A Stay at the Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch....Upon check in at 5 P.M. C.S.T. on your arrival day, each Guest receives their very own Working Ranch Horse who will become your faithful partner while at the ranch! After check-in you'll meet and greet your amazing new 'horsey companion' with carrots and apples and then get your family settled into your horsy themed guest room! Whether you are staying a few days or a week, you will experience what life was like as a Cowboy or Cowgirl in the 1800's! After dinner, there's time for a little outdoor star gazing while listening for the call of the coyotes in the valley before 'hitting the hay'...or take a night time swim in the outdoor pool under the moonlight...or enjoy roasting marshmallows over the camp fire
Activities for 1 to 8 guests not lodging at the ranch: Ranch and Ride Day Program or Chuck Wagon and Barn Dance. For information on these activities for your family or friends, please visit our Day Programs page on this web site listed on the left side of the web page. Also, families not staying at the ranch are welcome to attend any of the events open to the public listed on this page. Ranch & Ride Program - 4 hours on the ranch including grooming and saddling your horse, basic training/safety test, and a ride to the river and back, untack and groom your horse. Ranch & Ride Program - 6 hours on the ranch including grooming and saddling your horse, basic training/safety test, saddle bag lunch...riverside (we provide the saddle bags/you provide the lunch), historic horseback tour of the valley
Dress Code: Come as you are but please know that Boots, Jeans, Cowboy Hats, and overalls are more than welcome! Location: Cowboy Church takes place at the Tennessee Guest Ranch, 1050 Ray Hixson Rd, Dunlap, TN 37327. While it is not absolutely necessary to RSVP, it will help us greatly if you don't mind sending us a quick email from our web site to let us know your name and how many you are bringing so we can be sure to have enough chuck wagon chow (cowboy appetizers) for everyone! Special Note! Once a month, usually following Cowboy Church, the Tennessee Guest Ranch hosts a mission fundraiser 'Old fashioned Country Barn Dance' and 'Chuck Wagon BBQ Dinner'. Join us for this event and at the same time you will be helping a great cause! The fundraiser is to support our Horsemanship Mission Projects here in Tennessee and in Central America. Support donations are welcomed
Some of our pre-veterinarian courses take place in our On-Site Science Lab for their Equine Research Lab Studies Course! Students prepare equine blood cell slides for use under the microscope to begin discovering more about God's intricate details of his wonderful creation...the horse! Parasite research, food & nutrition, and much more are uncovered in depth in the Science Lab! Microscopes and other lab equipment assist us in our equine studies, and may even spark a future career in veterinarian medicine and research for your child! Evening time brings mounted fun, bareback games, cook outs, marshmallow roasts, night time swims, a moonlight ride, and a Southern Bell Etiquette Dining Course ! Registration Process for National Horse Camp:
1) Please call 423-554-HORSE (4677) or e-mail from our Contact Us page and
Request a Registration Packet.
2) A $100 Deposit by credit card will secure your space instantly by phone
Price: Parties are $250 and last 2 hours. We provide all the cowboy atmosphere you can handle!... along with cowboy/cowgirl themed activities! Pony rides, grooming horses, roping instruction and activities, a beautiful barn with indoor party area abounding in the western theme! Just bring the kids along with your child's birthday cake, drinks, paper goods and presents! And whatever you do...don't forget the camera! To book your young wrangler a cowboy or cowgirl birthday at the Tennessee Guest Ranch, e-mail or call (423-554-HORSE) the ranch. To book a birthday or anniversary celebration for the teenager or grown up cowpoke in your life, visit the Group Events page on our site
Lookin' for a fun and unusual way to celebrate an adult birthday, a retirement party, a special anniversary or even a unique corporate event? Let the Tennessee Guest Ranch do it up right for you, with our "Hillbilly Holler" party! We provide the food, fun, live animals (donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens and of course...horses!), hilarious Hillbilly styled entertainment from our amazing staff, and even an 'outhouse'...but PLEASE bring your own Billy Bob 'teeth'! Loads of fun for the entire family or large group!
In addition to our Family Ranch Vacations, a variety of privately booked group activities and events open to the public are available for singles, couples, families, and groups ranging in size from 8 to 250. These ranch parties, events and privately booked programs are ideal for corporate outings or as a corporate team building event, youth or church groups, scout troops, and family reunions. Advance Reservations are required for all activities except Cowboy Church. Corporate events, and family reunions can be booked up to 24 months in advance in order to secure your special dates
ADHD/ADD Therapy Horse Camp: Self-Control & Daily Living with ADHD/ADD This incredible program is part of the Tennessee Guest Ranch Equine Therapeutic Program where Horses are used as an aid & tool to help ADHD/ADD children focus on their Self-Control & Daily Living with ADHD/ADD. Only eight students are accepted per camp to this one week resident camp program. The program is designed to teach the ADHD/ADD diagnosed child how to take control of his ADHD/ADD condition instead of his ADHD/ADD condition controlling him. This special therapy camp operates similar to our National Horse Camp program but has completely different goals--each camper will have a list of 'self--control' and daily living with ADHD/ADD goals established with his camp director by the end of the first day