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Pryor Mountains Working Ranch


Pryor Mountains Working Ranch
Wyoming USA

This ranch in the Pryor Mountains is an authentic working cattle and horse ranch South of Billings, Montana. It is not a dude ranch! Hard working cowboys have taken care of this ranch since 1889 and they will ride with you on 40,000 acres of their open grassland country while taking care of the 1,200 mother cows and their calves. Montana's "Big Sky Country" takes you away from swimming pools and golf courses to a remote, quiet setting where you can hear the babbling creek at night and see breathtaking scenery no matter what direction we decide to ride in that day. The ranch also raises their own herd of trusty quarter horses. Being a cowboy has always been a secret dream of many men and women. To a cowboy, the horse is not a pet but a companion and partner with whom he works and depends on to accomplish great tasks. That is what we offer at this ranch - a beautiful country setting to befriend a great cow horse who will help you turn your first  errant cow back into the herd and help you to feel what it is like to be a real cowboy in Wyoming. The ranch is located in very picturesque, peaceful, and calm countryside at the border of Montana and Wyoming. It is rolling, native grasslands with areas of pines and canyons, laying along the Eastern slope of the majestic Pryor Mountains which run East and West. Very few people have ever invaded its serene and spacious lands. As you  leave the paved highway and start up the canyon along the rutted road toward the mountain, you actually feel as if you are traveling back in time.
Ranch weeks are all about a cowboys life - caring for the land (25,000 acres) is a loving stewardship. Caring for the 800 head of cows and calves after a long winter and a well earned change of focus at the ranch.  Each day will include riding, working cattle and returning strays to their pastures and gathering cattle. We have branding in the spring and gathering and weaning in the fall. Some weeks include a Mini Horse Drive as well.

Come ride with our cowboys, it will change your life perspective forever!
The sun rises at 4:30 right along with our cook and each morning the bell rings at 7:00 for breakfast (coffee is always on at 5:30). Do you want to share in the first best experience? The best place to experience this thrill is on the canyon rims at 6:30 each morning with your camera.
Our wranglers will take you with them (if you want to go) to bring in the horse rumuda on one of these peaceful mornings. If you want to ride, then ask Mike to put your name on the list early. This is one of the first most memorable experiences we share with our guest during their stay at the ranch.
Any ranch week may include: branding, vaccinating, roping, mini-veterinary needs, wrangling the cavvy, holding herd, salting, fencing, rotating pastures, bull gathering, weaning calves, pregnancy testing cows, weaning colts, working mare bands, occasional horse drives and rounding up strays. Each activity depends on the time of year you decide to join us. Generally, ranch weeks include several of the activities listed above. You can be sure that you will be able to push a lot of cattle!
Roping instruction and riding hints are part of our Cowboy School on Monday mornings. We want everyone to try their hand at roping and improve their riding skills.


Working Ranch

Meeting: Billings airport or Dude Rancher Lodge
Airport: Billings MT
Transfer: Billings MT 4:00PM Sunday
Riders: Min 6 riders
Max 12 riders

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    Pryor Mountains Working Ranch
    Tour Code: WRWY02
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,700.00
    Dates : May to Oct

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    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.
    CIntermediate
    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.
    EAdvanced
    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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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2014 07/27 - 08/03 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 08/03 - 08/10 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 08/10 - 08/17 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Expired
    A 2014 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Reserve
    A 2014 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Reserve
    A 2014 10/19 - 10/26 8d / 7n 7 days Ranch, AP bunkhouse a... 6 /12 Reserve
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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarter horse
    Pace: All paces, some long days in the saddl...

    Airport: Billings MT
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