Bear Creek Guest Ranch

Horseback Riding Paradise near East Glacier, Montana

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Our world is always changing, but not "as much" here at Bear Creek Ranch! We do have some limited wi-fi access 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! 

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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!

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Spring Celebration

Cowboying and the Western Way of Life

Dates: Sunday, May 19 - Saturday, May 25, 2019
Cost: $2495 per person, $4695 per couple, all inclusive. 

 We've put together more than a few week-long events over the past ten years,   as most of you know, there's "Riding the Four Winds, Off the Beaten Path,   Pure Horsemanship" etc. All of them have worked pretty well, some better than   I or some of the folks who've been part of them would have ever imagined. We began "Off the Beaten Path," our now very successful annual July event, three years ago, and it's a been nothing but a success and a pleasure to be part of. On that note, over the course of two days of riding with an old friend of mine, Ray Champ, while moving cows with our our guests and some of the local  cowboys, we began to talk about doing a real special   Spring event   that would  honor and celebrate many of the very traditional rites of   Spring that are an important part of our western way of life. Using the horse to gather and move cattle and to rope calves on "branding day," certainly qualifies. Neighborhood  "brandings" bring together the families and friends of like-minded folks with a common purpose of getting the job done while at the same time catching up with old friends and celebrating the Western Way of Life. What I'm talking about is old time visiting and guess what? You're invited!

Bear Creek Ranch will be hosting the Spring, 2018 "Cowboying the Western Way of Life," beginning on Sunday, May 20th.  The week will begin at Bear Creek Ranch with a full day of horsemanship work on cattle in the  Bear Creek arena.  We'll be emphasizing all the skills you'll be using as we work cows and calves both in the pastures you'll be gathering in but as well in the smaller pens.  As you get more confident with your skills you'll be welcome to try roping.  Ray is not only an accomplished horseman but also a life-long roper and an excellent hands-on teacher of the skill. You'll learn more than a little bit under Ray's hands-on teaching and will enjoy his company as well.

 


 
We'll all be moving to the prairie country on Tuesday and will spend a good part of the remainder of the week gathering cattle both to brand and move closer to summer range. You'll be part of that entire process including riding, roping, branding, castrating,  vaccinating, and doctoring the cattle. May in northern Montana means light until late in the evening so plan on barbecuing until the stars are out! You'll be meeting some of the finest cowboys and cowgirls  during the course of the week and will begin to understand the   value  the local folks put on the act of "visiting."     

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be spent gathering cattle, separating calves from cows, riding, roping, and branding. During the course of those days, we'll be eating lunches both home-made on the site and brought with us from Bear Creek. Visiting folks will contribute their knowledge of the area, the western culture, the art of Cowboying, and their own lives in the American  West. I promise you as well you'll meet some folks you'll never forget!

The latter part of the week is going to be devoted to getting a smaller herd of cattle cross -country to a staging area just prior to the mountains and the summer grass the area is known for. We'll be moving that bunch of cattle for two days, across rolling grass and along just barely planted wheat fields.  The massive peaks of the Rocky Mountain Front Range will be in full view all day, still carrying an enormous amount of snow in the higher elevations.  We should finish up moving the cattle late on  Friday afternoon and will set our sights on a big, eventful last day.

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Saturday has been set aside for a combination of sleep- in, breakfast, and then the afternoon activities. Lunch outside will be served bar-be-cue style prior to a real team roping at the Bear Creek Ranch arena followed by a visit and sit down discussion of the American West by some of the most well known and respected citizens from the area.

"Cowboying the Western Way of Life," ends on Sunday. You'll be with us from Sunday till Sunday and we're looking forward to putting on one heckuva' event for you.  I think this week as well will be like none other we've ever done but it's gonna'  be a good one!

Limited to 10 guests.

Off the Beaten Path

Our Featured Horseback Vacation for Summer 2019!

Dates: Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, July 20, 2019
Cost: $2495 per person, $4695 per couple, all inclusive.

*Group rates are available upon request. 

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I'd been thinking about an elite week-long horseback riding vacation of this sort for quite some time. Finally, it  all came  to me several years ago and  I think what the "Off  the Beaten Path" week has  become since those formative years is  pretty unique." We'd been putting together the best rides I've done over the past thirty or more years and put them together to offer the most elite week of riding we've ever done.

"You'll be horseback riding in the most scenic and adventurous country in Montana, from Heart Butte, north to within just miles of the Canadian border." Every day, one great Montana adventure after another. Think buffalo jumps, cattle, grizzly, cowboys and cowgirls, native culture and history, think that great documentary "Unbranded." Experience the best of the best, from the country to the meals, to the horses. The best horseback riding vacation you will ever have!    

