We invite you to come share our way of life. Experience the romantic vision of the old west - learn to work cattle, ride the range and experience life as a real cowboy on a real working cattle ranch. Coming to Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, you'll ride with us.

Wide open spaces, no crowds, no traffic, no hassles, and no nose to tail trail riding. Guests here actually participate in all ranch activities, especially riding and cattle work.

You can expect up to 6 hours a day in the saddle and depending on the time of year you visit, there are cattle to drive, roundups, brandings, team penning and roping.

Guests don’t travel out here to learn to fix fences, but instead to satisfy the cowboy in themselves - riding the range and working cattle. This is an experience you’ll remember forever.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    Dude Ranchers Association
  • Good time to go

    May, September, and October are the busiest times for cattle work with branding, working cattle, and moving cattle. June, July, and August open up with more time for roping, sorting, and team penning in the arena. June and September are the nicest months with typically beautiful weather.

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Jerry and Tammy Rowse
  • Address

    46849 833rd Rd, Burwell, Nebraska, USA, 68823
  • Tel

    1-308-346-5530
  • Capacity

    10
  • Open

    May-Oct, Dec - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $300-300 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Adults

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Highs

  • Owned and operated by 6 generations of genuine ranchers who offer true western hospitality, as one guest comments, "Wow, they get it!"
  • Fabulous riding opportunities and riding freedome from beginner to experienced with authentic cattle working opportunities
  • Voted "Best U.S. Cowboy Experience" by Rustic Vacations; Responsive and high quality ranch horses
  • Just because you're at a working ranch doesn't mean that your lodging is rustic - enjoy relaxing in beautiful, comfortable hand-crafted cabins with Tammy's special detail
  • Excellent home-made meals with the freshest ingredients and home-grown beef. The Rowse's take great care in ever aspect of your stay

Lows

  • Limited activities beyond riding and ranch life; but from riders to non-riders, the Rowse's will work to accommodate whatever your requests
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    May-Oct, Dec
  • Nightly rate

    $300-300   view details on lodging rates
  • Minimum stay

    3 days
  • Preferred arrival day

    Weds, Sun
  • Preferred depart day

    Sat
  • Booking Policy

  • A deposit of 30 % of the total reservation is required. Reservations will be considered firm only when the deposit has been received. Reservations cancelled more than 60 days in advance will be refunded if full, less $100 handling fee. Deposits not returned may be applied to any stay within the following 12 months. Payments accepted: cash, checks, credit cards (Visa/Mastercard)
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, tax, Riding
  • Extras

  • Gratuity

    This is up to the guests if they want to do or not.
  • Other

    Tickets to Local Events ~ Gratuity is optional up to guests

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Community

  • The 1+1 Ranch also concentrates on supporting the local economy by shopping at the local grocery store, western store, lumber yard, gas stations and Pharmacy. The 1+1 Ranch believes all stores in a small town are essential to the community.

  • Conservation

  • The Sand hills are a very delicate terrain, better land management and grazing practices by the ranchers of the Sand Hills have led to less erosion over time, which has kept the natural landscape of the Sand Hills mostly intact. Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch utilize several conservation practices rotational grazing, planting shelter belts, and cross fencing. These conservation practices are also beneficial by creating wildlife habitat.

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg Temp (°F):

333949617182878577654635

Avg Rainfall (in):

.43.552344332.221.1.47

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    2300 ft.
  • Remote Location

 

Nearest Airports

  • Grand Island Regional Airport

  • Distance to ranch

    90 miles
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour 30 mins
  • Airlines

    Great Lakes airlines fly into Grand Island from Kansas International and Denver International www.flygreatlakes.com
  • Ranch shuttle

    $200.00
  • Kearney Regional Airport

  • Distance to ranch

    90 miles
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour 30 mins
  • Airlines

    www.flygreatlakes.com flights from Denver International
  • Ranch shuttle

    $200.00
  • Epply Airport, Omaha Nebraska

  • Nearest town / city

    Omaha Nebraska
  • Distance to ranch

    200 miles
  • Time to ranch

    3 hours 45 mins
  • Rental car

    Required

Private Air travel

  • Travel by

    Airplane
  • Rental car

    Required

Nearest Town / City

  • Burwell

  • Population

    1200
  • Distance

    10 miles
  • Time from ranch

    15 mins
  • Facilities

    grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, bank, atm, gas station, museum
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops, western wear
 

