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from £3,645 or €4,120
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Includes – Accommodation, all riding, all meals, alcoholic & soft drinks, white water rafting, tour of Yellowstone Park(6 night stay only), ranch activities and ranch donation.
Excludes – Flights, transfers & tips
Open from 25 June until 12 August
How To Get There
International flights to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport or Billingslogan International Airport
Hire a car and drive from Bozeman Yellowstone (1.5 hours) or Billingslogan (2 hours 40 minutes). Alternatively, a transfer can be arranged from Bozeman Yellowstone airport for an additional charge, please contact us for a quote.
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Just over 10 miles from the north gates of Yellowstone National Park in a mountain valley along the Cedar Creek lies the O.T.O. Ranch, Montana’s very first dude ranch from way back. Now, you can return to this historic ranch for exclusive pop-up dude ranch stays that will raise funds to help shape its future.
Classic dude ranch adventures await, including horseback riding in the Montana wilderness, sport shooting, archery and hiking; plus special events and evening entertainment. Off-ranch activities including white water rafting, visits to Yellowstone Hot Springs; and for guests staying six nights a tour of Yellowstone National Park by Yellowstone Forever.
Riding is in Custer Gallatin National Forest and cover lots of varied terrain in a single ride from wild sage covered meadows to mountainous trails in the pines.
Evenings are spent back at the ranch enjoying happy hour cocktails, dinner and entertainment.
As Montana’s very first dude ranch, the O.T.O. Ranch holds a special place in the state’s history, as well as that of dude ranching and the western experience. It was established in 1898 when Dick and Dora Randall purchased land north of Yellowstone National Park. They offered guided trips in the surrounding wilderness until 1912 when guests became so numerous they opened up cabins, followed by the construction of the expansive lodge between 1914 and 1920. Considered the “Father of Montana Dude Ranching,” Dick Randall promoted the O.T.O. Ranch heavily, traveling to eastern states attracting guests to this new outdoor vacation experience. The Randalls drew guests to the rustic western experience until the sale of the ranch in the mid-1930s to Gay Randall and Chan Libbey. It was run as a dude ranch until 1939.
During its heyday, the O.T.O. attracted illustrious guests and became a centre point of western architecture, craftsmanship and furniture—including being one of famed western craftsman Thomas Molesworth’s first commissions.
Ownership of the ranch changed hands until it was ultimately acquired by the USDA Forest Service from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to preserve and manage it in the 1990s. The Custer Gallatin National Forest has since stewarded modern preservation efforts.
Horses – Primarily Quarter horses with some Paint and Appaloosa horses. The horses come from their permanent ranch in Arizona.
Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to advanced
Weight Restriction – 18st/114kg/252lbs
Group Size – Maximum 18
You will be staying in the historic O.T.O. log cabins with cosy bedding, Navajo rugs, and full of history. Modern glamping- style bathhouses have been added for each ranch cabin.
Meals during this pop-up dude ranch experience will range from Cowboy Cookouts on the front lawn, cocktails and dinners enjoyed in the expansive, historic lodge and sack lunches out on the trail.
Here is a sample of the weekly schedule at the ranch. If you are staying for 6 nights, arrive any day but for 3 nights arrivals must be on a Sunday or Wednesday:
Arrive in the afternoon for a warm welcome and orientation. Dinner is followed by a special presentation on the O.T.O ranch history.
Breakfast then time to saddle up for your 1st ride and ride again after lunch. You can choose to go e-biking later in the afternoon. Happy hour cocktails are at 6pm followed by dinner.
Ride after breakfast and again in the afternoon. Afternoon activity is sport shooting. Enjoy happy hour followed by dinner.
Up early for the Yellowstone Tour – breakfast and lunch will be served whilst out on your trip. New arrivals will have their welcome and orientation then it is happy hour and dinner. No riding today.
Morning ride after breakfast then back for sport shooting. Out to ride again in the afternoon and the afternoon activity is e-biking. There will be a special guest speaker after dinner tonight.
After breakfast depart for white water rafting on the Yellowstone or an all day ride. Around 3pm choose the Yellowstone Hot Springs or a hike. Happy hour followed by dinner.
The last ride and “Happy Trails” Champagne brunch. Time to depart.