Eatons’ 135th Anniversary Weekend

July 27th, 2014 by Jeff Way

Friday, August 29th: Calcutta at 7:30pm

Saturday, August 30th: The Anniversary Roping will begin at 2:00pm at the Arena. Cocktails & the Anniversary Photo Show will start at 5:30pm at Howard Hall followed by a BBQ Cookout at 6:30pm. The Dance at Howard Hall featuring the Craft Brothers will be held from 8:00pm – 11:00 pm.

Come Celebrate!!

January 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Way

Oldest Photo of Ranch

Come celebrate our 135th Anniversary with the Ranch family and friends! We are currently offering a discounted rate of $150 per person per night starting the 28th of August  until the 3rd of September 2014.  This rate includes all meals, lodging and horseback riding.  We will be having a calcutta Friday night with the roping on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday evening there will be a cookout and live music from the Craft Brother’s at Howard Hall.  Sunday and Monday you can head to the Equestrian Center for Don King Day’s. You can enjoy watching polo, The Wyoming Steer Roping Championships and Bronc Riding on the grass with no fences! We hope to see you all for this fun filled Labor Day weekend!

Horses Running Down the Ridge

The End of Our 2013 Season

October 3rd, 2013 by Jeff Way

Another summer has come to an end here at Eatons’ Ranch – and it feels like we may have even skipped Fall! Many thanks to our friends and guests, old and new, who have helped make the season a great one. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for specials on your 2014 reservations – we hope to see you all again next year!



Our first snowfall this year reached us just last week, on the 27th of September.
We even had some guests riding that day!

A View of Eatons’ Ranch

August 6th, 2013 by Jeff Way

Thanks to Peter Kleinbichler one of our guests form Norway for taking this picture!


Bob Wulff Memorial Roping

August 5th, 2013 by Jeff Way

Congratulations to Rhett Flint and Gavin Flint, winners of the Bob Wulff Memorial Roping on August 4th. Thanks to all of our participants, staff and guests for making it a great event!

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Wrangler Musical Chairs

August 5th, 2013 by Jeff Way

Braden and Riggs were the winners of this game! Mick came in second and Pete came in third.

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Breakfast Ride to Domo’s

July 30th, 2013 by Jeff Way

Every Tuesday we offer a Breakfast ride to Domo’s. Thanks to all the staff, guests and our “Cooks at Work”, Nate Schmeiser (Apple Fritters and Corn Fritters), Rob Cagnina (HashBrowns) and AnthonyBrowns) and Anthony Accardi (Eggs).

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July Roping

July 8th, 2013 by Jeff Way

On July 7th we had a Roping event here at the ranch. Thanks to everyone for participating and for coming out to watch. Congratulations go out to Justin Hammerich and Steven Yellowtail for having the fastest time!

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The 2013 Season Is Upon Us

June 1st, 2013 by Jeff Way

Head Wrangler, Nate Schmeiser, leading the Eatons' horses on the home stretch.

Head Wrangler, Nate Schmeiser, leading the Eatons’ horses on the home stretch.

After a long week of heavy rain, the sun finally decided to come out to mark the start of Dude Season. The horses made it in safely from Echeta last Sunday and the staff, albeit a little cold and muddy, is anxious for guests to arrive. On a positive note, all of this rain will help the wildflowers bloom and keep the pastures green.

That’s all for now, but make sure to keep up with our facebook page for daily updates and plenty of pictures. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you this summer!

Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge

Has Spring Finally Arrived?

May 2nd, 2013 by Jeff Way


This was us on the left less than two weeks ago, 17″ of snow!  Like many parts of the country we’ve been waiting for spring to arrive here at our Wyoming Dude Ranch.  This is us today and it sure feels a lot nicer when temperatures are in the 50’s.  When it starts to turn green around here it means the summer dude season is right around the corner.

We hope spring is headed your way and we look forward to seeing many of you soon!

Wyoming Dude Ranch Bonfire

February 18th, 2013 by Jeff Way

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This was not your typical bonfire and there were no roasted marshmellows.  We needed to demolish an employee building we called the Bachelor Quarters so we could begin construction of a new building.  We contacted the Dayton Fire Department to see if they would be interested in a training exercise and burn down a buidling or two for us.  The above photos are the result of their efforts.  The first photo shows where the Bachelor Quarters once stood.  The second photo was taken shortly after the fire started on the what we called the Baker’s cabin.  We have no immediate plans to replace the Baker’s cabin, but it had gotten to the point that it was beyond repair.

