My daughter and I spent the second week of July at T Cross Ranch this year. After a fabulous experience with a ranch in Arizona last year we doubted we could top that, but we were wrong! T Cross was the most amazing experience. Gretchen and Mark are so attentive, caring, hospitable and down to earth. They genuinely are interested in their guests and make you feel like family right away. It really sets the tone for wonderful interaction and socializing between the guests both on rides and at mealtime. By the second day, pretty much all the guests were relaxed and comfortable together, already recalling each other’s names. The cabins are rustic, but oh so comfortable and full of charm. Even in July we set a couple of fires in the wood stove to take off the chill. Meals were down home cooking with the guests eating together with great conversation about each other’s lives and the events of the day. For us, this was a key part of the trip; we really enjoyed getting to know such an interesting and diverse group of people.
The staff of the ranch from the wranglers to the cooks, to the young ladies who served the food and cleaned the cabins were wonderful. They obviously love the ranch and their work. The scenery is almost indescribable. From every direction, including looking from the porch of your cabin, you’ll see the best scenery our great country has to offer. You can see a few samples in the attached pictures.
The ranch horses are excellent. They have some seventy horses and will work hard to match you to a horse of your liking. They are well trained, sure footed and enjoyable to ride. The riding itself is rather diverse as well, depending on the direction you take from the ranch. Ambling through thick, deep woods, rolling meadows out in the open or steep mountain climbs; it’s all available and part of your menu of riding opportunities. You don’t have to be an experienced rider to enjoy yourself. The ranch hands will take as long as you need orienting you to your horse and offering instruction. Obviously, you need to have a level of physical fitness necessary to get on and off the horse and stay in the saddle for 2-3 hour rides – or their all day rides if you choose. By no means to do you have to be an athlete, though.
The ranch is very secluded; miles down a dirt road (very negotiable by your rental or personal car). The only thing you’ll hear are nature’s sounds, no traffic and even very few air planes. The summer weather is classic Wyoming; cool nights and mornings, warm days and the occasional afternoon thunderstorm barreling through – then clearing again by six o’clock. Simply brilliant.
This may all sound like a paid advertisement, but it’s not. It’s just what I and my daughter experienced. T Cross is a place where you can really disconnect from the rat race of the world and our busy lives. I actually forgot the password to my work PC and had to think for several hours before it came back to me. Now that’s a vacation! Thanks to Gretchen, Mark and the whole team for a fabulous time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The T Cross Ranch, located in the greater Yellowstone area, has been providing guests with an unforgettable all-inclusive experience for close to 100 years. Comfortable cabins are furnished with rustic elegance. Fabulous meals featuring made-from-scratch breads and organic ranch-raised beef satisfy every appetite. The surrounding country is unforgettable, with the Absaroka mountain peaks soaring to over 13,000 feet around the ranch. This land has been carved naturally by water, wind, and glaciers. Horseback is the only way to see this pristine country. With a string of over 60 horses, there’s the perfect mount for every guest. Our wranglers are experienced cowboys with literally thousands of miles on horseback under their belts. This is western riding in its purest form, the way it originated, the way few people experience it. ... more less