Lonesome Spur
Lonesome Spur
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A dude ranch popularized by the movie "The Horse Whisperer."
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suzannes
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I had only 3 short days, booked at very late notice..but even so: the highlight of my year. The people are down to earth, real, and they really love their horses - they are incredibly well cared for, fit and was wonderful to see how they respected their animals, and knew the wildlife and weather like the back of their hand. This really made it for me. They work very hard and this is not a luxury holiday - its an experience. Do not expect a gin and tonic and a groom, but a real Montanan adventure :-)
Lonnie is an absolute gentleman, the real deal. A twinkle in his eye and a great man for a story. His way with the animals is very special.
Meeting pioneer woman Star up on the Pryor Mountains and hearing tales about the bears and the mountain life over a beer and some smores under the stars...priceless. A seven hour cattle drive the next day not for the faint hearted..my horse Ben didn't like getting his feet wet lol but he was totally fearless with the cattle, unflappable. A great horse, kinda fell in love. Wildlife spotted up in the Pryors included a big black bear running away from us over a valley, lots of different deer and antelope, wild horses aren't far off - a unique place.
I'd actually never ridden western before (not much of this in Ireland), and now I can't wait to go back again. Thanks to Mary who was cook and looked out for me as a last minute guest. An incredible adventure, still pals with folks I met for only 3 days! Can't wait to go back.
Written 24 January 2019
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Silvia S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
A friend, my daughter and I went to Lonesome Spur Ranch last summer 2017.
Elaine, Lonnie and Mary are wonderful persons. Horses are so nice and beautiful.
We rode above Cottonwood, then had a little trip to the Pryor Mountain where we camp. Wonderful place to feel like a real cowboy as in movies :)). Having running barrel lesson, and also how to keep cows together, very funny by the way. Then we went to Cody where we saw a rodeo. We felt like true cowgirls.
Good home made food. A lunch pack for trails was proposed and we had dinner all together.
This ranch is a wonderful place to stay with welcoming people and ride nice horses. Unforgettable experience and for sure we will be back but this time for 2 weeks.
Many thanks to Elaine, Lonnie and Mary for their hospitality and kindness.

