This was our honeymoon trip we planned at the end of 2018. The ranch and each staff member made us feel welcomed and eager to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. We received a text mid morning on Saturday asking our time of arrival. We were greeted as we drove into the main ranch area by Ashley, and she escorted us to our cabin to get us situated before our first evening began. Our cabin was perfect. A VERY comfortable king size bed with all the windows open to feel the warm mountain breezes. I initially noticed the doors have no locks from the outside, only locked from the inside. Being so used to locking everything up, but then found it refreshing to know that it was not necessary and the whole ranch is open to explore in the same way. The guest shop has a "Honor System" to simply write down the items you purchase and they are billed to your account. It was a nice change of pace. The layout of the ranch allows easy walking distance just about everywhere, but they have a shuttle if you would rather not walk at all times. The 100 or so horses on property were within sight of our cabin and the lodge. We were properly introduced to the herd our first evening as they moved all the horses from their weekend pasture to the lower pastures. The running of the herd was impressive! We have never been within a few feet of that many horses galloping by, quite a sight to see, hear, and feel. Our week was adults only, so we enjoyed our first cocktails before dinner at a well stocked bar manned by Eric. He was very attentive and remembered our drink choices all week. The first dinner was impressive, everything was fresh and tasted amazing. Chef Tim and the rest of the kitchen staff made meals that I'll remember for a long time. We had Halibut during our five course wine meal on Thursday night, that's one I'll never forget. The deserts were never ending, and so delicious. Anything you wanted, they would get for you. Lots of options and meals for any diet. Then the first night campfire with the bar right there next to it. This was just the first few hours on the first night! The horses were hand picked to suit our riding experience. Every wrangler made our experience so enjoyable. We bonded with our horses early on, and really enjoyed the amount of time we had each day to take scenic trail rides, lessons, or just feed them apples while they were resting. If you need a break from the saddle, there is kayaking, archery, clay shooting, bike rides, arts and crafts, hiking, fly fishing lessons, zipline, pond fishing, and Jeep rides. Or just nap in a hammock or get in the pool or hot tub. The entertainment is endless, but so is the piece and quiet of the Idaho mountains. It's all up to you. This place sets the bar for 5 star treatment at a ranch. Everyone has a smile, a hello, a how was your day, can I get you anything attitude that makes you feel like royalty. If you love the outdoors, horses, mountains, lakes, fishing, and a place to connect with your loved one(s), this is the place to go.
I had a great time at the Red Horse Mountain Ranch this past week (Aug 31-Sept 7 2019). From start to finish the staff were engaged and personable. There is also an attitude of generosity there. E.g. they offer one free load of laundry, which is a fantastic perk, free drinks of any kind, and an honor system at their Trading Post store- e.g. you write down the items that you've taken and they add those to your bill. The food - typically served buffet style with lots of options including fresh salads offered at every lunch and dinner and delectable desserts- was amazing. The accommodations were clean and comfortable and most of the cabins had their own hot tub right outside, in addition to a larger hot tub offered by the pool. There were plenty of activities to choose from for people who didn't want to do a lot of horseback riding (e.g. fishing, hiking, bike riding, ceramics, zip lines, a climbing wall and more). There were also fun evening activities including campfires, karaoke, a music performance by a local, talented band, and a 5 course wine-pairing dinner. Most outstanding though was the riding program. Its clear that they take really good care of the horses. Apparently there are over 100 horses and the horse barn staff have them on a well-thought-out program for riding and rest. The staff stay up-to-date on any health challenges a horse might be having and are eager to accommodate guest special requests for riding, keeping in mind basic safety concerns and one's riding level (they test you to see where you're at and encourage lessons before more challenging trail rides). It was nice to be there at an adult week although it's clear that they have a thriving children's program as well. It was great to get away from it all, to a beautiful place where Wifi and other easy reminders of life back home are few and far between. It was my first time in Idaho- a beautiful and possibly under rated stated. In any case, if you're at all interested in this kind of trip- just go!!
Our family of 10 just returned from a wonderful week at the ranch. It was our first visit and we ranged in age from 4-71. The staff is focused on making guests feel welcome and special. The riding programs were amazing - the 4 and 5 year old grandkids had a horse for the week and a personal wrangler for the daily rides. The teens, parents and grandparents also enjoyed their trail rides. In addition, we had so much fun kayaking, bike riding, karaoke night, clay shooting and archery (and that’s not all we did). There are lots of choices each day or you can laze by the pool or get a massage. The kids were busy in the mornings and afternoons. The mega zip line was a huge hit!! As for food, it was very good and there was plenty of it. Same for drinks. Desserts were amazing and we appreciated the cakes for our grandson’s 4th birthday and our 50th wedding anniversary. Each evening brought a different type of entertainment which was great! I didn’t miss tv for a minute. We stayed at the huge Hilltop house with 5 bedrooms which was a hike (we did have access to a car) but we loved the views and serenity up there. This was a special experience and we’ll treasure our memories. I would give RHMR 6 stars if I could.
