The White Grass Ranch Lives On

This week in the Dude Ranch History Museum I had the privilege of meeting Mike Jackoboice and reminiscing with him over his dude ranch years. Mike worked at the White Grass Ranch in Moose, Wyoming in 1979. After his time there the land rights returned to Grand Teton National Park and the dude ranch facilities shut down and were left in stillness for many years. Recently Mike went back for a visit, and as he says 'My how things have changed.' Where the main driveway once was there are now 15 year old pine trees. As his story goes, Mike was hired on at the ranch to manage the irrigation systems. He fondly remembers asking the owner what hours he would be working, an 8 to 5?  His manager replied, 'You are finished when the work is done.'

White Grass Ranch

White Grass Ranch 1950s

Walking through the fields Mike could barely see where the irrigation ditches used to be. They are now filled almost completely with soil; however, the rock piles he had to move three times a day to hold down the irrigation tarps hadn't moved. They were a clear reminder of the good, honest work he put into the ranch.  And, like the manager said, Mike never left work until the job was finished. Sometimes that would be 7 or 8 o'clock at night. Nonetheless the White Grass Ranch wasn't just a place to work, Mike raved about the food. The morning biscuits and gravy gave him a full belly for the day and helped add on an extra few pounds in spite of all the hard work. Even after so many years of being away he still remembers working on the ranch as one of his fondest Western memories.

Mike was also pleasantly surprised to discover the ranch was rustled out of its stillness around 2006 to become the Western Center for Historic Preservation. It is now an education and resource center dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of cultural resources in the Western national parks. The center invites people from around the country to learn how to restore cabins and historical locations. The White Grass Ranch was lucky to become a place that encourages the preservation of western history and the history of dude ranching. Mike was able to see cabin #15 completely and sustainably restored and left the new White Grass Ranch with nostalgia and even a little hope. Do you have a story from your history with dude ranching? Please share it with me at: info@duderanch.org. Happy Trails! Leah Bright Moose, Wyoming Ranches Are you looking for active dude ranches in Moose, WY? Take a look at the Gros Ventre River Ranch, Moose Head Ranch, Lost Creek Ranch and the Triangle X Ranch.


         

National Parks Week on a Dude Ranch

In honor of National Parks Week we wanted to share with you two great travel story ideas about the best ways to experience some of the awe-inspiring National Parks in America: through a dude ranch vacation.

Moosehead Grand Teton National Park

1.    Great news for road trip lovers this summer! Road trips will be cheaper than they’ve been in six years, according to a new government report that predicted lowgas prices over the summer. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that a gallon of gasoline will cost an average of 32% lower than last year nationwide. With that in mind, may we suggest a piece that explores a road trip to Wyoming and Montana guest ranches nearest some of the country’s most breathtaking national parks? 2.    Similarly, as ecotourism becomes more popular, the Dude Ranchers’ Association’s guest ranches have been the pioneers of green living and green vacations for decades. At a guest ranch, you can explore the country’s National Parks System while reconnecting with nature in some of the most tranquil, pristine areas of the country. Learn to “live off the land” with fishing trips, bird watching, hikes, wildlife viewing and more.

Below, please find a sample of Accredited DRA ranches located near or right in the heart of the country’s top national parks.

Elkhorn MT Yellowstone National Park

Glacier National Park in Montana is one of the 20 largest national parks in the United States. There are two DRA ranches located within an easy drive of the park, known for its abundance of wildlife and more than 700 miles of hiking trails. Take a day trip to Glacier National Park from Three Bars Guest Ranch and Bar W Guest Ranch is highly recommended.

Triangle X Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park - Moose Head Ranch and Triangle X Ranch are located completely within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park, a location that attracts nearly four million visitors per year to Northwestern Wyoming. The R Lazy S Ranch is located on the Southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park, within walking distance from your cabin. Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and home to a large variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk. Visit Rimrock Ranch to enjoy a picnic lunch on their Friday tours of the park, when guests are treated to a tour of the whole "Lower Loop" of the Park, which includes Sylvan Pass, Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone Lake, West Thumb, Old Faithful, Madison, Norris Geyser Basin, Canyon and Yellowstone Falls, and Yellowstone River. Elkhorn Ranch is located 1.5 miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone Park and 35 miles from the entrance at West Yellowstone. So don’t miss out this summer give us a call and let us help you plan your trip. 307.587.2339


 

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