Fully Restored 1920s Sheep Wagon

Camper/RV - Entire home/apt · SHIRLEY BASIN, WY 82615, United States
Heward 7E Ranch

Are you looking for a rare and unique adventure? Do you want to have a rustic and real-life western experience? Transport yourself back to the old west to a more basic and simple time and lifestyle. We welcome you to a stay in our sheep wagon.

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Are you looking for a rare and unique adventure? Do you want to have a rustic and real-life western experience? Transport yourself back to the old west to a more basic and simple time and lifestyle. We welcome you to a stay in our sheep wagon.

The Space

This original sheep wagon was used on our family ranch from the 1920s until the early 1970s as a working sheepherders camp. In the Spring of 2013 we completed the full restoration of this sheep wagon. It has a full size bed inside, two built-in cold boxes for storing and keeping your food cold, a pull out table that can seat four around it, plenty of storage, and a fully restored and operational wood burning cook stove/oven. It is supplied with pots, pans, coffee pot and a variety of other cookware and utensils. It also is outfitted with plates, bowls, cups, and silverware for four, and with a wash basin for doing dishes. The Wagon is also set up so you can plug your own generator into it to have lights and power inside the wagon if desired.

This wagon can be placed at a variety of locations on our 30,000 acre ranch. We can suggest a location based on your desired recreational activities and interests. Some attractions include: lake fishing, stream fishing, hunting, Indian artifacts, a petrified forest, hiking, mountain biking, great rock hunting, riding ATV's, a rich mining history, beautiful spring wildflowers, amazing star gazing, a large variety of wildlife and animals including our own livestock (cattle and sheep), beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and many other things. There are things to do and experiences to have during all four seasons of the year (however we strongly recommend that only maximum thrill seekers and high adventurers consider staying in the wagon during the winter season.)

Our family ranch was homesteaded or established in 1909 and it has remained in our family and a fully operational ranch since then. We wish to share this rich history, industry and area that we love by inviting you to experience it with a stay in our historical sheep wagon.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
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Cancellation: Flexible
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  • We had the best time! Our experience was really magical. Chad's dad was there to greet us and gave us some instruction on where things were and how things worked. We soon found he was a kindred spirit and spent the next little while talking about family history and such. We just kept saying all night how much we liked that Ron.
    We had one of the prettiest sunsets I've ever seen, the perfect backdrop as we fished in the lake. After dinner, which was surprisingly easy to cook over the wood stove we set out for some star gazing. *sigh* It was perfect. Just a little chilly so we snuggled up together. There were so many stars! Truly awe inspiring! It was so peaceful and silent except for the occasional bird or bug(but not a lot of bugs;). We had 4 adults in our party. Two of us slept in the bed and we could have for another on the bench or the floor, but it was such a perfect night that the other two just slept out under the stars.
    Chad was super helpful. He answered all my questions and was open to more. We are so thankful to have had this experience. It surpassed all expectations and was a great chance to be truly away from it all. Our conversation was full of "the next time we come...". Thank you Heward Family!

    July 2014
  • I am from Canada and we were traveling through Wyoming for 10 days. Our stay at the Heward's ranch was one of the highlights. This is a special part of the state and to have the opportunity to camp on the open range was a special experience. The sheep wagon is rustic but very comfortable and staying here was a great way to get an appreciation for the historic way of life as a sheep rancher. This is a great place for nature lovers as this is an ecologically rich place.

    June 2014
  • Absolutely wonderful stay in beautiful and breathtaking surroundings. Cannot stress enough how much we enjoyed the stay! Go for this, if you really want to get away from everything.
    Chad and the whole family are great hosts, and we got all information needed to find it (it really is in the middle of nowhere) and to make the most of it.
    Go for it, there is little to compare to!

    June 2014
  • Staying in the restored Sheep Wagon was one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences we've ever had! Breathtaking views, a very cozy wagon and the challenge of cooking in a wood-burning stove made for a fun-filled stay. Above all, the Hewards were the most hospitable, generous hosts we've ever encountered. They were warm, communicative and helpful in preparing us for this trip and welcoming us when we arrived. We're coming back again and again!

