For 100 years now, folks have been coming to our Wyoming guest ranch for 100 different reasons...

For some, it’s the horseback riding across sage meadows, fishing for native cutthroat trout, or hiking among wildflowers and meadowlarks. For others, it’s the family time, the fun, and campfire stories beneath a snowstorm of stars. Maybe it’s realizing just how much all that’s worth, that keeps folks coming back to our guest ranch year after year.

And maybe it’s time you found your own reasons to come experience Paradise Guest Ranch.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    no
  • Belongs to

    Dude Rancher's Association, Wyoming Dude Ranchers Association, Spur Alliance

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Clay and Leah Miller, Kevin and Rebecca McMahon
  • Address

    P.O. Box 790, Buffalo, Wyoming, USA, 82834
  • Tel

    307-684-7876
  • Capacity

    70
  • Open

    May-Sep - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $215 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, Kids - all ages

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Highs

  • The location of this ranch truly is 'Paradise'; The ranch is stunningly gorgeous and Leah and Clay are incredible hosts; a welcoming, friendly atmosphere
  • There is a large choice of rides for every ability level with endless views of serenity and beauty
  • The ranch and staff go above and beyond to ensure a great time for the entire family; including sleep outs for the children
  • There is a nice pool and hot tub to relax as well as a saloon for adults to gather - sometimes with live music!
  • Authentic and fun arena activities as well as the beautiful trail riding throughout the ranch; well organized
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    May-Sep
  • Nightly rate

    $215
  • Nightly rate (children)

    $200
  • Minimum stay

    1 week
  • Preferred arrival day

    Sun
  • Preferred depart day

    Sun
  • Booking Policy

  • Please call 307.684.7876
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, Riding, child care, massages, riding lessons
  • Extras

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Environment

  • Recycling - The ranch recycles all plastic, cardboard and glass. 

    Independent Water System - Our water is collected from the Big Horn Mountains by a sophisitcated filtration system

Weather

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

Avg Temp (°F):

192225374654636452432925

Avg Rainfall (in):

.4.5.81.92.62.51.4.91.31.1.7.4

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    7600 ft.
 

Nearest Airports

  • Sheridan County Airport, Sheridan Wyoming

  • Nearest town / city

    Sheridan Wyoming
  • Distance to ranch

    50 miles
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour
  • Airlines

    Skywest, Great Lakes
  • Ranch shuttle

    $100 RT
  • Gillette Campbell County Airport, Gillette Wyoming

  • Nearest town / city

    Gillette Wyoming
  • Distance to ranch

    85 miles
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour 30 mins
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Great Lakes
  • Ranch shuttle

    $200 RT
  • Casper Natrona County Airport, Casper Wyoming

  • Nearest town / city

    Casper Wyoming
  • Distance to ranch

    136 miles
  • Time to ranch

    2 hours 15 mins
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Allegiant
  • Ranch shuttle

    $300 RT

Private Air travel

  • Nearest town / city

    Buffalo, Wyoming
  • Travel by

    Airplane
  • Distance to ranch

    16 miles
  • Ranch shuttle

    $300 RT

Nearest Town / City

  • Buffalo, Wyoming

  • Population

    4600
  • Distance

    16 miles
  • Time from ranch

    30 mins
  • Facilities

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

    small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear
  • Ranch shuttle

    $50 RT
 

Our riding stands out

  • Varied terrain from wide open mountain meadows to mountain trails.
  • We customize rides based on guest requests.
  • All levels of riders are accomodated.

