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Reviewed September 2, 2018

Elkhorn Ranch was founded in 1922, and in the last 96 years they've learned quite a bit about how to create a great family experience.

The ranch has a recommended structure -- full day rides on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; breakfast on the trail on Wednesdays; dinner on the trail on Thursdays; and a square dance friday night; kids and adults generally ride separately. But there's a lot of flexibility, too. My group opted for more family rides, and cut some of the full day rides down to half days -- it was all easy.

My city slicker kids took to Elkhorn like fish to water. They'd never ridden horses before, but they loved riding and getting to know their horses. While they usually detest "kids clubs" at upscale resorts, they loved hanging at the kids rec hall, or down by the swimming hole, and ditching the adults. In general, they got to experience a freedom at Elkhorn that they don't often get at home -- able to ride a horse, come and go as they please on the ranch, yet operate in a small enough space that they could find us whenever they wanted.

To say the meals were hearty would be an understatement. They were massive three times a day, and I had to learn a bit of self control as the week went along. Being on a horse is cardio for the horse, not me.

Possible negatives: It's not a resort -- the accommodations are rustic in nature, there's no gym or massage option, and there are no TVs or even wifi in the cabins (there is wifi in the central office). Also, if you have dietary restrictions, it can be a bit more challenging. This is not where you go to be pampered.

Overall: Elkhorn Ranch exudes family fun. It's built for kids and grown ups to enjoy together, and has been operated by the same family for generations.

Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

The perfect family vacation, where parents and children go their separate horseback ways and return at mealtime to share their experience. A great string of horses and wranglers, along with some of the most spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery, make this place special. Lots of great memories are made here.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
1  Thank KevinD1947
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

What an amazing and authentic place offering a fantastic vacation catering to riders of all ages and abilities. We have found a multigenerational community and when we arrive feel as though we are at home. The staff are incredibly kind and helpful. I have no idea how they cook such delicious food for a hungry crowd. The horses know what they are doing, even if I still don't. There is wonderful peace and quiet with no mobile phone service and limited wifi; yet our children – now 15 and 18 – keep wanting to go back. We have stayed at Elkhorn seven times and our recent vacation there will not be our last!

Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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1  Thank Anneke d
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Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

We gathered as an extended family for one if the most memorable, fun and exciting weeks ever. This ranch has been running for many many years and they are such experts in making sure that all ages, abilities and interests are accommodated. The trail rides and wranglers who lead them are second-to-none and we were luck enough to see elk, mountain goats, grizzly bears, owl and an eagle on just one of our rides.

Accommodations are comfortable and rustic and the cool night's mean no need at all for a/c or anything more than a fan. Our kids loved the independence afforded at the ranch and we are grateful for the ranch staff who make sure that the kids remain safe.

The food at the Elkhorn is outstanding and most meals are served in the dining hall, where guests compare notes on adventures of the day. The ranch is located very near Yellowstone, and if you are looking for a place where you can enjoy the unparalleled natural beauty of the Yellowstone area, yet feel as far away from your day-to-day, this is the place. True relaxation, comfort and adventure are here. We will be back.

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
2  Thank Jonathan R
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

I can not say enough about how fantastic this place is and how wonderful our experience was! Linda matched everyone, not only in our family, but in the whole group with a great horse. There were riders varying in range from the very INexperienced ( and slightly afraid of riding ) to those who ride every day. The cabins were cozy and clean and I loved that our wood stove was quietly lit every morning ( it's optional, of course ) to take the chill out of the August air.
You could choose the type of ride you'd like to experience and Linda matched you with a bunch of fun and interesting people. And the WRANGLERS!!!! Love them all, but especially Brian, Hunter, and Sonia. Wranglers Rachel and Jared were great with the kids all day - riding and entertaining. Let me just say that the "kids program" part of being at Elkhorn was amazing for everyone. The kids loved being independent and the parents loved a little space away from them. There were 14 kids of varying ages the wk we were there and it was magical - they played volleyball, lassoed the "bull", made up games, hula hooped, swam, played ping pong, and just were able to be kids! Chef Michael made every meal delicious and there were tons of choices. This was another great part of the vacation - not worrying about food, ordering, whether or not the kids will eat it when it comes, etc..
Oh, and there's a place to borrow a hat and your boots! LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!
Go if you can and you will not be disappointed!

Room tip: We stayed in Tabernackle and the horses come in from the pasture in the AM right by our porch! AMAZING!
Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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5  Thank KristinaGIowa
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