Bear Creek Guest Ranch


HORSEBACK VACATIONS

Fall Schedule

September Horseback in Glacier Country

Fall – Horseback, Bear Creek Guest Ranch

Dates:

Sunday, September 18 –Saturday September 24, 2022

Cost:

$3795 per person

$6995 per couple

all inclusive

*Group rates are available upon request.

Always a winner for folks who like colors!!

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.
"I couldn't imagine the country being any more beautiful than what I saw. The colors were spectacular and the weather was cool and dry. Couldn't have been any better."
We'll be offering a horseback adventure vacation to take advantage of those special September days this year, 2022. For those of you interested we're going to be offering "Glacier Country on Horseback" beginning on Sunday, September 18th and running until Saturday, September 24th, 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.
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 18th 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!

Indian Summer October | The Last Gather

Fall – Horseback, Bear Creek Guest Ranch

DATES:

Sunday, October 23 –Saturday October 29, 2022

Cost:

$3795 per person

$6995 per couple

all inclusive

*Some riding experience required. 

One of our Best Trips!

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 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 too! 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.

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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