Embracing a Healthy Family: Eagle Ridge Ranch in Idaho is a Must Visit Western #Travel Destination

Eagle Ridge Ranch in Idaho is a Must Visit Western #Travel Destination

 

We just returned from a whirlwind vacation that started in El Paso, Texas and took us through Westminster, Colorado to see the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park being built to Mt. Rushmore, over to Yellowstone with a stop at Eagle Ridge Ranch in Island Park, Idaho.  We stayed at many places along the way with the worse being a Holiday Inn in Cody, Wyoming but the very best place was Eagle Ridge.  We found them via a brochure at the visitor center for Yellowstone and what caught our eye were the activities.  It was a one stop fun fulled vacation stay over for everyone.  What started out with giving the girls a trail ride turned into an overnight relaxing stay.  






The area was beyond beautiful and the owners and staff were very pleasant and accommodating.  Our primary decision for staying other than the beauty was in fact the niceness of everyone there.  Our stop first included purchasing the trail ride which is set for certain times but you can pay extra for a private tour guide which we did because of the number of other visitors who showed up.  30 isn't an unmanageable amount but we wanted to ensure the girls would get more personalized attention.  After seeing the cowboys (aka guides) split up the groups into smaller sizes, I realized it wouldn't have been a problem but I still liked the idea of us having our own cowboy guide.  The ride was longer than expected and too long for an inexperienced little six year old.  Our cowboy's name (have to call him that because it sounds better - wink) was Tyler and I can tell you that my six year old really liked him.  I never saw her talk to anyone as much as she did him.  He was very gracious and good with her as she started to get a bit whiny wanting to know 'how many more hours we had.'  He played along with her and even noticed she needed some water so made sure she took a drink.






The scenic trail ride was full of such beauty and we took in many different views of the ranch since they had over 2000 acres.  Our guide answered all of our questions and exhibited such professionalism and kind manners.  He was very patient with my little ones and even offered to stop and take photographs of us experiencing this memorable trip.

Later, we tried our hands at fishing eventually retiring for the night in the cabin that was loaded with everything one would need.  It was rustic yet modern and had a microwave, refrigerator, stove, coffee maker and toaster along with linens and dishes.  It even had Direct TV, a VCR/DVD player and your phone would actually work.  I mention this as we stayed at a cabin the night before and we had no phone service or TV.  You couldn't ask for a better place than this and the price is right.  There are hot tubs on each porch and a grill for a fun filled night of dinner and s'mores.  Much to our surprise, we also enjoyed complimentary paddle boats, regular fishing boats, canoes, fishing poles and another area to swim that included more paddle boats and a giant inner tube looking thing that looked like it could fit around 20 people to sit, lay on or to jump off into the lake to swim.  While fishing, you get the beauty of seeing free roaming horses who might even greet you as a delightful experience to my children.  

Everything about Eagle Ridge is breath taking and beautiful!  I've already told my friends and family that this IS the place to plan your next vacation.  I have no complaints other than we had to return home as this was a stopping point on the return back.  We went a little down the road to eat at a lodge and the people there were also very nice and the food was delicious with no wait.  This was the perfect vacation spot and they have activities for summer and winter!

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Laura Miller said...

I have never vacationed in Idaho, but it looks so beautiful and peaceful that I would definitely consider it!!!

Rhonda said...

Never been there, but it looks pretty!

Judy Whatilivefor said...

Honestly, I think I've only driven through Idaho on the way to Yellowstone Park, though I did spend a weekend visiting friends in Rexburg.

Becca said...

I vacation in Boise every summer to visit family but I had never heard of Eagle Ridge Ranch until your blog post. I wish Eagle Ridge was closer to Boise so I could try to get the whole family out there!

slehan said...

Never stayed in Idaho, mostly Wyoming near Jackson Hole.

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brich2222 said...

I have never been there but would consider it. It is my type of vacation destination!

Danielle Williams said...

never have vacationed in idaho but would like to some day!

mary mcmenamy said...

my mom went there when she was a young girl with her father best trip of her life i miss her love to see it looks amazing

Simply Sunshine said...

I have honestly never even though about going to Idaho. It is pretty far away. But it sure does look beautiful out there. You can't put a price on that view. I would love to go! :)

jenmalonee said...

I have never even been to Idaho, but would love to.

Jennifer Marie

lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

Thomas Murphy said...

I have never been to Idaho but would like to check out Eagle Ridge!

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Mer said...

I've never vacationed in Idaho, but after seeing the pictures I am tempted. It looks so relaxing.

ababe28 said...

This is just the type of Vacation I would love...Never been there myself but I would love to.
I think you should talk the owners into a Sweepstakes so we can try to win a trip there! (smile)

Ann B.
ababe28 at hotmail dot com

pajamashift said...

I would love to go. Are you kidding? The view is better than what I got here.

Anonymous said...

I liked the pics they where cool

Karen Drake said...

I went through Idaho years ago but never vacationed there. I would love to go again and spend some time vacationing there, it is so beautiful.

Tanya White said...

I have never been to Idaho, Bt would love to vacation there. The oictures look amazing, I bet I would love it there.

kathy pease said...

I have never been to Idaho but it looks like a great place to visit and I would vivit :)

imaclutz89 said...

I have never been to Idaho, but would try going there as long as it's warm at the time!

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Chris Alejandro said...

I've never been, but it looks beautiful!