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 one day a week will bring materials to the Ranch for a hands-on discovery experience, followed by a walkabout on the Ranch, highlighting IRMR flora and fauna.
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 June 18, July 9, July 23, August 20 and September 10 to read from his growing body of work, including selections from "Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley"
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, and Dewey, Pickette and Howe will join us once again. Summer 2013 Music Schedule.
2013 Special Events
Honoring Dads Father’s Day Weekend June 14, 15, and 16:
A special Father's Day Package gives all fathers the children’s rate, allowing a family to treat their dad – even generations of dads – to a 3 night weekend for $510 in a cabin or lodge room. Rates include a hearty breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner, the use of mountain bikes and the natural hot springs swimming pool, a stocked fishing pond, access to the Salmon River, hiking and a knowledgeable staff to assist with activities. Dinner styles are rotated with a casual barbecue Saturday and fine dining in the Lodge dining room Friday and Sunday. Musical entertainment is featured Saturday and Sunday.
Sunset Concert with Bruce Innes August 17:
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 25 – September 1:
Sunday August 25 and Tuesday August 27 Sip and Chat on the Porch with John, as you savor some of your and John’s favorite wines.
Friday August 30 The Wine Weekend kicks off with a pre-dinner Tasting and Talk,
“How to Taste and Talk About Wine Without Sounding Like a Wine Geek”, followed by Saturday and Sunday afternoon seminars.
Saturday August 31 John’s seminar topic is “The Three Sources of Flavor in Wine” and
Sunday September 1 “Tradition vs. Innovation – Revolution in the World of Wine” will be presented. Tastings of course are a part of both seminars.
Special Wine Week and Wine Weekend rate packages are being offered.
International Women Fly Fishing Rendezvous September 6 through September 11:
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.
2013 IWFF membership is required. Contact Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for reservations, details and pricing or Mary Ann Dozer for detailed Rendezvous fishing information.
Photography Workshop September 6 – 9:
“Light on the Land”, presented by Chasing Photos, with instructor Keith Walklet, offers a transformational photographic workshop, with all the comforts of the Ranch amenities. A class limit of 10 students permits a personalized, focused learning experience and maximizes the broad skill set of the instructors. Please call the Ranch for reservations and pricing or visit chasingphotos for further details.
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.
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. 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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