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Elk Creek Ranch - A Western Wilderness Experience for Teenagers

Elk Creek Ranch offers teenagers a unique summer camp experience combining a traditional ranch setting with a variety of wilderness activities in Wyoming's Northern Absaroka mountains. It is a summer of enjoyment, with groups sharing the camaraderie of youth and the recreational opportunities of the West. It is a summer of challenge, confronting each individual with rugged wilderness surroundings and a rustic life style. It is also a summer of involvement, with each teenager participating in a small camp community.

Elk Creek offers a taste of the Old West through training and riding horses as well as working on ranch chores and projects. Our Ranchers also receive an introduction to the New West, backpacking and packtripping through the high country and wilderness of Shoshone National Forest.

The Elk Creek Ranch experience has been for almost sixty years and remains today many-faceted, appealing to a variety of interests and abilities. Our purpose is to provide a challenging summer for each teen. The challenge is partly physical in that we are very active and mobile. It is partly mental in that the individual encounters a totally different mode of life. The challenge is also environmental in that the ranch is located in one of the few truly wild areas left in the continental United States. In meeting this blend of challenges, each individual gains a widened awareness of himself or herself and a greater appreciation of our western wilderness heritage.

We hope you will join us for a truly unique summer.

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Contact Info

  • Follow us on facebookElk Creek Ranch
    PO Box 1476
    Cody, WY 82414
    Tel: (307) 587-3902

2015 Dates

  • 1st Session: June 16 to July 13
  • 2nd Session: July 14 to August 10
  • Full Summer: June 16 to August 10


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