If you're looking for an adventure-packed vacation that involves spending time in the great outdoors and getting up close and personal with majestic horses, then a horse drive vacation at the Silver Spur Ranch in Idaho is exactly what you need.
This unique vacation experience offers guests the opportunity to participate in a real-life horse drive, where they'll help move a herd of horses between pastures while also enjoying all the other amenities and activities that the ranch has to offer. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what a horse drive vacation at the Silver Spur Ranch entails and what guests can expect during their stay. From horseback riding to campfire cookouts, this vacation promises to be an unforgettable experience for all.
Mondays at the Silver Spur Ranch are all about settling in and getting to know the other riders. Guests can arrange to be picked up in our transport shuttle at 4pm in Idaho Falls. Those traveling on their own are asked to arrive at the ranch around 5pm, where they'll be warmly welcomed by the staff and fellow riders. After checking in and getting assigned their cabins, guests can take some time to explore the ranch and its surroundings.
The evening kicks off with a welcome dinner, where guests will be served a delicious meal while getting to know their fellow riders, the ranch staff and a little ranch history. After dinner, guests have the freedom to choose from a range of ranch activities such as roping, corn hole, hiking, or simply relaxing around the campfire and enjoying the tranquil surroundings. It's the perfect way to ease into the week and start indulging in all that the ranch has to offer.
Tuesdays are the day you meet your mount! Today we’ll focus on helping guests get acquainted with their horses and enjoy a scenic mountain trail ride. After a hearty breakfast, guests are introduced to their mounts and receive brief instructions on horseback riding. The mountain trail ride is specifically designed to allow guests to get comfortable with their horses before the horse drive begins, while taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the area. The ride takes guests through valleys, mountains, and wildlife, providing a memorable experience for riders and horses alike.
After your trail ride, you will return to the ranch for another delicious dinner, followed by a range of fun activities, such as taking an evening hike, playing corn hole, roping lessons, or just relaxing under the stars. Your first full day at the Silver Spur Ranch offers a unique opportunity to connect with your horse and the natural surroundings, setting the stage for an unforgettable horse drive vacation.
Wednesdays at the Silver Spur are the reason you have booked this incredible trip! Today we begin the drive! After a traditional cowboy breakfast, guests are asked to pack their bags for the three-day camping trip ahead. The day's adventure begins with the first leg of the horse drive, where guests will drive the herd from Middle Creek to the Warm Springs Campsite.
Upon arrival, guests' gear will be waiting for them, and they can settle into their tents for the night. The evening's activities include dinner, followed by a range of fun camping activities such as taking a dip in a natural warm spring, playing games and singing songs around the campfire, and stargazing under the massive Idaho skies. It's an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature in its purest form.
Thursdays at the Silver Spur Ranch are all about continuing the horse drive and taking in the stunning natural beauty of the Idaho wilderness. After breakfast, which is cooked over an open fire, guests pack their bags and head out from Warm Springs to the Weber Creek Campsite for the second leg of the horse drive. Todays drive will be steeper and more scenic than the day before. Many of our past guests refer to Thursday as one of their favorite days on the drive. The views, friendships and horses provide memories that will last a lifetime.
Upon arriving at the Weber Camp you’ll find that your bedding and gear are already set up and waiting for you. Tents will once again be the accommodation for the night, offering guests an authentic and unforgettable camping experience. Today’s mountain ride provides an opportunity to connect with nature, bond with your horse, and experience the thrill of the horse drive in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of the United States.
Friday marks the last leg of your horse drive adventure. After a final campfire cooked breakfast and packing up camp, we will drive the herd from Weber Creek back to the ranch. The day will once again be spent on horseback, savoring the the beautiful surroundings and incredible horses as we traverse the Idaho wilderness.
Upon arrival at the ranch, guests' gear will be waiting for them. The evening will be a celebration of the amazing week-long adventure, with an incredible ribeye steak dinner to mark the end of a truly unforgettable experience.
Saturdays at the ranch are always bittersweet, as guests prepare to leave the ranch after a week of adventure and fun. After breakfast and packing up, guests will have the opportunity to take group pictures and say their goodbyes. The ranch staff will help ensure that guests' gear is loaded and ready before departure. Remember, you are now a part of the Silver Spur Ranch family so please stay in touch! We love seeing your pictures and videos posted to social media so please tag and share them with us. We’d love to ride with everyone again!