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  • Established

    1882. Guest ranch since 1996
  • Owner

    Barbara & Earl Madsen
  • Manager

    The Madsen Family
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  • Open

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $300 - $400
  • Nightly Rates (per child)*

    $200 - $250
  • Minimum Stay

    No minimum stay
  • Maximum Guests

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Diverse scenery, Large family reunions, Corporate Retreats, Weddings
  • Memberships

    Dude Ranchers Association
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Nestled between the Bighorn Mountains and the sweeping hills of the Wyoming plains, The TA Ranch offers more than just a getaway; it invites guests to step into a truly authentic cowboy experience.

At the heart of the bygone era of the Cattle Range Wars, The TA Ranch is a beautiful, authentic destination where the past and present converge in an immersive Western and agricultural experience.

Whether you're a seasoned rider or a city dweller longing for a taste of the cowboy lifestyle, our ranch offers a curated blend of hands-on cattle work, trail rides and farm-to-table dining experiences fit for a cattle baron!

A meticulously restored Wyoming homestead with casual Western luxury, you'll walk in the footsteps of those who shaped the American West, with landmarks and artifacts that tell stories of resilience, conflict and the indomitable spirit of the cowboy.

Good time to go

May to October

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 5 and over

We do not offer babysitting or any supervised children program, however we do offer kid-friendly experiences for parents or guardians to participate in.

As a working ranch, we are a true farm-to-table ranch; our ranch experience is a little more raw, than a program specially oriented for kids.

Minimum age children can ride

8 and over

Arts & Crafts

play-doh, coloring, sketching


hiking, picnics, cookouts, petting zoo, Animal / Farm Experience


scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes

Environmental & Social Practices


The ranch’s livelihood is integrally tied to the health and vitality of the land and livestock.

Our horses, as the primary 'tools of our trade', are trained to have sound minds, and enjoy their job and purpose. Our special relationships with our animals is also primarily built on discipline, respect and boundaries.

The TA Ranch also takes a holistic approach to managing and operating on a level that prioritizes environmental responsibility, conservation and long-term viability.

Through thoughtful stewardship, the ranch sustainability is founded on careful management of natural resources. This includes water usage, soil conservation and preservation of biodiversity.

These efforts include a multitude of pursuits, from beekeeping with field pollination, to how irrigation and water refinement is taken from the water table for guest accommodations.

The relationship between agriculture and wildlife is also carefully managed through the understanding and controlling of noxious weeds, as well as properly managing wildlife population.

With immense diversity in the flora and fauna of the range, the same goes for the makeup of our family and community.

The ranch believes in fostering cooperation, finding commonality and developing a sense of belonging for all people.

We ask our guests to come with inquisitive minds and be willing to develop a relationship with us built on tolerance and understanding, despite differing backgrounds, perspectives, and beliefs.

Our goal is to establish a connection for our visitors to agriculture and our way of life.


As a living history museum, The TA Ranch is integral to the Johnson County Community, with descendants of the war still residing locally.

With several events that cover the ranch's Western and Nordic heritage, The TA loves celebrating the pieces of our Western heritage and community that are unique to the area.

With weekly community barn dances, The TA ranch hosts a local dance hall where cowboy country swing dancing is a prominent feature of the event and is taught to any newcomers.


The TA Ranch focuses heavily on conservation of natural habitats for wildlife on the ranch. In addition to pasture rotation, which promotes health biodiversity of natural grasses in the pastures, riparian areas are protected on the ranch to maintain water quality and preserve aquatic ecosystems.

Planting natural flora and fauna on the banks of the Crazy Woman Creek have improved fishing conditions and wildlife populations on the ranch.

Ranch History

Operating continuously since 1882, The TA Ranch is a working cattle ranch with a rich history as a National historic landmark as the site of the Johnson County war.

The war was a conflict born out of the tensions between smaller ranchers, often referred to as 'rustlers' and larger, wealthier cattle barons.

The struggle for control over land and cattle escalated as large ranchers sought to eliminate what they perceived as threats to their economic interests.

The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), a powerful organization representing larger ranchers, compiled a list of alleged rustlers and hired gunmen from Texas to eliminate the suspected rustlers.

The conflict reached its peak when local residents discovered attempted captures of local alleged rustlers and it culminated in a three-day gun battle at The TA Ranch.

The conflict gained national attention and the U.S. Cavalry was ordered to intervene and restore order. The gunmen were arrested, but never convicted of any crimes.

The Johnson County War marks a significant chapter in the history of the American West, highlighting the struggle for control over resources, and the clash between big business interests and smaller, independent ranchers.

