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  • Established

    1886. Guest ranch since 1930
  • Owner / Manager

    Richard Tass, Patty Tass
  • Tel

    307-684-2390
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $268
  • Nightly Rates (per child)*

    $268
  • Minimum Stay

    1 week
  • Maximum Guests

    10
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

More than a Wyoming dude ranch, we invite you to join us in the activities of our historical, working cattle ranch. You’ll get to enjoy riding, working cattle and camping out under brilliant Wyoming skies, breathing in the fresh mountain air and taking in the vast beauty of the Bighorn Mountains.

If you like trail riding, you’ll love riding for a purpose. At Klondike, 90% of our spring, summer and fall work is spent on horseback, working cattle every day. We also offer amazing historical tours, top-notch fishing and experiences like you’ve never imagined. Yep, every day is a new adventure!

While you help us get our job done, you also get to experience beautiful Wyoming scenery with the amenities of a guest ranch, without riding in single-file lines. Every time there is a job to do, you will be our “right-hand man”, helping gather and trail cattle.

Good time to go

June 1st through Sept 30th

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 14 and over

Because of our style of riding, we are unable to accommodate younger children. We spend a lot of the time riding in the mountains with the cattle and have found that it is too demanding for the younger kids. We recommend children be at least 14 years old when they come to the ranch.

Minimum age children can ride

14 and over

Activities

hiking, outdoor play area, cookouts, campouts

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

We are a cattle ranch who makes our living from protecting the enviroment, land, grass and water.

Community

We support the local weekly rodeos and our annual Johnson County fair and rodeo, and for the past 25 years, have awarded the owner of the Grand Champion Steer a beltbuckle.

Conservation

We work with the National Forest to maintain a good pasture rotation with our livestock, to protect the reparian areas and ensure a good plant dersivity both in the uplands, as well as the reparian areas.

Ranch History

Klondike is an historic cattle ranch established in 1886. The ranch is nestled in the midst of the most unspoiled and beautiful country in America. This is the American West, as it once was – rugged, friendly and unchanging.

In the 1920s, Klondike Ranch was purchased by the Tass family and has offered guests an authentic Western adventure ever since. In the early years, 1930s, Klondike accommodated up to 75 guests at a time and had over 100 horses. Today we limit the number of our guests to 10 or fewer at a time, with 20 head of horses.

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  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together
  • Alcohol

    BYOB
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch garden, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

In true ranch family fashion, our guests sit down to family style meals with us, three times a day – whether it’s in the lodge or on the trail.

In the lodge everyone sits at the same table, including the ranch owners, ranch hands and guests. Sack lunches are provided for all-day trips.

You’ll enjoy down home healthy meals, good conversation and likely develop friendships that last a lifetime.

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  • Address

    386 Crazy Woman Canyon Road
    Buffalo
    Wyoming
    82834
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    5,295 ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    1000-5000 acres

Nearest Town - BUFFALO

BUFFALO has a population of 4578 (approx), and is situated 16 miles / 30 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in BUFFALO include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping BUFFALO offers: small hometown necessity shops, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

Yes

Rental car

4x4 recommended

Nearest Airports

Natrona County Airport, Casper

Distance

111.9 miles / 2 hours

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest

Ranch shuttle

Free shuttle service on Sundays


Billings Logan International, Billings, Montana

Distance

180 miles / 3 hours

Airlines

Delta, United, Alaska, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

no

Rental car

Required

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Everyone rides together, Rides dictated by ranch work
  • Max riders per ride

    10
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    15
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Draft, Paints, Other, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours
    Evening - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

Public Land (1000-5000 acres)


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

We offer trail rides around the main ranch for one or two days. Then we go to the mountain where we will do several all-day rides, except for in June, as there can be snow around the cow camp.

Riding Freedom

We do not require nose-to-tail riding, however, sometimes on the mountain the terrain will require some nose-to-tail riding.

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

We usually go to the mountain cow camp mid-week, where we will do several all-day rides, 6-8 hours in the saddle.


Why our riding stands out

  • All of our horses are well mannered and ready to go at any time. When you arrive, you’ll be assigned your own saddle horse and will get to enjoy your new friend’s company the entire time you are here.
  • We have wide open spaces to ride at the ranch and on the mountain. We spend a night or two each week at the mountain cow camp while checking the livestock horseback. The vistas are beautiful.
  • Ninety percent of our work is done on horseback, to check on livestock, the fences and making sure our cattle are safe. Among other activities, you also get to help with the saddling up, along with all the daily tasks associated with a working ranch.

Sample Riding Itinerary

Klondike Guest Ranch offers 2-3 hour rides in the beginning for guests to get to know their horses and these rides take place on the ranch at the base of the Big Horn Montains. One ride includes visiting Indian Teepee Rings which have been there before white men settled here. All-day rides are available with a sack lunch as well. 

We do have a hot tub which our guests enjoy unwinding in after long rides. Depending on the work to be done, overnight mountain camp trips with all-day rides will happen when our cattle are on summer pasture. 

Usually a local rodeo is available for guests to take in and we are flexible to the needs and abilities of our guests – you can participate in as much or as little as you want!

