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Recreation


So Many Things to Do...


When you're not splashing in the Gold Rush Indoor Water Park, taking on the mighty Thoroughbred Golf Course, or in the saddle on a horseback trail ride....you'll have plenty of other things to do!

 

Cattle DrivesCattle Drives

  • Cattle Drives take place from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

 

  • Take part in this adventure as you move our herd of cattle from pen to pasture, and then back again! Cattle Drives are open both to resort guests & to the general public.

 

  • Children under the age of 18 must have their Top Hand coin to participate in a cattle drive. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the front desk at (231) 894-4444.

 

  • Cost for a cattle drive is $50 per person.

 

Breakfast & Dinner Rides


  • Hit the trail early & head out to enjoy a wrangler-cooked flapjack breakfast. The trail ride leaves the Back Forty Barn at 8am, & the haywagon leaves at 8:30am. Make sure you're signed up by 6pm the night before! From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Breakfast Trail rides depart Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. Call the front desk to reserve your time.


  • Enjoy a late-afternoon ride out to Carpenter Lake, where you'll enjoy a tasty steak dinner with all the fixings. Trail ride leaves the Back Forty Barn at 5:30pm, & the haywagon leaves at 6pm. Sign up by 1pm the day of to reserve your spot.

 

  • Available seasonally.

 

Crafts


  • Available November-May at Sally's Craft & Candy Corner, located in the lobby of the Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark. You can color a t-shirt, paint ceramics, make sand art, and more!


  • Available May - October at Sally's Sweet Shop in the Back Forty. The same great crafts you can find in Sally's Craft & Candy Corner, with some additional fun art projects like leaf rubbing, painting and collage making.



Fishing


  • If you like to fish, bring your own fishing pole and bait to the Fishin' Hole on Little Wildcat Lake at the Back Forty.


  • Available May - October




Petting Farm


  • Meet our collection of pets: ducks, rabbits, donkeys, alpacas, and more. Fun, furry and feathered. Located at the Back Forty Barn.


  • Available Year Round



Outdoor Swimming


  • Back Forty Swimmin' Hole: Your family will love our 150' waterslide, activity pool, and zero-depth entry pool. Towels are available poolside so no need to take towels from your room.


  • Available June - August


Click here for outdoor Swimmin' Hole Hours



Target Sports


  • Archery & Shooting Activities are available at the Back Forty Ranch. Archery is free; please check the JJ Journal for scheduled shooting activities. *Due to the current shortage of riflery supplies, we have very limited offerings for riflery. Please call ahead if you are interested in this activity.

  • Available Memorial Day-Labor Day. Check the JJ Journal for hours.



 

 

 

Games, Sports & Equipment


Back Forty


  • Available Memorial Day-Labor Day.


  • Tennis, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, tether-ball and a playground are available. Equipment may be checked out at the General Store.


JJ Frontier


  • Try your skills in the Wooden Nickel Arcade, then redeem your tickets for great prizes in our redemption center! Located in the lobby of the Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark building.


  • Available Year Round

 

 

Snow Tubing on Sundance Slopes


  • A 660 ft. run makes for plenty of excitement! Fly down the track on a snow tube and ride the tow rope back to the top. It's all the fun you remember as a kid without the aggravation of climbing back up the hill.


  • Available mid-December through the beginning of March (weather permitting)


  • Sundance Slopes hours and prices



Dog Sledding / Dog Cart Rides


Dog Sled
  • In winter, our teams of well-trained snow dogs will take you on a dog sled ride you will never forget! Want to drive the dogs yourself? Mushing lessons are available.

  • When there's no snow, wheeled cart rides are available if the outside temperature is cool enough so the dogs do not overheat.

  • For more information, visit our Dog Sledding page.
  • Available Seasonally.



Dog Club


  • Learn all about our dog sled teams. You'll love our Alaskan Huskies that are housed in our dog yard found at the Back Forty Ranch. Ask a Double JJ Musher about our Pooch Pal Program too!


  • Available whenever the dogs aren't busy pulling sleds.