Montana’s cowboys and cowgirls spend most of their time on horseback, and no trip to Montana would be complete without a trail ride! Covering just under one million acres, the Helena National Forest is dominated by the awe-inspiring Big Belt and Elkhorn Mountain Ranges and includes the Gates of the Mountain Wilderness Area. While on trail, along with our breathtaking mountain views, you may see black bear, elk, whitetail and mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep and mountain goats which roam freely in this wilderness area. Along its many streams and lakes you may spot bald eagles, golden eagles or many other birds of prey. Enjoy Montana’s “Big Sky” as you can only experience on horseback.
The majority of the Helena National Forest and all of the Gates of the Mountain Wilderness Area is accessible only by hiking or on horseback. As you ride, note the difference in vegetation as the elevation changes. Ponderosa pine and juniper grow at lower levels on slopes facing the sun; Douglas fir dot the cooler northern slopes. Keep an eye out for “sheds” (the antlers that both elk and deer shed yearly). If you find them, they’re yours to keep!
To ensure horse and rider safety in mountainous terrain, riders for our guided trail rides must be at least 8 years old & weigh less than 225 lbs.All horseback riders receive personalized attention and instruction from our friendly wranglers. Helmets are available. No previous riding experience necessary!
Our season runs from April 1st through October 31st. After that the area around the ranch becomes federally designated elk wintering land!
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1 HOUR RIDE ..............$70 per person for 2 or more riders
$85 single rider
1 1/2 HOUR RIDE..........$100 per person for 2 or more riders
$125 single rider
2 HOUR RIDE...............$125 per person for 2 or more riders
$155 single rider
No vacation to Montana would be complete without an authentic Montana trail ride. After all, horseback riding in Montana is simply a way of life! Enjoy the ride to Beaver Creek on trails that are only open to horses. An experienced wrangler will lead your ride, point out our area’s highlights and always allow you to stop to take pictures of the incredible scenery.
HALF DAY RIDE..........$225.00 per person for 2 or more riders
$275 single rider
Make plans now to breathe some clean fresh air and enjoy some spectacular scenery! The Helena National Forest is home to an abundance of wildlife, including white-tailed & mule deer and black bear which can be seen in their natural habitat. There are frequent wildlife sightings and photo opportunities along the trail as you ride through wooded forests and mountain meadows to vantage points near Hogback Mountain
SUNSET RIDE.............$125 per person for 2 or more riders
$155 single rider
DINNER RIDE.............$150.00 per person 2 or more riders (including dinner)
$200 single rider (including dinner)
Both the sunset rides and the dinner rides let you enjoy the incredible sunsets of Montana’a “Big Sky”. Dinner rides include a ride through the National Forest surrounded by the Rocky Mountains where you will end up on the ranch and enjoy a true western BBQ dinner. Don’t forget your camera, there’s a good chance you’ll spot some elk or deer, that are often moving about in the evening.