We’ll keep you posted on our progress with building the new Bachelor Quarters.  Thanks to the Dayton Fire Department crew for their help and excellent work!


Snow Along the Bighorns

January 31st, 2013 by Jeff Way

We got more snow yesterday and last night to add to what was already on the ground.  Frank Eaton measured a total of 15 plus inches!  The actual total may be more than that, because the wind yesterday afternoon and last night may have blown some away.  The snow is welcome, but we could do without the wind.  We just thought some of you might like to see what Eatons’ Ranch looks like after a fresh snow.

Winter Time At Our Wyoming Dude Ranch

January 30th, 2013 by Jeff Way


We just returned from the DRA Convention in Wickenburg, AZ and this is what was waiting for us, over 10 inches of much needed snow!  It was a little bit of an adjustment after being in 60 plus degree weather, but we’re glad to be back at the Ranch.

We’re all catching up on what we missed while we were gone, but Courtney was in the office to answer questions and take reservations.  In addition to being in the office, Courtney also took care of our dinner guests along with our chef Mark.  We’ve had a busy January for dinners, which we serve Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and we offer brunch on Sunday.  We’re also getting bookings for our bed & breakfast, so be sure to contact us if you’re interested in a weekend getaway.  We just finished remodeling the upstairs of the Main House for use this winter and for the upcoming dude season.  Photos will be posted soon!

2013 Dude Ranchers’ Convention

January 21st, 2013 by Jeff Way

We’re all getting ready to head south to Wickenburg, AZ for the Annual Dude Ranchers’ Convention.  It’s an opportunity to catch up with our contemporaries to discuss ways to improve our industry, improve ourselves, and ultimately to continue to improve the experience that we offer guests on their dude ranch vacation.  We think it’s the best family vacation out there and at an incredible value.

Happy 2013!

January 8th, 2013 by Jeff Way

The Ranch had a wonderful 2012 thanks to our regular Dude Season and the addition of our Winter B&B.  Our Bed and Breakfast is now open and we are offering dinner on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and brunch on Sunday. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this NEW YEAR and we hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season!

Wrangle Run 2012

October 10th, 2012 by Jeff Way

Eatons Ranch hosted the forth annual Wrangle Run a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity September 22nd!    The course was a little different from years past.  You could choose from a 10k or 13k hike or run.  The 10k ended at the Lodge cabin this year while the half marathoners headed up Wolf Creek Canyon towards the head of the Cattle Trail down to the Red Corrals and heading up the Race Track to the finish line at Howard Hall.  Everyone gathered at Howard Hall for a cookout after the race.  We could not have asked for a better day!

We’re in our Shoulder Season!

August 20th, 2012 by Jeff Way

The Peak Season has come and gone! We had a lot of fun meeting new families and seeing familiar faces again.  Time passed us by so quickly, luckily we have a few pictures to remember this season by!

The Shoulder Season is a lot quieter and less busy for us although we have some weddings coming up that will keep us busy! Shoulder Season also reminds us that Fall is just around the corner! Already we’ve seen the smaller plants begin to change their colors. It’s a gorgeous season that we’re thrilled to share with all of you coming out soon! Here’s some Fall pictures from previous years. The second photo shows the best time to see the Fall colors which is during the Wrangler Run on September 22nd!

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Wrangler Run 2010

Our first wedding of the Shoulder Season is on Friday. We’re pretty pumped to kick off this season with such a special occasion! If you want to see wedding pictures you can check out the slideshow on our website! Until next time, make sure you check our facebook page for more photos and updates!

August 4th-5th!

August 7th, 2012 by Jeff Way

What a crazy weekend it’s been! First, we had our Calcutta on the fourth.  Lots of people turned out and the bidding got pretty fierce! Afterwards, everyone stuck around for some dancing great live music by local band The Libby Creek Original! We had a theme of “70’s Prom” so it was great to see all the fringe and sparkly outfits.

Calcutta Bidding!

We found these 60/70’s server dresses in storage!

After some dancing, we had a rap battle. Yes, a rap battle! August Kern (staff) vs Charles Engle (dude). It was hilarious and a big hit.

The next day we had our roping down at Gentry Field. A big thank you to Sheridan Drum & Bugle Corps who opened for us!


