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Bitterroot RanchWyoming, USA

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  • Call: 307-455-2778
  • Owner: Bayard, Mel, Richard and Hadley Fox
  • Nightly rate: $250-$320
  • Capacity: 30
  • Open: May-Sep

Owned and run for 40 years by the Fox Family who also started Equitours International Riding Vacations, Bitterroot Ranch is the place for those who are serious about riding. Whether taking lessons in the arena or out on the trail we place an emphasis on improving riding skills. The top quality horse program includes breeding and training and there are mounts suitable for all levels of riders. Rides are kept small and are separated according to ability. Tack is carefully fitted to both horse and rider and, for those who prefer, there are English and endurance saddles available.

The Bitterroot is situated in a remote mountain valley which offers an incredible variety of terrain; sagebrush plains and rocky gorges give way to pine clad forests and Alpine meadows. We are surrounded by public lands and can ride for miles in any direction without seeing another soul. In the spring the elk are calving on the adjacent Game and Fish land. Our proximity to the Shoshone National Forest enables us to leave on scenic overnight pack trips into the largest wild ecosystem in the lower 48 right from the ranch.

This is also a working ranch and our cattle herd grazes on our allotment in the forest for the summer. Guests do all the cattle work – there is no ranch crew! This entails moving cows around on the allotment, checking for wolf and grizzly kills and an annual cattle drive and roundup. For those with non-riding partners there are wonderful trout fishing opportunities. A private stream runs through the ranch and there are numerous other rivers and lakes a short drive away.

There is always an interesting mix of guests at the ranch, which leads to lively conversations at meal times and the cocktail hour. Your hosts come from eclectic backgrounds: Bayard had a first career with the CIA, Mel is from a British colonial background in East Africa and Richard (who grew up on the ranch) met Hadley while guiding her on a riding safari in Kenya.