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Big Belt Cattle Drive

Big Belt Cattle Drive
Montana USA

Welcome to one of the great cattle drives of the West!  We are located in the mountains of southwestern Montana. If you look on a map and find Helena, you'll see a large lake called Canyon Ferry Lake. Our cattle drives wind through the Big Belt Mountains just east of Townsend.

These drives start out on the Missouri Valley floor at elevation around 4,000 feet. We trail east up the Big Belt Mountains and move the cattle through canyons with limestone rim rocks and across high ridges through Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine forests. Except when we are in the depths of the canyons, distant snow-capped mountains are always in view. The high ridges of the Big Belts go between 7,500 and 9,500 feet of elevation. During the drives, guests move between 400 and 1000 head of cattle. These cattle drives go right through the mountains. To give each guest the possibility to chase cattle we have a number of mini cattle drives going on within the large cattle drive. Along with the cattle drive, we have educational opportunities, intellectual offerings, and additional entertainment. We offer the guests a chance to learn fly fishing and roping. There are creeks that offer fly fishing opportunities at every camp. We have a Cowboy Poetry night. One evening we have a History Night where we try to share with our guests a glimpse at the Indian, gold mining, ghost town, and natural history of the local area. There is even a Country Dance night and a special Award's Night. Blended in with it all, are evenings of campfire song, trail rides, and laughter. There is a wrangler for every 4 riders. The drive is close to Yellowstone National Park (120 miles) so that you may be able to include a trip there in your itinerary.
If you don't want to ride a horse but would like to participate in the cattle drive, we offer a wagon train ride. Just relax on the trail and join the crew every afternoon at camp.

Cattle Drive, Round Up
Riding with fishing options
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Townsend
Airport: Bozeman
Transfer: Bozeman airport between 12pm-1pm
Riders: Min 25 riders
Max 36 riders

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    Big Belt Cattle Drive
    Tour Code: CDMT03
    7 days / 6 nights ~$2,500.00
    Dates : May to Aug

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarter mix
    Pace: Moderate with trots and canters

    Airport: Bozeman
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