Category Archives: Life in the West

We’re in our Shoulder Season!

August 20, 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!

Fall by the creek

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 7, 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 25, 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 19, 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!

 

First Day of November Brings First Snow

November 1, 2011 by Jeff Way

The barn with a fresh coating of snow.

It’s November and with it came the first snow! We are getting ready for Winter here at the ranch. Our 2011 Dude Season was great, thanks to all of our wonderful guests! We are looking forward to an exciting winter season, stay tuned for more information on upcoming events! Don’t forget to like our new fan page on facebook.

Wyoming Winter Wind Chill

February 25, 2011 by Jeff Way

Here at our Wyoming dude ranch we are closing out the month the way we started with cold, cold weather, at least until Saturday.  The low last night was -13 degrees with wind chill values of -25 degrees.  Tonight it is supposed to warm up to -9 degrees with wind chill values of -20 degrees.  It makes one long for those warm summer days.  Fortunately this cold snap is supposed to be short lived with temperatures hitting the 30′s in a couple of days.

The cold doesn’t shut things down on a ranch.  The cattle still need to be fed and we already have 17 calves on the ground at last count.  Our first calf was not due to arrive until the second week of March, but three separate fence lines could not deter one of our bulls a month before they were supposed to be turned out with the cows.

Our contractors arrived this week to begin updating bathrooms in some of our cabins.  The Lodge, Rinehart, Ayres, and Wigwam are all getting a little extra attention before we open June 1st.  They will be re-roofing a few cabins as well.  Lonny Gibson has put new flooring in three cabins and is now at work refinishing the stair case in the Main Ranch House.

We plan to try and keep warm this weekend along the Bighorns as we get ready to head into March.  June 1st will be here in no time and we look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces this summer here at Eatons’ Ranch..

Wyoming Dude Ranch In Winter

Dude Ranch In A Deep Freeze

February 2, 2011 by Jeff Way

Yesterday at our Wyoming Dude Ranch it was 10 below zero.  This morning it was 15 below zero.  It has been colder but but when the wind picks up and the wind chill gets down to negative 30 that is cold enough.  When the the temperatures drop like this trucks don’t start, pipes can freeze, and outdoor work is down right miserable.  Those of us in charge of the livestock, like Bill Ferguson, don’t have a choice but to venture out into the cold.  The cattle and horses need extra feed and water and access to open water can be a problem out in the pastures.  Two to three times a day ice must be chopped and cleared from tanks and streams.

We know the deep freeze won’t last forever, but the warm days of spring seem a long way off.  The snow covered pines in the background and the ice covering Wolf Creek are beautiful sights and makes us appreciate the change of seasons here in Wyoming at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains.  And it makes us appreciate even more the warmer days ahead when the snow and ice will melt, making way for the green grass of spring that will follow.

Wyoming Dude Ranch in a Deep Freeze

Christmas at Eatons’

December 23, 2010 by Jeff Way

You know Christmas is near when you put up a tree.  As many of you know, putting up a tree when you have young kids in the house is a big event, and picking out that tree can be even bigger.  Cutting down a Christmas tree has been a tradition for many of us here at the Ranch, and this marked the fourth year in a row that my family and I, along with some friends, headed out to find that perfect tree.  After a long hike along the bottom of South Red Canyon in the cold and the snow, we all managed to find Christmas trees for our families.  The excitement on the kids’ faces made the trek worthwhile.  They didn’t seem to mind the cold fingers and toes because they had helped bring home their own tree.  It is little traditions like these that make the holidays so special.

We hope this holiday season finds you safe, happy and surrounded by those you love.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Fall at Eatons’ Ranch

October 28, 2010 by Jeff Way

We’ve had a warm fall so far, which has prolonged the beautiful colors.  We are just getting a hint of typical October temperatures, and it feels good.

All of the cabins have been closed down for the winter, and life moves at a much slower pace.  Elk and deer hunting season is in its final weeks, and cattle work is under way in preparation for our calves to be shipped in early November.  Even though the Ranch is quiet, we are busily planning for next year.

We are offering all of our guests who joined us in 2010 a $500 discount per cabin if reservations are made for the same time period in 2011 and for a minimum of 6 nights.  In order to receive your discount, we must receive a $500 per person deposit by December 1st.  We hope you will be able to take advantage of this offer.  It is our way of saying thank you to all of you who were able to join us this past year.

Wranglin’ Notes

September 16, 2010 by Jeff Way

“Wranglin Notes” by Tom Ringley is here!

“There is an allure to Eatons’ Ranch that can’t be explained.”  So begins the Foreword by the Ranch’s current general manager Jeff Way and what he says has proved true for generations of Eaton family members, dudes and employees.  One can’t help but wonder if Howard Eaton, at the age of just seventeen, and the first of the Eaton brothers to go west in 1868, had any inkling of the enduring legacy they would eventually build and how many people down through the years would share a part of their dream.

At Eatons’, one of the oldest dude ranches in the West, you can still mount a horse and freely roam the Ranch’s 7200 acres at the foot of the beautiful Big Horn mountains.  The pleasures you experience will be little changed from the Ranch’s earliest days as you follow the same trails traveled by generations of Eatons’ guests.  Author Tom Ringley has followed the historic trail of Eatons’ itself, and of the many people who have  played such a large part in its fascinating history.  Filled with stories, photos and archival tidbits from the Ranch’s own Wranglin’ Notes newsletter, Tom’s chronicle  tells  the complete story of this unique enterprise over the last 131 years and helps us understand the truth of Jeff’s words:  “Remember, once you are a guest here, you are always a part of Eatons’ Ranch.

Contact us now to order your signed copy!

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