Category Archives: History

Jackson Hole Area Highlights

There are numerous ranches to choose from in the Jackson Hole Valley, and even more if vacationers look to other areas in Wyoming, or to Montana and Colorado. We are asked frequently by potential guests, “So, what makes the Gros Ventre River Ranch’s Jackson Hole location stand out? Why should I stay with you? What is there to do off of the ranch?” During your stay with us you’ll get to experience stunning horseback riding, excellent cuisine, and world class fly fishing. But that’s not all; GVRR is also an … Continue reading

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Fishing on our Gros Ventre River

A September Afternoon Spent Fishing on the Gros Ventre River For this blog, we spent some time fishing with a few of our guests and our wonderful guide, Tate. The goal of this excursion was to capture guest’s perspectives on what it’s like to fish with us during their dude ranch vacation. John, from Virginia, told us why he enjoyed fishing our river. First, he noticed the beauty of the cutthroat trouts he was catching. John credited their stunning colors and patterns to the fact that they are wild, not … Continue reading

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Gros Ventre River Ranch’s Special Rides

Not Every Ride is the Same at the GVRR In addition to our trail rides of varying levels, we offer an all-day ride, lunch picnic ride, a breakfast ride, and team penning/sorting. Our all-day ride on Wednesday provides guests the special opportunity to travel further into the country on horseback than is possible on a morning or afternoon ride. This ride gives guests the chance to feel like true cowboys and cowgirls exploring the West. The ride leaves at 9 am and returns around 3 pm. At lunchtime, guests will … Continue reading

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THE HISTORY OF THE GROS VENTRE RIVER RANCH

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the history of the Gros Ventre River Ranch? Well you are in luck! Ranch manager Tori McGough has complied a brief history—along with wonderful photographs—to share a bit more about our beloved ranch and how it has become the wonderful place that it is today! The ranch had a brush with disaster in 1925 when a nearby mountain collapsed in a massive landslide. The town of Kelly, downriver from the Ranch, was nearly wiped out and even Jackson, 18 miles distant, had … Continue reading

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Your Wyoming Summer Vacation

The sun is shining, the horses are back, and the grass is green, which means your Wyoming summer vacation is just around the corner! Would you like a sneak peak at the beauty, adventure, and relaxation that we have in store for you? You are in luck! Below is a wonderful video that showcases the Gros Ventre River Ranch. We pride ourselves in providing our guests with memorable hospitality while they experience the wonder of the Wild West. Your week will be filled with delicious cuisine, beautiful scenery, rich history, … Continue reading

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Jackson Hole Wildlife at the GVRR

We get to see many different animals come and go out of the valley, as Jackson Hole wildlife migrate in and out of the Gros Ventre and Antelope Flats regions. During the spring, the annual elk migration takes place, at which time the elk migrate out of the valley into the colder mountains, where they remain until the fall. Pronghorn Antelope and Bison return to the valley in the spring time, and we get to see herds of bison grazing in Antelope Flats and Mormon Row. Our year round wildlife, including … Continue reading

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Jackson Hole Dude Ranch ~ Happy New Years!

Happy New Year from our Jackson Hole Dude Ranch! As Sean and I enter our 14th year managing the ranch, we are continually thankful for Karl and Tina’s vision for the Gros Ventre River Ranch.  For those of you who do not know how this place came to be, I will give you a quick recap. After years of sharing ownership in a guest ranch in Jackson Hole, Karl and Tina sold their interest to their partner and started looking for a ranch of their own. Separately, they each came … Continue reading

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Guest Ranch in Jackson Hole Videos Part 2

Visiting a guest ranch in Jackson Hole is fun for families, friends, and singles. For the second post in our Guest Video series, we highlight a video taken by a group of girlfriends who visited the ranch in 2011. This video gives new visitors a look into a typical week in ranch life, from our amazing food, to our scenic rides, cattle work, and more! See our first video here: Gros Ventre River Ranch Vacation Stay tuned for more guest videos from our guest ranch in Jackson Hole!

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Jackson Hole Guest Ranch Fun Facts

Our Jackson Hole Guest Ranch is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a place rich with history and beauty. Listed below are our favorite fun facts about the area! Yellowstone, created in 1872, was the first national park to be created in the United States. Over 15 feature films have been filmed in Jackson, including “Shane,”” Spencer’s Mountain,” “Any Which Way You Can,” and recently, “Django Unchained.” The town of Jackson elected the first all-women city council in 1920. Yellowstone National Park has over 10,000 active thermal features. Jackson Hole was … Continue reading

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The History of Our Jackson Hole Dude Ranch ~ Vintage Gros Ventre River Ranch

The secluded property on which our Jackson Hole dude ranch sits became a homestead property in the early 1900s, and operated as a working ranch. The original owners grew a variety of crops to feed their families, and raised cattle and other stock on these same lands that we now call home. The ranch made the transition to a dude ranch when it was purchased by Roy and Becky Chambers in the 1950s ~ at that time, the culture in America was shifting towards Western vacations, and they thought that … Continue reading

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