Summer Packing List

  • Jeans for riding, or traditional riding pants if you’d prefer.
  • Pull-on boots with a heel for riding (adults can get away with lace-ups, but we prefer that they wear the pull-on variety if possible). Tennis shoes do not work while horseback riding as they present a safety issue. While we do have a small selection of boots for you to borrow from, we generally sell out our summer weeks, so we can’t guarantee boots for every guest. If you’d prefer not to chance it, you can find great inexpensive boots at Sheplers.com (try brands: Old West, Justin and Ropers, and remember, the higher the shaft, the more protection you’ll have from rubbing.)
  • Helmets- if you have your own and prefer to use them, you sure can; but we do provide helmets and require all 17 and younger children to wear helmets. Adults may also choose from our selection if they’d like, but are not required to wear them.
  • Cowboy hats or ball caps are appropriate headwear for the adult horseback rides (hat clips must be worn with ball caps- and can be purchased at our store here, and stampede strings are required for cowboy hats- also sold at the store), and for kids when they’re not on their horses.
  • Many guests like to wear chaps or half-chaps while riding since they help you grip the saddle better and offer protection for your legs when riding through brushy terrain.
  • A pair of fitted gloves will help you grip the reins. NOTE: neither chaps nor gloves are required.
  • FOR THE LADIES- we’ve had many ladies recommend that we include the following as a line item for the packing list, so here it is: a sports bra for riding. Enough said.
  • Swimsuits for the pool and hot tub, and for the reservoir rides that your kids’ counselors might take your kids on.
    • Flip-flops/sandals- while our cabins are all nicely located near our pool you don’t want to walk down the main ranch drive in your swimsuit and a pair of cowboy boots (who knows who might see you!).
  • Tennis shoes for the kids, as their evening activities often involve running around the ranch (counselor hunt and capture the flag, for example) and for anyone who plans to take advantage of the tennis courts, basketball courts, etc.
  • Shorts for those days you don’t plan to ride- it gets fairly warm here in the summer and we have a lot of non-horse related activities for you to enjoy at your leisure.
  • Rain jackets which can be stuffed into your saddle bags while riding, or a long slicker that can be tied to the back of your saddle. You never know when we might get some rain (it’s usually in the afternoon and short-lived, but you don’t want to be caught without one!)
  • Dinners for Adults- although there is not a dress code, adult dinner attire has been described as Ranch Cocktail Attire or Western Chic- men usually wear jeans (or slacks) and a nice button down, and women have been seen in ranch/western dressy skirts and tops, or jeans and dressy western tops. The best we can say is have a little fun with it- western up your cocktail attire!
  • Dinners for Kids- these are served outside on the Patio House deck, and their after-dinner evening activities are usually outdoors, so light layers are a must when you drop them off in the evenings.
  • Evenings- the evenings do tend to cool down, so a heavier coat of some kind might be nice for those evenings spent around the camp fire.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray if you have a preferred brand or SPF.
We provide the following:
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Helmets
  • Small selection of riding boots
  • Reusable water bottles