  • Arrival Sunday, July 14th in the afternoon. Departure Saturday, July 20th, noon.
  • Transportation available from the airport.
  • All meals, cabins, and horses included.        
  • Dinner at the world famous Cattle  Baron restaurant after a day or riding adjacent to the  Canadian border.
  • Limited to  12 special guests.
  • A group discount is available. 

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Monday begins with our journey to  Heart  Butte and an all-day ride with Tom Crawford,  my longtime friend.  We'll be riding the  Heart  Butte Mountain country and on through the culturally rich foothills of the Blackfeet  Nation.    Our day will merge into an evening at an Indian sweat lodge on the  Crawford  Ranch and finally a drive home to Bear  Creek Ranch at dusk.   Tuesday through Friday include all day horseback riding adventures as we move further north up the  Rocky Mountain  Front  Range toward the Canadian border. I won't give away the whole week,  I want it to be a surprise but I will add that  Friday's dinner will be at the Cattle Baron restaurant in  Babb. You will never eat a better steak or seafood dinner anywhere on the planet. We may very well ride horseback right to the front doorstep!

A very special Saturday at Bear  Creek.    We'll be having an afternoon barbecue with some very special local guests,  live music, and both roping and horsemanship demonstrations. Great food, great country, and great camaraderie. You can't beat it. I hope you'll be able to join us.  

Feel free to give me a call when it's handy.

Bill

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"We're putting everything we know how to do into this very special horseback riding vacation. No one does it as well. The Off the Beaten Path week  at  Bear  Creek Ranch combines the best in those qualities that make your horseback vacation trip unforgettable, and "Unbranded."

Riding the Four Winds

Montana Horseback Riding at its Finest!

Dates: Sunday, August 11 - Saturday, August 17, 2019
Cost: $2295 per person, $4295 per couple, all inclusive. 

*Group rates are available upon request. 

This is including two days of cattle work on the Blackfeet Reservation. Ride, rope, and move cattle in God's country.

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Horseback ride the West side of the Continental Divide up and down the spectacular mountains adjacent to Glacier National Park in Montana surrounding Bear Creek Ranch, and then spend a day riding in less dramatic but equally impressive foothill country near East Glacier on the East side of the Divide. Then, ride three different private ranches from East Glacier Montana almost to St. Mary and put on some miles while moving cattle just prior to the fall roundup. It will be an amazing time, and you'll make it back to Bear Creek Ranch every evening for some great food and our guest cabins for a perfect night sleep and then another day of the best horseback riding in the world!     Thursday night at the Flathead County Fair and PRCA Rodeo!

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"Riding the Four Winds" is a rather esoteric way of describing a week being horseback in some of the greatest riding country on this earth...

"This will be one helluva trip."
Enjoy Horseback Riding with the perfect mount underneath you while seeing, feeling, and experiencing a variety of country from mountains, to foothills, to the prairie. Additionally, you'll be in great hands and will meet some of the best cowboys on the continent, unbelievably talented and always willing to share their secrets of fine horsemanship and the love for the country they've been born and raised in.

"Thank you for the adventure and the confidence building. It was way more than expected!" 
--Henry and Brietta from New Jersey

If you would love to participate in one of the greatest horseback vacations in Montana this is it!  If you would like to ride without the cattle drive portion of 'Riding the Four Winds' please visit our other week-long horseback adventure 'Off the Beaten Path'!

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September Horseback in Glacier Country

Our featured Fall horseback vacation for 2019!

Dates: Sunday, September 15 - Saturday, September 21, 2019  
Cost: $2295 per person, $3995 per couple.

*Group rates are available upon request.

I've been asked on numerous occasions about horseback vacations during the precious fall days of September. Those quiet days of fall, after a louder, busier summer, and a month or more before the country gets cold and snow beckons. September is a beautiful time of year, in Glacier country. The cottonwood and aspen leaves are yellow and the berry bushes turn crimson. The country is quiet, peaceful, and in a period of rest and anticipation of the tough winter ahead. Mid-September is a great time to be horseback in Glacier country. The weather is normally sunny and warm during the day, free of mud and bugs, and cool enough to keep our horses on the go.

We'll be offering a horseback adventure vacation to take advantage of those special September days this year, 2019. For those of you interested we're going to be offering "Glacier Country on Horseback" beginning on Sunday, September 15th and running until Saturday, September 21st, at Bear Creek Ranch. Similar in style to our "Off the Beaten Path" trip offered in July we're going to riding in sections of the countryside that are beautiful beyond belief, are rarely visited, and offer as much color contrast as the country has to offer. You'll be riding in some of the best "stuff" I know.

