Lonesome Spur Ranch

Montana USA: (WRMT06)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/mt_lonesome_spur_ranch.aspx

Introduction
Montana USA
Come and visit with a real Montana guest ranch family. This is an authentic fifth generation working cattle ranch resting in the Clarks Fork Valley, between the Pryor Mountains and the Beartooth Mountains. From the rustic lodge you can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, watch white tail and mule deer, an occasional elk, mountain sheep or moose, the howl of the coyotes and the fleeting sight of the red fox. You are invited to participate in the day to day activities of this working ranch and family, with plenty of riding to fill each of your days. And after the work is done, there is always time to have a little fun! Ask Nicholas Evans, author of the "Horse Whisperer". Mr. Evans stayed at the ranch while doing the research for his best selling novel turned motion picture. The Lonesome Spur was the original model for Tom Booker's grandparents' homestead, looking out over the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. "From its crest you could see the river curving around like a castle moat and in the distance the snowy peaks of the Pryor and Beartooth Mountains."

Guests are invited to join the wranglers on daily checking the cattle, water holes and fences and the condition of the grass on the range. The summer and fall ranges consist of approximately 30,000 acres and the home ranch is approximately 1,200 acres. In addition to the everyday ranching activities, our guests are also given the opportunity to participate in exciting horseback activities such as team penning, cutting, sorting, team roping and fun games.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
The lodging on the ranch is varied and is decorated in the western theme with log furniture. Ranch guests can relax in the Cookhouse with satellite TV, WiFi, and a large deck to eat and/or sit on. A bathroom is also available. Our hot tub is perfect to relax under the starry sky and soak away you aches and pains after a hard day of play at the ranch. There are 3 log cabins with deck area and a bunkhouse with 3 rooms. All of our ranch accommodations have air-conditioning, heating, a refrigerator, and private bathrooms. Gift packs of toiletries are provided for our guests' comfort. Some rooms do have Satellite TV available. Laundry is also available.



Cabins
- The Big Sky cabin has queen bed and a Jacuzzi bathroom.
- The Cottonwood, Beartooth, and Pryor cabins each have a queen, a twin bed, and a private external bathroom.

Bunkhouse
The Bunkhouse has two twin beds in each of the 3 rooms. All bunkhouse rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Two of the rooms can be adjourned and there is a TV with DVD player, but no WiFi in this area. There is also a washer/dryer in the kitchen/sitting room area of the bunkhouse for our guests use.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory during high season (June and September). The rest of the year, if we have a single traveler and have spare rooms we will waive the single supplement fee.


Meals
All meals are included on this trip from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. Meals are served in the lodge, family style. You may need to let your belt out a notch or two after spending time here! Mouth-watering and decadent desserts, salads, locally grown garden vegetables and fruit in season, and good Montana beef and buffalo are on the menu. For the light eater, we have fruit, muffins, salads and many veggies. We also provide complementary snacks and drinks in each room for our guests' enjoyment, as well as coffee makers.
Alcoholic drinks are not included but guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Dietary Restrictions
If you have special dietary requests, please let us know in advance, and we will make every effort to accommodate you. But please remember that we are a beef ranch, and most all of our meals are centered around meat.
 

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
We try to match our horses to suit our guests' riding abilities so we have a variety of types of horses from gentle geldings for beginner riders to high performance roping and cutting horses for our more advanced riders. We ask all of our guests to participate in a rider safety lesson in our arena which helps us to find a suitable match of horse for each rider. We invite you to catch and saddle your horse, we can lend a hand to help you do this of course, and then ride the range with us while you are here, daily rides are between 4 to 6 hours.

Horses
The horses are mostly American quarter horses; some are home-bred. We also have a Pryor mountain horse as part of our riding herd.

Itinerary
 

Set Weekly Ranch Itinerary
We usually have cattle work happening May, June, September, and October Only. This happens when the cattle need to be worked (ie. gathered, sorted, branded, and cattle drives to new grazing, etc.) and guests are encouraged to get involved. For the safety of both the guests and the horses, this activity is very much weather dependent and is totally at the discretion of the ranch.