These themes reverberate throughout the cattle industry to this day.

Your Manager, The Madsen Family

The TA Ranch is family owned and operated by all three generations of the Madsen family who currently all live on the ranch.

The Madsen family are descended from Danish/Norwegian immigrants who arrived and homesteaded in Montana, and while the homestead eventually became obsolete as the family grew, and kids and grandchildren sought opportunities outside of the family farm, the hope always remained throughout the generations to return to land and livestock.

The Madsen family then purchased The TA Ranch in 1990, to restore and preserve the neglected property's Western heritage, and to continue the cattle ranching operations.

Your manager


  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, meals roll with days activities
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, ranch-raised chicken, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

As a 'scratch kitchen' (a kitchen in which the cook prepares all the food from scratch), the Cookhouse has fed cattle barons and cowboys alike for 140 years – even with the same bell calling for meals!

The ranch is a farm-to-table restaurant, showcasing TA Ranch grass-fed beef. All other products and ingredients are sourced within 100 miles of the ranch, including fresh produce from local hydroponic facilities.

Our menus focus on proteins based on Wyoming agriculture and wildlife, and this includes duck, rabbit, chicken, pork, bison, yak, lamb and most importantly beef.

Focusing on sourcing the freshest ingredients, the food shines in beautifully simple ways.

Guest Favourites

  • TA Ranch Ribeye with fried fingerling potatoes and broccolini.
  • Lamb chops, tart cherry, rosemary and mint sauce with potato gratin and grilled asparagus.

About our Wines

The TA Ranch offers whiskey and cigar tastings from local distilleries.

For wine, the ranch has several house wines that are family favorites, but we include something for everyone with some select specialty wines sourced only from small family-owned vineyards.

Your Chef, Kirsten Giles

The ranch focuses on traditional and modern takes of Wyoming hearth cooking that have been maintained by the three generations of women on the ranch.

With seasonal chefs, the ranch enjoys developing strong relationships between food and farm, with all chefs having a direct line to food production.

Sample Menu

  • Appetizers

  • Youngs Family Farm Pork Belly Bites
  • Deviled Duck Eggs with Rabbit Confit & TA Ranch Pickle Relish
  • Yak Carpaccio
  • Entrées

  • Bison Ribeye whole roasted carrots and creamy mashed garlic potatoes
  • Lamb Burger with Goat cheese, Romesco and TA Ranch Signature Fries
  • TA Ranch Signature Brisket with smoked mac & cheese and topped with Giardiniera
  • Brick Chicken with fried fingerling potatoes, tomato jam and grilled aspagagus
  • Desserts

  • From the Garden Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
  • Maple Caramel Chocolate Tart
  • House made New York Cheesecake topped with mixed garden berries


  • Address

    28623 Old Highway 87
  • Remote Location

  • Elevation

    4708 ft
  • Private Land

    5000-10000 acres
  • Public Land

    1000-5000 acres

Nearest Town - Buffalo Wyoming

Buffalo Wyoming has a population of 5000 (approx), and is situated 13 miles miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Buffalo Wyoming include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Buffalo Wyoming offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear.

Ranch shuttle


Rental car

4x4 recommended

Nearest Airports

Sheridan County Airport, Sheridan Wyoming


49.5 miles / 45 mins


United Express

Ranch shuttle


Rental car

4x4 recommended

Natrona County International Airport, Casper Wyoming


105 miles / 1 hour 30 mins


Delta, United

Ranch shuttle


Rental car

4x4 recommended

Northeast Wyoming Regional Airport, Gillette Wyoming


86.9 miles / 1 hour 15 mins


Delta, United

Ranch shuttle


Rental car

4x4 recommended


  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Rides tailored to guest requests, Rides dictated by ranch work, Families ride together
  • Max riders per ride

  • Wranglers per ride

  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Draft Cross, Paints, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (5000-10000 acres)

The terrain also offers a multitude of unique riding experiences, from gently sweeping plains, to ravine riding in the badlands. This includes unique and historical trails with rides to tepee rings from the Crow Indians that scouted the Bozeman trail. 

The ranch also offers several specialty weeks of high intensity cattle drives, cattle work and horsemanship clinics.

Public Land (1000-5000 acres)

Our Riding

Scheduled rides

All rides are with guides and are scheduled. We offer walking rides throughout various terrain, themed rides to historic locations and advanced level riding for those with longer stays booked.

Unscheduled rides

We do not offer unscheduled rides due to horses needing pasture grazing time.

Guided rides

All rides are guided.

Unguided rides

There are no unguided rides.

