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Mill Iron Ranch

What good's a visit to Cowboy Country without a little trail riding thrown into the mix? At Mill Iron Ranch, the Wheeldon family - led by the charismatic cowboy-proprietor, Chancy - boldly claim to 'run the best huntin', fishin', ridin' and eatin' outfit in [Jackson]'; and the scores of glowing Internet reviews of the ranch, suggest that they might just be telling the truth about that.

Offering the 'number one two-hour trail ride in the USA' - at the end of which, visitors can return to the farmhouse for a bit of western swing dancing, and a steak dinner 'with all the fixings', prepared by the Wheeldons themselves - visitors to Wyoming who are keen to experience a little ranch-life, could hardly do better than making a trip out to Mill Iron Ranch. Keen riders can also sign up for longer journeys, including a four-hour mountain trail ride, or full day trips that include fishing in Willow Creek. Longer trips are available by arrangement.

The ranch also offers fun winter activities like sleigh rides, and can arrange hunting trips for big game like moose, deer, elk, and bear.

Address: 3495 East Horse Creek Road, Jackson

Website: www.millironranch.net

Telephone: (307) 733-6390

Opening times: All activities require advance reservations: call or email ahead to book a place.

Admission: A full list of prices and options is available on the website, but for a two-hour trail ride, it's $55 per person.