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The name Montana comes from the Spanish word Montaña meaning "mountain" or more broadly, "mountainous country". Here you can completely lose yourself in the glorious environment and unsurpassed beauty.

This riding holiday is set at 7000 ft and surrounded by 2 million acres of wilderness only on 1.5 hours drive from Old Faithful geyser in the Yellowstone National Park. The ranch is very remote and well located for some of the most spectacular scenery of the Rocky Mountains. pPack trips can be arranged before or after the ranch stay.

The ranch is run by The Kelsey Family, Kim, Kelly, Konnor, Kameron, Kyleen and Kowboy, their dog. They make every effort to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your visit and love sharing their life with friends from all over the world. Guests that stay here say that year after year it feels like “time stands still”.

With 120 Appaloosa and Quarter horses to choose from for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders, this ranch has something for everyone. The Ranch offers excellent fly-fishing streams (both on and off site), a stocked casting pond, and fly-fishing guide for their guests.

 

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from RB of Grimsby on 19/08/2014

Ride Summary

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The ranch was exceedingly good. 10/10 in all aspects. The quality and guidance was everything I anticipated. They were very approachable.
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I was lucky to get the same horse each day. A steady, experienced horse which was good.
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Overall impressions: Very good! Ticked all the boxes, and more. It exceeded my expectations, and I was expecting it to be great! The hosts were great, made you feel like guests in their home, rather than clients. Many people go back year after year, which is a testament to the hosts. I would love to go back next year.
Unicorn comments: So pleased you had such a great time Rod - that's you addicted to riding now right? Danni :)

RIDING ABILITY
No previous riding experience is necessary to ride on the ranch. The rides gradually increase in difficulty and time, so no training is needed before coming out.

HORSES AND RIDING
The horses are mainly Quarter horses and with some Quarter Horse cross and Appaloosas. They range in size from 14.3hh to 15.3hh. There are about 120 horses on the ranch at any time of which 100 are available for riding. The horses are all ridden in western tack and the western riding style is utilised. The horses vary from schoolmasters to responsive. Hints and tips on western riding will be given particularly on the first day to those with no previous western riding experience. There are usually two rides out daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, of about 2 hours and during the week there are two all days rides of about 4-6 hours. The pace depends on the groups' ability. All rides are done on mountain trails with open meadows and small timber trail riding included on most rides.

PACK TRIPS
Additional fee of $25 per person, payable on site, applies to cover Forest Service fees. Please bring your own sleeping bag and ground pad for the two-day pack trip. There must be a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve people for this activity; the minimum age is 13 years old, 10 years old if accompanied by a parent and has qualified riding ability. Longer custom pack trips are available by prior arrangement.

ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation is in log cabins of a good standard, all with their own living area and verandah. The main lodge, where the living and dining areas are situated, is extremely spacious and solid with animal decorations and a huge open fire. This building was built as a movie set and opened by Cary Grant.
Mobile phone service is not available at the ranch due to the mountainous location, but there is wireless internet access in the main lodge area for guests who have brought laptops with them.

FOOD
The food is typical ranch style and there is little chance of losing weight here! Family style breakfast meals, lighter lunches and full dinners with a separate childrens menu is available. Beer and wine can be purchased in the ranch store, and a stop will also be made at the local shops on the way from the airport so guests can buy alcohol, western gear or telephone cards they need before heading out to the ranch. There is a cocktail hour every day where the ranch provides ice and mixers while the children are taken care of.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Apart from the full horseback riding programme with a weekly gymkhana, there are also guided or unguided fly fishing, soft ball, horseshoes court, children's playground, hay wagon rides, cook outs, an unheated swimming pool and an evening entertainment programme. For an extra charge a massage therapist is available. If you have a rental car, Yellowstone National Park is on the doorstep with Old Faithful geyser being about an one and a half hour drive. The ranch will give you a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the many picnic spots along the way.There is a tour company who will pick up at the ranch for a Yellowstone tour called Yellowstone Tour Guides in Big Sky, Montana. Plenty of activities to keep non-riders amused! The ranch saves one week of the season for quilting parties. Please contact us if you are interested in this.

WILDLIFE
There is a multitude of wildlife on the ranch and in the area. Everything from elk, moose, deer, antelope and small mammals to black bears and grizzly bears may be encountered on rides.

SHOP There is a ranch store on premise for souvenirs and personal purchases. Beer and wine can also be purchased here.

Please note that all our ranch prices are fully inclusive of all taxes, charges and gratuities. Extras that are commonly charged on site at ranches which we include in our prices are: state taxes (2-8%), local town taxes (1-5%), accommodation tax ($1-5/night) and gratuities (12-15% is commonly expected as the staff are paid largely via tips). Our prices include all of the these and are guaranteed not to be affected by currency fluctuations once booked.