Day 1: Sunday
After arriving at ranch between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, we have the ranch orientation meeting and sign riding liability forms. We have a horse safety talk and saddles will be fitted for each of our guests. Tonight we visit one of our local western bars. A set supper menu is provided by the ranch and guests can enjoy buying local beer and other alcoholic drinks at the bar. This is also our night where our wranglers challenge our guests to a game of pool and play western music. 

Day 2: Monday
After breakfast we will select a suitable mount for our guests and have a day ride, enjoying a packed lunch with the horses and scenery. Roping lessons take place before supper at the ranch. Please ask if you would like to try this activity.

Day 3: Tuesday
After breakfast we saddle our horses and trailer them to the Pryor Mountains for an all-day ride to our overnight camp. Our guests have a bathroom with hot shower to use if they would like to after the days ride. We sleep in shared tented accommodations or out under the stars if you prefer. We supply guests with sleeping bags and sleeping pads. Supper is served round the campfire and our wranglers love to cook up s’mores and tell campfire stories after supper!

Day 4: Wednesday
We wake up to the wonderful views of the Pryor mountains and the smell of cowboy coffee! Another fantastic day of riding in the Pryor’s whether it’s moving, checking cattle, or watching out for the local wildlife! We will arrival back at the ranch in late afternoon. On our way home we may stop at Chief Plenty Coops Museum.

Day 5: Thursday
After breakfast we head out on another day ride in a different area, this time to cottonwood to see the Indian Pictographs and the famous Weatherman draw. After an early supper we head off to Bear Creek, home to the Bear Creek Saloon Pig Races. These unique races feature pigs racing the track starting at 7:00pm. Our guests have the opportunity to visit this unique entertainment once weekly on Thursday night—it’s a whole lot of fun!

Day 6: Friday
After Breakfast we have fun and games in the arena: the weekly challenge of barrel racing, pole bending, and who can pen the steers the fastest! After a quick lunch at the ranch, we set off for shopping and sightseeing in Cody.*
In the summer months we also visit the famous Cody Nite Rodeo from the 1st of June through 31st of August. We usually depart from the ranch mid-afternoon and return after the rodeo around 11:30pm. Located at Stampede Park in Cody, this is fun entertainment for the whole family. Offering the full range of rodeo events, bareback, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and of course the fan favorite of bull riding. For the kids, there is also the calf scramble, which is one of the highlights of the night. Doors open at 7:00pm with the rodeo starting at 8:00pm. Rodeo tickets are $20.00 per person.
Another option on our Cody excursion is to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, which has 5 museums under one roof. The Buffalo Bill Museum celebrates the life and legend of Buffalo Bill himself. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art displays art from the western lifestyle. The Native American culture, art, and heritage are all celebrated in the Plains Indian Museum. The last two areas of the museum are the Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Museum of Natural History, which displays the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and their interactions with humans and nature.
We can also make dinner reservations at the World Famous Historic Buffalo Bill Cody’s Irma Hotel at our guest’s request. Irma’s Buffalo Bill Cody Restaurant and Saloon is home to cowboys and cowgirls wanting a great meal with great atmosphere. Offering their famous roast beef or a full buffet dinner, the Irma is a stop well worth it. If you’re not interested in eating, slide into the Silver Saddle Saloon and have a drink while enjoying the ambience. If it’s action you want, enjoy the gunfight that takes place outside the front of the Irma at 6:00pm. This is a stop you won’t regret!
*Please note that May, September, and October we take our guests to the Historic Custer Battlefield and Museum instead of Cody.

Day 7: Saturday
Depart after breakfast.

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Off-Ranch Activities

While vacationing with us, guests have opportunity for off-ranch activities. The availability of these activities depends on the season. No meals are provided by the ranch whilst on these off-ranch activities. We usually visit a selection of these activities once weekly, group transportation (minimum of 4 guests) is provided by the ranch in our own ranch vehicles. If our guests require any private guided off-ranch tour, these are available with ranch vehicles. Guests may also arrange their own taxi with a local company.

