CATTLE DRIVE VACATIONS IN MONTANA
Cattle Drive Vacations in Montana
Hello, and welcome to the Dryhead Ranch’s new website. We are a working cattle and guest ranch. If you’re looking for the genuine artifact, then you, my friend, have found it. Be it cattle drives, horse drives, or the always-popular ranch week, we have the working ranch vacation that is right for you. With around 32,000 acres and more than 900 cows, 800 of which are mother cows with calves, you won’t hurt for things to do. We also raise and sell American Quarter Horses, and have more than 120 head on the ranch all season long. Everything we do has a purpose, and we love sharing what we do with those who come and visit us. Montana is beautiful country, and we’d love to have you come and ride it with us at our working guest ranch. All of us here at the Dryhead would like to thank you for your interest in our ranch and invite you to spend some time on our site getting to familiarize yourself with the vacation that just might change your life.
Ranching is in our blood. Our Ranch’s beginning reaches back to 1898 when the Phelps family built their first homestead. Many years of homesteading and several families later Joe and Iris purchased the Dryhead Ranch in 1989. Joe had played and worked on the Dryhead Ranch from the time he was twelve and fulfilled a childhood dream when he was able to purchase it. Four generations later we are still carrying on the cowboy traditions. Learn about the rich history, accommodations and dining, and location of our authentic Montana guest ranch.
Dryhead Ranch has been raising registered American Quarter Horses for over 40 years. Our horse weeks are our most popular weeks and when we gather our mares are two of those weeks, We are proud to say that our foals hit the ground in big, rough country without human intervention. This gives our colts a early start at knowing how to place their feet and build strong muscles to be sure footed on rocky, steep, mountain trails. Check out our Ranch Horses page to see our horses.
What makes our working ranch the best in the working ranch business is the fact that we are real and authentic. We do all of our cow work on horseback and different tasks are mixed into each week. Our days are full of honest work that is not made up or set up for guests to watch. Branding weeks are necessary to prove ownership of our calves born that year. Moving cattle to spring pastures and rotating pastures during the summer months keeps our calves growing and our grass well managed. Bringing colts to the ranch headquarters for riding and training. Weaning colts in the fall and making registration paper. Fall gathering of all the cows and calves to wean the calves and pregnancy test the cows. Each month of the spring, summer and fall have important work to be done. We are a family owned ranch and the family works together to take care of our guests and cattle.