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Situated next to Yellowstone National Park, this family run ranch operates just as it did a hundred years ago. The Kelsey family are very proud of the herd they’ve built over the years. All 120 horses at the ranch are Appaloosa; a breed specifically chosen for their stamina, temperament and suitability for mountain trekking. Every horse was bred, born, raised and trained at the ranch so one of the highlights at Nine Quarter Circle Ranch are the year’s new crop of horses. Every June and early July new foals are born and run out in the meadows.
The other main activity at the ranch is fly fishing on the creek that runs through the ranch. There are some great fishing opportunities whether you are a beginner or an accomplished fisherman. The various streams and rivers to the private trout pond provide a variety of different challenges. There is an on-site fishing guide at the ranch and fishing licences and flies are available.
The swimming pool provides a perfect addition to a hot summer’s day; the mountain stream fed natural pool is cool and refreshing and has spectacular views. The walking trails on and around the ranch are almost endless and there are wonderful photography opportunities all around.
The riding is flexible for all levels and you can join full or half day trails. Groups are organised by ability so the more confident are able to go on longer, faster rides into more rugged country.
Children aged six and over can have lessons and daily rides and there are staff to babysit the under five's. Experienced riders (aged 13 and over) can join a pack trip, camping overnight in the mountains.
The horses are Appaloosa, bred on the ranch and ridden in Western tack with a loose rein.
The natural log cabins are rustic but comfortable, each with their own bathroom, porch, and wood burning stove for cool evenings. There are 19 individual guest cabins ranging from single bedrooms to multi rooms for families. There is also a laundry room available for guests to use.
Meals are taken together family style in the main dining area with the ranch owners and cowboys. Dinner is served earlier to children so that adults can relax and enjoy happy hour before finding their own places at the table.
The ranch does not have a liquor licence but guests are welcome to bring their own wine, beer, or spirits and keep in the communal fridge. Drinks can be purchased in Bozeman on Sunday when you transfer to the ranch.
The ranch is open from June to September and the standard stay is arriving on Sunday and departing the following Sunday.
Discounts are available for children aged 0 - 14 years.
INCLUDES Seven nights full board; riding and on-ranch activities; accommodation tax; gratuities.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Payable as below.
|13 Jun - 27 Jun||$539.00|
|28 Jun - 7 Aug||$605.00|
|8 Aug - 11 Sep||$539.00|
PAYABLE LOCALLY Off-ranch activities; pack trip.
NEAREST AIRPORT Bozeman. It is also possible to use the small West Yellowstone Airport.
TRANSFERS from Bozeman Airport $250.00 per roundtrip for the first person in the group and $25.00 for each additional passenger.
The nearest main airport is Bozeman.
We can arrange collections from either Bozeman (c. one and a half hours) or West Yellowstone (c. 45 minutes). Alternatively, you may prefer to hire a car and drive to the ranch.
Flights from Europe arrive late evening, normally between 19:00 and 23:00 and most people choose to overnight at a hotel near to the airport.
The ranch is about an hour from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
June and September have average daytime temperatures of 15°C to 20°C and are usually lovely months to ride. July and August are typically in the high 20°C with cool evenings.
The terrain meant there weren't many opportunities for canters, but the scenery, horses and people more than made up for that. There was lots of going up and coming down mountainsides and crossing old forest, often off trail. Amazingly safe homebred horses, sure footed in challenging country that in some places would have been hard going on foot. Obedient and willing. And didn't panic at all when we got a bit closer than planned to a bear! We had everything we needed.
The weekly overnight pack trip camping out next to mountain lakes or streams is a fantastic experience!
Take your binoculars! The ranch is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - you may be lucky enough to spot elk, deer, moose, coyotes, eagles maybe even a bighorn sheep, or bear.