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Montana Ranch Vacation Gift Guide

It’s the season of giving and if you are planning, or considering, a Montana dude ranch vacation in 2022, nothing is more perfect than giving your travel companions a gift that can be used while on your ranch vacation. To provide a little assistance, we’ve put together our top seven gift ideas for the 2021 holiday season with some of our favorite things for Santa’s helpers. Get ready to make a lifetime of memories in some of the most spectacular and unspoiled places Montana has to offer.

1. Boots

At the top of the list, we recommend a proper cowboy boot. Proper boots are essential for a safe and comfortable experience while riding. Starting with a good pair of boots that are well worn before arriving will be key to happy feet while on your vacation. Boots should have a smooth sole and a heel to hook on the stirrups. For the fashionistas, we suggest bringing a riding pair for day activities and a dress pair for other events and activities.

Favorite for the ladies:

Western Boots | Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

📷: @mountainskyguestranch

2. Cowboy Hat

Everyone needs their favorite cowboy hat for wearing while visiting the ranch. A cowboy hat or wide-brimmed hat is essential for shielding your face and eyes from the sun while riding. And remember, grab a stampede string for your hat so it stays on while riding Montana’s beautiful mountain trails.

Grab a hat:

Western Hats | Rocky Mountain Hat Company

📷: @rockymountainhatcompany

3. Wicking Layers

In Montana we have cool mornings and evenings so layers will be your friend while out on the trail. Plan on the three layer rule to keep dry and warm—a base layer for removing moisture, a mid-layer to keep you warm, and an outer layer to protect you from the elements. Additionally, remember tall wicking fiber socks to wear in your boots.

Layer up: or

Wicking Layers | Duckworthco

📷: @duckworthco

4. Hiking shoes

If you are planning to take a day to explore the trails by foot, you’ll want the perfect pair of hiking shoes. Start your adventure with a great pair of shoes, grab your backpack, and find a trail that’s right for you. The mountains are calling.

Hit the trail:

Hiking Shoes

📷: @obozfootwear

5. Travel Journal

Don’t wait to arrive in Montana to start your adventure. A travel journal is a great place to plan your trip, organize your travel, and dream about your Montana dude ranch vacation. Once at the ranch, capture your day’s activities and favorite memories. Let’s not forget about the kids too! Journaling will create memories the kids can go back to for years to come.

Remember it all:

Travel Journals

📷: Just My Type

6. Fly Fishing Rod

For the serious angler, a new fly rod is the perfect gift for their upcoming Montana ranch vacation. Fish some of the world’s best blue ribbon trout-filled waters while exploring small tributary streams that run through the mountains and valleys. No matter where you go, you’re ensured to have a great day on the water.

Montana-made rod:

Fly Fishing Rods | RL Winston Rods

📷: @winstonrods

7. Map

Who doesn’t love a good map to track the places you go? Grab a map of the area you will be visiting and follow along as you explore. Be amazed by the places you will go, mark them on the map, and then take your map home to share vacation memories with your family and friends.

Map it out:


📷: @cairncarto

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