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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!

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…

More wildlife conflicts here at the ranch, which is sad and a sign of stress, due to the prolonged drought and exceptionally long, cold winter. A grizzly came to the garbage outside our house one night; we were alerted by the dogs barking and could see it in the moonlight, trying to find something edible….

It has been a long, cold winter in Wyoming and we haven’t seen the last of it yet. The good thing about this is that there has been more snow than we have had for years, which will bring back the wild flowers this spring. One heavy snowstorm came with a strong wind which resulted…

Actress Imogen Stubbs conquers her fear of horses and is revived by the outdoor life and wild landscape on a working ranch in Wyoming. I have always had a crippling fear of horses. I could not come within 50 yards of one without a mixture of terror and Patti Smith pounding through my head: “Horses…

It has been very quiet around the ranch over the past few months. There are just the two of us here now, weathering winter with the farm animals, the young horses and some mares. Most of the riding horses and all the cattle are at our lower place near Riverton. We have had very little…

The summer season has gone well with many appreciative guests who make us feel all our hard work is worth it. After a comparatively wet and cool spring we jumped to the hottest July and August on record since 1972. Plenty of water in our river and smaller creeks have helped us keep our irrigated…

This article was written after a visit to the Bitterroot Ranch in June 2003. We really think it captures the essence of the ranch from the perspective of a visitor. Written by Kit Houghton for Horse and Rider. Always wanted to get away from it all- with horses? Kit Houghton found a ranch in Wyoming…