RED LODGE POST
Montana is the heart of the West. You can experience a western lifestyle when staying at a guest ranch. Wranglers saddle-up the horses when guests are ready for horseback riding, a most popular activity. Of course Montana’s guest ranches offer much more, activities galore. Here are a few of the ranches:
- Big Timber, MT (near Livingston): UX Sweet Grass Ranch
- McLeod, MT (near Livingston): Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch
- Wolf Creek, MT (near Helena): Rocking Z Guest Ranch
- Augusta, MT (near Great Falls): Triple J Wilderness Ranch
- Gallatin Gateway, MT (near Bozeman): Elk Horn Ranch Montana
- Emigrant, MT (near Livingston) Hubbard’s Ranch
- Big Sky, MT (near Bozeman): Lone Mountain Ranch
- Gallatin Gateway, MT (near Bozeman): Covered Wagon Ranch
- Whitefish, MT (near Kalispell): Bar W Guest Ranch
- Seeley Lake, MT (near Missoula): Rich’s Montana Guest Ranch
- Gallatin Gateway, MT (near Bozeman): Nine Quarter Circle Ranch
- Wolf Creek, MT (near Helena): Blacktail Ranch
- Bigfork, MT (near Kalispell): Flathead Lake Lodge
- Choteau, MT (near Great Falls): Deep Canyon Guest Ranch
- Helena, MT: Summer Star Ranch
- Winston, MT (near Helena): Staubach Creek Ranch and Guest House
- Emigrant, MT (near Livingston): Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
- Alder, MT (near Bozeman): Upper Canyon Outfitters
So how to choose the best fit. You want to pick the right guest ranch to satisfy your interests and needs. The Montana Dude Ranchers’ Association provides valuable insights. Paradise Guest Ranch is helpful too. Other tips are shared by the Dude Ranchers’ Association.
Travel tip: Before you go be sure to ask the guest ranch about their horses. How many do they have? Are the horses suitable for pros as well as riders with little or no experience. What sort of terrain is near the ranch’s corral? Horseback riding on flat land is okay, but trails off in the hills and up in the mountains are more fun.
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