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Take a 100-year step back in time, based in authentic cow camps with no electricity, no phones, no frills, and no hassles! The TX Ranch is a genuine working cattle ranch covering over 30,000 acres straddling the Wyoming-Montana border. This is a scenic open-range riding! More than 1,000 head of cattle and over 100 head of horses provide plenty of riding and work opportunities every day of the week for all riding levels. The goal is to send you home with a memorable true west experience, more confidence in your horsemanship skills, and a renewed outlook on life!
You will stay at camping-style outbuildings that include facilities for showering and toilet. You’ll sleep in outfitter-syle canvas wall tents, each with a heat stove, on good sturdy cots with thick foam mattress pads. Everything is set up for you to relax and enjoy the pleasures of camping in a scenic, remote, open-range setting. TX Ranch will see you soon.
Camps are located in the open range country. There are two separate cow camp cabins. Both cabins are located at original 1930's homestead sites. One cabin is located in the spring camp from April through June, at Deadman camp located on Deadman Creek. The second is located at the summer cow camp the Lonewolf located below the foothills of the Pryor Mountain. Both cabins have a good feasible kitchen area and a good dining area and enough room for you to make yourself feel at home.
Starting off, Hip, the main cowboy will help choose a horse for you which will best suit you and your riding level. Most of the TX horses are registered quarter horses. The ranch saddle horses know their jobs, they are very sure-footed, they know how to pick a path with ease in all range terrains and it’s elements. The TX horses are known for taking good care of their rider. When riding for cattle, it doesn’t take long before you’ll feel at home in the saddle and at ease with your mount.
The daily riding activities are fun, exciting, and genuine. For beginner and / or intermediate riders, TX Ranch offers unique and very scenic rides involving less distance and less terrain if desired. For experienced riders, they offer much of the same with greater terrain and distance allowing for an exceptional unlimited ride.
The daily ranching and livestock activities are determined by calf growth throughout the season plus daily or seasonal needs and requirements. Guests are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun! You’ll have the freedom to use your horse with cattle as necessary. The cowboys are happy to help show you how it’s done. TX Ranch wants you to feel like part of the family and one of the cowboys!
The days range from riding the distance it takes to spread out in separate small groups and cover separate areas. You begin rounding up and gathering cattle and driving them to a feasible working location where everybody meets with their herds. During cattle drive weeks, you cut out cow / calf pairs or cows and bulls as necessary during cattle drives.
After the cattle are gathered during most seasonal weeks, you begin roping in the herd for branding, ear tagging, vaccinating, doctoring, castrating, and dehorning. You check range pastures for the strays that need to be driven back within TX Ranch boundary pastures. Also, any other strays you drive back to their proper range pastures too. You also drive your horses to and from camp each day.
This is a daily morning and evening drive. If you would like to join in, just ask TX Ranch's wrangler. Please keep in mind that the riding and ranch activities are not compulsory, you're welcome to sit back and watch or enjoy the ride. You're also welcome to ride on your own too.
At the end of an eventful day, there is nothing like riding back to camp for a great ranch style home-cooked meal. You enjoy reminiscing about the day and some tunes or guitar around a warm open campfire while listening to the coyotes howling in the distance. TX Ranch also likes to practice roping so you can count on a roping match or two, whatever it may be. Take a step back in time, away from it all for an authentic true west experience you’ll never forget.
Hip Tillett has been with the TX Ranch his entire life. He is an honest, trustworthy cowboy, as well as quite the character! Hip knows cattle and horses in and out. He has always enjoyed guests and working alongside them. He aims to please and loves to tease, so don’t be shy!
This ranch vacation will take place in Wyoming, USA. It is located in a privately owned open range country stretching between the gorgeous Pryor Mountains down to the Big Horn Canyon and its breathtaking overlook.
The ranch borders the historical Will James Ranch and the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range for which Lloyd Tillett helped establish the herd. On the map, it is located between Billings, Montana and Lovell, Wyoming.
The authentic, scenic cow camps are set up to make you feel like part of the family and one of the cowboys. Make yourself at home in the log cabin. TX Ranch offers wholesome, home-cooked, ranch-style meals, fresh drinking water on tap, as well as hot and cold drink mixes.
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