Our riding stands out

  • True quality ranch horses. Born, raised, and trained right here. They've been ranched on.
  • Real working cowboys work with guests on their riding and communication with horses.
  • Guests will experience a wide variety of purpose oriented riding - roping, sorting, pasture rides, team penning

Our horses

  • guest horses

    20
  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Geldings, Mares

Our Riding

  • Guided rides

    All rides are guided, because we are working together on ranch operation.

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    Up to 225 lbs, no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness
  • Saddles

    Western

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride, Everyone rides together, Rides dictated by ranch work
  • With 5 guests, we all ride together accommodating differing abilities within the ride; when we have groups of 6 or more, we group rides specific to rider abilities.
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • After the first ride with Jerry, he will assess your riding abilities. If you need further assistance before trotting or cantering, Jerry will request that you work 1 on 1 with one of the wranglers.

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 3 hours, Afternoon - 4 hours, Evening - n/a
  • Hours in the saddle can range here on a real working ranch!
  • Riding

    Openly through property
 

Riding Lessons

  • Details

    lessons come with package, basic riding lessons
  • Lessons given by

    wrangler, ranch owner or manager
  • Lessons located

    on the trail, in the arena
  • Throughout the summer, we rope and doctor in the pasture in the mornings. Sorting, team penning and arena work tends to take place in the afternoons after our pasture check. In the arena, guests can have fun team penning and sorting. But they also get to experience stockmanship where we teach them to understand how to successfully move and work with cattle. Just keep in mind, however, that being an actual working ranch, cattle work always takes precedence. Therefore, if we have a pasture-load of cattle that need to be sorted, we'll need to take care of that first.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • Frequency

    Daily
  • No. of cow/calf pairs

    850
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • Guests have direct opportunity to ride through cattle daily. On our working ranch, you will be able to ride and work cattle 'til your heart's content. With mother cows and calves, we are consistently riding herd to check health and we move cattle as grass and water dictate. In the spring and fall, there are plenty of cattle drive opportunities. Throughout the summer, we ride daily checking pastures and with that, guests have a lot of opportunity for gait changes. The last 2 weeks of May we're gathering cattle, sorting, and moving to appropriate summer pasture. Summer time is checking pastures and doctoring and we offer an occasional cattle drive throughout the summer. We cannot, however, guarantee dates and time for this as it is dictated by grass. We sort cattle and drive them back to the corrals around last week of August to precondition our calves. We take in additional cattle throughout the summer; therefore, the last two weeks of October we will round up cattle and drive them back into the corrals to ship out. Since we take in additional cattle, ranches ship cows to us in February. We calve their cows, keeping them close to home. In May we drive our pairs, as well as these additional pairs, to grass.

Branding work

  • When

    May
  • Frequency

    Daily
  • No. Branded

    850
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • Branding takes place the first two weeks in May. We brand approximately 700 head at ranch, and about 4000 head total in the first two weeks of May, sometimes stretching into the 3rd week, so please contact us as it depends on the year. You can gather cattle as well as get involved in the branding.

Arena Work

  • Type

    outdoor arena
  • Activities

    penning, sorting, roping from the ground, roping from horseback
  • Jerry assesses your abilities. If you are proficient with controlling your horse, you will have opportunity to rope our mechanical steer. Every Tuesday night neighbors visit and rope in the arena. Guests enjoy watching this activity.

Sample Riding Itinerary

  • 7:00 am Breakfast at the Main House

    8:00 am Catch horses, saddle & ride out.
    Depending what needs to be done, we may be moving cattle, checking cattle, sorting, doctoring, branding, or working cattle.

    12:30 pm Lunch

    1:30 pm Ride out
    Pasture/cattle work, checking windmills, roping/riding lessons, team penning/sorting lessons.

    6:00 pm Dinner

    7:00 pm Relax by the camp fire and socialize. On Tuesday nights enjoy watching our neighbors as they "show how it's done" while roping in our arena.

