Whether on BLM pastures, the HPR Forest Service allotment,
or on private pastures at the HPR, the HPR moves cattle
nearly every day. Whether moving from riparian areas to
ridge tops or from pasture to pasture, the HPR can provide you
with a genuine cattle drive experience.
The HPR offers horseback riding, usually as part of rounding up
or checking on cattle, in a number of areas, such as Bachelor Mountain, Brown’s Canyon, Painter Creek, Bloody Dick
Peak (named after an English settler), and Broker’s View (a
great view of the Great Divide). Safety is a primary
concern at the HPR. The HPR uses the world's only patented
safety breakaway stirrup from STI Corporation. The stirrup
greatly reduces the risk of being dragged and gives everyone greater peace of mind.
Sunset/Moonlight Rides. Once a week (weather and
schedule permitting), guests participate in an evening sunset
ride into the beautiful Beaverhead National Forest---one of
America’s most remote forest lands. Enjoy a delicious
Dutch-oven meal around a glowing camp fire in an area so remote
that you are sure to not see any other people. Then, mount
your horse and head back to the Ranch while enjoying a
spectacular and scenic sunset set against that big Montana Sky!
Guests have the time of their lives participating in arena games
such as team penning, pole bending, roping, etc. in the HPR outdoor
Hay Wagon Breakfast.
At least once a week, we hook up to our hay wagon our beautiful
teams of Percheron draft horses and head out for a peaceful,
secluded spot in the creek bottoms next to tall swaying aspen
trees. There we build a fire and indulge in a delicious,
authentic Dutch oven breakfast!
If you schedule your visit to the HPR in the late spring or
early summer, you may be able to participate in the exciting
adventure of branding calves. At the HPR, we
try to preserve the American Cowboy way of life -- so we do it
the old fashioned way --- no branding tables at the HPR.
- On Ranch. The HPR is a leader in Montana in
preserving and protecting the Westslope Cutthroat Trout,
Montana's native fish. When you stay at the Horse Prairie
Ranch, you have two options for fishing on the ranch. You can
fish Painter Creek, a small stream
containing native Westslope Cutthroat Trout; or you can fish our
2 1/2 acre lake at LakeSide, also stocked with Westslope
Cutthroat Trout. A Montana fishing license is not required for
fishing on the Horse Prairie Ranch. All fishing on the HPR
is "catch & release".
- Off-Ranch. For the more
serious fishing enthusiasts, one can reserve an off-ranch fishing
adventure, hosted by M&M Outfitters and the HPR. The
off-ranch fishing adventure is available each week and costs
$350.00 per boat (up to 2 people, includes guide). This cost is not included in the Horse
Prairie Ranch prices. Depending on the time of year, the
adventures will be on the Beaverhead River, the Big Hole River,
and/or the Clark Canyon Reservoir. A Montana fishing
license is required for all fishing off the ranch.
Reservations must be made at least thirty (30) days in advance
for the off-ranch fishing adventure.
- History Tours and
Adventure. The HPR is located in one of Montana’s
most historic and scenic valleys. Day tour possibilities
Bannack State Park (18 miles from the HPR), the site of
the old ghost town of Bannack, Montana’s first territorial
Big Hole Valley (land of 10,000 haystacks -- stacked by
"Beaverslides"), including the National Park and site
of the Big Hole Battlefield
Lemhi Pass (where Lewis & Clark thought they might be
able to look over the Great Divide and into the Pacific
* Note - Guided tours must be arranged in advance.
Optional Ranch Adventures
Nature hikes, photography, archery, canoeing on the lake,
horseshoes, lawn games (e.g. badminton, volleyball), line
dancing at the Old Red Barn, basketball at the Old Red Barn (in
the loft), roping arena activities,
and just hanging out on one of America’s most pristine,
private, yet comfortable working cattle ranches.