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“First Dude ranch experience was a great one” 5 of 5 stars
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1301 Rock Creek Road, Saddlestring, WY 82840   |  
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Seattle, Washington
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“First Dude ranch experience was a great one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

I have to say that I was nervous coming here with my wife and 2 kids - we had never been on a dude ranch and while we liked riding horses, it wasnt exactly a passion. We came away with a wonderful experience and are quite likely to go back.

The riding is wonderful. Good horses, attentive staff, and unbelievably beautiful scenery. Just stunning stuff with lots of variety. The staff is easygoing and will let you go according to your own ability. We also went fly fishing and skeet shooting, both of which were fun, with the staff again being great.

The cabins are not fancy by any means, but they are just fine. If you are looking for a 4 seasons experience look elsewhere. Food is served in a dining hall, with common tables so that you meet the other guests, many of whom have come back here again and again. The food itself is good, not world class, but very good.

This place is all about the experience, about slowing down, getting to know people, getting to know your family, and experiencing the wonderful scenery all around. Many of their staff members are kids whose family took them there years ago, and have now come back to work during the summer. That tells you alot about a place.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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19 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

HF Bar excels in the areas most important to its guests: stunning scenery; friendly and knowledgeable staff; loads of activities generally focused around riding, shooting and fishing, good food and decent-- albeit somewhat spartan-- accommodations.

The ranch is very laid back, and guests are made to feel like family visitors, which is why so many folks have been coming to the HF Bar ranch for generations.

The ranch is about horseback riding-- there are twice daily rides in the morning and evening of about 90 minutes apiece. You can also choose to take a day picnic into the Big Horn Mountains. The horses are beautiful, well-kept and can be matched to a rider's experience level, from beginner to expert. The wranglers are friendly and knowledgeable and bring diverse experience to the job.

The ranch has several sporting clay courses which are a lot of fun and very well taught. We did not fish during our stay.

Meals are served at the main ranch house, and the food is quite good, though "world class" is maybe a stretch.

Most cabins are located directly on Rock Creek, with views of the surrounding mountains. They are spartan, and as one would expect at a ranch, very basic and not without insects. But they all have a fireplace (there's no heat but there is electricity) and plenty of wood, plus a porch that is a great place to relax and have a drink or a smoke. The beds are also very comfortable.

Of all the places we've vacationed, the HF Bar Ranch ranks as one of the best, and will no doubt be an annual destination for our family.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

We're one of the many families who've come back year after year to this special spot. There is so much to explore and discover on the ranch which is a beutiful chunk of land nestled in the foothlls of the big horn mountains, but also backs up accessible BLM land giving you even more to explore. We started coming when our kids were 5 and 7 and have found something new every year. It's one of the few ranches that offers morning and evening rides and lets proficient riders go off w/o a wrangler if they want. The rides are many and varied-- through aspens, across streams, to mountain tops with gorgeous views, to archeologically interesting rock formations reminiscient of Bryce Nat'l Park, etc... There's world class fly fishing, skeet shooting, hiking, and daily activities galore. Most of the cabins are along a rapidly flowing creek--I always sleep so peacefully after a day of riding and the sound of the rushing water. There are tons of birds and I guarantee you'll see deer and antelope playing. Meals are at the ranch house and you generally sit with other families so get to know other guests which is mostly another treasure. The pool is a center of activity in the afternoon. The fun is down home with BBQ's, egg tosses, home made boat races on the creek, tye dying t-shirts, etc.... We love our annual traditions--swimming in the chilly waters of the "Bamboo Room" swimming hole, hiking to the top of Stone Mountain, and checking out the echo on the China Wall ride. The rustc nature of the ranch means that it isn't for everyone (it's not plush and elegant), but I say you haven't lived 'til you've loped down Big Mesa at sunset with the soft pink hued clouds above you and the whole of the west layed out before you to oggle.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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STL, MO
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2010

Had a fantastic time at the ranch and the kids (11 and 8) are already asking to go back. It is not luxurious but neither is it really "rustic." Trust me, I don't do "rustic." It is a comfortable, casual, beautiful place with friendly, welcoming staff. We all made friends with guests and staff alike. We enjoyed our horses, the wranglers, and twice-daily rides on the indescribably beautiful ranch (rolling hills, mountains, rock formations, frolicking antelope - way beyond my expectations and photos do not do it justice). Horses are clearly the focus and the highlight of the experience. Don't go if you don't want to ride. Paid extra for skeet shooting (twice) and fly fishing (once). Guides were great with the kids. Shooting was great (I suspect guides were doing quite a bit of assisting the kids, while looking like they were merely instructing). Fishing expensive and largely unsuccessful, but no fault of the guides.

