Mix the beauty of the Grand Tetons with the exhilaration of snowmobiling and you’ll understand why this is one of the more popular winter activities at the ranch for both over night guests and day visitors.

Situated along a spur on the famous Continental Divide Trail, the area boasts more than 500 miles of groomed trails. Our experienced guides will take you through backcountry that is rated as some of the best snowmobile terrain in the country.

Where You’ll Explore

Located in Western Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land for outdoor recreation enjoyment. The area features pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands. It is also a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – the largest intact ecosystem in the continental U.S.

Bridger-Teton offers nearly 1.2 million acres of designated wilderness to explore and boasts more than 3,000 miles of roads and trails and thousands of miles of unspoiled rivers and streams.

What You’ll See

Our guides are permitted for tours that will safely navigate you on a scenic tour around the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Your trip will be tailored to match your preferences and ability. Your journey might include:

  • A ride along the Buffalo Fork River and through the woods in search of wildlife and photo opportunities
  • Streaking along the Continental Divide Trail System, which is some of the best snowmobile terrain in the country

What To Expect

You’ll be riding atop a four-stroke Ski Doo expedition snowmobiles that let riders traverse our trails and handle off road adventures. You can sled through the snow on a three-hour or full-day tour. The full-day trip includes a stop at a historic lodge tucked away in the mountains or along the trail for lunch. Half-day trips include lunch at the lodge.

You can tap into the knowledge of our guides to create a customized tour that meets your interests. Regardless of the trip you choose, our tours are family friendly and suited for riders of all experiences. The safety and avalanche training our guides receive ensure the route you take will be the safest for the conditions on the day of your ride.

No need to worry about packing bulky winter gear. Base layer clothing and a simple outer layer is good enough. We’ll provide a one-piece suit, boots, helmet and gloves.

Back At The Ranch

Once you’re finished, you’ll return to the ranch where you’ll be able to relive your adventure in front of a crackling fire and with a warm toddy in hand. You can plan your next adventure during an evening meal created from locally sourced ingredients and expertly prepared by our chef. You can learn more and book your trip by visiting our snowmobile adventure page.

Summer at the ranch means the flowers are blooming throughout the area’s valleys and peaks. Majestic views from the cabins and the neighboring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are brushed with shades of red, yellow and blue splendor.

An abundance of wildflowers can be found along our streams, in mountain meadows and from the trails. The growing season, however, is short with only about 60 continuous frost-free days a year. Nature makes up for this brevity with a proliferation of flora.

Flowers bloom between May and September, with June and July providing the best of the floral displays. Dominant blooming flowers change quickly from week to week. The peak wildflower period typically occurs from early to mid-July. In high mountain elevations the peak blooms occur in August.

Here are some of the flowers you can expect to see during your summer visit and where you’re likely to find them.

Indian Paintbrush

The state flower of Wyoming grows on rocky slopes, amidst sagebrush and in open areas throughout Wyoming. This red or crimson flower grows low to the ground and can be found throughout summer. Our area also boasts white, yellow and scarlet colored Rocky Mountain Paintbrush and, if you’re lucky, you just may find a few along the trails and cool canyons in July.


The flower is often abundant in open fields, pastures and in recent burn areas. This conical flower is red or pink and can grow 3 to 4 feet high. Fireweed gets its name from its habit of quickly growing on forest fire burn sites.

Arrow-leaf Balsam Root

These bright, yellow flowers rise from plants with arrow-shaped leaves and grow in mountain fields, pine forests and throughout the sage flats. At the right time of summer, entire hillsides will appear painted in yellow with this friendly flower in peak bloom.


The pattern of this beautiful blue to purple flower’s petals resembles a daisy, but the only similarity in color is found in its yellow center. These showy blue flowers can be found in forests, small tree stands and amongst other wildflowers in bloom on hillsides throughout Wyoming’s mountain landscape.


Growing in moist grounds of mountain meadows and hillsides, often near streams or wet meadows, these tall blue flowers are also called Wolf’s Bane or Blue Rocket.


Growing in the sage flats, pine stands or on a hillside, these blue flowers can grow to about 2 feet high. They are most often blue but can be close to purple and are vertical, pea pod in structure. While lupine can be seen in June, the most plentiful displays are found in mid-July.

