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  • Established

    2005. Guest ranch since 1945
  • Owner

    Red Horse Properties, LLC
  • Manager

    Robert Farmer
  • Tel

    888-689-9680
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $312 - $517
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $417 - $483
  • Minimum Stay

    1 week
  • Maximum Guests

    60
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Dude Ranchers' Association

Idaho's Red Horse Mountain Ranch is known for its all-inclusive dude ranch vacations, including an extensive list of guided adventures, well appointed accommodations, first rate western hospitality, and a famous Kids Program for ages 3 and up. Located on 560 deeded acres, with over 300,000 acres of outfitter area, the ranch is a perfect location for a western dude ranch vacation. Full service, all-inclusive, week long dude ranch vacations are available from May through October.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is tucked away on a private road 5 miles off Highway 97 at the foothills of the Coeur d'Alene Mountains, surrounded by Idaho Panhandle National Forest, BLM lands and private property. The ranch is situated at the base of Red Horse Mountain, with seasonal Blue Lake Creek running through the heart of the valley.

Good time to go

Our favorite times at the ranch include June when the scenery is exploding with every shade of green, mid July when the kids program is rolling full steam ahead, and September when the valley is quiet, peaceful and ablaze with fall color. You really can't go wrong though.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 3 and over

Ages 3-10 ride in our Children's Program. We are one of few ranches out there who offer horseback riding programs for children 3 to 6 years - this is definitely something you'll love that sets us apart. With safety at the top of our mind, your child has the opportunity to fall in love with horses at an early age. Our children's program allows your child to ride the trail while being led by our trusted wranglers. Ride length is specifically devised for the interest of your child. If your child is able to handle the horse by him or herself, your child can ride next to a wrangler without being led. Children do everything that adults do, but at a kid's pace! Because we care about the safety of your child, it is mandatory that children under the age of 14 wear a helmet.

Minimum age children can ride

3 and over

Arts & Crafts

coloring, sketching, Pottery Barn

Activities

hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts, floating, supervised swimming, horseback riding, kayaking, .22 rifle shooting, challenge course and climbing wall, zipline, pottery, 3D Archery Course, and many other fun activities.

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, soccer, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, pool table, geocaching

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 3. Hourly cost $15.

Baby Sitting Provided By

Qualified Red Horse Mountain Staff during our adults only Wine Dinner evening.  

Ranch History

What is considered Red Horse Mountain Ranch today has had a rich history of being an important part of the guest ranches in Idaho since 1946. The same tradition of celebrating life and the western experience lives today.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    BYOB, wine provided with dinner, available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

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

    ranch-raised beef, farm fresh eggs, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

In the spirit of a great Rocky Mountain Ranch, Grandma’s recipes are alive and well, but we’ve added a little flair to bring out the flavors and the freshness of the West.

With guests visiting from all over the country and the world, we like to keep our menus diverse, yet simplified to please many different appetites. The chefs will delight you with daily homemade fresh baked breads, endless buffets, multi-course dining, and outdoor western ranch cooking. All of your entrees, appetizers and salads are made fresh daily. Lunches and dinners always include salad and regional produce whenever possible, as well as homemade breads and desserts. We are open to every special meal request and dietary concern for you and your family. Just let us know!

Guest Favourites

  • Ribs
  • Pacific NW salmon
  • Wine dinner

Lowdown

  • Address

    11077 East Blue Lake Road
    Harrison
    Idaho
    83833
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    2300 ft - 4600 ft ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Harrison

Harrison has a population of 250 (approx), and is situated 6 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Harrison include: grocery store, post office, atm.

