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6140 W 5000 S, Rexburg, ID 83440-4217
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Experience life on a working cattle ranch, riding daily on the back of a ranch broke quarter horse checking and moving cattle on the range, doctoring, checking fences and gates, packing salt, making sure water troughs are running and gathering up strays in some of the most scenic mountain country of Idaho. At McGarry Ranches you come as a guest but leave feeling part of the family.
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The best thing about the Ranch was the people! The McGarry Family is amazing. So welcoming and friendly! All meals were homemade & delicious. The bathrooms are a few steps across the yard to the mess hall. My husband & I were assigned a bathroom that was used just by us for the week. Very clean, great shower, heater warmed the bathroom quickly on cool mornings. My husband loves the "adrenalin rush" of chasing cattle through the brush on horseback. I am a novice rider & though I learned & became somewhat more confident as the week progressed, an experienced rider would have a much better time. Everyone was very patient and kind with me, my heart was in it buy my skills were not. The staff & other guests were delightful, we would readily do this trip again!
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From the second I was picked up by Theron at Idaho Falls airport to the round of tearful goodbyes on the following Sunday morning, I felt like I had found a home away from home. I've been to a few dude ranches and resorts before, but nothing, and I mean nothing, even comes close to this place in terms of hospitality and true familial warmth. McGarry Ranches is very unique in that it truly envelops you in a home like environment where you are literally treated as a member of their family. I mean, I'm in a picture on their kitchen wall that's labeled as their "extended family"! Where else are you going to find that?! Hailing from just outside NYC and having never been out West before, McGarry's was an eye-opener to just how much country is still present in the US. It's quiet here. Peaceful. Serene. The people are genuine; they step aside for you and cater to your needs without want of a reward. They're hardworking Americans just trying to make a living off the land. Most of the area is farmland out here, and with an elevation of just around a mile high in most places, the air is crisp and clear with low humidity. You can spread your arms, take in the scenery, and breathe out here. From the time you wake up to the time you collapse in your bed every night, your day is jammed with adventure, laughs, and memories. You start off with one hell of a breakfast to give you energy for the day ahead, cooked by the world's most marvelous woman on Earth, Jean. Then Derk (the cowboy with an endless sense of humor) along with Val (the world's strongest, toughest, and hardworking woman) get the horses ready to be haltered and match you with a horse suitable to your riding abilities. You saddle on up, hitch the horses in the trailer, and drive up to the mountains to begin the day of herding cattle. And every day is different. Sometimes you hunt all morning just to find one pair, other times they're sitting on the side of the road just waiting to be rounded up. And you can do as much or as little as you want. You want to ride off in the trees to get a lost calf? Go for it! Once done with the day, you take the best shower of your life, eat an amazing dinner again cooked by Jean (with the help of her family), chat, and fall asleep at the kitchen table because you're so wiped out. All in all, words don't do justice in praise of McGarry Ranches. It was the best experience of my life to be a part of their family for a week, and I can't wait to go back and do it all again soon enough. A HUGE thank you to all of the family for making me feel like one of your own :)
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I can't put into words how much I enjoyed my time on the ranch. The whole family are so welcoming from the hug as you arrive through to the kids teaching me to rope (well, they tried to teach me...) Theron, Jean, Derk, Tina, Val and the extended family will go out of their way to make sure you have the best time. They match riders to horses well and depending on how confident you feel you can get as involved with rounding up and moving cows as you like but trust me, even if you're a little hesitant on day one by the end of the week you'll be getting into the middle of the action! The scenery is amazing, the accommodation clean and comfortable and the food is great - all good home cooked, hearty meals which you're definitely in need of by the end of the day. I loved my time here so much that I really didn't want to leave and I booked to come back this year straight away. To stress how extraordinary that is, I've travelled a lot (Brazil, Thailand, Maldives, Australia, all over Europe and the USA) and never usually go back to the same place twice on the basis that there's so much more of the world to see but I've made an exception in this case. I've even coordinated to meet back up with some of the other guests. That's the amazing thing about this place, by the time you leave, even the other guests feel like family. If anyone reading this is thinking about visiting McGarry Ranches then don't think any more, just give them a call and get it booked! If you want to ask any questions about what to expect or pack then just drop me a line :-) Also, I don't know "97140Traveler" but read their review too - I'd agree with every word of it.
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I can't speak highly enough about the McGarry Ranch & the operators...and extended family that all pitch in! What an awesome experience... so much so that my daughter and I planned a one week trip there this July (2015), and had so much fun and felt such a warm connection with the place/people that we extended our trip by a second week! It was SOOOO hard to leave and return to the big city (we live in Portland OR). Bottom line, the people and connection you feel at McGarry makes the trip worth it and the icing on the cake is all the riding and cattle work :-) Theron & Jean are gracious hosts and it was a pleasure to spend 2 weeks with them. Derk as the "jack of all trades" made sure we were well cared for out on the trail and his infectious sense of humor will keep a smile on 24x7! Tina covers all the behind the scenes logistics and has a heart of gold (you'll see it especially so when she's on Grandma babysitting duty keeping all the adorable youngsters out of trouble ha-ha). Valerie works her tail off making sure the crew and guests have everything they need and gives some of the best hugs at the ranch! And the extended family you get to know make you feel like you're a member of the family from day 1. Like I said, the people are what separates McGarry from other ranches we've visited... and we will without a doubt be going back for many years to come! It's our goal to be one of those we met on our trip...where couples had been visiting McGarry for 20+ years! In terms of riding, we had awesome horses, beautiful mountains/valleys/river settings to hunt for cows, and enjoyed our 4-5 hours of riding each day. We'd have ridden 10 hours a day if we could we loved it so much! The ranch is very affordable, comfortable, well cared for and you just cant beat the people & family at the ranch. If you have any questions about the place, just shoot me a message I'm happy to elaborate on our experience. Enjoy your visit, you wont be disappointed! We miss you McGarry & Morton families!
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This is an excellent working cattle ranch. The food is great and plenty of it. Theron and Jean and their ranch hands really take care of the guests. Cabins are very clean and so is the shower house. All the equipment and horses are top notch. I had a great week chasings cows. Theron and Dirk are pros at selecting the right horses. I say horses because you will ride 2-3 different ones during the week. The riding can challenging at times but it is a great experience. They only take up to ten guests for the week so you get a lot of help if you need it. The only drawback is that if you are a solo traveler you might have to share a room with another guest.
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Which popular attractions are close to McGarry Ranches?
Nearby attractions include Yellowstone Bear World (2.1 miles), Jefferson County Lake (4.2 miles), and Menan Butte (4.9 miles).