Sticky Geranium

These pink or rose-colored flowers are found at the top of plants that are 18 to 36 inches tall. They grow in the pine forests and mountainsides down to the valley floor.


These famous, delicate flowers can be found in areas that offer shade or partial shade. Along a stream, underneath a lone tree or a moist area of the pine forest floor, you will find these beauties in white, yellow and shades of blue.


Most often found on cliff faces, rocky outcroppings and open, dry areas, this tall blue bell-like flower can be found in late June to August.

Where Are They?

Whether you extend your stay to spend a day or two in Grand Teton National Park or have just enough time for a leisurely drive between the ranch and the Jackson Airport, you can see as many wildflowers as you want.

    • If you only have time for a leisurely drive try these areas for a quick and glorious scenic drive:
    • Highways 26 and 191, between Turpin Meadows Road and Jackson. View wildflowers in the sage flats from the car or by stopping at any of the numerous pullouts.
    • Moran Junction to Jackson Lake Lodge. Wildflowers are aplenty in the meadows along the Snake River. Oxbow Bend provides majestic views and beautiful flowers.
    • Teton Park Road between Jackson Lake Lodge and Moose Junction. We highly recommend this inner park drive for amazing views, wildlife and trail access.

If you’ve got time for a day hike in Grand Teton National Park we think these trails are great wildflower hikes. These trails all start from Teton Park Road:

  • Jenny Lake Trail (Easy)
  • String Lake Loop (Easy)
  • Cascade Canyon (Moderate)

We hope that your summer stay at the ranch gives you every chance to enjoy the beautiful flowers of our mountain landscape. We’re always here to answer any questions and help you plan your perfect summer getaway.

More Wildflowers found in the Grand Teton National Park

On the eastern side of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park is one of the places we recommend seeing when you’re in the area or staying at the ranch. The Colter Bay District provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the park as well as a wide range of trails and visitor services. Here are a few things for which the Colter Bay area is known.


The Colter Bay swim beach is possibly what the bay is best known for. The beach and lake offer stunning views of Mount Moran to the west, or swimmers can also enjoy the seclusion of Two Ocean or Emma Matilda lakes. At the Colter Bay Beaches themselves, amenities include picnic benches, and visitors are known to bring inflatable rafts. All the lakes stay chilly all summer, so prepare accordingly. Water shoes are recommended for the smooth rock and gravel lake bottom.


Numerous hiking trails wind along the shores of Jackson, Two Ocean, or Emma Matilda lakes. You might also venture north along the Snake River at Flagg Ranch. There are four nearby trailheads: Hermitage Point, Flagg Ranch, Jackson Lake Lodge and Two Ocean. Afternoon thunderstorms are common and weather may change abruptly, be sure to bring extra clothing and plenty of water.


Enjoy some of the world’s best cutthroat trout fishing by either casting a line from shore, or sinking one from a boat in Jackson Lake. Head north a bit for fly fishing from the shores of the Snake River. Be sure to purchase a Wyoming fishing license at local marinas or tackle shops.


Launch your own boat, or rent a canoe, kayak, or motorboat from the Colter Bay Marina in Jackson Lake. Non-motorized boats can access the Snake River from several boat launches or Two Ocean Lake from the trailhead area. Boat permits are required and may be purchased at the Colter Bay Permits Office.

Canoes at Colter Bay in the Grand Teton National Park.

Wildlife Viewing

Many animals frequent the Colter Bay area, including moose, bears, wolves, elk, mule deer, and birds such as sandhill cranes, pelicans, and osprey. Be sure to follow safe wildlife viewing practices.

Turpin Meadow Ranch is the ideal launching off point for this and many other Wyoming adventures. Your stay with us will include a cozy, luxurious cabin or chalet, a gourmet prairie-to-plate breakfast (ask about lunch and dinner availability too). While we think visitors could easily spend at least a day at Colter Bay alone, browse our website or just ask any staff member for additional suggestions.


