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Bar H Bar Guest Ranch

1501 8-mile Creek Rd, Soda Springs, ID

On a frosty September morning in the Bear River Valley, the Harris Family is preparing to gather 350 yearlings from a large pasture next to their corrals. Mark Harris leads the charge on his palomino, "Frosty".

"Heya! Hah! Hah!" Harris and his fellow hands on horseback shout as they herd the cattle across the spacious meadow toward the corrals.

Three of the riders -- two men from New York and a woman from Indianapolis -- are paying guests who love to ride horses at the Bar H Bar Ranch. All three of them are return guests.

"I always wanted to do this," said Patrick Marinelli, who is retired from ConEdison and lives in Long Island, New York. "To come out West and do things just like the cowboys did 150 years ago is just fantastic. It's a wonderful experience."

Adds Missy Logie of Indianapolis, "This, for me, is riding heaven. I can be in the saddle 6-7 hours a day and for me, that's my perfect day."

The Bar H Bar Ranch in Soda Springs, owned by the Harris Family, was one of the first ranches in Idaho to embrace the guest ranching experience in the early 1990s. The concept was just budding then.

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