Bitterroot is located near Dubois, a short distance from Jackson Hole and Yellowstone Park. Anyone looking for a challenging week's riding, will be right at home here in some truly stunning countryside.
This ranch offers a number of excellent activities. Riding is the primary reason for visiting and the better the rider, the more you will enjoy your stay. The location is in a remote valley bordering the Shoshone National Forest; 50 miles of unspoiled, mountainous wilderness that separates the ranch from Yellowstone Park.
Authentic Western style log cabins provide your accommodation, these have been modernized over the years; all cabins have electric heat, some have wood burning stoves, all have showers or bathtubs.
Gourmet meals await you with much of the produce grown on the ranch, animal and vegetable.
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.
This is a well established ranch located in an area of true rugged beauty. As mentioned, riding is top of the list of things to do here but your stay will be in comfortable self contained cabins, high quality meals are served in the lodge.
In the first few weeks of the season there are a number of popular Horse Clinics starting around 1st June.
Come the end of September, the cattle herd that the ranch also run has to be collected up and brought off the mountains for the winter.
During August, you could also participate in their Washakie Wilderness pack Trip, a 7 night trip starting in Jackson or Riverton and finishing back at the ranch. A slower affair with all your kit on horseback..
Some of the best riding in the Western States is to be found at this property. The ranch breed many of their own stiock and you will find both Western and English riding styles here.
The Bitterroot Ranch offer a broad range of riding activities which includes riding lessons with certified instructors for those of an intermediate level, a cross country jumping course for experienced riders, team sorting, herding cows on the grazing allotment in the national forest, cattle drives, round-ups and pack trips.
Trail rides include cantering on open plains, winding through pine and aspen forests, clambering up rocky gorges and crossing the rushing streams that pour out of the mountains.
The main cattle round-up is from 24th September. Throughout the summer, there may be the opportunity to ride on the herd, check they are in good condition or move them to new grazing.
Please note hard hats are compulsory at this ranch when riding and the maximum weight is 200 lbs or 14.2 stones.
There is much less pressure on the streams around the ranch than at Jackson Hole or almost anywhere in Montana, Colorado and Idaho. The East Fork of the Wind River runs through the Bitterroot Ranch for over a mile and holds many cutthroat trout between 8 and 14 inches although they have been caught up to 20.
Hiking is sometime the reason why non-riders come to Bitterroot, there are a number of superb trails leading away from the ranch or within a few miles drive that will offer a whole days walking in the surrounding hills.
There are four Horse and Riding Clincs during the season, these are :
Sue Falkner-March - Centered Riding Clinic: May 28- June 4
Anna Twinney - Reach Out to Horses Clinic: June 4 – 11
TTEAM - Clinic for horses with Robin Hood: June 11 - 18
Heidi Potter - Natural Horsemanship ; July 30 - Aug 6
Cost for these week are between £1770pp and £2269pp double occupancy
All prices are per person unless otherwise specified. Please contact us to confirm the rates - 01798 865946.
We can tailor-make your holiday with flights, car hire, motorhome and city hotels.
Prices are for a seven night stay from Sunday to sunday and include full board accommodation, all the riding and assorted on ranch activities, sales taxes and gratuities:
2017 Ranch Holidays The main season runs from 28 May to 01 October
Prices from £2199pp based on double occupancy
Children aged 4-15 years receive a 25% discount. This ranch charges a single supplement of £264. Please note the ranch no longer offer a transfer from Jackson Hole. They advise you to either take a taxi or, if possible, hire a car and drive to the ranch which is a great journey of about 2 hours.
Please let us know your preferred departure dates and number of people travelling and we will send a quotation to you.
Tell Us What You Think
Many thanks for a wonderful week. I had underestimated how the difference in style between western and English would affect me physically, however the team at Bitteroot were very supportive. Be prepared for 6 hours of riding daily and the toll that that might take. The food was superb and the accommodation clean, warm and comfortable. The hosts are warm and approachable and rightly make their own judgement of your riding ability which will categorise the type of riding done. The scenery is breathtaking with some quite vertiginous ascents and descents! The lessons provided are part of the trip and I would recommend them - particularly if, like me, you are unfamiliar with western riding. We saw a moose, plenty of red tailed hawks, deer and a coyote! I can recommend a stay here but my view would be that if you are not a confident or seasoned rider you are better to go for a less demanding ranch; however if you ride daily or have your own horse - go for it!