Ride out with the real cowboys
Ride out with the real cowboys

The Gathering

Ride out with the real cowboys in this Blue Sky signature experience, where you'll get the opportunity to push cattle up the mountain to graze for the summer. A truly unique experience for those looking to take part in a real ranch work.

  • Hands-on experience with talented wranglers
  • Partake in the annual spring movement of the herd up the mountain
  • Participate in an annual western tradition

Ride out with the real cowboys in this Blue Sky signature experience, where you'll get the opportunity to push cattle up the mountain to graze for the summer. A truly unique experience for those looking to take part in a real ranch work.

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The Experience

Join natural horsemanship trainer Jon Ensign in learning the basics of horsemanship and cattle working, while honing your riding skills. Participate in a real cattle drive. bringing the cows up the mountain to the summer grazing pastures. Collectively, we'll spend time at Gracie's Farm for a tour and workshop to learn about what is grown and harvested on site and what was grown by the many cultures who passed through the land over the last century.

The Bar, The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah
The Horse Thief is one of the Lodge at Blue Sky's signature seasonal cocktails

May 8, 2020: Welcome reception at the Lodge

  • 6:00 pm - Welcome drinks, including the signature Horse Thief Cocktail, at Yuta Bar
Horsing

May, 9, 2020: Horsemanship workshop and cattle moving

  • 8:00 am - Chef Galen will prepare a hearty breakfast to fuel you for the day: Huevos rancheros cooked in the cowboy chafer, sweet potato hash with smoked salmon, grilled grapefruit, biscuits, homemade jams, and locally crafted fermented yoga parfaits.
  • 9:00 - 11:00 am - Experience a hands-on opportunity to drive cattle to higher elevation for the summer months after learning the brief history of the tradition of cattle work on horseback.
  • Embark on an excursion through the White Tail Hike/Snowshoe afterwards or the option to indulge at Edge Spa for a 'back in the saddle' spa treatment.
  • Gather herbs and create your own farm beverage near the creek while listening to Lynsey, from Gracie's Farm, and her inspiring approach to farming.
  • Dinner at Remuda where the Chef will prepare a unique dining experience within the center of the Remuda in conjunction with produce from Gracie's Farm. An elevated platform is set for the table as the wranglers ride around the edge of the Remuda while guests are dining.
  • A film screening of Buck Brannaman’s film ‘Buck’. Buck is an American horse trainer and a leading practitioner with a philosophy of handling horses based on classical concepts from the vaquero tradition; working with the horse's nature, using an understanding of how horses think and communicate to train the horse to accept humans and work confidently and responsively with them.
group horseback riding

May 10, 2020: Participate in the western tradition of the bi-annual cattle drive

  • 8:00 am - Chef-prepared breakfast of quiche and seasonal skillets at Yuta.
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Day gathering and moving cows up the mountain. Meet at the Remuda to begin moving the cows for summer grazing!
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - A Native American inspired picnic-style lunch on the mountain with the horses gathered nearby where a local Native American joins in on the lunch to share stories of the land.

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