With a backyard of 2.5 million acres of wilderness, the ranch is located between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, making it one of the most stunning preserved natural landscapes in the world. We have been named one of 15 Hotels Where Mammals Rule the Grounds, an indication of what to expect if you’re interested in seeing animals in the wild. Situated on the banks of the Buffalo Fork River, the ranch offers endless views of the Teton Range, as well as wildlife viewing in and around the property. Here are a few of the more common sightings.


Herds of bison have been known to meander across ranch property, occasionally causing fascinating traffic jams nearby. American bison (or bison), also commonly known as the American buffalo (or simply buffalo), once roamed the grasslands in massive herds. Although they were nearly driven extinct, they’ve made a resurgence due to protected areas such as those around Turpin Meadow Ranch.

Great Grey Owls

Although they may be seen anywhere in the area, a large population of Great Grey Owls live around the Turpin Meadow Ranch property. Here are a few audio recordings of Great Grey Owls… keep an eye (and ear) out for them when exploring the grounds, particularly at dawn and dusk when they tend to be most active. Unlike some owl species, Great Gray Owls tend to be fairly tolerant of humans, occasionally landing within a few feet of a stationary photographer or observer, so your chances of a close encounter are good.


Yes, there are a lot of bears in the area. This grizzly mama and her cubs were frequently seen near the highway during the summer of 2016. Another grizzly was spotted off the road by ranch staff last summer. Black bears also live in the area. Be aware of your surroundings in our wilderness. When out hiking, look for evidence bears have been nearby, including tracks, scat or overturned logs. Please research bear safety (or ask our staff) before heading out. We hope if you cross paths you can have a safe and enjoyable sighting of one of these magnificent creatures.


The plural of moose is also “moose,” however, a debated usage has been “meese.” As a word borrowed from a Northeastern Algonquian language, the general consensus is meese should not be pluralized the same way as the similar sounding Germanic word “goose.” Any way you say it, we do love our meeses to pieces. Since they stand over six feet tall, they will be easy to spot so you can love them too. They can be dangerous though, especially when with their young; like other wildlife, do not approach them. Although moose population have been on the decline worldwide, there are still quite a few in the area. You might run into them on nearby trails, but you’re most likely to spot moose along the road while driving.


The western osprey, also called river hawk, is a fish-eating bird of prey, so naturally, they feel at home along the Buffalo Fork River, which is full of some of the best trout and other fishing in the U.S. Your wildlife fishing companion is a large raptor, reaching more than 24 inches (60 cm) in length and a 71-inch (180 cm) wingspan. In recent years, the ranch has enjoyed a nearby mated pair, who have made a nest atop a power line pole. You may catch glimpse of them or other nearby osprey taking advantage of fresh fish in the mountain lakes and streams.

Other wildlife that has been spotted near the ranch include wolves, coyotes, eagles, cranes, elk, foxes, and mule deer. A little patience and a watchful eye could really pay off while out and about at the ranch. When you’re here, be sure to bring your binoculars, camera, sketch pad, or anything else you prefer to capture wildlife in their natural habitat without disturbing them. Keep in mind it is prohibited to approach wolves and bears within 100 yards and 25 yards of other wildlife like birds, bison, and elk. We also rent binoculars and provide tours with guides who are familiar with wildlife areas and how to spot them. Just another great reason for a luxury adventure at Turpin Meadow Ranch.

As we get ready for the summer, we’re starting to think of activities you can plan while you’re here at the ranch, and we recognize our guests with families have adventuring on their minds. For groups wanting to enjoy all the beauty of the area with less of the challenge, we’ve put together this collection of hikes that are great for little ones and those who require less strenuous ventures.

New Grand Prismatic Overlook

Location: Yellowstone National Park, Southern Loop, Fairy Falls Trailhead
Distance: 1.2 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 105 feet

Yellowstone has recently opened this new trail, which includes an overlook system for Grand Prismatic Spring. Built with assistance from the Montana Conservation Corps and Yellowstone’s Youth Conservation Corps, the new trail gradually climbs 105 feet over 0.6 miles from the Fairy Falls Trailhead to an overlook with views of the Midway Geyser Basin.

To access: Take Grand Loop Road north of Old Faithful and park at the Grand Prismatic Spring Parking Lot. Take the southern trail across the Firehole River for a loop that connects Grant Prismatic Spring; the north section of the loop also passes by Opal Pool and Turquoise Pool.

