Bear Creek Guest Ranch was built at its current location in 1933 on the former home site of McCarthyville - a temporary rough and tumble railroad town which is now along the southern border of Glacier National Park. And it is said, and I believe it to be true, that Charlie Russell spent more than a little time in the camp saloon, enjoying a drink, and socializing with the locals until his wife would send word to get home!
The ranch was originally created for hosting fall hunters and summer guests. Back in the day, Highway 2 was still a dirt road running through the mountains, connecting the east and west sides of the Rockies. Over a period of me and, certainly, with the increased visibility and popularity of Glacier National Park, Bear Creek Ranch began to attract a diverse clientele. In 2015, guests from the past four decades revisited the ranch, along with the great-grandson of Charlie Russell, Alan M. Hansen!
Most visitors to Bear Creek Guest Ranch are here to spend three or more days in an authentic ranch atmosphere. Guests generally are interested in seeing Glacier National Park in addition taking part in the many "adventure" activities that we offer. Those activities are primarily horse oriented and include horseback riding lessons, clinics, and "seeing the country on the back of a horse." There is no better place to ride than out in the open country with the Rocky Mountains in the background.
Bill, Diana, Dusty & Indi Beck
THE RANCH DOGS
Diesel & Dixie
The Beck Family
Bear Creek Ranch Team
"Our home becomes your home during your stay and we wouldn't want it any other way. From the moment you arrive, we’ll greet you and make you feel like you are a part of our family! You'll stay in one of our cabin rentals or in the lodge itself. In addition to that, you have access to the property, including most of the lodge, the pastures, Bear Creek, the riding arena, tack room and the corrals. Our ranch is "guest friendly" as are we! We will make you feel comfortable and welcome while adventuring in Montana."
Bill and Diana, along with Dusty & Indi, the current owners, have more than forty years in the outdoor adventure and guest ranch business, beginning an era at the ranch that includes:
"Best Montana Ranch You'll Find"
"Talk about the most beautiful ranch, most kind people, friendly horses, and most comfortable cabins. Look no further if you are looking for an amazing experience with horseback riding or just exploring the country areas of MT. Diana is hands down one of the BEST cooks I have ever encountered. You are fed the most delicious meals. Bill and John are some of the best tour guides and truly made my cattle drive experience like no other. Dusty, Indi, and Vicki were amazing, too!!!"
Lauren C / Oct. 2022
The BEST ranch experience!!!!
Visiting Bear Creek was a dream come true!!!! We were welcomed by the kindest people who really made the experience memorable and the ranch feel like home! We enjoyed a clean cozy cabin stay and an incredible breakfast each morning! The horseback ride was the perfect mix of adventurous and laid back while getting to see gorgeous views of mountains, wildlife, rivers and woods! The horses were so sweet and well trained! If you are visiting glacier national park or just want the greatest dude ranch experience possible with the best hosts, this is the place to stay and ride. We cannot wait to visit Bear Creek again some day!
Kenzie | Summer 2023
Cowboying the front range
What an experience! Like visiting long lost family. We were treated like royalty! Diane, Indie and vicki prepared the best meals ever and we had the best laughs with them… Bill, Dusty and John.. top class horse men showing us the western way. The scenery is absolutely spectacular. We won’t get a holiday/vacation like it again! A home from home. We miss you guys. See you again next summer 🙂 5+
Abby M | Fall, 2023
"Thank you all so much for the wonderful week. The rides were the best, the beautiful scenery, the history, the horses. So blessed to have this week with you all. An incredible kind, patient, and fun family. Truly an experience I will never forget. A magical and joyful place. Best week of my life!. Or wait! Second Best! I'll be back!"
– Valerie Mcmanus
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