As part of the operation, Bull Run rents motorcycles and ATVs to their guests (there are age restrictions), but people staying at the ranch also may bring their own toys. Bull Run even offers a package where toy enthusiasts who also enjoy the RV lifestyle can bring or rent toys and enjoy the solitude of standalone RV camping in a primitive setting along the Missouri River. One such campsite is located where Sheep Creek flows into the Missouri. It was here that Meriwether Lewis and his men camped (around 1805) and hiked to the top of what's now called Tower Rock.

For accommodations, guests of Bull Run Ranch have a choice of the old ranch house (built in the 1890s) or five individual cabins, all of which are outfitted with the creature comforts of home. Here, guests can relax, eat, and plan the day's agenda. They can cook for themselves in their cabins or dine at the ranch house, with meals prepared by the hosts or by the Bull Run staff. Leslie Tripp specializes in hearty ranch-style cuisine, but loves to experiment with new recipes, often gleaned from watching Emeril on the Food Network.

A Day in the Life
--L.J.

When you're both the management and the workforce, your job is never done. Wearing many different hats, Joe Tripp uses his trucks not only to load, haul, and maintain their fleet of motorcycles and ATVs, but to feed livestock, check and maintain the trail system, and monitor the game roaming the property (elk, mule deer, antelope, whitetail deer, bear, and pheasant). It's this game that during the autumn months attracts hunters from across the country.

Like many rural operations (farms and ranches), a collection of old abandoned trucks and farm equipment has accumulated behind the ranch buildings over the years. It's an automotive graveyard that offers the curiosity-seeker a museum-like opportunity to see the vehicles of yesteryear that once provided support to America's rural communities. When looking at these old trucks (including a 1940s General Motors tractor/trailer cab, a Dodge Power Wagon, and others that have been cannibalized and rusted almost beyond recognition), even the most stoic will give pause to marvel at how these vintage trucks made rural America what it is today.