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"A bit of ranch history"
Your host Tim & Debbie
Medicine Bow Lodge opened as a guest ranch on July 15, 1917. Jessie More and her Brother inlaw George "Baldy" Sisson built the lodge to give dudes from the east a place to vacation. Now and back then people from the crowded cities have come to get away. You can still come and experience the great beauty of this part of Wyoming. Medicine Bow Lodge is located in the Snowy Range Mountains of the Medicine National Forest. Medicine Bow Lodge is proud of its long heritage and welcomes its guests to come see one of the most beautiful areas of the west. The Snowy Range with its alpine terrain is unique in its beauty and splendor. Old mining and logging towns can be seen on horseback rides within just a few miles of the Lodge. Hundreds of lakes, ponds, and streams fill the valleys. There are breath taking views that pictures just can't capture on film and represent the majestic scenery and history of the area.
Medicine Bow Lodge is rich in history with the original lodge being built in the early 1900’s. Medicine Bow Lodge was first established as a tent camp to accommodate hunters and fishermen. The lodge was built in 1917 with the original kitchen and dining room still intact and functioning to serve our guest delicious meals.
Medicine Bow Lodge is located in the Medicine Bow National Forest of Wyoming. It is nestled up against Barrett Ridge along the Barrett Creek that runs into the North Platte River. Medicine Bow Lodge is surrounded by the mountains including Kennaday Peak, Medicine Bow Peak and Sugar Loaf.
This mountain range appropriately named the Snowy Range is great terrain for horseback riding, fishing, hiking, camping, hunting… during the spring, summer and fall seasons. When winter hits this area it becomes a snowmobile haven with over 300 miles of trails, with endless powder riding. Guest also enjoy cross country skiing and snow shoeing, also many hills to sled down with family and friends.
Tim and Debbie Bishop bought Medicine Bow Lodge in 2002. It has been their goal to create a ranch atmosphere and operate as a dude ranch during the spring, summer and fall. Medicine Bow Lodge is known for their horseback riding program with their diverse riding to tailor guest needs. Guest will enjoy riding in these pristine mountains with a different view wherever they look. Tim along with his wrangler staff do their best to make the young and the young at heart to feel comfortable and confident in the saddle. Tim has a reputation with making sure that guest leave here with having learned more, and it being a great experience. Some of our guest show an interest with wanting to learn more about caring for a horse with taking part in grooming, oiling their saddle, saddling and feeding their horse while here. We love for our guest to be involved with the corral.
There is much to do here at Medicine Bow Lodge. Guest enjoy fishing, hiking, in this mountain range. They may want to fly fish or fish with a rod and reel in nearby mountain streams and or lakes. The trails are well marked for the hiker enthusiasts. There are also activities that families, friends and single guest will find entertaining after riding… We have a horseshoe pit, roping 101, archery, volleyball, barrel riding, target shooting, trap shooting, pottery, and lots of board games. Every evening during the summer and fall there is a campfire (as long as there isn’t a fire band) after supper with all the smores fixins and on some of the nights great music along with fun and memorable conversations.
The cabins are simple, rustic, cozy and clean. The majority of our cabins are duplexes with adjoining rooms. Each room has it's own private a bathroom and shower with some cabins sleeping up to 8. We also have single cabins and we now have King beds in several cabins. The lodge is the cornerstone of the ranch. It is the ideal place to play games, enjoy billiards, foosball and ping pong. There are lots of comfy sofas and chairs to settle in with a good book. The dining room is always open to get something to drink or a grab a snack. Debbie and her kitchen staff always has something yummy in the cookie jars or on the snack table.