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The Magical Bull Hill Horse Ranch in Kettle Falls, Washington State

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I spent last weekend at Bull Hill, a magical guest ranch in northeastern Washington State.

I was introduced to Bull Hill a few years ago by a friend who has been visiting this real working cattle ranch (aka Dude Ranch) with his family for 13+ years. He raved about his love for this special place so I booked a weekend for me and my mom, who absolutely loves horses. We've since recruited a group of eight (moms and daughters) and celebrated our third annual visit last weekend. 

Bull Hill is a magical place. The horses, the starry sky, the cabins, the pine trees, the clean pure air, the communal meals, the lake, the scenic views and new friends. It feels like summer camp.

The Guglielmino family and entire staff who run Bull Hill are generous, friendly and welcome guests into their rural world with open arms. For a fixed daily rate, horseback riding, accommodation, meals, open bar, trap shooting and more are included. Bull Hill is also known for its fly fishing.

After a hearty breakfast served in the cookhouse, you plan your day. For horseback riding, you can request specific routes, horses and times and the Bull Hill family is easy going and accommodating. Whether you ride to the river for a picnic lunch, visit organic China Bend Winery, head to the saloon, or go on a real cattle drive, you're bound to enjoy. In addition to horseback riding, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

The cookhouse is the central meeting place for meals, hanging out with other guests and staff, playing cards, and the open bar. After their last ride of the day, the horses are set free, and you can watch them frolic in the dirt to cool down and run free in the open field. It's great to connect with nature in this special way. 

We'll be back again next year. 

Bull Hill





Saddling up

Horses in field

At saloon


Cattle drive

Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Lauren,  Wow, easy to see why you love that place !  What a great pic of the boy on the stump !

Jul 17, 2010 08:52 AM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Bill - Who couldn't love this place! The boy on the stump is my favorite picture!

Jul 17, 2010 09:12 AM
Marie Haydock
Evergreen Global Homes & Land | RSVP Real Estate - Redmond, WA
Simplifying Real Estate

Dude Ranch complete with Dudes and Little Dudes!  Love it!  Thanks for sharing!  It's nice to see alternative recreation opportunities presented for Washington State.

Jul 22, 2010 02:57 PM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Marie - Bull Hill is truly amazing. If you like horses and/or the mountains you should check it out!

Jul 22, 2010 03:43 PM
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA


I love  horses and ride often, since I lease a horse in San Diego. This place looks beautiful, and alot greener than high desert which covers most of So Cal.  Looks like you had a grand old time!

Aug 06, 2010 03:42 AM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Deborah - Bull Hill is amazing - we just booked our cabins for next year! It was great meeting you at RainCamp San Diego last week!

Aug 09, 2010 07:07 PM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

wow - cool place and great photos - I like the boy on the stump photo too, but the group riding the horses down the hill (photo #2) is very cool too - thanks for posting this - love the outdoors!

Sep 27, 2010 10:14 AM

YES! There is something about the boy on the stump! When I was a kid on a road trip w/ the fam, we were dropping down thru Wyoming where two very serious little cowboys on horses (under 10 yrs old) were guiding their cattle across the road. It was SO SO cute- I felt I was looking back in time!  


Nice pics! 



Oct 08, 2010 05:22 AM
John Whittinghill
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta - Marietta, GA
Marietta, GA Real Estate Agent

Beautiful!  I want to go there someday....I would love to camp on that land!  good photography, Miss Lauren

Dec 16, 2010 05:26 PM