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Western Companions

Several Dude Ranches still operate in Grand Teton National Park including Triangle X Ranch, Lost Creek Ranch, and Moose Head Ranch. There is also a wonderful Dude Ranch “up the Gros Ventre” at Red Rock Ranch.  All of them offer week long family experiences. Jenny Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Lodge have horseback rides within the park. If you want to actually ride a horse while in the town of Jackson, giddy up on over to Snow King Resort and look for the corrals.

If you are more adventurous, Triangle X Ranch offers week long back country fishing and camping trips on horseback into the wilds north of the valley. It is an impressive sight to watch a pack train of horses, mules, wranglers, tourists, and head off over a ridge.

Numerous merchants sell cowboy hats, boots, belts, and all the trappings. There is a Shootout on the Town Square each evening except Sunday. Bar-T-Five offers a covered wagon cookout and show, located on Cache Creek at the East end of town. The B-J Chuckwagon does a BBQ dinner and show nightly.

The Jackson Hole Rodeo  is held each Wednesday and Saturday night during the summer at the Fairgrounds on Snow King drive. It’s great fun and lots of action!

Jackson Hole and Grand Tetons Notes, July 30, 2013:
We’ve had a few passing storms with some rain, but most of the valley is starting to dry out. I am unaware of any close fires, however smoke is evident some days from fires in Utah and Idaho. While a little smoke goes a long way, we’ve had some spectacular sunrise and sunsets in the past week or two!

Best regards,
Mike R. Jackson

About the Photo: Sunrise Companions (available for sale at the link)
I shot the first few images at F/2.8 and at shutter speeds as low as 1/13th of a second with my ISO as high as 5000. This one was taken with a Nikon D4 using a 24-70mm lens at about 62mm. The camera settings were: F/4, 1/400 sec, ISO 1600 shooting at roughly 10 frames per second. I shoot a lot when the subjects near the prime spots in the scene and then pick the best ones from the sequence. With two horses and a wrangler, it can take several passes to get one or two good ones showing most of the legs. Thanks to my friends at Lost Creek Ranch!

Additional shots from the same morning can be seen here: Recent Western Images

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