The results were:

Shelby Mann and Gavin Flint won first, Weston and Tamara Mann 2nd, and Roger Ross and Justin Hammerich took third! Fastest time went to Rhett and Gavin Flint at 5:59!! More pictures can be found in our album on facebook!

August is almost here!

July 25th, 2012 by Jeff Way

The summer is going by fast but August is looking to be a great month.  We have our Calcutta on the 4th followed by what promises to be an amazing day of roping on the 5th.  We will see you all there!

There are also a lot of old faces returning that we’re thrilled to have coming back another season!  We really treasure our guests and we’re so glad to have so many coming back year after year!

We’ll update again soon with some pictures and more August news but make sure to check our Facebook page for day to day updates!


July Events!

July 19th, 2012 by Jeff Way

July is looking to be a great month for us! Earlier this month we had our July Roping. It was a great night of bidding at our Calcutta, followed by an awesome day of team roping!  Wheaton Williams and Stan Williams took first place with Lonny Gibson and Stan Williams taking second and Luke and Tom Morss third. If you missed this one we have another in August! Here’s a couple pictures of Wheaton and Stan Williams and another of Rhett Flint and Nate Schmeiser!

There were also a lot of our guests who attended the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.  We participated in the Bed Races for the first time this year! We didn’t place but now we know how it works so we’re hoping to come back strong next year.

We also put on our first Cowboy Polo game of the season at the Bighorn Equestrian Center!  T.J. Ferguson, Nate Schmeiser, and Rhett Flint played for our team. We played HF Bar but sadly lost by one point (2-1). Oh well, we’ll get them next game! Check our facebook page for pictures!


New Fitness Area!

June 30th, 2012 by Jeff Way

We have a brand new fitness area located in Pike 13-15! We put in brand new hardwood floors and bathrooms with some awesome new equipment. We’re also offering yoga classes and massages!!

It’s been a work in progress but we are very excited to share the newest addition to the ranch. Here are some photos of the equipment and space!!

And here’s a couple before pictures!


Peak Season off to a great start!

June 18th, 2012 by Jeff Way

Our peak season has officially started and already we’ve had a lot going on! We had an amazing group come through called Operation Military Kids and it was such an honor to have those families come to the ranch.  We had a wonderful time and hope to see families come back! Check out their site for more information, they have programs for every state!

We’ve also started our softball games! Every Wednesday at 2pm we’ll hit the field, or lawn, of Howard Hall. We won the first game but just barelyCheck our facebook page for some fun pics, we’ll upload some for every game this summer!

Friday we had our first dinner ride and dance of the season which both turned out great. The food was delicious and coming back to some amazing live music by Boot Hill completed the night! We danced so much that the band even played an encore. We’ll also be taking pictures from each dance night for our facebook page so be sure to tag yourself when you come out!

Saturday was also exciting, we’ve started our cookouts!  Every Wednesday for lunch and Saturday for dinner we’ll meet at Stanley Camp.  You’ll know lunch and dinner are ready by the smell of sizzling steaks in the air. Yum!

We’re really excited to have so much going on and we can’t wait to see all of you again!


The Apartment Bar Branding!

June 6th, 2012 by Jeff Way

We had the branding party for our new bar on the 30th and we’re so excited to share this new addition with all of you! Here’s some of the party pictures!

We’ve been building it since winter and even used some pine from the ranch for the bar tops.  Our gorgeous new bar is opening this Saturday the 9th!  Here’s some before pictures!

The Apartment Bar

Opening Day!!

June 1st, 2012 by Jeff Way

The first day of the season is here and already we have a lot going on! The horses came through Sheridan last week so they’re back at the ranch, ready to ride the trails! The weather has been beautiful as well. Sunny days with cool breezes. Perfect for hiking! Tomorrow we’re having a wedding on Howard Hall lawn and several of the guests have gone fishing.  It is going to be an amazing summer!

We are so excited to have dudes start arriving.  We have made several changes since last year that we’re excited to share with you. Our next blog entry will be full of details and new photos!

Opening Day

Wranglin Notes are Here

February 1st, 2012 by Jeff Way


Wranglin Notes
Volume 1, No. 196        Eatons’
Ranch    December 2011

All of us here at Eatons’ Ranch hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As we look back on this past year we think about how fortunate we are to live where we live, to do what we do, and to have you all in our lives.   The last few years have been challenging, but thanks to your support the challenges we have faced have been more rewarding than ever.

