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Welcome to the Bitterroot online magazine. From discounts and recent press to ranch videos and recipes and from tales about the first days of the ranch to helpful riding tips you will find all sorts of information in these pages. We hope this is a great resource as you decide were to go on a horse riding vacation or as you reminisce about your past experiences at the ranch. If you would like to share a story, images or a video from your visit we would love to hear from you. Happy trails!

Help us get the 2017 season off to a great start at a special discounted price! Come to the mountains of Wyoming and enjoy the blue skies, fresh air and wide open spaces. It should be a great time to see the wildlife with large herds of elk around the ranch as well as possible…

As an introduction, I thought it would be appropriate to include the credo of the Royal Flyfishing shop in Bavaria, whose owners recently visited the Bitterroot Ranch on a fishing holiday. I have translated it from the German as faithfully as possible, always trying to maintain the true spirit of Eva Geigl’s account, though I…

Sorry! Fully Booked… August 21st, 2017 is solar eclipse day and the ranch is in an ideal spot to view the full eclipse for as long as possible. Spaces are filling quickly so make a reservation now if you want to be in a prime and beautiful location to view the first eclipse visible from the…

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recognizes the great value of the East Fork of the Wind River as a native cutthroat fishery and asked Bayard and Richard to help bring to life the water that flows through the Bitterroot Ranch. It gives a feel for some of the great scenery and variety of fishing…

The incredible Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming is one of our favorite places. We caught up with Richard Fox, son of Bayard Fox who has operated Bitterroot since 1971, to get his take on the life of a rancher in the 21st century. How did you come to be a rancher in Wyoming? To be honest,…

We are excited to offer a combined Yoga and riding retreat for the third time at the ranch the week of August 27 – September 3, 2017. Both disciplines enhance body awareness and flexibility and the symbiosis between the two provides a great holistic experience. Regardless of whether you come to the retreat with more Yoga…

Bayard, founder of Equitours and Bitterroot Ranch, has ridden horses all his life and now runs a variety of unique riding adventure holidays, everywhere from Kenya to Mongolia via Wyoming From my ranch in Wyoming I can see a range of mountains, towering more than 13,000 feet into the sky. No other human dwelling in…

In the summer of 2014 a German TV crew visited the Bitterroot Ranch with TV star Ingo Zamperoni for our annual cattle drive into the Wyoming mountains. Warning, the show is in German but even if you don’t speak the language the footage is still entertaining. Watch all three clips below to view the full…

The snow is starting to melt at the ranch and we are getting excited for the coming season. The summer crew will arrive in a week and on the 25th of May the first guests arrive! There is always much to be done at this time of year. We have started to move the cattle…

The Bitterroot Ranch is described as “Dude Ranch Extraordinaire” in 1,000 Places to See before You Die by Patricia Schultz “In the embrace of a remote valley surrounded by the Shoshone National Forest and a 52,000 acre-game and fish wildlife refuge, Mel and Bayard Fox operate this 1,300 acre horse ranch, breeding and training their Arabian…

We hope you enjoy this video slideshow of scenes from the Ranch (1 min 49 sec).

View this short film (4 min) created at the ranch by “Around the World on Horseback”.

Tom Seay brought his team to the Bitterroot to shoot a segment (9 min) for his television show Best of America on Horseback. Enjoy a portion of that show here:

Watch the video A Man Again (13 min) with hostess Jelynne Jardiniano featuring highlights of her 2010 visit to Bitterroot Ranch.

A city slicker finds the perfect vacation at, yes, a dude ranch. After 10 slow miles on a bumpy dirt road with no other person or dwelling in sight, it crossed my mind that maybe the owners of Bitterroot Ranch didn’t really want to be found. There were no signs anywhere, no encouragement that we…

Cowboy junkies: saddling up in Wyoming Michael Kallenbach saddles up and heads for the wide-open spaces of Wyoming I am in the heart of America’s Marlboro Country, taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery and getting the chance to see it from a different horse each day. If only I owned a cowboy hat,…

The last two cows and their calves finally came home a month after we first started gathering. The weather continued fairly warm through most of October and missing cows trickled out of the forest. We also tried long horse and 4 wheeler rides outside our permit area and found a few. The end count was…

Synchronized calving is a defense mechanism for prey species, such as the wildebeest in East Africa. The peak calving time for elk here is Memorial Day week-end. The ranch is lucky enough to be surrounded by elk calving grounds, which makes for fascinating rides during this time. We frequently come across new born babies and…

Here is a video posted by Kathleen McConkey, a much beloved former wrangler at the ranch.

Winter arrived all of a sudden last week after a long, glorious Indian summer, which was much appreciated by participants in the cattle roundup. We had quite an international crew (Australia, England, Scotland and France) as well as our core of trusty cowhands who keep coming back. The wolves made the gather more difficult by…