Horseback Riding in Wyoming

Bitterroot Cow Camp


Guests interested in getting even further from the beaten path might be interested in a stay at the Bitterroot Cow Camp. Nestled in a picturesque meadow in the shadow of Castle Rock, the Cow Camp consists of a rustic cabin and corral and has been home to many generations of cowboys who watched over the herd in the summer months.

Small groups (4-6) ride straight for the camp from the home ranch on the first day of their stay. The next three days start with a strong cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast before an authentic day of ranch work and dramatic, sweeping vistas. Whether that means searching for predator kills, finding and doctoring sick calves, or moving the herd from one section to the next, the demands of the day determine the itinerary. The nature of the job and the rugged terrain make for a slower paced riding style than one would expect at the home ranch. Rides generally proceed at the walk.

Evenings revolve around mankind’s oldest tradition, the campfire. Here, you will enjoy traditional, chuckwagon-style fare and a glass (or more) of wine before retiring to a simple yet comfortable canvas wall tent. Spectacular sunsets cast a brilliant glow on Castle Rock and then yield to the sparkling night sky. The nearest electric light bulb is three miles away, the nearest maintained road is seven. Out here, you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for the term “working remotely.”

Groups less interested in cow work can also be accommodated. At 9,100 feet above sea level, the camp sits on the edge of some of the richest summer elk range in the world and is also home to a myriad of other animals from marmots to moose. The nearby East Fork Basin and the many creeks that feed it offer unparalleled fly-fishing. The sights, smells, and sounds of the high alpine meadows, dramatic mountain passes, and babbling brooks will make any trip unforgettable. The small group size allows a lot of flexibility; so don’t hesitate to ask if we can provide something a little different for your party.

Nights will be spent camping in canvas wall tents. Tents and pads are provided.

Hot breakfasts will be cooked and served each morning before riding off for the day. Lunches will be picnic stops along the trail. Dinner each evening will be cooked over an open fire. Wine will be provided with dinner but guests are asked to bring their own supply of hard liquor

  • Overview:
    The horses are mainly Quarter horses and quarter horse crosses. They are trained western and are seasoned mountain horses. Tack is western. Riders are required to neck rein, and we also ask participants to be up in the stirrups for steep climbs so as not to sore the horses’ backs.
  • Equipment Required:
    Helmets are required, there are some available to borrow.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Quarterhorse, Arabians
  • Trip Pace:
  • Tack:
  • Weight limit:
    200 lbs

At the ranch. We can provide details for services for transportation from the Jackson Hole airport or the Riverton airport.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Wednesday: Arrive this morning at the Bitterroot Ranch by 9:30am. You are welcome to arrive earlier for breakfast, served from 7:30-9am, and will start riding at about 10am. Your destination is the cow camp in the remote Shoshone National Forest.

Day 2

Thursday-Saturday: three more days riding through the spectacular Wyoming wilds

Day 5

Sunday: departure after breakfast

Itinerary Addendum

**This itinerary may be modified to adapt to weather conditions, grazing quality, forest fire or other unforeseeable circumstances.**

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Trip Dates & Pricing

Please inquire for availability for 2024

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $1,900
  • Pricing Variation
  • $2,375Pack trip from Cow Camp

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The reason I chose Bitterroot was I wanted to become comfortable on a horse and ride most of the time. Each horse offered a new challenge, but provided a feeling of safety. The lessons were excellent and instructions simple. All the different abilities in the family were catered for.

Maxine and Mike Hill