Each fall brings a unique experience because this is not a scripted and “created for entertainment” week. It is a legitimate roundup that entails searching for hundreds of cattle scattered across thousands of mountanous and forested acres. We need to gather these cattle off of the summer range before winter sets in and we can guarantee that the process will be an adventure but not a preplanned experience.
Day 1 Arrive at Bitterroot Ranch in the afternoon. Meet your fellow riders for drinks and dinner. The lodge has the feel of a family reunion this evening with many guests coming year after year to participate in the annual roundup experience.
Day 2 Start the day with an orientation and evaluation of riders before enjoying a morning trail ride. In the afternoon guests are encouraged to participate in team sorting in the arena. This helps riders to become familiar with some of the techniques used in cattle work.
Day 3 Mount up with a picnic lunch and set off into the national forest in search of cows. Castle Rock will be towering above all day. Far across the valley riders will see the perpetually snow-capped Wind River Mountains forming the Continental Divide.
Day 4 Head up to Alkali Basin and spend the day searching for cows that could be hidden in the high mountain meadows or aspen and pine forests of this lovely area.
Day 5 Back ride once again in search of missing cows. We will now be looking for fresh tracks in areas covered earlier in the week.
Day 6 Ride into the East Fork Basin. The terrain is comprised of wide, grass covered valleys along the river as well as forests hiding many large and small clearings which must be checked.
Day 7 Riders will head out to try to find any missing cows.
Day 8 Depart after breakfast or stay on for the morning to help gather, load and ship the cows.