Elk Mountain Ranch, an Excellent Dude Ranch for Families

We are a very family-oriented guest ranch. In concert with our regular ranch activity program we offer a full kids’ program for children ages 3-7 years of age. Two children’s counselors will offer youngsters a supervised, fun-filled day of activity for their vacation. Children 8 and older are usually able to participate in our regular ranch activities, but are always welcome to join this program.

What makes us a great dude ranch for families? Our Children’s Program! It offers kids riding in the arena, hiking, fishing, arts and crafts, and caring for the petting zoo animals while still ensuring plenty of quality family time. On Wednesday, the children’s program heads to the local Hot Spring Pools and Water Slide (adults are welcome too)!

A week of supervised activities, just for the kiddos!

The following is a typical schedule for children ages 3 through 7 years. Naturally, activities will be tailored to the interests of the children each week to make the most of their vacation.

Monday – Cowboy Day
8:30-10:30 AMKids’ Orientation – Getting to Know You, Meet the Petting Zoo, Arts & Crafts.
10:30 AM-12:30 PMArena Riding
12:30-2 PMLunch with parents
2-4 PMPan for Gold & Learn to Rope
Tuesday – Animal & Nature Day
8-9:15 AMAnimal Care & Goat Walk
9:15 AM-1 PMVan to Brunch Site & Fat Bat Ball
1-3 PMArena Riding, Animal Plaster Crafts & Fishing
Wednesday – Water Day
10:00 AM-4 PMArena Riding, Afternoon at the Hot Springs Pool & Slide
4-5:30 pmFeed the Animals, Bingo
Thursday – Indian Day
10 PMFeed the Animals
10:30 PMArena Riding
11:30 AM-1 PMVan to Hot Dog Site & Visit Beaver Ponds
1-3:30 PMIndian Crafts, Hike to Tepee, Hunt for Arrowheads
Friday – Fun & Games Day
9:30-10 AMFeed the Animals
10-11 AMGames, Games, Games
11 AM-noonArena Riding
Noon-1:30 PMPicnic Lunch
1:30-2:30 PMOutdoor Fun – Obstacle Course & Relay Races
2:30-5 PMArts & Crafts, Games, Puzzles
Saturday – Rodeo Day
9:30-10:30 AMRodeo Crafts
10:30-noonRodeo Practice
Noon-1:30 PMLunch with parents
2:15 PMRODEO – See you at the arena!!!

Read more about our Children’s Program, in our recent post: What to Expect From Our Children’s Program