Notes: Trail open from Memorial Day through late fall.

Hidden Falls

Location: Grand Teton National Park, South Jenny Lake Visitor Center
Distance: $15 boat ride + 1.3 mile round trip to falls
Elevation gain: 230 feet

Carved by a glacier and covering 1,191 acres, Jenny Lake is the second largest lake in the Grand Tetons. Named for a Shoshone Indian named Jenny who assisted with camp logistics during the Hayden Geological Survey of 1872, it is also one of the deepest lakes of the area. Hidden Falls itself is about 100 feet in height and cascades over an appealingly arranged natural series of steps. For more than 75 years, the trails leading to Hidden Falls have been some of the most popular through the area, but the park launched an improvement project in 2014 that has included extensive rehabilitation of trails. The boat ride cuts roughly 2.4 miles of walking each way, but there is a fee for the shuttle service.

To access: Turn west off Teton Park Road at the South Jenny Lake Junction, located 7.7 miles north of Moose Junction. From the junction, drive another half mile to the boat dock parking area. After taking the 12-minute shuttle boat across Jenny Lake, take the Cascade Canyon Trailhead, located at the West Shore Boat Dock. At just over a half mile from the boat dock, cross the horse trail and look for a short side trail on the left that leads to the viewing area of the impressive Hidden Falls waterfall.

Notes: Due to berry bushes along the path, this is an active bear area and hikers should be on the lookout and carry bear repellent. You can bypass the boat and hike around the lake, this is a 5-mile round trip hike with a 711 foot elevation gain. This is more of a moderate level hike.

Lost Creek Falls

Location: Yellowstone National Park Northern Loop, Lost Creek Trailhead
Distance: .5 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 100 feet

Lost Creek Falls is a relatively unknown, and pretty, 40-foot waterfall in Yellowstone that is accessed by an easy half mile round trip hike on a dirt trail. The trail starts behind Roosevelt Lodge and runs through shade and thick forest, following Lost Creek the entire way. Hikers generally report it is less traversed than most paths in Yellowstone, making it a good place if you’re looking for a little solitude or a cool escape on a hot day. It also includes a little bit of scrambling over logs and rocks, which could be a fun challenge for your junior ninja warriors.

To access: Roosevelt Lodge is located right across from the northeast entrance to the park on Grand Loop Road between Petrified Tree and Tower General store. Park at the lodge and hike behind to find the trailhead.

Notes: The area is known for both black and grizzly bears, so be on guard and carry bear repellent.

We hope you enjoy your experience while at Turpin Meadow Ranch. As always, ask our staff for any suggestions or advice, and let us know (in person, on social media or via email) how your trip worked out.

The ranch is uniquely positioned within close proximity to two of the world’s most beautiful, and well-known, national parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Yet there’s one, lesser-known natural resource that is literally in our backyard—Bridger-Teton National Forest. With its immense landscapes and abundant wildlife, the Bridger-Teton National Forest makes up a large part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, which is the largest intact ecosystem in the 48 contiguous United States.

Top picture: Brooks Lake and Bridger Teton Rockies

The Bridger-Teton National Forest has 3.4 million acres, borders Grand Teton National Park and encircles the National Elk Refuge. It contains three nationally-dedicated wilderness areas, including the Bridger Wilderness, the Gros Venture Wilderness, and the Teton Wilderness.

All of this makes for some of the most splendid hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing anywhere. (Not to mention winter activities in winter.) Here are some of the activities and features you can take advantage of in the Bridger-Teton National Forest during your stay at the ranch.


Bridger-Teton contains a diverse amount of wildlife during summer, including bald eagles, coyotes, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and of course, elk.  During winter, wildlife may also include moose, mule deer, and bighorn sheep. Although it’s most known for mammalian wildlife, Bridger-Teton provides refuge for more than 355 species of birds.

View the best wildlife viewing sites here.


Bridger-Teton has 34 designated trailheads with more than 2,200 miles of trails that vary in difficulty from family day-hikers to hard core wilderness enthusiasts.

View list of Forest Service hiking trails in Bridger-Teton here.


