Trip Planning Information
DIAMOND 4 RANCH
CLOTHING LIST please click here
DIRECTIONS TO DICKINSON PARK: From Lander drive 14 miles NW on Hwy 287 to Hines General Store and turn left on Trout Creek Road and go 4.5 miles to end of pavement. From here on it is a dirt road which winds up two different groups of switchbacks gaining 4,000 feet of elevation in 15 miles. Leave with a full tank of gas and spare tire. You will need a tribal fishing license to use the road to Dickinson Park. These can be purchased (by cash or local checks only) in Lander at the Exxon Station or Wild Iris, in Dubois at Marlow's Fly Shop, in Crowheart at the Crowheart Exxon, in Riverton at Rocky Mountain Sports, or in Ft Washakie at Hines Store, before driving up. This scenic 35 mile drive across the Wind River Indian Reservation into the Shoshone National Forest usually takes 1½ hours from Lander, and from Riverton add another 45 minutes.
LODGING: Riverton, WY Airport is 30 miles from Lander, served
by Denver Air Connection, or Great Lakes Air (a United Airlines codeshare),
connecting from Denver. Riverton airport has Hertz car rentals. Some
groups prefer to rent a car from Denver or Salt Lake, either is a
6 hour drive to Lander. Jackson Hole airport is 3 hours from Lander,
near Yellowstone and the Tetons, and a beautiful drive over the mountains
For our Pack Trip guests only, this allows you a smooth, early start
on the first morning of your pack trip. (Not available for large hiking
groups since we have only a few cabins.) Please use your sleeping
CLOTHING: The only thing between you and the elements is your clothing. Plenty of layers (including fleece, wool, polypro and polyfil) and GOOD QUALITY 2 piece rain jacket and pants are essential. Ponchos are extremely dangerous because they spook horses when it’s windy. The mountains are noted for unpredictable and changing weather and at 11,000 ft. elevation with no timber (Bears Ears trail esp.), high winds and sideways rain and sleet storms are not an uncommon occurrence; but so is lots of sunshine! We cannot guarantee the weather; please come prepared for either extreme! Please see the clothing list for advice. We suggest putting your name on all your gear and on outside of your bags, we cannot be responsible for lost items. Riding helmets are not provided, you may bring your own. We do not provide alcoholic beverages but you may furnish your own.
EMERGENCIES: To go on any of our trips you must be in good health
and not adversely affected by high altitudes. You should bring an
ample supply of any medication that you normally use. Riding experience
is helpful but not mandatory. You should be old enough to get on the
horse and young enough to stay on. You should be aware that there
are certain risks associated with all wilderness travel such as, but
not limited to: high rivers, rocky narrow trails; horses spooked by
other users, i.e., llamas, dogs & backpackers; high altitude sickness,
snow, rockslides, falling trees, lightening, and hungry black bears
who’ll steal your groceries unless properly stowed. We can, for our
regular rates, provide assistance in case of emergency or evacuation.
Expenses resulting from helicopter evacuation are also your responsibility.Cell
phones usually don’t work in camp due to high peaks and ridges, however
we recommend them, in case of emergency you can climb a ridge to gain
line of sight. Another safety option is to bring a sattelite phone.
* All trip participants are expected to follow all applicable Forest Service rules and Game & Fish laws while with us. It is your responsibility to have a fishing license, follow creel limits & practice camping 200 feet away from lakes, streams and trails.
BEST SEASON: People often ask when to come. Summer comes late to the high country and leaves early, so our season is late-June thru mid-September. Ice-out marks the beginning of good fishing and it comes to the highest lakes as late as mid-July. Snowdrifts can also block trails above timberline until then, but there are some beautiful lake basins accessible before that. July has abundant wildflowers, great fishing, and mosquitoes. August also has great fishing, no bugs, but more visitors. September is autumn with red and yellow leaves on the aspen and willows, great stream fishing, no people, but always the threat of snow. Proper planning and equipment will help you enjoy any season. You can generally expect daytime highs of 60° to 70°, nitetime lows of 30° to 45°.
SPOT PACK TRIP
INFO: Please be at our Dickinson Park ranch by 7:30 am with your
gear packed and ready to go on a pack horse. We will begin adjusting
stirrups for riders and packing your gear on pack horses. Keep out
everything you will need for the day’s ride, in a day pack or to be
put in saddle bags on your riding horse: lunch, water bottle, good
raingear, extra layer (warm jacket for Bears Ears trail), hat, gloves,
sun protection. Weekends are busy so if you want more flexibility
in booking your Spot Pack Trip with us, plan to ride in and out midweek.
FOOD: Please have your food packed up in appropriate bags or small
boxes, ready for the pack horse, when you arrive by 7:30 am. Nylon
zipper bags work well for most of your groceries. Fragile or smashable
items (bread, eggs, jars) you can pack in small boxes (12” x 24” max.)
wrapping jars and egg cartons with newspaper and packing snugly for
protection. Soft insulated coolers are great for your frozen meat
and other cold or smashable items available from L.L. Bean, 1-800-221-4221.
‘‘Playmate’’ size coolers are also okay, we can NOT pack any large
ice chests. Fragile items (ex. lanterns, fishing rods) should be in
MOUNTAIN RANCH VACATION: In tradition of the old west, the Diamond Four Ranch is named after Jim & Mary Allen's horse brand. We breed, raise and train our own sturdy, gentle mountain-wise horses for your use on the ranch. With only 4 guest cabins and a capacity of 10-15 ranch guests per week, we offer you a friendly, personalized dude ranch experience. Cabins are complete with bedding, pillows, and towels for Mountain Ranch Vacation guests. Facilities include shower houses and outhouses. The Diamond Four is the highest ranch in Wyoming and the only ranch at the edge of the 100,000 acre Popo Agie (pronounced Puh-Posia) Wilderness Area. You might also consider driving to the Oregon Trail, Yellowstone Park or Wind River Indian Reservation while you're in the area. Check-in time 4:00 p.m. - Check-out time 10:00 a.m. WELCOME TO WYOMING!
For reservations and trip information contact Jim & Mary Allen at their home office during Fall, Winter and Spring months at 307-332-2995. During July & August we move up to our Diamond 4 Ranch in Dickinson Park where there is cell service only: Jim 307-349-6784 or Mary 307-349-7736
Times below are an
approximate of non-stop travel time. Every stop along the trail adds to
your saddle time. Carefully consider ages and abilities of your group
when planning your pack trip. Keep It Fun!
FISHING LICENSE FEES
NON - RESIDENT YOUTH under 14 do not need a license if accompanied by an adult possessing a valid Wyoming fishing license, however, the nonresident youth’s bag limit shall be applied to and limited by the fishing license held by the adult person in his/ her company. Light weight waders are fun to have but not absolutely essential. Please catch and release big fish.
PERMIT - Tribal permits are required for adults to travel across a
section of the Wind River Indian Reservation to reach our ranch. A permit
is only needed for days travelling to and from the ranch, in addition
to any days you may spend fishing on the reservation on your own. (We
do not guide on the reservation.)