Montana is made for horses and The Ranch at Rock Creek is made for riders. Wide-open skies, sagebrush hillsides and snow-capped peaks are best experienced on horseback. Part of the experience of our Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star luxury guest ranch is having everything for exceptional horseback riding vacations at your fingertips. Our Horse Barn fits guests with hats, boots and riding helmets as needed. Our program is highly customizable for each guest, with wranglers at the ready to guide you through this essential ranch vacation experience. The Ranch operates in the spirit of play, where travelers immerse themselves in the riding culture of Western Montana, rather than seeing it through the slats on a corral.
Learn Montana Horsemanship
With 6,600 acres to explore and miles of trails, there are always new adventures for all riding levels. Flat creekside trails are best for beginners while treks to peaks and rolling pine trails are enjoyed by intermediate to advanced riders. After you get fitted with boots and a hat, our wranglers ensure you are comfortable on a horse that matches your experience level. They give a basic lesson on natural horsemanship skills, horse tendencies and rider safety.
Our small group size ensures we are not a nose-to-tail property. There are opportunities for trotting and loping on all trails, contingent on rider ability and comfort level. Longer half and full-day rides are offered for intermediate and advanced riders when scheduled in advance.
Arena and Roping Lessons
Horseback Riding Lessons
Enhance your riding acumen with 30-minute to one-hour arena riding lessons. Arena lessons are suited to children and adults at all riding levels. Riders of all disciplines can benefit from a personalized learning experience at The Ranch. Lessons are a great opportunity for beginner riders to gain confidence or for intermediate riders to discover new techniques. Arena games are created at the discretion of the wrangler to best suit the ability and comfort of the riders. Complete an obstacle course, learn how to barrel race or how to pole bend. Try a Horsemanship 101 session in the round pen, learning ground exercises that develop trust with horses. During the summer, you can see how the pros do it during our weekly rodeo.
Roping lessons are available to guests of all ages. Guests will first learn the basics of building a loop and practice roping a dummy-steer on foot before transitioning into the saddle.
Behind the Chutes Tour & Rodeo
Before the rodeo each Tuesday in the summer, one of our experienced wranglers leads a tour of the Camp Roosevelt arena and explains the history and husbandry of the rodeo – aided by our knowledgeable Ranch Manager who competed in PRCA bull-riding for eight years. Then, guests get involved by helping wrap the roping steers, trying their skills on the bucking barrel, helping sort the rough stock and watching practice rounds through the arena.
The Ranch hosts a weekly summer rodeo, complete with professional cowboys and “rough stock” events. The festivities start with a cowboy social hour near the horse barn. Enjoy beverages and snacks and get the chance to mingle with the rodeo athletes prior to the event. Then, watch from the stands as cowboys ride bucking broncos or rope galloping steers. Cheer on your favorite wranglers as they race around the barrels. Events such as wheelbarrow races and boot tosses get the audience participating in the fun. After the show, meet the cowboys and cowgirls on the Buckle Barn lawn for a rodeo barbeque.
At a Glance:
- Summer rodeo and Behind the Chutes on Tuesdays, June-August
- Pre-rodeo Cowboy Social Hour
- Followed by a rodeo barbeque on the Buckle Barn lawn
- Additional Seasonal Celebration weekend rodeos
- Private rodeos may be produced at an additional cost