Montana Guest Ranch riding holiday in USA - Far and Ride
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Montana Guest Ranch, USA




Programme


• Spring/Summer/Fall Ranch Stay

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas and some draught horse crosses.

Nature of horses:

Well-trained for trail rides and western games.

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16hh on average.

Weight limit:

113kg / 250lbs

Tack type:

Western

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Explore the Big Sky country of Montana on horseback from this ranch situated on the banks of Spencer Lake at the base of Spencer Mountain, between two pine-covered ridges. Ride across open prairies and up into the pine clad mountains on the thousands of acres of trails, or try your hand at western activities in the indoor or outdoor arenas. Beginners are offered cowpoking lessons, whilst more experienced riders can try roping, team penning or sorting cattle.

The ranch is home to around seventy horses with the herd primarily made up of Quarter Horses. There are also a few Paints, Appaloosas and draught horse crosses with horses to suit all types of riders - if you'd like to then you are generally able to keep the same horse for the duration of your stay, so that you have time to form a real bond with them. Some horses are better than others when it comes to cattle work so you may be switched for that activity. There are also two teams of draught horses here who pull the wagons and sleighs, so look out for the Percheron geldings and the Clydesdale mares!

This ranch is an ideal option for families or groups of mixed abilities as there are so many non-riding activities on offer too, including fishing, mountain biking and hiking. Only 23 miles from Glacier National Park there are plenty of off-site activities available too, although these are at extra cost, such as white water rafting or golf.

There are three different accommodation options to suit different group dynamics as well as personal preferences - from rustic suites to glamorous camping ("glamping") on the lake shores.

The ranch is open year round, but the best of the riding is in the Spring, Summer and Autumn.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

There are different accommodation options depending on your group dynamics and preferences, from rooms in the main lodge, to suites in the cottage and even two glamping teepee style tents! There are communal areas in the main lodge for sitting, relaxing and dining.

The Main Lodge has six bedrooms, which are each different:
Aspen has a king size bed and adjoining room with bunks, so ideal for a family of four
Solitude has three queen beds and sleeps six
Whitetail has a queen bed and sleeps two, although two more can be accommodated on a futon
Tamarack sleeps two in a queen bed and has a door opening to a deck, but shares a bathroom with Apaloosa
Appaloosa is the cheapest room and sleeps two in a queen bed but shares a bathroom with Tamarack
Sunroom has a queen bed and adjoining room with bunk beds, plus a sleeper sofa, so is ideal for larger groups of c. 6-7 guests.

The cabin contains two suites:
Eagles Nest has a bedroom with a queen bed, a loft with two queen beds and a seating area with two full size sofa beds. Can sleep up to ten guests.
Bear Den has a bedroom with a king bed and a sitting area with two sofa beds, so can sleep up to six guests.

In addition there are two "Glamping" tents - these luxury tents contain a queen size bed and a full size futon, together with private porch. The private bathrooms are a couple of feet away. The Glamping tents are only available from May to October.

Food is hearty and wholesome and meals are eaten together as a group.
Breakfast varies each day but could include pancakes, eggs, hash browns, bacon and fresh fruit. Lunch is often packed into your saddlebags to eat out, but if eating at the lodge it could include homemade soups, fresh salads, sandwiches and homemade cookies.
Dinner will include meat with potatoes or rice, vegetables or salads with homemade bread. This is a ranch and so steak is pretty much guaranteed during the week!
Vegetarians and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.

 

Activities

There are plenty of other activities available on site, such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming in the lake, playing badminton, volleyball or pool. You can even fish for pike in Spencer Lake, try your hand at clay pigeon shooting or archery.
Off-ranch there is white water rafting, hot air ballooning, skiing (in winter only), golf and boating.
If you've hired a car then the Glacier National Park is only a 23 mile drive away and worth a visit.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: No specific requirements, just general good health

Age limit: No limits

Tuition: Yes

Included: Accommodation, all meals, all ranch activities including riding, archery and fishing. Tax and service charge is included so there are no hidden extras.

Not included: Alcoholic drinks (bring your own); flights; transfers; tips; travel insurance; off-site activities

 

Travel Information

Northwest, Delta/SkyWest, United and Alaska/Horizon airlines all fly into Glacier Park International airport (airport code FCA). From the UK you will have at least one change through one of the major hub airports such as Denver or Minneapolis before connecting to Glacier Park. We recommend leaving at least 3 hours between flights to allow time for immigration procedures.

The ranch is 15 miles from the airport. If you wish to hire a car, then ranch guests get a 10% discount with Hertz. Alternatively, transfers can be arranged at a cost of USD 50 each way (up to four guests).

Airport: Glacier Park

 

Programme


Spring/Summer/Fall Ranch Stay



This guest ranch in Montana offers exceptional riding - scale the peaks of the Stryker range, cross the open meadows near Swisher Lake or drive cattle across the wide open prairie of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. For those with some prior riding experience it is also possible to have a go at team penning and cattle sorting in the arenas. And all guests will love the chance to have a go in the guest rodeo with barrel racing, pole bending, stake and keyhole races.

You will be matched with a horse on your first day, and you may choose to keep this horse for the entire week, or to try others.

Riding in the mountains is generally slow, with lots of ascents and descents with spectacular views. Always keep your eyes open for wildlife!

Riding across the meadows and pastures is usually a faster ride as you can cross the wide open spaces at a trot or canter.

You can choose to do as much or as little riding as you like. There are full day rides on offer with picnic lunches out on the trail, or you can just ride in the morning and return to the lodge for lunch. The itinerary is flexible and you can opt in or out of the activities as you wish.

If you wish to have a break from riding then there are plenty of other activities on offer such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, fishing or simply hiking or swimming in the lake.

Spring/Autumn have cooler temperatures and are perhaps more pleasant for riding - warm during the day but requiring a jacket at night.

Summer is peak season - the energy is contagious and you will be tempted into the cool, clear waters of the lakes and streams after your horse riding.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 50
Ability description: All abilities are welcomed - beginners will join walking rides whereas experienced riders can join loping (cantering) rides.
Type of ride: Daily trail rides or Western instruction
Total riding time: 7 days / 6 nights with as much riding as you like (no riding on arrival/departure day)
Departure dates: The ranch is open every week throughout April until October, arriving on a Sunday at 3pm and departing the following Saturday at 11am.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing. Discounts are available in some rooms for 3 or 4 people sharing - please ask. The rooms are priced differently - see accommodation section for more details on the rooms.

Please note that prices include all state taxes and gratuities, so you have no additional costs.

April/May and October:
Standard rooms (sleep up to 2 pax): £1739
Deluxe rooms (sleep up to 6 pax): £1928
Premium Plus rooms (sleep up to 10 pax): £2299
Glamping tents (sleep up to 4 pax): £1928

Children must share a room with their parents:
Children 7-15 years of age: £1182
Children 4-7 years of age: £892
Children 0-3 years of age: Free of charge

Single supplements:
Standard: £284
Deluxe: £473
Premium Plus: £844
Glamping: £473


June, July, August and September:
Standard: £2114
Deluxe: £2401
Premium Plus: £2742
Glamping: £2401

Children must share a room with their parents:
Children 7-15 years of age: £1659
Children 4-7 years of age: £1083
Children 0-3 years of age: Free of charge

Single supplements:
Standard: £385
Deluxe: £670
Premium Plus: £1012
Glamping: £670


Airport transfers are an additional £78 return from Glacier International (per vehicle, up to four people).