Family Fun at the Ranch!

Recently, I came across a video demonstrating a trend of today’s youth becoming addicted to technology rather than enjoying the outdoors and playing with other kids. Grandparents remember fishing adventures, exploring the woods and picking berries as some of their favorite activities. Their children remember playing with the neighborhood kids, games of baseball, building forts. What is important to the current generation of kids? Video games, movies, texting – they spend hour upon hour glued to their technology. Is this healthy? I would say introducing these kids to the outdoors and all that nature has to offer would be a huge service to them!

Enjoying a Kayak Tour on Lake ChelanStehekin Valley Ranch provides a great atmosphere for a technology-free vacation for the whole family! Don’t worry about cell phones – there is no service here. WiFi while available, is too slow to watch movies or play online games. So get outside! There are lots of fun activities to try, and natural wonders abound!

Fantastic views on a Trail RideGuided activities include kayaking (kids as young as 3 can go with a parent), horseback riding (8 years and up for the trail ride, lessons and pony rides available for younger kids), and fly fishing. There are also mountain bikes to rent, trails to hike, and a lake to swim in!

Nelsons playing cardsIf that isn’t enough to keep everyone entertained, there are a variety of games right here at the Ranch. We have ping pong, horseshoes, frisbee golf, volleyball, badminton, a playground and more. Or, if you want to stay inside we have a variety of board games, books and puzzles in our reading room.

Plus, with all your meals included, even Mom gets a vacation!

Visit our website for more details or to book your stay in paradise!

New Adventure Packages!

Fantastic views on a Trail RideStehekin Valley Ranch, in cooperation with Stehekin Outfitters, is offering these adventure-packed mini-vacations for your enjoyment of the Stehekin area. Visit our website for more information or to book one of these great packages!

Express Adventure Package Short on Time, but High on Adventure… 2 Nights, 2 Activities, ALL Meals! Available: June 15 – July 2, 2015 $350/person + tax, double occupancy

Enjoying a Kayak Tour on Lake ChelanDeluxe Adventure Package All the Adventure you need, plus time to relax! 3 Nights, 2 Activities, ALL Meals! Available: June 15 – August 31, 2015 $440/person + tax, double occupancy

They’re Back!

On Wednesday, as the barge made its way slowly up Lake Chelan, it had a special load strung down the middle. Approximately 20 horses were taking their annual cruise back to Stehekin!

The Ranch pasture is now full of little Norwegian Fjord ponies, chowing down on their morning meal. It is starting to feel like summer is really coming now! Less than a month until we open our doors for another great season!

PS. THE BAKERY OPENS TODAY!  – The Stehekin Pastry Co. is opening today, and will be open on weekends until mid June when it opens full time. Guess where I will be for lunch….

Awe-inspiring Horseback Riding

Guide Katie with Agnes Mountain in the Background
Guide Katie with Agnes Mountain in the Background

Many people that visit the Ranch are interested in taking a horseback ride on one of our Norwegian Fjord Horses. Some guests who recently went on a ride with us sent some pictures back of the ride. It was a beautiful day, and they got some spectacular pictures!

Riders winding through the woods on the trail to Coon Lake
Riders winding through the woods on the trail to Coon Lake

The dayride leaves Stehekin Valley Ranch twice a day and travels along mountain trails to Coon Lake. Along the way, riders get wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, as well as the Stehekin River Valley. The trail winds through forested areas as well as sunny mountainside slopes.

The horses are very sure-footed as they pick their way along the route, leaving their riders free to enjoy the scenery!

Upon arriving at Coon Lake, everyone gets to dismount and stretch their legs. You can go on down see the beautiful mountain lake before it is time to climb back on your trusty steed and head back to the Ranch.

Cost for this great trip is $50/person. Visit for more information.

Coon Lake
Coon Lake