Dryhead Ranch

This is an authentic working cattle and quarter horse ranch located in the Dryhead Canyon on the east slopes of the Pryor Mountains, south of Billings, Montana. They invite you to join them at the ranch and experience a lifestyle you’ve only seen in the movies! At the ranch you can experience your first real cattle drive or maybe brand a calf and ride a well-trained cow horse. Cowboys have taken care of this ranch since 1898 and will ride with you on 20,000 acres of open grassland country while taking care of about 800 head of mother cows and their calves, and about 50 head of mares and their colts.

In May you can join a genuine cattle drive from the winter pastures in Wyoming to the ranch in Montana. In September, you can take part in the gathering of cows and calves to wean the calves. There will be long days in the saddle but you will return to the ranch in the evening for a good meal and a comfortable bed!

In April and mid October the horses need driving from Wyoming to the ranch and back again. On top of this there a roundup when stallions are added to the mares in late May and weaning the colts in the middle of October. Again long days in the saddle and some fast riding especially on the horse drives. Enormous fun but good riding skills and fitness are required.

Ranch weeks run from June to August when your stay at the ranch may include, branding, vaccinating, roping, mini-veterinary needs, holding herd, salting, fencing, rotating pastures, bull gathering, weaning calves, pregnancy testing cows, weaning colts, working mare bands, occasional horse drives and rounding up strays. Basically, you can help with whatever needs doing on the ranch, you can be sure of many hours in the saddle caring for both cattle and horses. Masal Oku

Food is plentiful western style and guests eat three meals a day with both the family and cowboys in the cookhouse. Ranch home-style meals are the order of the day, with tender Angus beefsteaks, top sirloin roast, healthy vegetables, fresh salads, homemade desserts and lots of chocolate chip cookies!

Children are welcome from mid-July to the end of August and they have special rides available for the under 12 years as they cannot get involved in the everyday cattle work of the ranch. You are close to Yellowstone National Park, Big Horn National Recreation Area as well as Cody which hosts a nightly rodeo from June - August so we would recommend extending your holiday to visit a little more of this wonderful part of the world.

Ranch Type
Working Ranch

12 years plus

Lodge and cabin accommodation, with shared facilities.

Ranch Price
Standard Double from £1559 pp
Prices are per person, based on a double occupancy for 6 nights. Includes accommodation, meals, most ranch activites and taxes.

From £889 pp into Billings

Available at an additional charge

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The availability of protective headgear can vary from destination to destination and therefore we cannot guarantee that headgear will be provided or will be to the same standard as those available in the UK. It is recommended that you take your own headgear with you.

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