Examples
- Viewing the Wild Horse Range in the Pryor Mountains.
- Visiting the town of Cody touring the Buffalo Bill Museum and visiting the Old Trail Town.
- Rodeos: either watch a local rodeo or whilst visiting Cody, see the Cody nite rodeo.
- Experiencing the breathtaking Beartooth Highway driving thru Red Lodge up to Cooke City.
- White water rafting: Cody, Wyoming.
- Golfing: an excellent 18-hole course is only 23 miles from the Lonesome Spur, right in the shadow of Beartooth mountains.
- Guided Tours of Yellowstone park are available at additional cost and must be pre-booked with the ranch.  The tour leaves the ranch after breakfast and returns in the evening.  Prices can vary depending on which time of year you choose to see the park. Minimum party to do this tour is 4 persons.
- 4th July Home of Champions Rodeo: The festivities start on 2nd July thru 4th July. At the ranch owners’ discretion, guests can ride with us at the Red Lodge Parade on horseback and join us as we watch the 4th July Home of Champions rodeo. Evening entertainment is a campfire party and fireworks!

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Seasons

May - June
Riding on the Open range, check the cattle on the pastures and help doing some branding and gathering of cattle but this activity is dependent on weather permitting – we cannot brand or gather in wet weather please be aware of this.

June - August
Cody Nite rodeo starts June 1st through the end of August. Our guests get the opportunity to go once a week to see the rodeo or explore the historic town of Cody- founded by the famous Buffalo Bill!
We also have 100,000 acres of various landscapes to ride in both mountain and high desert trial rides. The home ranch is approximately 400 acres so we will be trailering guests and horses to some of our riding areas. In addition to everyday ranching activities, we also offer our guests the opportunity of participating in weekly horseback activities such as team penning, sorting, barrel racing, and poles. Our wranglers will also be happy to teach you how to rope our roping dummies. Every week in the summer month’s our guests will help gather in the roping steers from the pastures, sort, and check them. Later in the day the wranglers will team rope the steers.

June - September
We also have a weekly mountain one night overnight camp trip – weather permitting.
The timing of all rides may vary depending on weather conditions and temperatures and may depart either with an early morning start or later in the evening when temperatures are more suitable for the safety of our guests and horses. We also need to make our guests aware that it is the ranch owner’s decision when to make changes to a ride and if ground conditions are dangerous for the guests and horses, ride may be cancelled and other ranch activities will be offered instead if possible.

September
Is usually a great month to see more wildlife during our beautiful fall rides and can be cooler than our summer months. We will also start to gather cattle from the mountain pastures from Mid-September.

October
We will be gathering cattle in mountain terrain, as well as doing some daily rides in the high desert. The Nile Stock Show, pro rodeo, and horse sale is in October. We will be attending the evening Ranch rodeo and will also go to the rodeo later in the week. We will leave mid-morning to attend the horse sale and other Nile events and horse clinics. The VIP dinner before the Rodeo in the early evening is optional for guests. This takes place in the early evening and is followed by the by the rodeo itself.

The timing of all rides may vary depending on weather conditions and temperatures and may depart either with an early morning start or later in the evening when the temperatures are more suitable for the safety of our guests and horses. We also need to make aware that it is the ranch owner’s decision when to make changes to a ride. If ground conditions are dangerous for the guests and horses, rides may be canceled. 
 


Rates and Dates for Lonesome Spur Ranch

Rates include:

6 nights accommodations with private bath, all meals and horseback riding on 5 days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 days ranch stay$1800
  • B
    20197 days ranch stay with "Indian Raid"$2200
  • C
    20197 days ranch stay with branding$1800
  • D
    20197 days ranch stay, fall gathering$1800
Gratuity:
A 10% - 15% gratuity of the total trip cost will be added to your bill, but this is paid locally to the ranch and not collected through Hidden Trails.
% (Tip paid Locally)

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 10 % (to be paid locally)

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from/to Billings (between 1:00pm and 3:00pm - drop off by 10:30am), pp
- to be paid locally
$150
2019 By taxi ~150 each way (no transfers for flights after 7:00pm - must stay at Billings)
- to be paid locally
$150
2019 Discount for children 10-16 yrs. old, in double room with adult(s) $-300
2019 Single supplement $200
2019 Daily rate, dbl, pp $325

