May 9th, 2013 by heartsix
Head on up to Heart 6 Ranch for an all-you-can-eat cookout June 8th 4:00 – 7:00pm. Spend the day on your own touring Yellowstone National Park, then join us for dinner. Our ranch is conveniently located near the Moran Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. No reservations needed. Just $15 for adults and $10 for buckaroo’s under 12, and free for the little ones 5 and under.
Need help getting here? Check out our directions page.
Hope to see you then!
Call 307-543-2477 for more information.
May 9th, 2013 by heartsix
Spring is returning to the Tetons; the streams are running, fawns are trying out their wobbly little legs, and the horses are chomping at the bit. Spring cleaning is underway at here at Heart 6. Our wranglers are back after the frigid Wyoming winter, the guest cabins are booking up and we couldn’t be more excited for the summer!
We would like you to take a moment to meet our ranch managers; Eric and Becky Palmquist. Eric and Becky (along with their kids!) are the lifeblood of the ranch. From the moment you make your reservations, until the time you check-out, they will be looking out for you and your family to ensure that your stay with us is unforgettable.
The Palmquists have been in the valley for the past five years, and specifically at Heart 6 for the last two years. Nestled in the shadow of the Tetons, they live full time, year round at the ranch, and there isn’t an aspect of it’s operation that they haven’t been involved with in some way or form. Their girls will entertain you with their singing and guitar playing around the campfire, and you can watch their son riding in the Jackson rodeo.
No matter if you are interested in horseback riding, going on a float trip, fly fishing on the Snake River, or just relaxing around the ranch, the Palmquist will help make the most of your summer trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. And you can’t make it out in the summer? Come visit us in the winter for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, or experience the beauty of Wyoming by snowmobile! We offer multi-day trips into Yellowstone at unbeatable prices and we are currently taking reservations for the 2013-2014 season!
As always, if you have any questions about our ranch or activities, please give us a call and let us tell you how we can help provide the best for your Wyoming stay.
May 9th, 2013 by heartsix
Our summer season is just getting kicked off, but it’s not too early to start thinking about winter! We are taking reservations for the winter 2013-2014 season. Bring your family and spend Christmas with us – fresh cut Christmas trees, hot coco by the fireplace. Learn what peace and tranquility is while watching a moose wander by outside your cabin window*. Or learn what a rush it is to see Yellowstone by snowmobile! Skip the cars and summer crowds around Old Faithful and take in a winter experience like none other. We offer multi-day trips into the National Park and provide you with everything you need to enjoy your time.
Our snowmobile packages include the snow machine, a guide, all your lodging, meals and taxes, as well as the clothes and equipment you need to keep you safe and warm! We offer two different multi-day packages, but we are happy to help customize a package that suits your specific desires. Enjoy the proximity to the National Parks by booking and staying with us – the only company associated with a dude ranch!
Book by June 30 for 10% off your entire multi-day snowmobile package, or if you need a little longer to rearrange your schedule, book by September 30 for 5% off.
Click here for more information about our tours!
*(Heart 6 does not guarantee that a moose will wander by at the right place or right time, but there is a good chance!)
April 28th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Disconnect that child of yours from their screen or electronic device so they can have some real experiences!
Are you struggling to engage your kid or teenagers with something besides texting and Instagram? We have a suggestion: a family dude ranch vacation. Tell the kids to leave their devices at home, that the family is heading somewhere there isn’t an internet connection or a place to charge the cell phones (that’s not true, but they don’t need to know!)
Do you miss seeing your child’s face during family meals because they are always looking down at their smartphone, gameboy or tablet? Rekindle an interest in the tangible with a trip to the wide open skies of Wyoming. Do a little time traveling – let our staff energize your children about horseback riding. We can provide more self confidence building with one week on horseback than you could imagine.
Has your child ever attended a rodeo? We take guests to see the Jackson Hole Rodeo if they are here during the event. See the real life cowboys and cowgirls of the American West. Speaking of American…
We have all kinds of fun events for the kids, including a day where they get to paint their horses with “war paint,” the same way that Native American braves would have before heading out on a hunting trip or into battle. It makes for some messy, fun photos at the very least.
