The World's Top Guest, Working, Resort, Luxury and Ultra Ranch Vacations
 Watch Video


  • Established

  • Owner

    Dana & Alice Kerns
  • Tel

    800-704-9268, 307-655-9539
  • Open

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $850 - $1,000
  • Minimum Stay

    6 days
  • Maximum Guests

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Great For

    Action & adventure, Solitude, Diverse scenery
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Welcome to Double Rafter Cattle Drives. At Double Rafter we are an authentic working cattle ranch offering you the opportunity to join us on our mountain cattle drives.

6 times throughout the summer we move our cattle to new pastures as a part of our rotational grazing. We give you the opportunity at a trip of a lifetime - to join us on one of the most authentic vacations available: 6 days of camping, moving cattle and riding freely in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming.

You will experience nature, incredible country, great stock and freedom to ride. Our cattle drives are not made up for something to do, this is a real drive that we would be doing with or without our wonderful guests. As featured in the 'New York Times', this is reality. We don't schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires. They happen all on their own! If you really want a taste of the challenges that the early trail herds experienced, then this trip is for you!

Cattle drive dates 2021: July 3-July 10; August 7-August 13; August 21-August 27; September 18-September 25; Oct 3 -October 9.

So, give us a call and book your trip! And, please contact us or visit our website for a list of 'What to Bring' and 'Travel Tips'.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 13 and over

This is the real deal and truly authentic. It can be a very strenuous trip best for older children and adults.

We don't accept anyone under the age of 12. With the early mornings we find children younger than 12 are just too exhausted to enjoy it. Since we are the reality, tired kids can become difficult for the parents. We all have a real job to do with the livestock and days can be long, but rewarding.

Baby Sitting

From age 0.

Baby Sitting Provided By

not available

Environmental & Social Practices


As ranchers we are the first and only true environmentalist. The grass is our bottom line so we go to great lengths to preserve things or improve things to their naturual state. Our goal is to always leave our camps looking pristine. I think when you attend one of our trips and realize we have been doing this 30 years that we are obviously very concerned with keeping things as close to naturual as possible.


We are one of the old ranch families in Sheridan County Wy. We are very tied into the community and have been since homesteading here in 1887. My grandmother and my wife's grandmother both taught in the same one room school house that is still in existense today. My father went through 8 grades their, I went their through 6 and it is still open today with about 6 students in grades 1-4.


As ranchers we are very concerned about conservation. If we destroy it we have nothing to feed the livestock. The wildlife numbers have sky rockete in the last 75 years and that is due to the conservation that ranchers have put into place to produce more feed for your livestock.

Ranch History

My family homestead the ranch in 1887 and came by covered wagon from Missouri.

The barn that was built in 1888 is still standing and used today. The origianl beams are still in the barn. In 1932 when my father was born, a new house was built. They tore the logs out of the original cabin put them on a wagon with the stove out of the house, and freighted the logs and stove to the mountain to build a cowcamp. They figured it was easier to haul the logs up the mountain than go to the work of cutting them and then having to let them cure for a year.

On the way in, the weight of the wagon and logs was more than the horses could hold and the wagon overan the team injuring the team to the point they had to be put down. Those original logs are still in the walls of the cow camp in the Dry Fork.

In about 1992 or '93 we decided we had to generate more income on the ranch or get out of the cow business, so we started the cattle drive business.


  • Enjoy

  • Meals served

    buffet style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for


What's better than food prepared and eaten in the outdoors!

The food is absolutely fantastic and all the cooking is done using the 16 inch cast iron dutch ovens using hot coals, a barbecue, and a propane burner. The dutch ovens weigh close to 40 pounds when filled with food.

Our cooks do everything from breakfast casseroles to Upside Down Pineapple cake in the cast iron dishes. Our chefs also do a dessert in them for every dinner and we of course serve beef, pork, chicken during the evening meals. We generally cater to 2-3 vegetarian diets during the summer. There are enough side dishes and various salads to always meet their needs.

Guest Favourites

  • Our beef is always a favorite no matter how it's cooked
  • Pineapple Upside down cake cooked in a dutch oven
  • Baked potatoes cooked over open coals


  • Address

    box 490
  • Remote Location

  • Elevation

    4500 ft
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Sheridan, Wy

Sheridan, Wy has a population of 18,000 (approx), and is situated 30 miles / 45 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Sheridan, Wy include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Sheridan, Wy offers: boutique shops, western wear.

Nearest Airports

Sheridan County Airport, Sheridan, Wy.


30 miles / 45 mins


United, There is a shuttle flight from Denver to Sheridan operated by United. It is Great Lakes Aviation

Billings Logan International, Billings, MT


120 miles / 2 hours


Delta, United, Skywest, Northwest, United Express

Ranch shuttle

$135.00 per person


  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides dictated by ranch work
  • Max riders per ride

  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Thoroughbred, Paints, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 3 hours
    Afternoon - 4 hours

Our Riding

Riding Freedom

You are free to ride where you want and the speed you want. We will speak up if we feel you are in danger. However, generally the pace of the cattle set the pace. We also reserve the right to change horses with anyone at anytime.

Riding considerations

We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

There are no set times for riding. The day finishes when we reach the destination for the day and the number of hours is not a consideration. You will never be in the saddle less than 5 but it could be as many as 12. We don't stop until the work is done.

Why our riding stands out

  • It is not nose to tail. This is the real experience, not fabricated.
  • You choose the pace and where you are riding.
  • The wrangler will only speak up if it becomes a safety issue.

Sample Riding Itinerary

Arrive in Sheridan(no charge for shuttle) 1 day prior to each trip. We pick you up in Sheridan after a night's hotel stay.

