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Morgan Ranch

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In Idaho's Incredible Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. 

Wilderness Getaway
 

Lat. 44.5535

Long. -115.304

Airport

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2023 was fabulous. We're excited about the next season! 

Biblical rainstorms, log jams, blowouts... what a year! 

2024

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Looking toward

More deer and elk in 2023 than ever. Fewer biting bugs... why? And more moisture. So we had wildflowers galore. Tall grasses, too. Lots of wonderful guests in cool airplanes. Our local osprey were happy to fish the creek out front. Golden mantles were very friendly!

208-715-6043

Please note that phone service is marginal at the ranch. It's better to text or email. 

View from across Sulphur Creek toward the house and the old power plant

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ABOUT

Note: Morgan Airfield is private. Landing is by prior permission for guests only. No drop-ins are allowed. Typical pattern is downwind to the north, right base, final to the south. Taxi to the intersection where there is parking. Bring your own tie-downs.  

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Since 1947, The Morgan Ranch has been the summer home for the Morgan family. 

Built by doctors Ben and Freda Morgan, the ranch features a 2600' grass airfield, comfortable log lodge, natural hot spring bathing pool and a glorious spring-fed swimming pool. Sulphur Creek runs through the front yard and meets the Middle Fork of the Salmon River nearby. The lovely guest house includes a large stone fireplace, bathroom and sleeping  for seven. For your visit, it'll be only your group here.

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ROOMS
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Morgan Airfield           2600' Grass             El. 5630'
Normal approach - Final to south - Rt. hand pattern

Guest Quarters

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The A-Frame Chalet opens onto a seating deck and the natural spring cool pool. Downstairs is the master bedroom with stone fireplace, bath and pull-out couch. Upstairs are sleeping areas for up to five.  Just outside the upstairs backdoor is another bathroom. All only steps away from the hot spring pool.

You'll love the perfect temperature of the outdoor hotspring shower. It's called "El Caracol" for its spiral shape. 

As we are a private home, we can only accomodate seven guests per overnight visit. You should be family or good friends! You'll love the intimate setting, the history and Mary Dee's lovingly prepared meals.  208-715-6034 or morganranch47@gmail.com

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The Chalet

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The Cool Pool is just outside the Chalet front door. Kids love to go from the Hot Pool to the Cool Pool and back!

OUR SERVICES

The Main House

Begun in 1947, the main house was constructed of vertical logs. Dr. Freda's father, a plumber, laid out the grid of iron pipe on the dirt floor for radiant hot spring heat. Then the concrete floors were poured. Walls came next and finally, wiring and windows. Everything was flown into Sulphur Creek Ranch and freighted down to Morgan's on wagons with teams of horses.

You'll love the big fireplace, comfortable living room with a rope swing, Mary Dee's kitchen with wood cook stove and family seating around the big Lazy Susan table. 

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GALLERY

Gallery Past and Present

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GALLERY

Gorgeous Visitor
Hearth of the House
Early fishermen 1952
Living room
Foxy One
Hot Springs
Great afternoon!
A Fine Carbon Cub
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A Mary Dee Ranch Salad
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Strolling the runway
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Morgan Ranch Control Tower
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Walt arrives from Arnold Aviation
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What a wood pile! 1951
Back yard, Aug. 29, 2021
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SEE & DO

Things to Do...

You're in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. There's a lot to do. Let's get started! Click on any pic.

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GUEST REVIEW

Pretty cool history. Dr. Morgan must have been something else! Grew up breaking horses! Wish I could have met him. Love what he dreamed up here!

J. L.  Spokane, Wa.

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Contact

Rates for 2024 -  We will be opening Sat. May 25

OVERNIGHTS FOR TWO TO SEVEN PEOPLE   *   WHEN YOU VISIT, IT'S JUST YOUR GROUP, NO OTHERS!

Our nightly rate is $300 per person with a minimum of two people. Kids under 7 are $150 ea. Rates include coffee, a hearty breakfast, sumptuous lunch, tapas in the evening and an exquisite supper. Towels, bedding, refreshing cool pool, rejuvenating hot springs (and all the fresh air you can  take in) are included, too.  Bring your fishing gear, license and swimwear!

Please note that we do not allow pets. Check-in is eleven AM on day of arrival, check-out mid-morning day of departure. 

Guests must furnish their own alcoholic beverages but we do have ice!

Bring your own aircraft tie-downs for those gusty mountain afternoons. We have lots of grassy parking areas.

50% non-refundable deposit required to reserve your place.

8% Idaho sales and lodging tax additional. 

Morgan airfield is private. No landing without prior reservations. Guests only.

For air charters we recommend: 

email us at:
Smith Air Cascade, ID 986-229-5880
Sawtooth Flying,  McCall ID.   208-634-7774
McCall Aviation, McCall, ID
208-634-7137
Central Idaho Aviation, Salmon, ID
                      208-756-7417

More photos from the old days...

SALT LAKE UNIFIED

FIRE RACING TOWARD US, SOUTH END OF THE RUNWAY
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On the left is Mary Dee about five years old feeding a horse by the old tennis court.  Below that is Mary Dee on horseback and below that one is Mary Dee riding side-saddle with her dog Mickie. 

In the center is Mary Dee on Nebo at about age fifteen.  Below that are Ben and Stan unloading hay from the old Jeep. 

The bottom center picture is Hy Daley, cat skinner and local character, having worked on the runway. 

The last picture is Mary Dee taking her first steps at the ranch, helped along by her mother, Dr. Freda.

Winter Foxes - Allen and Mary Dee collaborate on sculptural artwork. 
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MC CALL SMOKE JUMPERS
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Dinner prep...

Planning Calendar

Here's the new 2023

Dates with a colored line are already booked. Scroll through the calendar for other date options and email or call with your preferences. We'll do our best to accommodate you!

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Evening Tapas

May 25 - Oct 15

We're open from

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Prepping

Our fire, August 29, 2021. Massive!

The backyard about six pm, 08/29/2021

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The fire was horrific, dramatic, overwhelming... and gone! Regeneration is amazing. 2022 gave us a very wet spring which produced lots of grass and regrowth. Softened the blow.
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