Horseback Riding

Montana Horsemanship and Horseback Riding


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Experience horseback riding during your Ranch vacation

The Ranch at Rock Creek’s herd of 73 beautiful horses await you. Part of the experience of our Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star luxury guest ranch is having everything for exceptional horseback riding at your fingertips as part of a privately guided activity, available once per your stay.

Our program includes other customizable options, like arena lessons, roping and an obstacle course for younger guests. With wranglers at the ready to guide you through this essential ranch vacation experience, you can improve your skills as you see Western Montana between the ears.

  • Twice-daily on-ranch adventures are included in your stay

  • 73 horses – horses selected based on rider ability

  • Safety is our top priority

  • Must be 8 years old to trail ride; arena lessons are available for ages 4-7 in lieu of a trail ride

  • Diverse trail system and open land

  • 1-2 hour trail rides

  • 3-4 hour advanced trail rides

  • 60-minute arena riding lessons

  • Tack and gear provided, although we recommend bringing hats and boots if possible

  • Small group sizes with 1:5 wrangler to guest ratio

  • Obstacle course designed for riders age 4-8, or beginning riders of any age

Horse Experiences

With 6,600 acres to explore and miles of trails, there are always new adventures for all riding levels. Flat creekside trails are best for beginners while treks to peaks and rolling pine trails are enjoyed by intermediate to advanced riders. After you get fitted with boots and a hat, our wranglers ensure you are comfortable on a horse that matches your experience level. They give a basic lesson on natural horsemanship skills, horse tendencies and rider safety. Our small group size ensures we are not a nose-to-tail property. There are opportunities for trotting and loping on all trails, contingent on rider ability and comfort level. Longer half and full-day rides are offered for intermediate and advanced riders when scheduled in advance.

Enhance your riding acumen with one-hour arena riding lessons. Arena lessons are suited to children and adults at all riding levels. Riders of all disciplines can benefit from a personalized learning experience at The Ranch. Lessons are a great opportunity for beginner riders to gain confidence or for intermediate riders to discover new techniques. Arena games are created at the discretion of the wrangler to best suit the ability and comfort of the riders. Complete an obstacle course, learn how to barrel race or how to pole bend. Try a Horsemanship 101 session in the round pen, learning ground exercises that develop trust with horses. During the summer, you can see how the pros do it during our weekly rodeo.

Roping lessons are available to guests of all ages. Guests will first learn the basics of building a loop and practice roping a dummy-steer. Roping is also available during special events and lawn games, as well as during the Ranch Rodeo.

Our obstacle course was made with younger guests, aged four to eight, in mind, (although guests of all ages are welcome to try it). Guests can work on their skills through a fun thought-provoking obstacle course along Rock Creek. Riders will improve their abilities and confidence by making their way through steps, bridges, mazes and other obstacles under the instruction of our experienced wranglers.

Wisdom from the Wild

From Our Activities Concierge

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“If you like to ride, the selection of horses are there. The trails and the scenery are magnificent. ”
Gary L

TripAdvisor, September 2020

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“My most favorite experience probably was the horseback riding. My complete love of the ranch was made when I set foot in the barn and near the paddock. ”

TripAdvisor, May 2021

The best souvenir is a great story.

Twice-daily activities are included in your stay. Our all-inclusive rate structure ensures that visits to The Ranch are memorable for their adventures and amenities, not their logistical challenges.

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