     

Setting

  • Private Land - 5000-10000 (acres)

  • With 7,000 acres of private hills and valleys, our vast wide open spaces make it ideal for riding. There is a lot of beauty in the landscape of the Sandhills - a region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes in north-central Nebraska. The Sand Hills is designated as an eco-region - distinct from other grasslands of the Great Plains. According to an assessment, as much as 85% of the Sand Hills eco-region is intact natural habitat. This is the highest level of anywhere in the Great Plains. This makes it a very productive cattle ranching area, supporting over 530,000 beef cattle. The Sand Hills sit atop the massive Ogallala Aquifer; thus both temporary and permanent shallow lakes are common in low-lying valleys between the grass-stabilized dunes prevalent in the Sand Hills.

The best food is home-made food. Everything at the 1+1 Ranch is home-made.

Meal times are for gathering around some hearty fare and sharing the company of friends, family, and strangers alike. At Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch, you’re likely to find Tammy, Erin, and Traci in the kitchen putting together a feast. Everything served on the ranch is homemade. You can almost taste the extra attention added into each dish. Their cookie jar is always full. As a cattle-producing ranch, beef is an essential component of most of the meals, and much of the produce is grown on site and in season.

If you’re looking for food that sticks to your ribs, these ladies will serve it up! Even guests who show up near dinner time are invited to stay. As Tammy grew up, anyone who showed up at dinner time was more than welcome - hospitality is rooted in our blood and everyone is always welcome around the table.

When you’ve had your fill of good old-fashioned ranch food, savor one of our renowned desserts and wash it down with the best drinking water you’ll taste—right out of the tap—courtesy of the Ogallala Aquifer on which the ranch was built.

Good to know

Alcohol

BYOB

Snacking

Stocked refrigerator

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style, Will be glad to accomodate vegetarian diets too.
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, everyone eats together
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts, Beef we serve is our own home raised Angus and longhorns which is a little leaner meat.
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegetarians

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Guest Favorites

  • Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Steak Fajitas
  • Picnic Lunches in the Pasture
 

Your Chef

  • Your dedicated chef is Tammy Rowse

  • Tammy & Traci can all be found in the kitchen putting special time and effort into each and every aspect of your meal!

    I do use some of my moms, her moms (my grandmother Boags), and my sister Linda's recipes. They are and were excellent cooks. Not like gourmet cooks just solid, delicious ranch cooking. They know how to cook to "fill a person up". I grew up with hospitality at the forefront - I was also brought up that if someone showed up at your place at meal time you always invited them in to eat with us. Our cooking practice was always to make more than plenty just in case someone extra showed up. Several of my guests have asked me, "Do you always invite people to eat with you if they are here at meal time?". My answer is Yes! that is just how I was raised. There is something about the western heritage and hospitality that runs strong in our family. We love sharing our livelihood and enjoy sharing our traditional and fabulous ranch fare.

    So, rest assured, your bellies certainly won't go without and we'll welcome you in just like family. We serve excellent home-cooking and plenty of it. If you have a special request, we're happy to accommodate. Just ask!

Sample Menu

    A scrumptious look into a dinner with us!

    New York Strip Steak, Fire-grilled veggies, Bacon Cheddar Potatoes, Salad, Home-Made Dinner Rolls, Cheese Cake

Children at the Ranch

1+1 Ranch is an adults-only orientated ranch - 18 and older.

Our 1+1 ranch started on family land 75 years ago and now covers more than 7,000 acres in the heart of the beautiful sand hills of Nebraska. More than 800 cow/calf pairs and 60 horses have a home here. In fact, our quarter horse breeding program is award winning.

Our name came about when one of our retiring neighbors gave us his brand, 1+1, when we married, and we added that to our own to create Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch. We were honored and touched by his generous gift, a true sign of adoration and respect in the ranching community.

The plant-anchored dunes of the Sand Hills surrounding the region were long considered to be irreclaimable desert. Fortunately, in the 1870s cattlemen began to realize their potential as rangeland for longhorn cattle and this ranching area was born.

