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Cowboy Life in Real Time

Kansas Oklahoma Fly Drive and Ranch Holidays

Cowboy Life in Real Time

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Kansas Oklahoma Fly Drive and Ranch Holidays

Cowboy Life in Real Time

3 unique Kansas/Oklahoma working ranches to choose from.

 

Our carefully selected, real working ranches offer an authentic taste of cowboy life, to riders of all levels of experience - from beginner to expert. Each one is different in the experiences it offers, but with a genuinely warm and friendly welcome to riders of all ages and abilities. A taste of ranch country and cowboy life that represents ‘the real deal’ - it could be mounting up for a trail ride, taking a steer-roping lesson or joining an overnight cattle drive.

And a ranch stay is a great start to a road trip - combine it with a visit to one of our State Parks; or our City to City / Kansas Kaleidoscope / Oklahoma Odyssey itineraries.

 

Ranches

 Flying W Ranch - Cedar Point, KS

A 7,000 acre working cattle ranch in the heart of the Flint Hills - America’s last tallgrass prairie. Owners Josh and Gwen Hoy offer the real cowboy lifestyle - riding, round-ups, wagon rides, star gazing, wildflower walks, fishing and hiking. The bunkhouse has varied accommodations - rustic looking, but with modern facilities.

 

Island Guest Ranch - Ames, OK

Oklahoma’s oldest guest ranch - its 4th generation family owners run cattle over 5,000 acres, and offer abundant wildlife and bird viewing in addition to great horse-riding and ranch work stays. In the evenings, there might be square dancing, a rodeo, or even a Native American Pow Wow to enjoy.

 

A Bar Ranch - Claremore, OK

Rock Creek is home to the main lodge and agribusiness facility where guests are entertained and housed. The accommodations are nicely furnished with either king or twin beds, some bedrooms have their own private facilities, whilst others have shared facilities. The ranch offers good fishing, hiking trails, wagon rides and history talks of the ranch and also of Oklahoma history. The meals are very much western fare and mainly homemade with maybe steaks over a wood fire or even Dutch ovens cookouts.

 

Oklahoma Guide

Oklahoma is a state of indeterminate location and character. While it may lack the rugged canyons and pastel skies of New Mexico or Arizona, Oklahoma's identity is distinct and very much a legacy of the Old West. Today Oklahoma has the second largest Indian population in the United States, and also has a strong African-American heritage. Both of these populations provide visitors with rich cultural history and experiences

Encounters such as powwows, craft festivals and traditional storytelling all signify the great cultural history which Oklahoma offers its visitors. Events also pay homage to the cowboys of history, with more than 100 rodeos taking place in Oklahoma each year in which modern-day cowboys compete in calf-roping, steer-wrestling and bull-riding events.

The flat, fertile land of the central region is only one part of Oklahoma's diverse terrain. In the east, the prairies give way to rugged mountains and dense forests. This region, today a favourite of rappellers, hikers and equestrians, was once a favourite of outlaws as well. Robbers Cave State Park served as a hideout for such notorious fugitives as Jesse James and Belle Starr. The Broken Bow area is also popular with lovers of the outdoors. Its fly-fishing and boating opportunities also make it a top holiday spot. In the north, the grasslands shift again into one of Oklahoma's most intriguing natural wonders, the Great Salt Plains, literally an 8,690-acre sea of salt, and in the west lie the Beaver Dunes, where adventurous visitors can rev up dune buggies or ARVs and race down sandy slopes

While Oklahoma as a whole tends to be conservative and inspires nostalgia for a slower pace and simpler life, sophistication is not precluded. The vision and sensitivity with which the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum were established, in honour of those who died in the 1995 bombing, attest to this. So do the state's well-preserved architectural gems, remnants of the Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s and 1930s. Visitors in search of travel kitsch will find landmarks in roadside architecture, including the Blue Whale and Totem Pole Park

It is safe to say that Oklahoma is a destination offering visitors culture, history and a great feeling of the Old West.

Airports in Oklahoma

Will Rogers World Airport (OKC)

OVERVIEW
Visitors to the home of cowboys and Stetsons generally fly in to Will Rogers World Airport, which is a short drive from downtown Oklahoma City. Will Rogers World Airport is the busiest airport in Oklahoma and serves over three million passengers each year.

