by Kristin Franks
Paradise Guest Ranch in Buffalo, WY features one- to four-bedroom cabins, complete with full baths, kitchenettes, washers and dryers and decks. All rates include accommodations, three meals daily at the center dining hall and regular resort activities. The resort offers a children’s program for ages six and up with a variety of activities including nature hikes, crafts, overnight campouts and pony rides. Several horseback riding programs are available for families to enjoy, including day trips and overnight adventures.
Our Editor Loves
- One- to four-bedroom cabins
- Children's program for ages six and up
- Horseback riding programs, including day and overnight trips
- Horse Back Riding
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
In our fast-paced world full of technology infusion, fast food meals and 140-character communication strings, Paradise Guest Ranch is an unparalleled time warp experience to a place where technology is unplugged, kids play outside until dark, families eat together, guests build friendships with each other and everyone tries something new. Even the ranch brand is “FUN”.
The historic guest ranch in the middle of the 1.1 million acre Big Horn National Forest offers something exciting for everyone, from trail riding, team penning, fly fishing, wild flower hiking, pony rides, kids rodeo and much more. The hardest dilemma is picking between all of the unique offerings each day. For the adventure seeker, squeezing in a nap is near impossible. However, for the relaxation seeker, there is always a comfortable nook with a mountainous view and rhythmic sound of a flowing creek.
Each meal seems to be tastier than the next, including smoked barbecue, chicken saltimbocca, sirloin steak and more mouthwatering dinners. We the exception of a few cookout dinners, most meals are served in the historic dining hall filled with long communal tables where families and crew sit shoulder to shoulder in traditional ranch style.
In addition to the infamous talent night, picnic on the hill, chuck wagon dinner and square dance, a favorite evening highlight is Thursday’s Kids Overnight / Adults Gourmet Night where all of the kids campout overnight in the forest nearby with supervision and the adults enjoy a kids-free gourmet dinner followed by music and dancing. I’m never sure who has more fun, the parents or the s’more stuffed kids.
This was our first stay back at Paradise in over 22 years. Amazingly, most elements of the experience remained unchanged after all of these years. Familiarity and comfort was embraced around every corner. The owners, Clay, Leah, Rebecca and Kevin, work tirelessly to deliver a consistent and exceptional experience for new and returning guests alike.
Paradise stole my heart when I first visited the ranch in 1985 and will forever be like home to me. However, the true testament was watching two new families be first in line for rebooking next summer. Neither family expected to get hooked on Paradise so quickly. Be forewarned, there is something about Paradise that will forever capture a place in your heart.
It’s difficult to put into words how magical Paradise Guest Ranch is. This for us was week two of a 4 week trip across America and Canada and a dude ranch was something we were keen to incorporate. So following some research and a strong recommendation from our agent Felicia @ Odyssey Travel we went for PGR.
It was me (42), my wife Sam (40), our boys (11 and 8) plus my parents (71 and 70). None of us had really ridden before!
The accommodation is great but you don’t spend much time there.
The riding programme is amazing - you just get on with it and choose rides to suit how you feel that day. The cow penning was a particular highlight. The scenery is unbelievable too.
The fishing is also great fun with some knowledgeable guides who got the kids really good at fly fishing.
The food is amazing - despite all the exercise we all put on a few pounds!
But what you cannot really explain in words is the magic of the place that Leah and Clay have created. You socialise with all the staff, you make friends in the Saloon Bar and by day 2 or 3 the kids have just disappeared, out having fun with boys and girls from across the world.
We will certainly be back