Day 1-Half day horsemanship clinic, followed by 2-4 hours in the saddle either starting to gather cattle or riding to where we are camped.

Day 2- The group splits up into 2-5 different groups to gather cattle and throw what they find to a central location.  You will pack a lunch and probably be out a minimium of 6 hours.  Everyone will meet back at camp.

Day 3- Early morning breakfast and then gather the herd and start trailing towards your destination, or it could be a reride of the previous day if you are short lots of cattle.  Again you will pack a lunch and be in the saddle all day.  Most days are closer to 8 hours in the saddle than 6.  On the mountain you will trail the herd anywhere from 4 to 13 miles a day depending on our pasture rotation.  You will ride at least double that everyday on your horse.  You are coming to do the real thing so you do as much cowboying as you want. You are not coming to watch us work.

Day 4- Again you will pack a lunch and be out all day.  Camp will be moved on either the 3rd or 4 day so you will be in a different camp tonight.  Since there are no small pastures on a 100,000 acre allotment it always takes a while to get the previous days herd gathered from where you dropped them the previous day.  Each of these days will be a go rain or shine.  Sometime you get to stop for lunch but it is not uncommon to push right on through lunch so you eat as you go.  If you stop it will be in a spot the herd can't get away from you.

Day 5-  Finish the push to the destination.  Our hope on this day is to be back in camp by 4:00pm so that we can take everyone back to civilization for a much needed shower.  We then finish with a big banquet that night and have some fun.

Natural Horsemanship Clinic


Chris Ellsworth


Included in package

Focuses on

It is only a half day event and the primary purpose of it is to make sure we have people matched up with a horse that fits their skill level. A beginner doesn't want a horse with a Ferrari engine nor does an advanced rider want a horse geared for a beginner.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

This is the reason you are here - to help us gather and move our cattle to new pastures. This is the real experience.


Jul, Aug, Sep



No. of yearlings


No. of cow/calf pairs



Guests participate

Arena Work

We only use the arena on the one trip which is the one on the way to the mountain; we use this for lessons and to ensure your safety on the horse. There are no arenas on the mountain.


outdoor arena


  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $850 - $1,000
  • Minimum Stay

    6 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

  • Preferred Departure Day

    Fri, Sat
  • Style of accommodation

* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Double Rafter Cattle Drives can cater for up to 20 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Teepee | Tents

Rates (Per Person)*

$328 - $383
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

5 nights


People are sleeping in the 10x10 range teepees. We put 2 people per tent unless someone one wants to pay for single occupancy. Husbands and wives will be put in the same tent. We use the short legged cots in the tents. The cots only go to the camps that are vehicle accessible; for those that are not we sleep on the ground. While camped on the Little Horn River or Pass Creek, people are always free to go swim in the river to get cleaned up. At all the other camps we set up a solar shower unit.





Booking Policy

A 25% deposit is required to hold your spot at the time of booking. The non-refundable balance is due 90 days prior to the trip. Due to enormous pre-trip expenses all monies are non-refundable. We take MC, Visa personal check or money order. Trip cancellation insurance 1-800-348-9505 CSA Travel; 1-800-826-1300 Travel Guard. Standby: We will gladly list anyone on standby but anyone who puts money down will move ahead of those just listed. Any monies paid will be honored towards a trip when you get on. Since we book so early we highly recomend trip cancellation insurance.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, ranch shuttle, lodging, Riding, Price includes ground transportation to and from Sheridan, Wyoming all food, soft drinks, beer, saddle, tack, horse lease, and guide service. There will be a $300 per person round trip delivery charge from Billings to Sheridan. This service is available one day before the trip and one day after the trip. We also offer single teepee occupancy during the week for an additional $300.00



We would encourage people to tip $250 from each guest. Give this money to Dana Kerns and he will split the tip money among st the crew.


  • You can borrow

    Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • You can rent

    Saddle bags, Rain coats

Fishing & Wildlife


Guests can see a wide multitude of wildlife as we have elk, deer, bear, mountian lion, moose, marmots, eagles, hawk, falcons etc etc...   However, trailing a herd of cattle is not real condusive to seeing wildlife as a herd of cattle are not exactly quiet.

Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

We have had one company who has purchased the whole trip and has done it numerous times and says it is the best team building excersise he has ever done.  We only do the cattle drives and do not have the time to do retreats inbetween our trips.

Local Attractions

Cody WY and Yellowstone Park

Old west history and Oldest National Park


180 miles / 4 hours

Rental car


Battle of the Little Big Horn & Battle of the Rosebud

These two Indian battles were a week apart and the battle of the Rosebud had a huge impact on the Battle of the Little Big Horn


60 miles / 1 hour

Rental car


Mount Rushmore, Black Hills & Reptile Gardens

Mount Rushmore with the faces of past presidents carved into the rock. The Black Hills were noted for Deadwood, Buffalo Bill Cody and Gold being discovered. Lots of western history as well as reptile Gardens.


240 miles / 4 hours

Rental car



  • Authenticity of the cowboying life; thoughtful, gracious hosts and food cooked outside in nature
  • You'll be gathering and moving cattle in the mountains and sleeping under the stars, just like in the old Western movies
  • What the Kerns 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, and they share this with their guests
  • Many challenges for moving cattle; the mountain country that the ranch is a part of, has breathtaking beauty


  • For some, it would be considered a rough trip, but this is the nature of the experience. If you're looking for the read deal, no-frills cowboy lifestyle and lots of riding freedom in beautiful country, this is it
  • Some may find some of the trail riding challenging, so a reasonable level of fitness is required