Dryhead Ranch


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This is an authentic Working Ranch running cattle and quarter horses on the northern Wyoming and southern Montana border. Just south of Billings and close to the slopes of the Pryor Mountains.

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The Dryhead Ranch is located on the Crow Indian Reservation and here you will find one of the largest historic buffalo jumps in the USA.

There are ranching activities from April through to November starting with the early horse gathers after the winter. These weeks are for more experienced riders who don't mind long riding days and some cool temperatures.

The cattle drives are in the Spring and Autumn, these mother and calf pairs will spend the summer months on native grassland. In September - October time, the herd is collected up again and moved to winter grazing areas.

During the summer months there are ranch weeks when you will spend more time riding on the herd to check they are in good order or to assist the Wranglers with the various chores around the property.

The horse herd is finally ready for the winter round up by early November.

We have first-hand knowledge from our many ranch visits, so please contact us with any questions or for a ranch holiday to suit you.

Like all ranches, the Dryhead offers a weekly programme of riding and ranch activities on a full board basis.

There are two choices for lodging, the first of which are two cabins with private facilities. These western style buildings offer comfort for the weary cowboy guest. On the wall there are ranch pictures from days gone by and the porch is a good place to unwind from a great day's riding and moving cattle.

These cabins are an additional charge of about £200.00 for a couple and there is a single supplement of £120.00

Alternatively you could stay in one of the comfortable bunkhouse rooms and step back into the cowboy days on a real working ranch. They have blended old and new in a western way by leaving the old log look and mixing it with hot water, heat, and electricity. The rooms have double or twin double beds to accommodate familes or groups.

All accommodation is at the ranch, Dryhead do not offer an overnight camping option as part of their programme. The main Lodge building is also the dining area and there are comfy sofa on which you can relax after a busy day. The Lodge also has Wi-Fi if you need to keep in touch.

As the ranch runs over Federal Native Land, no alcohol is permitted on the property please.

Given the terrain over which The Dryhead operates and the cattle and horse activities that they offer, the better the rider you are, the more you will enjoy the experience.

Intermediate to advanced riders tend to choose this ranch as the nature of horse and cattle work means you will have to ride at all speeds and you may find yourself out for up to 8 hours a day, possibly more if the weather has made the operation difficult.


There are numerous cattle drives in the Spring starting at the end of April, then from mid Sepember there are five more weeks to bring the cattle back for the winter. For 2017, 4th September to 1st October and 23rd to 29th October as well.

2017 CATTLE DRIVES  AND WEANING WEEKS     -  from £1748pp plus flights
April 23-29,2017; April 30-May 6; May 7-13;  May 14-20  Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures

Sept  3-9, 2017 ; Sept 10-16  Fall gathering, working out strays, 900 mother cows to find and process – riding the neighbors pastures in the mountains and mountain pastures – returning strays to neighbours.                                                                                                                                     

Sept 17-23, 2017    Gather and wean.  Pregnancy Test cows.
Sept 24-30, 2017    Gather and wean Matt’s cattle. 
Oct 22-28, 2017      Heifer Drive to Wyoming.

A working cattle and horse ranch week may include branding, vaccinating, roping, mini-veterinary needs, holding herds, salting, fencing, rotating pastures, bull gathering, weaning calves, pregnancy testing cows and heifers, weaning colts, working mare bands, occasional horse drives and riding through the neighbours' pastures looking for strays. These 2016 weeks start on 22nd May and run through to 15th October.

The horse drives are, more or less, the first and last of the ranch activities, the first one in mid April and the last one in early November. Not for the faint-hearted but what a wonderful experience ! 2016 dates 16th October & 30th October.

April  9-15, 2017 , Horse Drive from Wyoming winter pastures to Montana ranch.
April 14-15, 2017,  Real Ranch Horse Sale – Billings Montana
May 28- June 3, 2017,  Gathering mares and  adding stallions for the breeding season.
October  15-21, 2017,  Registration of weanling colts, taking the studs out of the mare bands, putting mares out for the winter.                             
October 29-Nov 4, 2017,  Horse Roundup and drive to Wyoming.

May 21-27, 2017                       Branding, doctoring calves, gathering into corrals to brand. 
May 28-June 3, 2017               Gathering mares and putting the stallions with them in mare bands
June 4-10, 2017                       Branding calves returning cows to mountain pastures.   
June 11-17, 2017                     Finish up branding and take cows to pastures.
June 18-24, 2017                     Checking horses and cattle on entire 33,000 acres of our ranch country.
June 25-July 1, 2017               Trailling cows to summer pasture.   
July 2-8, 2017                            Open Week                                                  
July 9-15, 2017                          Checking cows on mountain pastures, doctoring heifers.
July 16-22, 2017                        Checking cows on mountain pastures, doctoring heifers.                              
July 23-29, 2017                       Checking cows on mountain pastures, doctoring heifers.    
July 30-Aug 5, 2017                  Checking cows on mountain pastures, doctoring heifers.
August 6-12, 2017                    Rotating cows to summer pasture, Riding for heifers.
August 13-19, 2017                  Checking cows out on mountain. Riding for heifers
August 20-26, 2017                  Gather  heifers. Pregnancy testing Heifers.
August 27-Sept 2, 2017           Checking cows on the mountain.    

FALL GATHERING WEEKS                                                          
Sept 3-9, 2017                        Prior to actual weaning time, lots of riding and gathering, returning strays.
Sept 10-16, 2017                    Moving cows from the back side of Little Mountain.  Sort off strays.
October 1-7, 2017                  Returning cows to mountain pastures. Finding any cow/calf pairs we missed.
October 8-14, 2017                Riding on cows. Finding any cow/calf pairs we missed.

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All prices are per person unless otherwise specified. Please contact us to confirm the rates - 01798 865946.

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We can tailor-make your holiday with flights, car hire, motorhome and city hotels. All weeks at The Dryhead are of six nights duration from Sunday to Saturday. Prices include full board bunkhouse accommodation, all riding and ranch activities, taxes and gratuities


2018 Ranch Holidays - All weeks are priced from £1748 pp includes gratuity and tax. Season :  8 April - 27 Octber 2018 : Transfers from Billings can be arranged for $100 return per person - paid locally. Deposit - £320 pp

Please let us know your preferred departure dates and number of people travelling and we will send a quotation to you.

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