A Laughing Water Vacation is a Life Event

Laughing Water has so much to offer!  In the Mikita family since 1972, the ranch encompasses 220 beautiful acres of mountain timber and rolling pasture.  Nestled in a beautiful mountain valley just west of Glacier National Park and bordered on three sides by the Kootenai National Forest, the ranch has a wonderful trail system for scenic and challenging horseback rides.  Colorful names such as the "Trail of Tears," "Laughing Water Overlook," and the "North Fork of Deep Creek Trail" will become part of your memory book.  You won't see any other riders, since Laughing Water is the only dude ranch in the area. 

Our children's programs are adventures in themselves.  Youngsters between 4 and 8 participate in an exciting discovery of the curiosities in the Native American way of life.  Led by a Cheyenne princess "Eyes Like Water",  kids participate in nature walks, crafts, learn Indian languages, dances and stories.  One night is spent camping in the tepees. 

Older kids aged 9 through 14 become part of the Laughing Water Troop of the U. S. 7th Cavalry!  Blue uniforms, yellow bandanas and army hats flanked by the swirling colors of the Cavalry and U.S. flags make for a stirring site as the kids ride up over the hill to our own Fort Laramie frontier outpost.  Kids learn to ride, shoot, and deal with the Native Americans.  They camp out in the Fort one night during the week.  The adventure is capped by a pow-wow with the Cheyenne Indians and their own horse show of cavalry maneuvers at the end of the week. 

Main Season Schedule

Sunday to Saturday
  • no stayovers on Saturday, unless multi-week
  • subject to minor changes without notice


  • 2:00pm Check In
  • 4:30pm Hors d’oeuvres
  • 5:00pm Kid’s Meet Your Horse at Fort Laramie
  • 6:00pm Italian Style Dinner
  • 7:00pm Orientation


  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Riding Instruction & Youth Program
  • 12:00pm Lunch at the Lodge
  • 1:00pm Trail Ride
  • 3:00pm Meet your Children at Lodge
  • 6:00pm Chef’s Choice Dinner
  • 7:00pm Mountain Ann Show


  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Riding Instruction
  • 9:00am Trail Ride & Youth Program
  • 12:00pm Lunch on the Trail
  • 3:30pm Cavalry/Indian Water Battle
  • 5:00pm Hayrides for Guests
  • 6:00pm BBQ Dinner at 2 Streams


  • 7:30am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Glacier Park Adventure
  • 12:00pm Lunch in the Park
  • 1:30pm Whitewater Raft Trip
  • 8:00pm Pizza Dinner at Lodge


  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Riding Instruction
  • 9:00am Long Trail Ride & Youth Program
  • 12:00pm Lunch on the Trail
  • 1:00pm Short Trail Ride
  • 3:30pm Meet your Children at Lodge
  • 4:00pm Swimming at Dickey Lake
  • 6:00pm BBQ at Dickey Lake
  • 8:00pm Return to Ranch
  • 8:30pm Fort Sleepover


  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Riding Instruction, signups for Saturday rides (extra charge)
  • 9:00am Family Ride (morning only)
  • 1:00 pm Group Picture @ Barn
  • 12:30 pm Lunch @ Barn
  • 1:30-2:30 pm Pay bills in Office
  • 2:00pm Cavalry Show at Barn
  • 2:30pm Pow-Wow at Village
  • 3:30pm Adult Shoot at Fort Laramie
  • 6:00pm Prime Rib Dinner
  • 7:00pm Square Dance


  • 8 - 9:00am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Check out of rooms if horseback riding
  • 9:00 am optional horseback ride *extra charge
  • 9 - 11 am Check out of rooms