Horseback Riding Vacations in Montana

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Montana Horseback Riding Vacations

Our  world is always changing, but not "as much" here at  Bear  Creek  Ranch!     We  do  have some limited  wi-fi  acces s  but  no  cell  phone  service.    How  do  you  like that?    You  may  see  elk  or deer,  or even an occasional  bear,  on the property  from your  cabin  window.    And you will  see  a  bunch of horses!     "Horses  are  a huge part  of  our  identity, our being,  our lives."    We really hope you can  join us in  that  enjoyment,   whether it  be  on  a day  long ride,  cattle drive,  or  simply  care for  them  in  our  barn or  corral.    

"We do everything that we can to maintain the authentic Western   way of life, even in the ever-changing, fast-paced world of the present.  When life slows down, you slow down - cell phones are forgotten.  The sky is bigger, the plains more vast, the mountains are higher and the air is more clear.  And you'll appreciate it all!"  

We'll take care of the details - you can just show up and enjoy yourself. When you arrive at the ranch for your Montana  horseback riding  adventure, you will feel welcome and right at home.  We offer  full day horseback rides and do so in small groups  and have four week long horseback riding adventures, 'Riding the Four Winds' and 'Off the Beaten Path'  in addition to cattle drives in the Fall and Spring,  something for horseback riders of all  levels!    Those  week long  trips are  described  if  you  click on them  below.  Love to  have you  join us.

Each  horseback riding vacation event  specializes in something different but they all have adventure and fun in common. These horseback vacations are like nothing else you have ever experienced and you will have amazing memories and stories to take home with you.  Along with learned knowledge and a new found appreciation for the western way of life!

Trail Riding Montana
Lunch stop on the ride

Princess Diana near Marias Pass Montana
Princess Diana riding near Marias Pass

Happy on Horseback
Happy on Horseback!

Come and immerse yourself in the Montana way of life and share in a bit of real American history. This part of the country truly sets northwestern Montana apart from any place you have ever or will ever visit.  From our week long  horseback vacations to cattle drives to horseback day trips, see why the people who have visited Bear Creek Ranch return again and again!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Some things  to think  about

I  suspect you've given  alot of thought  to the  trip  you're  thinking about making  out here.  That's a good thing!    I've  been giving alot of  thought  to you as well,  particularly over the past  few years.    My  years as  an  outfitter  in the horse  adventure  business,  and on  a  personal  level as  well,  have  been  a work in progress,  and  not  close to  finished,  even  now.   Oh, I wish I could tell you  the stories, mostly good, and some not so good, of my experiences, in and out of the saddle.   I guess I'm thinking most about the horses I've known, those that I've owned, those that I've loved, and so many others that have served so many others so well.   Horses have been a huge part of my life and I owe them all a real debt of gratitude, those that aren't with me anymore, and those that are.

As you contemplate your trip on horseback with us keep a few things in mind, if you don't mind.   You're going to be riding on the back of one heckuva  an animal.   You'll be putting on more than a few miles in a wide variety of country, and you'll be asking a whole lot from that critter that's under your legs.  I have to remind myself as well, more than you know, of the privilege it is to be riding such a fine animal.      Your horse   will do  about anything  you ask  of it  so  ask  kindly.    Well, we'll  go  over that once  you  get  here  but in the meantime  give  that  some  thought.    Get in  shape, do  some riding,  lose some weight  if you must,  and get  ready  for  what  I hope  becomes the  ride of your life.      

Alright,  getting  down  to  the real deal as  they say,  here's a  few specifics  to give some  attention to  related  to  preparation,  your  expectations  of  the  adventure  you're about to have at  Bear  Creek  Ranch,  and  the  expectations  we  have  of  that  same trip!    I'd  be  remiss  if  I  didn't  suggest  very  firmly  that   you  find the time and place to  do some riding  before  you  arrive.      If you  are  a  beginner ,  but  are  wanting  to  make  the most  of  your  riding  vacation,  on  your way  to  making  the  horse world a  significant  part  of your  life, then by all  means, find the time and means to ride.   Take some lessons, listen and learn, and most importantly, swing your leg over that horses back, and get your riding time in.  There's no substitute for riding time, period!   You'll be more confident when you get to our place and your body will feel better each evening after a day in the saddle at Bear Creek.     And, of no small import,  I promise you your horse will thank you.   Your  seat  and  posture  will  feel  right to  your  horse  and  in fact  you  will  be " lighter"  in  the saddle.   That's the beginning of   the journey.  At the end of a day out here, when all is said and done, and we've put in a full day, you won't  mind being tired.    Your horse will be as well.     But you don't want to be  sore  in  the wrong places and you don't want your  horse to be either.      Preparation  will go a  long way  towards  making  your  trip  a  joy  and  I promise you  your horse  shares  those  thoughts!

The women of the Fall Cattle Drive
The women of the Fall Cattle Drive

Our friend, Henry, Riding the Four Winds.
Our friend, Henry, Riding the Four Winds.

Bill working Pink during Pure Horsemanship week.
Bill working Pink during Pure Horsemanship week.

Montana Cattle Drives
Montana Cattle Drives
June 4-10, June 18-24 & October 1-7 2017
Off the Beaten Path
Off the Beaten Path
July 19-26, 2017
Riding the Four Winds
Riding the Four Winds
August 13-19, 2017
Montana Cabin Rentals/Bed and Breakfast
Cabin Rentals/Bed and Breakfast