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Type
Stationary and progressive trail rides
Comfort
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level
You must be able to walk and trot
Highlights

Stay in a family ranch where Nicholas Evans, author of the famous novel "Horse Whisperer" stayed to be inspired and write his bestseller.

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A horseback riding holiday in a real Montana guest ranch family. This is an authentic fifth generation working cattle ranch resting in the Clarks Fork Valley, between the Pryor Mountains and the Beartooth Mountains. From the rustic lodge you can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, watch white tail and mule deer, an occasional elk, mountain sheep or moose, the howl of the coyotes and the fleeting sight of the red fox. You are invited to participate in the day to day activities of this working ranch and family, with plenty of riding to fill each of your days. And after the work is done, there is always time to have a little fun! Ask Nicholas Evans, author of the "Horse Whisperer". Mr. Evans stayed at the ranch while doing the research for his best selling novel turned motion picture. The Lonesome Spur was the original model for Tom Booker's grandparents' homestead, looking out over the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. "From its crest you could see the river curving around like a castle moat and in the distance the snowy peaks of the Pryor and Beartooth Mountains."
Guests are invited to join the wranglers on daily checking the cattle, water holes and fences and the condition of the grass on the range. The summer and fall ranges consist of approximately 30,000 acres and the home ranch is approximately 1,200 acres. In addition to the everyday ranching activities, our guests are also given the opportunity to participate in exciting horseback activities such as team penning, cutting, sorting, team roping and fun games.

Itinerary
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HORSE RIDING HOLIDAY USA - MONTANA

INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

We usually have cattle work happening May, June, September, and October Only. This happens when the cattle need to be worked (ie. gathered, sorted, branded, and cattle drives to new grazing, etc.) and guests are encouraged to get involved. For the safety of both the guests and the horses, this activity is very much weather dependent and is totally at the discretion of the ranch.
Rides usually start around 9 AM and return to the ranch at about 3 PM.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival. After arriving at ranch between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, we have the ranch orientation meeting and sign riding liability forms. We have a horse safety talk and saddles will be fitted for each of our guests. Tonight we visit one of our local western bars. A set supper menu is provided by the ranch (around 6pm) and guests can enjoy buying local beer and other alcoholic drinks at the bar. This is also our night where our wranglers challenge our guests to a game of pool and play western music. 

image 1423Day 2 (Monday): First Full Day Ride. After breakfast we will select a suitable mount for our guests and have a day ride, enjoying a packed lunch with the horses and scenery. Roping lessons take place before supper at the ranch. Please ask if you would like to try this activity.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Ride in Pryor Mountains.image 1424 After breakfast, we saddle our horses and trailer them to the Pryor Mountains for an all-day ride to our overnight camp. Our guests have a bathroom with hot shower to use if they would like to after the days ride. We sleep in shared tented accommodations or out under the stars if you prefer. We supply guests with sleeping bags and sleeping pads. Supper is served round the campfire and our wranglers love to cook up s’mores and tell campfire stories after supper!

Day 4 (Wednesday): Cattle Work. We wake up to the wonderful views of the Pryor mountains and the smell of cowboy coffee! Another fantastic day of riding in the Pryor’s whether it’s moving, checking cattle, or watching out for the local wildlife! We will arrival back at the ranch in late afternoon. On our way home we may stop at Chief Plenty Coops Museum.

Day 5 (Thursday): Ride to Indian Pictographs and Weatherman draw
After breakfast we head out on another day ride in a different area, this time to cottonwood to see the Indian Pictographs and the famous Weatherman draw. After an early supper we head off to Bear Creek, home to the Bear Creek Saloon Pig Races. These unique races feature pigs racing the track starting at 7:00pm. Our guests have the opportunity to visit this unique entertainment once weekly on Thursday night—it’s a whole lot of fun!

image 1421Day 6 (Friday ): Riding Games & Sightseeing. After Breakfast we have fun and games in theimage 1425 arena: the weekly challenge of barrel racing, pole bending, and who can pen the steers the fastest! After a quick lunch at the ranch, we set off for shopping and sightseeing in Cody.*
In the summer months we also visit the famous Cody Nite Rodeo from the 1st of June through 31st of August. We usually depart from the ranch mid-afternoon and return after the rodeo around 11:30pm. Located at Stampede Park in Cody, this is fun entertainment for the whole family. Offering the full range of rodeo events, bareback, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and of course the fan favorite of bull riding. For the kids, there is also the calf scramble, which is one of the highlights of the night. Doors open at 7:00pm with the rodeo starting at 8:00pm. Rodeo tickets are $20.00 per person.
Another option on our Cody excursion is to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, which has 5 museums under one roof. The Buffalo Bill Museum celebrates the life and legend of Buffalo Bill himself. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art displays art from the western lifestyle. The Native American culture, art, and heritage are all celebrated in the Plains Indian Museum. The last two areas of the museum are the Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Museum of Natural History, which displays the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and their interactions with humans and nature.image 1420
We can also make dinner reservations at the World Famous Historic Buffalo Bill Cody’s Irma Hotel at our guest’s request. Irma’s Buffalo Bill Cody Restaurant and Saloon is home to cowboys and cowgirls wanting a great meal with great atmosphere. Offering their famous roast beef or a full buffet dinner, the Irma is a stop well worth it. If you’re not interested in eating, slide into the Silver Saddle Saloon and have a drink while enjoying the ambience. If it’s action you want, enjoy the gunfight that takes place outside the front of the Irma at 6:00pm. This is a stop you won’t regret!
*Please note that May, September, and October we take our guests to the Historic Custer Battlefield and Museum instead of Cody.

