The gateway to the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch starts with a grand new entrance. This impressive design (above) by Courtney Kapp was inspired by one of the original ranch gates (below). The photo was taken when Highway 75 was a dirt road linking Stanley to Ketchum, the more civilized town. Nowadays, while driving on the ranch’s dirt road to the lodge and cabins, the old west nostalgia is unmistakable.
The historic lodge remains relatively flawless since its construction in 1930. Of course, with the passage of time, comes a few scars and blemishes adding to the ranch’s character. One of the necessary improvements this spring was the redwood stairs built by our maintenance manager, Jeff. The stairs lead you to the famous front porch view of the Sawtooth Mountains! Now, all we need is you rocking on the front porch!
Erica Cole, Office Manager, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch
Guest Blogger…..Courtney Kapp
We took a family pack trip with Devan of Pioneer Outfitters into the Livingstone Mine access point for the White Cloud Mountains. Our whole family saddled up and rode into an amazing camp along an alpine lake hopping with fish, flowers, dramatic views and excellent tent sites.
Devan provided all the essential elements for a successful trip - healthy food, mountain worthy horses, and wilderness knowledge … not to mention comfortable sleeping quarters and campfire meals. He guided us up to the base of the 11,000+ft looming China Wall which is an awe inspiring geological feature in the White Clouds. It is surrounded by a chain of lakes which provided great adventure for the kids. The fishing never failed us despite the numerous amateur anglers and the horses kept us company throughout the trip.
It was a remote, rewarding experience which our family will never forget. It was a perfect match to return to the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for the comforts of a high quality lodge and relay our experience in the ‘wild’.
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The authentic west embraces a host of creative arts as well as adventures in nature, all of which receive their due in our Showcase Events. We are partnered with SIHA (the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association), providing support for their … Continue reading
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