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Cattle Drives.  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.

Open Range Rides.  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.

Evening 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!

Arena Games. Guests have the time of their lives participating in arena games such as team penning, pole bending, roping, etc. in the HPR outdoor arena. 

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!

Branding.  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.

Fishing - 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".

Fishing - 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 include...
    Bannack State Park (18 miles from the HPR), the site of the old ghost town of Bannack, Montana’s first territorial capital
    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 Ocean). 
    Sacajewea Monument
    * Note - Guided tours must be arranged in advance.

Other Optional Ranch Adventures May Include...
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.