Cattle Drives at Bitterroot Ranch
The Bitterroot cattle graze in the adjacent Shoshone National Forest from July to October. Guests at the ranch who ride well enough can help with the challenging work of herding the cows into the mountains the first week of July and rounding them up again the last week of September enjoying a true cattle drive experience. Our cattle are spread out over 50 square miles of high mountains, forests, clearings and river valleys so that riders are often off the beaten path in country where encounters with wild game like elk, deer, moose, wolves and grizzly bear are possible.
During both weeks of our cattle drives, guests will return to their Bitterroot Ranch log cabins each night and have dinner and breakfast in the main lodge. Most days lunches will be on the trail during the roundup. Riders on our cattle drives participate in the routine of a working cowboy gathering scattered herds, driving them to and from summer pasture, and sorting animals. Cattle work is varied and unpredictable and requires long hours in the saddle. Please note that weather, unexpected movements of cattle or Forest Service instruction could change our plans.
Summer Cattle Drive in July
The cows and calves are moved into the forest July 1. It will be necessary to check up on them and perhaps move them higher into the mountain meadows later on in the week.
Fall Cattle Roundup in September
Day 1 Arrive at Bitterroot Ranch in the afternoon. Meet your fellow riders. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Start the day with orientation and an 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 snowcapped 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.
|Meeting Point||Riverton or Jackson|
|Trip Length||8 days - 7 nights - 6 days riding|
|Vacation Price||$2,225 per person based on double
An 18% Service Charge will be added to your bill to cover all taxes and gratuities. 3% discount for checks.
|Transfer Charge||Airport transfers additional, please call for information.|
|Dates||September 24- October 1, 2013|
|Riding Per Day||6 - 7 hours|
|Pace||Mostly Slow, Sometimes Challenging|
|Horses||Arab, Local Ranch Bred|