Silvia & Emma from Switzerland
Written 15 April 2018
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bobwatson1945
Toms River, NJ2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
Would I come back - NO! Rating - Overall 2.5 stars; Cowboy related work/activity - 1 star; Pleasure riding 3 stars. DON'T BELIEVE THE WEB SITE! This is NOT a working cattle ranch. There are NO CATTLE on this ranch. Cowboy activity apparently depends on the needs of another rancher. If he does not have a need, there is no activity. Only 2 days of cattle work were provided: day 1 - 4 hours of herding; day 2- 5 hours of branding et al combined with 4 hours riding. The remaining days consisted of trail rides: 2 times in the same location (Cottonwoods - 1day was plenty); 1 day through scenic high country and 2 days riding around ranch property. The riding totaled 21 hours in a week with 105 hours of daylight.
Prior to coming this week, I ASKED FOR AND WAS TOLD IT WAS THE BUSIEST WEEK AND PERIOD OF THE YEAR FOR PROCESSING CALVES - BRANDING, INOCULATION, EAR TAGGING, CASTRATION AND DE-HORNING. IMAGINE MY SURPRISE to learn that moving cattle for 4 hours and branding et al for 1 day was considered busy.
Written 5 July 2015
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jacqueline b
Paphos District, Cyprus1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
look at the dates of the previous reviews.
It needs some catching up with now in late 2014. We were 3 pensioner ladies all riders. we had to save for this trip. The owners were not there to help us as Lonnie was very poorly after surgery Elaine had gone barrel racing. Although Lonnie picked us up from Billings he informed us that he had a doctors appointment and would have to drop us off at a store. we were there nearly 2 hours, after our long trip from England we wanted to see the horses and ranch. The horses were good, but quite a few had fungal infection where the girth went,no wonder they had never been washed., we tried to clean our bridles but were told not to, we tried to pick out the hooves, but were told not to. We had only a small bar of soap, no other toiletries, no welcome pack, and no water bottles for the ride the next day to go in saddle bag.
The one hot tub was broken, the other one smelt terrible and you had to use upturned orange box to get in it, it was situated next to the kitchen with rubbish at the side of it,NICE!
The pool table you could not see as there was things piled on top of it, but nobody told us where it was anyway, I only found it as I needed to find the washing machine, no one told us where that was either. it was a matter of have a look round as see what you can find!!!!!
The meals were not good, we were looking forward to home cooking, No there was none of that, one morning we were told that we could only have 1 rasher of bacon, as no body had done the shopping. The horses had this happen I day we couldn't feed them as there was no horse feed, until someone went to fetch a bag.
We did meet some lovely people that made our stay pleasurable Nicky was great, Glen was entertaining, Brad was a gentleman, And Jane was just great, if she hadn't have been there we would have been lost. As they advertise WIFI there was none.
The list goes on
When Elaine came back from barrel racing she asked us if we wanted a go GREAT we thought.
we were told to be ready at 4pm down at barn. 1and half hours later at 5.30 Elaine turns up saying she had fell asleep. Is this the way you treat paying guests, I DONT THINK SO
Written 15 November 2014
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Shirley S
paphos3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
this holiday was a disappointment as some things were not as i expected. both owners are no longer young. lonnie was in a lot of pain so understandebly we saw little of him.elaine was competing barrel racing so only saw her at the end of our stay, hacked out 1 time with us. we went on 2round ups only.so not much work to experiance...one evening were supposed to do barrel racing at the ranch. we got the horses ready and hung around eventually got message from lonnie it was cancelled, because it looked like rain. it did,nt. again i think he was too crook to appear, the brochure said welcome packs of toiletries,drinks,snacks. only a tiny bar of soap?also in brochure, dutch oven cook out, and visit the mares and youngsters. this never happened.2cooks in the canteen. meals poor the eggs were hard and dry, coffee ghastly, one day bacon had not been delivered, yoghurts poor cheap so tried one had 2trash, one day elaine cooked and was huge inprovement!!11 puddings were written as sumptious??????????????????? most evenings it was ice cream, cup cakes shop bought, oh dear. i paid a lot of money for this trip, i am a pensioner.my other riding holidays in india,sri lanka, turkey, portugal,jordan were excellent value with lots of hours on horse back, i feel i have been cheated this time. the owners need to really be around to check paying guests are getting value. 2spas were advertised, one was broken, the other smelt stale.tack was not cleaned, no hoof picks to check feet of horses! i guess i am used to a higher standard.i wish them luck in the future, but they should consider a representative on the ranch to look after our interests. shirl spratley
Written 4 November 2014
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happysole
suffolk17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
My best friend and I have just come back from a week at the Lonesome Spur Ranch, and I have to say I have had the best time of my life. Elaine and Lonnie opened their home up to me and made me feel so very welcome.
The riding and scenery is out of this world, rode around the hill and saw the mares and foals, moved cattle in the lush terrain of Nicky's "Jolliette", spent two days herding cattle up the Pryor Mountains, and a day in the arid terrain of Cotton Wood.
Pizza and pool night at Buckeye!!
Brad very kindly to us into Wyoming to a tack shop, and out for ice-cream then off to the 4th July celebrations in Red Lodge and then on to the Rodeo. Mexican for dinner.
The food is tasty and wholesome, and the pack up lunches where perfect.
The horses are amazing, and the ranch caters for all riding abilities. BUT this is a working ranch, so expect hard riding, long days depending on where you are going, and early mornings...horses come first.
I have made some great forever friends. I will be returning, that is for sure.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Elaine, Lonnie, Glen, Brad, Nicky, Barry you are all awesome.
Written 9 July 2014
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montana63
Blacklick, OH2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Solo
everything, Montana, Wyoming, the ranch, the horses, and the people i have met. the people of Bridge are very nice also, and Lonnie and Elaine
Written 26 February 2012
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skifiasco
Derbyshire18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2011 • Solo
Thank you once again to Lonnie, Elaine, Mike and Luke for a great holiday.
I have been lucky enough to be travelling to the Lonesome Spur Ranch for some years now and it gets better and better.
I would like to point out here that this is a Working Ranch and not a guest or dude ranch. I go to experience a working ranch which includes everything and I mean everything! From catching and saddling the horses to rounding up and moving cattle sometimes being in the saddle for 8 hours. There's branding in the spring and sorting in the Autumn so very hands on work. Hard but not fast riding however when out on a pleasure ride there's plenty of opportunity for 'cantering'. we get that opportunity to when learning to 'team rope' in the arena which is great fun.
As to the ranch itself its come on so much since my first visit. You can stay in the big house, the Bunk house or the cabins. I like the big house. All of them are ranch furnished and are very homely with there own facilities.A welcome basket awaits you with fruit and nibbles which I replenished when out.
There's fresh bedlinen and towels for those of us lucky enough to be there more than a week you just ask. Eating is in the main barn and Mike as ever served up great food and plenty of it. The only time I had to put my hand in my pocket was on off ranch activities such as the rodeo which happens once a week through the season. We went out at least three times a week in the evenings, the rodeo, Sunday evenings meal at the local bar, paid by the ranch, and at least one trip down to the Little Cowboy Bar and its museum, a must.
If you go at the right time of year there's the Indian ride over the land that Custer rode on the way to the Battle of the Little Bighorn and you get to sleep in a Tepee!! A great experience riding the Indian ponies with Indian guides.
Now the most important thing, the horses, there great all standards are catered for and unlike some ranches you get the chance to ride different horses although there are favourites!!!
All in all a great holiday although there's lots going on there is time for yourself even if its just sitting on the veranda looking a the views or taking a walk up Schwend Hill.
Please do try it but remember its a working ranch.
Written 28 January 2012
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JP B
Grenoble, France99 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Couples
Good rancher, good horses, but no attention to guests.

None of the advertised activities were available, no cow work, only nose-to-tail riding. The host was nowhere, not even having supper with the guests.

We left after three days of a planned six day vacation. Too bad after a long trip from Europe.
Written 28 August 2011
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amyjomarch
St. Helier, UK26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
A stunning location and wonderful rides so can't say I didn't enjoy the holiday - The ride with Cathy and Kevin the absolute highlight and the most wonderful people - felt safe and confident in their company -
However the organization and general facilities left a lot to be desired - Cabins compact and poorly furnished - lack of drawer/hanging space, not cleaned during stay, no change sheets or towels - not all on suite and if unlucky enough to get one cabin you will have to share bathroom with anyone who happens toneed to use it as it is located within the cleaning store and not locked! Food average but depends if another new chef is in situ
If you want something ASK for it -there appeared to be a hierarchy of guests - some who got more attention as known and others who were left to their own devices when not on a long ride or cattle drive - no alternatives arranged or apparently thought about.
Appreciate that 'working ranch' but you have paid a lot of money and entitled to certain standards
Written 28 July 2011
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