As a blanket of white transforms North Idaho, visitors at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch enjoy scenic horse-drawn sleigh rides powered by one of our draft teams. Bud and Velvet, Bill and Larry, Queen and Justice, Lady and Abbie or Jake and Julie will make you feel like a child again as they plod and jingle through a 2 mile loop trail of dense forests and fantastic views of the Selkirk Mountains. With a wide variety of horse-drawn sleighs, including a five passenger, three twelve passengers and a two passenger, we will be sure to have the right combination to accommodate your group. Rides are scheduled Monday - Saturday on the hour 11:00 to 6:00 and on Sundays 2:00 to 6:00. Sorry, no rides on December 24th and 25th.
If you are looking for a more intimate adventure, Dan's steady trot will wisk you back in time as you glide along in this one horse open sleigh built just for two passengers. This winter magic has cast its spell and set the stage for many marriage proposals.
To complete your nostalgic winter experience you will be invited into the lodge to warm up in front of a crackling fire and enjoy hot drinks and fresh popped popcorn. Also available is a sleigh ride and dinner package. What could be better for your group or family then a hearty "country gourmet" dinner served in the lodge after your sleigh ride.
Winter fun also includes cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and down hill sledding.
Gather the family together, bundle up and get ready to enjoy this family outing at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.
Load up on one of our horse drawn sleighs and enjoy a scenic ride to the tree lot. There you will pick out a fresh cut locally grown Christmas tree. Then gather the family and your tree and ride the sleigh back to the lodge where you will be served fresh popped popcorn, hot chocolate, and coffee.
Cost for Sleigh Ride and Christmas Tree:
$90.00 for a family of four and a 5 foot tree
$5.00 additional for a 6 foot tree
$15.00 additional for a 7 foot tree
$25.00 additional for a 8 foot tree
$35.00 additional for a 9 foot tree
Each additional person is $15.00
Kids 5 and under are free
We would like to thank Sandpoint Magazine for the nice story they wrote about our "A Simple Christmas, Sleigh Rides and Christmas trees", in the their newly released winter addition. Beth Hawkins writes in here story, "It's a scene reminescent of a Currier & Ives postcard: families clamoring up onto a horse-drawn sleigh as giggling children play with the dogs that have hopped on board for the ride. With a "haw", the driver commands a pair of draft horses - festively adorned with bells - forward, and the sleigh glides this way and that through a snowy forest before arriving in an open field adorned with lit up Christmas lights encircling a stand of fresh-cut trees ready for the choosing."
Read more on page 8 of the Sandpoint Magazine, Winter addition