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Rocking Z Guest Ranch

2020 Chevallier Dr, Wolf Creek, MT 59648-8747
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2020 Chevallier Dr, Wolf Creek, MT 59648-8747
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Jean DE RIVIERES wrote a review Oct 2020
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listen, i have been riding horses since i am 8, and i am 51 now. We were 2 families to come / 10 people at every level of horse back riding. The work, the attention to details, the expertise, the patience that the team had for us was simply of the charts. We felt unique. It is a fine line between being well taken care of and feeling "free enough". And this is exactly were that was. We had great runs in the beautifull open spaces, no back to back horses when we wanted to, but enough if need was there. i also want to say that the rooms are just perfect for couples and families, clean, charming, and perfectly equiped with all you need. The food was abundant and great, wine and beers included - come on, this it. I invite you to take a look. sincerelly, Jean
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Shawn M wrote a review Oct 2020
Missoula, Montana260 contributions78 helpful votes
It is all about the horses. We were referred to the Rockin’ Z by some friends who own another Montana guest ranch. Our friends assured us that no matter your ability, the Rockin’ Z guest ranch is a riding experience you are sure to enjoy. The owners, Patty and Zack, will take great care of you. For a beginner like myself it was a little intimidating to book this trip since this is a ranch that generally caters to international clients who dream about riding the open ranges of Big Sky country. Many Rocking Z guests are very experienced equestrians who are willing to travel half way around the world to have a genuine Western ranch experience. Fortunately, I’m not the first green horn they’ve seen at the Rockin’ Z. They actually expanded their beginner program this year so I was in good company. They are great with kids too. Another couple rode in separate groups because of a significant difference in riding skill. They both had a great time meeting new people and challenging themselves on horseback. Riding in different groups was a wise decision for them. Early in the week the experienced group covered a lot of ground and came back all smiles and pretty trail sore from one of their longer rides. Definitely no place for a beginner. Likewise the beginner group had lots of fun doing basic stuff that fast riders probably would have been bored with. There are lots of options to make sure everyone has the best experience possible. After we arrived, Maria (our senior instructor) spent a lot of time talking to us and assessing our experience and goals for our stay. After that, the other instructors started us out on the ground getting familiar with our horses and learning to communicate with them. This was really helpful for me. I always felt in control and comfortable learning to know my horse, Ginger. I think Ginger felt better getting to know me too! This was also a chance to get to know the rest of our group and their horses. The foundation of the ground training allowed us to have a much better experience than if we just jumped on a horse and rode off. I’m not sure how the experienced riders start their first day but for a beginner like me ground training was extremely valuable. Once we got to know our horses we were carefully fitted to our saddles then we advanced to some basic riding techniques. Surprisingly, after a couple of days we were doing very slow barrel racing and cantering on the open range. I never would have expected to be barrel racing but it was super fun! Excellent instruction building on a solid foundation of skills can work wonders. If you are highly risk adverse, this trip probably isn’t for you. If you like taking calculated risks while pushing your skills with the help of an excellent coach, you will love the Rockin’ Z. The balance between safety and adventure is perfect. Our friends who know a lot about horses told us these horses are very well cared for and well trained. The wranglers take great care in matching guests with horses that will keep them out of trouble while still allowing them have a rich riding experience. I found it isn’t a good idea to argue with your horse. The horse is usually right. The accommodations are excellent. This is not a spa or luxury resort but the rooms were really spacious and well appointed. Really comfy beds too! Zach is a true rancher and he’s always building something. He does some beautiful work that is also very functional. This is real Montana. No TVs in the rooms. Data and cell service can be weak. I think the WIFI at the lodge is OK. A couple of the children of guests were doing “school” while they were there but I didn’t hear how well it was working for them. If you need to be able to video stream for work or school at some point during your stay, I recommend checking with Patty about the WIFI. Otherwise, go outside and enjoy the horses and nature. Take a hike or try some archery. You can watch YouTube when you get back to civilization. Meals are served family style at a buffet in the main lodge but you could comfortably take a plate (or two) back to your room if you prefer. Hanging out at the lodge with the other guests is much better. The food is delicious, plentiful and pairs perfectly with great conversations and riding stories. The food is mostly high end western style ranch fare. I’m sure Patty could accommodate special dietary requests if you give her some advanced notice. During our stay there was a guest that had gluten intolerance, and gluten