For shopping Harrison offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

Yes

Nearest Airports

Spokane International Airport (GEG), Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Distance

30 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Horizon, Alaska, Southwest

Ranch shuttle

Yes


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

St. Maries, Idaho

Travel by

Helicopter, Airplane

Distance

40 miles

Ranch shuttle

no charge

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

    8
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    95
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Appaloosas, Draft Cross, Paints, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

Hidden valley near the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, nestled at the base of the Coeur d'Alene Mountains.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

Our outfitter area includes 300,000 acres of Idaho Panhandle National Forest, and trails that range from beginner to advanced. Our rides offer beautiful mountain ridges and awe-inspiring open vistas. 90% of our riding is trail based with significant elevation changes. You will enjoy pure mountain air and the pure, natural beauty of Idaho. 


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

Scenic orientation ride the first day of arrival. Family, Advanced, Scenic, All-Day Rides. Rides begin 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Good to know

We make sure you and your horse are ready to kick it up a notch before heading out on the trail. All riders wishing to do the Advanced Ride, regardless of riding experience, will be tested by our wranglers in the arena beforehand, allowing us to evaluate your ability to control your horse and stay in the saddle at faster gaits. Once passed, there are 3 advanced rides through the week, riding on specified trails and changing gaits throughout the ride. Rides last approximately 2 hours.

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, Riders should be confident without a wrangler by their side, We offer riding programs for handicapped riders, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight


Why our riding stands out

  • Each guest can be assured to have the same horse and fitted saddle throughout their entire stay. Riders have at least two opportunities for exhilarating, western-style horseback riding each day. There are rides scheduled throughout the week for all skill levels. All horseback rides leave from the valley floor and travel to unique vistas, viewpoints, or peaks.
  • Each little buckaroo age 3 and older is paired with their own horse and saddle, just like mom and dad or their big brother or sister. In fact, RHMR is one of the few ranches that allows kids ages 3-6 to experience real horseback trail riding.
  • Red Horse Mountain Ranch has been a Dude Ranchers’ Association Horse Safety Program member since it’s beginning. The program reflects our responsibility to give guest riders enjoyable horseback riding vacations along with exercising the highest degree of care.

Riding Lessons

Lessons are designed by your wrangler or the barn manager to offer instruction to increase the abilities of the rider. Please just visit with barn manager or wrangler to set up a time throughout the week. Private lessons are $40/hour.

Details

lessons are additional, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

wrangler

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Arena Work

Type

outdoor arena

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $312 - $517
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $417 - $483
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $312 - $442
  • Nightly Rates (nanny)

    $250
  • Minimum Stay

    1 week
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Sun
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Sat
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Western rustic chic
  • Packages available

    6 night

Red Horse Mountain Ranch can cater for up to 60 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | 8 private cabins & Vacation home available.

Rates (Per Person)

$215 - $400

Minimum Stay

5 nights

Description

Our dude ranch vacation guests have always commented on feeling at home in any of our 20 private suites designed to keep our guests comfortable and cozy during their week-long vacation. Lodging options include everything from one bedroom suites to four bedroom authentic log cabins. Plenty of western flavor, comfort, and tasteful decorations will make you truly feel like you’re home away from home. Each accommodation includes full private bathrooms with plush towels, shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion and other items to make you feel welcomed.

Rooms

20

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, washer / dryer

Entertainment

hot tub


Booking Policy

All rates are a weekly per person rate, double occupancy, with Sunday arrival and departure the following Saturday. Partial weeks are not available. The weekly rates, a 6% Idaho sales tax, 2% Idaho bed tax, and a 15% service charge will complete your all-inclusive stay. A 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation and the remaining unpaid balance is due 30 days in advance of your arrival date.

