The Bitterroot Ranch is called “Dude Ranch extraordinaire” in the book “A Thousand Places To See Before You Die”. It is renowned for its excellent horseback riding program and hosts clinics with internationally known instructors. Lovely, well mannered Arabian horses are raised and trained for guests to ride.
Located at the end of a 16 mile dirt road in a valley where the high plains meet the Absaroka Mountains, there are unlimited riding opportunities for all levels and ages. Sagebrush plains and rocky gorges give way to forested mountains and Alpine clearings.
This is also a working ranch with Angus and Scottish Highland cattle who spend the summer high in the adjacent national forest. They need to be checked on periodically and better riders can help move them to different parts of the grazing allotment. There is a weekly team sorting competition when everyone can learn the art of herding cows.
Charming log cabins are widely separated on either side of a fine trout fishing stream that flows out of the mountains. Each has electric heat; some also contain wood burning stoves and all have private bathrooms. Excellent meals including ranch raised beef, lamb and salads are eaten in the main lodge. This historic building has a pleasant ambiance and also contains an extensive library, a pool room, a sitting room with a piano and a large deck overlooking the horse corral.
The Fox Family, who have owned and run the ranch for over 40 years, join the guests for meals and also lead rides.
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