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Activities

Our 126 acre slice of South Dakota offers a varied and diverse landscape, packed with fun activities and plenty of chances to explore.  

young girl riding a horse at joy ranch

Equine Activities 

Our riding arena is heated and offers the ideal environment for year-round camps and programs. You can even take riding lessons from one of our experienced instructors.  

Or explore the scenic trails while horseback riding with your friends and one of our guides. The ranch is also the perfect setting for carriage and sleigh rides. 

1880's town main street

1880’s Town

The sprawling 1880’s Town has instantly become a guest favorite. This western main street will let you take a walk back in time. Enjoy a root beer float and pizza at The Thirsty Boot Saloon. Play games with the family at Wild Bill’s Game Room or have fun outside on the sport court and playground. When you need some time to relax, you can cozy up to one of our 13 fireplaces found throughout the property.

reception and dinner area at joy ranch

Dine and Stay

Planning a big party? Our full service kitchen and dining room has space for up to 250 people. We also have 3 meeting rooms for events, meetings and corporate retreats.

When it gets late, you can sleep comfortably in one of our 16 rustic, western themed hotel rooms, each with 2 queen beds. Our Bunkhouse can sleep an additional 72 people and is a great option for kids, camps, hunters and parties. We even have a Medical Center to support event doctors and nurses.

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joy ranch prairie church

Historic prairie Church

Originally founded in Erwin, SD, our church was moved to Joy Ranch in 2000. Since then, it has become the perfect setting for weddings, baptisms and special ceremonies. 

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kids playing in lake lyle

Lake Lyle

Visitors can reach the lake via an accessible dock for all people and ages. Once there, enjoy fishing, swimming, pontoon rides, and ice skating in the winter.

coyote campground sign

Coyote Campground

11 sites with electricity pedestals and water hookups. Fire rings and picnic tables for all. Nearby waterfront. Just $35 per night year around. Dump station is also available. Contact us to reserve your spot.

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Hiking Trail

Explore the walking and riding trails from the school house on the lake. The trails intersect with four different parks along the way, and includes spots for hiking and campfires.

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Other Activities

Test you skills on our archery range, play in our pumpkin patch or visit our one-room schoolhouse and see what learning was like back in the day. The list of activities at Joy Ranch is endless!

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