Our horses

  • guest horses

    150
  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Appaloosas, Draft Cross, Paints, Arabians, Geldings

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    225-250 lbs, no riding experience needed, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
  • Saddles

    Western

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families Ride Together
  • Max riders per ride

    7
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 3 hours, Afternoon - 3 hours
  • All day rides are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays. There is a children's rodeo each Saturday.
  • Riding

    Openly through property, On specified trails
 

Riding Lessons

  • Details

    lessons are additional, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons
  • Lessons given by

    wrangler
  • Lessons located

    in the arena

Pack Trips

  • Details

    overnight trips, remote
  • Extras

    If you are looking for real western wilderness adventure, this is it! You'll start out with a hearty Paradise Ranch breakfast in our dining room. Then it's off to the ranch packer's shed for departure. The ride into camp is one of the most magnificent trips you will ever take, with the Cloud Peak Wilderness as your backdrop. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch with a view of 13,000 foot Cloud Peak, Bomber Mountain and Black Tooth, then it's on to camp at Frying Pan Lake.

Our Frying Pan Lake Camp is located 12 miles, or 4 1/2 hours by horse, from Paradise Ranch. The lake is one of six in the South Piney Creek drainage. These lakes support healthy populations of brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout. The fishing is excellent, but the riding, scenery and hospitality are second to none.

 Located just steps from our camp is an enormous trout rearing pond fed by the spectacular Piney Creek flowing in and out of the lake. If you want to learn how to cast and catch fish in a marvelous high lake environment, this is it! The dedicated fly fisherman can easily catch over 50 Eastern Brook and Cutthroat trout in a day. This is the spot for novices and kids to really enjoy fly fishing and polish their skills.

Several lakes are all within an easy 1 hour walk of the Frying Pan Lake Camp. Each of these lakes offers varied fishing opportunities, with fish caught regularly over 16 inches and 3 pounds. For the dedicated and fit, a challenging 2 1/2 hour hike brings you to South Piney Lake. Enchanting waterfalls and soaring cliffs surround this high alpine beauty.

At South Piney Lake you have the opportunity to catch beautiful Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, some up to 22 inches and 5 pounds. This lake may only see 20 fisherman a year, offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch trophy trout in a breathtaking setting.
 
Our camp features 14 by 20 foot cooking and dining tents with wooden floors and picnic tables. Sleeping tents, quality sleeping bags and cots with foam mattresses are all supplied by the ranch. Two packers will accompany you to camp. They tend to the stock, cook and take care of all camp chores leaving you free to enjoy yourself. Our guests, however, are welcome to participate in camp chores as much or as little as they wish.

Our average trip lasts 4 days and 3 nights. Longer trips can be arranged. The fishing is spectacular, and the 13,000 foot peaks on either side of the lakes provide visitors with spectacular photo opportunities, hiking and horseback options.

Good food is high on our list of pack trip priorities. In addition to the trout you catch, there will be "all you can eat" groceries for those with hearty appetites. 

Our Frying Pan pack trip was recently featured on ESPN Outdoors and has become quite popular. We are limited on group size and availability so call early to reserve your spot.

Arena Work

  • Type

    outdoor arena
  • Activities

    penning, sorting, roping from the ground, barrels, pole bending, gymkhana, rodeo

Sample Riding Itinerary

Setting

  • Private Land - 250-1000 (acres)

  • Paradise sits on a deeded piece of land homesteaded in 1905.
  • Public Land - more than 50k (acres)

  • Paradise is surrounded by over 1 million acres of the Bighorn National Forest.

Our spacious dining hall rests in the center of the ranch. Here you will enjoy three hearty meals a day.

Just like dinnertime at the old ranch house, meals are a great time to catch up on upcoming activities and announcements at the ranch. Choose from a unique array of wines and pair your selection with dinner on Gourmet Night. Our chef is happy to cater to special diets.

 

Personalized services

Guests can request favorite wine on-hand, request specific soda/non-alcoholic drinks

Good to know

Alcohol

available for purchase

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

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

    patio, dining room (casual attire), lounge
  • You'll definitely love

    farm fresh eggs, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

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Your Chef

  • Your dedicated chef is Tim Methven

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 0 and over



"Dress Me Once More in a Sombrero that Flaps;

Spurs, Flannel Shirt, Slicker and Chaps.

