Bitterroot Ranch sits in a remote valley bordering the Shoshone National Forest with 50 miles of unspoiled, mountainous wilderness separating the ranch from Yellowstone National Park, where snow capped mountains are always in view. You seldom see other people since the ranch is located 17 miles from the nearest paved road. Owned by the Fox family, this working guest ranch offers an intimate atmosphere accommodating 25 guests.
Bitterroot welcomes singles, couples and families as well as any level of rider; the ranch offers some truly superb riding in the spectacular scenery of Wyoming. Accommodation is simple in comfortable cabins, some duplex cabins are also available. Meals at the ranch are served family style and you can enjoy salad from the gardens, beef and lamb from the ranch and freshly baked bread.
The Cabins have a variety of bed sizes; some have a double or queen size bed, some have two twin beds and there are also some duplexes for families where there is a double or queen bed as well as, twin beds. The Cabins are modernised but have their own rustic charm. They have electic heat, some have wood burning stoves, all have showers and most have baths.
The ranch is open from 28 May until 1 October 2017 and offers Sunday to Sunday stays.
The extensive riding programme normally includes 2-3 hour morning and afternoon rides and an all day ride on a Saturday which enables you to explore the high country. Most weeks there will be the opportunity to herd cattle. The ranch offers vast expanses of riding terrain as well as a cross country course with over 80 jumps for experienced riders. It is not an intimidating course since no jump is more than 3 feet, but there are a variety of obstacles including ditches, drops, pickets, coops and walls. Guests are offered the chance to have recorded riding lessons on two mornings a week, with a maximum of 6 guests. The ranch has a strict hard hat policy.
The ranch has 135 horses including Quarter Horses, Mustangs, Percherons, Appaloosas and Welsh ponies as well as Spanish and CMK Arabians.
In the first week of July and last week of September (additional fee), there is the opportunity to herd the cows, spread over 50 square metres of high mountains, forests, clearings and river valleys. On Friday afternoons there is a friendly team sorting competition in the arena which provides a great introduction to working cattle from horseback. Other activities available are fly fishing on the private stream and hiking in the great surroundings.
Children are welcome to come to Bitterroot Ranch however please note there is no kids program. There is a discount for age 15 and under. Whilst at the ranch, children can play with the animals around the ranch, go fishing and go on short rides.
Visit the town of Dubois, a western town with the largest collection of bighorn sheep and also the town of Jackson Hole for great dining and hotels. A trip to Yellowstone National Park pre or post your ranch stay is highly suggested.
3 - 10 September 2017 - Enjoy an authentic week of ranch cattle work and experience the reality of ranch life. Activities could range from fixing fences, potentially herding cattle and searching for injured or dead cattle attacked by wolves or grizzly bears.
27 August - 3 September 2017 - Spend a week at Bitterroot Ranch and enjoy all the normal ranch activities plus Yoga classes with instructor Olivia Hsu.
24 September - 1 October 2017 - A fantastic week of becoming a real cowboy, join the ranch hands and help them round up the cattle for the end of the season.