Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Saddle Up and Put Your Life Jacket On!

Story by Jill Hoelting, photos by Vivienne Chapleo

Choosing one or the other is exactly what we did, depending on the day, during our week’s stay at Twin Peaks Ranch, 18 miles south of Salmon, Idaho.  Total immersion in Dude Ranch 101 is just what we wanted and got at this 2900-acre working ranch in the northern Rockies.

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

This well-appointed dude ranch delivers adrenalin-laced adventure from the saddle to the paddle.

Offering the expected pasture-full of sleek mounts for high country riding, Twin Peaks Ranch also ensures you a wet and woolly river experience either in rafts or duckies (inflatable kayaks), down the rated Salmon River, commonly referred to as “The River of No Return”.

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Bolstered with some of the most outstanding meals we have ever eaten, we found our inner cowgirl with every new trail discovered.  The experienced and jovial staff ensures rides are suitable for the group and always fresh.  One day featured a long ride up into the high country of the North Basin for an overnight with cookout at a tent camp.  The crisp mountain air and exquisite scenery soothed away the stress of city life, like sun fading an old pair of saddle-chaffed denim jeans.

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

White water rafting fills the calendar of events on two occasions during the week’s stay. From a scenic float to challenging rapids, skills are tested under sunny skies beckoning quick “cool-offs” in the Salmon.

Scenes from old westerns reeled through my mind as we saddled up for the Saturday morning cattle drive.  Young and old alike drove those doggies to the pen and shared a sense of satisfaction as we raised our hats to the wind.  As if we weren’t already winners, team penning and barrel racing filled the rest of the morning.  At a dude ranch, a lot is accomplished before noon!

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Skeet shooting and target practice, fishing an alpine lake, playing water volleyball in the ever-inviting pool, lassoing a dummy steer, pitching horseshoes, learning line dancing with the local dance group…the activities beg for a longer day and the guests beg for a longer stay.

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

You will find fantastic food and lodging (room for up to 55 guests), at Twin Peaks Ranch. Visit the Twin Peaks Ranch website to view packages and book your upcoming dude ranch adventure.  A perfect retreat for a couple, a family or even a corporate event.

Note:
Twin Peaks Ranch is located 18 miles south of Salmon, Idaho off Highway 93.  A two-mile meandering gravel road through cottonwoods takes you to the doorstep of your cabin and a week of getting your buckaroo on!

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

Horseback Riding Vacation at Twin Peaks Ranch, Idaho, USA

If You Go:

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Visit Idaho Tourism

Twin Peaks Ranch
P.O. Box 774
Salmon, ID 83467
Toll Free 1-800-659-4899
Phone 208-894-2429

Note: WAVEJourney were guests of Twin Peaks Ranch in July 2007.

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