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A real Montana Adventure!!

I had only 3 short days, booked at very late notice..but even so: the highlight of my year. The... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2019
suzannesav
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Dublin, Ireland
Unforgettable trip

A friend, my daughter and I went to Lonesome Spur Ranch last summer 2017. Elaine, Lonnie and Mary... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

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.

Date of experience: September 2011
1  Thank skifiasco
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

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.

Date of experience: August 2011
5  Thank JP B
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

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

Date of experience: July 2011
5  Thank amyjomarch
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Reviewed 10 December 2010

On our arrival in Billings airport after 3 flights in total from the uk we were a little nervous as the only communication id had with the ranch was through email and as id not booked a holiday that wasnt with a travel company! We were then picked up by within minutes and taken to the ranch,was a pleasant journey with gud conversation. We were then greeted by Elaine (owner) who was very welcoming. The accomodation was just as we'd hoped comfortable beds,clean and spacious room,welcome basket filled with hot and cold drinks,snacks and fruit.
You have to walk up across a field to get to the lodge,but theres often somebody around to drive up so u wont ave to walk 6 times, all the meals are served here and theres plenty of it. Mike the chef is a great character and always has a smile on his face. the food was lovely-homely dinners like roast buffulo from the ranch!
The nx day we went for our first ride. the horses are really pleasent all geldings and kept as a herd so you dnt get them kicking out and each other. Ajax and Herby were our favourites.
The nx three days we then rode in pryor mountains,herding the cows dwn for the winter. Its very long days in the saddle a short day being 3/4 hrs!!! The drive up to rthe mountains was a drag taking an hour each way but if your lucky enough to travel with skyler,a wrangler,he will keep you entertained with his singing!
If your not happy with your horse or would like to try another they are happy to change or let you try another.
We also had a go at barrel racing which was really good fun!
It is a working ranch so you do have to catch your horse,feed,groom and tack them up yourself and pick up after them,and you dont ave the luxury of choosing where to ride etc.
everyone makes you feel very welcome and you will leave feeling like you've been visiting family!

1  Thank firefly88
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

We were very excited by this holiday and although we had a good time was it the holiday of a life time - no. If you are going for a comfort filled holiday forget it. Accomodation is comfortable but basic, a chair in our room had been mended with tape and a throw put over it. We had to empty out own bin in our room. We stopped at a Wal Mart on the way to buy drinks and snacks to have in our room. I thought I had paid for all inclusive!! All riders were in one group from very experienced to complete novice so on some rides we did nothing but walk, was a little nose to tail. Skylar, Carter, Jack and Doyle were great very patient and helpful but there seemed to be a bit of tension between some of the staff! Food was basic and a little repetitive. If you want to go out you need to say, although we did feel that one trip we wanted to make to see the wild horses was a chore, we were late leaving - waited for half an hour to be collected - drove to the range, drove around, stopped once, came back saw thre horses 200 yards away. With not very good grace by the driver. Did we enjoy ourselves yes was it the holiday of a life time no.

3  Thank missymessy
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