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“Awesome destination!!”

McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Libby
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Fantastic working cattle ranch!
Reviewed July 5, 2013

No one can say it better than their own web site, which accurately describes this amazing destination. Every square foot of the ranch is beautiful.

You have two housing options; cabins or lodge. Both options are comfortable, spacious, and attractive. Our cabin looked tiny from the outside, but it was very roomy inside. Two twin beds and a four drawer dresser upstairs, and a queen bed with two dressers downstairs. There were also two comfortable leather chairs, an ottoman, two more simple chairs, a gas burning fireplace, plenty of lighting, and a ceiling fan. All of the contents of the cabins are new, and at the same time give an authentic cowboy feel. They use tankless water heaters, so hot water is quick to arrive and you get as much as you need. Each cabin porch has two chairs, two warm blankets, and one two person bench, along with a broom, and coat-hangers where you can leave a wet coat or your helmet or your cowboy hat. If you've forgotten something, no worries, they have whatever you need, and it's all included. They also provide each guest with a note pad, water bottle, lip balm, and a very nice souvenir coffee cup.

Whatever your skill level, whatever your age, they can teach you to ride. Their wranglers are friendly and patient. You can spend the entire week taking horsemanship lessons, herding cattle, going on trail rides, or simply relaxing. They do a great job pairing you with a horse, and they have plenty of horses to choose from. Spend plenty of time getting to know your horse on day one so you will know which horse to halter up on day two. They will also teach you to rope a calf, brand a calf, and anything else you want to know about working on a cattle ranch.

The guests eat breakfast and dinner together, and lunch is eaten whenever you like. Every meal is bountiful and tasty, no food goes to waste, and if you have a special request, just ask. They provide bottled OJ, green tea, Gatorade, and refillable water bottles, They also serve a variety of wine, great appetizers, beer, and dessert. Be sure to let them know if you are celebrating something. They make great desserts!! Most of the staff will join you for dinner, and they make a point of moving around each night so you get to know everyone, providing a family feeling to the entire experience.

Forget your boots? Borrow a pair. No chaps? Borrow a pair. No cowboy hat? Borrow one. They will lend you just about everything you need including bug spray and sun screen. Homesick? Bring your favorite DVD or VHS, and watch it on the big screen in the Game Room where they have a foosball, pool, ping pong, and air hockey table, along with cards, poker chips, and other games. They also have a washer and dryer in case you run low on clean cloths.

Something extra... You can do as much or as little as you like. You can grab a halter, catch your horse, groom him, feed him, get him saddled up, put his bridle on, and take care of all of this in reverse at the end of the day, or you can let the wranglers handle some or all of this for you. In addition to the regular activities, they put a sign-up for the morning jingles on Tuesday - Friday. If you love to ride, be sure to sign up to jingle the horses in from the pasture. One of the wranglers will meet you in front of the tack room at 5:50 am, help you get a jingle horse ready for the ride of your life, and then spend around half an hour with you riding through the early mist as you trot non-stop to bring all of the rest of the horses in for the morning.

This was our first visit to McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch, but it definitely won't be our last.

14  Thank Tania J
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

I've been to a few guest ranches over the past 20 years, most of which seem to be a second thought to a rancher who might want to supplement his income. Usually you join the crew for a week, help do what has to be done, and it turns out to be a fun adventure. This program is different. It is well thought out and designed for the rider with a focus on horsemanship. Riders are encouraged to learn new skills and then put them to use either in the arena or in a pasture. Even an accomplished rider will learn something. And its darn fun using that new sidepass skill or turning your horse on its haunches when working a cow. How busy you want to be is up to you. Everything from arena work, to trail rides to gathering on the Graze is offered. You are only limited by the weariness of your bones. The cabins are well appointed and no detail is overlooked, right down to the night lights on the hairdryers.. It was so nice to find some chap stick on the table too. The food is well prepared and plentiful. The cooks were accomodating to my requests for low salt food. At first I wasn't sold on the idea of having to make a sack lunch but even that works. There were days when I was eating it on the back of my horse trailing some cattle. I could not come up with one suggestion for improvement. This place runs like a well oiled machine and my husband and I are looking forward to a return trip.

3  Thank Kirvikathleen
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

This was my second visit to the ranch and yet again I had a fantastic time ! Stunning location, helpful and informative wranglers, amazing food and a great ranch team to ensure you have a great stay. They also have a good selection of horses which they work hard to match your riding ability.
If you fancy being a cowboy then this is the place to go!!!

5  Thank KathyReading
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Location: Located in the north of Montana, near the town of Libby, in some of the most beautiful countryside you'll ever see.

Cabin: The cabins are simple and rustic, but they are so comfortable and have everything you could imagine. They are essentially one room, as most cabins are, but they have a small living area, with a fire to keep you warm on those cold nights. The bed was a good size, and extremely comfortable. The bathroom, although smallish has lots of lovely touches, including bathrobes, soaps etc. There are lots of extras, like personal water bottles, chap sticks and even coffee cups to take home.

Food: Simply amazing. You'll go home a few kilos/pounds heavier that's for sure. The girls in the kitchen were whipping up all sorts of delicious meals. Some of the highlights, pecan pie, french toast, corn bread, biscuits and gravy, and that's not the mention the mains which were to die for. Each night starts with canapes, followed by an 3 course dinner, accompanied by plenty of good wine or beers. In the mornings, you can get the heartiest of starts with seemingly anything you desire. Lunch, you have to make your own, (a sack lunch, brown bag it) I know crazy! haha, but the selections are incredible.

Experience: It's hard to know where to start, I can't compare it to any other holiday I've ever been on. Learning to ride from the very talented Randy was an honour, I never knew you could ride a horse like that. If you haven't heard of Buck Brannaman then you are in for an real treat. The experience of learning to ride, gain skills, driving cattle at graze, and caring for your horse was simply just one of the most incredible experiences we've ever had.

People: It goes without saying that the people really make this holiday the experience it is. They are all amazing at what they do, they will help you become the best wrangler you can, whilst also making the whole time so much fun. To Randy, Dory, Brianna, Wes, Netta, Hal, Tenisha and Rebecca, thank you so much.

We can't recommend this holiday enough.
We would go back in a heartbeat.

5  Thank Fandangledan
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

Come gently into this world... for whatever you think you know or want to know about horses... it takes on a whole new meaning when you come to McGinnis..... Yes, they cater for those of us who want to get away and back to nature, yes they cater for those who want to experience the real feel ranch life....and all the other things that come along with that... but....this is something different... not for everyone I’m sure...but if you want a ‘dances with wolves, 8 seconds, 7 brides for 7 brothers, Oklahoma, cocktail, city slickers, a river runs thro. It, horse whisperer experience.. with all mod (but not intrusive) cons....you’ll get it all it here...... Yes you can lay about and have all your needs catered for, hot tub, great food, staff, accommodation... or you can throw yourself into, jingling the horses and doing ‘the routine ranch stuff’....but bottom line.....if you want to feel the feel with people who just live for their horses and the ranch life they live then this is the place to go......

Leave gently from this wonderful place, leave with the essence of the people who touched your life, thro. the people, the horses you rode, the wonderful scenery, the cattle, the air, sky and camaraderie you’ll find at McGinnis Meadows.....

I spent 2 weeks with the Jackson / Brock family and crew and a year on I’m just itching to go back, to feel that feel, see that sky and get a small share of what these wonderful and humble people experience each day and so willingly and motivationally share with you....

4  Thank NSMS500
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