Wyoming is one of the largest states in the US and yet it has the smallest population. This leaves vast open spaces unspoiled by development and ideal for riding vacation. Much of the state is mountainous and over half of it is public land. It is home to Yellowstone National Park and, even more important, much of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest wild ecosystem left anywhere in the lower 48 states of America.

With this ideal setting and a broad choice of well trained horses, the Bitterroot Ranch offers one of the best horseback riding vacations in America whether you are seeking trail riding, wilderness pack trips, cattle drives or instructional clinics.  The Fox Family has owned and run the ranch since 1971. Guests can ride for miles in open country, eat wholesome food, and live in a natural way. The ranch is located at the end of 16 mile dirt road and is surrounded by the Shoshone National Forest and Wyoming Game & Fish habitat.  Riding possibilities are endless; trail rides through pine clad forests encircled by high mountain peaks lead to the quiet contemplation of nature, while the open sagebrush plains stretching to infinity offer great opportunities for spirited canters.  In keeping with old ranching traditions the Bitterroot cattle graze on an adjacent national forest allotment and guests help with checking on and moving them during the summer.  Each spring the brood mares produce a new crop of playful foals. The ranch hosts riding and horse training clinics with well-known instructors and offers weekly lessons for those who wish to improve their horsemanship skills.  Not to be overlooked are the cozy log cabin accommodations and ranch raised beef, lamb and salads.

  Peak Season

July , August, September


  Quiet Season

May, June


  Timezone in Wyoming

Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7)


  International Airports

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), Denver International Airport (DEN)


Climate in Wyoming

The climate is changeable and unpredictable due to the high altitude (7,500 ft).  The mornings and evenings can be quite cool, 40 degrees, and the days warm, 60-85 degrees.  Rainfall is about 12 inches per year and the humidity is very low, but we always recommend being prepared for rain and perhaps even snow.

  Average Temperature

85 °F » 40 °F


 

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Bitterroot Ranch

The Bitterroot ranch in Wyoming offers excellent riding for a broad range of ability levels. Everyone can enjoy varied trail rides through stunning scenery, with options for lessons weekly and cow work at certain times of year. A family... Read more

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Cattle drive in Wyoming

Bitterroot Fall Cattle Drive

The last week of September is spent gathering the Bitterroot herd before the winter arrives. This is challenging work since the cows are scattered over a 50 square mile area of aspen & pine forests and small clearings.  Groups... Read more

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Bitterroot Spring Cattle Drive

The spring drive week at the Bitterroot Ranch includes one day of pushing the herd to their grazing allotment on the adjacent National Forest, with additional opportunities for cow work during your stay. The rest of your rides are... Read more

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Centered riding clinic

Sue Falkner-March Centered Riding Clinic

Sue is a Level IV Centered Riding Instructor who studied under Sally Swift.  She teaches riding full time with students including world class endurance riders.  She is also a Connected Riding associate instructor and for 20 years has been... Read more

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Reach Out to Horses with Anna Twinney

In Anna Twinney's "Reach Out To Horses" horse communication course you will learn the language of horses and how to speak with them. Through demonstrations, lectures and exercises you will experience how all contact with your horse, your intentions,... Read more

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Cattle Range Riding Weeks

Range riding activities will include fixing fence, searching for cattle killed by grizzly bears or wolves, putting out salt with pack horses and potentially herding cattle from pasture to pasture, depending on need, in additional to the standard trail... Read more

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Pack trip in Wyoming

Wyoming Wilderness Packtrip

A pack trip in Wyoming is a unique experience as you set off into the wilderness where you will be completely self-sufficient for six days thanks to the pack horses which carry all your food and gear.  You will... Read more

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Horse Speak® All-Inclusive Retreat

Join Laura and Sharon Wilsie and Heidi Potter for an unforgettable and enriching experience at the Bitterroot Ranch. Through observation, interaction, workshops and self-awareness exercises participants will develop a skill set that leaves them with a deeper understanding of... Read more

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Of all our ranch vacations, this one offered the most variety of terrains and rides. Every day a different surprise - Wind River and Absaroka ranges, Elk range, river canyons, volcanic ash hills, cattle driving, riding lessons, yoga, fly fishing, easy hikes to great scenery between rides, very well cared for horses, healthy but hearty meals with fresh veggies and wine, immaculate rustic cabins and excellent entertaining and knowledgeable hosts, the Fox family, attending to every detail. A total escape from the business stresses! This was the best ranch vacation we have had. So we're going back again this year!

Ferguson, 2019

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