Wagon Rides


“Top of the World” Covered Wagon Tours
We invite you to ride in an authentic horse-drawn covered wagon on the high ridge known for centuries as the “Top of the World”. Our narrated tour follows the Leech Lake-Red Lake Trail, the same route traveled by Native Americans, early explorers and pioneers.
Your tour will begin at the Lumberjack Hall of Fame building in the Buena Vista Village.
Along the wagon route you will see Lake Julia, where the waters flow to the Hudson Bay, and Larson Lake on the other side of the ridge, where the waters flow south to the Gulf of Mexico.
You may see bald eagles, various birds, Canadian geese, fox, and deer. You’ll also hear stories about the homesteaders and their lives.Climb aboard for a journey into the past…
Buena Vista Area Attractions: Horses, wildlife, caboose, train cars (view original logging paintings), early 1900’s schoolhouse, log church and miniature Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox statues.
Ranch facilities – horses, barn, round pen, corrals, old-time logging sleighs, Buena Vista Ski Area chalet and facilities.
Wagon Route – Time - Capacity
The covered wagon holds 10 – 15 people. Wagon rides usually run 30-45 minutes each.

Cost for the Covered Wagon Ride is $150

Directions to Buena Vista Ski Area and Village: 12 miles north of Bemidji on County Rd. 15
Email: suzanne@bvskiarea.com 218-766-9919


Buena Vista Ski Area's Fall Color Festival~

Saturday, Sept. 19th 2015 11am-3pm
Sunday, Sept. 20th 2015 1pm-3pm

Cost is $6 for 13 & over and $3 for 5 - 12
        Many activities will be available at the
Fall Festival including:
  Horsedrawn Wagon Rides
Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Snoozecreek Chainsaw Carving
Woodcarving in the Caboose
Square Dancing
Live Music
Kids Activities
Spinning Demonstrations
Children's Treasure Hunt
Logging Paintings in Milwaukee Train Car
Paul Bunyan Display
Count Beltrami Display
Self-Guided Walk to the Top of the Ski Hill
 Walking Tour of the old Buena Vista Townsite


Great event for all ages!

Wendell and his team

The Hall of Fame is ready for the weekend!

Beautiful views while enjoying a ride in the wagon.

Fall Color Wagon Rides 2013 

Thank you to the Go & Whoa Harness Club for providing all of the Wagon Rides. 
Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the fall colors with us.  
Liz, Dianne, Lois, & Muffy in front of the Hall of Fame

All of the wagons on top of the hill

Mariann-(Roy Rogers & Dale Evans)

Liz & Suzanne horsing around!

The Fall Color Covered Wagon Ride are coming up soon! Bring your family and friends and enjoy the fall seasons colors while riding in a horse-drawn wagon! 

Saturday, Sept. 21st 11am-3pm
Sunday, Sept. 22nd 1pm-3pm 

If you are not able to make the Fall Color Covered Wagon rides, you may also book a private wagon ride for your own party!

For Pricing & Booking Please Call Suzanne at 
(218) 766-9919

Covered wagon tours are scheduled to run by request at the Buena Vista Ranch, Located 12 miles north of Bemidji, MN on county road #15.  

The rides last approximately 45 minutes.  If conditions permit and visitors desire, a walk to the top of the highest point on the Divide can be arranged. 

The tours begin and end at the Lumberjack Hall of Fame log building a replica of an old logging camp in the Buena Vista Village.  The camp is home to many photos, tools and souvenirs from the past logging era.

Some of the guys in the historical Hall of Fame

A catered chuckwagon style meal may be arranged for groups in the Lumberjack Hall of Fame or in the Buena Vista chalet. 

Four wagons are available, each able to carry 12 to 15 people.  Restroom facilities are located in the Buena Vista chalet.   

Call: Suzanne at (218) 766-9919 
Buena Vista at (218) 243-2231
Email: suzanne@bvskiarea.com

Wendall driving his team
Liz & Peaches