Hansen Guest Ranch

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Sleeps 22
Bedrooms 6
Baths 6
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The Ranch

The Hansen Guest Ranch, homesteaded over 135 years ago and located in the heart of picturesque Swan Valley, is situated on 17.5 acres along the banks of Rainey Creek and within easy access of the world famous South Fork of the Snake River. Whether you are seeking the adventure of catching trophy size trout on the South Fork; relaxing with a good book in a hammock under the quaking Aspens and Cottonwoods, or hiking or riding in the nearby mountains and around the Palisades in the valley, this bed and breakfast offers you comfort, convenience and personal attention.


The ranch offers year-round western-style lodging that can accommodate 22 people. Not only is it an ideal site for your fly-fishing vacation, but also perfect for hosting horseback excursions, trophy hunting expeditions, business seminars and conferences, family reunions, weddings, holiday parties or special occasions.

Featured on this scenic property is a 118-year old barn that recently has been renovated to include three downstairs suites, each with a queen size bed and a private bath. The loft includes a spacious area with whiteboards suitable for meetings as well as a lounge, entertainment area and a big screen TV.


Swan Valley and the surrounding area offers a variety of activities that easily can accommodate adults as well as children and always has been a magnet for the outdoor adventurer. Temperatures and weather conditions can vary during the course of the day and evening, so it is important to stay hydrated and to dress in layers.

FISHING - The South Fork of the Snake River is one of the premier dry-fly fisheries in North America, and the native cutthroat trout as well as rainbows and browns are abundant. Expert guides and outfitters can be booked to assist you in your pursuit of trophy catches. In addition to the South Fork, anglers can venture into the surrounding terrain to fish some of the creeks and still waters.

HORSEBACK RIDING - Trailriders are encouraged to bring their mounts because facilities at the ranch include a riding arena, a tack room that can handle 25, corrals and pens, plenty of water, haysheds and pastures. Numerous trails abound and can lead you up Rainey Creek Canyon into the surrounding mountains or in the canyons along Mount Baldy, Poker Peak and Dead Man's Bluff. If you arrive at the ranch without your own mount, local guides and outfitters can be booked to the extent you desire.

HUNTING - Season permitting, elk, mule and white tail deer and moose that populate the valley and the surrounding mountains can be hunted. Local guides and outfitters can provide you with information for tags and limits. A variety of bird species also is available for wing shooters, and a wing-shooting ranch that also provides clay targets is just up the road.

RAFTING TRIPS - Adventurous white water or casual scenic float trips on the Snake River can be scheduled while at the ranch. Falls Creek Falls on the South Fork of the Snake River is just one of the many splendors that you will see worthy of a photo opportunity, so bring your camera.

HIKING - There are endless trails in the mountains and around the Palisades in the valley where the ranch is located. Nature lovers will enjoy the variety of wild flowers and take pleasure in the return to the valley of the trumpeter swans. Also, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks boast other great mountain trails and are within an easy drive.

SHOPPING - A short 45-minute drive through majestic mountain passes will bring you to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where you can experience some of the history of the Cowboy State and explore many of the antique shops and quaint boutiques.

OTHER ACTIVITIES - Off-road trails offer mountain bikers a strenuous, but scenic, day's exercise or just stay at the ranch and pitch horseshoes. In the winter, downhill and cross-country skiing are available nearby and opportunities to snowshoe and snowmobile here in the valley are endless.


The towns of Swan Valley and Irwin and the unincorporated area of Palisades comprise the scenic communities that nestle the banks of the South Fork of the Snake River, one of the premier dry-fly fisheries in North America.

With the Big Hole range to the north, the Caribou Mountains to the south and the Palisades range to the east, splendid panoramas abound and year-round outdoor activities are a magnet for sportsmen and adventurers.

This pristine valley is part of the Yellowstone ecosystem that is home to the largest elk and Rocky Mountain big horn sheep herds in the country. Numerous white tail and mule deer, moose, bear, mountain lions and some mountain goats also populate the region.

Trumpeter swans, sand hill cranes, bald eagles, blue herons, osprey and many other species of birds also provide exciting viewing and photographing for ornithologists.

