Kathryn -- Jul 07, 2013 07:22 pm
I opted for a Spring vacation to a place I've never been to, to see a landscape I've only viewed in films. The experience was absolutely amazing. Ten thousand acres of breathtaking beauty. Flat as the eye can see, making the sky larger than any I've ever seen. Daylight until late evening hours and dark skies filled with trillions of stars. Prairies and mountainous sunken valleys so different from what I've known in the East USA where I live. Got to see real cowboys, doing real cowboy work branding calves, lassoing - very impressive. Horseback riding in a beautiful setting on the ranch that included a serene pond and "Huckleberry Finn" raft. Got to hold a one-day old fawn. I learned a lot about nature, a lot about the harsh life people live out there and the incredible appreciation and respect these folks have for this life and our environment. It's not too much different than it was two hundred or so years ago; there was a definite charm and haunting that came with this trip living in that place for one week. Ben Doty was my host, keeps this ranch going on a day-to-day basis; he has my admiration and respect. The lodging was charming, the food was delicious. I got to see The Badlands, The Black Hills, Mt Rushmore AND learned a lot about the history of these places and South Dakota that I did not know before thanks to Ben. I got on the prop plane, first of 3 planes to get me home; I had tears in my eyes, tears because of the beauty and hospitality that touched my life for a week. I'll never forget it and I hope to go back. Thank you Ben!
Cedar Breaks Ranch
Don -- Apr 24, 2013 10:19 am
I have been going to to Cedar Breaks for several
years as it has evolved from just a working ranch/farm into a great outdoor experience for others to enjoy.
Ben Doty, ranch manager, IS western- born, raised and educated in the west. If you wish to photograph wildlife Ben is a great guide, he can put you in close (but safe) range of a variety of wildlife and western adventure shots.
The lodge is an original ranch house, modernized only to provide the creature comforts and cleanliness we expect.
If you find a break in the action - grab a pole and run over to the lake to catch a few fish for lunch.
I will be back to enjoy more of Cedar Breaks.
Fascinating Great Outdoor Adventure
Greg -- Mar 25, 2013 03:15 pm
Been visiting Cedar Breaks for the past five years fishing, hunting and enjoying the great outdoors. Ben Doty has capitalized on his education, practical knowledge and experience making Cedar Breaks very enjoyable to visit and hunt. Always look forward to returning to Cedar Breaks to spend time with Ben and his operation. The lodge is very nice, especially the converted one-room schoolhouse, my favorite place to stay. The late afternoon and evening fires in the fire pit on the back porch cap off many a fine day of outdoors activities. The vegetation and terrain make for a splendid change from my Florida flatland. You won't be disappointed with your visit and stay at Cedar Breaks.
Mule Deer Hunt
Eric -- Mar 18, 2013 05:47 pm
Our deer hunt at Cedar Breaks Ranch could not have been any better. The quality of the game was great but the hospitality was even better. Ben runs a great hunting operation from the guides to the food it is just a great operation. Nanette and I can't want to go back.
Cedar Breaks Lodge a real out east experience
Roy -- Mar 18, 2013 03:33 pm
Just the drive to Cedar Breaks from Pierre the capital of South Dakota is an interesting experience. Grasslands become low then high ridge lines with the final climb to the lodge overlooking the beautiful Cheyenne river with its tree studded bottom is unique. It is not hard to imagine giant herds of wild buffalo pursued by ancient Indian Tribes as You pass through miles of open grazing lands with minimal evidence of modern civilization.
Cedar breaks is located in a historic old ridge top settlement area. A working cattle ranch is surrounded by actively farmed lands. The lodge breeds and raises trophy mule deer. The numerous draws associated with the high ridges are not only havens for wild life but supply the required moisture for the large volume of winter hardy cedar trees and from which the lodge gets its name. The western segment of the property drops down to the White River and another tree filled bottom.
The Logdge management is well versed in local game and the various animals habits.
I highly recommend the location and management. You will be most impressed with the wild game you will see and the overall experience you will have.