What are your hours?
DAY RIDING: We open the gates for day riding at 8AM. Day riders can stay on the trails until 9PM.
CAMPERS: Campsite check in at 1PM and checkout at 11AM. You are welcome to come early to explore the ranch. Check with us to see if your campsite is booked for the day before or after your stay. If it is not booked your gear and vehicles can remain in the site. If the site is booked simply move your gear to the general parking area and you are welcome to continue to ride during normal hours both before and after your camping stay.
What does it cost to ride?
Day Fees: ATVs, Side x Sides, Jeeps and other vehicles with 4 wheels are $30 per day for the machine and the driver. If you have a passenger on the same vehicle it is $10 per day for each passenger. Two people on one machine/vehicle are $40 per day. Three people on one machine/vehicle is $50 per day.
Day Fees: Dirt bikes are $20 per day
Can we bring glass containers?
Absolutely not! Please help us preserve the pristine environment of the ranch. No glass allowed and you must pack out anything you bring in – including trash.
Can we bring our dog/dogs?
We are extremely dog friendly – as long as they are friendly too. Please bring your social and well behaved furry family members. They may love the ranch even more than you do!
Are children allowed to ride on the ranch?
We welcome your children with proper adult supervision. Most of our trails are scenic, but some are very technical and may be too challenging for new riders. Use good judgement and proper caution and both you and your children will have an amazing time on the ranch. We do require helmets for minors riding ATVs and dirt bikes.
Are helmets required?
We recommend helmets for everyone. Helmets are required for dirt bike riders of all ages. Helmets are required for minors on 4 wheelers. Helmets are not required for those riding side x sides.
Do you have restroom facilities?
We do have a double dry toilet (a really nice outhouse).
Are there showers available?
We are a primitive facility, however there is a great bath house located just down the mountain in Ponca at Lost Valley Canoe. You can have a warm shower for about $2.
Is there a map available?
Certainly, we have maps available when you check in. They are color coded to match the trails with special features listed. The trails are marked for difficulty.
Do you have an on-line map?
We do not have the map online yet.
Is there an onsite convenience/Snack store?
The Wilderness Outpost is coming soon. In the meantime there is a nice convenience store in Kingston just 10 miles away. You can get there on dirt or pavement. We frequently turn a trip to the market into an off-road/dual sport adventure.
Do you take credit cards?
We do take Master Card, Visa and American Express.
Should we make reservations if we are planning to camp?
If you have a special campsite in mind you most certainly should make a reservation. We typically have a couple open sites most weekends, so if you are coming at the last minute we will find a spot for you.
Can we bring our RV?
Yes, we have beautiful sites for RVs – no parking lot camping here! You deserve a great view!
Do you have hook ups?
Coming soon…in the meantime bring your generator and fill your water tank before you get to the ranch
Can we bring generators?
Yes, our campsites are spread out with lots of room in between so that you won’t be bothered by your neighbors generator and vise versa.
Do we need to have an off-road capable vehicle to explore the ranch?
Absolutely NOT! We have many hikers, mountain bike and fat tire bike riders. You will be able to drive your passenger vehicle to trail heads and hike in from there.
Can we ride our horse at your ranch?
Do you rent side x sides, dirt bikes or ATVs?
Yes, we have 2019 Yamaha Viking 6 seat Side by Sides available on both a 3.5 hour and 7 hour rental.
Also, Buffalo River ATV Rentals will bring a Polaris RZR 1000 4 seat Side by Side or two Polaris ACE single seat units to the ranch for you to rent on weekends. You must pre-arrange with them.
Can I have my wedding and reception at the ranch?
Yes, we have hosted both weddings and receptions. There are many options from DIY to fully orchestrated. Donny and Lynn have extensive event planning experience and can help you have a spectacular event.
Can we pet the buffalo?
NO – the buffalo are tolerant of us on/in our motorized transportation. Do not leave your vehicle when in the buffalo pastures.
Do I need to ride near the buffalo/can I avoid going near the buffalo?
There are miles and miles of trails that you can ride that will not get near the buffalo.
How many waterfalls are on the property?
We tend to lose count…there are over 2 dozen!
Are the waterfalls hard to get to/long hike?
You can ride most 4 wheel drive vehicles very close to the many of the waterfalls. If you are coming to the ranch without motorized transportation the walks from the trail heads to the waterfalls are still relatively short.
Is 4 wheeled drive necessary for your trails?
You can drive most passenger cars to trail heads, but many of the trails require 4×4 capability.
What if I get stuck on the trail?
We will find a way to get you out…sometimes that requires a neighboring farmers tractor and there could be fees.
Are your trails muddy?
There are areas with mud, however most have rock bottoms and are pretty easy to navigate. We are not a “mud park.” You will find our trails are scenic with varying levels of difficulty.
Do you offer guided tours?
Absolutely. By appointment. Just check out options on our website WildernessRider.com.
Is there cell phone service at the ranch?
Yes, we have a booster at the ranch house check in. Service is spotty depending on your provider. Verizon seems to do fairly well on the hill tops. Sprint service is barely usable even with the booster. You can share the ranch number