Reading List
We're avid readers here at Unicorn Trails and have selected several books connected to this ride. If you're interested in reading more about the area before you travel, or want to get into the cultural background, here are some suggestions that may inspire you. Click on the links for more information.

Anything written by Nicholas Evans is a brilliant and captivating read, in particular The Horse Whisperer and The Divide.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The horses are mainly Appaloosa/Quarter horses. They range in size from 14.3hh to 16hh. There are about 120 horses on the ranch at any time of which 80 are available for riding. The horses are all ridden in western tack and the western riding style is utilised. The horses vary from schoolmasters to responsive. Instructions and tips on western riding will be given particularly on the first day to those with no previous western riding experience. There are usually two rides out daily, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon, of about 2 hours and during the week there are two all day rides of about 4-6 hours for intermediate and advanced level riders. The pace depends on the groups’ ability. All rides are done on mountain trails with open meadows and small timber trail riding included on most rides. The horses are sure footed and well used to the mountain trails. The riding groups are typically made up of about 6-8 riders and a wrangler. Overnight pack trips can be arranged - there needs to be a minimum of 6 riders so this should be booked before arrival. There is an extra charge for this.

Rider requirements

No previous riding experience is necessary to ride on the ranch. The rides gradually increase in difficulty and time so no training is needed before coming out. There is a weight limit of 250lb for riding activities and pregnant women are not allowed to ride. Children may ride from 6 years, under this age they will have other supervised activities including a lead-around ride if they are capable.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 18 st/250 lb/114 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The accommodation is in log cabins of a good standard, all with their own living area and verandah. The main lodge, where the living and dining areas are situated, is extremely spacious and solid with animal decorations and a huge open fire. This building was built as a film set and was opened by Gary Cooper. There are 9 single bedroom cabins, 11 two-bedroom cabins, and one each of three and four bedrooms respectively. Some are close to the main lodge while others are more remote and private. Each cabin has a private bathroom en-suite. The 3 and 4 bed cabins have more bathrooms. There is no television or telephone in the cabins, the ranch telephone can be used with appropriate calling cards if necessary. There is a wireless satellite internet connection available for those bringing their own laptop computers. Laundry facilities are available. Breakfast is served at the table and offers amongst others eggs to order, breakfast meats such as bacon and sausage, muffins, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, cold and hot cereal, coffee, juices etc Lunch consists of family style dining with dishes served on the table for guests to help themselves - soup, sandwiches, salad, fresh baked bread, and dessert. Coffee, tea, lemonade etc Dinner can include prime rib, halibut, pork tenderloin, and steak, all fresh ingredients, and home baked breads and deserts. Children's meals are created to their tastes. Beer and wine are available for purchase in the ranch store. There is a cocktail hour every day where the ranch provides ice and mixers while the children are taken care of. A guest fridge is provided for adult beverages.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

All travellers are required to provide details online 72 hours prior to travel. For more information, and to apply online please visit the following website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Electronic travel authorities once obtained will be valid for a period of two years, or the validity of the travellers passport (whichever is shorter). There is a $14 charge for this service (2015). Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely to be detained and sent home.

On 5 January 2004, the US Authorities introduced the US-VISIT Programme. This means that all those aged between 14 and 79 travelling to the US are now finger-scanned and digitally photographed on arrival at passport control.

There are British consulates at many locations in the US, please check with the Foreign Office website for your closest one. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on 020 7008 0232/0233 or see www.fco.gov.uk

Climate Summary

Typically the night time temperatures drop to the low 40's F and daytime temperatures are usually in the 70'sF but can reach the 80'sF in July and August. This means it is cool enough to sleep under a blanket and pleasant to ride in during the day.

Climate Chart

Health

No specific health precautions are required for visits to the USA.

Medical treatment can be very expensive; there are no special arrangements for British visitors. The British Embassy and Consulates-General cannot assist with medical expenses.

Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is essential; at least $1,000,000 cover, which includes hospital treatment and medical evacuation to the UK, would be wise. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake including horse riding.

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org

Health (ride specific)

No specific health precautions are required for visits to the USA.

Medical treatment can be very expensive; there are no special arrangements for British visitors. The British Embassy and Consulates-General cannot assist with medical expenses.

Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is essential; at least $1,000,000 cover, which includes hospital treatment and medical evacuation to the UK, would be wise. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake including horse riding.

For further information on health, visit the Department of Health’s website at: www.dh.gov.uk.

Electricity

The voltage is 110V in the USA and you will need a flat blade plug and possibly an adaptor depending on the appliance. Check the voltage input required for mobile phone and digital/video cameras before leaving.

Film and Camera Equipment

Camera with plenty of film – it is nigh impossible to video, ride and carry out cattle work simultaneously!
Cameras can be charged every night. There is no mobile phone reception at the ranch (nearest reception is Big Sky or West Yellowstone) but WiFi is available in the main lodge area. A guest phone is available for long distance calls made with either a credit card or calling card.