Day 7 (Saturday): Departure. Depart after breakfast.

The timing of all rides may vary depending on weather conditions and temperatures and may depart either with an early morning start or later in the evening when the temperatures are more suitable for the safety of our guests and horses. We also need to make aware that it is the ranch owner’s decision when to make changes to a ride. If ground conditions are dangerous for the guests and horses, rides may be canceled. 

May - June:
Riding on the Open range, check the cattle on the pastures and help doing some branding and gathering of cattle but this activity is dependent on weather permitting – we cannot brand or gather in wet weather please be aware of this.

June - August:
Cody Nite rodeo starts June 1st through the end of August. Our guests get the opportunity to go once a week to see the rodeo or explore the historic town of Cody- founded by the famous Buffalo Bill!
We also have 100,000 acres of various landscapes to ride in both mountain and high desert trial rides. The home ranch is approximately 400 acres so we will be trailering guests and horses to some of our riding areas. In addition to everyday ranching activities, we also offer our guests the opportunity of participating in weekly horseback activities such as team penning, sorting, barrel racing, and poles. Our wranglers will also be happy to teach you how to rope our roping dummies. Every week in the summer month’s our guests will help gather in the roping steers from the pastures, sort, and check them. Later in the day the wranglers will team rope the steers.

June - September:
We also have a weekly mountain one night overnight camp trip – weather permitting.
The timing of all rides may vary depending on weather conditions and temperatures and may depart either with an early morning start or later in the evening when temperatures are more suitable for the safety of our guests and horses. We also need to make our guests aware that it is the ranch owner’s decision when to make changes to a ride and if ground conditions are dangerous for the guests and horses, ride may be cancelled and other ranch activities will be offered instead if possible.

September:
Is usually a great month to see more wildlife during our beautiful fall rides and can be cooler than our summer months. We will also start to gather cattle from the mountain pastures from Mid-September.

October:
We will be gathering cattle in mountain terrain, as well as doing some daily rides in the high desert. The Nile Stock Show, pro rodeo, and horse sale is in October. We will be attending the evening Ranch rodeo and will also go to the rodeo later in the week. We will leave mid-morning to attend the horse sale and other Nile events and horse clinics. The VIP dinner before the Rodeo in the early evening is optional for guests. This takes place in the early evening and is followed by the by the rodeo itself.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING:
Directly at the ranch in the afternoon if you rent a car.
At Billings Airport: chargeable transfer.
The ranch is about 50 miles from the airport.

DEPARTURE:
The last day after breakfast. Chargeable transfer to Billings Airport.

TRANSFERS:
Transfer from/to Billings (between 1:00pm and 3:00pm - drop off by 10:30am): 150 $ per person each way to be paid locally.

FLIGHTS:
Flights are not included in our prices because it is generally more interesting to book your flights yourself, an inclusive flight package is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best rates or to offer you a trip including transport on request: free service.

Riding

RIDING LEVEL: 
Open to all riding levels and experiences. They try to match horses to suit guests' riding abilities, so there is a variety of types of horses from gentle geldings for beginner riders to high performance roping and cutting horses for our more advanced riders. They ask all of our guests to participate in a rider safety lesson in our arena which helps us to find a suitable match of horse for each rider. You're to catch and saddle your horse, wranglers can lend a hand to help you do this of course.

RYTHM:
Depend on activities to be done. Walk and trot, faster in the arena average. 4 -6 hours riding every day.

GROUPS:
1 to 10 riders.

GUIDES:
Local English speaking guides.

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The horses are mostly American quarter horses; some are home-bred. We also have a Pryor mountain horse as part of our riding herd.cheval ranch usa

TACK:
Western saddles with saddle bags.