Out Where the Sagebrush is Dusty and Gray;

Make me a Cowboy Again for a Day."


Paradise Ranch has a way of reconnecting kids with animals and the outdoors. Our award winning kids program exposes children to the natural world but it also offers parents a chance to enjoy their own pursuits or spend time with their children having the knowledge and peace of mind that the whole family is being well taken care of. Arts and crafts, pony rides, talent show, kid's fishing derby, kid's rodeo and even overnight pack trips are just some of our kid's activities offered through the program. Our program is all about FUN, our honest to goodness brand, and flexibility. It is designed so parents can pick and choose time spent as a family and time spent in individual pursuits. The program takes all ages from infants through teens. Our Kid's Program counselors are ready to take your children through a week of activities that they will remember for a lifetime.

Detailed Activities

  • Arts & Crafts

    play-doh, coloring, sketching, For the Children's Rodeo the participants are provided paint and some creative assistance to decorate their horses.
  • Activities

    Weekly Kid's Fishing Derby, Capture The Flag, Animal Track Identifying, Mud Slingin Cowboys and Indians Ride.
  • Games

    scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, volleyball, ping pong, pool table
  • Riding based activities

    animal care, horse care, pony rides, arena riding, trail riding, gymkhana, rodeo,We offer geocashing rides

Babysitting

  • Available for children age

    0 to 17
  • Provided by

    Crew
  • Hourly prices from

    $10

Paradise Guest Ranch History

In the late 1890s, Mr. Norman Meldrum drove a herd of cattle from Colorado up to Buffalo, Wyoming, where he had acquired some land. The cattle were wintered near the present Soldier's Home and summered in the upper meadow range of the Big Horns, which was to become Paradise Ranch. Meldrum liked the mountain meadow so well that he proved up on the land and acquired title. He built the original log cabin, which still stands today.

Norman Meldrum’s son, Dr. Gordon Meldrum, returned from the war in the Philippines and decided to settle in Buffalo and establish a practice. Gordon Meldrum was enchanted with the cabin in the mountains and encouraged friends to visit him there. It was these visitors who eventually called the meadow "paradise." The name stuck and eventually became the name of the ranch. Shortly after Dr. Meldrum married Mabel Lee in 1903, they added a few more cabins to accommodate their friends. Soon, they began hosting paying guests and the infant dude ranch was on its way.

Paradise Ranch has hosted many folks from around the globe, including Owen Wister, who wrote a portion of "The Virginian" while a guest; and Aldo Leopold, a writer and guest, wrote this about Paradise Ranch in A Sand County Almanac: "Finally, there was Paradise Ranch, an obvious platitude when read from a map, but something quite different when you arrived there at the end of a hard ride. It lay tucked away on the far side of a high peak,as any proper Paradise should. Through it's verdant meadows meandered a singing trout stream. A horse left for a month on this meadow, waxed so fat that rain-water gathered in a pool on his back. After my first visit to Paradise Ranch I remarked to myself, what else could you call it."

The official date for the beginning is about 1907.

Lowdown

  • Ranch established

    Late 1800s
  • Guest ranch since

    1907

Our Staff

  • Our exceptional crew is involved in most every aspect of the ranch
  • We have 15 wranglers on our staff, aged 18 years to 45 years

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Clay and Leah Miller

Owner Info

  • Owner - Clay and Leah Miller, Kevin and Rebecca McMahon

  • Purchased ranch in

    1985
  • Languages spoken

    english
  •  

    Paradise Guest Ranch is presently owned by Clay and Leah Miller and their partners, Kevin and Rebecca McMahon from Colorado. With Clay and Leah as the on-site managers, they are committed to operating the ranch in fine western tradition by offering guests warm attentive hospitality, rustic elegance and exciting outdoor adventure.

