Wyoming ~ The Bitterroot Ranch
The Bitterroot Ranch in north west Wyoming lies in a remote valley between the Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges. Bordering miles of untouched National forest it is the ideal place for those who want to experience the dramatic, breathtaking scenery of the west, with the reassurance of a good horse and exhilarating riding. Sage covered hills and grassy meadows, rocky gorges hiding trout filled rivers, craggy mountains and thick forest where moose, elk and grizzly bear freely roam - spectacular, unlimited riding country. The Bitterroot is both a guest ranch and a working cattle ranch and on most weeks you can try your hand at cattle work, rounding up and sorting cattle or at certain times, moving them to seasonal grazing. Camping trips in the hills are another option and there is also wonderful fishing in the ranch's rivers, ponds and neighbouring streams. Each night your base is a comfortable log cabin where you'll sleep deeply, refreshed and invigorated by the mountain air and soothed by the gentle sound of the rushing Wind River. The Fox family, who own the ranch, breed and train their own Arab horses and The Bitterroot has been granted British Horse Society approval - it was the first and is one of very few ranches in the States to get this.
The Bitterroot is open from late May to end September (24th May to 1st October in 2020) and stays are for 7 nights, Sunday to Sunday, with daily riding except on Sundays. Cattle are usually moved to summer grazing allotments in late June / July and there is an autumn cattle round-up in the last week of September each year. There are also special Yoga and Riding retreats and on some weeks, a Cattle Range Rider programme which includes 3 longer riding days helping check fences, round up stray cattle and other ranch monitoring tasks. Please contact us to check availability.
Riding: 3 - 6 hours a day (flexible).
Horses: Arab cross, Quarterhorse cross.
Pace: varied to suit riders, up to moderate/fast; slow on Wilderness rides due to terrain
Riding ability: all standards from novice to experienced riders.
Weight limit: 91kg (14st 4 lbs).
Accommodation: comfortable log cabins.
Group size: the ranch can host 32 guests, but riding is in small groups according to ability and the maximum riding group size is about 8.
Season: May to September
Horses: The horses are Arabs, Arab / Quarterhorse crosses and local ranch bred horses of mixed blood. Many are home bred. There are about 190 on the ranch in all, including foals, yearlings and youngsters, and with over 100 riding horses, there is a wonderful selection for novice to advanced riders. The horses are of a kind, sensible temperament and are fit, forward going and responsive to ride. Guests are normally allocated three horses to ride during a week's stay which means the horses are always fresh, enthusiastic and well rested and riders have the challenge and variety of trying several different mounts.
Hours: Flexible but you will generally ride for about 3 to 6 hours a day, riding out from the ranch base in the mornings and afternoons.
Pace and experience required: There is a large selection of different horses and riding can be tailored to suit different abilities from novice to advanced rider. This is a good ranch choice for experienced riders with over 100 horses and chances for faster riding on good terrain.
Accommodation at the ranch is in comfortable log cabins each with private bathroom with shower, bath and loo. The cabins are built along the banks of a clear mountain stream, are well situated and well separated to ensure maximum seclusion. All have mountain views and a wooden veranda outside with chairs to relax on. Evenings at the ranch are in the main lodge building where meals are also eaten. There is a large dining room, a sitting area with comfortable sofas and chairs set around a large open fireplace, a small library area and small games room with pool table. The atmosphere is low key, informal and relaxed with evenings for chatting around the fire, reading and enjoying the peace and outside space.
Prices (all rates include a compulsory 10% gratuity)
Cattle Range Rider Programme (7 nights) - USD 3025 per person
Ranch stays - Sunday to Sunday, 24th May to 1st October
|Itinerary in brief|
|Day 1||Transfer to The Bitterroot Ranch. Settle in before dinner and the night at the ranch.|
||Six full days to explore the wonderful riding country surrounding the ranch, usually riding out for 3 hours in the morning and 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon. Rolling sagebrush hills and open grassy meadows allow long canters if you wish and cattle work is an option. Each night in a comfortable cabin at the ranch or join a pack trip camping for a night high in the National Forest (extra charge).|
||Breakfast and depart. In late September cattle are moved down from the hills and you can join the autumn cattle round up.|
|Contact us at email@example.com or on tel (+44) (0)1837-82544 / 825440 for further information, detailed itineraries, dates and answers to questions.|
The nearest airports to the ranch are Jackson Hole and Riverton (both about 100 miles / 2 1/2 hour drive from the ranch). The ranch is an easy drive if you have a hire car or we can arrange for you to be collected from and returned to either for an extra charge. There are several flight options - both United and Delta Airlines fly to Jackson via several US hub airports (eg Denver, Dallas Fort Worth, Seattle, Chicago). For flights from London budget around £800 to £1300 Economy return depending on season and availability.