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At Dryhead Ranch we offer the opportunity for adventure and exploration on our cattle ranch vacations in Montana. From cattle drives to horse drives, not to mention ranch weeks, we are full of exciting experiences just waiting to be had. Working on a ranch with cattle and American Quarter Horses is full of unique encounters that we take pride in sharing with all who visit us. We recently had the opportunity to spend a ranch week with our Young Marines from the local area.


The Young Marines are very similar to Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts but for both genders. They teach boys and girls eight through the completion of high school the values of hard work, honesty and integrity. They promote a healthy drug free lifestyle along with community service and supporting veterans of all ages. At Dryhead Ranch we are especially passionate about the Young Marines and doing our part in rising up a generation of responsible young adults. These fine young people come out once a year to experience the best ranch vacation Montana has to offer. We give them the opportunity to work with our cattle and American Quarter Horses, all the while performing valuable tasks on our Ranch

Young Marine Ranch Vacations in Montana

Our unit of Young Marines was between 15 and 18. The spent several days learning to ride and care for the horse assigned to them. They worked together to complete tasks around the ranch while using their horses as a primary means of transportation. This allowed each teenager to learn the value of teamwork as they labored with their peers and bonded with their horse. The bond between horse and rider is a unique and awe inspiring experience we want all our guests to experience on our ranch vacations in Montana. As they spent more and more time riding their horses these teenagers learned what it is to care for another creature and work with it to accomplish the tasks set before them

Once the Young Marines had spent a few days adjusting to riding and learning how to work in tandem with their horses we allowed them the opportunity to gallop their horse. Until this point each Young Marine had been riding at a steady walk. We wanted them to increase their riding skills by learning to control a horse at a faster pace. While they were nervous at first, each Young Marine successfully galloped their horse.

One other task these amazing young people completed while enjoying their week with us was fence building. Together the dug the holes, planted the posts and ran the barbed wire. As the spent time on this task they once again had the chance to learn team work. As post after post was put in they were able to view all they had accomplished and revel in a job well done.


At Dryhead Ranch we value our young people and believe in rearing a responsible and hardworking generation. When the Young Marines undertake one of the most authentic ranch vacations Montana has to offer we are able to share with them our way of life and the reward of honest hard work. While we are teaching them we inevitably learn from them in return. Their positive attitudes and youthful spirits remind us of why we offer these ranch vacations in Montana. To join in the many adventures at Dryhead Ranch call or email us today.

At Dryhead Ranch we seek to provide our guests with the opportunity for hard work and team building by partaking in our cattle drives. We value the American tradition of honest labor through working ranch life and take special pride in sharing that with today’s youth. In the past we have offered a special week dedicated to the Young Marines. They had the unique opportunity to take part in ranch life and working cattle drives. These teens grew together by working as a team in order to accomplish a common goal.

The Young Marines are a youth program that seeks to rise up and teach high school age kids the value of hard work and honest living. This youth outreach is set up in a military format and even gives them the opportunity to gain rank and earn ribbons as they show progress in areas of leadership, community service and athletic accomplishment. This program promotes a drug free lifestyle and seeks to teach today’s youth the skills necessary to be responsible citizens

At Dryhead Ranch we have a particular interest in seeing the youth of today learn the value of hard work and have offered these Young Marines and opportunity to join in our cattle drives and horse drives. The team work necessary when driving cattle is a perfect opportunity for these Young Marines to learn how to work as a team for a common goal. They are required to work together until the job is done. Driving cattle require determination and persistence, two qualities necessary for a successful life and we are honored to be able to impart this on the youth of today by sharing in the American tradition of cattle driving and working ranches.

Not only do we offer these teens the opportunity to join in our cattle drives but work with our American Quarter Horses. Halter breaking is a necessary step in training a horse to eventually wear a saddle and carry a rider. The Young Marines were given the opportunity to work with a young horse and slowly ease them into comfortably wearing a halter and walking with the youth. They had an opportunity to bond with their horse during the time they were at the ranch.  We rode each day working cattle and driving them to new pastures, wanting them to experience the reward that comes with hard work. Our family at Dryhead Ranch believes strongly in investing in the next generation.  We currently have four generations of our family working the ranch. Our children take part in the ranch operation and we happily offer the same opportunity to today’s youth.

Dryhead Ranch cattle drives are an ideal opportunity for not only youth but entire families to learn team building and the importance of hard work. The American dream rests on relentlessly seeking to accomplish a goal and working tirelessly to see it come into fruition. Our cattle drives, horse drives, and general working ranch life promote these values and we are honored to have the opportunity to pass them onto the next generation. It’s time that you join in the tradition of the American dream and working spirit and sign up for one of our priceless cattle drives. Become one of the family at Dryhead Ranch and give us a call today.

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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

Well, its back to reality and back to work for me today!  I’m still dreaming of the aroma of sage in the pastures in Montana and the thundering hooves. -Roam Photos

I got to photograph some colt starting while out in Montana.  It was amazing to watch the way they communicated with their young horses and Jake and Matthew were kind enough to share stories and technique with us while calmly working with each horse!  I’m sharing a couple of the most exciting moments here,  but all in all it was a pretty calm affair. -Fast Horse Photography

14 years ago and still thinking about my experience everyday. Unforgettable. -Camille Brit

 A place to meet old and new friends.  Every year I learn a little more about the work of the cowboys, a little more about how to handle horses.  It’s a place that decelerates.  All work is done in cow time.  After the holiday is before the holiday.  So I look forward to next year -Andreas Will, Germany

Such incredible memories of my week on the ranch.  A long time dream of mine and I just don’t have words for the “wow” moments I had on that trip.  Hearing the cowboys bring in the horses that first morning, galloping to catch up to and turn the strays, the stars at night, to name a few! Thank you for the memories I will forever cherish -Maureen Knibloe

Solitude. Peace. Adventure. Friendship. Great food. As close to the real West as could be.  Treat that childhood cowboy wanna-be to something special. -Jimmy Addis

I had a great time at the Dryhead Ranch.  I loved my time in the saddle experiencing Montana and getting to know the family.  It left me the best kind of tired, ready for a good nights sleep after a delicious dinner.  I’d like to think that stay gave me the clarity of mind to make the best decision of my life…to move out to Montana and enjoy riding my horse surrounded by it’s beauty…Read More

There is no place better to see beautiful scenery and enjoy the cowboy lifestyle.  Every time I go, I learn and grow thanks to the outstanding team at Dryhead.  Thank you all so very much! -Ken Fisher

For me it was the most beautiful travel I’ve never done!!!  It was a dream since I am 10 years, and I really hope I could come and see all of us one more time… -Isabelle Isa

Still my favorite place on earth!  I dream about it every night..  My feet itch to get back only I will probably never leave again..  From the feeling of family epic horses and a once in a lifetime experience..  Nothing could ever top the Dryhead.  It healed my soul in so many ways I couldn’t begin to explain..All I can say is thank you and hopefully see you all real soon. -Caty Greve

I can honestly say that this was one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on. Great food, great staff and some of the best scenery you could ask for. I’ll be back, and it won’t be fast enough. Jen was great in getting us started and getting us anything we needed during my stay. Jake was great with me while working with the cattle and horses as a novice rider, and the food was…Read More

Sore muscles and a dirty face has never felt so magnificent!  Having the privilege of joining the ranch family, building relationships, working hard, and experiencing the majesty all around, was truly an unforgettable experience. -Monique Gilbert

Friendly welcoming and had a fabulous time on this true cowboy hands on experience with fabulous horses.  Good homemade food set to your dietary requirements.  Clean and homey accommodations.  We felt like family and have returned for a second time. Hopefully we get to go again. -Michelle Robinson

This is a great place with great people—and the real deal, nothing fancy, which greatly contributes to why I keep coming back.  It doesn’t matter whether you are with a big group of people, or the only guest, which, by some strange coincidence, I have practically been the only guest most of the times I have been to Dryhead.  The scenery is amazing.  And you can be sure of a lot of riding on good…Read More

Once in a lifetime experience never to be forgotten.  You really do become a part of the family. -Pat Hofmann

I just came home from a week at the Dryhead Ranch and wanted to thank Iris, Jennifer, Jackie, and Jake for the greatest vacation I have ever had! I have always wanted to see Montana and this experience was more than I ever hoped for. The bunkhouse, food, horses, scenery and hospitality shown by this wonderful family is something I will always fondly remember. I came home with answers and this really did change my life in a…Read More

Third time and keeps getting better! A big thanks to Jake, Sky, Jennifer, Jackie, Cannon, Suzie, and everyone else at the Dryhead for making my third trip to the ranch so much fun. We really got to experience a little bit of everything last week! The other guests and I really got along and seemed like had I had known them for years instead of just a few days. The warm family atmosphere at the…Read More

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