About This Listing
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.
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, and an add in bed that accommodates two more people, two built-in cold boxes for storing and keeping your food cold, a pull out table that can seat four around it, 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.
Our family ranch is a 30,000 acre spread of ground that your are welcome to enjoy and explore. There are a variety of recreational activities and points of interest on the ranch. 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, exploring original homestead cabins and buildings, amazing star gazing, a large variety of wildlife and animals including our own livestock (cattle and sheep), beautiful sunrises and sunsets, or simply enjoying the quite solitude, and many other things as well. 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 our winter season (November through March).
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.
Please treat wagon and property with respect and clean up after yourself. Please no smoking inside the sheep wagon
Note: A more detailed list of items supplied in the sheep wagon, and a recommended packing list and recommended things to bring list is available after the booking process is completed. It is located within the "house manual" section that is provided here on airbnb
I can't say enough about how great an experience this was for my husband and I. Our host met us at the sheep wagon (the very person who restored it!) and showed us the many features, encouraged us to check out the nearby lake and stream as well. Then he left us to explore the wonderful (and very isolated) campsite of the sheep wagon. We DID check out the beautiful lake, and also built a campfire (in the large fire-pit) with the ample available chopped wood and kindling there in the sheep wagon, there were even matches to use.
We loved the quiet and remote location, with the only background noise mooing cattle as we went to sleep in the rather comfy bed. Some may think it a bit pricey-but we think not! After all, a double room in a nearby Wyoming town (especially in the summer ) will run you about the same...and to us, a quiet place and being (possibly) the only people for miles around is truly priceless. Plus, it was a unique experience for sure, my husband's first one of anything in the realm of "camping", and now he says he's "spoiled".
Our host was very helpful before our stay, always answering e-mails, and giving information on the roads (we were traveling by a dual-sport motorcycle, so road conditions were important!) as well as what we should bring/expect to need, etc.
I'm so glad we chose to stay the night here on our quick trip to Wyoming. Beautiful country, and a truly unique experience!
What a wonderfully unique experience in a beautiful place. The painstakingly-restored wagon was a perfect home for our 2 night stay. Set between a meandering creek (yes, fly fishers, there were trout in there) and a crystal clear trout-stocked lake, the site offered amazing 360 degree views of the flower-filled country side. Waking up to song birds and spending the afternoons watching antelope cavort, we would cook our dinners on the wagon's wood-burning stove during the afternoon thunderstorms before building a campfire to watch the stars come out.
The Heward family could not have been better hosts. Chad made it very clear that he would give us complete solitude, but offered a ranch tour which we were very interested in. The tour was fascinating and he entertained every question we had. The Hewards also went out of their way to make the birthday that we were there to celebrate extra special.
This experience is highly recommended and we are already planning return trips.
What an experience to have. The listing is very clear and represented exactly what you arrive to. The wagon is set just above this picturesque lake that is accessible during your stay. I was able to meet Chad in person and he was very hospitable. Throughout the booking process as well as my journey to the wagon he was very communicative and helpful. With the directions given it was very easy to find. I had a great time walking around the area and just enjoying the open air. I would highly encourage anyone traveling to the area to try and stay if only for a night.
Oh WOW! What an amazing experience at the Heward's ranch! Malea met us at the wagon (me and my 18 year old son Hank) and explained how everything worked. There was an unexpected portapotty sitting by the sheepwagon...a nice touch for an amenity that we had wondered about! ;-) We stayed two nights in the sheepwagon and it was delightful. We explored the petrified forest our first night...again...wow! We made a fire outside the first night and cooked on the woodburning stove the second night. It rained "lightly" the second day which made driving on the dirt roads a bit tricky, but we managed to see a lot of the farm anyway. On day two we went down to the ranch house and got to meet 6 of the 7 Heward children (who we enjoyed talking to about art, and rocks, and horses..., and many other topics...awesome kids!!!!) Todd, Malea's husband, took us to see sheepherder's monuments, teepee rings, and gave us a lot of background information about the ranch, its history, and what it was like growing up out there. After our tour, Hank and I went to explore a few more places that Todd told us about...(and yes, we did find mica! Thanks Todd!)
The sheepwagon was well stocked...a truly unique place to stay...and there was a great book about the history of the sheepwagon and sheepfarming. I almost finished it!
We live in SC so I'm not sure how soon we'll be back, but if we can, we will. Anyone who is thinking about staying at the Heward's should definitely do it...and please give yourself at least two nights. It is SO worth it!!!!
The sheep wagon was an awesome experience. It sleeps comfortably two but my 3 friends and I made it work. It comes complete with all the blankets and outdoor seating you need. Communication was awesome. It's so beautiful at night with the camp fire burning and the stars lighting up the sky. Such a great experience!!
The Heward family provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience (that we hope to return to soon). The wagon's unique charm, the return to nature and time spent without technology gave our little family a much needed breath of fresh air. Mr. Heward couldn't be nicer and the family members working to make the wagon available do a wonderful job of making one feel welcome.
About the Host, Heward 7E Ranch
This sheep wagon has been on our ranch since the 1920s. It is still located on our family cattle and sheep ranch that has been owned and operated by our family since 1909. We love hosting and getting to know guests from all over the world by having them come to our ranch and enjoy the sights and scenery that we have to offer in our area. We love sharing this unique experience of staying in a sheep wagon with others.