Welcome to Double Rafter Cattle Drives. At Double Rafter we are an authentic working cattle ranch offering you the opportunity to join us on our mountain cattle drives.
6 times throughout the summer we move our cattle to new pastures as a part of our rotational grazing. We give you the opportunity at a trip of a lifetime - to join us on one of the most authentic vacations available: 6 days of camping, moving cattle and riding freely in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming.
You will experience nature, incredible country, great stock and freedom to ride. Our cattle drives are not made up for something to do, this is a real drive that we would be doing with or without our wonderful guests. As featured in the 'New York Times', this is reality. We don't schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires. They happen all on their own! If you really want a taste of the challenges that the early trail herds experienced, then this trip is for you!
Cattle drive dates 2021: July 3-July 10; August 7-August 13; August 21-August 27; September 18-September 25; Oct 3 -October 9.
So, give us a call and book your trip! And, please contact us or visit our website for a list of 'What to Bring' and 'Travel Tips'.
Children at the Ranch
Great for children aged 13 and over
This is the real deal and truly authentic. It can be a very strenuous trip best for older children and adults.
We don't accept anyone under the age of 12. With the early mornings we find children younger than 12 are just too exhausted to enjoy it. Since we are the reality, tired kids can become difficult for the parents. We all have a real job to do with the livestock and days can be long, but rewarding.
Environmental & Social Practices
As ranchers we are the first and only true environmentalist. The grass is our bottom line so we go to great lengths to preserve things or improve things to their naturual state. Our goal is to always leave our camps looking pristine. I think when you attend one of our trips and realize we have been doing this 30 years that we are obviously very concerned with keeping things as close to naturual as possible.
We are one of the old ranch families in Sheridan County Wy. We are very tied into the community and have been since homesteading here in 1887. My grandmother and my wife's grandmother both taught in the same one room school house that is still in existense today. My father went through 8 grades their, I went their through 6 and it is still open today with about 6 students in grades 1-4.
As ranchers we are very concerned about conservation. If we destroy it we have nothing to feed the livestock. The wildlife numbers have sky rockete in the last 75 years and that is due to the conservation that ranchers have put into place to produce more feed for your livestock.
My family homestead the ranch in 1887 and came by covered wagon from Missouri.
The barn that was built in 1888 is still standing and used today. The origianl beams are still in the barn. In 1932 when my father was born, a new house was built. They tore the logs out of the original cabin put them on a wagon with the stove out of the house, and freighted the logs and stove to the mountain to build a cowcamp. They figured it was easier to haul the logs up the mountain than go to the work of cutting them and then having to let them cure for a year.
On the way in, the weight of the wagon and logs was more than the horses could hold and the wagon overan the team injuring the team to the point they had to be put down. Those original logs are still in the walls of the cow camp in the Dry Fork.
In about 1992 or '93 we decided we had to generate more income on the ranch or get out of the cow business, so we started the cattle drive business.