Kid’s Program at the Ranch, Ages 3 – 11
Our all-inclusive, kid-friendly ranch lets you see the confidence in your children bloom, while your kids get to explore their wildest dreams, from swimming with fish to ringing the bell as they reach the top of our ranch’s climbing wall. Kids can learn how to kayak, shoot a bow and arrow, ride a horse, go for bike rides, or even go plinking. We’ll keep them safe so they can play to their heart’s delight. You are welcome to join in their fun or wander off to find your own adventures. Imagine watching your child’s face as they soar like a squirrel, coming as close as they can to flying; imagine commanding a horse through Idaho’s forest; or climbing, with a little help from the guides, 60 feet up the climbing wall! Watch as they fly through the air for 300 feet saying to you, “I did it!”
Children, ages 6 – 11, are welcomed to participate in the Kids’ Trail Ride, while the little “buckaroos” (ages 3-6) will enjoy horseback riding in our ranch valley. The rides are geared towards the age group involved. Little cowboy and cowgirl boots are available to borrow, but parents beware, kids usually want to keep their boots at the end of the week for souvenirs and we’ll need them for another adventure. We also require each kid to wear a horseback riding helmet which will be provided for their stay. Once each child has met their horse and is fit to their saddle we will venture off into the ranch valley or onto gently sloping hills. We even ride to a meadow where we have lunch and play games. Horseback riding inherently offers lessons in focus, assertiveness and self-awareness. Parents and kids, 12 & up, may join the Kids’ Trail Ride if space is available.
Kid’s Program Season
The Kids’ Program is usually available around Memorial Day weekend until mid August, when our adult vacations begin. Please check the current week schedule. During June we do have a number of families that join us at the ranch and, during this time, most of the activities are focused on adventures with the entire family.
Kids Horseback Riding Program
Children, ages 3 – 11, are welcomed to participate in the Kids’ Trail Ride, while the little ‚Äúbuckaroos‚Äù (ages 3-6) will enjoy horseback riding in our ranch valley. The rides are geared towards the age group involved. Little cowboy and cowgirl boots are available to borrow, but parents beware, kids usually want to keep their boots at the end of the week for souvenirs and we’ll need them for another adventure. We also require each kid to wear a horseback riding helmet which will be provided for their stay. Once each child has met their horse and isfit to their saddle we will venture off into the ranch valley or onto gently sloping hills. Horseback riding inherently offers lessons in focus, assertiveness and self-awareness. Parents and kids,12 & up, may join the Kids’ Trail Ride if space is available.
The Kids’ Program will have a morning horseback ride, but if families would like to ride together, there are afternoon family rides scheduled at times throughout the week. Horses are certainly front and center at Red Horse Mountain Ranch and we offer all types of Horseback riding during your dude ranch vacation. All adult rides will be leaving the valley floor to unique vistas, viewpoints, or peaks except for the horseback rides with the younger children. And each guest, 3 years old and up, will be given a horse and a saddle for the entire time they’re on the ranch. To see more about our full horseback riding program, please view the Horseback Riding Information page.
Your child’s horse will be chosen based on the information you have provided on their Activity Information form. Kids, ages 3-6, may be led depending on their ability. If you have any questions regarding the horseback riding policies, please contact the Ranch Manager at (888) 689-9680 ext 2.
Vacationing with a Toddler at Red Horse Mountain Ranch
The key to a great family ranch vacation is making sure there is plenty of of things to do, even for toddlers, and Red Horse Mountain Ranch is no exception. Ages 3 – 6 are more than welcome at the ranch, in fact, our summer vacations are designed around their desire to play. The key ingredients of being together as a family and letting a child’s dream of exploring the ranch with our wonderful kid’s counselors are all here. Even a little mom and dad alone time is built into your perfect family ranch vacation at Red Horse. In fact, Red Horse Mountain Ranch is one of the few places that allow kids, ages 3-6, enjoy horseback riding. And parents are always welcome to join the Kid’s Program at any time.
Each toddler who arrives at the ranch is scheduled with their own horse and saddle just like mom and dad or their big brother or sister. The ranch will have a knowledgeable wrangler walking right alongside the horse and child as they venture on their daily horseback ride. After their first orientation trail ride where they learn about being around horses and have a trail ride on the valley floor, they’ll have the opportunity every morning to head out on the trail. Some afternoons during the week there are also family rides, where you can all ride as a family together. Knowing your child is well taken care of by the kids counselors can give you and your family the opportunity to take on more challenging rides such as the scenic and advanced horseback riding. The beauty of Red Horse Mountain Ranch is that the decision on what you’d like to do is completely up to you.
Although the horses are front and center at Red Horse Mountain Ranch, the toddlers don’t miss out on other activities too. The kids program counselors will also be doing kayaking, the challenge course, zip line, arts and crafts, pottery barn, shooting 22 rifles, and other ranch activities. There are also plenty of other non-guided things to do when your toddlers are not with the kids program. The library at the ranch is filled with books, games, puzzles, and other things to keep them plenty busy during down times. The evening entertainment on the ranch is also designed for them as well with s’mores, singing, music, evening playtimes, and other such things. Not only will they enjoy hanging out with the kids counselors, the toddlers always seem to make plenty of other friends their age. It’s usual to have between 3 and 5 toddlers on the ranch each week. At Red Horse, parents are more than welcome to come and go from the kids program as they see fit, and its pretty typical to have a few days with the kids program and a few days without. You will have to plan for one dinner with just the adults during our weekly 5 coursed wine dinner. Our schedule on the ranch is designed for flexibility, family time, AND mom and dad time throughout the week.
A few hints for you if you’re planning to have your vacation with a toddler here at the ranch. The shuttle service in and out of the ranch to the Spokane International Airport does suggest you to bring a car seat for the journey. It’s also very important to make sure and fill out as much information on your activity sheet as possible as toddlers can sometimes be a little finicky in their foods. The chefs on the ranch are more than happy to help so please include their likes and dislikes, allergies or any other dietary concerns you might have. Also, the kids will usually have their own bedrooms with twin sized bunk or single beds. Bring a swimming suit, it’s usual that the kids decide to hit the heated swimming pool occasionally through the week. Although cowboy boots are here if you need to borrow boots, our experience suggests that the little girls very much get attached to their fancy new footwear (the boys do as well). We will need to have them back for others to borrow. Along with cowboy boots, a pair of tennis shoes or some other form of footwear that can get wet, washed off, and dry are very handy. Kids will be kids, and while their here, you might be amazed at how fast they fall asleep after hitting their pillow each night.
Red Horse Mountain Ranch is the perfect blend for families with toddlers between the months of June through August each summer while the kids program is happening on the ranch. Although making new friends from all over is pretty cool, the best part for them is without a doubt, the chance to blossom and grow while their here and to have that very needed family time. Our suggestion is to take a look at the reviews on TripAdvisor, our past guests have done a our incoming guests are real favor in giving them the insights into our family ranch vacations with toddlers.