The Bitterroot Ranch is located along the East Fork of the Wind River and guests stay in private log cabins situated on either side of the stream.
The ranch has an interesting history and its cabins have been furnished and decorated throughout the 50 years the Bitterroot has been run as a dude ranch. All have electric heat, some have wood burning stoves, all have showers and most have tubs. There are a variety of choices as far as sleeping arrangements go; a few cabins have a double or queen bed, several have two twins and there are a few duplexes designed for families with a double or queen bed on one side and twins on the other.
Cedar, Cottonwood and Spruce were outbuildings, originally located near the vegetable garden, which has been producing for nearly 70 years.
The Riverside cabin was used by former owners to to rear chinchillas. Studio was a chicken house by the river; it was moved to its present location and was Bayard’s office in the early days of Equitours before being converted to a small guest cabin with an unbeatable view. Juniper was constructed in 1972 by Bayard’s cousin, Fran Fox, who had helped find the ranch and was the manager while Bayard extricated himself from business interests in the Solomon Islands.
Aspen was originally located up Bear Creek at the old Dennison Ranch and was moved to the Bitterroot in 1975. Of interest are the hand hewn logs reflecting the tie hack heritage of the area. Corral was transported from Togwotee Lodge in the late 1970s and renovated for guests in 1992. Pine and Sage were constructed on the ranch in the 1980s. The last cabin to arrive was Willow, which was moved in from Pinedale in the 1990s.
An attempt has been made to retain the authenticity and rustic charm of a bygone era, which is also reflected in the atmosphere of the old main lodge with its huge stone fireplace where guests gather for meals and relaxing evenings.
The log cabins at the ranch are perfect for the surroundings – just rustic enough with all the necessary comforts. –Tricia Allison, PA
The cabins are charming and comfortable. –Pam Pintchuk, OH