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 07/14 - 07/20 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 07/21 - 07/27 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 07/28 - 08/03 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 08/04 - 08/10 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 08/11 - 08/17 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 08/18 - 08/24 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 08/25 - 08/31 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 09/01 - 09/07 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 09/08 - 09/14 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 09/15 - 09/21 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Expired
A 2019 09/22 - 09/28 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Reserve
A 2019 09/29 - 10/05 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Reserve
A 2019 10/06 - 10/12 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay 1 /10 Sold Out
D 2019 10/13 - 10/19 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay, fall gath... 1 /10 Reserve
D 2019 10/20 - 10/26 7d / 6n 7 days ranch stay, fall gath... 1 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:
** custom tour dates possible with minimum of 3 nights -- no arrival on Saturdays but any other day is possible with check-out on Saturday

Rates do not include:

Fishing for Cutthrout, Brown and Rainbow trout in the stocked ponds: $100 per rod, rafting trip in Cody is approx. $35 per person, admission for any off-ranch activities, rodeos, airport transfers, gratuities (10% to be paid locally to the ranch).

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch near Bridger
Airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)
Transfer: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Climate:
                                                Bridger area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

34

40

51

59

69

76

88

86

76

62

46

36

Average Low Temperature (°F)

13

17

24

32

40

48

53

51

42

33

23

14

Average High Temperature (°C)

1

5

10

15

21

26

31

30

24

16

8

2

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-11

-8

-4

0

5

9

12

11

6

1

-5

-10

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

2

2

3

5

7

6

3

3

4

3

3

2

Source: NOAA


Seasons
During the summer the weather is generally clear, but seldom hot so be sure bring along some warm clothes. Summer is short but very enjoyable. It usually lasts from early June to mid September. Because of the altitude, really hot weather is rare. Evenings are cool enough that you may need a jacket. Summer snowfalls are rare, but during every summer there may be several days when nighttime temperatures approach the freezing point (32 degrees F / 0 degrees C). Thunderstorms are usually brief, and they are seldom violent. A typical summer thunderstorm lasts no more than about 15 minutes, just long enough to soak the ground.

What To Bring:
Upon arrival at Billings, we will give you the opportunity to visit Shipton's Big R ranch supply store.  You can purchase any of the designated items at that time. Bring your own alcohol! Drinking Age for Alcohol: 21 years old (it is recommended for all persons under 35 to carry ID). All rooms are equipped with a small refrigerator to store your perishable items, beer, and wine. There is also a washer/dryer for use during your stay. Please bring washing powder if you want to use the washer.

It is important that you bring warm and dry clothing. May and June can be cool and it can snow around that time of the year. Fortunately we haven’t really had to cope with extremely bad weather – but preparation is everything.

We provide a small saddle bag fitted to the saddle to put your lunch in.

Note: Gratuities and transfers can be paid by cash or credit card- take some cash with you (10% of trip cost) it you'd like to pay by cash.

To make your stay at the Ranch more enjoyable, we have compiled the following recommendations for clothing and essentials.  When considering your clothing, please consider layering.  This is the easiest way to add or subtract clothing during a ride!


DOCUMENTS

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR

Long Pants for Riding - Blue Jeans *

Riding Boots - smooth sole and a heel required *

Cowboy hat / wide brimmed hat *

Riding Slicker (no ponchos due to flapping of the material around the horse) *

Weatherproof/Warm Jacket

Riding gloves *
Long Sleeve Shirts (recommended for riding) *
 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Jacket or sweater for cool evenings

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts

Jeans

Shorts

Casual shoes

Underwear and socks

Pyjama

Bag for dirty clothes

Light weight hikers and/or comfortable shoes

Swimsuit (Hot Tub available for use)

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries

Insect repellent and small first aid kit

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Sewing kit

Handkerchiefs

Camera and enough extra films and batteries

Sun glasses with strap

Sunscreen and lip balm

Flashlight
Medium sized water bottle and small sandwich container
Personal snacks and drinks (ie. bottled water, alcohol, sodas, etc.)