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Baker Ranch, Lava Hot Springs

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Horse drawn wagon ride includes a great meal after a 40 minute wagon ride at our Dempsey Creek pavilion. After a filling dinner and entertainment, you can enjoy our beautiful creek side area with swings, and a slide for the kids and a walking path through the trees.


Slow roasted BBQ beef*, Idaho baked potato with all the toppings, dinner roll, ranch beans, corn, and salad(s), followed by homemade desserts featuring Baker Ranch raspberries. Ice cold raspberry lemonade and coffee/tea/hot chocolate are included.

*Hot Dogs are always available for kids to roast over the fire pit.

Gluten Free dinners available upon request.

After loading up for the trip out, relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset and the final 20 minutes of the ride in the twilight, with the carriage lights on. This ride is a must if you are coming to Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.

Allow 3 hours for this scenic ride and dinner.


Rides go any night we can fill a wagon.

Call 208-776-5684 for reservations.

RATES: (Tax included)

2 and under --- Free

3-6 --- $25.00

7-13 --- $30.00

14 and older --- $37.00

GROUP RATE: 20 or more will receive $2 off each paying adult guest.

We accept Cash, Visa and MasterCard.


Begin May 25, 2018 - September 2018


For reservations:

Guests numbering 1-19: Full payment is required at time of booking.

Larger groups - 20 or more: A reservation deposit of $10.00 per paying guest is required.

Our cancellation policy:

Advance notice of 72 hours required to receive a 50% refund of deposit. Refunds will be processed within 30 days from time of cancellation.

Background of Baker Ranch:

In 1896, most pioneers were traveling west to find their fortunes, but Rex’s great-grandfather headed east from Australia, sailed to California, and then made his way to the mountains of southern Idaho, where he homesteaded in Lava Hot Springs. Rex’s grandfather started rearing sheep on the 1800-acre ranch, and it wasn’t until Rex’s father took over the farm in the 1960s, that cattle replaced the sheep. Potatoes were also a staple crop in the past.

The ranch now offers horse-drawn trolley rides, snowshoeing trips, wedding facilities, and other special events to the traveling public and has made a success of their berry plantation, which specializes in raspberries and elderberries. Sheep are again grazing at the Baker Ranch. Old English Southdown Babydolls and Royal Whites are the two breeds of lovable, grass trimmers for the expanding orchard.

The Baker Ranch has always been a snapshot in time and has reflected the ranching strategies of the managing generation since its foundation. From a sheep to a cattle ranch and a return to specialty breeds of sheep, it has evolved into an innovative tourism paradise. The key is ingenuity, which Rex, Peggy Ann, and their children Autumn and Jesse Baker share. But most importantly, their success lies in open communication, which allows Baker Ranch to be more than just a business or just a family, but an example of a successful family business.
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  • We took a youth group up to snowshoe and tube. The youth loved it! The trail is great for beginners and all ages. The staff is VERY friendly and helpful! We hope to come back again!  more »
  • My wife and I were in town for our 30th Anniv. We were looking for somthing to take up a few hours of the day. We found this place and drove out to check it out and ask some questions prior to...  more »
  • I attended the Baker ranch wagon ride and cowboy dinner on a family reunion. The wagon ride up to the ranch was enjoyable and fun to take a step back in time. Dinner was a good country dinner. The music was great and continued western feeling and atmosphere. Overall a great family experience.
  • Very nice. Enjoyable wagon ride. Great entertainment

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