Of the trails in Bridger-Teton, many are multiple use, meaning they allow hiking, biking, and horseback riding. On multiple use trails, the National Forest Service rule is “wheels yield to heels.” Use our bikes, rent some nearby, or bring your own.

View the list of bike trails here.

Horseback Riding

As a ranch, we have a large selection of horses for riding in the many beautiful surrounding areas, and they are available for solo or guided adventures in blocks of two hours or a half day. We also provide lessons, for those of you who have always wanted to ride, but never had the chance to get started!

View our horseback riding rates here.

View the list of horseback trails in Bridger-Teton National Forest here.


Designated picnic areas may provide tables, fire pits, water supply, and/or restrooms. Remember the food storage order is in effect between March 1 – Dec. 1 each year, which includes preventative measures to keep bears from finding and eating food, as well as protecting the safety of forest visitors. We’re happy to provide a lunch you can take along, just let us know in advance, and whether you need to meet food storage requirements (depending on your path and destination).

View the list of picnic sites (which include their individual amenities) here.
It is also encouraged to review food storage guidelines, which can be found here.


Wyoming boasts rock, alpine, and ice climbing, and many great climbing sites can be found within or adjacent to Bridger-Teton, including a large number of routes adjacent to the Bridger Wilderness Area.

Use this map to search and see details about routes.


Three types of fishing are available from dozens of locations within Bridger-Teton. There are over two dozen river and stream fishing spots recommended by the Forest Service, for the fly enthusiasts we typically host. For those who bring or rent a marine craft, there is boat or lake fishing, which can be accessed from a network of docks within the Bridger-Teton National Forest. In the winter season, ice fishing is also available. Remember that fishing requires a permit.

This Forest Service site provides lists of all recommended fishing sites with their amenities here.


There are a variety of beaches and swimming areas within Bridger-Teton suitable for the hottest months. here is also one developed, concrete hot springs pool, the Granite Hot Springs Pool, situated along the Granite Creek among the huge spruce, fir, and pine forest. It is available during summer (usually May 20 – Oct 31) or winter (Dec 6th – Apr 3rd) seasons for a small fee (although access during winter months is limited to visitors on snowmobile, skis, or fat bikes). Call ahead to verify area status.

View swimming areas, including amenities, fees, and hours of operation, here.


With 34 non-motorized and 17 motorized boating areas, Bridger-Teton is a water wilderness paradise. The Snake River Canyon alone is highly sought after for kayaking, rafting, and fishing due to its crystal clear waters, unique geology, beautiful scenery, world-class fishing, and for the adventurous, the experience of shooting some wild water rapids. However, there are many other waterways to explore in Bridger-Teton.

View non-motorized boating and launch sites here.
View motorized boating and launch sites here.

Forest Product Gathering

In addition to recreation, there are many types of forest products (aside from fishing) that can be gathered in Bridger-Teton. Everything from firewood, pine cones, mushrooms, live transplants of shrubs, grasses, moss and lichens, herbs, foliage, and more can be gathered for a small fee and with a permit.

For permits, fees, and other permit questions, visit the Forest Product Permit Information page here.
There are many other activities available in Bridger-Teton National Forest. You can view many of them on the Forest Service website, but one neat way to explore Bridger-Teton (and other National Forests) is through their interactive map, which makes it easy to locate activities and amenities based on the geographic location you want to explore.

When you are at the ranch for your next great western adventure, we’ll be here to help you in comfort and style. Our cabins and chalets have been recently renovated to provide luxury accommodations while embracing a working ranch experience. Guests enjoy breakfast, but whether or not you chose to stay with us overnight, you are also welcome to join us for our Prairie to Plate gourmet lunch and dinner. (Reservations requested for dinner.) Let your stay with us become the vacation you’ll never forget.

Although the ranch itself is surrounded by scenic wonder and contains many things to do on the ranch itself, one of the best benefits we provide is a launching pad for many other nearby adventures. While exploring near the ranch, you may encounter local wildlife. Although much of it is friendly, some of it has the potential to be dangerous. Learning how to spot and identify local wildlife tracks can be fun and educational for you and your family, as well as helpful to avoid potential problems.

There are three different types of tracks to note, and each tells a slightly different story.


