Working Ranches

Montana Dude Ranchers Association

Working Ranches

Feel in the shadows and the hillsides the spirits of the heroes of the west with their lariats and saddles working on the trail

Montana Working Ranches allow you to experience life as a cowboy - with cattle drives, round ups and ranch work. Life on the ranch is dependent on the season, and this may also decide what’s on the agenda for the week. We might need to move some cattle to a different pasture, check the fences, make sure the livestock have water, or help with other ranch chores. We suggest that you ask your hosts about the schedule for the week regarding the work/riding agenda during your stay.

Riding is the main activity, and ranch horses are used for moving the cattle out in the open country through meadows, wooden canyons, and mountain tops. You are encouraged to ride abreast to enjoy the breathtaking country. Or maybe you'd rather pass on the "work" and just enjoy the beautiful scenery or take a gentle lope through the open meadows.

Working ranches usually accommodate smaller guest numbers. These ranches help preserve the authentic cowboy lifestyle and their families also contribute to the preservation of the heritage of the west. Come and be a part of the legend of the West!

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63 Ranch Click for more info

Let Montana magic happen to you this summer. For over 80 years our family has welcomed families: couples, and singles. Not simply a "working ranch" and not just a "dude ranch", we provide a relaxing working dude ranch atmosphere where you make the decision to help gather, work, or salt ranch owned cattle. Or maybe you would rather take a pass on "work" and just enjoy the beautiful scenery or take a genlte lope thorugh the open meadows. After all, it's "YOUR" vacation! Cabin accommodations all w/bath/shower. Excellent meals. RIDING IS OUR MAIN ACTIVITY. Experienced or not, riders soon become comfortable on their horse chosen from our string of 70 horses. Our opening date for the summer of 2016 is June 19th and we will be winding down on the 10th of September. The week of June 19th -25th there is a discount of 15%.   During the weeks of August 21-27, August 28-September 3rd, and September 4th - 10th are adult only weeks.  Come and Ride with us!

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Dryhead Ranch Click for more info

Dryhead Ranch 

Working ranch vacations offer a unique, real riding experience. Dryhead is family owned for several generations and the land and cattle and visiting guests are a lifestyle not a job. Dryhead ranch is located on the east slopes of the Pryor Mountains in the heart of the historic Crow Indian Reservation. Our fourth generation family drives cows and horses 50 miles into the ranch in the spring and back to winter pastures in the late fall to Lovell, Wyoming. Our location is unique to Indian culture and cowboy history. The ranch setting is remote and riding each day makes you feel like you have stepped back into history. Our daily goal is to give each guest a real life experience on a perfect horse doing something you both love. Each week offers a "hands on" ranch experience that is waiting just for you: Spring time challenges you to work with mother cows with new calves, trailing to the ranch in May, branding the calves in June, weaning in September. Summer offers the excitement of gathering the mares and new foals to divide into mare bands, late fall is the best when we gather them back to headquarters to wean the colts and register them for AQHA. November finds us trailing cows and horses back to Wyoming for the winter. Guests feel like family in our small groups and gather with anticipation each morning for a new and memorable cowboy experience. We can't wait to share this land, our history, cattle, and friendship with YOU.


Sweet Grass Ranch Click for more info
Big Timber

A sixth generation, family-owned working ranch and guest ranch. Unlimited riding opportunities in both mountain country and rolling foothills. Join us and ride to high alpine lakes, learn to work and move cattle, canter across the meadows, and relax in spectacular country.  Sweet Grass Ranch provides fun for the whole family, with gymkhanas, a natural water slide, inner tubing the creek, campfires, fishing, hiking, horsemanship clinics and a variety of riding options daily. Great horses, family-style meals, adventure, good fishing, hiking trails, horsemanship clinics and photography seminars.  Adult only weeks in September.  Opening date is June 5th and our closing date is September 11th, 2016.

Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch Click for more info

Bonanza Creek Ranch is part of a family owned working cattle ranch and caters to those who are looking for authenticity, good horses, good riding, adventure, and personal attention. We are best known for our riding and cattle work - no head to tail and riding ability must be intermediate and above. Our horses are ranch horses chosen for you by your level of experience. To enhance your life, try one of our Cowgirl Retreats. "Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself." We treat you like family - real people on a real cattle ranch - and only invite 10-12 a week. Opening date - June 12th and our closing date for 2016 is September 17th.

Hubbard's Yellowstone Six Quarter Circle Ranch Click for more info

At Six Quarter Circle Ranch you can ride all day-everyday, on 25 square miles of pristine wilderness on the edge of Yellowstone Park. First class lodging is provided as well as meals prepared by a professional chef. Join three generations of the Hubbard family for your ranch experience. Customize your vacation to include working cattle, ORVIS endorsed fly-fishing, and hiking and site seeing. We welcome hunters in the fall to some of the finest deer and elk country anywhere. Primary dates open are June 13th thorugh September 30th, 2016.