4 Days Rustic Ranch Vacation in Montana, USA

Working Ranch Vacation in USA

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This Montana rustic working ranch riding vacation is for the person or family wanting to see the back-country of Montana. You will ride horseback on 2,000 acres of private, breathtaking, serene mountain ground. Riding alongside the Hereim family, you will experience trail rides, eating lunch on the trail ride and moving cattle, while viewing Montana’s wildlife. You will have an opportunity to see elk, deer, antelopes, moose, coyotes, and bears. You will experience several different types of terrain. Everything from wide open pastures, riding through timber trails, rolling hills, crossing streams to breathtaking high mountain views. Out of the saddle, you can enjoy beautiful walks, mountain hiking, and photographic opportunities. Come together and ride away with more than you came with!

Key information

  • Tack Type: Western tack

Highlights

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • 2-hour cattle drive activity
  • An opportunity to see the wildlife
  • Gathering around the campfire and happy hour
  • Visit a local saloon in Ringling, Montana
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Outdoor shower

You will stay for four days and three nights, in Horse N Courage's luxury camping tent accommodations. Pick from one, of four, cozy luxury tent sizes. One tent sleeps three comfortably, two tents sleep two comfortably and one tent sleep two but is a tighter fit. It is great for a single person coming along. Each tent is furnished with cots, pillows, sleeping bag liners and extra blankets if needed. Horse N Courage also provides you with cots, sleeping bag liners, extra blankets, throw rug, a battery operated lantern, a small table with a wash bowl and water. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, so that you can make sure it’s heavy or as light as you want, to ensure a great night's sleep. The clean, old-fashioned outhouse toilet is a short walk from your tent.

The large, outdoor shower is a wood-sided, self-standing structure with propane heated water. It sets behind cook tent, facing the trees, ensuring that you have the utmost privacy.

Horses N Courage accommodates eight guests and is family owned and operated. They are open for guests from June until August each year. They will have western clothing ball caps, military style hats, neck scarves, sweatshirts, t-shirts, roping gloves, jackets, stampede strings, and other gift items for sale in the Sawmill Trading Post, on-site. There is no cell phone coverage or Wi-Fi on the ranch, enjoy the time to unplug!

Smoking is not allowed in the tents or while out riding. Please do not keep open food in tents, it could result in unwanted late night visitors.

Because Horse N Courage has pets of their own on the ranch, they are not able to accommodate others. Their insurance will not allow them to bring outside horses into the ranch.

Horse N Courage Ranch Vacation USA Program

You will enjoy three western, ranch cooked meals a day with all the fixings. After dinner, relax and enjoy visiting with friends and roasting your own s’mores around our cozy campfire. You can ride up to six hours each day, depending on your riding ability and comfort level in your saddle.

Rustic ranch vacation schedule

Day 1 Thursday

  • 15:00 Get settled in luxury tent accommodations.
  • 15:30 Check in (sign releases, acknowledgment of risk forms), enjoy snacks; meet new friends
  • 16:30 Meet your horse, meet at round corral for horse safety orientation and evaluation.
  • 17:00 Horse safety orientation: All guests are required to participate in Horse N Courage's basic horsemanship and horse safety / risk management program before going on any horseback rides.
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Short evening ride to get comfortable and confident with the horse
  • 20:00 Campfire (if there isn’t a fire restriction), optional dummy roping

Day 2 Friday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Trail ride (3-hour ride)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Trail ride (3-hour ride)
  • 16:30 Happy hour
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Short sunset ride or downtime at the camp (your choice)

Day 3 Saturday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Haul horses to Emerald Cross Ranch for a beautiful, all day ride. Sack lunches are packed with you. (6-hour ride)
  • 13:00 Sack lunch on the trail
  • 17:00 Social mixer; stop for a no-host beverage of your choice at the local saloon in Ringling, Montana.
  • 19:00 Dinner back in camp
  • 20:00 Campfire and s’mores (if there isn’t a fire restriction)

Day 4 Sunday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Move cattle (2 hours).
  • 11:00 Light lunch (leftovers)
  • 12:00 Check out and goodbyes

Note: The schedule is subject to change according to weather.

Included excursions

On day three, you will stop for a no-host beverage of your choice at the local saloon in Ringling, Montana.

Location

This vacation will take place at Sawmill Canyon in Lennep near Martinsdale, Montana, USA.

Food

Enjoy rustic-ranch cooked meals with the full western fixings cooked and served outside in our ‘big open sky’ dining. You will enjoy big mountain breakfasts, hearty lunches, and beef prepared evening meals. There’s nothing like eating a rustic, ranch cooked meal at the dining room table under the big sky. One evening, you will enjoy s’mores around the campfire. If you require a special diet, be sure and note it on your contact form, so Horse N Courage can be prepared. You are also welcome to bring any alcohol, special soda or snacks you’d like to have during your stay. You can bring your own cooler, or let them know so that they will have an extra one available just for you.

Again, Horse N Courage does not offer alcoholic beverages, BYOB (bring your own booze) is their policy. They welcome you to purchase any beverages you may want before arriving.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Visit Yellowstone National Park

Visit Yellowstone and experience the world’s first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold. Discover the history that led to the conservation of the national treasures “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

A trip to Judith Gap Wind Farm

Wheatland County has learned how to put the wind to work thanks to Invenergy Services of Chicago. The Judith Gap Wind Energy Center was built in 2005 between Harlowton and Judith Gap. Ninety towers rise 262 feet above the prairie, supporting General Electric turbines which are powered by three 126-foot blades located at the wind farm entrance and at what is to be called Blade Park in Judith Gap.