Lowdown

  • Ranch established

    1900s
  • Guest ranch since

    1999
  • Ranchers for

    5 and 6 generations

Our Staff

  • Friendly
  • Courteous
  • Knowledgeable about horses and cattle
  • We have 2 wranglers on our staff, aged 21 to 40

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Jerry and Tammy
Kyle and Traci

Owner Info

  • Owner - Jerry and Tammy Rowse

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Both Jerry and Tammy Rowse’s families have a long-standing passion for ranching, horses, western heritage, and hospitality. Jerry’s great-great-great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather had land claims in the northern part of Garfield County and received their final receipts in 1888 as part of the Homestead Act. Winters in the sandhills are harsh at times. In 1888 Jerrys great-great-great grandfather lost 80 head of cattle in one night in a fierce winter storm. It took True Grit for the folks back then to carve out their ranches. Jerry was raised on land that is just 10 miles from the current Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch.

    In 1882, Tammy’s great-great-grandfather, I.B. Nelson, purchased land in southern Garfield County as well as a flour mill on the river close to what became Burwell then he later donated a portion of his land to found the town of Burwell. William~I.B.'s son had a true love for his horses he would carry blankets to cover his horses in the cold of weather. He would frieght flour to Grand Island Nebraska 90 miles away and bring home supplies for area ranches. He started the family tradition of breeding and raising horses and cattle on a ranch just six miles north of Burwell, which remains part of the family estate.

    The site of the Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch has been in Tammy’s family for more than 75 years and she was lucky enough to have grown up on the land. Their son Kyle shares his parents’ passion for the land and the animals, and he currently works alongside Jerry and Tammy on the ranch.

    Kyle has carried on the love for horses and received numerous awards from the American Quarter Horse Association in roping and competes in the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, Mid-State Rodeo Association, and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Our Wranglers

  • Wrangler - Traci Jensen

  • Age

    23
  • Hometown

    Burwell, NE
  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Traci is also a true asset to our operation. You will find her helping out in all areas. She's a great cook as well as excellent with the horses and livestock. Traci is fine-tuning her roping skills and is always willing to help guests with their horse or understand the fundamentals of roping.

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | Comfortable Ranch Cabin$217-$234n/a

    • Description

      The 1+1 Ranch offers six beautiful log cabin rooms that have the rustic cowboy-homey feel. Each room features a different hand-made head board, individual bathrooms, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and front porch access. The rocking chairs on the front porch are a favorite for watching the vibrant Sandhills sunsets. High speed wireless internet and laundry facilities available at the Main House.
    • Rooms

      6
    • Max occupancy

      10
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      3 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      fridge, microwave, air conditioning, washer / dryer
'The Latigo Room'
'The Latigo Room'
'The Latigo Room'

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • free long distance
  • Business Services

    • Conference center
    • computer and fax hookups
    • printers
    • common computer
    • Cell Networks

      • alltel
      • verizon

Additional Services

  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of up to 30. Small corporate retreats for 10 to 12 people.

Onsite

Shopping

  • We have a small ranch store, which offers gloves, shirts, sweatshirts, vest, coffee mugs, etc.

Outdoor Activities

  • wagon rides
  • Additional Activities

    • there is plenty of opportunity for relaxation, getting involved directly in any aspect of the ranch, and excellent riding

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Saddle bags
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Wildlife and birding

  • White Tail, Mule Deer, Wild Turkeys, Prairie Chickens, Grouse, Quail, Bobcats, Fox, Coyotes, Jack Rabbits, Prairie Dogs, a large variety of small North American birds, and Raptors

Offsite Activities

  • Local Rodeos, Excellent shopping at a high class Western store.

    Local Indoor arena if we are having a rainy week.

    Ranch shuttle is available.

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • Dry Creek Western Wear

  • Excellent western store
  • Distance

    10 miles
  • Time from ranch

    15 mins
  • Ranch shuttle

    free
  • Calamus Reservoir

  • Large Sandhills Lake with excellent fishing and beautiful sandy beaches. The lake is 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
  • Distance

    16 miles
  • Time from ranch

    30 mins
  • Ranch shuttle

    free
  • Burwells Big Rodeo

  • An excellent pro rodeo here locally. Several events and added special attractions at the rodeo. We provide our horses for all the queens to ride and help put the rodeo on.
  • Distance

    10 miles
  • Time from ranch

    15 mins

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