I went in Oct. 2004 and had the BEST vacation ever. The freedom you're allowed on the ranch is amazing. No nose to tail riding here. You can walk, trot or gallop at full speed if you desire, with no ranch staff a feet away. This is not a dude ranch folks - you sleep in canvas tents, use the outhouse and ride for 12 or more hours a day and it's splendid. You come back to camp sore, exhausted and hungry but you can't wait to do it again the next morning. The owners, Hip and Loretta are fantastic. I came alone but met so many wonderful people, some whom I still communicate with 5 years later! I was an intermediate rider when I came to the ranch, but I think TX is ok for novice or experts. There is a horse for every skill. The terrain varies everyday - from red clay canyons, to rolling hills of prairie, to riding above the Big Horn Canyons - I've never been so in awe and speechless of some of the sights we rode in. Some days the scenery was so amazing I swear I could hear the angels singing. Corny but true. This is not a place where you're pampered - no showers, spa, massages or room service. This is a true working ranch where you go to rough it out for a week and come back refreshed and a lifetime of memories. TX is the only place I would go for a riding vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are looking for an authentic experience that is what the TX is all about! We ride, work and manage our livestock in old fashion traditional ways. The ranch property and cattle spread for miles across scenic open range country. This means excellent ranch riding, seasonal cattle drives and a wide variety of seasonal working cattle activities. We ride for cattle and once a herd is gathered we start working the herd by roping calves to brand, castrate, doctor or what ever is necessary during the season. This involves a break from the saddle with the doctoring of calves, throwing calves and fun team work! We welcome guest participation, we'll be happy to help show you how it's done! Please keep in mind our ranch activities are not compulsory. If you wish to take time to laze around camp or take a ride on your own your welcome to do so. We also take our suburban out to meet the herd with lunch and supplies please feel free to go with our driver if you don't want to miss out on the cattle activities. During the evening we enjoy relaxing under a mired of stars around a warm open camp fire reminiscing the day with a favorite beverage, stories, tunes or guitar. We also enjoy a good roping match, cards, cribbage or what ever it may be. The TX has over 75 saddle horses to choose from.They are used for all our necessary ranch riding, cattle drives and cattle work. My husband and daughter Hip and Desiree know the horses inside and out. We can provide a good horse for every riding level. They are gentle natured, sure footed, they know how to pick a path with ease and they'll take good care of their riders. The attached photo was taken wrangling saddle horses to the camp corrals.Our cow camps are a great experience too! They are located at original home stead sites. We will return to camp everyday. Everything is set up and provided except your personal gear. Our camp has a base log cabin. This is where excellent ranch style home cooked meals are prepared and served. we want you to feel like part of the family and one of the cowboys. Each camp has simple out buildings such as out houses /toilet and showering facility. A wash table with basins and fresh water for daily washing and fresh water is readily available in the cabin with hot and cold drink mixes, etc.We provide free Billings, MT transportation to and from the TX Ranch. Guest capacity is 18 guests per week. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.Loretta TX Ranch ... more less