free food was available. Patty and Zack have been hosting discerning guests for 20 years so there probably isn’t much they haven’t seen before. Being from Montana we knew that you have to be prepared for 20-30 degree temperature swings in September. Seriously it can snow just about any month of the year in Montana so layers are critical. The joke in Montana is “We have four seasons, sometimes all in the same day.” Every couple of years we will get a spring or fall snow flurry then it warms up to 80 degrees F when the sun comes out. Those days are jaw dropppingly beautiful if you have good gear. Loose fitting jeans and long sleeved shirts worked great for us with some fleece to layer on. We tied our rain jackets on the back of our saddles for an extra layer of wind and rain protection. We wore cowboy boots but we saw some guests in day hikers which seemed to work fine for them. You need a good hat to shade you from the sun. In the early spring or late fall a warm hat to cover your ears and some light gloves would be a good idea. Keep in mind that hats like to blow off, especially if you are up on a high ridge line. I got on fine with a snug fitting baseball cap but something with a chin strap probably would have been better. Guys might want to wear briefs that offer some support. Cantering can bounce you around a lot in the saddle, at least if you are a greenhorn like me. Basically, dress like you are going to be outside and active all day and you should be fine. Worst case you have to come back to the ranch and hit the hot tub to warm up. Pretty darned good living for the frontier. The final tip is that if you are thinking about booking a stay at the Rockin’ Z, do it now. Patty told me 2021 is heavily booked due to guests who had to reschedule due to travel restrictions. It seems like a lot of folks really want a genuine Montana ranch experience right now. I know we are sure going to book another trip soon. I need a rematch with my wife at barrel racing.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: As far as we could tell they are all good. The James Furgus room was perfect for a couple.
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Allison C wrote a review Aug 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We just finished an amazing birthday trip for my daughter at the Rocking Z ranch & had used the reviews here to choose this destination, so we felt compelled to leave our own review. We travel quite a bit, and this trip was like none other than we have experienced. From the moment you get to the ranch the family makes you feel at home, you get settled in your room (which we found to be spacious, clean, & incredibly comfortable) and then got straight away to some horsemanship training. It’s clear that the horses here are well loved, & everyone makes sure you are comfortable with them and gives you so many tools to communicate with them before the actual riding begins. The rides are varied, with attention to your ability level, and it doesn’t stop there with some of the most fun we had being in the arena learning how to herd cattle or try our hand at riding bareback. Meals are fresh, family style, and delicious. You really get to know the entire family, staff, and other guests, and we made fast friends with all of them. In addition there are gorgeous quick hikes for the most beautiful sunset views, as well as a quick trip to the nearby creek to cool off on one afternoon. Not to mention the coolest ranch dogs who were beyond entertaining, just living their best ranch dog life, & the cutest kittens that our daughter just couldn’t get enough of. Also ditto on Maria singing & playing the guitar. So fun. We can’t recommend the Rocking Z enough & look forward to bringing the entire family back out!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Liz B wrote a review Jul 2020
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I can’t recommend the Rocking Z high enough. My stay was beyond perfect- high quality, well trained and responsive horses; wonderful trail rides and vistas; eye-opening lessons in natural horsemanship from two of the most knowledgeable horsewomen I’ve ever met; funny, responsible and engaging wranglers; the funniest trio of cattle dogs you’ll ever meet and the sense of being welcomed into a large family. This is not Disneyland. This is not for show. Visiting the Rocking Z felt like you were coming home. If you were lucky enough to call this family and land home. Get Maria to play some music for you! And ask Zach for history lessons!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Brooke McAuley wrote a review Jul 2020
Corona, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
My mom and I went to Rocking Z Ranch for my graduation trip and to say that it exceeded our expectations would be an understatement! The rides were fun, the staff was friendly, and the horses were incredibly well trained! I can’t imagine staying anywhere else. We had such an incredible time and we can’t wait to come again. If I could give 6 stars out of 5 I would! You will undoubtedly enjoy your stay here!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rocking Z Guest Ranch
What are some of the property amenities at Rocking Z Guest Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Rocking Z Guest Ranch?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rocking Z Guest Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Rocking Z Guest Ranch have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rocking Z Guest Ranch offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Rocking Z Guest Ranch have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Rocking Z Guest Ranch accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.