Location & Maps
Red Horse Mountain Ranch is approximately 28 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, roughly a 1 hour drive along the Coeur d’Alene Lake Scenic Byway, Highway 97. The ranch is located near the eastern shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, a few miles from the town of Harrison, Idaho. The nearest airport is the Spokane International Airport (GEG), an approximately 1.5 hour drive from Red Horse Mountain Ranch.
A Few Regional “Hidden” Secrets
On your way in or out of the ranch, we have some interesting local secrets we would recommend if you have extra time in the area. Now these aren’t the typical tourist spots, so be prepared for local flavors. A few hidden secrets may be good if you have a few extra hours while you’re waiting for a flight or if you have an early arrival. Don’t forget! If you ever have questions, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a ring at (888) 689-9680.
Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway (Highway 97)
The Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway passes through an area where the lakes, mountains, and beautiful summer weather have made one of the most amazing summer playgrounds and resort destinations in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re leaving or entering the ranch from the north, you’ll have to travel this route. It’s also home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, elk, bear and several bird species, still roaming the pristine forests of Northern Idaho. Beginning at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 97, the route travels south along the eastern shoreline of Lake Coeur d’Alene, home to bald eagles and the largest population of nesting osprey in the Western states. Take a break and stretch your legs on the Mineral Ridge Trail, which offers panoramic views of the lake, as well as several learning stations describing the area’s botany and animal life.
Shortly after leaving I-90, you’ll see Mineral Ridge Trailhead on the right-hand side of the road. It’s approximately 3 miles from I-90. Mineral Ridge features a 3.3-mile interpretive loop trail which is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The loop is known as a “classroom in the forest” where a self-guided trail takes visitors through the native animal and plant communities. The trail also offers spectacular views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. This trail has some elevation climbs, so expect kids under 10 years old to need a little extra positive reinforcement.
The Moon Time Eatery and Pub
If you’ve got a hungry crew on the way in or out of the ranch, Moon Time hit the list because it’s a favorite of the staff. No fries, or greasy fast foods, but more of an eclectic, homemade hamburger joint and pub, located in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Don’t worry, the menu is diverse with fresh salads and more. Moms will be happy. With amazing micros and other famous beers on tap and a great kids meal, we have to give Moon Time a thumbs up! The lamb burger has been known to cure jet lag (for our European guests). Don’t expect high end, it’s more of a local hangout. Enjoy! [Google Maps Link]
Cabela’s is always a great place to outfit the entire family for your adventures, with good prices, sizes for all ages, and top-notch service and warranty. The Post Falls, Idaho location is on the way to the ranch if you’re coming from the Spokane International Airport. If you’re looking for a last-minute jacket, a pair of hiking boots, cowboy boots, or anything else for your trip, stopping here is a must. Give an extra tip to your shuttle driver and I’m sure they’ll accommodate you. The ranch and its employees use Cabela’s frequently, and it’s a necessary stop for those looking to fill last minute needs. [Google Maps Link]
The Route of the Hiawatha Trail
This portion of the Olympian Hiawatha route has been called one of the most breathtaking scenic stretches of railroad in the country. The “crown jewel” of rail-to-trail mountain bike trails is operated by Lookout Pass Ski Area which is located adjacent to I-90 at the Idaho/Montana state line, 12 miles east of historic Wallace, Idaho. The Hiawatha Trail is typically open daily from around May 30 thru October 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call ahead to make sure. Every year the snowpack is different so opening dates change. Winding through 10 tunnels and 7 high trestles, this 15-mile route crosses the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The Route of the Hiawatha is best known for the long, dark St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel, which burrows for 1.66 miles under the Idaho/Montana state line. With an incredible history beginning in 1906 of construction, hardships and calamities, unprecedented electrification, and of carrying passengers and freight from the Northwest to the Midwest, generations of railroaders kept the Milwaukee Road running until it finally went bankrupt in 1977. The last train west of Butte, Montana passed through in 1980. After that, the line was abandoned. With government funding and private donations, the rails were removed, and the construction of this spectacular wilderness bicycle and hiking trail was undertaken in 1997. The Idaho portion of the trail first opened for public use on May 29, 1998. The St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel, was completed in May of 2001 and is now open for bike riding. (http://www.ridethehiawatha.com/)
Holiday Inn, Triple Play, Raptor Reef, and Silverwood
The Holiday Inn in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is attached to Triple Play Family Fun Park and Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark. With 96 comfortable rooms, designed especially for families, and complimentary deluxe breakfast each morning, the hotel is the perfect place for families to relax and have fun. They are open to the public and now offer all-day play passes.
Raptor Reef is a 25,000 square foot indoor waterpark, featuring a wave pool, children’s lagoon with a 2-story play structure complete with slides, water guns, and a tipping bucket. Guests can lean back and relax in the indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi or ride one of the three amazing slides, one banking in at over 390 feet (www.3play.com).
Silverwood Theme Park has over 65 rides, slides, shows and attractions, including four roller coasters, Boulder Beach Water Park, a steam engine train, live entertainment, restaurants, and more (www.silverwoodthemepark.com). Guests who stay with Red Horse Mountain Ranch can receive a discounted rate by calling Tami at (208) 772-7900.