The Bitterroot Ranch has been a working dude ranch, owned and operated by the Fox Family, since 1971. It is located in a remote valley bordering the Shoshone National Forest, enabling us to explore a wide variety of terrain on horseback. The main focus of the ranch is to provide guests with a top quality riding experience. We maintain 135 horses under saddle for up to 28 guests which ensures they are fit, fresh and well matched to their riders. Many are fine Arabian horses raised and trained on the ranch.
A week at the Bitterroot includes 6 full days of riding. After a short initial evaluation, guests enjoy a 2-3 hour ride each morning and afternoon with an optional picnic ride at the end of the week exploring the high mountain meadows. We offer lessons with certified instructors at beginner and intermediate levels and every week there is a team sorting competition. Our cattle graze in the National Forest during the summer and it is often necessary to move them from one area to another. Guests can also help to drive and gather them in the spring and fall. For those who wish to venture further into the wilderness there are 2-3 day as well as week-long pack trips.
We have been hosting TEAM, centered riding and Natural horsemanship clinics with nationally recognized instructors for many years. The Fox Family also owns and operates Equitours International Riding Vacations, which gives the ranch a strong international flavor.
Accommodations are in private log cabins and guests meet in the main lodge for meals. The cabins have their own bathrooms and electric heat and some also have wood stoves. The lodge has an extensive library, sitting rooms, terrace, a pool table, piano, bar and a large fireplace. We have an international clientele and pay considerable attention to the food and wine served. Salads and many fresh vegetables come from our kitchen garden. The low cholesterol beef from our naturally raised Scottish Highland Cows is delicious as is the lamb from our Navajo Churro sheep.
While riding is the main focus at our ranch, we also have excellent trout fishing both in our private water and in nearby streams and lakes where the fishing pressure is comparatively low. There are superb places for hiking and many trails both in the Absaroka Mountains and in the Wind River Mountains. In July and August there are weekly rodeos and square dances in Dubois. Yellowstone Park is nearby and can be visited in a day from the ranch. Many guests and their children enjoy interacting with our friendly crop of young foals of the year.
Adult Rate $1,780 – $2,225
Child Rate $1,335 – $1,668
Payment Methods Personal check, wire transfer, Visa, MasterCard or Discover