Program rides

Program rides are for specialty weeks, including cattle drives and cattleworking/horsemanship clinics.

Riding Freedom

Dependent upon ability of guest and group. There are many times when we need to nose-to-tail our rides, but with more advanced riding levels, there is no nose-to-tail riding. Guests may not pass lead horse and wrangler. 

Good to know

Riders must be able to show their guides that they are capabe of controlling and riding their horse through all gaits.

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We offer accessible riding programs for riders with varying needs, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

We ride when it is best for the horses, usually at 9am and 4pm to escape the heat of the day. 

Why our riding stands out

  • Historic and scenic trails
  • We cater to beginners and experienced riders
  • There's the option to learn cattle work and horsemanship skills

Sample Riding Itinerary

Day 1:

9am: Arena riding, get to know horse with Creek ride near ranch

4pm: 1.5hr ride to north pasture

Day 2:

9am: 2hr ride to Teppe Rings to see how the Crow Indians scouted the Bozeman Trail

4pm: 1.5hr ride through ravine

Day 3: 

9am: 2hr ride to South Pasture to check cows

4pm: 1.5hr ride to top of scenic hill

Day 4:

9am: Cattle work/arena work

4pm: 1.5hr ride to old mine

Day 5 

9am: Push cows

4pm: Push cows

Riding Lessons


lessons come with package, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

wrangler, horse trainer, ranch owner or manager


on the trail, in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic


Clinics occur monthly, Additionally charged, Clinics occur in the arena

Cattle work - pasture gathers


Jun, Sep



No. of yearlings


No. of cow/calf pairs



Guests watch, Guests participate

Arena Work


outdoor arena


penning, sorting, roping from the ground


  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $300 - $400
  • Nightly Rates (per child)*

    $200 - $250
  • Minimum Stay

    No minimum stay
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Mon, Tues, Weds
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Western rustic chic
  • Packages available

    3 night
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

The TA Ranch can cater for up to 34 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

House | Milk Barn

Rates (Per Person)*

$300 - $400
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

3 nights


Originally purposed as housing for the milk cows, fresh milk would be stored in the creek for preservation. Restored and renovated for guests, this quaint, cabin-style accommodation is perfect for thoe looking to reconnect with nature and wildlife, and offers some of the best unobstructed views on the property. 




Private bathroom


safe, hair dryer, seating area, air conditioning

House | The Bunkhouse

Rates (Per Person)*

$300 - $400
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

3 nights


The Bunkhouse is the original cowboy bunk area where both ranch hands and their trusty mounts kept warm. Renovated to a modern design, the Bunkhouse honors the cowboy lifestyle with its practicality, and includes private rooms plus a shared common space. This building is a great space for meeting new people, and is meant for those looking for a social and traditional ranch vacation experience. N.B.: No room has a private entrance. 




Private bathroom


safe, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, air conditioning, Disabled Accessible

House | The Ranch House

Rates (Per Person)*

$300 - $400
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

3 nights


The award-winning restoration of The Ranch House has been nationally recognized by the National Registry of Historic Places and was also featured on Bob Vila's 'Restore America'. With a large porch overlooking the south pastures, The Ranch House combines grandeur with luxurious relaxation. Each room has its own private bathroom and a pot-bellied stove for additional heating. There also is a large common room featuring a kitchenette and a large dining table with seating for all.





Private bathroom


safe, mini-bar, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, air conditioning

House | The Granary

Rates (Per Person)*

$300 - $400
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

3 nights


Built in the early 1800s to feed the ranch's 200 Percheron draft horses, The Granary offers a beautiful insight into traditional farm-style housing. With a conference center on the top floor and rooms on the bottom, this building is perfect for those seeking a more quiet and private place to retreat. 




Private bathroom


safe, mini-bar, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, air conditioning, Disabled Accessible

Booking Policy

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to book your stay; this must be paid in full, one month in advance.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, tax, Riding, Private solo ranch fishing, private fishing on ranch with guide, agricultural tours (beekeeping/honey production, cattle, goats, milk & butter, herbs and garden, chickens and ducks), history tour, horse training demonstration, goat yoga. The ranch often has solo live musicians for dinner hour: also included.



Whiskey and cigar tasting


The gratuity is included, with the exception of guided activities. Guests are encouraged to tip guides for horseback riding and fishing as they see fit.


Massages are available, but must be booked in advance.


Pack the goats with all your yoga equipment and take a hike to the reservoir for a morning of relaxation – and just a little goat chaos!

Guided Fly Fishing

Included with your stay on the ranch: the ranch works with Angling Destinations for premier guided fly fishing in the local area.