Staff was very accomodating when asked but not all over us. Some may expect more proactive personal attention but we liked the hands-off availability. Planned activities are hit and miss and largely depend on the whims of the guests. The announced soccer game never materialized b/c my daughter and I were the only 2 who showed up, so we joined everyone at the pool for the afternoon (it WAS hot that day). The Thursday night dance was a blast - some of the wranglers can really dance and they looked like they were having a great time along with the guests.

Accomodations were charming and more than adequate. Again not fancy, but that contributed to the laid-back, no cares atmosphere. Had a slight moth problem but the staff was responsive.

Suggest you stop at a store and stock up on drinks of choice for the ice box on your porch and a few snacks for the cabin. Pickin's at the store are slim in the food and drink category. We found the food in the dining room good but not crave-worthy (be proactive in making special requests, e.g. vegetarian selection or cheese to add to the salad; they were frequently accomodated). The kids took full advantage of the help-yourself-to-icecream policy.

Many folks we met there have been going to the ranch for years, and those we met who were first-timers had all heard about the ranch from friends. Don't be concerned about the paucity of reviews and advertising. The HF Bar is a special place that is worth discovering.

We flew into Billings, MT, and drove to Yellowstone via the scenic 212 "Beartooth" highway, spending a couple of days there before heading to the ranch (about 5 hours from East entrance to Yellowstone). Highly recommend if you have the time and inclination.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, MD
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2010

I can't say enough about how incredible this place is! We won this trip at an auction and had no idea what it would be like. We got so lucky! The staff is amazing. The land is beautiful, the cabins are so awesome, and the horses were the best! I can't think of a single negative. We stayed in "East Meets West" and it was great. Located right next to the stream, we slept wonderfully with the windows open and the heated mattress pads to keep us warm. The food was great too. Every single meal was wonderful. The horse back riding was super. (I rode C.J.--great horse!) Each day the wranglers take you wherever you want to go and you can choose your own pace. Our family was not experienced in riding, but they fitted us with the perfect horses and helped us become quite proficient. There are plenty of other activities as well, hikes, swimming at the pool, or nearby lake, fishing, or shooting. You will not be bored. I brought two books, and never had a chance to read a single page. We went two summers ago, and the kids keep asking when we can go back. Incredible place in a beautiful part of the country.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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san francisco
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2009

Wonderful vacation place for families. we have been going for over 10 years. it is not a luxury dude ranch....rustic, good food, comfortable accomodations, friendly/helpful staff, great riding and fishing. Our daughter grew up there looking forward to every summer and now is working as a wrangler. We highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2008

I don't know what ranch "sorry' went to but it had no resemblance to the HF Bar! The horses are all obviously healthy and well taken care of, the wranglers are friendly and helpful and the corrals were as clean as one would expect for a place with 200 + horses. It would not be possible for an unhealthy, hurting horse to take us on the 2 to 4 hour rides up gorgeous mountain trails had they not been in peak physical condition. Maybe the visitor had only been to A-rated horse shows and didn't know that mountain horses don't gleam and their hooves aren't all shiny black. These are tough trail horses and they look it - muscular and fit.

Beyond that the whole ranch is an oasis - absolutely stress free. You wake up, have a great breakfast, ride, eat lunch, then read or hike or get a message, then dinner, a beautiful sunset ride, possibly grab an ice cream and catch a movie on the porch, then to bed with your heated blanket. Total relaxation!

  • Liked — The heated mattress pads!
  • Disliked — The small towels.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1301 Rock Creek Road, Saddlestring, WY 82840
Location: United States > Wyoming > Saddlestring
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Saddlestring
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 26
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