Cattle Drive Vacations – Lovell Attractions
When you schedule your working cattle drive vacation with Dryhead Ranch, don’t forget to check out these popular Lovell, Wyoming attractions!
Lovell Camper Park
For our guests who might be travelling in an RV, Lovell offers a full-service camper park featuring water and power, showers, black and brown water disposal, and water fills.
In recent years, RV Touring has become one of the most popular forms of extended vacation, especially during cattle drive vacations. The beauty of the recreational vehicle, especially a well-appointed luxo-cruiser housing all the comforts of home, is its versatility. An RV can turn any environment into an instant homestead, complete with electricity and running water. Some naysayers accuse vehicular recreators of being soft; the vehicular recreators usually reply that they’re just being smart.
Cattle Drive Vacation Diversion: Lovell Camper Park
So, say you are on your way through northern Wyoming, maybe on your way to Bighorn Lake. Now, let’s also say that you happened to be in the neighborhood for a horseback cattle drive adventure up into Montana, but you arrived a little early. I hope you drove your RV, and maybe something a little more maneuverable behind it, because the Lovell, Wyoming area is absolutely jam packed with hidden historical gems and majestic vistas.
At the Center of History
The Bighorn Basin and the surrounding Bighorn mountains played an outsized role in American history. Though Montana and Wyoming boast some of the lowest average population densities of any of the states, their unique geography and position on major overland routes from north to south and east to west meant that many famous faces and prominent bits of folklore originated here. Many old cowboy tales either begin, end, or wander through these sometimes harsh and often breathtakingly beautiful lands. If you find yourself caught up in a real life cowboy adventure yourself, booked to drive 250 head of cattle along the Sioux trail, you might want to park your RV for a week or so beforehand and explore the wild for a little while beforehand. It’s nice to get the lay of the land, especially if you can do it from a comfortable RV basecamp.
Forever Memories from a Timeless Place
Lovell Camper Park is a thoroughly Montana establishment. Nothing about it is particularly flashy; indeed, if you were driving along 2nd street and not looking for it, you probably miss it completely. For those lucky enough to discover it, however, the Lovell Camper Park proves itself to be a stout and sturdy example of its class, more than able to digest all your recreational vehicle detritus, as well as refill your water and give you a place to park for a reasonable rate. Now, this is not the Marriott at Lovell, nor is it even the Motel 8 at Lovell, but it is a grandly serviceable Camper Park, just like it claims to be. No guile or subterfuge here, nor really much more than the bare essentials; but the bare essentials work, and work well.
Working Ranch Vacation – RV Camper Park Lovell
If your RV grand tour could not be complete without a working ranch vacation, we suggest you give us a call here at Dryhead Ranch. Depending on the season, there are any number of exciting things happening. Give us a call about a working ranch vacation today!
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
East of Lovell, you will find the beautiful and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Following the course of the historic Bad Pass Trail, Highway 37 wanders through a landscape that has dazzled and entranced visitors for centuries. Hiking, skiing, powerboating, breathtaking views and more await any traveler who chooses to explore the Recreation Area’s more than 120,000 acres.
Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range
Founded to preserve one of America’s oldest wild horse lineages, the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is perhaps Lovell’s most well-known attraction.
Foster Gulch Golf Course
Though golf might not be the first thing a person thinks about when they hear “Wyoming,” Foster Gulch Golf Course offers 9 interesting and challenging holes if you must brush up on your game during your cattle drive vacation.
One of the largest medicine wheels of its type, the Medicine Wheel located near Lovell holds spiritual significance to native peoples and spiritual seekers of all types.
Bighorn National Forest
Spend some time in the Big Horn National Forest during your stay with us if you want to see pristine waterfalls, deeply-textured canyon walls, or abundant wildlife. The Medicine Wheel is found within the Big Horn National Forest at the top of a meandering mountain path.