Swan Valley truly is a valley for all seasons and opportunities to fly fish, float, water ski, camp, hunt, hike, trail ride, bird watch, snow mobile, cross country ski, snow shoe and just play in the great outdoors can appeal to the desires of any outdoor recreation enthusiast, regardless of age.

Palisades Reservoir's 64,000 acres of water surface additionally provide a scenic venue for sailing, boating, water skiing, jet skis, fishing for lake trout as well as ice fishing in the winter months.

The changing of the colors of the Quaking Aspen and Maple trees in the fall brings a splendid array of colors to the valley and the surrounding palisades. Artists frequently are seen with brushes in hand and easels placed throughout the region as they capture the breathtaking panoramas.

Over 400 miles of groomed snow mobile trails along the Snake River Road provide access to the winter wonderland of the Swan Valley region. Also available are areas up Pine Creek Pass for those sledders who want to venture off-trail and thrill for extreme snow mobiling in the back country.

Resort-style accommodations and a variety of restaurants, eateries and shops also are available year-round to meet the needs of tourists, trail riders and outdoor adventurers.

For travelers who wish to venture beyond the valley to explore other nuggets in the region, Jackson Hole, home of the Grand Teton National Park and the world-famous Grand Teton Mountain Range, and adjoining Yellowstone National Park are a short drive away through majestic mountain passes
  • BBQ Refrigerator
  • Microwave Cable/Satellite TV

The remodeled Wrangler's Cottage is the original hired man's house, and its spacious floor plan includes two bedrooms, each with a queen size bed, one bath, a sitting area with a pull-out sofa and a kitchenette with a microwave and a mini refrigerator., , Situated along the banks of Rainey Creek are the Rainbow and Cottonwood Cabins. Each cabin features two bedrooms with queen size beds, one bath and a microwave and mini refrigerator. , , Your stay includes lodging, a hearty ranch-style breakfast and use of the tennis court, outdoor grilling facilities, a common area in the loft of the barn and the big screen TV.

  • Rafting Wildlife Viewing
  • Hunting Horseback Riding
  • Camping & Hiking Snowmobiling
  • Sledding Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing Boating
  • Theaters / Cinemas Tennis
  • Sightseeing Shopping
  • Horseshoes Restaurants

FLY FISHING THE SOUTH FORK, , For the dry-fly angler, nothing in North America parallels the experiences offered by the South Fork of the Snake River. From Palisades Dam to the Henry's Fork confluence, anglers can navigate almost 66 miles of water in a pristine setting that boasts trophy-size native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, fine-spotted cutthroat trout, German brown trout and rainbow trout., , Trout measuring to 20 inches are fairly common, and brown trout in this tail-water fishery often break the 24-inch mark. Anglers cast to deep pools, slick runs and well-oxygenated riffles along the many islands and braids., , The South Fork also presents an outstanding experience for flat water rafting, canoeing and kayaking, and wildlife that inhabit this waterway provides visual pleasure for the casual floater as well as the expert ornithologist. Bald eagles and osprey are prevalent and moose are seen regularly in the river bottom., , Resort-style accommodations, restaurants, fly shops and outfitters are sprinkled throughout the quaint towns of Swan Valley and Irwin that nestle along the banks of the river., , UPPER SECTION, , The upper reaches of the river stretch for approximately 18 miles from the Palisades Dam down to the Conant Valley access. The section from the dam through the first nine miles offers a fairly narrow and deep channel, and as the river spreads out below Irwin, a series of islands and side channels and several gravel bars present opportunities that definitely will challenge the skills of the best creel men., , Access to this section off of Highway 26 is available just below the dam, in Irwin at the Sportsmen's Access and at the Swan Valley Bridge (also known as Spring Creek Bridge). Several boat launches on the Snake River Road side of the river can be reached by driving across the dam at Calamity Point or by entering Snake River Road on the west side of Swan Valley Bridge., , Wade fishermen easily can access the river just east of the Swan Valley Bridge either on Highway 26 or off of Snake River Road between the bridge and Fall Creek Falls. Winter flow levels (October to March) usually run between 875 to 1150 CFS, and really open up this upper section to waders., , CANYON SECTION, , The Canyon is the section of the river from the Conant Valley access to the Byington access and presents a contour comprised of volcanic cliffs and a cottonwood forest river bottom which is home for the largest bald eagle winter roost in the Northern Rockies., , Foot access is more difficult in this section, but it is not uncommon for floaters deep in the canyon to find a few side channels where wade fishing and angling from the bank is possible., , Wading safely and knowing the float area are critical in this section because it is not without swift currents, deep pools, irrigation diversion dams and large eddies., , LOWER SECTION, , The final section of the South Fork expanse extends from Byington to Menan, and based upon the opinions of the expert guides in the area, is the most technical section to float on the river. The runoff debris coupled with stumps and logjams and numerous side channels that vary from year to year severely test the float skills of the best fishermen. , , A bonus in this section is the abundance of brown trout in far greater numbers than in the two upper sections. Below Twin Bridges, the spectacular scenery that marks the entire expanse of this quality fishery continues as the river begins to widen as it flows through farmland., , NEW REGULATIONS, , The 2004-2005 season marked a dramatic change in fishing the South Fork because Idaho Fish and Game now has opened this entire waterway to year-round fishing. In conjunction, fishing tributaries (Burns Creek, Pine Creek, Rainey Creek and Palisades Creek) which are the primary spawning grounds for native cutthroat are closed until the first of July., , Plan on fishing a minimum of two or three days to allow sufficient time to float the different sections of the river because each not only presents a unique angling experience but also a splendid visual array of nature and terrain. , , SWAN VALLEY SNOWMOBILE TRAIL SYSTEM, , Swan Valley, with over 400 miles of groomed trails, truly is a winter wonderland for snow machine adventurers. , , However, this pristine scenic valley in East Central Idaho, which is world-renown for its premier dry fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River, remains a virtual unknown playground for white powder recreation., , The two primary accesses to the snowmobile trail system that takes sledders into the upper reaches of Bonneville and Bingham Counties are Fall Creek on the West end of the valley and the Palisades Dam access at the East end, both of which are just off of Highway 26., , Regardless of entry to the trail system, this beautiful landscape also serves as home for trumpeter swans, sand hill cranes, moose, elk, white tail and mule deer, osprey, bald eagles and an assortment of other animal wildlife. , , The Fall Creek trail head and off-loading at its parking lot near the falls can be reached by entering Snake River Road at the Spring Creek Bridge that spans the South Fork on the western end of town. This trail head offers departures for both Northwest and Southeast paths., , Snake River Road Trail , , , For those sledders who want to enjoy the scenic river route, the Snake River Road trail spans 10.3 miles and eventually crosses Calamity Point to the Palisades Dam trail head. This trail always is well groomed, although conditions can change in a matter of minutes, so local inquiries of trail conditions are recommended., , From Calamity Point, riders can continue in a Southeast direction past the Calamity Guard Station and onto Bear Creek Road, which is a fair groomed trail. The 15.4-mile trail from Calamity Point to McCoy Creek Road, however, changes from a fair groomed trail to a run at your own risk trail at the intersection of Bear Creek Road and Jensen Creek Road. This segment that runs through Jensen Meadow and along Jensen Creek until it intersects McCoy Creek Road is to the West of Poker Peak and the Palisades Reservoir., , McCoy Creek Road, , Upon reaching McCoy Creek Road, sledders can bear to the left and continue along the reservoir and down to the Alpine, WY parking lot (11.4 miles) or head West up McCoy Creek Road for 9.1 miles to the trail head at Keenan City., , Along the way to Keenan City, riders will pass the Bald Mountain and Caribou Basing Guard Stations and Old Baldy Peak to the South. There is a warming hut between Caribou Basing Guard Station and Keenan City., , The junction at Keenan City provides an opportunity to head Northwest on Brockman Road for 8.8 miles to the trail head that leads to Mann Road and Sawmill Canyon Road., Dan Creek Road, King Creek, Castle Rock and Lava Creek are just a few points of interest and trails that can be accessed at that intersection, all of which are on good groomed trails., , The final 10.3 miles of Dan Creek Road that leads to Fall Creek Road as well as the 6.6 miles of Skyline Ridge Road that intersects at the Lava Creek trail head, and also leads to Fall Creek Road, both are fair groomed trails., , Grays Lake, , If sledders chose to bypass Brockman Road at Keenan City and continue Southwest, a good groomed trail leads to Grays Lake between the Herman trail head and the other Brockman Road junction. Another trail head 1.7 miles up the road forks off to Cranes Flat Road and Southwest for 12.1 miles to the Paradise Road trail head and a 5 mile loop around Blackfoot Reservoir. , , At the Paradise Road trail head, sledders can access Blackfoot Reservoir Road, and 17.9 miles later, along a good groomed trail, eventually find themselves at the Bone Store. Heading North along Blackfoot Reservoir Road from the reservoir for 11.8 miles brings riders to the trail head at the intersection of Cellars Creek Road where a left turn and a westerly heading for 18.8 miles puts a sled in the Wolverine parking lot., , Taking the other fork in the road at Cranes Flat Road trail head puts sledders on Long Valley Road for 14.6 miles of a good groomed trail. At the Horse Creek trail head, riders have a variety of choices that range from continuing West toward Wolverine; heading Northwest to the Bone Store, or bearing Northeast past Pine Mountain and King Creek for 7.1 miles to a quaint warming hut at the Grays trail head, approximately 15 miles Northwest of Grays Lake., , At the hut, working Northwest leads to Dan Creek Road and on to Kepps Crossing Road where a right turn at that intersection heads sleds back to Fall Creek Road., , Skyline Ridge Road, , Traveling Southeast at the hut works sledders back to the Lava Creek and Sawmill Canyon Road intersection, and a 2.7 mile ride down Lava Creek intersects with Skyline Ridge Road and 6.6 miles of a fair groomed trail that again leads to the trail head of Kepps Crossing Road and Fall Creek Road where a right turn puts sledders 13.8 miles from the Fall Creek parking lot., , , EXTREME SNOWMOBILING, , , Swan Valley boasts over 400 miles of groomed trails with spectacular vistas and majestic panoramas, but that's not where it's at for today's younger, daring generation., , Boondocking, off-trail and backcountry riding to you and me, is the slang term used by these white powder dare devils who constantly seek the 'steep and deep adventure provided primarily by the terrain along Pinecreek Pass., , Steep, as in steeper climbs and steeper chutes, and deep, as in deeper snow, coupled with cliff jumps and going airborne over rock formations while straddling a 700 Polaris, an Arctic Cat M-7 or an 800 Ski-doo provides these valley boys with their thrills and adrenaline rushes., , Of course, their sleds are not your typical out of the box models. Longer tracks (144-162 in length) and deep lugs (minimum of 2) are absolute necessities. Also, customizing the sleds by tinkering with the exhaust system, using a lighter suspension and adjusting the clutching are just a few of the modifications employed to get better sled performance., , Rocky Mountain edition sleds built for western riding are becoming more prevalent on the market, but to tackle the terrain for these thrill seekers requires a minimum of 140 hp., , Justin Moeller, an Arctic Cat factory sponsored professional hill climber, David McClure, Jeremy Scholes, Frank McClure and Chuck Traughber join Dusty and Bret Hincks to form the nucleus of these Swan Valley backcountry riders., , Destinations accessible from Highway 31 for this group include Mike Spencer Canyon, Hunt's Corral, Fog Mountain, Garn's Mountain and Palisades Peak., , Helmets are a must, as are a cell phone, avalanche probes and shovels. Utilizing the buddy system, never going solo and never leaving anybody behind are mandatory safety precautions for every off-trail rider. , , David McClure summed it up the best when he said, it's all about the rush, being out in the backcountry and the wildlife you see in their native habitat.

Swan Valley Vacation Rentals Cabin - Hansen Guest Ranch
956 Rainey Creek Road Swan Valley, ID 83449

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