Frequently Asked Questions about Rawhide Ranch
I have read that check in is between 3 and 5, does that mean I have to be there between those times?
No, we will be here for you to check in when ever is convenient for you. We do request that you let us know what time you will be arriving so that we can guarantee that one of our staff will be in or near the office. We will strive to have your room ready by 3 pm but keep in mind, this depends on what time the guests from the previous night vacate the room.
What happens to your overnight reservations if it rains?
We are unable to control the weather and will operate like a hotel in that fashion. We do not refund or allow last minute changes due to the weather. We will then go by our cancellation policy.
Is the Buck Inn climate controlled?
Yes, the Buck Inn is heated and air conditioned according to the season.
Do you provide the linens?
The Buck Inn, Brouse House and Ranch House is just like a hotel. We provide you with the bed and bath linens for the amount of people the room is to hold.
Do you have daily house keeping?
No, we clean before and after your visit, unless it is an extended stay, then we will tidy up your room upon request. If you require fresh linen in the ranch house, we provide you the washer, dryer and supplies, you take care of your own linen. Buck Inn guests need to have their bath linens outside their door by 11 am if they require fresh linen.
I have a family of 7 can I put an extra person in my room?
Due to our zoning and occupancy codes, we can only allow the amount of people the room is designed to hold.
How does the common area work?
The common area of the Buck Inn is like the lobby of a hotel. All guests have equal rights to the center and all guests should keep in mind that they need to share unless you have rented the entire Buck Inn and the whole place is yours.
Do you allow smoking?
We do not allow any smoking in our buildings, but outside is perfectly fine.
Do you have televisions in your rooms?
No, we do not have any televisions in our facility. We do have one phone on the property that is accessible by the guests for emergencies.
Do you have cabins?
We have two cabins; The Ranch House and The Brouse House. The rest of our lodging is in the Buck Inn. I suggest heading back to the accomodations page.
Do you provide food?
Yes! The Banded Rooster is our new dining hall located on the first floor of the Buck Inn. Please follow this link to the page explaining the Banded Rooster.
Are there cooking facilities in the Buck Inn?
In the common areas there are two microwaves and two refrigerators. There are also two coffee pots in which we supply the coffee goods. These are all common use and guests should keep in mind that their fellow guests need fridge space too. We do have several grills on the property but you need to provide the charcoal and grilling tools.
Are there grills on the property?
We have charcoal grills for you to use. If it is a busy weekend, you may have to share or take turns using the grills. We only supply the grill, so you would need to bring all other supplies; charcoal, grilling utensils, lighter and such
Where is the closest restaurant or grocery store?
We are located 3 miles from downtown Nashville, Indiana. You will find a grocery store and plenty of eatery’s located a short drive away.
Can I cook on the campfires provided?
Most definitely. You are welcome to bring supplies for a weiner roast or some s'mores. We also want to make things as easy as possible for you so we created the Weiner Roast in a Bag. Let the ranch office know before 11 am the day of your roast and we will have the supplies ready for you. No need to worry about packing all the stuff. $5 will get each person a bag which will contain 2 weiners, 2 buns, condiments, and one bag of chips.
Can I cook in the Buck Inn if I bring equipment?
No, we are unablet o allow guests to bring any kind of cooking device. One is safety reasons due to fire hazard and the second is the smell factor. If a customer cooks something in the common area of the Buck Inn everyone will smell it. What smells good to you may not smell pleasing to another.
Can people who are not ranch guests ride?
Yes, we are a public trail riding facility that offers a 45 minute guided ride through our 54 acres of land to everyone.
Do you provide the horses?
Yes, we are a public trail riding facility that offers a 45 minute guided ride through our 54 acres of land.
Do you do anything more than walking on your trail rides?
No. We treat our horses as if an eight year old will ride them on the very next ride. We keep our horses even tempered and relaxed, which creates a safer environment for first time riders or those who have not ridden in a while.
Are your horses gentle?
Our horses are very gentle, but keep in mind that they are a large animal. We follow strict safety rules that allow our guests to enjoy these beautiful animals while remaining safe.
When do you ride?
We operate the horses year round. There are three things that prevent us from riding. Those are lightning, ice and severe cold. If you make reservations to ride and it begins to rain, do not assume that we know you are not coming. We would require a call to let us know you decided to not ride. The times we ride depend on the season, we usually begin at 10am and end at 4 pm.
Are there age limits?
Yes, you must be 7 and older to participate in our trail rides. A pony ride is a great way to give a child 6 and younter a horse experience.
Do you use pony's for your pony ride?
No, we do not have ponys on the ranch. We believe that you judge a horse by it's heart and not it's size. You will find a full size horse waiting for you in the round pen.
