My Husband, 12 year old daughter and I spent a week in July 2012 at Red Horse Mountain Ranch and we all agree it was our best vacation ever! We travelled there with another family from NC and shared the White Pines cabin, rustic luxury and a super view. The food all week was delicious, plentiful, and appealing to many different tastes -great salads available each meal, fabulous meats, vegetables, delicious deserts and bakery items galore. I know I gained a few pounds even though we were active all week. We rode horseback every day, and after testing for the advanced rides we enjoyed much more than typical "nose to tail". We have our own horses at home and ride often - this week of riding was not slow or dull, and the scenery and various riding locales made it very enjoyable even for experienced riders. We were torn every day between wanting to ride and all of the other activities offered - a challenge course with rock wall and zip line, etc, kayaking on near by Lake Coeur D'Alene, fishing, archery, sporting clays, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, massage, a lending library, and a swimming pool. We hardly had time to relax in the hot tubs or lounge on the porches with the gorgeous vistas of nearby mountains, yet there was no pressure to do any more or any less...... it was all "each to their own". Each evening had entertainment from live music to campfire story telling to karayoke, with s'mores or marshmallows plentiful. I can't say enough about how friendly and helpful the whole staff was, from the kitchen staff to barn staff to room staff. Service was above and beyond -- laundry service that returned our clothes to our rooms, snacks and beverages available 24/7, tack changes if requested, free individual horseback riding lessons with experienced wranglers upon request, child care with advance notice, and more I am sure if any need arose. So much attention to detail made me feel very relaxed and cared for all week -- so taken care of with personal attention that I was spoiled rotten. I slept soundly after so much activity each day, in the quiet of the mountains with the windows open to cool night air. My daughter said she wanted to live there forever, high praise from a girl who usually wants to just stay home on our farm with her pets. And my husband, well he just said it was the best vacation of his life. We all three feel that we have friends in Idaho now, and we hope to return in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Red Horse Mountain Ranch is a family dude ranch, vacation getaway, and retreat on nearly 300,000 acres tucked away in Rocky Mountains near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Since 1947, the ranch has had a rich history of dude ranching in Idaho and the same traditions of the Western experience live today. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch Hotel Harrison
- Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch Harrison, Idaho