| Skyland Ranch is a horse ranch operated by David and Christine Pitkin.
It provides the setting for Serenity Village-- the place of your stay.
Its livestock and staff are dedicated to you for the duration of your visit, --so you can experience the Native American "horse culture" to the fullest extent.
Located 30 miles due East of Everett, Washington, USA, Skyland Ranch
is nestled in a valley next to the Snoqualamie National Forest, which
provides 250,000 acres of wilderness for riding and hiking.
The ranch is located 50 miles Northeast of Seattle and is surrounded on three sides by 4 to 6 thousand foot members of the Cascade mountains. The Southern border of the ranch is on 1 7/8 miles of the "wild and scenic" Skykomish river.
On arrival you will get settled in your lodges, have some time meeting the staff and the livestock and perhaps getting in a little ride to get used to
the saddle. Instructors are on hand for those who wish to learn more about
the animals and how to communicate with them. Dinner and story telling
around a campfire will finish the day.
On day two you will be introduced to the river. Depending on weather conditions and the level of water in the river you will have either a white water trip or a scenic float. The Skykomish river has many class 3 rapids and the Boulder Drop which can be either a 4 or 5 depending on the water level. If the water level is too low we float down to the town of Sultan
observing wild life on those parts of the river which are unreachable except by boat.
The river is also full of fish for those who like to spend a little quiet time as an angler. The Skykomish is one of the finest Steelhead rivers in all of the United States. One of the best places to fish the river is Skyland Ranch, as the hatchery where the fish are returning from the ocean is our Eastern boundary.
After dinner in camp, when the sky darkens-- a show is provided which includes story telling, dances, music and drumming. You will hear songs which are hundreds, if not thousands of years old.
The dancing and theater focus on the NW coast Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw) art traditions--
which offer the most dramatic and exciting performances you are likely to experience anywhere. ...and the Trip continues:
You can expect to spend most of the third day in the saddle traveling into
the high country. Moving into the old growth timber on the back of a horse
whose footsteps are muffled by the undisturbed leaves on the ground is a truly rewarding experience. If the riders are quiet, the wildlife will allow the horses to travel within a few feet. While you may ride horses at any time you choose throughout your stay, this trip is your opportunity to "cover some ground" and see wonderful sights.
All throughout your stay you are exposed to native crafts, skills and games to participate in as you will. Expert assistance is provided to allow you to get the most enjoyment from your experience as possible. There is an opportunity for limited pistol shooting upon request.