2017 was a year of trying new things, and happily, our experiments were welcomed by those who were able to take advantage of them.
The Lady Express Passenger Ferry will not be running for the rest of the season, so we are adjusting our bus schedule to better accommodate the needs of our guests arriving on the Lady II boat. Our adjusted schedule is below.
Skydive Chelan offered this exclusive package for experienced skydivers to come have a one of a kind expedition to Stehekin. Check out the video here!
The Ranch will be open to the public for Dinner on weekends starting Memorial Day Weekend! Come join us for some good hearty home cooked food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Reservations are required. Call or email our reservation office today to save your spot!
1-800-536-0745 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates of operation:
Open Daily June 16-Sept 30
MEMORIAL DAY AT THE RANCH – Looking for a new holiday destination? Head for the hills and join us for a pre-season weekend of fun!
Looking for adventure? Want to get in touch with nature? See the untouched beauty of the Mountains? AND sleep in a real bed?
Then head to Stehekin Valley Ranch – the perfect base-camp for your next adventure into the back-country of the North Cascades!
We are stepping out of the box this year, and opening our doors a little early. Don’t miss your chance to grab a cabin – this opportunity may not come around again!
HUGE thanks to everyone that helped us shovel snow today!!!
One of the most common questions we get at the Ranch is “What’s the story on that cute little cabin behind the Cookhouse?”
The short answer is that it was built by Cliff’s father, Ray Courtney. However, that answer does not even begin to scratch the surface of the rich and enchanting history of the “Trapper Cabin.” Read on for the rest of the story….
Ray Courtney grew up as the youngest of 4 children. While the older kids enjoyed smoking and listening to the radio with their father Hugh, Ray didn’t smoke, and preferred peace and quiet in the evenings to work on projects or write.
The Courtneys grew up in a self-sustaining atmosphere – if they couldn’t make it themselves, they generally did without. So Ray learned at an early age to build things and live off the land.
At age 15, he decided to build his own cabin. He set about falling trees and clearing land in the woods out behind their barn. He then started building a 12×20 foot log cabin with a cedar shake roof and a large porch where he could keep a supply of firewood.
Ray’s cabin served him well – giving him a place to retreat to when he needed space. He sculpted Cedar slats to fill all of the voids instead of using chinking, and built in a pine desk for his writing. Complete with a wood stove for warmth and a kerosene lamp for light, it had everything he needed.
In later years, the cabin started travelling – eventually ending up at its current location at Stehekin Valley Ranch.
Originally, the cabin was on the Courtney Family homestead – on the opposite side of the River from the Ranch. Unfortunately, Curt Courtney, one of Ray’s older brothers, sold that piece of property where the cabin was located to the National Park Service. At that time the cabin was moved down lower on the homestead to a piece that Ray owned himself. When Cliff started the Ranch, he decided to move that piece of family history as well – ensuring that it would be remembered and maintained for folks to enjoy. The cabin was taken apart log by log and re-assembled where it stands today.