Laughing Water Ranch encompasses 220
beautiful acres of mountain timber and rolling pasture.
Nestled in a beautiful mountain valley just west of Glacier
National Park and bordered on three sides by the Kootenai
National Forest, the ranch has a wonderful trail system for
scenic and challenging horseback rides.
As you visit nearby lakes and take lunch
next to a babbling brook or scenic vista, you probably won't
see any other riders, since Laughing Water is the only dude
ranch in the area.
Land... Sitting at an elevation of
3,200 feet at the lodge and 7,500 feet at the peaks, you are
likely to see deer, elk, and maybe bear on your outdoor
adventures. At Laughing Water Ranch you will become familiar
with the reaches of Laughing Water Creek, the majestic heights
of Mount Marston, Mount Fir, and Baldy Mountain as well as the
remote beauty and stillness of Martin Lake.
Lodging... The ranch has a
capacity of 38 with a total of eighteen rooms. In the lodge
you will find four two-room suites with full tiled bathrooms.
The cabins are two-room suites with two private baths and
covered porches. Each suite in the lodge and the cabins
features queen and twin beds. A large hot tub is located on an
exterior deck of the lodge for everyone to enjoy.
Gourmet... The personal touch
extends to the cuisine. Delight in delicious prime rib, eggs
Benedict, steaks, scrumptious barbecue ribs and chicken, and
fresh trout. All-you-can-eat meals are served family style in
the Chuckwagon Room or as cookouts at the Two Streams BBQ area
on the banks of the Laughing Water. Savory homemade breads and
cakes, crisp salads, and tasty side dishes round out the
meals. Don't forget to save room for the delectable
Laughing Water Ranch offers a wide variety of
adventurous activities to keep everyone entertained and having
fun. Of course our main activity is always horseback riding
along with fishing, hiking, campfires, hayrides, bbq's, square
dancing, games, hot tub, billiards, etc. Special activities
during selected weeks may include whitewater rafting, cattle
drives, sorting clinic, pack trips, over night trail rides,
rodeos and more.
Laughing Water Ranch offers a choice of a
long or short ride each day except Sunday and rafting day.
Personalized riding instruction is given on Monday mornings
and after lunch if needed. More personalized instruction is
available upon request. The trails through aromatic pine
forests and over exhilarating mountain passes encompass all
levels of riding ability.
horses... Laughing Water has a
herd of approximately 50 horses. Mainly quarter horses with a
few Appaloosas, Arabians, and Draft mixes. Most of the herd
are geldings because of their steady temperament. The
wranglers will look at your experience level and personal
information that you provide on your pre-arrival form and
saddle you up with the right horse. You will have the same
horse all week so you can get to know and love each other.
Cattle Drives... May, September
and October is "Lite Season" for adults and singles
only age 18 and over. It is during this time that the Ranch
offers Cattle Drives and Sorting Clinics. You will have the
option of rounding up, branding and driving cattle during
selected weeks. Based on the week you choose to visit you can
opt to spend two nights at the cattle drive camp or you can
spend a day working cows and ride back to the ranch in the
evening. The professional sorting clinic will teach you how to
sort cows on horseback. It is the most fun you can have on
Laughing Water Ranch is "Western
Hospitality at its Best" ... the epitome of western
The Ranch offers a host of activities for children,
families, adults and singles. Offering guests the opportunity
to take a step back and reconnect with nature, with beauty..
with life itself. A time to live free and unrestrained from
the confines of city life. A week at this dude ranch will
touch your heart and set your spirit on fire no matter your
program... When it comes to the children's program,
the best in the West is here at Laughing Water Guest Ranch,
offering the true western experience to children.
For children 4-8 the Ranch offers the Kamp
Kootenai program. The activities center around a Native
American/Western theme (costumes included) with horseback
rides, crafts, nature walks and Indian culture through sign
language are just a few of the activities. There is even an
authentic Indian camp with teepees that the kids have the
opportunity to camp in over night as part of their stay.
For the older kids age 9-14 the Ranch
offers Fort Laramie (uniform and gear included). This program
involves life on a cavalry-style frontier post, with scouting
on horseback, guard duty, rifle practice (bb gun), horse care,
arrow making and camping out in the fort is just a fraction of
the adventure they will have during their visit. At the end of
the week there is a pow-wow and cavalry exhibition.
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