Photo courtesy of Yellowstone National Park Lodges
Roosevelt Lodge Chuckwagon
You can opt to sit back and relax on a 30-minute covered wagon ride to Roosevelt Lodge’s chuckwagon, or you can saddle up for a one- or two-hour horseback ride. However you choose to get to the lodge’s outdoor kitchen and campfire in Pleasant Valley’s sagebrush flats, a cooked-just-right steak, corn bread, baked beans, and fruit cobbler await you. The chuckwagon’s baked beans are rightly famous, and you’ll likely go back for seconds of the cobbler. After dinner, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife—Pleasant Valley isn’t quite as wildlife rich as neighboring Lamar Valley, but spotting bison, elk, or wolves isn’t unusual—while your ears enjoy traditional Western songs and cowboy poetry from a lodge wrangler.
By Dina Mishev
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The Kingdom of Tall Tales
Call in at the Roosevelt Lodge and saddle up for an Old West Cookout unlike any you’ve experienced. The three-hour program begins with either a horseback or covered wagon ride to Yancy’s Hole, where cooks fire up hearty cowboy grub (juicy steaks, Roosevelt baked beans, corn bread, and more). Old timers regale the family with tall tales and flights of fancy, and then offer everyone an opportunity to join in on an Old West sing-along. If that’s not enough rootin’ tootin’ fun, you can climb aboard a historic stagecoach at the Roosevelt corral, and prime your pioneer spirit on a cowboy adventure.
By Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador