Cattle Drive Vacations Are Fun for the Whole Family!
2021 DRYHEAD RANCH FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
The Covid 19 Pandemic has changed, for a couple of years, the tourism industry and made traveling within the United States of America more of a focus for the whole family and individual vacations. Dryhead Ranch offers exciting horse riding experiences at our working ranch spring, summer and fall. Cattle Drives are the dreams that peak childhood adventures watched on “Raw Hide” or “Gunsmoke” each Friday night from cowboy western movies. Riding a horse through the open grasslands of Montana, Yee Haw. Fun for the whole family can be wrapped up in a working ranch vacation. Eating wonderful home cooked food and roasting marshmallows around a peaceful campfire. Fun. Fun. Fun.
WHY WOULD A RANCH BE A FUN VACATION FOR KIDS
Kids and families and horse loving adults are perfect for working ranch vacations. Great moments to work together, bond with teenagers, achieve bucket list dreams and do something different on a horse. Cows move slow with their young calves and the outdoor air and pushing cow challenges give kids a great “What I did for my summer vacation” adventure stories and writing compositions for school in the fall.
Millions of children go to Disneyland every year. Just as many kids hit the beach or go skiing. Those are great close to home weekend things. Traveling close to home is so full of hands on experiences that develop character. There is so much to see and experience if you come west and plan a week being a cowboy at Dryhead Ranch. Riding a horse is fun as you move cows, watch eagles hunt, watch a coyote run across the meadow and search for an arrowhead near the teepee rings. Each day offers different adventures. These are the things kids read about in their school books; Indians and arrowheads, Cowboys and horses, Prehistoric animals bones and Wild animals in the West. Seeing them with their families is beyond wonderful. Kids change when they have a job to accomplish and doing it together changes their attitude toward siblings and adults.
ARE WORKING RANCH VACATIONS JUST FOR FAMILIES
Dryhead Ranch offers amazing weeks for adults who love horses and want something different to experience on a horse. Mountain trails behind cows and calves going to spring pasture. Canyons full of creeks, trees, nature, and keeping those horses moving along toward ranch headquarters. We have lots of single adults who come alone because they don’t have a friend who loves to ride horses. But they find lots of horse loving friends at the ranch and they become friends and share working together that makes friendship bonds for years to come. Many come back every year with the group they met when they were at the ranch riding horses and laughing and loving the quiet peacefulness of the outdoors.
DRYHEAD RANCH IS THE PERFECT FAMILY VACATION
Grandparents and grandkids.
Parents with grown children.
Grandpa, grandkid, uncles.
Dad and daughter.
Mom and son.
Every combination of “family” we have had at the ranch. It is always a win win. The laughter, the silly “umbrella” game and the sharing of life. Horses give you lots of wide open spaces to enjoy that can’t happen in a car and the pace slows down to cow time, so everyone can think, and dream. Jake or Jess always finds a spot to challenge your abilities. “Hey, my new friend. Ride up that hill and bring back all the cows that you see!”
THE DRYHEAD FAMILY
Great grandma, Iris.
Jake and Jess and four busy kids, two girls, and two boys
Donna the cook.
Matthew the cowboy.
Kristen the office girl.
Gary (spring and fall) cowboy/guest helper.
Debbie life long friend and organizer of details
Everyone rides at some level. All have a part in the whole experience. It takes a ranch to raise kids and guests and keep them all involved and challenged and happy. This is our life. We work at it everyday 24/7. Some more intense than others. That is what a family is. We believe in God, he makes our life have purpose. The kids bring energy and noise and direct where life is going to go. It is not the same without children. We demand manners, politeness, respect, work and smiles. We are a family.
CHILDREN AT THE DRYHEAD RANCH
Our children live and work here. Kids are happier when they have something to do and a purpose in doing it. We have kids as well as guests wash their own dishes and saddle their own horse and treat that horse with respect and kindness. These horses will take them anywhere safe and help them work cattle and help them feel a sense of accomplishment. So, loving animals is something that is a good thing when you come here. We ride 5-6 hours a day and kids are welcome to come along and learn, so make sure this is part of the decision when you think about coming to a ranch. We recommend that parents do a few riding lessons so that everyone in the family is familiar and comfortable around horses; leading, saddling, brushing, riding, turning, stopping. We don’t offer babysitting options or organized individual child activities. We have a creek that offers many hours of water, mud, and creative fun activities and the our kids don’t ride every ride.
REAL LIFE VACATIONS WITH REAL LIFE LESSONS
Our website has a testimonial page. These testimonials are written by guests from all over the world who have spend a week with us or several weeks with us. They have written to tell us their feelings about spending a week with us. Each has a lesson learned, a feeling realized to take home with them. If that is all we accomplish, then we have achieved our purpose. Making people slow down and think about their life and how it can be better is a wonderful thing. Horses bring peace, thoughtfulness and challenge. Wide open spaces relax the turmoil in our lives and let God talk to us. Who doesn‘t need that.
SITES IN THE AREA TO ADD TO YOUR PERFECT RANCH VACATION
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
CODY NIGHTLY RODEO
CODY A GREAT OLD WESTERN TOWN
THERMOPOLIS DINOSAUR MUSEUM
CUSTERS LAST STAND MUSEUM
BIG HORN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
LOVELL MUSTANG CENTER -OLDEST MUSTANG REFUGE
Interested in a Cattle Drive Vacation? Send us Your Questions or Comments.
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