Travel the Buffalo Road to Farlee Ranch
Far away from the hustle and noise of the city, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in the center of South Dakota, the Farlee Ranch is a Native American-owned and operated buffalo and cattle ranch. The Farlee Family history in the area can be traced back to the days of the Battle of Little Big Horn. Running through Farlee Ranch, is a centuries-old trail known as the Buffalo Trail, which was originally forged by Native Americans as they followed wild game herds and later traveled by fur trappers and frontiersman as they followed their dreams. The trail crosses the Cheyenne River, known by the Lakota as the Wakpá Wašté or Good River, on the south side of the Farlee Ranch, which is also the southern border of the Reservation. In the mid-1800’s Lakota tribal members living on the west side of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation journeyed down the Buffalo Trail to receive their monthly government rations.
Immerse Yourself in the Wide Open
During your Buffalo Road vacation, you’ll be immersed in the beauty of the sprawling South Dakota prairie. As part of our Prairie Safari, you’ll spend a day in the peaceful, wide-open spaces within the land of the Lakota. You’ll have the opportunity to observe native fauna of the prairie ecosystem, including fragrant sagebrush and swaying sweetgrass. The day will be spent among the Farlee Ranch’s magnificent buffalo herd and other wildlife. A bald eagle (wambli) may fly overhead, or the elusive coyote (sungmanitu) may cross your path.
An Authentic Cultural Experience
As an educational adventure in the heart of Lakota Country, your Buffalo Road vacation will provide you with an understanding of the past and present life of Native Americans. During your stay, you’ll experience the cultural and spiritual connection between Mother Earth (Maka Unci), her children, the two-legged Lakota people (oyate), the four-legged animals, and the winged and finned animals, which is deeply rooted in the Lakota way of life. Beyond the Farlee Ranch, we offer tours of cultural attractions, such as Bear Butte (Mato Paha), the Black Hills (Paha Sapa), Crazy Horse Mountain (Sunk Witko), and the Badlands (Makoce Sica). Depending on the time of year, day trips to pow wows or rodeos could also be included in your stay.
The Ranch Hand Cabin
Enjoy comfortable lodging for up to eight guests in our recently remodeled, family-friendly 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom ranch hand cabin. The cabin is fully furnished and features a kitchen and living room with stunning views of Farlee Ranch. Relaxing in the cabin, you’ll enjoy the splendor of sunrises and the glorious sunsets over the pristine lands of the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux. With your Buffalo Road vacation lodging, we offer a complete menu of family style dining with an emphasis on Native American cuisine.
Customizable Vacation Packages
We will work with you to make your dream vacation come true! We offer a range of packages, but are able to customize your stay to fit your budget. We encourage you to get in touch with us so we can discuss how to make your Buffalo Road vacation an experience of a lifetime.
Booking is open from May – October.