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Visitor aged 52
Ontario

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Dana , Alice, Trent, and Allie are great family oriented and devoted to make sure all the guest feel welcome and enjoy their cowboy adventure.

What makes this riding program stand out...

Very unique horseback riding just like the old days when cowboys live the life on Big Horn mountain tops looking for cattle.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

Many returned guest keep coming back to experience the life of cowboys and no where else you feel as part of Dana an Alice mountain rancher's family.

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The best place I ever been where you are completely disconnect from stressful city life and best relaxing wilderness kept secret.

Would you return...

I return several times per year for the past 7 years and will keep on going until I can't walk anymore.

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

I recommend to all who want to experience a unique adventure horseback riding in the most beautiful parts of Big Horn mountain Wyoming.

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Visitor aged 58
CT USA

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I have been to the Double Rafter 9 times.The owners are the nicest people you will meet anywhere. The trips I have been on with them have been more like a family reunion than a vacation because we know and get along well with the owners and alot of the guests.

What makes this riding program stand out...

It is real.The cows need to be moved so the guests can perform a function and see the west as it really is.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

The ride is a great adventure and every year is different because of either the weather or the guests or the cows.

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

absolutely,I haver been on a couple of other trail rides in the west but the Double Rafter cattle drive is by far the best I have been on

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Visitor aged 52
Colorado/USA

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They are 5th generation ranchers from the Sheridan , WY area and are very knowledgable of the local history.

What makes this riding program stand out...

Incredible country, great stock and freedom to ride.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

Authenticity of the cowboying and great owner and associated family and freinds.

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Dana, his family and staff are incredibly patient and the real deal.

Would you return...

Always

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

Yes, see comments above.

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Visitor aged 50
United States

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Family operation that makes you feel like your part of the family.

What makes this riding program stand out...

It's real. Not a made up drive just for something to do. Working ranch.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

Same as above

Would you return...

Yes planning to

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Visitor aged 59
nebraska'usa

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Visitor aged 48
MN/USA

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This is a very friendly family run ranch.

What makes this riding program stand out...

It is the real deal. They let you work as hard as you can.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

The hospitality of the ranch owners.

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This is a rough trip. You will really feel it by the end of the week.

Would you return...

Yes- This was my second trip. It is just an awesome experience

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Visitor aged 49
Nebraska

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Treated everyone like they were old friends and welcomed them into their family for the duration of the trip.

What makes this riding program stand out...

We were perfectly matched to our horses based on past riding experience. The way the trip unfolds everyone has time to get to know their horse, care for their horse and develop a relationship with the horse. The importance of this becomes apparent on the last legs of your journey and the difficultly of the trails leading the cattle out of the mountains. We were properly prepared during the early days of horse camp to daily riding around looking for cattle. This helped build confidence is oneself and the horse we had been matched with.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

Beside the wonderful food, I think the patience and kindness the Kern's family and staff extended to everyone.

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For people that want a luxury vacation this is not it. You are a cow hand for the week, no glitz, no glamour. Be prepared to be dirty, laugh a lot - if you have a sense of humor, if not you will get one. Like Dana says " you never know what might happen" you have to go with the flow. It's rates as one of the best vacations I have ever had!

Would you return...

Definitely, I was able to let all my life's stress go for a whole week and be apart of an incredible journey. For a city slicker like myself this is something big and special never to be forgotten. The stars at 9600 feet are incredible!

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

Yes, and I have.

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Visitor aged 72
Mo. usa

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They made you feel like you were part of the ranch experience.

What makes this riding program stand out...

It was the reel thing,it was something i wanted to do since I was a small kid watching a western movie,and wishin g that i I was there.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

the reality of it all,The host and his crew are professionals and you are treated very very well.

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This is a outstanding experience for anyone who wants to dream that he is a real cowboy.

Would you return...

YES,If my health holds I will be back.

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

Yes,Yes.

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Visitor aged 39
Wisconsin/United States

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I was truly amazed at the magnitude of respect and the apparent partnership between the ranchers and the land. What they do is so much more than just letting cattle graze, moving them from time to time. There is a mutual respect between the ranchers, cattle, horses, land and mother nature. The Kerns family shares this with their guests.

What makes this riding program stand out...

The horse clinic on the first day was very informative. I have been riding horse for well over 35 years and I was able to learn a few things at the clinic that I have incorporated into my riding routine here at home. The Kerns family makes every effort to match each rider with a compatible horse. In my case Dana switched me onto a different horse the second day of the trip. Although I liked the horse that I rode the first day and didn't have any problems with him, I loved the horse that I started riding the second day. He was full of personality and was a blast to ride. Dana thoughtfully pairs each rider with a horse to match their skill level and personality and in my case he really hit the mark.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

I would have to say...the authentic experience , the thoughful, gracious hosts and the amazing food. For me this was to be "a trip of a lifetime" and it truly was. However, after spending a week with the Kerns family and their staff I would love to do it again. They have an amazing respect for the land, cattle and the horses. The entire staff was gracious and thoughful. They worked tirelessly to provide the very best experience for each of us, allowing the guests to do as much or as little as we wanted to each day. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Double Rafter Ranch and look forward to riding with them again. This is the real deal and I loved it!

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I wanted a real cattle drive experience, not posh accommodations and moving cattle down a lane between pastures. The mountain country that the ranch is a part of has breathtaking beauty which creates many challenges for moving cattle. The Kerns family made sure we had everything we needed and kept us well fed and safe. For a week we lived as they do, camped out under the stars, long days on horseback working with cattle and meals cooked in cast iron dutch ovens. At times it was frustrating moving the cattle but there was plenty of enjoyment along the way and the Kerns family shared in all of that with the guests. They were grateful we chose to spend time with them and I was grateful that it was them that I chose.

Would you return...

Yes I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. Unbelievalbe views, gracious hosts and amazing food. I waited years to take a trip like this and had very high expectations. This trip surpassed all of my expectations, I feel like I was a part of something important, we accomplished a goal and I learned a lot along the way.

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

YES! After seeing my pictures and listening to all of my stories I already have half a dozen friends "chomping at the bit" to be a part of the Double Rafter Ranch experience.

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Visitor aged 31
IL

What about this ranch brings guests back...

The Kerns family-they are personable, enjoy meeting new and greeting old guests.

Another bit of information you'd like Top50 to know...

It is helpful to have had a couple lessons if you have never ridden a horse before but knowing how to ride is not a requirement. There is a horsemanship lesson at the beginning of each trip where the basics of saddling and riding are gone over.

Would you return...

Yes I will and have returned for the last 6 years. I enjoy the camping out and riding horses while learning how to ride cattle.

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

Yes but with information of you will be camping out in tents and no shower while on the "mountain". Reminding them that there is no warm comfy bed in a room to return to at night. True to the rustic component-it is for some people and not for others.

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