Honeymoon Cabins and Remote Getaways
Rustic Getaway Cabin
Rustic log cabin at the historic DC Bar Guest Ranch not far from Green River Lakes and fishing on the Green River. Photo courtesy DC Bar Guest Ranch.
Big Sandy Log Cabin
Big Sandy Lodge, located in the southern Wind River Range near the wilderness border, has 10 rustic log cabins (no electricity).
by Dawn Ballou
April 29, 2005
Are you getting married this spring and looking for a cozy and remote hide-away to be alone with your sweetie? Have you dreamed of finding a secluded log cabin high in the mountains where you can get away from the hectic life at work, traffic in the city, and that annoying cell phone?
Smell the pine needles, cast a fishing line in a sapphire blue mountain lake, watch a deer walk quietly through the forest, take a walk down a windy dirt forest trail. You can do that, and more, at several of the guest ranches not far from Pinedale. Leave the jag in the garage and climb into a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive rig. The roads getting into some of these places are bumpy and slow, but worth every minute of it! Some of these places donít have phones or electricity. If you want a truly unique experience and can pry yourself from your laptop and e-mail for a couple of days, these places offer relaxing escapes and a chance to enjoy nature and beautiful scenery.
Enjoy hiking, lazy canoe rides, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, incredible photography opportunities, great cooking, good company and more. Peak season with the best weather is July and August. Guests can get lower, off-season rates, in June, but the weather can be marginal and there is still impassable snow in the high country. July and August are beautiful, with wildflowers everywhere, but mosquitoes and biting bugs are out. By late August and September, the bugs are mostly gone making hikes much more pleasant with beautiful fall colors. Advance reservations are a must to ensure getting a room during the busy summer season.
Big Sandy Lodge
If you are looking for REMOTE, this is the place. Big Sandy Lodge is a summer-season resort that was established in 1929 in the southern end of the Wind River Mountain Range. No electricity or phones (cell phone service available about a mile from the lodge). Ten wonderful, rustic, one-room log cabins with wood stoves and firewood for heat, with an ample supply of split firewood neatly stacked just outside the door. Oil lamps for light. The main log lodge is located right next to a very scenic lake with many nearby hiking trails. Great food, guided fishing and horseback riding, hiking and photography trips. The drive along the climbing, bumpy, winding dirt road just getting up to the lodge is an experience in itself. www.big-sandy-lodge.com
Historic DC Bar Guest Ranch
The Historic DC Bar Guest Ranch was homesteaded in the early 1900s in the Upper Green River Valley north of Pinedale. The ranch is at 8,200 feet in elevation, set in alpine meadows where the pine and aspen trees. It is remote and secluded, in an area with lots of wildlife. They have several cabins ranging from one to 3-bedroom cabins scattered through a natural wooded setting. All cabins have wood burning stoves, propane furnaces, oil or propane lamps, no electricity. Arrangements can be made for guided horseback riding, hiking, fishing, float trips, and longer backcountry pack trips into the wilderness. There are hundreds of miles of nearby hiking trails and unbeatable fishing in the nearby Green River. www.bwo.com
Green River Guest Ranch/The Place
The Green River Guest Ranch is located on the way to Green River Lakes, 25 miles north of Pinedale. They have individual guest cabins that can accommodate from four to six people and make a great base camp for exploring the surrounding area. Guests can go out hiking or fishing on their own or arrange for guided horseback riding, fishing, hiking and float trips down the Green River. They rent ATVs for guestís use. As a part of the Green River Guest Ranch, "The Place" is a long-time favorite gathering place for local area ranchers and residents. They offer a full-service menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a saloon with a game room with billiards and darts. www.grguestranch.com
Half Moon Lake Resort
Half Moon Lake Resort is located on the edge of Half Moon Lake just nine miles from Pinedale in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. They have just finished extensive remodeling of the restaurant and guest facilities. Cabins are tucked in the pine and aspen trees on the mountain slope behind the lodge, and each has a beautiful view of Half Moon Lake. Cabins can be rented by the night or for longer periods. Guided horseback riding for 2-hour, 4-hour or all-day rides are available into the surrounding mountains. Guided fishing trips can also be arranged. Canoes, fishing boats and motor boat rentals are available to go out on the lake. New for 2005, guests will be able to enjoy a romantic dinner cruise on the lake on the new paddlewheeler, the Wind River Queen. Open May-October. www.halfmoonlake.com
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