Just got back from the most fantastic and fun week at Red Horse Mt. Ranch. We had a wonderful ladies group from all over the country and even one from Australia. What a great group of women. We were game for anything and everything. Never knew 31 women could have so much fun together!
The ranch experience itself was beyond incredible. Hospitality and fun are the name of the game here. Everyone from the Wranglers, guides, chefs, servers, managers, bartenders,housekeeping, etc, etc. were so accommodating and friendly. The rooms, lodge and saloon were just the right amount of western and comfort. The food was delicious and healthy with a smidge of decadence. The horses were beautiful and well cared for. Scenic views on every ride and you never took the same trail twice. And if you didn't want to ride every day, there was archery, zip lining, clay shooting, kayaking, pottery, swimming pool, hot tub, fly fishing, and more. I can't say enough about this wonderful place and I WILL be back! Oh, and don't forget the fabulous ranch dog, Bodie for those of us who needed our dog "fix".
When I first learned that my family was going to have a reunion at the Red Horse I was skeptical, traveling from Florida to Idaho and disconnecting from the world for a week seemed daunting. I looked through the reviews, went through the web site, and started to look at all the activities, started to get more excited. We flew into Spokane and took the 2 hour bus ride through Coeur d'Alene, it was amazing, we went in, over, and around what seemed like every finger of Coeur d'Alene Lake, breathtaking views. Upon arriving at the RH, it was as better than I ever could have expected. We were shown our rooms, given a tour, and then were given some time to unpack before dinner. So here's a breakdown of our stay. The week begins and ends with the "Running of the Horses", on Monday they bring them in from the pasture and on Friday they return to the pasture - quite a site to see 100 horses rushing by you.
Rooms -- nice log cabins with AC, our cabin had huge glass doors overlooking our porch and the valley, was very light and spacious. BTW, no TVs, it is a true getaway. Depending on your cabin there was more or less light throughout the day - but you don't come here to sit in your room!
Meals -- outstanding meals were served for each course, they have a world-class chef and every consideration is given to any special diet requests; we had a family that ate only Vegan, another gluten-free, and a peanut allergy. The staff put out food and labeled each accordingly. I have not seen nor experienced such personalized service at any resort. In between meals snacks and drinks were readily available free of charge.
Activities -- you will only be bored here if you try. Horseback riding for all ages and skill level each morning and afternoon, fishing, row boats, kayaks, archery, sporting clays, rifle shooting, pottery paining, mountain biking, golf, and I am probably forgetting a couple. Sign up sheets are kept at the lodge and signing up for activities could not be easier. Some activities require additional charges since they involve third-party companies but the prices seem reasonable - these costs are the exception as most activities are included.
Night Life - each evening is a different event, live music, fireside stories, "Amazing Race", Saloon Karaoke, and a 'staff' concert (quite a talented staff). It is hard after a day of activities to muster energy for these events but they are worth it even if only for an hour or so (keep in mind we came from the East Coast so we were pretty wiped by 8pm). Wine Dinner is an "adult" exclusive for mid-teens and up, fantastic 5 course meal prepared and served in an 5-star atmosphere.
Staff -- unparalleled. Each and every staff member went out of their way to learn your names and do their absolute best to answer any request. Many of the staff serve multiple roles; wrangler, biking guide, shooting sports guide, kitchen staff, room staff, etc.. it is what really makes Red Horse the outstanding vacation it is and you can tell the staff enjoys what they do.
Internet Access -- I know this is more important as we become more and more connected but there is only wifi access at the lodge, no service in the rooms and cell phone service is not great. You will need to plan on hours, if not days, of service interruption; but isn't that why you took a vacation?
In addition to the items I have already mentioned there is a swimming pool, multiple hot tubs, badminton, horse shoes, Frisbee golf, yoga, stretching, morning hikes, and more. I have been on several cruises and I have to say this exceeded them all, this is truly a cruise on land (or better if you get sea sick). We had 14 people in our group and there were activities for all ages, don't think anyone left there disappointed (other than the fact they had to leave). I think in a few years I will have to return and do this again, it is simply amazing!