New Haven Working Cattle & Guest Ranch

Having just 10 or less guests at a time allows us to offer everyone a very individual experience. Guests can become part of the operation and participate in the various ranch activities as much or as little as they like. And to be honest: We enjoy getting to know our guests beyond their names – many of them coming back year after year

Due to our goal to operate our ranch sustainably, we mimic the grazing behavior of large migrating buffalo herds which historically roamed the prairies. This entails frequent cattle moves and thus a lot of hours in the saddle. 

We work cattle on our ranch as well as on neighbors’ properties. There is no head-to-tail riding. When we don’t move livestock or check reservoirs and fences, we may be learning how to rope, practice team penning or just go on a trail ride enjoying the scenic views and the abundant wildlife. Guests coming for the first time are always awed by the wide open spaces of the Western wilderness. It’s like getting to live in a different world – and maybe even a different time.

We run about 40 horses and will match each guest with two horses as working partners for the week. We practice Natural Horsemanship and love to involve our guests in the training, last but not least for their and the horses’ safety. Since the work and the terrain can be quite demanding at times, the minimum age for riders is 16. Beginners should be physically fit, not too timid and willing to learn. Riding lessons prior to visiting the ranch are highly recommended. 

Experienced riders will enjoy the varied challenges of riding on New Haven, be it climbing up a steep canyon wall on their sure footed horse, crossing creek bottoms or going after a stray at a full canter. Not to mention trying their luck at cutting in the arena, roping livestock and going on a night ride.

The New Haven Ranch is part of an old ghost town. About 150 years ago the first settlers, called "homesteaders", came to the area. The small farmers were up against the rough climate, down-and-dirty cattle barons, hostile Indian tribes and the depression of the early 20th century. Many gave up and left. Today the old buildings and machinery found all over the ranch bear witness of times that we only know from novels and movies.

Geographical Area:
Guest Ranch,Working Ranch
United States
100 Mule Creek Road

Price Ranges per Night:
$151 to $250
Months Open:

Min. Stay (days):
Max. Guest (non-group):
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Accommodation Description:
Our lodge has five comfortable rustic bed rooms, each with its own bath room (with hair dryer, soap and shower gel). A furnace and a wood stove provide warmth on cooler days. On hot days, the central air conditioning can be turned on. There is also a cabin available. Bedding and towels are provided. There is the possibility to use a washer and dryer as well. After a long day in the saddle guests can relax in our outdoor hot tub, play a round of pool, sit on the balcony with view of the Missouri Buttes or just take a walk under starry Western skies. Adventurous souls can ride their horses down to the lake and stay in the tipi for a night or two.
from/to Rapid City, South Dakota for $150 per person/round trip
Nearest Airport:
Gillette, Wyoming (1.5 hours) and Rapid City, South Dakota (2.5 hours)
Nearest Hospital:
1.5 hours
Our open kitchen is attached to the dining and living area. Our home cooked meals are served buffet style and include a full breakfast, a lighter lunch (either eaten at the ranch or on the trail) and a hearty supper including dessert. Snacks and drinks are available for everyone at all times. Please, bring your own sodas and alcoholic beverages. Once a week (if the weather allows) there will be a BBQ at the lake. The owners and staff share most meals with the guests.
Cattle work and moving cattle from pasture to pasture, doctoring cattle, brandings, searching for strays, round-ups, loading and shipping, checking on fences and reservoirs, Natural Horsemanship, roping, team penning, pistol and rifle shooting, trap shooting, swimming/boating/fishing in and on our own lake, hiking and wildlife watching, and if available, visiting rodeos, Western dances and horse sales. Sightseeing and shopping depending on guests’ interests. We take all guests to see Devils Tower!
Activities and Services:
Adult Oriented
All Terrain Vehicles
Big/Heavy Riders
Cattle Drives
Cowboy Cookouts
Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding Lessons
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Loping permitted
Natural Horsemanship
Riding arena
Saddle Your Own Horse
Sporting Clays
Wireless Internet access
Working Ranch
Mountain Setting
Additional Services:
brandings, roping, rifle and pistol shooting, boating, visiting rodeos

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