Explore The Bair Museum

Explore the art museum, stroll the grounds, tour the Bair family home, and enjoy the Bair Barn’s display of historic photographs and ranching memorabilia. Picnic in the courtyard, and find your own treasures in the gift shop featuring books by Montana authors and books about the American West and its history, as well as baskets, jewelry, and pottery.

Venture the Ice Caves Trail

National Forest Trail, The Ice Caves Trail (455) climbs almost five miles to the permanent ice caves on the Snowy Crest. The Ice Cave is a limestone rock formation that remains cold enough to contain ice all year long. Water seeping into one 100-foot-wide cave freezes in columns or spreads across the floor to make the surface slick as an ice rink.

Explore Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a 1,583-square-mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It’s crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. There is diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears.

Visit Jawbone Creek Golf Course

Jawbone Creek is a fun, links-style, nine-hole layout. It offers two sets of tees for an 18-hole feel, combining water, sand, and some hilly terrain to make for a challenging round. The greens are well-guarded by mounds, demanding a creative short game. Two of the sand traps have log-faces on them, one is nicknamed ‘The Devil’s Dungeon’. The city’s old cemetery comes into play and Jawbone Creek is known as the only course in the world to enclose a cemetery.

A trip with Charlie Russell Chew Choo

Join Charlie Russell Chew Choo for a spectacular evening as you travel through the mountains and prairies of central Montana. Experience the beauty of the rolling hills, vast ranchlands, and breathtaking sunsets of Big Sky Country. Crossing two historic trestles and passing through a half mile long tunnel, the three and one-half hour trip in climate-controlled, non-smoking coaches includes a full course prime rib dinner and dessert, no-host cash bar, and music by local area entertainers.

The Maize at Grandpa's Farm tour

The Maize in Billings, Montana was started in 1998. It has been a fun adventure. It was really a family affair in the beginning since they only had the maze. Now they offer so many other attractions, that it can’t be just a family affair. Come and make your own memories, and have some farmtastic fun.

Visit Neptune's Brewery

Neptune’s Brewery is named after the Roman god of the sea. At Neptune’s Brewery, their motto is Drink Like God, meaning drink the best! Gods although sometimes viewed as angry and vengeful are also looked at as strong leaders and caretakers of their people. They prefer to emulate the community caretaker portion of the Roman deity and be known by their employees as a great place to work as well as being a community gathering center, where they support and enhance their local culture.

Other activities

Out of the saddle, you can enjoy beautiful walks, mountain hiking, and photographic opportunities. If you want to learn to rope, Horse N Courage will give you lessons on their roping dummy. If you already rope, you can join them in some roping games.

What's included

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • 2-hour cattle drive activity
  • Horse safety orientation
  • Campfire and s'mores
  • Happy hour
  • Social mixer
  • Visit a local saloon in Ringling, Montana
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Snacks

What's not included

  • Alcohol

How to get there

Driving directions from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN)

  • Exit the airport parking lot, choose the Belgrade option and go one mile into Belgrade.
  • When you get into Belgrade, look for the I-90 East Freeway exit sign.
  • Turn left on Jackrabbit Lane and stay in right lane.
  • Turn right and merge onto I-90 East Freeway.
  • Drive I-90 East 42 miles to the EXIT 340.
  • Travel 89 N and go 49.2 miles.
  • Take a right on E 294 (Lennep / Martinsdale) sign and travel 12.8 miles to the Horses N Courage sign approach (it is a half mile before mile marker 13 on the right side of the highway). The Horses N Courage sign is setting off to the right of the highway, by the turnoff.
  • Go ahead and open the gate and close it again after you get through.
  • You will travel on a two-lane road a short distance and go over a cattle guard with a log entryway on each side.
  • Go through the gate, over the cattle guard and continue along the two-lane path till you get to the fork in the road.
  • Stay to the right and follow the two-lane road up the mountain and it will take you right into camp, on the left of the road sitting in a grove of trees and you will see the camp.
  • Turn down the only lane to the left.

Driving directions from Harlowton

  • Head out of Harlowton on US 12 W, traveling 23 miles.
  • Turn left on West 294 traveling for two miles, on the road into Martinsdale. Turn right on the road to Lennep and travel 14.3 miles to the Horses N Courage approach (right around the corner from mile marker 13, on the left right side of the highway). The Horses N Courage sign is setting off to the right of the highway, by the turnoff.
  • Go ahead and open the gate and close it again after you get through.
  • You will travel on a two-lane road a short distance and go over a cattle guard with a log entryway on each side.
  • Go through the gate, over the cattle guard and continue along the two-lane path till you get to the fork in the road.
  • Stay to the right and follow the two-lane road up the mountain and it will take you right into camp, on the left of the road sitting in a grove of trees and you will see the camp.
  • Turn down the only lane to the left.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
4 days / 3 nights
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Special discount

There is a non-rider discount of 300 USD off weekly rate.

Sunday June 23, 2019
(4 days / 3 nights)

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