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Summer 2014

The authentic west embraces a host of creative arts as well as adventures in nature, all of which are part of the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch experience.

Nature and Local Culture
We are partnered with SIHA (the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association), providing support for their Forum and Lecture Series as well as their new educational efforts through the Redfish Center. This summer naturalists from the Center will conduct their Jr. Ranger Program during our Friday evening's children's play hour.

Fireside chats with local resident and author John Rember provide unique perspective and reflections about the area and its rich culture and history. John will join us before dinner dinner several times throughout the season to read from his growing body of work, including selections from "Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley."

Each Wednesday evening, "Let's Talk Fishing!" on the front porch. With the backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountains, learn what fly fishing is all about. Mary Ann and Dave Dozer will share their passion for fly fishing and knowledge of the local waters. They will talk about the gear, techniques, fly patterns, and local hot-spots.

Summer Music
The porch as ever will be the place to enjoy our local dinnertime musicians on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings during the dinner hours throughout the season. Favorites Muzzie Braun, Bruce Innes, Chuey’s Shoebox Revue, Spare Change, Dewey, Pickette and Howe, and Spike Coggins will join us once again. The Summer 2014 music schedule will be posted when finalized.

2014 Special Events
Sunset Concert with Bruce Innes August 16: Bruce will return from Canada for his annual IRMR concert, held after the Fajita Grill BBQ on Saturday night. The texture of Bruce’s show is a tapestry of original material, exceptional songs and personal anecdotes – some humorous, some poignant, some peeks into his friendships with the famous. Please join us for dinner and this evening of emotionally-charged music in an intimate setting.

Wine Week with John Alonge, The Wine Heretic, August 24 through August 31:

John will join us once again for our popular Wine Week and Events, to include 3 Sip and Chat evenings on the porch, a pre-dinner tasting and talk, and weekend seminars that include tastings. 2014 Topics will be posted soon.

Special Wine Week and Wine Weekend rate packages are being offered.

International Women Fly Fishing Rendezvous September 2 through September 6: Come and experience great fly fishing for west slope cutthroat trout in the spectacular setting of the Sawtooth Mountains, while staying at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for this 5 night specially priced event. Two days of guided drift boat fishing are included in addition to the Ranch activities and amenities: breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner, the natural hot springs swimming pool, 1.5 hr. horseback ride, mountain biking, a mountain biking clinic for beginners with initiation on-Ranch ride, stocked fishing pond, Salmon River access, and of course The Porch. 2014 IWFF membership is required. Contact Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for reservations, details and pricing or Mary Ann Dozer for detailed Rendezvous fishing information.

Evenings at the Ranch
There are special event dinners on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. Saturdays savor a Southwest Fajita Grill, featuring Hawaiian swordfish, free-range chicken, Wagyu flank steak and an array of wonderful side dishes, while taking in the famous view from our front porch. Enjoy the same casual format, and spectacular sunset, on Thursdays’ Western BBQ night, with applewood-smoked baby back ribs, brown sugar soy glazed Alaskan king salmon and an eclectic display of classic side dishes. On Monday evenings, guests take our horse-drawn wagon or walk a short distance to a meadow on the edge of the forest for an authentic Dutch Oven cookout.

The Ranch draws on a wide range of local talent to provide entertainment. Musicians Muzzie Braun, Bruce Innes, Dewey, Pickette and Howe, Spare Change, Chuey’s Shoebox Revue , Rick Hoel, Jerry Grusell and others bring their guitars and talent 4 nights a week to accompany dinner. Horseshoes, ping-pong, croquet, and pick-me-up ball games on the front lawn provide entertainment for participants and spectators alike. And a variety of board games are available for your enjoyment.

Kids' Activities
There are a wide variety of activities for children at the Ranch and in the surrounding area. And children always enjoy the freedom of the Ranch. We’ll help you choose the activities most suitable for your family and children’s ages from the many available.

Three nights a week, staff organize front lawn games, crafts and story hour during the adult dinner hours. On Friday evening, naturalists from the Redfish Center will join the children to conduct their Jr. Ranger Program. Children can eat early on these and all other fine dining nights.

Popular children's activities include: Fishing for trout in our well-stocked pond and just paddling around in our paddle boat; pony rides for very young children; part or full-day trail rides; hikes to lakes or along streams; swimming and soaking in our natural hot springs pool - no chills here; exploring nearby Custer and Bonanza ghost towns, deserted after the Gold Miners left the area in the early 1900’s; visiting the Sawtooth fish hatchery and Stanley Museum;  floating the Salmon River and swimming, canoeing and kayaking on nearby Redfish Lake.

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