Our only Rustic Working Ranch Riding Vacation is offered August 24-27 (4 spots available).
Price for 4 day, 3 night, all-inclusive (alcohol not included) stay: $1,099 – Adult / $799 – children (8-12 yrs.)
Non-rider Discount: $300 off weekly rate
There is no cell phone coverage or WIFI on the ranch — enjoy the time to unplug
Reservations: Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a 40% deposit. We accept cash, personal or business check, PayPal and Square. With our Square processor we can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Deposit must be received within 10 days of your request or you will loose that spot. Final payment is due a month before you arrive at the ranch.
Convenience/processing fee: We charge an extra $5 per person for PayPal and an extra $10 for Square. With our Square reader we can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
We do not add a service charge~ optional staff gratuities is appreciated if they exceed your expectations.
WHAT TO BRING
You’ll want to pack clothes that are easily layered as weather can be unpredictable and temperatures can go from cool to quite warm in a single day. Especially if it rains, so it is very important you bring enough layers. Being cold is no fun!
- Boots with a heel to prevent your foot from slipping through your stirrups and without laces so that your boot will easily come off in case your foot would become caught in the stirrup.
- Jeans or riding pants.
- Long and short sleeved shirts. Tank tops if desired.
- Jacket, vest or sweatshirt for layering. A heavier jacket is recommended for the morning and eveings in June and September dates.
- Hats, caps and sunglasses are nice to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face. Cowboy hats need a stampede string (for sale in our Sawmill Trading Post if needed).
- Casual clothes for non-riding time. Can get hot during the days.
- Gloves, chaps helmet and rain gear are optional. Slickers are available for use for the week. Sunscreen, chapstick, and swimsuit and a towel for the Hot Springs in White Sulphur Springs.
- A camera and/or compact binoculars!
- Prescription medications.
- If you wear a helmet when you ride we ask that you bring your own. (Children 8-13 are required to wear a helmet and you must bring your own.)
- We will have western clothing and ball caps, etc. for sale in our Sawmill Trading Post.
Bringing your own horse: Our insurance will not allow us to bring outside horses onto the ranch.
Only staff is allowed to tack and untack horses and we ask that you stay a distance away from horses during those times, we thank you for your undestanding.
Pet Policy: Because we have so many “pets” of our own on the ranch, we are not able to accomodate other pets.
Check In: check in is Thursday at 3:00 pm and check out is Sunday at 12:00 pm.
Our schedule includes:
Day 1 – Thursday
3:00 – Check-In; settle into accomodations
4:00- Meet, greet and appetizer
4:45- Meet your horse
5:00 – Horse safety orientation: this includes a Liability Waiver: With our guests’ safety and enjoyment in mind, we will require all guests who plan to ride horses at any time during their visit to sign and date our Acknowledgment of Risk form. We also require all guests to participate in our basic horsemanship and horse safety program before going on any horseback rides.
6:30 – Dinner
7:30- Short evening ride
8:30- Campfire, s’mores; dummy roping optional
Day 2 – Friday
8:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – Trail ride; getting comfortable with the horses (3 hour ride)
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Gather and move cattle (3 hour ride)
4:00- Hiking, wildlife watching, photography, Lawn Darts, dummy roping or down time of choice.
5:00 Song around the campfire
6:30 – Dinner
7:00- Sunset ride.
Day 3 – Saturday
8:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – Haul horses to Emerald Cross Ranch for a beautiful all day ride. Sack lunches are taken in a pack horse. (6 hour ride)
4:00- Happy Hour; stop for a no-host beverage of your choice at the local saloon in Ringling, Montana.
4:00 – Down time of your choice.
5:00- Downtown of your choice
6:30 – Dinner
7:30 – S’more around the campfire
Day 4 – Sunday
8:00 – Light breakfast
9:00 – Farewell gather and move cattle ride (2 hours)
1:00 – lunch
12:00 – Check-Out and Goodbye’s
Riding Ability: All riders must be physically able to mount their horse unassisted, complete a check off sheet and sign a release waiver. We have a mounting block available at the ranch, but on the trail, stumps, rocks and high ground will provide the only mounting assistance. We welcome families with kids and all level of riders, however pregnant women cannot ride and we do have a 250 pound weight limit.
Reservations: Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a 40% deposit. We accept cash, personal or business check, PayPal and Square. With our Square processor we can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Final payment is due a month before you arrive at the ranch.
Transportation: We recommend you fly into and out of the Bozeman Yellowstone lnternational Airport located in Belgrade, MT. It is easiest to fly into Bozeman, but Billings is also an option. Rental cars are available for around $60-$100 a day (subject to change by rental agencies) from both airports. We recommend you rent a car so you can take your time and see the sights along the way. You will need to rent a high profile, midsize, all-wheel drive, SUV for the drive into the ranch. In special cases we offer Airport Pick Up from Bozeman for $200 and Billings for $250 round trip, up to three people, but contact us, and together we will decide the best option.
Cancellation Policy: If cancellation must occur, 50% of the deposit will be refunded up until June 1. After June 1st deposits are non-refundable. Non-refundable deposits may be applied the next seasons vacation only. Keep in mind that prices are subject to raise from season to season. We recommend trip or vacation insurance for last minute medical or emergency cancellations.
Directions to the Ranch
Directions from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport: (1 hour and 45 minutes)
- Exit the airport parking lot, choose the Belgrade option and go one mile into Belgrade. When you get into Belgrade look for the I-90 East freeway exit sign.
- Turn left on Jackrabbit Lane and stay in right lane.
- Turn right and merge onto I-90 East Freeway.
- Drive I-90 East 42 miles to the EXIT 340.
- Travel 89 N and go 49.2 miles.
- Take a right on E 294 (Lennep/Martinsdale) sign and travel 12.8 miles to the Horses N Courage sign/approach. (It is ½ mile before mile marker 13 on the right side of the highway)
- Enter Horses N Courage approach. The gate will be closed. Go ahead and open the gate and close it again after you get through. You will travel on a two lane road a short distance and go over a cattle guard with a log entry way on each side. Go through the gate, over the cattle guard and continue along the two lane path till you get to the Y in the road. Stay to the right and follow the two lane road up the mountain and it will take you right into the ranch, on the left of the road sitting in a grove of trees.
Directions from Harlowton: (50 minutes):
- Head out of Harlowton on US 12 W, traveling 23 miles.
- Turn left on West 294 traveling for 2 miles.
- Turn right on the road to Lennep and travel 14.3 miles to the Horses N Courage sign/approach. (right around the corner from mile marker 13, on the left side of highway)
- The gate will be closed. Go ahead and open the gate and close it again after you get through. You will travel on a two lane road a short distance and go over a cattle guard with a log entry way on each side. Go through the gate, over the cattle guard and continue along the two lane path till you get to the Y in the road. Stay to the right and follow the two lane road up the mountain and it will take you right into the ranch, on the left of the road sitting in a grove of trees.