Missouri River Odyssey
Work the ranch
A long, bumpy ride past prairies and gleaming glacial-pothole lakes makes guests appreciate the size of Knife River Ranch, an 8,000-acre west-central North Dakota spread that Lois Wanner manages with the help of her grown children.
Guests stay in rustic cabins with porches that look out on the Knife River, a Missouri tributary, next to the lodge and across from stables that house 40 horses. They can take trail rides or paddle canoes on the river. But mostly they want to work with the horses and cattle like paid ranch hands. "They want to help us with our work, mending fence or whatever we're doing," son Justin Wanner says, shaking his head in disbelief (701/983-4290).