Riding Lessons

Details

lessons come with package

Given by

wrangler, ranch owner or manager

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Cattle work - pasture gathers

In June, we prepare our cattle for summer pasture, and there is much sorting in the corral and moving cattle to different pastures. Once the cattle are on summer mountain pasture, our guests ride the mountain, checking on feed and water, the health of the herd, moving cattle to different pastures and making sure the fences are up. 

At the beginning of July and the end of September, we coordinate cattle drives that last a couple of days on trail. Our guests are welcome to participate in as much as they would like – we do accommodate for our guests' needs.

When

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Frequency

Weekly

No. of yearlings

30

No. of cow/calf pairs

230

Interaction

Guests watch, Guests participate

Pack Trips

Klondike offers overnight mountain pack trips in July through September.  The mountain views are beautiful with abundant wildlife.  Our summer pasture for cattle has a permit on the U.S. National Forest.

Arena Work

We are completing an outdoor arena in the Spring of 2021 which is attached to a large indoor barn for riding needs. Guest are welcome to use the arenas.

Type

outdoor arena

Activities

penning, sorting, roping from the ground, barrels, pole bending

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $268
  • Nightly Rates (per child)*

    $268
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $268
  • Minimum Stay

    1 week
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Sun
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Sun
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Tents
  • Packages available

    1 week
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Klondike Ranch can cater for up to 10 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Cabin

Rates (Per Person)*

$268
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

1 week

Description

Our cabins are modern and comfortable, each with their own private bathroom, and offer a home away from home element…with some added rustic charm.

Enjoy a wonderful view of the Big Horn Mountains, as the ranch is just 4 miles from the face of these beautiful peaks. If preferred, some cabins have kitchenettes, as well as living areas.

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge

Entertainment

hot tub


Booking Policy

Weekly rate: $1,875 per person

Fortnightly rate: $3,625 per person

Deposit: We ask for a deposit of $750/person to hold a reservation. This is non-refundable after April 1st.

Tax: Above prices do not include tax, and are subject to approximately 5% lodging and sales tax.

Gratuities: The above price does not include gratuities; we like to leave this decision up to our guests.

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  • You can borrow

    Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Cell Networks

    AT&T, verizon.

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

campouts, bird watching

Water based Activities

hot tub


Fishing & Wildlife

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, stocked pond, stream, equipment available, BYO equipment

Wildlife

An abundance of deer, elk and antelope can be viewed at your stay with Klondike.


Local Attractions

Crazy Woman Canyon

Minutes away from Klondike Ranch, Crazy Woman Canyon winds its way up the face of the Bighorn Mountains. A beautiful and exquisite drive winding along Crazy Woman Creek, the canyon offers fishing, bouldering, hiking and camping opportunities with several legends around the naming of this canyon. Learn more at our website or the Jim Gatchell Museum in Buffalo. 

Distance

3 miles / 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

Yes


Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum

Located in Buffalo, 14 miles/25 minutes north of Klondike Ranch, this remarkable 'window to the past' offers a unique portrait of the people and events of America’s frontier era. In 1900, Jim Gatchell opened a little drugstore in Buffalo, just as the period was drawing to a close.

His customers included famous scouts, cowboys, lawmen and cattle barons. He was a trusted friend of the region’s Native Americans, many of whom fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The 'Old Timers' gave Gatchell thousands of priceless artifacts of the vanished frontier era.

After Gatchell’s death in 1954, his family generously donated the collection to the people of Johnson County. The museum houses one of the richest collections of frontier artifacts in the Rocky Mountain West. Fascinating displays feature items from the Johnson County Cattle War, the Dull Knife Battle, the Battle of the Little Big Horn and every other significant event in local history.

Distance

14 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

Yes


Fort Phil Kearny

In 1866, the Army constructed and garrisoned Fort Phil Kearny, a few miles north of the ranch. The fort was built on the Bozeman Trail to protect travelers headed to Montana’s gold fields – two famous battles (the Fetterman Fight and the Wagon Box Fight) are associated with the fort. In 1868, after several violent clashes with Indians, the Army closed the fort and Sioux warriors burned it to the ground before the cavalry was out of sight.

Distance

34 miles / 45 mins

Ranch shuttle

Yes

Highs

  • If you like trail riding and want to experience real cowboy life, you’ll love riding for a purpose. As it's a working cattle ranch, 90% of the spring, summer and fall work is spent on horseback and working cattle every day.
  • There's something for everyone: hot tub under the stars, overnight camp-outs also under the stars, historical tours, clear rivers and streams to unwind in, photography opportunities, fishing, hiking, rodeo and more!
  • The comfortable modern yet rustic cabins feel like 'home from home' and are the perfect place to rest after a long day in the Great Outdoors
  • The reasonable rates make it a very affordable way to enjoy a ranch vacation in one of the most beautiful places on the planet

Lows

  • If you're looking for 'private dining', be aware that meals are served 'family style', the traditional way, with everyone round the table – it's a great chance to get to know everyone at the ranch!
  • If you're looking for a spa or pampering vacation, this might not be the place for you as the family welcome you to embrace life on a working cattle ranch!