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JACKSON HOLE, USA
Flat Creek is a carefully restored dude ranch built by a countess and cowboy in the 1920’s. One-hundred and forty-four acres of open meadow pastures, mature cottonwood trees, willows and open grasslands are home to five guest cabins. Close to Jackson Hole and surrounded by the Bridger Teton National Forest and Gros Ventre Wilderness area, the founding principal of the ranch is to create ‘your own private wilderness’.
Once the site of a Native American Tribe called Sheepeater Indians, the largely unspoilt habitat is now home to elk, bears, mountain lions, bighorn sheep and wolves. The first property to join the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Flat Creek has also been added to the National Register of Historic Places thanks to their careful preservation of log cabins. Entirely off-grid, Flat Creek Ranch provides young people with seasonal work and an opportunity to experience a truly sustainable way of life. By keeping 4.5 miles of rugged jeep trails open to the public, the owners Trey and Shelby ensure that the land is accessible to the local community and those from further afield.
Locally-sourced rustic luxury is the inspiration for all five guest cabins. Besides from the environmental satisfaction of being off-grid, guests get a strong sense of the locale. Soaps are handmade, coffee is roasted locally, oils in the sauna are blended from the reserve and even the beef is grass-fed from the Teton valley. When not horse-riding, fly-fishing or hiking the numerous trails, guests can kick back in hot-tubs or around fire-pits and soak up space.
Flat Creek Ranch joined The Long Run in 2016 and committed to a holistic balance of the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – as a means to contribute meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region.
Flat Creek Ranch has been dedicated to conservation since it’s inception back in 1921. It was one of the first conservation properties to be a part of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. The 144 acre inholding is surrounded by Bridger Teton National Forest and Gros Ventre Wilderness area. This unique location is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the most complete and intact ecosystem in the continental United States. This includes wolves, mountain lions, black and grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, moose, elk and deer. The ranch runs completely ‘off the grid’ relying almost entirely on our newly updated solar system. Guests enjoy the daily harvests from our kitchen garden throughout the summer.
Flat Creek Ranch hires a small staff each season providing a unique opportunity for young people to work and live “off the grid”, in a wilderness setting. Trey and Shelby keep close ties with the community where Trey was raised, purchasing locally grown foods. Flat Creek Ranch also maintains 4.5 miles of rugged jeep trail, which is public property, allowing locals and tourists alike to enjoy getting off the beaten path and connecting with the natural wonders of the Gros Ventre Wilderness.
The history of Flat Creek ranch dates back to the early 20th century when a Countess named Cissy Patterson met an immigrant cowboy named Cal Carrington. His secret hide away became the summer homestead that she always wanted. This rich cowboy culture is a treasured part of not only Jackson Hole, but of all of Wyoming. The U.S. Department Interior Department added Flat Creek Ranch to the National Register of Historic Places for the preservation work of restoring the original log cabins.
Flat Creek Ranch opened to the public in 2001 after a complete restoration of the historic 1920’s cabins on the property. Since that time they have been inviting guests to experience their own private wilderness in a comfortable and authentic setting. They have spent years developing relationships with local purveyors sourcing everything from world-class wine from Idaho, grass-fed Teton Valley beef, and locally roasted coffee to handmade soap and specially blended essential oils for the sauna.
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