Black Leg Ranch

North Dakota

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Black Leg Ranch is a genuine Working Cattle Ranch. Here you will find the true Cowboy experience.  Meet Cowboys who have bloodlines dating back to the early 1600s and who were pioneers of the great west. 

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In this part of the USA, cowboys still roam the open range. Before the settlers moved in from the east, it was a land where Native American’s hunted bison herds of 10,000 and more.  Cattle now graze across the ranch and are part of a fattening scheme along with a  cow and calf herd.

Nowadays Black Leg Ranch is home to over 10,000 acres of buffalo wallows, the ghost town of Brittin, three abandoned farmsteads, quicksand, the old railroad built in the 1800s and Native American artefacts.

You will be able to  ride horseback down the wagon trails from the 1800’s while driving cattle.  You will find that the land hasn’t changed much since the early settlers or when Lewis and Clark’s Expedition came through in 1804. 

In the autumn, the ranch offers duck and pheasant shooting packages. On the Missouri River, they have multi day guided fishing trips to catch the local trophy Golden Walleye which can grow up to 31 inches and weigh in at 20 pounds.


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.

The ranch is located just east of the city of Bismarck. The vast North American prairies stretch as far as the eye can see on their way to the Rocky Mountains. The countryside is a rolling landscape with deep water eroded ravines yet there are wooded areas and trees, particularly near to water courses.

The ranch provide round trip transportation from Bismarck.  At the ranch there are three main Lodges. The Grand Lodge is within walking distance of the other two lodgepole cabins. There is also a large bar, private suites with their own bathrooms, washer/dryer, deck and, of course the kitchen.

The Pheasant Haven Lodge has five bedrooms, a living room, dining area, two bathrooms with showers, a work-out room, 14 beds, kitchen, washer/dryer, dishwasher, gas grill, sauna and deck. This lodge can comfortably accommodate 14 or more guests .

The smaller of the cabins is the Deer Dwelling Lodge and this has one large bedroom, a living room, dining area, one full bathroom, 4 beds, kitchen, dishwasher, gas grill, and deck. It can comfortably accommodate up to 5 guests, beds tend to be of the bunk bed style.

The horseback riding generates the most excitement. The Wranglers teach proper care of the horse and supervise while hands-on learning occurs in the corral.

Safety is the owner's top priority. They will determine the appropriate age to ride based on a child’s maturity level rather than age. To be able to ride outside of the corral and in control of their own horse, a child must demonstrate the ability to follow directions and pay attention. 

Children generally ride separate from adults but if their skill level is appropriate, they can go on the more advanced rides. If desired, adults may also accompany the children.

Adults riders who are participating in cattle drives or round ups need to be proficient riders, while western riding in the accepted style, the wranglers will be pleased to provide lessons.

Each year the ranch receives many head of  young cattle in the month of May.  These are brought in by road and kept in corrals overnight. 

The ranchers closely inspect the cattle for any sign of sickness and then prepare for the first cattle drive. From the ranch, the cattle are gathered together and driven by horseback to their first pasture for grazing.

From this point on, the herd is driven by horse every 3-4 days depending on the size of the pasture.  In-between drives the cowboys will ride through the cattle daily looking for any sign of sickness, cattle going astray or being caught up in the fencing.

In the Autumn, the ranchers round up somewhere in the region of 2000 - 3000 head of cattle, these are then transported off for further fattening over the winter.

There is a separate herd of some 500 cattle consisting of cow/calf pair which is strictly Black Angus.  During branding which is generally in the late Spring, they rope each calf individually to work them by using the traditional ways of the Cowboy.

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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 package with flights, car hire, motorhome and city hotels giving you ATOL protection

A stay at this ranch may start any day, packages are three to six nights duration and include full board accommodation, all riding and ranch activities, transfers from and return to Bismarck, local sales tax and gratuities. American Round-Up can also arrange your flights.

2021 Ranch Holiday
Season - April to September. Ranch stay Sunday to Saturday
Price for a 6 nights stay is £1520.00 per person
Child discounts are available, please ask us for details.

Deposit - 50%

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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