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“Head 'em up-Move 'em out Cowboy Cookout”

Old West Dinner Cookout
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Don't expect the high end restauranttype of food and you will find this event a "must do". This is a cook out, and they do it very well.

The food is average, But I would rate the food above average given the location and amount of people they are able to handle with great efficiency. The price is well worth the time, and the food your are fed.

Expect to slow your pace down. Enjoy the event, people, and the beautiful surroundings. We took the wagon ride (Note: Horseback rides were canceled do to rain the night before-everyone was put in wagons) Your wranglers will entertain you during the 4 mile round trip. Entertaining you with corny jokes and park lore. Great for kids and adults.

The trail you take, leads through a beautiful valley, along a meandering dirt road. Their facility is nestled in a stand of pine trees at the base of several mountains. As the sun started dropping the light bathes the valley and hills across the way in unforgettable colors.

Food served buffet style, steaks off the grill. With cornbread, coleslaw, beans, potato salad, and apple crisp. Plenty of soft drinks and water available.

Complete with a campfire and entertainment by a Cowboy Song singer. My favorite was the theme song from the TV series Rawhide. Brought back memories of the character "Dusty", played by none other than Clint Eastwood. Oh..almost forgot the Cowboy coffee cooking away on the campfire. Be sure to ask about that....come to think of it, they will tell you about it. :-)

I enjoyed this so much I would do these event the next time I visit the park. Be sure to reserve ahead.

Some photos of our trip http://toponautic.blogspot.com/2013/07/head-em-up-move-em-out.html

Thank grozer
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We scheduled a one hour horseback ride to this cookout many months ago. We arrived and were in the parking lot at 4:30pm when we were supposed to be there. An employee was talking to us about parking and we were trying to decide if we needed to move the car and when I got to the check in window it was 4:35pm. I was informed we were too late to ride. Really? Anyway, we spoke with the head woman and she finally offered to reschedule us. They only had a 2 hour ride available - so we took that. Lesson learned - DON'T BE LATE. We apparently had already missed the 5 minute safety talk that is required to ride. It turned out to be fine in the end.

The two hour ride is stunning. You ride for 1 1/2 hours out and then 30 minutes back. The 1 hour ride only does the same 30 minute trail there and back. It is quite boring compared to the 1 1/2 hour ride we took to get to the cookout. The wranglers are great. We rode with 4. There were probably 12 tourists total on our ride. Our wranglers were Emily, Casey, James and Amanda. Emily and Casey were really sweet and very friendly. James was a wealth of Yellowstone information and very friendly too. We like Amanda also although she was quieter than the others. What an experience to be a college student and get to spend your summer in Yellowstone riding horses. Anyway, they are working for tips too....so don't forget to tip them at the end.

Check in as soon as you are at the corral. Get your helmet and listen to the safety talk. Then you walk to a rail and they bring you a horse. You are not allowed to get on until a wrangler is there to help you. We ride often at home and don't need help, but I guess they have to be careful to avoid any liability. (which you sign away initially). Horses are animals....and are unpredictable - wear a helmet. Helmets are required for kids under 18. They have plenty there. The ride goes up into the mountains and to a waterfall and through a couple of small creeks. Beautiful country. We didn't see any animals, but the wranglers said the see bear sometimes. We did see bison on the 30 minute ride back. James had to charge one to get it off the horse's trail. The bison are more aggressive in August and he said they have to do that many times then. We were there in June and only had one of them in the way. They want you to be nose-to-tail when the bison are around because bison can't see well and they think you are some humongus horse if you are close together. They are less likely to charge then. Of course, my horse Jim decided that was the time to fight me to eat grass. Bad horse! The only difficulty you'll have with the horses is keeping them from snatching grass snacks. Some of the kids had trouble pulling their horses heads up from the grass. Oh, it is very dusty. I guess this is an out west fact of life. Expect to get dirty just from the dust the other horses stir up.

You can't take your camera or cell phone on the ride. They will put it on a wagon and send it to the cookout with them if you want it there. We put our phones in the camera bag and sent it. It was quite dusty from that ride, but it made it there fine. I thought about sneaking mine to take pictures on the ride (we are riders and I do this all the time at home), then I decided to follow the rules. It would have been a waste anyway as there is a wrangler within talking distance the whole time you ride.

The cookout is cute and neat, but don't go expecting 5 star food. This isn't about the food it is about the experience. The steak was fine. The beans were actually delicious. The entertainment was corny, but good. They have hot chocolate and nasty cowboy coffee. (By the way, the coffee cups were dirty- I checked about 3 and then gave up on coffee). They have coke, sprite and diet coke and lemonade. Apple cobbler was good too. If you are on the 2 hour ride you arrive last to the cookout. The wagons get there first and then the hour ride people then the 2 hour ride people. They make everyone wait for dinner until all the people are there. It wasn't too long, but just be aware you can't eat the minute you get there. They have this fellow singing and making up songs. You can go pet the wagon draft horses and take pictures. You are not allowed to go near the other horses. They are tied and they don't want a bunch of people over there stirring them up and getting hurt. When you ride in to the cookout they won't let you get off your horse until you have help standing by. We saw a proghorn and her babies run through the grass behind the cookout. They do have a bathroom but it is a portapotty type (in a building). There was a hand washing station too.

Go do the 2 hour ride and enjoy yourself. I doubt I'll do it again, but it was a good experience and a lot of fun.

7  Thank MurfeeW
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

What a memorable evening in a gorgeous setting! We all enjoyed the funny stories and interesting history, the wagon rides to and from the cookout location, the musical entertainment, and the awesome (and plentiful) food, and don't get me started on Garth's first-rate cowboy coffee! A few tips: wagons are pre-assigned, so when you check in, try to request the lead wagon to reduce dust (or bring an official cowboy bandana). Also engage the entertainer (Dallas) in conversation and let him know of special events. He was at his best when improvising special songs for birthdays and anniversaries, but he also filled the evening with cowboy standards and some nice surprises. Sit around the campfire and talk to the staff--they are very good at what they do and go out of their way to make the evening special. Finally, echoing other reviewers, be prepared to wait a while after the show-up time to actually get on the wagons. Bring an activity for the kids and wear plenty of sunscreen. All in all, our family had a blast and counted this as one of the highlights of our Yellowstone experience.

2  Thank MounTNeer
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

This experience was one fantastic thing after another. Riding on the wagon was so much fun we saw a lot of wildlife as we rode, then the wranglers driving the team were knowledgeable and gave great history. Immediately upon arrival at our destination we saw a bear, and 2 bison playing. Entertainment, and food, and all the employees were excellent. It's all you can eat steak, corn bread, potato salad, coleslaw, veggies, beans, coffee, soda and apple crisp. Everything tasted great, and they even gave us the recipe for the beans.

1  Thank Laurie C
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We was traveling with a bunch of Germans and made this Cowboy BBQ Cook out. We love it and our guest to.
The food was very good ( I am a professional international Chef!!!) and the Music fantastic .
No one should miss this if they are in Yellowstone!!!!

We come back with a large group of Germans!!!!

3  Thank Frank D
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