    A little about the individuals:

    Leah Miller: This will be her 25th year with Paradise! Leah handles most of the behind-the- scenes work that keeps the ranch running so smoothly. She is in charge of the kitchen, waitstaff, kid's program, housekeeping, and general, (along with being a wife and mother in her spare time!). The ranch dogs / mascots Deana and Jake belong to Leah and Clay. 

    Clay Miller: This will be Clay's 15th year at Paradise. He has been in tourism since college days and loves being a part of the original form of Wyoming hospitality....Dude Ranching! In the winter he spends his time marketing Paradise and is the current president of the Dude Rancher's Association as well as past Chairman of The Wyoming Tourism Board. Summer's are pretty well spoken for as he is involved with the Barn, the Fishing Program, the French Creek Saloon as well as nightly entertainment. 

    Kevin and Rebecca McMahon: These fine western folks hail from Boulder Colorado and are Clay and Leah's Partners. The ranch is their sanctuary and they they know alot about it's history not to mention some great stories!

    Cade Anderson: After a year working and playing in Australia, Cade, our oldest son is now back at Paradise as our bartender and resident custom bootmaker. Cade was riding literally before he could walk and grew up around ranch guests. Now he has a chance to use what he learned in Australia with our brand of Paradise FUN!

    Travis Anderson: Wrangler. Clay and Leah's younger son, Travis grew up on and around the ranch and knows this area well. Travis works at the barn most recently as Corral Boss and trains horses in Colorado during the Winter. Travis enjoys various outdoor activities, literature, and music. He plays a mean saxophone! 

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | From 1 - 4 Bedrooms$1500-$2150n/a

    • Description

      Our Ranch provides cabins with 1 - 4 bedrooms. Rates vary depending on the week selected and age. Please see the complete listing of our rates at http://www.paradiseranch.com/rates/rates.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      5 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

      fridge, microwave, crib, air conditioning, wood fireplace
    • Entertainment

      hot tub
One Bedroom Cabin
One Bedroom Cabin
One Bedroom Cabin

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • Business Services

    • computer and fax hookups
    • printers
    • common computer
    • Presentation Large Screen Projector, Flip Charts, PA System.

Additional Services

  • Spa

    relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments.
  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of 30-40.
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of 75-100. We have a beautiful log wedding chapel with magnificent views that seats up to 100.

Onsite

Shopping

  • Ranch General store with Paradise and Wyoming logo items, a large selections of hats, jackets, gloves, jewelry and other essential and fun ranch items.

Outdoor Activities

  • mountain biking
  • Golf - 18 hole course
  • campouts
  • wagon rides
  • bird watching
  • Water based Activities

    • outdoor pool
    • hot tub
    • Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing and instruction.

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Saddle bags, Rain coats
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    spin, fly, river, stocked pond, lake, stream, equipment available, guided inclusive, guided non-inclusive, instruction available
  • Fishing Program

    "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." At Paradise Ranch, this is our philosophy on fly fishing. We take great pride in teaching our guests the art of fly fishing and igniting a lifelong interest in this wonderful sport.

    We have recently expanded our fly fishing program and have a myriad of fishing possibilities to offer our guests. Our guides are well trained which means you count on good fishing advice and a guide attuned to your enjoyment, comfort and satisfaction.

    During your week at the ranch we offer casting clinics, knot and fly tying classes and teach you how to strike, play and properly catch and release fish on our private trout ponds. After your start-up lessons, you are free to pursue group guided trips, private guided trips or take off on your own to our productive and varied surrounding waters.

    French Creek Angler's Fly Shop: That's right, Paradise has a full service fly shop right on property for your convenience. The fly shop is the place to sign up for fishing trips, attend a casting clinic, get gear for your next outing or find out what "there hittin' on" from our group of experienced fishing guides!

  • Wildlife and birding

  • Deer both whitetail and mulies, pronghorn, elk, moose, coyote, wolves, black bear, golden mantle marmots, pine martin, mink, beaver, mountain lion, hawks, eagles, songbirds.

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