Bear Creek Guest Ranch



Horseback Vacations, Bear Creek Guest Ranch

Spring Celebration:

Sunday, May 19 –

Saturday May 25, 2024

(A few spots left)

Get a taste of everything it means to be a cowboy!!

This is the week we start our season with and it's the week we do it all!!

Book between April 1st-30th and receive a special Spring discount.

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Horseback Vacations, Bear Creek Guest Ranch

North American Indian Days:

Sunday, July 7 –

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Off The Beaten Path:

Sunday, July 21, -

Saturday, July 27, 2024


A Father & Son Summer:

Sunday, August 11-

Saturday, August 17, 2024

Bill's Special Riding Week:

Sunday, August 25-

Saturday, August 31, 2024


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Horseback Vacations, Bear Creek Guest Ranch

Riding the Four Winds in The Fall:

Sunday, September 8-

Saturday, September 14, 2024

'Fall' in Love with Montana:

Sunday, October 6 -

Wednesday October 9, 2024

Special 3-night vacation

Indian Summer, The Last Gather:

Sunday October 20 -

Saturday October 26, 2024

(Featured combination year end trip.)

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Our best Spring trip!!

*Only a couple spots left for our Spring Celebration trip*

---> Book this trip between April 1st- 30th and receive a special Spring discount!! <---

Spring Celebration

Horseback Vacations, Bear Creek Guest Ranch


Sunday, May 19 –

Saturday May 25, 2024


$3995 per person

$7495 per couple

*Excluding Taxes and $20 Indian Reservation Permit

*Only a couple spots left*

Book between April 1st-30th and receive a special Spring discount!

The Week of a Lifetime:
'Cowboying and the Western Way of Life'
For six days in May, you'll be taking part in every piece of western ranch life! Get a taste of everything it means to be a cowboy!!
It's the first one of the year so we have to get right back into the swing of it and this involves a whole list of things....and we can't wait!!

To start with, you'll be riding amazing horses, working cow-calf pairs, riding mountain trails, roping, castrating, riding the prairie on the Blackfeet Reservation as well as gathering bunches of cattle and moving them to summer pastures. And you'll be doing so under the heart of the Backbone of the World, the Rocky Mountain front.
Over the course of many years we've put together adventure vacation weeks in a variety of locations and with different themes. Well, over the past year we've developed and put the finishing touches on a week long trip that tops 'em all.  And in fact, we did a rehearsal trip this past year and ironed out the wrinkles!
Beginning on Sunday, May 19th, Bear Creek Ranch is offering to ten special guests, the 4th annual Spring Celebration, "Cowboying and the Western Way of Life".
Spring is that time of year in the West when so many of the grandest traditions of rural life take place and are celebrated with neighborly joy and cooperation. The country is just beginning to recover after a long, cold winter and the grass is greening up in the coulees and valleys. Horses are shedding out and slicking up, the cattle are content with calves on their sides, but there's work to be done!
As always, attention is paid to horsemanship. We're always wanting and willing to give close attention to how we treat and ride the horses that we're so dependent upon, and who are, as well, dependent upon us. The close relationship we have with our horses is shared by everyone. We don't get very far without 'em. You'll be matched with and riding one of our well trained ranch horses. They all have their own style, some with a bit more juice than others, some a bit more laid back, but good to go for you! We'll all be sharing our styles and thoughts about horsemanship. Everyone does it differently but we all have more than a few areas in common. Take care of them and they'll take care of you!
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Montana Ranch Vacations

'The Imperfectly Perfect Ride'

There is no such thing as the perfect horseback ride.  But there are those rides on horseback that sure as hell are pretty damned good! I’ve been part of some real successful rides that, quite simply, just plain worked. When you’re half way through a good ride and the energy in your guests is turning to smiles, engaging conversation, even an improvement in their horsemanship skills, you know you’re onto something good!

That good ride is a pleasure. It plum flat feels good and you know it when you feel it. 

I’m thinking of one ride in particular that we do. There are some pieces to that day’s adventure that fall into place and make the ride just right. In most cases, we’ll be riding in a small group, generally with no more than eight riders but preferably with four to six folks with some riding experience.  A guest doesn’t need to be super handy but hopefully has some rides under their belts, while also being in decent physical shape. There’s a difference between sitting on a horse and “sitting a horse.” Sitting a horse requires some effort, legwork, and a good posture that’ll move you towards that “riding light through feel” concept that the Dorrance brothers fashioned going back to the early days of the modern pure horsemanship movement. When our guests begin to ride lightly and you can comment to them how good they are riding, it’s all good!

There’s no doubt that a ride into some remote country, awesome in sight, and with blue skies and the sun shining, we’re ahead of the ball game. Even in Northern Montana, our warm weather days are common. We’ve got the mountains covered, and with some good travelling onto a river bottom for variety, those natural resources, that are often taken for granted, are well appreciated. Every so often we’ll bump into a grizzly in a coulee or a coyote racing away from us at warp speed, which only adds to the spice of life on a good ride. I know what you’re thinking. We see those griz from a distance, usually moving away from us. But occasionally, we’re able to get a good look from a distance and they are a sight you’ll never forget. So in my world, if you see a grizzly, that means you’re gonna’ have good luck!

Well alright then. 

There’s the matter of how good it feels and how important it is to yours truly to do a ride and never see another soul. That’s where we normally are. Alone and with only us and the Four Winds! We seek out the untrammeled trailed and untrailed country. That’s the way we like it and so will you. There’s something special about a small group of riders and no one else. I swear, you will love that sense of solitude. It’s just us baby! 

There’s another thing I’d like to mention and that is how we ride. By that I mean we ride with as little nose to tail formation as is humanly possible. You don’t like constant nose to tail and neither do I! There are sometimes when you’re on a narrow trail and may have to amend that but for the most part we ride with some freedom attached. Ride to the side, ride with your partner, ride alone, ride as you feel you want to. It’s easier than you think. We don’t have lots of do’s and dont’s. There’s no need for that kind of behavior! We’ve been doing these rides for longer than about anyone I know and our style has worked well for us.

There you go! Riding big country with good folks and even better horses is what we all want.  We’ve got it here and I am so grateful for that.  An almost perfect ride is the result of thought, engagement, preparation, and the “want to” that’s necessary to make the day a winner.

 Vaya con Dios mi Amigos. Bill.

Oh yeah, there’s one more thing I’d like to mention.  We don’t do a whole lot of hard, fast, pounding rides. We save the speed for the arena if we’re roping, barrel racing, or moving cows in our arena. We do occasionally break into a trot on wide open country and that’s fine but I think it’s important to manage the horses over the course of a long season. It’s Hollywood that dramatizes opening up the horseflesh into a gallop. But that’s what it is… drama.

Hey, last but not least, you’re going to meet some really neat folks at our place, and you will undoubtedly enjoy riding with a new friend and sharing new experiences with them. There’s no better way to develop a new friendship than from the back of a horse!

"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!"

See Our Recently Added Special Vacation to the 2024 Schedule!

'Fall' in Love with Montana

Experience Fall in Montana and enjoy all that it has to offer.

From the beauty of the mountains to the love that you will feel when you leave!

Our very first special 3-night horseback vacation!!

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