This past year I had popped out a baby, completed my Masters and was being slowly driven insane from my husband who had gone on 3 hunting trips since our son was born. I came across the Bitterroot Ranch in the book "1,000 Places to see before you die" and told my husband I was long overdue for a "mommy vacay." After contacting the ranch via email and discussing what I was looking for, I was impressed by the immediate responses back and forth to every question and email I had. I originally was looking at the pack trips but after talking to Hadley, she suggested just a week at the ranch instead since my riding frequency was only about once a year when I could sneak away.
After arriving at the ranch, I was taken to my single, loft cottage which is basic, rustic, and perfect. You are in the middle of nowhere so do not be surprised if there are some flies in the cottage or things looking a little weathered, but after the first night, you will feell like a regular true westerner in the middle of some of the most amazing countryside.
All meals are served community style in the Master lodge and a cocktail hour is held before dinner where the amazing family serve you wine and blow your mind with all of their amazing stories. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this time with the owners, ranch hands, and other visitors. By the end of the week I felt as if I was one of the family.
Now the horseback riding..... ahhhh. If you have the opportunity to take a riding lesson with Hadley DO IT! After 10 years of riding and bad habits, I had the best, lesson ever with her on the second day I was there. Within 1 hour, she had corrected my form and given me tips that were priceless for the rest of the trip and I am proud to say that even after not being on a horse in over a year, I walked away from a week of riding with hardley any soreness thanks to the lesson I had on the second day. Other visitors didn't do the lesson and were suffereing pretty bad so in the best interest of your butt and knees if you want to do every ride (they do 2x a day) TAKE THE LESSON!
I could go on and on about this trip, but essentially it was nothing short of amazing. I went alone with no husband or baby and had a blast. Everyone is so welcoming, you never ride the same trail twice, the wranglers are excellent riders and are constantly looking for ways to make your experience the best you have ever had. I would do this trip a thousand times over and can't stress how perfect it was. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ranch is a 640-acre spread where the guests help with the fall cattle round-up. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bitterroot Dude Ranch Hotel Dubois