Cattle Drives Vacations- Our Schedule

Cattle Drives in Montana- Our Schedule

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.

2017 Dates and Rates

HORSE ROUNDUPS AND DRIVES     –   $ 1,900.00

April  9-15, 2017                     Horse Drive from Wyoming winter pastures to Montana ranch.

April 14-15, 2017                      Real Ranch Horse Sale – Billings Montana

May 28- June 3, 2017              Gathering mares and  adding stallions for the breeding season.

October  15-21, 2017             Registration of weaning colts, taking the studs out of the mare                                                                                                       bands, putting mares out for the winter.                                            

October 29-Nov 4, 2017        Horse Roundup and drive to Wyoming.


April 23-29,2017                       Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures

April 30-May 6, 2017               Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures

May 7-13, 2017                         Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures

May 14-20, 2017                      Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures

Sept  3-9, 2017                          Fall gathering, working out strays, we have 900 mother cows to find

Sept  10-16, 2017                      and process – riding the neighbors pastures in the mountains and

                                                     our mountain pastures – returning strays to neighbors.

Our fall gathering is upon us.  All the calves need to be gathered and weaned.  Extra cowboys will be with us.

Sept 17-23, 2017                        Gather and wean Jeff, Jake, and Jen’s cattle.  Pregnancy Test cows.

Sept 24-30, 2017                        Gather and wean Matt’s cattle.  Reride pastures to find what we have


Oct 22-28, 2017                         Heifer Drive to Wyoming.    



May 21-27, 2017                      Branding, doctoring calves, gathering into corrals to brand. 

May 28-June 3, 2017              Gathering mares and putting the stallions with them in mare bands

June 4-10, 2017                       Branding calves returning cows to mountain pastures.         

June 11-17, 2017                      Finish up branding and take cows to pastures.

June 18-24, 2017                     Checking horses and cattle on entire 33,000 acres of our ranch country.

June 25-July 1, 2017               Trailing cows to summer pasture.   

July 2-8, 2017                           Open Week                                                                         

July 9-15, 2017                         Checking cows on mountain pastures, doctoring heifers.

July 16-22, 2017                       Checking cows on mountain pastures, doctoring heifers.                              

July 23-29, 2017                       Checking cows on mountain pastures, doctoring heifers.    

July 30-Aug 5, 2017                 Checking cows on mountain pastures, doctoring heifers.

August 6-12, 2017                     Rotating cows to summer pasture, Riding for heifers.

August 13-19, 2017                   Checking cows out on mountain. Riding for heifers

August 20-26, 2017                  Gather  heifers. Pregnancy testing Heifers.

August 27-Sept 2, 2017           Checking cows on the mountain.    

FALL GATHERING WEEKS                         $1900.00                                           

Sept 3-9, 2017                        Prior to actual weaning time, lots of riding and gathering, returning strays.

Sept 10-16, 2017                    Moving cows from the back side of Little Mountain.  Sort off strays.

October 1-7, 2017                  Returning cows to mountain pastures. Finding any cow/calf pairs we missed.

October 8-14, 2017                Riding on cows. Finding any cow/calf pairs we missed.

A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking to hold a reservation.  It is non-refundable if cancelled less than 90 days before vacation date.  Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival and is non-refundable thereafter. 

Dates can be changed with emergency situations.  All payments should be in US dollars.  They can be cash, personal check (with approval), Visa, Mastercard or bank wire.   We suggest a 15% gratuity.  If additional days are desired, we can make special arrangements by email or phone.  There is a transfer charge of $100.00 for pickup and return to Billings on the following Saturday by 12:00.

 Check on our website for a list of things to bring.

In choosing what accommodations you would like we have: two private cabins with bathrooms available for $200 per couple and $150 per single person.  Our semi-private bunkhouse rooms have 2 shared bathrooms and our rooms have queen, and twin bed combinations to accommodate families or groups.

Dryhead Ranch reserves the right to alter or change any attractions, dates or activities, due to unforeseen circumstances.  However, substitutions of a similar kind will be arranged.  These circumstances would include:  unfavorable weather conditions, range or pasture conditions, insufficient bookings.

Special arrangements and discounts are available for returns, families, or groups.  These are best made by phone and the office phone is 1-307-548-6688 or the cell phone is 1-307-272-6688.

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