The following article is from the Ritz Hospitality Magazine, Rocky Mountain Edition, Spring/Summer 2007.
This Nebraska guest ranch lies in the Heart of the Sandhills, 20 mi N of Mullen and 50 S. of Valentine on Hwy. 97. It is in a land of spring-fed lakes and lush fields of open prairie; a land where cattle out-number the people. Whether you seek quiet serenity or an outdoor adventure, you can experience both at the Double R Guest Ranch.
You will enjoy the feeling of sand hill solitude in the cabins which are situated in a secluded, wooded area. They are nestled at the base of the steep hills that surround the lush, green valley of the Home Valley Lake. The deluxe cabins have comfortable accommodations; including, kitchenettes complete with all dishes, utensils, pans, and appliances; all you have to bring is your food. The cabins are open year round to anyone seeking tranquility and relaxation away from the fast paced, workaday world.
Sportsmen will enjoy white-tail and mule deer hunting over spectacular, 4-wheel accessible, terrain. They can shoot the abundant waterfowl and hunt the plentiful upland game; including, sharp-tail grouse, dove, and pheasant. Fish private, spring-fed lakes, and hike the sandy dunes, observing an amazing diversity of birds, wildlife and wild flowers.
The many pelicans and shore birds can be observed throughout the day. Eagles and hawks can be seen riding the waves of air currents, or sleeping on the nearby fence posts, seemingly oblivious to their surroundings. At dusk the hills sport the deepest shades of green and make for the best photography. At nightfall, the howling coyotes with their yipping pups, may remind you that Mother Nature is on continual watch providing for all of her creatures.
History buffs can explore onsite, the original 1908 three room sod house and one-room schoolhouse. Stargazers from all over the USA come to this area to study and view the stars because the sky is so big and is free of interference from city lights. Ranch tours and adventures, and canoe trips on the Middle Loup and Dismal rivers are also available.
Call or email us today for additional information. The Double R is a near-perfect, year round, retreat for your next get-away holiday!”
By Pat Bridges