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We'll be limiting this trip to eight guests and are guessing that most everyone will be an adult with some riding experience. If you're not particularly horse savvy we'll put you on an easy horse and you'll do just fine. On this trip, we're not going to put on the big miles that we're more likely to do during the summer months. We're going to ride easily and with lots of stops in just the right places to rest, photograph, eat lunch, and with any luck, watch a grizzly eating berries! You'll be home each evening to the ranch before a wonderful dinner served by your hostess and my wife Diana. There's nothing like an evening at Bear Creek Ranch, enjoying a glass of wine and visiting with your new friends. Our cabins are clean and cozy and you'll be sure to get a great night's sleep.

Guests will be arriving at Bear Creek Ranch on the 15th of September. We'll spend the afternoon getting to know one another, exchanging past horseback experiences, picking out suitable horses and saddles, having a great dinner, and looking forward to the first ride the following morning. I've got five great day rides in mind for the week and some thoughts about what you might enjoy doing during mid-week if you're wanting a day off horseback. There are tours of Glacier National Park available, float and/or guided fishing trips on the Flathead River, exploring the Blackfeet Reservation by vehicle, or simply enjoying the day around the ranch, having lunch in the sun or reading a good book under the blue Big Sky of Montana!

 

The cost of the September "Glacier Country on Horseback" is $2295 per person or $3995 per couple all inclusive. Choice of cabins come on a first come basis.

What I might recommend when you have a few minutes is to feel free to give a call out here and go over any questions or thoughts you'll have about the "Glacier Country on Horseback" trip. We're normally near a phone and would love to talk to you. That number is (406) 226-4489.

All our best to you and with any luck we'll see you in the fall.

Bill and Diana Beck

Indian Summer October

The Last Gather

Dates: Sunday, October 20 - Saturday, October 26, 2019
Cost: $2495 per person, $4695 per couple, all inclusive.

*Some riding experience required.  

During the course of our trip this past season, as shown in the accompanying photos, I spent quite a bit of time riding and visiting with one of the owners of the cattle we were gathering, Ray Champ. Ray is one of the states' most accomplished rodeo announcers and in addition, raises quarter horses and cattle as well. He matches my enthusiasm for the guest business while at the same time is always looking for ways to spend his time horseback. One can be in Ray's company for five minutes and feel the infectious energy he has for riding and getting to know complete strangers. You'll see what I mean next fall!

We'll be joining forces with Ray and his family and spending the later October days gathering and moving more their herd from the Mitten Lake Country on the Blackfeet Reservation , some of the most awesome country you'll ever have the pleasure of riding in, out of the mountains and foothill country, and taking them east .  

This trip begins with your arrival at Bear Creek Ranch by plane to Kalispell or driving directly to the ranch just west of East Glacier.  Arrive that Sunday by mid-afternoon, get settled in your cabin, meet myself and Diana,  Ray, and the crew, and we'll be off to the barn and arena and will begin matching you to the right horse for the week.   This trip, in particular, will require some good riding right out of the gate!  On Monday we'll begin gathering the Mitten  Lake herd and will slowly but surely be moving them all in the right direction!    At times, you will want to get after a stubborn cow or calf, or a bunch of them, not wanting to move just because you want them to!      You'll need to use your horse and yourself as best you can and push that bunch towards the rest.   Our horses will be ready for the job at hand and so will you!   Every hour that goes by horseback will build your confidence level and by the end of the first day, you will be good to go.

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We'll be gathering cattle for at least two days while moving the main herd to a smaller, holding field, and then going back and finding and pushing strays and smaller groups of cows and calves to the same field.  We should be ready to take the whole bunch cross country on   Wednesday or Thursday and will be then be taking them cross country to the Lunak Ranch on Seville Flats,  a two-day trip horseback and with any luck, the wind at our backs. On that note, you will notice a bit of snow in the pics from this past October, well, we had a blow alright but we kept on riding and had some absolutely gorgeous days as well.  We did have some wind but for the most part, it was at our backs! Mornings in this part of Montana will be pretty nippy with the daytime sun warming things up. You'll need a good coat, hat, and gloves. You'll love this time of year.


If there is a  trip with us that I'd say might involve a few more hours in the saddle over the period of five days this one would be it.  We'll be needing to get all the cattle out of the foothills by the time we're done. We might have an easy day or two but may well have a  long day or so mixed in.  If you're in good shape and want to be there horseback you'll get it. Nevertheless,  I would recommend some riding before you get here.  We'll put the right horse in front of you for sure. You do your part as well.     

Hey, you are going to absolutely love the country, the riding, the folks you'll meet,  our ranch, and certainly  Ray Champ.  You might even enjoy my company.  We're going to have one big adventure, one you'll remember as long as you live, I kid you not.  I hope you can join us next fall.  Give a call when you can and I can answer any questions you might have and I might ask you a few myself.  We'll go from there!

Here's to you having a great winter.

Bill Beck

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