Comfort

ACCOMMODATION:
This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same location unless one night in a camp: the camp has a bathroom with hot shower. You sleep in shared tented accommodations or out under the stars if you prefer. Slleeping bags and sleeping pads are supplied. Supper is served round the campfire and the wranglers love to cook up s’mores and tell campfire stories after supper !.
The lodging on the ranch is varied and is decorated in the western theme with log furniture. Ranch guests can relax in the Cookhouse with satellite TV, WiFi, and a large deck to eat and/or sit on. A bathroom is also available. There are 3 log cabins with deck area and a bunkhouse with 3 rooms. All of our ranch accommodations have air-conditioning, heating, a refrigerator, and private bathrooms. Gift packs of toiletries are provided for our guests' comfort. Some rooms do have Satellite TV available.
Our hot tub is perfect to relax under the starry sky and soak away you aches and pains after a hard day of play at the ranch. 
Laundry is also available.
Cabins:
- The Big Sky cabin has queen bed and a Jacuzzi bathroom.
- The Cottonwood, Beartooth, and Pryor cabins each have a queen, a twin bed, and a private external bathroom.
Bunkhouse:
The Bunkhouse has two twin beds in each of the 3 rooms. All bunkhouse rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Two of the rooms can be adjourned and there is a TV with DVD player, but no WiFi in this area. There is also a washer/dryer in the kitchen/sitting room area of the bunkhouse for our guests use.
Room Occupancy: Single supplement is mandatory during high season (June and September). The rest of the year, if we have a single traveler and have spare rooms we will waive the single supplement fee.

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MEALS:
All meals are included on this trip from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. Meals are served in the lodge, family style. You may need to let your belt out a notch or two after spending time here! Mouth-watering and decadent desserts, salads, locally grown garden vegetables and fruit in season, and good Montana beef and buffalo are on the menu. For the light eater, we have fruit, muffins, salads and many veggies. We also provide complementary snacks and drinks in each room for our guests' enjoyment, as well as coffee makers. Supper is usually served around 6:30 PM. Alcoholic drinks are not included but guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages.
Dietary Restrictions: If you have special dietary requests, please let us know in advance, and we will make every effort to accommodate you. But please remember that we are a beef ranch, and most all of our meals are centered around meat.

Rates
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2022 PRICE / PER PERSON:
In double bedroom: 1890 €
Single bedroom supplement: 250 €
Gratuities: 10% to be paid locally.
Transfer from/to Billings: 150 $ per person per transfer to be paid locally.
Rodeo: About 21$ to be paid locally.
Discount for children 10-16 yrs. old, in double room with adult(s): 250 €
Booking fees: 15 €
Prices may be revised down or up depending on the $ / € exchange rate. Ask for a $ quote.

THE PRICE INCLUDES: 
Equipped horse rental, guide, accommodation, meals, the financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator deposit.

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:
Personal insurance, Transfers, Fishing for Cutthrout, Brown and Rainbow trout in the stocked ponds ($100 per rod), Rafting trip in Cody (approx. $35 per person), Admission for any off-ranch activities, Rodeos & Gratuities, all that is not indicated in "the price includes".

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Booking
How to book
HOW TO BOOK:

By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !

BOOKING PROCEDURE:

1. CHECK THE AVAILABILITY, PRICE, DISCOUNT:
Check the availability and price (depending on the type of accommodation and after possible discounts) by contacting us through the availability & quote request form or by phone +33 (0)483431321, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: [email protected]

2. BOOKING:
Fill out the online registration form: 
https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/formulaire-d-inscription


3. INSURANCES:
Cap Rando is covered for its professional civil liability: GENERALI contract n ° AL974010.
To register on a Cap Rando holiday, you must be covered by an individual liability insurance covering your activity, individual accident, assistance, repatriation, and possibly cancellation (strongly recommended not to lose your payment in case of unforeseen your cancellation insurance contract). We offer Europe Union citizens to subscribe the "Cap Protection Insurance" from Chapka Insurance: see prices. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only take a cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks. If you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
For non West European citizens, you can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/

4. PAYMENT:
A 30% deposit is required upon booking, the balance being due 60 days before the stay date. Less than 60 days before your departure date, full payment is requested at registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: Click here to access the server
- By bank transfer: Bank information

Your payments are guaranted by our GROUPAMA travel agent bond.
If you book a trip through Cap Rando, you have the guarantee not to loose any payment. 
The French law is the strongest and requires all French travel agencies to have an unlimited financial guarantee for their customers in case of financial failure.


5. CONFIRMATION:
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all practical information within 24 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.

6. CANCELLATION POLICY:
See general conditions and special covid conditions: cancellation conditions.
Please note: Any stay may be canceled in the event of insufficient bokkings to ensure the stay up to 21 days before the starting date. In this case, a replacement stay may be offered to you, if it does not suit you: full refund is guaranteed without compensation. We advise you to book refundable flights / trains.

Useful information

CLIMATE:
 

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Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

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40

51

59

69

76

88

86

76

62

46

36

Average Low Temperature (°F)

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17

24

32

40

48

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Average High Temperature (°C)

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Average Low Temperature (°C)

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

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Source: NOAA

SEASONS:
During the summer the weather is generally clear, but seldom hot so be sure bring along some warm clothes. Summer is short but very enjoyable. It usually lasts from early June to mid September. Because of the altitude, really hot weather is rare. Evenings are cool enough that you may need a jacket. Summer snowfalls are rare, but during every summer there may be several days when nighttime temperatures approach the freezing point (32 degrees F / 0 degrees C). Thunderstorms are usually brief, and they are seldom violent. A typical summer thunderstorm lasts no more than about 15 minutes, just long enough to soak the ground.

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