This type of track is made when a material is tracked from one surface onto another. Usually these tracks are made from moisture, like a wet foot encountering sand and then transferring the sand onto a rock, log, or other, drier surface. These types of tracks are more delicate and tend not to last as long; if one is encountered in nature, depending on the material, it is probably fairly recent. A muddy track may last longer than a sandy one, for example.


In grasses or other vegetation, there is a fleeting track often referred to as “shine.” This temporary track is a shiny spot in the surrounding dull vegetation. To learn how to spot these types of tracks, walk through the grass, circle around, and observe the variations you have just made. You should see a slightly darker or shinier impression where you have walked, which will vary based on moisture level. In damp vegetation, the spots can appear dull rather than shiny. Either way, the trampled vegetation will briefly show a different color and/or texture than the plants around them. Spotting a shine can also indicate an animal has very recently passed through.


These are the types of prints we are most used to seeing, typically in mud or other soft earth. Compression tracks may also be left in moss, snow, or leaf litter, but a clear print with toe numbers and presence of claws might not be visible. The overall shape itself can be helpful, however. Felines tend to leave a round impression, while canines have oval-shaped prints. Deer leave a heart-shaped compression, and rodents leave a cross-shaped track. Bears are those for which you should be most alert, and leave a five-toed print with claw marks above each digit.

When checking compressions for age, there are a few things to consider: is the print still wet? If so, it is probably fairly recent. If anything has obscured the track, it’s probably not as fresh, and if you can time the event, you may have a good idea how old the tracks are. For example, if you are aware of a snow or rainfall that occurred an hour ago, if the tracks contain snow or rain, they are probably at least an hour old.

Here is an example of many types of local animal tracks located throughout North America:

How many of these can you spot while on the trail?

Note that coyotes and wolves are not present on this chart, but they are present in the Tetons and Yellowstone area. Their prints are similar to canines, and they tend to stay away from humans and are typically harmless.

When spotting animal prints, you may notice that raccoon tracks resemble tiny human hands, except the palm is narrower and creates a deeper impression, and the fingers are longer and tipped with claws. Raccoons are usually not dangerous, but it is good to stay away if you see one.

It’s easy to identify bears, because their tracks look a little like a five-toed dog print with claw indentations above each digit. If you see these tracks and they appear fresh or recent, or especially if they are accompanied by smaller versions, it would be a good idea to head back the way you came and make a wide berth in the opposite direction.

Whatever your experience brings, we hope you have fun and are safe while at Turpin Meadow Ranch. Whenever heading out into the wilderness, we recommend you check the appropriate safety recommendations for your area. We also offer guided tours with experts on our local terrain, wildlife, and best practices to ensure you make the most of your time in the area.

One of the best activities available at the ranch, we think, is the fishing. Just steps from your door, you can enjoy fly-fishing for cutthroat and blue-ribbon trout, and we also provide full-day fishing adventures in the more than 1,000 streams and 100 lakes of Yellowstone National Park.

But don’t take our word for it. Rodale’s Organic Life recently published a story about the surprising health benefits of fly fishing, saying, “turns out the second most popular outdoor activity in America is also really good for you.” Here are some of the arguments.

It’s exercise

Reeling and casting exercises the arms and shoulders without straining the wrists, and also activates core muscles, which are needed to help keep you steady, especially in the water. It’s low-impact, so it can be taken on by all fitness levels, and ramped up by hiking, kayaking, or canoeing to select fishing spots.

It also aids balance and coordination, not only from the casting motion itself, but also in negotiating the uneven and sometimes slippery terrain of riverbanks and creek beds, which activates smaller muscles on the abdominal walls and back.

It boosts brain health

Outdoor activity restores attention, combating the fatigue of routine and stress that burns out your mental capacity. Specifically, the neural circuits controlling focused attention and rapid reaction time will likely strengthen, and the thrill of catching a fish will elevate mood through the dopamine brain boosts.

Tying and inventing new flies can also provide an added boost to the creative and intellectual process. The best fly tyers become familiar with entomology to learn how to replicate the bugs and insects fish of an area crave.

