We did a lot of research on various ranches throughout Wyoming before we booked our vacation at the Medicine Bow Lodge. We narrowed down our choices to several candidates and I called each of the ones we were considering. I actually spoke with both Tim and Debbie and they were very friendly and answered all of my questions fully. We chose the Medicine Bow Lodge because of the comfortable and laid-back feel.
Upon arriving we were greeted by one of the nicest and helpful staff member, Laura. She showed us the layout of the lodge, helped us get setup in our cabin. We were looking to get away from the hustle and stress of life for a while and this was just the place to do it. We started to feel relaxation and calm as soon as we arrived. Our cabin was very comfortable and we settled in right away.
We walked down to the stable and Tim greeted us as we got there. He talked with us for a few minutes and then asked if we would like to join the afternoon ride. Of course we said yes. After a little more discussion, he saddled up a couple of wonderful horses for us (Geronimo and Popcorn). These would be our mounts for the rest of the week. It is interesting that Tim was able to match us both with horses that matched our personalities so well. The ride that afternoon was nothing short of breathtaking.
Every meal that we had went above and beyond what we were expecting. The food was excellent and the variety was amazing. The fresh baked breads, home prepared cooking and scrumptious desserts were just what our souls were searching for. We thoroughly enjoyed the company and conversation with the other guests and the staff. They all made us feel so welcome.
The rides throughout our week there were a variety of terrains and scenery. I’m not normally the photographer, but I took hundreds of pictures as I tried to soak in the majesty of the area. The rides for the week culminated with a longer ride to the top of one of the peaks. We packed lunches on the horses and just had a wonderful day wandering lakes and meadows and trees as we wound our way up the mountain. Tim showed us sights that were some of his personal favorites, and after seeing them, I can understand why. The termed it “The Ride of a Lifetime”, and it certainly was.
I have never been saddened when having a vacation come to an end, until now. I just didn’t want our time there to end. This was definitely “The Vacation of a Lifetime”. If you ever get a chance to experience the hospitality of the Medicine Bow Lodge, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Medicine Bow Lodge is a dude ranch where guest stay in their own private cabin. Our lodge is open 24 hours for guest to enjoy. All activities and meals are included in our price. Enjoy daily horse rides, hiking, fishing and for some guest overnight camp trips when available. Guest staying 6 nights or more can experience a scenic float trip on the north platte river. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Medicine Bow Hotel Saratoga