Packing List

Jeans or jodhpurs
Jacket
Long sleeved shirts
Casual dinner wear
Short sleeved shirts
Rain gear (no ponchos)
Sweater
Sneakers or soft shoes
Riding boots
Sunscreen
Chaps (optional)
Chapstick
Gloves

Beer and wine is available to buy at the ranch store and guests may bring their own. A guest refrigerator is accessible for adult beverages.

Programmes

This is an 8 day/7 nights programme available from mid June to mid September. Arrival and departures are on Sundays.

Two day pack trips are scheduled each week for an additional fee of $25, payable on site. These trips generally go into the Yellowstone high country with a camp on a mountain lake or stream. If you plan on the overnight pack trip, all you will need is a sleeping bag and ground pad - the ranch supplies everything else.

Departure Dates

2018: Sunday to Sunday from 17 June to 9 September (high season 8 July to 12 August).
2019: Sunday to Sunday from 16 June to 8 September (high season 7 July to 11 August)

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.

No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,019
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement415
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-141,719
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5555
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2229
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1double pp319
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14269
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-588
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,419
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement489
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-142,055
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5689
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2295
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1double pp369
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14309
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5105
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,059
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement425
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-141,755
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5569
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2229
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1double pp359
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14305
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-599
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,379
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement479
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-142,015
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5675
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2289
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1double pp415
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14349
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5119
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,255
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement465
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-141,925
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5625
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2255
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1double pp355
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14305
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-598
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,705
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement545
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-142,295
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5769
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2329
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1double pp409
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14349
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5115
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,299
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement475
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-141,959
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5635
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2259
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1double pp399
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14339
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5109
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,659
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement535
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-142,249
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5755
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2325
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1double pp459
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14389
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5135
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,585
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement535
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-142,205
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5715
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2289
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1double pp409
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14349
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5115
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp3,099
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement625
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-142,629
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5879
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2379
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1double pp469
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14399
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5135
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp2,635
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement545
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-142,249
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5729
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2295
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1double pp459
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14389
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5129
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp3,049
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement609
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-142,579
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-5865
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 2369
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1double pp529
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-14449
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-5149
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp23,399
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement4,815
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-1419,935
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-56,445
2018 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 22,625
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1double pp3,679
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-143,139
2018 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-51,009
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp28,065
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement5,639
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-1423,779
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-57,965
2018 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 23,415
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1double pp4,249
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-143,595
2018 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-51,205
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp23,855
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement4,915
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-1420,345
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-56,595
2019 Low Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 22,675
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1double pp4,135
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-143,519
2019 Low Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-51,145
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6double pp27,575
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6single supplement5,529
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 6-1423,345
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child 3-57,819
2019 High Season Weekly Rate8d/7n6child under 23,339
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1double pp4,785
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 6-144,045
2019 High Season Daily Rateper night1child 3-51,365
Wildlife

Like to see some wildlife? The ranch and its surrounding area have quite a selection. Keep your eyes open for elk, moose, deer, badger, mountain lion, coyote, beaver, fox, antelope, wild turkey, eagles and more whether you are on foot or on horseback.

Other Activities

Apart from the full horseback riding programme with a weekly gymkhana, there are also guided or unguided fly-fishing, softball, horseshoes court, children's playground, hay wagon rides, cookouts, an unheated swimming pool, and an evening entertainment program. For an extra charge, a massage therapist is available.
If you have a rental car Yellowstone National Park is on the doorstep with Old Faithful geyser being about a one and a half hour drive. The ranch will give you a packed lunch, which can be enjoyed, at one of the many picnic spots along the way. There is a tour company who will pick up at the ranch for a Yellowstone tour called Yellowstone Tour Guides in Big Sky, Montana.

Other Country Information

The USA has 4 main times zones - Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST) and Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Vermont is on EST, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah are all on MST, California is on PST.

Weights and measures are imperial although weight is always expressed in pounds, not stone. The US gallon is 3.8 litres in contrast to an imperial gallon which is 4.2 litres.

Mobile telephone: In 2015 3G is widely available throughout the US in cities, towns, villages and along main highways with AT&T having the best overall coverage and T-mobile offering better speeds in cities. 4G is beginning to be available in cities. There are still a few rural areas which have no GSM reception but do have the older CDMA telephone networks. To be able to call from these areas we recommend buying a cheap Verizon phone from eg Walmart (from $13) and topping up with credit. Almost all hotels and airports offer free wifi connection.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Bozeman Airport, USA (BZN)
Transfer:
Return from Bozeman $150 for the first person and $25 for each additional person. Payable on site.
Flight Guide:
London To Bozeman return £550 - £750. Please see "getting there" for flight information
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