    June 2014
  • Staying in the sheep wagon was a great experience! We spent two nights there and truly enjoyed it. The weather was perfect, with the exception of rain on our last night, but even that was relaxing. Todd and Malea were great hosts and gave us good directions to sights they thought we would be interested in. The wagon was very comfortable and cooking on the wood stove was a fun experience. We enjoyed a campfire at night and enjoyed the peacefulness of the area. The sheepherders monument is a must see and the view from there onto the valley below is beautiful. We also found some great souvieners from the petrified woods area. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to be "off the grid" for a few days and really relax and experience the solitude of staying on the ranch. Thanks so much to the Heward family for sharing their ranch with us.

    May 2014
  • We had a fabulous time at the Heward's ranch. Todd was so accommodating, and we loved being able to explore the ranch, looking at rocks, climbing around old homesteads, and looking at the animals. Todd even made my son a birthday cake on the campstove in the sheep wagon! We would definitely stay again, though our growing boys would most likely not fit in the wagon on a return visit. Stop in here if you're on the way and you have the time (and a rig that can handle some dirt roads)!

    May 2014
  • Just absolutely wonderful. The wagon delivered the charm we expected and more. I would recommend arriving with a decent level of daylight left in the day so you can get situated before it gets dark. We tried to pack too much into one day and didn't have as much daylight left as we originally expected-our fault. There was a cool book on the history of the sheep-wagon that really made the experience more personal. The ranch was stunning with sheep, cows, and Yaks, but open enough where it still smelled fresh:). The owners were lovely making sure we had everything we needed and that we felt welcome. I wish we had more time in our vacay so we could stay more than 1 night! We kinda figured out how to enjoy the wagon to the fullest, then had to pack up! If you are like us, and only have time for a quick visit- here are a couple tips: 1) some plastic cups/plates/silverware will reduce the number of dishes before you leave. They provide real equipment, but I hate doing dishes. 2) Really look through all drawers before you get to it. I discovered foil in the cupboard after I had made a mess of a lot of cookware that could have been lined (face-palm). 3) don't let the fire go out on a cold night. After a while the wagon felt very warm so I figured, "eh, let the fire go out, doesn't seem like we need it. Relighting it at 3am isn't as much fun as it sounds. Our fault! If you are hot, just open the window:)

    Overall, a wonderful experience- we can't wait to return. Chad and Todd were so great preparing for everything, it was our own poor planning that resulting in anything non-ideal.

    May 2014
  • What a unique place to stay! Middle of nowhere in the best kind of way. The wagon was clean, cozy, and quite well stocked with anything we needed (drinking water, pots and pans, a sheep wagon book to learn about the history of where we were staying). Not having electricity and using a port-a-potty weren't issues at all. The family was super nice, and helped us start a fire in the wood stove. They also promised that the wagon wouldn't blow over in the strong wind (and they were right), and left us to complete privacy and quiet on the range. Would book this wagon again in a heartbeat, especially in springtime. It must be gorgeous!

    May 2014
  • My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our time at the wagon! The wagon was tidy and in great condition. The Heward family was very kind and welcoming from the beginning of our booking and remained that way through our whole experience. We enjoyed hiking around, finding petrified wood, talking pictures, and cooking fantastic meals. The wood burning stove not only kept us warm but also worked great for cooking an elk sausage pot pie in! We would recommend this to other people and hope to return again!

    October 2013
  • The sheep wagon was a great experience and the ranch was beautiful. I'll definitely return again. Despite cold fall nights, I stayed plenty warm in the wagon and enjoyed cooking on the wood stove. The Hewards were very accommodating and friendly. They stopped by one morning with extra firewood to make sure I was staying warm. They told me some of the ranch history and offered suggestions for hikes in the area.

    This is a really unique experience. It's not often one gets private access to such a large, beautiful ranch for personal exploration.

    September 2013
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