The Gray Ranch is located in a unique setting with a divergence of landscape and seasons. Meriwether Lewis marveled at the area when he was encamped 10 miles away from the present day ranch on his infamous journey with the Corp of Discovery. He said that he had never seen a place where you could experience winter, spring and summer all in the same day of travel.... Winter in the higher mountains, spring on the low lying benches and summer down on the Clearwater River. Lewis and Clark's fascination with the area could explain why the expedition chose to stay several weeks here, both going and coming from the Pacific Ocean.
Orofino, a community of about 3,500, sits roughly 7 miles away nestled along on the banks of the Clearwater River. Known for stunning vistas and beautiful scenery, Orofino is an incredible place to visit and live at any time of the year. Nestled into a beautiful mountainous region, with easy access to lush forests, quiet mountain streams, placid turquoise lakes, and clear running rivers, Orofino is a recreation center at the gateway to the rugged unspoiled wilderness of Idaho. Orofino’s rich heritage and history include the journeys of Lewis and Clark and encompass the great mining and lumbering rushes of the last century, with echoes of the past reflected on every landmark and feature in the area.