Join the Bear Creek Ranch crew for a Montana cattle drive on some of the largest ranches in Glacier County, Montana, and be the cowboy or cowgirl you have always wanted to be! Bear Creek Guest Ranch will be your home away from home for the week as you take part in the yearly cattle drive and gathering of more than 1,000 head of cattle headed for summer or winter pasture.
We’ve been in the cattle drive business for more than twenty-five years and worked with the biggest and the best outfits on the Blackfeet Reservation for that entire time. You’ll be treated to a week of an authentic western tradition, moving the cattle onto the powerful and growing green grass on horseback under the shadow of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. This part of the West, most specifically on the land of the Blackfeet Nation, is still primitive and raw, far off the beaten path of the modern world we love to leave behind. You’re going to see some of the most spectacular country on the planet and you’ll be doing so on horseback.
One of the more underrated elements of a great horseback adventure are the folks you’ll be meeting and working with on the job. You’re going to be making some lifelong friends with other guests on the cattle drive but also with the gang running the show. You’ll be riding and visiting with some of the best horse hands and cowboys anywhere. The Blackfeet Indians are wonderful folks, rich in culture and tradition, wrapped up in the history of this nation, full of joy, humor, and hospitality. Life doesn’t get any better than a week right here.
Each day with us during the week you’re here at Bear Creek Ranch will be one to remember. This includes pushing cows and calves to summer pasture with the potential of branding calves, sorting heifers and steers, and sometimes if you’re brave enough you can jump in and try your hand at castrating. You’ll get the chance to get your hands dirty but first be sure that you will be horseback everyday!
Every day begins with a huge breakfast at Bear Creek Ranch. Lunch is normally on the trail and we head back to the ranch for a delicious dinner. We are certainly known for not letting any of our guests go hungry so be sure to arrive with an appetite!
Arrive Sunday and depart the following Saturday after breakfast.
*Transportation to and from the airport is provided
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“There are no words to describe the happiness given to me this week. It was like serendipity, everything came together. You took my final dream, an older woman, and you made it possible. It was the best week. You found the best horse for me, Freckles. After fifty years of riding thoroughbreds I never would have imagined doing as well as I did with him. I have been so happy this past week. So happy. My expectation was that we’d have cowboys. But they are more than what you think they may be. They are renaissance cowboys. They know the land, the cattle, the horses, and the people. There was something about the spirit the entire week. It’s the gentleness of the spirit you guys radiated to us. There was a spiritual quality to the whole trip. And this trip was full of laughter. I haven’t laughed like that in a long time.”
Regina Perkins | Nov. 2018
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the very best Montana experience. You are the two nicest people with one dog, a comfy bed, amazing food every single meal, have fantastic horses, are authentic, and live in REAL Montana. Five stars!”
Kim Hempleman | Summer 2018
” This was such an amazing experience! We knew we’d be riding horses every day and moving cattle, and I expected Montana to be beautiful and different. But there was so much more to experience and appreciate. Nancy has many conversations before the trip with Bill that helped us to prepare. Every detail was covered. Meeting you two, who have been so gracious, welcoming, and encouraging every day has been a blessing. The “group” of riders who stayed this week was amazing- it just “jelled,” no matter the “horse expertise.” The accommodations (cabins, comfy beds, etc.) and the FOOD!! Outstanding. Kristy is a “gem” who added to the hospitality, support, and encouragement with the horses and on every ride, and really paid attention to each person. We feel like we’d made some lifelong friends. “
Nancy & Susan | Summer, 2018
“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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