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:
- UX Sweet Grass Ranch Big Timber, MT (near Livingston)
- Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch McLeod, MT (near Livingston)
- Rocking Z Guest Ranch Wolf Creek, MT (near Helena)
- Triple J Wilderness Ranch Augusta, MT (near Great Falls)
- Elk Horn Ranch Montana Gallatin Gateway, MT (near Bozeman)
- Hubbard’s Ranch Emigrant, MT (near Livingston)
- Lone Mountain Ranch Big Sky, MT (near Bozeman)
- Covered Wagon Ranch Gallatin Gateway, MT (near Bozeman)
- Bar W Guest Ranch Whitefish, MT (near Kalispell)
- Rich’s Montana Guest Ranch Seeley Lake, MT (near Missoula)
- Nine Quarter Circle Ranch Gallatin Gateway, MT (near Bozeman)
- Blacktail Ranch Wolf Creek, MT (near Helena)
- Flathead Lake Lodge Bigfork, MT (near Kalispell)
- Deep Canyon Guest Ranch Choteau, MT (near Great Falls)
- Summer Star Ranch Helena, MT
- Staubach Creek Ranch and Guest House Winston, MT (near Helena)
- Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Emigrant, MT (near Livingston)
- Upper Canyon Outfitters Alder, MT (near Bozeman)
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.
Absaroka Mountain, Mont.
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