Booking flights to Will Rogers World Airport is relatively easy as most popular airlines within the United States offer fights or flight connections to Oklahoma City. The airport is fortuitously named after a popular local comedian and cowboy - perhaps this is why most passengers using the airport leave smiling

LOCATION
The airport is located five miles (8km) southwest of Oklahoma City, on Terminal Drive

GETTING TO THE CITY
There is no public transport at the airport. The private Jefferson Bus Company provides daily scheduled intercity service to Lawton, Chickasha, Wichita Falls, and Fort Worth. Shuttle service is offered by several hotels, but reservations must be made in advance. Taxis, private van shuttles and rental cars are also available.

TIME
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Tulsa International Airport (TUL)

LOCATION
The airport is located five miles (8km) from Tulsa.

GETTING TO THE CITY
Tulsa Transit Route 203 provides bus service from the airport to downtown Tulsa, departing roughly every hour between 7.50am and 7.19pm on weekdays, and between 7.20am and 6.30pm on Saturdays. Taxis, shuttles and rental cars are also available.

TIME
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).

 

Kansas Guide

Kansas occupies a prominent place in American history, though its status in pop culture is somewhat less distinguished. The state was a violent battleground between pro- and anti-slavery settlers during the 1850s, a period dubbed 'Bleeding Kansas'. The state also played a pivotal role in America's westward expansion, its string of frontier forts supporting the clashes of the Indian Wars of the 1860s. But as every American school kid knows, Kansas is perhaps most famous for the landmark ruling of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which ended segregation in public schools. Visitors can learn more about Kansas' history at the state's numerous historic sites, many of which have been designated national historic landmarks.

Although the historical significance of the state may sound dull to some, Kansas actually has a delightfully colourful past, peopled by cowboys, pioneers, gunfighters and lawmen. It is home to Dodge City, the once-infamous 'Wickedest City of the West', which has been the setting of countless movies and television shows, including Gunsmoke. Even today, Kansas has a reputation for quirkiness; it is an odd place whose miles of seemingly flat, empty terrain are punctuated not only by serious historical monuments but also by attractions like the World's Largest Ball of Twine and the World's Largest Spinach Salad. While Kansas may not be the ideal holiday spot for some, it does have a lot to offer, and not only to history buffs.

Kansas' network of state parks and wildlife refuges comprises rolling hills and prairies, sand dunes, wildflowers, rivers and lakes, offering hunters, hikers, boaters, horseback riders and fishermen a wealth of options. Kansas isn't all rolling prairies though, and it has several major cities, all located in the eastern half of the state. The largest city is Wichita, which has a population of under 400,000 and enough museums, shops, restaurants and attractions to entertain all comers. Topeka, though smaller, is the capital of Kansas and home to the Kansas State Historical Society Museum. The true largest city in Kansas is the buzzing Kansas City, though the state can claim only the part of it west of the Mississippi River.

Travellers should note that Kansas is regularly hit by tornadoes between April and June. Those travelling during this period should pay close attention to weather alerts.

Airports in Kansas

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT)

LOCATION
The airport is located seven miles (11km) west of downtown Wichita.

GETTING TO THE CITY
Various taxi, shuttle and rental car companies service the airport.

TIME
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

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 Flying W Ranch - Cedar Point, KS

A 7,000 acre working cattle ranch in the heart of the Flint Hills - America’s last tallgrass prairie. Owners Josh and Gwen Hoy offer the real cowboy lifestyle - riding, round-ups, wagon rides, star gazing, wildflower walks, fishing and hiking. The bunkhouse has varied accommodations - rustic looking, but with modern facilities.

 

Island Guest Ranch - Ames, OK

Oklahoma’s oldest guest ranch - its 4th generation family owners run cattle over 5,000 acres, and offer abundant wildlife and bird viewing in addition to great horse-riding and ranch work stays. In the evenings, there might be square dancing, a rodeo, or even a Native American Pow Wow to enjoy.

 

A Bar Ranch - Claremore, OK

Rock Creek is home to the main lodge and agribusiness facility where guests are entertained and housed. The accommodations are nicely furnished with either king or twin beds, some bedrooms have their own private facilities, whilst others have shared facilities. The ranch offers good fishing, hiking trails, wagon rides and history talks of the ranch and also of Oklahoma history. The meals are very much western fare and mainly homemade with maybe steaks over a wood fire or even Dutch ovens cookouts.

 



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