So, give your child a chance to be a a real kid and bring them to Heart Six guest ranch this summer. They will thank you!
April 20th, 2013 by Katie Pate
When you arrive at the ranch, we will find a mount for you from our heard of about 100 horses. This beast will be your new best friend for the remainder of your stay. Like each of us, every one of our horses has a personality; we strive to find a good match for you, both in personality and skill level. You will learn to trust and respect each other during your week at the ranch. He (or she) will carry you to some of the most beautiful outlooks and vistas in Wyoming.
We have children’s programs as well as horsemanship for adults and riders of all skill levels. We also facilitate family trail riding, so you can experience the Wyoming wilderness together.
Adult Riding Program
Find a faithful mount for the week who will carry you across the hills and mountains.
For the grown folks who are ready for full equine immersion, we have full-day rides, morning and afternoon rides, cattle working clinics and one-on-one lessons. In addition, 10 hours of arena instructions are available with our riding instructors, working with performance horses. There is an additional cost for this program.
Kid’s Riding Program
As someone who grew up riding, I have personal experience with the confidence, independence and responsibility that horsemanship builds. When you know how work with a 2,000 lb. animal and get it to respond to your commands, it is a powerful experience for a 12-year-old!
Older kids go on guided trail rides and hone their skills in the arena. Children as young as three-to-five-years-old get involved with pony rides on Buckwheat.
The Shodeo – A Heart Six Ranch Tradition
Your last Saturday morning at the ranch, watch as guests of all ages showcase their skills during the all-ages family rodeo we call “Shodeo.” Since horseback riding is a daily feature of life on the ranch, we want to give you a venue for sharing what you’ve learned. Compete in horseback riding contests and events, where the kids get to be the stars of the show as they perform as little cowboys and cowgirls.
We still have availability for you and your family the summer! Book your stay at the guest ranch soon!
March 25th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Last post we walked you through some of the unique activities we offer here at Heart Six Guest Ranch. For this week, we want to outline how families can’t choose better than Heart Six, no matter the age of their children. We understand everything you need to make a family vacation enjoyable, memorable and stress-free!
Kids Riding Programs
The riding program is the core of our children’s services. Our experienced wranglers teach children and teens skills that build confidence and independence on and around horses. The program revolves around getting on horseback every day. Kids aged 3-5 are given pony rides, while older kids are taken on guided trail rides and given lessons in horsemanship, according to their age and skill level.
You and your children can experience the Wyoming countryside on horseback – the way it was meant to be seen!
Additional Children’s Activities
In between rides, the kids flock to the Lodge to play table tennis, shoot hoops, play pool or run around outside and on the playground. Archery, scavenger hunts, fishing, an evening campout in the teepees, and cookouts, are just some of the additional entertainment we offer to keep the kids enthusiastic, entertained and worn out by the day’s end!
Although our horseback riding permits only go from June 1st through September 15th, we are open in May through the end of September to enjoy the beauty of this area in the off-season! Wyoming Guest ranches , so if you want to come for our Spring season (May 1 – 31) or in the fall (Sept. 15 – Sept. 30th), we will be here, waiting for you!
March 13th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Everyone knows that when they visit a guest ranch, there will be horseback rides, campfires and cookouts. However, Heart Six ranch offers more than just the basics. We wanted to let people know a little more about the wide range of activities we offer during our dude ranch vacations, like Morning breakfast ride with incredible views of the Tetons!
Paintball: Have a Paint Ball War at our dude ranch! It is an excellent setting for a fun filled afternoon of shoot ‘em up! Many times the ranch staff team up with guest kids pitted against their parents. Watch out Mom and Dad, payback stings!
Dancing: Enjoy a Country Dance night. Fun for the whole family!
Yellowstone Tours: Take our guided tour of Yellowstone where you will see the entire southern loop – including both the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone as well as Old Faithful and many of the other well-known areas.
Children & Youth Activities: Depending on the age of your children, we have a variety of programs tailored for them. For teenagers, our activities are less supervised than for the younger kids, offering teens a sense of freedom and a choice of activities.
This is only a small sample of what you will enjoy when you visit us near Jackson Hole. It is not too early to book your Summer 2013 vacation (we are also open year round)- we hope to see you soon!
March 2nd, 2013 by Katie Pate
Yellowstone will close to snowmobiles for the season on March 15. That means you only have a few more days to book at tour with us! We have discounts for groups of 12 or more and offer both day and overnight trips.
Here is some information to keep in mind when planning a snowmobiling trip for your family:
We will go snowmobiling even if it snows or gets real cold. This is just the nature of winter weather! If hazardous conditions make it impossible to proceed with a tour, deposits are fully refundable.
Who gets to drive? Yellowstone National Park requires all snowmobile drivers be 15 years or over AND have a valid driver’s license. However, if you take one of our other tours, like the Continental Divide, you can drive at age 13 with parent consent and supervision.
Book a snowmobile trip for your family at Heart Six Ranch.
If you are age seven or older, you may ride the snowmobile. However, for our longer tours, we recommend riders be at least 10 years old. All snowmobile tours require a degree of physical activity and tours are take place at high elevations. Participants with special medical conditions should consult their physician prior to participating in any snowmobile tour. Max of two persons per snowmobile.
What if I crash? First off, DON’T WORRY! Our guides are experts and take every necessary precaution to keep you safe! However, we do offer a snowmobile damage waiver for drivers 18 years of age and over. The fee is $20 per snowmobile with a $600 deductible.
Will Y’all Come Pick Me Up? Of course! We provide transportation from all Jackson Hole area motels and resorts. Guests staying at a private home just need to give us an address and local phone number. If you are staying at a local hotel or motel, plan to meet our guide in the lobby or reception area at the specified pick up time.
But I Can’t Come this Month! It’s not too early to book your snowmobile trip for next winter!
February 16th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Last post, we were discussing the history of motorized vehicle use in Yellowstone National Park. At the end of the post, a quandary was posed: motorized snow vehicles made the park accessible to many more people throughout the winter months. However, the vehicles’ noise and smoke were intrusive on the flora and fauna of the park during this difficult season. Plus, they disturbed hikers and skiers that long valued the park in the winter for its silence and solace.
How did Yellowstone resolve this conflict? Read on to find out!
January 31st, 2013 by Katie Pate
When the first motorized snow vehicles came to Yellowstone National Park in the mid-20th century, they entered a winter wonderland virtually empty of people. Until then, the only winter visitors were handfuls of hardy winter park employees and travelers on snowshoes and skis.
The opening of America’s first national park to more convenient winter visitation was a sensation—and eventually a controversy. With the advent of snowmobiles and the like, many more people could experience the magic of Yellowstone in this extraordinary season. But with the ability of the masses to access the park in winter came trade-offs. The early machines were noisier and smokier than today’s snowmobiles and snowcoaches. In those early years the number of snow vehicles was so few—and the novelty and opportunity of visiting this pristine winter destination were so great—that the drawbacks appeared minor to most.
The snowmobiles of today —one—or two-seaters with handlebars and open cockpits—first arrived in Yellowstone in 1963. By the early 1970s, the park began to regulate oversnow vehicles as the sport was exploding in popularity. However, this was a lackadaisical management period and strict guidelines for motorized uses in the park did not occur until the early 2000s. At this time, limits on the number of machines, speed zones, nighttime closures and other measures were adopted. In the meantime, management was a challenge. More people were coming in winter and more of them were riding snow vehicles. With a parallel rise in the popularity of human-powered journeys into the winter backcountry, conflicts were inevitable.
Snowmobile tours provide a unique way to experience Yellowstone National Park
For many visitors, the machines were the best and most practical way to enjoy the vast park and its winter extremes. The motorized vehicles were also useful for Yellowstone personnel trying to do their jobs in a very challenging work environment.
Finally, they were a business opportunity for the many communities around the park that rely on tourism to survive. Until snow vehicles came, Yellowstone was a travel hot spot from spring to fall—and cold as ice through winter.
Read about the resolution of this quandary in our next blog post!