How does a pony ride work?
We will place a horse in the round pen infront of the Buck Inn barn. We want your child to spend as much time on the horse as he/she wishes. To accomplish this, we now allow the parents/gaurdian to lead the child around on the horse. You are welcome to walk your little one around the round pen until he/she is done or you are sick from walking in circles. Please keep in mind, anyone under 18 must have a helmet on while on a horse.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
You do not have to wear a helmet if you are over the age of 18 and willing to sign a waiver. Yes, we provide the helmets.
Do you require a reservation?
You do not need a reservation to ride, but we do have a limited amount of horses and can only guarantee that we will get you on a horse as soon as you arrive if you made a reservation. If not, we may not have the horses ready or you may have to wait until the next open ride. If you are with a large group, then a reservation is best.
Do you need a deposit for the horse reservations?
We require a credit card to keep a horse available for you during the time you requested. You have two hours before your scheduled ride to cancel or change your ride without being charged. Once you arrive, you are welcome to pay in any form you would like.
Holler Hoppin' Ziplines
My child is 59 pounds, can he still zip?
No, all participants must be between 60 and 275 pounds. If a child looks close to the minimum weight, we will ask them to step onto a scale. If they are not 60 pounds, they will not be able to participate and you will not receive a refund.
How long is your longest zip line?
The longest zip is a little over 300'.
How tall is your tallest zip?
It is called Holler Hoppin for a reason, you are zipping over the ravines (hollers) of the ranch property. The ground falls away from you as you zip and then returns when you land. The highest point in the middle is about 40'.
How many steps are there?
IF you are concerned with stairs or steps, we are concerned with your safety participating in the activity. Holler Hoppin' uses gravity and the participant as brakes. Gravity will slow you down but it is up to the participant to stop themselves by landing with their feet and taking a couple of steps to stop the momentum. We like to compare the landing with parachuting.
How much walking is involved?
Again, if you are concerned with walking any terrain we are concerned with your safety participating in the activity. There are short hikes between zips and you will walk up a slight incline. It really is nothing difficult for the average person. You also will be required to stand on your feet for periods of time as you are waiting for your turn on the zip. This wait could be on the ground or on a platform in a tree.
Will I be charged when making the reservation?
Maybe. When making a reservation, we are holding those spots on the zip tour just for you. We are turning other customers away. We use the credit card to hold your reservation. You have up to two hours before your scheduled zip to change or cancel your reservation without being charged. The zip tour will leave at the scheduled time, if you are more than 5 minutes late, we will charge the card. When you arrive, we accept credit card, cash or checks (with photocopy of id) as payments and your group can pay in any combination. We are not in the business of charging people when they do not participate, please be mindfull of this policy, it does not make us feel good to charge for people being late or not showing up.
What do you provide in the tipi?
We provide the tipi, the sand floor and a firepit. This is primitive camping, you are to supply everything you could need.
Sleeping on sand?
We recommend bringing some form of a ground covering to put under your bed roll. We do not recommend covering the entire floor of the tipi with a tarp since rain will fall in the middle of the tipi on the fire ring. We recommend a tarp just bigger than your sleeping bag/blankets.
Can we have a fire in the tipi?
Yes, that is one of the best features of a tipi. We must recommend using smaller peices of wood. You will want flames and not larger logs that will smolder. The flames help create more heat which allow the smoke to draft through the smoke flaps better.
Do we need to bring our own wood?
Yes, we do not supply wood for the tipis. You will need to bring your own.
Are there bugs?
It is camping, there are bugs, critters and such. You are in the outdoors.
Can you swim at the ranch?
We do have two ponds on the property but they are for fishing and viewing. We do not have a swimming pond or pool. The Brown County State Park does have a wonderful public pool that all of our guests rave about and Pleasant Valley Retreat has a swimming pond. We can provide you with the contact information.
Do you allow pets?
No. Due to our liability and investment with our horses, we can not take the risk of allowing any pet on the property. If you are discovered to have a pet, you will be charged $100 and asked to leave.
Can someone with horse allergies stay at the ranch?
The Buck Inn has an air filtration unit that keeps most of the allergens from entering the Inn. The barn below is seldom used for horses and usually causes no problems for guests who are allergic. Keep in mind, this is a guest ranch that is surrounded by horses and we can not control the issues outside of the Inn and cannot guarantee that you will not feel effects while in the inn.
Do you allow alcohol?
Yes, though we are not allowed to distribute or provide it for you.
Will there be a bon-fire or campfire?
We build the camp fires for the guests at some point through the day. It is up to the guests to light and enjoy them. The wood is provided and near each campfire site. The Ranch House fireplace is up to those guests to make and light.
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