Bitterroot Ranch sits in a remote valley bordering the Shoshone National Forest with 50 miles of unspoiled, mountainous wilderness separating the ranch from Yellowstone National Park, where snow-capped mountains are always in view. You seldom see other people since the ranch is located 17 miles from the nearest paved road. Owned by the Fox family, this working guest ranch offers an intimate atmosphere accommodating 25 guests.
Bitterroot welcomes singles, couples and families as well as any level of rider; the ranch offers some truly superb riding in the spectacular scenery of Wyoming. Accommodation is simple yet comfortable cabins; some duplex cabins are also available. Meals at the ranch are served family-style and you can enjoy a salad from the gardens, beef and lamb from the ranch and freshly baked bread.
Rides vary from short morning and afternoon rides to longer rides through the National Forest and all-day picnic rides; advanced riders may have the opportunity to herd cattle that is grazing on the allotment.
When is the ranch open and what day does riding begin?
The ranch is open from 24 May until 1 October 2020 and offers Sunday to Sunday stays.
What are the types of rides on offer and how often will I ride?
The extensive riding programme normally includes 2-3 hour morning and afternoon rides and an all day ride on a Saturday which enables you to explore the high country. Most weeks there will be the opportunity to herd cattle. The ranch offers vast expanses of riding terrain as well as a cross country course with over 80 jumps for experienced riders. It is not an intimidating course since no jump is more than 3 feet, but there are a variety of obstacles including ditches, drops, pickets, coops and walls. Guests are offered the chance to have recorded riding lessons on two mornings a week, with a maximum of 6 guests. The ranch has a strict hard hat policy.
About the horses
The ranch has 135 horses including Quarter Horses, Mustangs, Percherons, Appaloosas and Welsh ponies as well as Spanish and CMK Arabians.
What else can I do at the ranch?
In the first week of July and last week of September (additional fee), there is the opportunity to herd the cows, spread over 50 square metres of high mountains, forests, clearings and river valleys. On Friday afternoons there is a friendly team sorting competition in the arena which provides a great introduction to working cattle from horseback. Other activities available are fly fishing on the private stream and hiking in the great surroundings.
Is the ranch suited to children?
Children are welcome to come to Bitterroot Ranch however please note there is no kids program. There is a discount for age 15 and under. Whilst at the ranch, children can play with the animals around the ranch, go fishing and go on short rides.
What other attractions are there in the area?
Visit the town of Dubois, a western town with the largest collection of bighorn sheep and also the town of Jackson Hole for great dining and hotels. A trip to Yellowstone National Park pre or post your ranch stay is highly suggested.
Cattle Range Riding Weeks:
30 August 2020 - Enjoy an authentic week of ranch cattle work and experience the reality of ranch life. Activities could range from fixing fences, potentially herding cattle and searching for injured or dead cattle attacked by wolves or grizzly bears.
Fall Yoga and Horseback Riding Retreat:
23 August 2020 - Spend a week at Bitterroot Ranch and enjoy all the normal ranch activities plus Yoga classes with instructor Olivia Hsu.
Fall Cattle Roundup:
TBC 2020 - A fantastic week of becoming a real cowboy, join the ranch hands and help them round up the cattle for the end of the season.
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