News & Media

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!

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…

We have had a trying time with predators over the past few weeks. A bobcat killed two sheep and since they were beginning to lamb we decided to send them and the llamas down to join the cows on our farm near Riverton. It then moved onto the poultry and made its way through various…

The latest arrivals at the Bitterroot include a small herd of Navajo-Churro sheep. They have quite strong characters and terrified the poor llamas when they first arrived. They were used to a guard llama and were bound and determined to attach themselves to our resident pair, who wanted nothing to do with them and were…

After a very long two weeks we have finally been able to ship our cattle to the lower ranch and the calves to market, but not before the loaded trucks had to be hauled out of the mud with a grader! The first part of roundup week was positively balmy, which made riding a pleasure,…

RFD TV has just aired a film produced by Best of America by Horseback featuring the Bitterroot cattle drive into the National Forest last July. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to this magnificent country and that people realize we are caring custodians of it. This year we will be going all the…