It’s relaxing and mood-lifting

Some refer to it as “Zen,” because the graceful casting surrounded by the soothing sounds of water and nature provides both a peaceful, calming feeling, as well as a mood boost. It requires patience and improves when you let it all go and relax into the dance. The sun, the fresh air, the wind, and even the rain can be a very invigorating activity.

Plus, it’s usually a forced break from screens and other stressful and mind-busying demands of everyday life. It’s so healing, national organizations have formed to promote fishing as a rehabilitative therapy for disabled and traumatized veterans, breast cancer and other illness and trauma survivors.

It’s a great team activity

Although it can be a soothing recipe for solitude, spending time with friends and family is the second reason people say they go fishing. With couples, even if both partners aren’t equally participating, the process promotes “prosocial tendencies,” which include increased helpfulness, altruism, and cooperation. Plus, spending time together in nature is one of the eight habits of happy couples.

Whether you fish for your health or simply for enjoyment, there are many compelling reasons for fishing as a hobby. Bring your own gear, or rent ours, but let this sport benefit you on your next visit to the ranch.

When it comes to dining, our menu is quite a bit different than what you might envision from typical dude ranch grub. One of the things in which we take pride are meals created in-house. When we say our creations are “farm to table,” we mean it. We get our prime ingredients from a variety of local sources for our restaurant, including our own garden. Here is a list of some of our favorite suppliers of our local bounty.

Carter Country Meats


Based in a tiny town in northern central Wyoming called Ten Sleep (population 304), Carter Country Meats is a third-generation family ranch, which as they say, are a “dying breed.” Their cattle is range-raised, and their slogan is “Our Flavor Is In the Flora,” with cattle raised as they have been for generations, grazing on “powerful range grasses” to provide the best possible quality. As ranchers, they face the competition of large, industrial operations, and strive to keep up traditional practices while embracing new technologies that don’t sacrifice their standards. This could mean cowboys who ride dirt bikes instead of horses. Ultimately, the Carter brothers say, “country math means low quantity = high quality.”

Cosmic Apple Gardens Organic Farm


In a small town in eastern Idaho called Victor, just outside Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, exists a 30-acre organic farm called Cosmic Apple Gardens. With irrigation gravity fed from Tetons snowmelt, Cosmic Apple relies on the band of rich, loamy Teton Valley soil known as “Driggs Silt Loam,” as well as a unique micro-climate that keeps the farm a few degrees warmer than surrounding areas.

Cosmic Apple grows food for the surrounding population, including a local CSA program with 200 members, but the majority of their customers are in Jackson, WY, about 30 miles away. Starting in 1996, the farm began supplying Jackson-area restaurants with fresh basil and quickly recognized the demand for high-quality fresh produce in the area. By 2001, they had outgrown the original farm, and the current land was purchased by a generous local community member so Cosmic Apple could meet the increasing demand for quality food. In addition to organic produce, they now include flowers, honey bees, chickens, cows, and pigs, are supporting at least six full-time workers, and relying on 25 workshare volunteer force members who trade 5 hours of work per week for a share of the harvest. They have been certified both Organic and Biodynamic.


Turpin Meadow Ranch feels lucky to be able to provide the high-quality fruits of their labor to our guests while supporting a true community farming organization.

Sweet Cheeks Meats

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Jackson, we recommend a visit to local Sweet Cheeks Meats. You just can’t find as good a quality of meat in the grocery stores as you can in a butcher shop. In addition to providing select cuts of premium, locally-sourced meats, they provide a bevy of sandwiches, baked goods, stocks & broths, jams, jellies, pickles, ferments, sausage, and other fine goods to eat on the spot or include with your at-home feast.

They have also been known to work with other local kitchens to break down entire locally-sourced, select, humanely-raised animals to ensure they are as utilized as possible for their menu, which helps reduce waste, ensure the quality of the product, keeps money in the region, and is considered an art mostly lost to the convenience of commodity farming.

We’re delighted to rely on their high-quality sourced and produced meats, but if you happen to stop by, grab yourself a smashed burger or breakfast biscuit with their store-cured bacon.

