Imagine waking up and having your morning cup of coffee and watching the sunrise wake up the mountain.
Winter is in full swing here in Wyoming, Anyone visiting the ranch or Yellowstone Park will see plenty of snow on the Mountains. Even if you're coming in September it'll still be there. This seasons snow fall is at a record high we have seen more snow here on the ranch so far than the last three years. Book your vacation early as it's starting to fill up. Can wait to see you all here at the ranch.
We get this question from our guests all the time before they arrive " What can we see during our stay on the ranch?". The answer is always the possibilities are endless. Due to our location, we are a part of the Yellowstone/Shoshone National Forest ecosystem. All types of animals travel through our property on a regular basis as well as permanent critters that we feed and see everyday.
Prairie dogs are here by the numbers all year round (Pic Above). They tend to stand on the rocks in their areas and watch us work on the ranch or bask in the sun. Most of the guests enjoy taking a ride out to see how many they can spot or chase into their holes. Deer (below) are found here on a migratory basis, during this past spring and summer we have had 2 sets of does and fawns and one buck. They tend to hide in the taller hay grass on our property and can be seen more in the winter in larger numbers daily.
Unfortunately we also get a couple critters that some may regret seeing which is our occasional Skunk who likes to stop by for a visit as they make their rounds from ranch to ranch paying a visit to any unsuspecting critter or person who makes a mistake of meeting them face to face. Our ranch is a bird watchers delight any type, from Killdeer to Owls, Mallard ducks, Magpies, Hawks, Osprey, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Chukars, Pheasant and Ravens to name a few.
We have the occasional badgers, otters in the creek, beavers, elk in the winter, and always the possibilities of wolves, coyotes, and bears. Thats why we recommend when our guests arrive don't leave any food items out on the picnic table or porch area. We dont want to attract anything you don't want to wake up to!
As for regular critters on the ranch we have a few! 30 chickens with 6 different varieties (NO roosters to wake you up early). All named Frita because they are free to lay.
We have 3 Pigs (Pic Below) named Lucy, Ethel and Flow. Which are growing very fast. Which occasionally you will see the entire family chasing around the ranch because they have escaped from their pen.
We have 4 rabbits (Midnight, Pumpkin, Carrot and Rascal) as well as several hundred jack rabbits and cotton tails that frequent the ranch.
As permanent residents on the ranch we have 4 cats (Twix, Snickers, Kit Kat, and our newest addition Clark) they are our mousers and they love attention from anyone that is willing to play with or pet them.
We have cows on the property and rotate them throughout the property, they graze and calves are usually having a ball playing amongst themselves.
And last but not least we have Lily she's our English Bulldog she affection driven so if you make the mistake of petting her she feels that you are her temporary servant and that you must pet her the entire time of your stay. She's a sweetheart but be prepared.
We frequently add critters to the ranch so during your visit you may see a new addition that's not listed above. Whatever the case if you dont see the wildlife that you are looking for we usually can direct you to the best location to find them. See you all soon.
You can always grab a chair on the porch and sit in peace and quiet or occasionally watch the crazy antics of the ranch critters. We have Rabbits, Pigs, Chickens, and Cattle as well as tons of wildlife that are either permanent residents of the ranch or just passing through. Make sure to bring your camera we are at the base of the Beartooth Mountains which makes us part of the Yellowstone Ecosystem so you never know what kind of critters you will see.
Anything that you want to do during your stay at Creek Stone Ranch we try to accommodate. Build a campfire, Roast Marshmallows, Play Hide and Seek, or Cowboys and Indians it's your vacation if you can think of it we can help you do it. One thing we recommend no matter what you do, take the time to watch the sunset over the mountains and see the true beauty of what Wyoming has to offer.
We enjoy having each of our guests and want them to have the best experience while they are here at Creek Stone.
Welcome to the Creek Stone Ranch Blog, Expect misspellings and quirky sentences, we are new to this blogging stuff. We'll try to keep you entertained with adventure stories of progress, failures and crazy things that happen on the Ranch. First I'll give you a little history, we bought the Ranch in December of 2014, it was in ill repair to say the least. We've hauled off tons of ...well I'll just call it as I see it ....JUNK. We quickly realized that Rock Farming is really magnificent here. I'm slowly working on a rock adoption program for future visitors. June 1st we completed phase 1 which was our first guest cabin.
We started with a one room old cabin that was far from livable, we completely removed all plumbing, electrical and flooring. Then added a 12 ft x 15 ft addition with log trusses. It turned out amazing. Below are some of the pics.
Next Phase will be our Guest Lodge as well as ranch hand quarters.