The Secrets of our Dark Skies Show
One of the first surprises our new guests discover is that our beautiful scenery doesn’t fade away at sunset but actually comes alive in our dark skies. Since the Lodge is surrounded by three mountain ranges and located over 40 miles from any light pollution, it provides an unmatched opportunity to view the universe we live in.
And for those who want to do more than just sit back and gaze in awe, we can arrange for a local astronomy expert to come out to the lodge with telescopes to give you and your party a hands and eyes-on experience with an enormous number of celestial mysteries from our moon to planets to star clusters, nebula, and galaxies!
Please inquire for pricing.
Bison Feeding & Viewing: Up Close and Personal
One of our popular winter activities is to go out with our ranch hands on a wagon full of hay bales to feed our herd of over 300 bison. It’s pitchforks and fun to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures and a hands-on experience you�ll never forget.
In the summer, when they�re grazing in the valley, we can take you out in the early evening to get some one-of-kind, up-close photos of our main herd plus rare shots of our seven white bison that roam in the pasture just below the Lodge.
The Mountain Man Experience
With all the luxury that surrounds you at the Lodge it can be a fun contrast to step back in time and experience a taste of what life was like for the hearty trappers and mountain men who settled here just a couple hundred years ago.
Our own local Mountain Man Dan can come out to the lodge in period clothing, give you an in-depth look into what life was like in Little Jackson Hole back then; why they came, how they survived, hunted, and trapped – even what they did for entertainment. He’ll bring pelts and describe how the fur trade transformed these valleys into huge enterprises and how a simple change in the fashion industry back east brought the trade to a halt in the mid-1800s. He also brings along his authentic musket for you to shoot.
All guests are given "Sweet Grass Braids" which are used by Native Americans in ceremonies. Sweet grass braids, cedar bundles, and sage bundles are used in "smudging" (cleansing) rites. When lit they smoke and a bird wing fan is used to fan the smoke upwards as the Great Spirit is envoked to bring good hunting, good fortune, good blessings, etc. The sweet grass itsself is a special variety of grass specifically for that purpose and is mostly native to the plains.
Our chef can continue the Mountain Man Experience by preparing the evening meal similar to what the mountain man could have had for their meals, using local sources and ending the evening with Wyoming huckleberry pie!
Parents often arrange this activity for the kids but invariably have at least as much, if not more, fun than the youngsters.
Please inquire for pricing.
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