Robinson Family Farm & Ranch

Another source for the quality meats we prepare at the ranch is Robinson Family Farm & Ranch. We particularly love their pork. The Robinsons are located south of Jackson along the Idaho/Wyoming border. They describe themselves as “an agricultural operation built on the core values of family, community, self-reliance, education, quality, health, safety, and integrity,” and consider the natural life cycle to be sacred, believing the closer our food gets to its natural state, the better it is for us. In addition to raising chemical-free vegetables, natural grass-fed and finished beef, natural grass-based pork, chicken and eggs, they also host a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Shares program, along with work share and educational opportunities.

Ultimately, their dream is to operate a full-service local food market, where local food can be made readily available to the local population. Until then, they are another great source of farm-to-table produce and meats for us and others in the area.

At Turpin Meadow Ranch, we believe in “Prairie to Plate” and are dedicated to sourcing the highest quality local ingredients whenever possible. We hope when you visit you will have the opportunity to sample the fare. We provide a complementary hot breakfast buffet spread with fresh pastries to overnight guests. Lunch and dinners are available for to any visitor. Day visitors are strongly recommended to make reservations for dinner.

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We’re lucky at the ranch to be able to offer guest activities for both summer and winter. The variety allows for guests to try something they normally might not have experienced, like fat biking in winter.

The trails at the ranch were developed by former ranch owners Hans and Nancy Johnstone, who are former Olympians, and were initially drawn to the area for the prospect of Nordic skiing. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing and fat biking are also popular choices on our 15 km of groomed Nordic ranch trails.

The first time you saw a fat tire bike you may have been a bit startled and wondered why it had such large tires. It’s not just for looks. Those wheels with tubes and treads about two to three times the size of standard mountain bikes provide traction that takes riders places they couldn’t normally traverse, including wet stone, muddy paths or snowy hills.

The Technology
Fat tires are designed to ride at extremely low tire pressure, which allows for greater contact with the riding surface. That’s why fat tires will get good traction even when the ground is covered in snow. Originally designed for riding in sand, fat bikes have evolved for off-road touring as well as groomed-trail riding in multiple seasons.

Since the contact surface is wider, fat tires also provide better balance, which is great for both beginners and those riding somewhat slippery paths. The bigger tires also provide extra cushion, making it a comfortable ride. Fat bikes also take a little more effort to move than a regular bike, ensuring you’ll get a great workout while you ride.

The Gear
When you come to the ranch, we have many options for fat biking. Bring your own or rent ours for either a half or full day. We also provide guided tours, which is a great way to either get the ropes of fat biking, make sure you get to see specific scenery or wildlife, take the trails rated to your experience level, or all of the above.

As far as clothing, your best bet will be to dress like you would for other outdoor winter sports. Waterproof outer layers are a great idea, including ski or snowboard pants. Keep in mind when planning inner layers that your core will heat up and you will get sweaty, which could quickly result in hypothermia in very low temperatures. Also, since it gets dark earlier in the winter, fat bikers frequently find themselves out after dark when temperatures rapidly drop. Lots of warm layers that can be adjusted is a good plan until you get a feel for what works best for you and your environment. A helmet is also recommended.

For a few short rides, waterproof hiking boots should work, although you may need to loosen the ankles. Longer rides and more series winter bikers may want to consider investing in a good pair of winter riding shoes a size larger than normal to accommodate thick wool socks. Other riders use their summer biking shoes, but cover them with waterproof neoprene booties.

Use fat bike gloves or two pair of gloves (one waterproof outer glove and one fleece, heat-retaining glove) to help keep your hands toasty. You may also find a moisture-wicking stocking cap that fits under your helmet will help keep your head comfortable. For your neck, face, and lower ears, a lightweight neck gaiter will keep cold wind away from your skin and help retain heat. Sunglasses or goggles will help prevent snow blindness and also help keep frigid air from stinging your eyes.

 The Après Ride
Once you’re done riding, retire to the lodge for a bit to eat and warm drinks by the fireplace. We’ve got a cozy bar for enjoying a warming beverage before, during or after your adventures.

Overall, fat biking is a fun winter sport for biking enthusiasts wanting to explore our trails as well as less experienced bikers who want to take moderate tours of the countryside. It’s a great way to see nature and get exercise in winter. Ranch trails are available for lodging guests and to day visitors for a small fee. We hope to see you at the ranch during our winter season to check out all fat bikes have to offer.