by Julie Bielenberg
This dude ranch is not for the wee ones; the focus is riding and cattle work. Bonanza Creek has maximum number of a dozen guests, but usually averages around eight people making this one of the smallest guest dude ranches in the nation. There are 40 guest horses on the ranch that welcome families into their lifestyle and incredible landscape, fore there is no better life than wide open Montana and the constantly changing seasons.
Guests are matched with their horses for the half-week to week-long stay and often times families want to photograph their horses after a meal in the 3,500-plus acres the horses graze. The horses make this vacation, and that’s why families choose this ranch, their herd is well suited and excited for the terrain. This is massive Montana, and there is endless riding, scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna to discover with family on horseback.
Each stay includes lodging, three meals a day, horseback riding, herding cattle, team penning, hiking, private lake fishing, wildlife watching, breakfast ride and cookout, campfires, all day rides, and wagon ride with a team of horses.
There are family members who love the ranch, but not the ride. Activity also includes fishing, hiking, massage, hot tubs, a ghost town and more than anything, a quiet morning on the ranch. Nearby are hot springs, museum, rodeo and much more in summer season.
Families can choose from one of the four log guest cabins that are all selectively located to ensure privacy amongst the trees, yet walkability to the stable. Standard in each cottage is a refrigerator, coffee pot, with stocked coffee and tea.
Our Editor Loves
- The plethora of outdoor activity
- Fishing, riding, hiking
- Intimate dude ranch
- All Inclusive Rates
- Horse Back Riding
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Onsite Dining
Everything about this place is amazing! Great views, great accommodations, lots of riding, great food and most of all great people! June and David are amazing people and they hire the best people to work on the ranch. All the animals, horses, cows, and dogs are so well taken care of, an absolute dream vacation! I will be back!
What an amazing experience!! June and David were wonderful hosts, making us feel like we were part of the family. Each day brought a new experience, with a variety of gorgeous vistas as we explored their beautiful land on horseback. We also had the chance to learn about and experience life on a cattle ranch in a first hand way. Meals were family style and included delicious hearty food as well as a pre-dinner cocktail hour with equally delicious hors d'oeuvres that gave the opportunity to mingle with fellow guests after a day in the saddle. Loved our horses - they're well taken care of and care is also taken to make sure each rider has a good match with his/her horse. Our cabin was very comfortable, with a porch looking out towards the mountains - sitting there in the rocking chair with a cup of coffee offered a great way to start the day. This was truly an authentic experience, one we're really glad we had.