What to expect?
When you first arrive at Kara Creek Ranch, you will immediately feel right at home. With a beverage of your choice in hand, we will take some time to get to know you and layout our plans for the next few days. We are not a “typical” guest ranch where the hour-by-hour activities are defined for you, but the activities are designed around what is going on at the ranch to ensure that you are getting an authentic experience. During your time at the ranch, you will ride great cow horses, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, get close to nature, experience the cowboy lifestyle and most of all have fun!
Best time to come?
There really isn’t a “best time to come” – anytime is a great time to visit Kara Creek Ranch. We are open for guests from May to the end of October. Each month provides different weather and different activities. In May, the weather can be cooler with an average temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. June through August are the hotter months with average temperatures of 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and September and October range from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
What to pack?
Depending on the time you visit, you should pack lots of riding clothes, a light jacket, sunscreen and a hat to protect you from the sun. If you happen to forget something we have a variety of jackets and hats available in the Mercantile and the shopping center is not far away.
How to book?
To provide you a local resource to contact regarding ranch questions, we have booking representatives located in various countries and work with a variety of travel agents. Each one of our representatives has been a guest to the ranch and has experienced it just as you will, so they are a great resource for you to learn what the ranch has to offer.
There are two airports near the ranch. The first is Rapid City Regional Airport, located in Rapid City, South Dakota, and is about two hours from the ranch. The second is Gillette-Campbell County Airport, located in Gillette, Wyoming and is about one hour from the ranch. We do offer airport transfer to and from the airport for a fee. Our pickup and drop off times are from 10am – 8pm daily.
There are a variety of western clothing and horse tack stores in the area. Spearfish and Belle Fourche, South Dakota provide some great shopping within about a 45-minute drive from the ranch.
Want to experience a rodeo?
Here are some annual rodeos that happen nearby that you could take in during your stay at Kara Creek Ranch: