The Heart Six Ranch has plenty of, well, heart. It oozes with a rich history befitting a 600-acre ranch located in the last of the old “Wild West” complete with never-ending views of the Tetons and the Buffalo River which snakes through the property. Located adjacent to the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the ranch not only predates the existence of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, but also the state of Wyoming. It’s a short drive to the entrances of both beloved parks and only a 30-minute scenic drive to and from Jackson’s iconic Town Square. This turn-key guest resort offers not only ownership of a popular visitor destination with countless classic Western activities but also a bit of storied history and fascinating lore. Be a part of the resort’s continued Western legacy.
Inholding of an Acclaimed National Park
The wildlife-rich Buffalo Valley area in which Heart Six Ranch sits is an inholding of land surrounded by millions of acres of publicly owned land. The area is bordered to the east, north and south by the Bridger Teton National Forest and to the west by Grand Teton National Park. At 3.4 million acres, the Bridger-Teton is the fifth largest forest in the country — roughly the size of Connecticut — providing plenty of pine tree-filled and scented sagebrush space around the property for recreation and exploration. The 95-year-old Grand Teton National Park is home to world-famous hiking trails, alpine lakes in which to frolic, steep mountains to climb, and historic structures and landmarks to visit, not to mention up-close-and-personal views of the Tetons.
Oil Painting-Like, Jaw-Dropping Views
“The mountains are calling and I must go,” John Muir famously once said. That quote could be the motto of Heart Six.
The resort provides direct views of the famous jagged and snow-covered Teton Range peaks over a pastoral and astounding setting. The Tetons are one of the most photographed, majestic mountains in the country and the Grand Teton, the highest mountain in the range, watches over the ranch 24/7, providing a most memorable foreground for taking in unparalleled sunrises and sunsets that dip behind and reflect above.
You can redefine your every day and elevate your lifestyle with these treasured views.
A Wild, Scenic River Winds Through
As the movie quote goes: “... and a River Runs through it.” The 14-mile Buffalo Fork of the Snake River flows from the Continental Divide at Togwotee Pass to the confluence with the Snake near Moran, Wyoming, and the Heart Six. This “wild and scenic river” runs throughout the sprawling property, weaving its way toward the Tetons in the distance and is a significant tributary of the Snake River Headwaters.
According to the U.S. National Forest Service, designation as a wild and scenic river is our nation’s strongest form of protection for free-flowing rivers and streams. They have remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, and historic or similar values that led Congress to add these waterways to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The Buffalo Fork is all that and more.
Offering world-class blue ribbon fly fishing where native cutthroat trout abound and you'd be hard-pressed not to hook one of those beauties and claim bragging rights. You wade fish or float down this incredibly picturesque river in a drift boat or canoe. Non-fishermen can also easily avail themselves of watercraft for exploration and relaxation.
Steeped in History
The land on which Heart Six sits was first inhabited by Native Americans, followed by fur trappers who bought the land from the Indians. First homesteaded in the late 1800s, the property has been run as hunting camps (Theodore Roosevelt once went on an elk hunt in what is now Grand Teton National Park and stayed in one of the ranch’s cabins); a road camp, general store and dance hall; a summer camp for boys, and eventually a true guest ranch. In the early 1900s, one of its colorful owners was a notorious fur poacher. Another was an NBA player who invented the one-armed jump shot before retiring as a ranch owner and naming the property “Heart Six.” There was also a true Western shootout in the main lodge in 1972.
Active Turn-Key Resort
One of the oldest guest accommodations in the country, boasting more than 600 deeded and leased acres, the turn-key Heart Six provides an authentic cowboy experience with multiday pack trips or guided tours on the trails once used by Butch Cassidy and the Hole in the Wall Gang.
Occupying an ecologically sensitive pasture, the resort features 91 en-suite rooms — of which 45 are beautiful log cabins — dotted throughout, some of which date from the early 1900s. Additional accommodations include 20 Colorado tipis and 20 Conestoga wagons which means the ranch can sleep more than 350 guests. The Buffalo Valley Cafe on-site restaurant has been a going concern longer than the guest accommodations!
Family-friendly activities include cowboy cookouts, horseback riding, wagon rides, sleigh rides, guided horseback trips or float tours, snowmobiling, dog sledding, hunting, fly fishing, pack rides, and good old-fashioned Western hospitality. In the morning and evening, guests also thrill to watch more than 100 horses gallop right past them.
Multiple Permits for Myriad Adventures
Heart Six is an authorized permittee of the U.S. Forest Service and concessioner of the National Park Service, allowing it to offer countless adventures and activities for its guests in two of the nation’s popular and historic parks as well as throughout the forest and Buffalo Valley.
Some of those permits include guided scenic float trips through the park, horseback trail rides, pack trips and fly fishing in summer and snowmobiling and dog sledding in the forest in the winter.