Bitterroot Ranch

  • Trip Duration
  • 8
  • 7
  • Riding Time
  • 6
  • 6-7
    hrs per
    day riding
  • Group Size
  • 1 - 30
    Guests per group
ranch vacation in wyoming

Bitterroot Ranch

Ride Overview

The broad range of horseback riding activities during this ranch vacation in Wyoming includes riding lessons with certified instructors to the intermediate level, a cross country jumping course for experienced riders, team sorting, herding cows on the grazing allotment in the national forest, cattle drives, roundups, and pack trips. Wyoming trail rides include cantering on open plains, winding through pine and aspen forests, clambering up rocky gorges and crossing rushing streams that pour out of the mountains. Antelope, mule deer, elk, coyotes, and the occasional bear can be spotted. It is little wonder that the Bitterroot Ranch is featured in 1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz.

This is a working cattle ranch as well as a dude ranch and you will have frequent opportunities for cattle drives and roundups during the summer when the ranch cows are grazing in the adjacent national forest. This is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which is the largest wild area left in the lower 48 states, providing a vast expanse of unspoiled country. Ranch guests can try their hand at cutting cows in weekly team sorting competitions. Many find that the teamwork between horse and rider provides a new dimension to the riding experience. The ranch brood mares produce a new crop of friendly foals each spring and guests often enjoy interacting with them. The Bitterroot has been owned and operated by the Fox Family since 1971.

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Guests stay in comfortable log cabins on either side of the river which are situated for privacy and to afford magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. Meals are taken in the main lodge and particular attention is paid to the cuisine and wines served.

Trip Instruction Included

You have the option of twice weekly, video taped lessons given by a CHA certified riding instructor during normal ranch weeks. If you are interested in a more intensive instructional program there are great options during the course of the summer. Donna Snyder-Smith, one of the country's most successful Centered Riding instructors, gives a week long clinic which consists of lessons in the morning and riding out in the afternoon. Linda Tellington-Jones has been holding a week long clinic for over 20 years teaching people how to start young horses. The horses raised at the ranch have all been trained using her gentle and amazingly successful techniques. Anna Twinney comes every year to present "Reach Out To Horses" which includes Reiki certification as well as learning how to communicate effectively with horses through body language. A week at the ranch is a great way to hone the skills which make an overseas horseback riding trip more enjoyable and safer.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The Bitterroot raises and trains horses as well as having cattle. Guests can visit our purebred Arabian stallions and brood mares and play with the new born foals. The ranch Arabians are bred for their even temperament as well as their beauty and endurance. There are also many Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, Welsh Ponies and other breeds carefully chosen over the years. Every effort is made to match the rider with the most suitable horses which is so important to the enjoyment of riding. Some of the ranch horses can jump and there is a cross country course of over 80 jumps for advanced riders. Riding groups are kept small and composed according to the skill of the riders. The ranch only takes about 25 guests at a time and you will find a broad choice of happy horses.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Quarterhorse, Arabians
  • Trip Pace:
    To suit riders
  • Tack:
    Western, Endurance and English depending on expereince
  • Weight limit:
    The ranch has a limited number of horses for riders over 180 lbs.

Meeting Point

At the ranch. Transportation from the Jackson Hole airport or the Riverton Airport can be easily arranged.

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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