Red Horse Mountain Ranch 2020 COVID-19 Update

Please see the following letter from Ranch Manager Rob Farmer regarding your upcoming all-inclusive 2020 vacation:

On behalf of the entire Red Horse Mountain Ranch team, I want to personally thank you for choosing to vacation with us this year, especially during these challenging times. The coronavirus pandemic has affected the world in ways most of us never imagined just a few short months ago. This year, even more than ever, we are grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with you.

As many states begin to open businesses and lift their stay at home orders, Idaho is progressing well through our phased reopening plan. If all continues to go well the Ranch will fully open for our guest season June 14.

I wanted to provide you with some updates about your upcoming visit. In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Ranch team has been busy creating new and improved guidelines and procedures for your stay. Rest assured we are following state and federal guidelines to provide a clean and healthy environment for your enjoyment and peace of mind.

As you might imagine, many of our new procedures have to do with even more robust cleaning and disinfection of your rooms and the Ranch common areas. Others will allow for physical distancing. Here are some of the things we will be doing this season:

      • Rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, with windows left open until your arrival.
      • Disinfecting high touch points in common areas before, during and after meal services.
      • The Lodge will be closed a portion of each morning and afternoon for deep cleaning.
      • New hand washing stations will be placed around the Ranch.
      • Increased spacing between tables in the dining room.
      • New covered outdoor seating and dining options.
      • Our Team will wear face masks and gloves during meal service and other appropriate times.
      • Instead of buffet style meals at lunch and dinner, our team will plate meals for guests cafeteria style. Our delightful servers will still be taking your menu orders at breakfast.
      • A new food to-go option is available if you feel more comfortable eating in your room or elsewhere on the ranch.
      • Our daily fresh baked pastries will be individually wrapped.
      • Dining tables will be assigned for the duration of your stay. Please let us know when you arrive if you have a group you want to sit with so we may accommodate you.
      • An option for limited housekeeping for your room if you prefer, including daily fresh towel delivery and trash pickup outside your door. Our daily full-service housekeeping is still available if you choose.
      • Physical distancing will be implemented during Ranch activities.
      • Face masks will be required during ranch vehicle shuttles, unless traveling in our open-air Jeeps. The van shuttle capacities will be reduced, and the windows left open during travel. The vehicles will be disinfected between shuttles. More frequent shuttles will be needed, so we will allow a little extra time for activities to get started.
      • Guests will be allowed to drive themselves in their personal vehicle or rental car to Ranch activities.
      • The library in the Lodge will be available for internet access and phone calls by appointment only.
      • Children under 11 will not be allowed in the Lodge without adult supervision.
      • The pool will be open with a recommended maximum capacity. Hot tubs will be closed for the time being.

I know some of these changes may be inconvenient, and for that I apologize. Please know that we are implementing these changes for the health and welfare of all our guests and the entire Ranch team. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Finally, we would like to ask all our guests to please bring a face mask or bandana if you plan on using the guest shuttles. We do have those available at the Ranch if you forget. Also, it’s a good idea to bring personal use hand sanitizer. A nice pair of leather riding gloves would come in handy this year more than usual (but we will be disinfecting the saddles and reins as well).

We are excited to show you our Idaho brand of western hospitality in a unique way this year. Despite the adjustments we are making, we will remain the same welcoming, caring, and professional team striving to reconnect you to a life well-lived.

Stay safe and we look forward to hosting you soon.

Rob Farmer, Red Horse Mountain Ranch General Manager

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Red Horse Mountain Ranch Policies

All rates are a per person rate for double occupancy. A 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation at the time of booking. The remaining unpaid balance is due 30 days in advance of arrival. The weekly rates plus a 15% service charge, 6% Idaho sales tax, and 2% Idaho bed tax will complete your all-inclusive stay.

All rates are subject to change without notice. Although we occasionally extend limited time promotional discounts or incentives, we are unable to offer retroactive discounts or refunds for previous bookings in the event of a price reduction or promotional offering.

New for 2021!

Cancel your reservation any time prior to the arrival date and receive a full refund of the deposit with no cancellation fee. Reservation deposits for canceled bookings may also be applied to another booking in the same year or the following year.

2022 – Parties of 12 or more guests 

Reservations canceled more than 180 days prior to the arrival date will receive a full refund of the deposit with no cancellation fee.

Large group cancellations with less than 180 days notice cannot be easily rebooked. It is therefore agreed that all reservation deposits are non refundable within 180 days of arrival date. Reservation deposits for canceled bookings within 180 days of arrival date may be applied to another booking in the same year or the following year, however transferred deposits remain nonrefundable. In the unlikely event of a forfeited deposit, the 15% service charge will be refunded. There are no refunds or credits for reduction in occupancy within 180 days of arrival date.

