Need to know
Twenty-nine, including seven log cabins and 10 luxury 'canvas cabin' tents
11am, but flexible if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $1800.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include all activities, meals and drinks; the 20 per cent ranch fee includes taxes, snacks, phone calls and WiFi.
There’s a spa in the Granite Lodge, with luxury pedicure stations and framed flowers on the walls; treatments include the aptly named Saddle Sore Soak, guaranteed to bathe away the day’s aches. There's also an ice rink for skating and games of ice hockey.
At the hotel
Rodeo grounds (for the weekly rodeo), cinema, the Buckle Barn event space, library, spa, bowling alley, hot tub, billiards table, stables, fishing ponds, WiFi throughout and 6,600 acres. In rooms, iPod dock, minibar and free bottled water. Some rooms have TVs.
Our favourite rooms
Camping fans won’t know what’s hit them in a Luxury Canvas Cabin, where the toilet is inside the tent, and a private bath house is nearby. They line the banks of Rock Creek, and come with a rocking chair and porch out front. For sturdier lodgings, head inside to the Appaloosa Suite, with a four-poster white birch bed and wooden walls, or the masculine Loft, which has rafter ceilings and an elegant freestanding bath tub.
The thousands of acres have room for a heated outdoor pool. Brave sorts can jump in the creek.
Checked shirts, jeans and cowboy hats – and if you don’t normally dress like you’re in a Western, stock up at the Mercantile, where you can buy genuine cowboy articles. The ranch has a whole storage room of sports equipment, so don’t worry about lugging your own.
One bedroom in the Granite Lodge is suitable for wheelchair users.
Very welcome; just remember that the area is remote and that a babysitter will need a fortnight’s notice. Cribs must be ordered in, so let the hotel know well in advance. Some rooms have pull-out beds for children.
Six plus, who are steady on their feet and like to run around.
Springfield, Colt, Sharps and Derringer, along with the log homes, are family-friendly thanks to the space they offer.
Kids will be entertained for days: toy boat building down on the creek, tie-dying, face-painting, making sock puppets, scrapbooks, dream catchers, ice-cream and Cheerio necklaces, flower trails, teepee-based picnics, cooking class, bowling, treasure hunts, pony rides…
There’s a shallow end in the pool, and arm-bands and floats available to borrow.
Dinner is served at 7.30pm and children are welcome to dine with grown-ups. They’ll have their own menu to pick from, and the restaurant has high chairs. Packed lunches can be ordered, too.
A local nanny can call in but be sure to give at least two weeks’ notice in these remote rural parts.
No need to pack
Monitoring equipment, play pens, prams and even car seats can be loaned out from the hotel.