Discover the Best Montana Dude Ranches. Out in Big Sky Country with plenty of wildlife, the west doesn't get any more cowboy than Montana.
There is no better way to experience Montana's terrific wildlife than on horseback where you are apt to see Elk, Mule deer, White tail deer, Osprey and Bald and Golden Eagles. On a very good day you spot Black or Grizzly bears, bobcats, coyotes and beavers. Some of the dude ranches even have trips to see a local buffalo herd.
Triple J Wilderness Ranch
Tucked just inside Montana's Rocky Mountain Front between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, the JJJ Wilderness Ranch overlooks the beautiful Sun River Canyon and Gibson Lake. The morning and afternoon riding programs are designed to all levels and interest. They also have a full day adventure that takes you from flower-strewn meadows to the mountain high country. This unspoiled location has dramatic changes in scenery. Activities include: Western cook-outs, hay rides, hikes, fishing, dancing, and evening campfires with cowboy poetry, singing & marshmallows are a fun, relaxing end to a busy day.
Pine Butte Guest Ranch
This ranch is unique in that it is under the management of the Nature Conservancy dedicated to maintaining natural diversity around the globe. The Ranch is located off the South Fork of the Teton River. The main lodge is built of native stone and wood, each cabin is complete with fireplace, private full bath, and handmade hardwood furniture. The ranch focuses on education and in running a variety of workshops dedicated to appreciating and understanding the natural world. It is a dude ranch with all the usual dude-ranch activities including horseback riding, hiking, and swimming. Because it is not a typical working cattle ranch, the local habitat is largely undisturbed.
The Rocking Z Ranch
Located near Great Falls in a valley between the Missouri and the Great Divide nestled at the foot of Mitchell Mountain. This is an authentic working ranch with horseback riding as the central activity and programs for all levels of ability. The rides cover many trails including a ride to the tops of the mountains where you can see six different mountain ranges. There is also a cattle chase from one pasture to the next or bring the cattle in to the arena to do team penning. One of the rides is a thirteen mile ride that ends at the Silver City Saloon. The horses are trailered back to the ranch while you can enjoy some drinks. Other activities include fly fishing is superb on Little Prickly Pear Creek on the ranch or on the Missouri River, floating the Missouri River, clay pigeon shooting, a hot tub, and trips to nearby rodeos.
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