Bear Creek Guest Ranch
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!
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 their winter home at Four Horns Lake, 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.
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