
$175-200 per person per night for the ranch vacation package which includes an average of 5 hours of horseback riding each day, lodging, and meals. If you wish to ride less or do some of your own cooking we also price our services ala carte. Ask about discounts for families or groups of more than 4.

About This Supplier
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Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2004
Client Request Served: 77

Nestled in the scenic Pine Ridge of Northwestern Nebraska, this 3600 acre, working cattle ranch and guest ranch is family owned and operated. It offers numerous activities: mule deer, white tail deer, and Merriam turkey hunting, horseback riding, horse motel, hiking, railroad photography, and bird watching. This...

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