Idaho Ranch Vacations
Idaho dude ranches are steeped in a history that dates back to the tribes of American Indians. Taking western Idaho ranch vacations is an unforgettable experience, and as diverse as the state’s history and culture.
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Luxury dude ranch vacations can be found for those wishing to find pampering and relaxation western-style, while authentic guest ranch vacations and working ranch vacations are on offer for vacationers wishing to experience true western cowboy culture, and enjoy horseback riding, cattle drives and other ranch activities.
So, why go to Idaho for your horseback riding holiday? One reason to explore the US state is to discover its history. More than 14,000 years ago, around 8,000 American Indians inhabited the land, divided into two groups – the Great Basin Shoshone and Bannock tribes of the Shoshone-Bannock; and the Shoshone Paiute and the Plateau tribes of the Coeur d'Alene, Nez Perce and Kootenai. It wasn’t until 1592 that Spanish explorers began making trips west and came upon the land, introducing the likes of pigs, horses and fowl, as well as tomatoes, beans, corn and garlic to the American Indians of the Northwest. It was Euro-Americans Lewis and Clark who first set foot on the state that is now known as Idaho. Evidence of the earliest inhabitants in Idaho can be found in Wilson Butte Cave near Twin Falls, at the National Archeological Site.
Idaho horse riding holidays will see you traversing rugged and beautiful terrain on horseback, which stretches all the way from British Columbia, Canada, to the US states of Nevada and Wyoming. You’ll most likely see the Rocky Mountains, the mountain range covering much of the eastern border of the state - and maybe even Hell's Canyon, the deepest canyon in Idaho, if your horseback riding vacation takes you along the borders of Oregon and Washington.
Dude Ranch vacations in Idaho are not just about the horseback riding, however. Non-riding activities at Idaho guest ranches include the like of fishing and rafting – where guests can take advantage of rushing rivers such as the Salmon and the Clearwater, and lakes including Lake Pend Oreille, Priest Lake, and the famously beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene. Luxury dude ranches in Idaho will offer luxuries like massages, spa treatments and corporate ranch retreats; while authentic cowboy experiences can be had at Idaho working ranches, with activities such as fixing fence and checking cattle alongside real wranglers on the ranch.
Idaho makes a wonderful dude ranch vacation destination, not least for its rugged wilderness. Trail riding in Idaho varies from grasslands and forested trails, to mountain paths and stream beds. It’s not difficult to imagine you’re a real cowboy as you take in the beautiful natural surroundings on horseback on your Idaho dude ranch vacation. Many guests of Idaho guest ranches step off the ranch to discover Idaho's beauty and diversity by non-riding means, taking scenic byways to unique attractions in the state. If you get the chance during your Idaho western ranch vacation, pay a visit to the Craters of the Moon National Monument in central Idaho, with its volcanic features; or maybe to the Curlew National Grasslands; or to the City of Rocks National Reserve where, among the tall granite spires and monoliths, you can see pioneer inscriptions and wagon ruts. Idaho ghost towns are also worth a visit, reflecting the mining industry that once flourished in the state. And journey to the Snake River Canyon – the very place that Evil Knievel tried to jump the canyon on a rocket-powered motorcycle!
Whatever you choose to do in the state of Idaho, you can be sure to have the experience of a lifetime on your Idaho dude ranch vacation.