Travel Insurance

The ranch highly recommends and encourages all guests to purchase travel insurance.

Late Arrival/Early Departure

There are no refunds or credits for late arrivals or early departures.

If you feel our staff exceeded your expectations, additional gratuities are allowed and appreciated, but certainly never required.

Horseback riding is available to those riders under 240 pounds or athletically built. Trail riding is available to kids ages 3 and older, with ages 3-6 being led by a wrangler, depending on their ability. Riders with questions regarding medical concerns should contact the ranch and/or have a doctor’s permission prior to arriving. Advanced riding is available at Red Horse Mountain Ranch once the rider passes the lope/canter advanced test in the arena, allowing our wranglers to evaluate your ability to control your horse and stay in the saddle at faster gaits. Each guest is asked to fill out the Activity Form after making their reservations, so we can gain a better understanding of your riding experience and match you with the perfect horse. If you have any questions regarding the horseback riding policies, please contact Rob Farmer, Ranch Manager at (888) 689-9680, extension 2.

Because of the large number of horses, as well as a few cats and dogs already here on our Ranch, and for the safety of your animals, we do not allow pets.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Pack

Horseback Riding

  • Jeans
  • Cowboy Boots. If you don’t own a pair of slick soled boots with a heel, we do have plenty of choices here for you to borrow for the week!
  • Past guests have mentioned if you are not accustomed to riding, a pair of padded biking shorts are very comfortable to wear under your pants while on horseback.
  • Gloves are sometimes recommended if you are going to be doing a lot of riding, or if the weather is cooler.  We also have custom RHMR gloves for sale here at the ranch.
  • In the case of rainy weather we have full length slickers to borrow, however a sweatshirt or zip up fleece is never a bad idea for our relaxing cool evenings and brisk mornings.

Water Activities for hot tubs, swimming pool, pond, mega zip, and kayaking. [Towels are provided]

  • Swimsuits
  • Shorts
  • Sandals or water shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick dry clothing


  • Similar to water activities.
  • We do provide all fishing gear on ranch and with our outfitters, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Afternoon and Evening Activities

  • Active and comfortable wear.
  • We provide all equipment for activities including eye and ear protection and water bottles.

Meal Attire

  • Again, comfort is key! We welcome and accept all dress here at the ranch.
  • Some folks like to dress up a bit on the evening of our multi-course wine dinner, but it’s certainly not required.

Other Necessities [Keep in mind we do have these items available for purchase on the ranch]

  • Flashlight
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lip Balm
  • Head Protection
  • Bandana

Besides a hat, riding boots, and clothing suggestions, no. All of the equipment for the activities is provided and available. However, if you would like to bring your own fly rod, etc., you may do so. We recommend if you have any questions to give the ranch a call and to talk with one of the adventure guides. Each day at the Ranch, there is a menu of guided adventures available. Since you’ll be staying for the week, you’ll have the opportunity to do everything on the ranch. The schedule is located in the main lodge for all the guests to sign up for guided adventures whenever they would like. Parents or children (ages 3-10) can also sign themselves up for the Kids’ Program activities during the week. A typical day at the ranch includes an early morning activity, morning horseback ride (or other activity), and an afternoon guided activity. Lots of choices everyday!

Usually between 10 and 15 through the summer, ranging between the ages of 3 and 10. There are usually 5-7 in the teen years.

Yes, yes, and yes! A snack bar is open around the clock with fresh fruit, cereal, milk, juices, bagels, granola bars, etc. And each meal has the children in mind as well. Kid friendly, and if there is something your picky eater needs, let the chefs know in advance on your activity form!

We sure do. Plenty. So if you choose not to travel with a pair of slick soled boots you’re more than welcome to grab a pair from the Barn. If you’re a big cowboy, you might have to bring your own as sizes above 13 are hard to come by.

Every full day while at the ranch, if they choose to. The Kids Program does other guided adventures in the afternoon like the challenge course, kayaking, archery, and pottery barn. There are a couple of days where they can ride with you on the family horseback rides too. For kids ages 12 and up, there are all kinds of riding opportunities as well!

Teens also have the unique chance to hang out with their siblings AND they are more than welcome to go along for the adult adventures too. Most of the teens find hanging out with our staff just as fun as well. With all the adventure we have, teens usually have plenty of opportunities while on the ranch.

