Dude Ranch Vacations

Here at Dryhead Ranch, we offer an authentic cattle drive experience complete with sweat, mud, hard work and memories that will last a lifetime. Our guests don’t just play at being cowboys… they ride into the range alongside experts with lifetimes of experience under their belts.

Dryhead Ranch does not offer a “Dude Ranch” experience. If you are looking for a “Western-themed” resort where you can watch other people doing cowboy stuff while you sip an umbrella drink, you might want to look elsewhere. We don’t think there’s anything wrong with dude ranches, or umbrella drinks for that matter. We just don’t want you getting the wrong impression.

A working cattle ranch in the West country is a rugged place, and driving cattle is rugged work. On the trail, our guests live just like our full-timers. On a cattle drive vacation at Dryhead Ranch, you should expect to get your hands dirty. But, if you are anything like our staff of working ranch hands and cowboys, a little dirt wouldn’t bother you at all.

If dirt does bother you, you might want to reconsider a dude ranch vacation. If you are looking for an authentic working ranch vacation, complete with all the amenities the open range and the endless Montana sky can offer, you are looking for Dryhead Ranch.

Expect to get really familiar with cows. Expect to get even more familiar with your horse. Expect to hear wild stories of drives gone by from people who have been doing this their whole lives. Expect to bring back your own wild stories that you’ll never get tired of telling.

A Heritage of Adventure

For more than sixty years, we here at Dryhead Ranch have been raising and driving cattle. Sharing this experience with our guests is a special opportunity to pass on time-honored skills and knowledge you only get when you do this for a living. This sort of hands-on opportunity to learn the ranch life from the people who live it doesn’t come around very often. Fewer and fewer old-school ranches still run, and of those that do, fewer still take guests on authentic cattle drive vacations.

Our guests are looking for the kind of adventure you can only get on the range. We are glad to give it to them. It’s what we do for a living. And besides, we can use the extra hands. There’s always something to do on a working ranch.

If your hands are very soft and you want them to stay that way, or if boredom sounds like something you might be into, again, maybe a cattle drive vacation is not for you. The West is dotted with dude ranches that will gladly put you up in a deluxe suite and give you all the room service and tiny bars of soap you could ask for.

Dryhead Ranch is not that kind of place. Come out and see for yourself.

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