The High Island is a genuine working cattle ranch that sprawls over 130,000 acres of central Wyoming. The country here varies from 4,000 to 9,000 feet, offering every type of weather condition one can imagine. Seasonal cattle drives through these high-desert plains and on up into the Rockies (or back again, as the season dictates) give hardy hands the chance to experience life on the range, circa 1880. Spend a week enjoying the largely unchanged countryside on horseback, trailing cattle 40 miles. Just don’t anger the trail boss, or you may be riding drag and choking on dust! Hungry trail herders will gather around an authentic chuckwagon to feast on genuine western trail meals and enjoy the cowboys sharing stories around the evening campfire. If that’s a little too “cowboy” for you, you can also opt to stay at the ranch headquarters, where riding, fishing, and exploration are the order of the day. Sign on as a hand, and you can take part in the daily work of a real cattle ranch: mending fences, carrying salt blocks up into high-mountain pastures for the grazing cattle, branding calves, and doctoring cows. (Of course, as a paying guest, you’ll be allowed to sneak off and enjoy more recreational pursuits if that’s your desire.) Inside this chapter you'll find detailed information on accommodations, meals, activities, amenities, nearby attractions, directions, and contact information for the ranch.
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Best Time to Go:
Late May to September
This travel guide comes from:
100 Best Ranch Vacations in North America Guide Book