Reservations that are canceled 90 days or more prior to the arrival date will receive a full refund of the deposit, less a $100 cancellation fee. There are no refunds or transfers on canceled stays less than 90 days from the arrival date. The ranch highly recommends travel insurance.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, gratuity, Riding, Meals, snacks, dinner appetizer, non-alcohol drinks (coffee, teas, juices, hot chocolate, sodas), cocktail hour and alcoholic beverages for 21 years of age and older. Dinner only on day of arrival, and breakfast on day of departure. Private accommodations. Individuals are fit into their own suite or private cabin, and our hilltop vacation home is available for large families or groups. Ranch activities include your own horse for the week, horseback riding, kids program, challenge course and climbing wall, 3D archery, sporting clays, mountain biking, bike tours, on ranch fishing, fly fishing lessons, and morning fitness activities. Non-guided activities include on-ranch fishing, geocaching, hiking, swimming pool, hot tubs, and library, family board games in the lodge, disc golf, horseshoes, and other lawn games. Kids ages 3-11 will enjoy our famous Kids Program during our family summer vacations.

Extras

Tax

6% Idaho sales tax, 2% Idaho bed tax, 15% service charge.

Gratuity

If you feel our staff exceeded your expectations, additional gratuities are allowed and appreciated, but certainly never required.

Massage

Rates start at $65/hour.

Other

Premium Wines & Spirits: The ranch stocks a list of wines available for purchase, chosen by the chefs. Spirits not usually stocked can be requested by the bottle and the cost will be added to your bill. Guided Fishing Trips: Catch and release guided fishing trips on Lake Coeur d’Alene for bass and pike, as well as guided fly fishing trips for famed St. Joe River cutthroat trout, can be arranged during your stay. We recommend pre-booking your fishing trips before you arrive to ensure availability. Massage Services: A hands-on full body massage of medium pressure. Relieves muscle tension, stimulates circulation, increases serotonin levels, improves muscle tone and promotes total mind and body relaxation. Trading Post Souvenirs: A large selection of logo clothing and hats, as well as unique western-themed jewelry, signs, buckles, Christmas ornaments and many more items are available to choose from. Plus there are games and toys for the kids and you can also pick up any personal items you may have forgotten. Additional Laundry Tags: Each suite is provided one free load of laundry during the week. In the event your family needs more than one load of laundry, we do offer additional laundry bags for $20 each.

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  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone, free long distance.
  • Business Services

    Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, common computer.

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

climbing, mountain biking, Yoga, Golf - 9 hole course, sporting clays, bird watching, Shooting - trap / clays, 3D archery course, zipline, challenge course, geocaching

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub, lake water sports, Fishing and swimming pond.

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage


Fishing & Wildlife

We provide everyting you need but feel free to bring your own gear if you prefer.

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, stocked pond, lake, equipment available, guided inclusive, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available, BYO equipment

Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 50-75.

We can handle up to 60 guests with shared accommodations.  Please contact us for specific details.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 40-50.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is the perfect destination for a wedding! In fact, our ranch manager and assistant manager were married in our amphitheater.  We can take up to 60 guests with shared accommodations. Give us a call for more information.


Top50 says

Highs

  • The ranch embraces high adrenaline, adventure-based activities; from horseback riding and zip-lining, to their signature climbing wall, all set on a 300,000 acre playground. They also offer endless adventure opportunities for children: kayak, archery, horse riding, bike riding and even plinking – horseback riding for three-year-olds
  • Enjoy rustic elegance in the gorgeous outdoors of Idaho
  • Tuck into a carefully executed seven-course dinner for adults only, the ranch will take care of the children!
  • Relax in the evening at the Old West Saloon or under the stars with a campfire. You can also enjoy specialty wine tasting weeks and girls’ getaways

Lows

  • The activities are scheduled, however it keeps everything running very smoothly and you'll love their outdoor activity menu

Visitor Reviews

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5 dudes at Dude Ranch

Fantastic place. Fantastic people. Fantastic stuff to do. We had 5 guys from Pennsylvania, including two first-time dude ranch visitors. Everything exceeded expectations. For our first-timers, they couldn't believe how much fun it was. For the other three guys, this was our fourth ranch trip, and the best of the four, and we didn't think we could get any better than last year's ranch trip to Montana. Red Horse was the best. Great accommodations and food. The activities were great fun and our hosts were a big part of our great experience.

5 stars

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