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All in all the Ranch family has had a good year. We’re healthy, our children are healthy and for that, we are thankful. Many of us had the opportunity to get a for a few excursions during the off season, which is always welcomed before or after four months of the dude season. We welcomed many familiar faces to the Ranch this summer, along with many new ones as well.  Keen Butcher and his family joined us for their annual Ranch reunion in June.  July was a good month for groups and families traveling together.  Thanks to Ted and Laura Mandelkorn, many new people were introduced to the Ranch.  Michael Shinners and his family joined us in July for the third consecutive year.  Mike Holloman and Tim Surrat joined us during the month as well to celebrate Tim’s 50th birthday with many family and friends in attendance.  We had a few guests, who we were very happy to see again, that had taken some time off between visits.  Mary Roby and her
children and grandchildren joined us in July for the first time since 1998.  George and Mary Kenny returned with their family in August after last being here in 1974.  In August we were also joined by the familiar faces of Charlie and Stephanie Fagan, who brought their children and grandchildren.  In addition to the faithful August crowd, we hosted a couple of weddings and for the first time, we hosted a photography workshop by David Stoecklein.  The beautiful wedding of Kate Brewster and Justin Hammerich fell on the same weekend as the
photography workshop, but both events went off with out a hitch.  We plan to host another workshop in 2012.  Our loyal September contingent joined us following Labor Day and we quietly ended the month with the Third Annual Wolf Creek Wrangle trail run and hike.  We look forward to the Fourth Annual on September 22nd.  We kept our doors open for a little longer for the highlight of 2011.  The wedding of Mary Eaton and Nate Schmeiser on October 8th. The wedding of 100 plus family and friends was officiated by Rob Cagnina in Howard Hall. It
was a wonderful event and everywhere you looked there were smiling faces.  So many people commented that they couldn’t have been happier for two very special people.

Ranch kids kicking their heels up at Nate & Mary’s Wedding


This year we are not going to write the usual detailed year in review. Instead, we are shifting the focus to photos from years past and to those we lost in 2011. We hope the photos bring back memories of the time you have shared with your family and friends, and with us. We are sorry to admit that sometimes it takes a year like this to make us realize just how many lives Eatons’ Ranch has touched
and how we in turn have been touched by so many special people. This year we lost a number of people near and dear to the Eatons’ Ranch family. Some left us far too early life, but we are so lucky to have known them. Some had not been able to visit the Ranch in years, but they were the people who supported us year after year and became part of our story.


Betty Lou Girardi by Mary Dailey     Betty Kaufmann by Jonathan McNutt      Gerry Clapp by Mary Dailey

          In Memory of…….

Jack Stanton, David W. Oskin, Jr., Nancy Payne, Clem Egan, Gerry
Clapp, Miff McBride, Liz Jacobs, Betty Kaufmann, Herb Koether, Betty Lou
Girardi, Blair Klein.


Some of the obituaries, eulogies and notes from families of the departed expressed the importance of Eatons’ Ranch during their lifetimes. Miff McBride first came to the Ranch with his father in 1937 and trips to the Ranch became a family tradition. He passed peacefully at home with an Arthur Dailey photo of Eatons’ Ranch by his bedside. During her amazing lifetime, Betty Lou Girardi, traveled extensively throughout
the world, but in her obituary it said that her favorite place to travel was Eatons’ Ranch. Betty Lou and her husband Joe visited the Ranch for 41 consecutive seasons. Betty Kaufmann first visited the Ranch in 1936 with her parents and their first trip to the Ranch was in 1923. The Kaufmann and Eaton family have a long history together. Betty visited the Ranch for 37 consecutive seasons.  A line taken from an Erika Frey poem over 30 years ago that sits overlooking Eatons’ Ranch still holds true today more than ever, “…when you ride these pastures I have loved, let your heart beat fast for me and I shall not be dead.”


Life is made up of experiences and interactions with others. Based on our experiences and interactions with the friends and family that we have lost this past year and before, our lives are full. To all of those who lost loved ones this past year, please know that our thoughts are with you. If we have failed to mention anyone here, we apologize in advance.


  The printed version of the Wranglin’ Notes will be in the mail soon with even more pictures.  We wish you
all the best in 2012 and we hope to see you this summer! Check out our blog and keep a look out for our upcoming specials!





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