Here at Dryhead Ranch, we don’t really care for the phrase “dude ranch.” We understand. That’s what some people might call a working ranch vacation. For us, it carries certain connotations having to do with kicking back with an umbrella drink while wearing a cowboy hat. At Dryhead Ranch, our cattle drive vacations are working ranch vacations: if you want a life of ease and leisure, hitting the trail with real cowboys and doing real cowboy work might not be what you’re looking for. Nonetheless, it is worth mentioning, you might find yourself with some time on your hands while you await your cattle drive. This time will be spend in Lovell, Wyoming, which just happens to be an area filled to the brim with exciting attractions. One of these attractions you shouldn’t miss is the Bighorn National Forest.
Dude Ranch Vacation? Maybe Not!
We do recommend exploring Bighorn National Forest on your own while you’re in town. With around 1.1 million acres (1,731 square miles) of wilderness, 1,200 miles of trails, eight lodges, miles of streams, 10 picnic areas, and much more to encounter, Bighorn National Forest is an incredible treasure house of natural splendor. To give you a sense of just how big 1.1 Million acres is, it should be noted that Bighorn National Forest is larger than Rhode Island and only barely smaller than Delaware.
Bighorn National Forest History
Bighorn National Forest is one of the oldest protected wildlands in the country. The park has enjoyed protected status since it was created as a National Forest Reserve in 1897. Back then just as now, people who somehow found themselves in this remote part of the West could not help but be taken by the Bighorn National Forest’s incredible, rugged terrain and unique plant and animal life. Even though lesser known than larger parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite, Bighorn National Forest deserves a place on the top tier of American protected wildlands.
Within the greater Bighorn National Forest, you can find the Cloud Peak Wilderness. Created in 1984, the Cloud Peak Wilderness is comprised of around 189,000 of Wyoming’s wildest acres. The Cloud Peak Wilderness was named for Cloud Peak, the highest point in the Bighorn Mountains. Wyoming’s only glacier, the prosaically-named Cloud Peak Glacier, can also be found hiding in this specially-designated wilderness. No motor vehicles are allowed in the Cloud Peak Wilderness; if you plan on hiking here, realize you are making quite a commitment. Not that we don’t recommend it. There is nothing like a cattle drive vacation Wyoming grand tour. And, let’s face it, you’ll already be in Lovell for your working ranch (not so much “dude ranch”) vacation. When else are you ever going to be closer to one of the United States’ unsung national park gems?
A Dude Ranch Vacation? So Much More!
Trust us. You want more than an umbrella drink and a cowboy hat. You want to wipe the dust off your jeans and the sweat off your brow at the end of your first successful cattle drive and know that this is the sort of thing that made America great. We know. We do it every year. Give us a call. We have a room and a wild time waiting for you.
Bighorn Canyon/Devil’s Canyon Overlook
See canyon walls stretching thousands of feet over the tranquil waters of the Bighorn River at the Devil’s Canyon overlook. You can choose to observe the canyon from the overlook, or hike down to the Bighorn River itself. Either way, the scenery is truly a sight to behold.
Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat
Covering 16,000 acres just 6 miles east of Lovell, the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat offers exceptional hunting and birding for adventurers of all ages. Walk the banks of the Shoshone and Bighorn rivers while taking in some the world’s most amazing untouched wilderness.
Lovell Rose Gardens
Lovell is a rose city. Throughout the community in public spaces and private gardens, roses are an unforgettable part of the Lovell landscape.
Built in 2002, the Lovell Veteran’s Park is one of the town’s newest attractions. Come pay your respects to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have fought for our country.
Painted on a wall along Main Street, the Mural Park captures some of the grandeur and majesty of the Bighorn National Forest in a series of murals.
The historic Hyart theatre, built in the 1950s, hosts Wyoming’s biggest digital screen.
Cattle Drive Vacations in Lovell, Wyoming
You never know what you will find in Wyoming. It is a huge state with much more history and scenery than just one trip could ever uncover… but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. Call Dryhead Ranch to schedule your cattle and guest ranch vacation today.
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