The horseback riding program at the Bitterroot Ranch caters to all levels of ability. Groups are kept small and are divided according to experience. Hiking and trout fishing are options for non-riders, making this a perfect family vacation. Stays at the ranch typically last a week, from Sunday to Sunday, but half week stays are also an option if you have less time available. The following itinerary gives an idea of a typical week, but there is much flexibility according to the needs and desires of guests.
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Sunday – Arrive and settle into your comfortable log cabin before meeting the other guests for cocktails and a BBQ dinner by the river.
Monday, AM – Orientation and evaluation in the arena to determine that you are well matched to your horse and group. This is followed by an introductory ride through open plains and woods to the west of the ranch. 3 hours
Monday, PM – Set off along Meadow Creek and then climb up onto the high sagebrush plains which offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. 1 ½ hours
Tuesday, AM – Optional videotaped lesson (1 ½ hours) or ride to a breathtaking outlook in the Shoshone National Forest, returning by a different route. 2 ½ hours
Tuesday, PM – Set off along the river, then enjoy some fast riding along trails through the sagebrush with spectacular views of the snowcapped Wind River Mountains in the distance. 1 ½ hours
Wednesday, AM – Ride along the East Fork of the Wind River and Pine Creek on forest trails to Butch Cassidy’s hideout, returning across open sagebrush plains. 2 ½ hours
Wednesday, PM – Steep gorges with amazing views characterize the ride this afternoon. 2 hours
Thursday, AM - Optional videotaped lesson (1 ½ hours) or explore the Mountain Meadows area above the ranch with its aspen groves, pastures and old cow camps. 2 ½ hours
Thursday, PM – Enjoy a spectacular fast ride on the open plains of the Game & Fish habitat. 2 hours
Friday, AM – A long ride clinging to the hillside high above the East Fork of the Wind River negotiating steep mountain trails before breaking out into flatter sagebrush country with chances for some good canters. Sometimes we visit a site where 60 million year old fossils are found. 2 ½ hours
Friday, PM – Team sorting competition in the arena after the cows have been gathered (July, August, September). 2 ½ hours
Saturday – Set off on a picnic ride high into the Shoshone National Forest. In July, August and September the more experienced riders will check on and move cattle. 6 hours
Sunday – Departure after a good, hearty breakfast.
THIS ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE. CHANGES MAY OCCUR DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.