Our ranch experience is designed specifically for this. The kids’ program is designed to allow you to have your children taken care of completely during their day OR you are more than welcome to join them. We even have specific time periods when you can do your adventures as your own family. During each week on the ranch, there is one night set aside for parents to dine in a formal setting (with or without you needing to be formal) and the kids have their own evening planned. This is a special time for the adults to celebrate the week with the adults and the kids to do the same.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Prior to your arrival, we’ll have you fill out our Activity Form which includes any special dietary requests. Vegans, allergies, gluten-free, etc, are not a problem, but we do like to know of this well in advance so the menu can be adjusted accordingly. Gluten-Free, vegetarian, and allergies are very typical food requirements that our chefs take care of each week on the ranch.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch shuttle service is available from the Spokane, WA & Coeur d’Alene, ID regions. The shuttle service is usually the best option for those travelers with the ranch as their primary destination. If you are planning to travel onward after your stay, a rental car is usually a better option. From the Spokane Airport (Airport code GEG), the shuttle service takes approximately 1.5 hours; It takes 2 hours with getting your baggage and other traveling time to arrive at the Ranch. To be timed with your flight departures, your return trip to the airport will be scheduled 3 hours in advance of your flight, which has proven to give plenty of time, even with small children and checking in baggage.  You can learn more about transportation to the Ranch here on our shuttle information page.

Unless you’re planning to go elsewhere during your vacation, we suggest just taking the shuttle from the Spokane International Airport. Once you have arranged your flights, just come back to our website, fill out the shuttle form, and you’re all set. If you’ll be driving into the ranch, check our website for the best directions. The only thing you want to watch out for is the navigational gps units pointing towards forest service roads or away from the main highway as you near the ranch.

Yep. There’s places to sit and take in the clean air and breathtaking views. You’ll be amazed at how quiet the ranch is when everyone is off on their own adventures with the guide

Yes. More than likely if you’re making your reservations early, we’ll easily be able to put you all in your own cabin together.

That’s easy. 3 top things mentioned in our reviews are the staff, the amount of guided adventures, and the food. We’ll keep everyone (and we really mean everyone) so active and full during their stay, they’ll almost need a vacation from their vacation at the ranch and probably a diet. If you have a well trained ranch staff, 300,000 stunning acres of Idaho forest, 100 horses, and summer sun, it’s going to be tough finding anything better. But don’t let us tell you, go check the reviews!

Other Hints

Most everyone will be taking the shuttle in from the Spokane International Airport (GEG). A flight arrival between 12 & 3 pm is perfect. Or, arrive in Spokane on Saturday and make a day in Spokane or Coeur d’ Alene. We’re hearing from our guests this year that the flights seem to work better with a Saturday arrival. The shuttles can easily pick you up from anywhere in the region. On Sunday afternoon, when you arrive at the ranch, we’ll get you settled into your cabin, give you a short tour around the ranch, and give you some time to relax before our cocktail hour and appetizers. Dinner will be ready at around 6 pm and evening entertainment will begin. Departures will occur after breakfast on Saturday and we’ll be sorry to see everyone head home.

Throughout the week, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from any of the outdoor adventures we have in store for everyone. Massages, horseback riding, fitness hikes, kayaking, sporting clays, bike tours, and more!  You’ll need the entire week to fit it all in, but don’t forget, relaxing with a good book is also highly recommended. Every evening has something fun planned from campfires to evenings in our old west saloon. We’ll have beautifully crafted dinner with courses paired with some of our favorite wines, luncheon horseback rides to far off meadows, and all-day rides to some of the nearby peaks. It’ll be a week to remember!

From advanced to beginner horseback riders, your week is going to be filled with lots of riding. After our orientation ride on Monday, there are advanced, scenic, and all-day rides scheduled throughout the week. You’ll also able to take advantage of learning from some of the wranglers by taking a lesson. One of our past guests suggests bringing a pair of bicycle shorts to go under your jeans to save your bum. If you don’t have boots, we do have boots you can wear but slick soles are a must. You should also make sure to have a few pairs of jeans, a pair of shorts, or something you can get wet in for the kayaking trips, boat tours, and bike rides. Some folks bring a pair of leather gloves with them to ride with during the fall. We recommend this highly. A pair of tennis shoes or running shoes are also very handy.

We have a saying in Idaho during the fall. If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes. Plan on evenings being chilly, a good fleece jacket will no doubt be very useful. Rain is possible but don’t worry about that stopping the horseback riding. The barn has a number of full length slickers to fit you.

Our chefs are going to make it very difficult to shed pounds while you’ll be here. Daily baked breads, fresh salads and fruits, homemade desserts, and more. Some decide to get a little dressed up during our Wine Dinner. Don’t have to though, a pair of jeans and boots are regular attire on the ranch. This will be an exciting and fun evening! For those guests that have food likes or dislikes (and the likes are just as important), don’t forget to fill out your activity forms and tell us. Gluten free, vegetarians, etc are all welcomed!