Cattle Drives Vacations – Our 2023 Schedule and Rates
We are thrilled to have you join us at the Dryhead Ranch for an authentic cowboy working ranch vacation. During the week that you ride at the ranch with us you will experience a wide variety of activities: working cattle, gathering cattle, cattle drives, working horses, horse drives, branding calves, mending fences, and our cowboys and cowgirls will teach you to rope. We offer the best horseback riding vacations in Montana. We are real, remote, quiet, and have seemingly endless mountain vistas. We share with you real cattle work and real working cow horses to experience an amazing horseback riding vacation.
Saturday we will return you to Billings. En route we will visit several of the historic sites along the Big Horn Recreation Area: Lockhart Historic Ranch, Devils Canyon Overlook, and the Wild Mustang Museum.
The Dryhead Ranch is located on the Crow Indian Reservation and features one of the largest historic buffalo jumps in the United States. We also have a few Indian Pictographs on the canyon walls and lots of arrowheads and artifacts for the finding. We are required to honor a Federal alcohol-free ruling required on all reservation properties.
2023 DATES & RATES
FOR DRYHEAD RANCH GUEST SEASON
(Each activity requires riding every day)
Horse Drives & Roundups – $2100.00
April 16 – 22, 2023 – Horse Drive from Wyoming to Dryhead Ranch in Montana.
April 21 – 22, 2023 – Real Ranch Horse Sale – Billings, Montana. Open to Public
May 28 – June 3, 2023 – Adding stallions to mare bands for breeding season.
October 15 – 21, 2023 – Making registration papers and weaning colts from mares.
October 22 – 28, 2023 – Horse Drive from Dryhead ranch to Wyoming for winter.
Cattle Drives & Weaning Weeks – $2100.00
April 30 – May 6, 2023 – Cattle Drive from Wyoming to Dryhead ranch in Montana.
May 7 – May 13, 2023 – Cattle Drive from Wyoming to Dryhead ranch in Montana.
May 14 – 20, 2023 – Cattle Drive from Wyoming to Dryhead ranch in Montana.
May 21 – 27, 2023 – Cattle Drive from Wyoming to Dryhead ranch in Montana.
September 17 – 23, 2023 – Gathering cows and calves to wean calves. Long days big circles.
September 24 – 30, 2023 – Gathering cows and calves to wean calves. Long days big circles.
October 1 – 7, 2023 – Gathering cows and calves to wean calves. Long days big circles.
Ranch Weeks – $2100.00
June 4 – 10, 2023 – Gather cows and calves, sort pairs, brand calves.
June 11 – 17, 2023 – Gather cows and calves, sort pairs, brand calves.
June 18 – 24, 2023 – Finish branding, gather and move cows to mountain pasture.
June 25 – July 1, 2023 – Riding fence, doctoring for sickness, rotating pastures.
July 2 – 8, 2023 – Closed Week
July 9 – 15, 2023 – Closed Week
July 16 – 22, 2023 – Closed Week
July 23 – 29, 2023 – Rotating pastures, doctoring for sickness, riding fence.
July 30 – August 5 ,2023 – Doctoring for sickness, rotating pastures, riding fence.
August 6 – 12, 2023 – Closed week.
August 13 – 19, 2023 – Closed week.
August 20 – 26, 2023 – Rotating pastures, doctoring for sickness, riding fence.
August 27 – September 2,2023 – Doctoring for sickness, checking water sources, fencing.
September 3 – 9, 2023 – Begin outside riding. Bringing back cattle, putting out strays.
September 10 – 16, 2023 – Gathering cows to ranch for weaning. Putting out strays.
October 8 – 14, 2023 – Putting cows on fall pasture, looking for unweaned calves.
Important Information About Our Working Ranch Vacation
A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking to hold a reservation. Deposits are non-refundable unless your spot is filled in said week. If the spot is filled your deposit will be returned. If the spot cannot be filled your deposit will be forfeited. However, we strongly encourage you to choose a different week and simply transfer your deposit. For this reason, we highly recommend trip insurance for “last minute” medical or emergency cancellations. All payments should be in US dollars. Payment can be cash, personal check (with approval), Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, or Square. There is a 3% charge on use of a credit card and Montana charges a bed tax that will be added to the final bill. We suggest a 15% gratuity. If additional days are desired, we can make special arrangements by email or phone.
We offer a pick up service of $120.00 per person for picking up at the airport or designated hotel and return to Billings by noon at the end of the week. We have two pick up places: Best Western Clock Tower Inn, and the Airport-at Door 4 at the west end of the airport.
Please send us travel arrangements 30 days in advance of arrival even if you are using a booking agent. We won’t want to miss you on our pick up route so please send your travel plans, airline information, pick up arrangements and driving plans. Please remember to send them when your plans are final. Thanks.
Dryhead Ranch has a small ranch store that we make available to our guests. It gives you a place to pick up a few gift items or personal items that you may have forgotten. We have cowboy hats, chinks, western vests (canvas and wool), sweatshirts, T-shirts, horsehair jewelry and Dryhead ranch caps and T-shirts. Check the website for a list of “THINGS TO BRING”. Always consider the weather when coming to the Dryhead Ranch. We live at 5000 feet and are surrounded by mountains. Layers are good any time of the year. Check out the website for accommodations and other pictures and details about our working ranch vacation.
Dryhead Ranch reserves the right to alter or change any attraction, dates or activities due to unforeseen circumstances and weather. However, substitutions of a similar kind will be arranged. These circumstances would include unfavorable weather conditions, wildfires, range or pasture conditions, insufficient bookings. Please call with any other questions or just to chat about our working ranch vacation. Office phone is 307-548-6688.
One of my favorite images from MT last summer at the Dryhead Ranch was chosen as the Opening Shot in this month’s February 2020 issue of Western Horseman magazine! Watching James ride Yeller and rope his calf was truly one of the highlights of my trip. The determination and seriousness on his face is priceless! Lol Good thing two grown cowboys were nearby to help out. -Pam Gabriel Photography
The future belongs to the few that are still willing to get their hands dirty. Thanks to all the farmers and ranchers for keeping us well fed. -PhyllisBurchettPhoto
So excited to open the May edition of Western Horseman magazine April 2020. It be honest, during all of the craziness that is currently happening, it’s been very hard for me to stay positive about my small business. The opening shot couldn’t have come at a better time for me! Stay healthy and happy, my friends! I hope to photograph you all in the coming months. -Hilary Bishop