Please check our website for special events which will change rates. These special events include special local experiences, as well as week-long cattle drives from the ranch.


  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • You can rent

    Riding helmets
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone, free long distance, Fiber optic line, with point-to-point wireless, video streaming communications.
  • Cell Networks

    AT&T, verizon.
  • Business Services

    Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, common computer, projector, large screen, moveable video screen.



We have a gift shop with TA Ranch offerings and other local handmade goods.

Our gift shop is specially curated by the family, offering food-based products and merchandise based on what we actually wear on the ranch for functionality.

This includes items such as TA Ranch-branded sports performance Western shirts that we wear during rodeos and workwear, and Carhartt gear: lots and lots of Carhartt!

Outdoor Activities

campouts, wagon rides


relaxation massage

Fishing & Wildlife

We offer private fishing for our all-inclusive guests.

Guided fishing is offered three times per week.

Guests have access to fishing gear, maps and other accessories at all times.

For fishing off of the premises, The TA Ranch contracts with Angling Destinations for some of the greatest fishing in the area.

Fishing on offer

fly, river, lake, stream, equipment available, guided inclusive, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available


Antelope, Mule Deer, White Deer, Bison, Elk, Badgers, Fox, Coyotes, Skunks, Porcupine, Prarie Dogs, Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Barn Owls, Peregrine Falcons, Golden Hawks, Vultures, Rattlesnakes.

Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 20-30.

The granary has a perfect conference room for large groups of up to 50 people.

With a projector, fast WiFi and streaming services, this is the perfect destination getaway for you and your team.


We can cater for groups of 100 & over.

The TA Ranch offers customized experiences for all kinds of weddings, depending on the size and overall vision.

This historic ranch is perfect for a destination wedding, with all-inclusive rates, experiences and external vendors for your special day.

Local Attractions

Crazy Woman Canyon

Crazy Woman Canyon is a natural wonder located near Buffalo, Wyoming and offers visitors a the chance to experience a captivating blend of rugged landscapes and scenic beauty.

This canyon, etched into the earth's surface over eons, is characterized by steep, towering rock formations that create a dramatic and visually striking environment.


5 miles / 15 mins

Rental car

4x4 recommended

Occidental Hotel

Founded in 1880, the Occidental Hotel quickly became one of the most renowned hotels in Wyoming. Located near the Bozeman Trail at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, the hotel was visited by many famous people of the Old West as they traveled along the Trail. 

Among those who enjoyed the hospitality of the Occidental in the early days, were Buffalo Bill Cody, Teddy Roosevelt and Calamity Jane, who drove freight wagons on the Bozeman Trail.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid also rode to the Occidental from their hideout at the nearby Hole-in-the-Wall.

The famous cattle detective and killer, Tom Horn, was another frequent visitor and legendary frontier sheriffs, like Frank Canton and 'Red' Angus were regulars at the bar.

Take a history tour at the Occidental Hotel or sit at the original bar that all the outlaws and gunmen enjoyed!


15 miles / 15 mins

Rental car

4x4 recommended

Mountain Meadow Wool

A tour at Mountain Meadow Wool offers visitors a unique and immersive experience into the world of sustainable and locally sourced wool production.

Funneled by primarily Basque sheep operations, Mountain Meadow Wool creates artisenal clothing, keeping the modern cowboy stylish and warm. 

Get a glimpse into the entire wool production process, from raw fleece to finished products.


15 miles / 15 mins


  • Operating continuously since 1882, The TA Guest Ranch proudly preserves the authentic traditions of both the old and new west. Steeped in history, visiting the ranch is a chance to get a taste of real authentic cowboy culture.
  • It's a haven for conscious foodies! The TA operates farm-to-table from a scratch kitchen that uses fresh and traditional, locally-sourced ingredients. You'll experience hearth cooking at its finest by sharing dishes crafted in Wyoming tradition, that have a focus on showcasing Wyoming beef, wild game and local produce.
  • Horseback riding at The TA Guest Ranch is perfect for those looking for an authentic experience on a working cattle ranch. Guests can learn about pasture rotation, check water stock tanks, fencing and grazing cows. Other rides include heading out to the teepee rings that are located in the badlands and you can look out onto the Bozeman Trail as the Crow Indians once did while scouting for unsuspecting travelers at Crazy Woman crossing.
  • Many of the cozy accommodations are original buildings from the 19th century that have been restored and turned into guest quarters. Choose to sleep in the former milk barn or cowboy bunkhouse, or even the old granary!


  • Note that even thought The TA is a working cattle ranch, they do not trail or work cows, so you can't expect cattle drives here.