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Montana - Rocking Z
Rocking Z Ranch is a small, family owned and run guest ranch. Your hosts Zack and Patty Wirth are fourth generation Montanans. Zack’s great-grandfather came to Montana searching for gold in 1862 and Patty’s grandfather homesteaded in 1869. Zack is an expert on the history of the area and has great stories of the events that shaped this part of the country.
The itinerary is flexible to accommodate everyone with a mixture of half day and all day rides. You ride over a variety of terrain. Sometimes to higher ground where you can see six different mountain ranges. Parts of the rides are steep climbing but where the terrain is appropriate you may have canters. A favourite ride is a sixteen mile ride to Medicine Rock with the opportunity for lots of canters.
Each week there is usually the opportunity to move cattle from one pasture to the next or bring the cattle into the arena to do team penning. If you are really keen to learn roping and cattle work this can be available on request.
There are a wide range of non riding activities available including floating the Missouri River, target and clay shooting, archery, fishing, hiking, plus bird and wildlife watching. Rodeos take place in nearby towns on a number of weeks from mid June to the end of August and the ranch staff are happy to take you to them.
The ranch currently has over sixty horses, all much loved. They are mostly Quarter Horses but also include Appaloosas, Paints, Mustangs, Belgians, and a couple of smaller ponies. Most are trained on the ranch using Parelli Natural Horsemanship techniques.
You are encouraged to be involved in grooming and saddling your horse, the wranglers will show you the Western reining techniques.
The pace is varied from walk on the steeper slopes to a faster pace on the open spaces, which are great for canters.
Riding instruction is available in Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Western riding and reining.
Children six and up will spend much of the day learning to ride and playing games on their horses. If their riding ability allows, children are able to join in with some adult rides.
There are eight spacious guest rooms. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and a covered porch. The rooms have cast iron stove heaters for cool spring or autumn evenings. Air conditioning is available in some of the rooms, as is wifi.
The rooms are of varying size and some can accommodate up to four people on king queen or twin beds.
The main ranch lodge has a communal living and dining area where meals are taken with the family.
The normal ranch stay is six nights; arriving on Sunday departing the following Saturday after breakfast. It is possible to stay for 10 or 13 nights but there are no organised activities and only simple meals provided on the middle Saturday.
It is possible to stay between November and March but due to the weather, the riding may be affected. During this time you can arrive and depart on any day and stay for as long as you like (3 night minimum stay).
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||25 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£2,049.85||Book|
||1 Sep 2019 - 7 Sep 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,832.82||Book|
||8 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,832.82||Book|
||15 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,832.82||Book|
||29 Sep 2019 - 5 Oct 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,727.72||Book|
||6 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,674.74||Book|
||13 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,674.74||Book|
||20 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,674.74||Book|
||10 May 2020 - 16 May 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,674.74||Book|
||17 May 2020 - 23 May 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,674.74||Book|
||5 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||£2,049.85||Book|
INCLUDES Six nights full board; riding and on-ranch activities.
CHILD DISCOUNTS 10% discount for children aged 4 to 12 years.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if you are willing to share. There is one small single room available at no supplement. If you would like to guarantee a single room the supplement is payable as below.
|July - August||£409.97|
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; off-ranch activities; tips $250 - $300.
NEAREST AIRPORT Great Falls or Helena.
TRANSFERS Included from Helena at a set time on Sunday morning and transfer back the following Saturday morning. At any other time transfers are possible from Helena at $160 per vehicle return or from Great Falls at $300 per vehicle return (payable locally).
The ranch is just half an hour's drive north of Helena set in the grassy foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
May, 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 average July temperature is 28°C.
The team at Rocking Z look after their horses exceptionally well. They know each one individually and we were very pleased with our equine matches. In addition, they really want to teach you to ride which was brilliant for us as beginners - we gained so much confidence with the horses over the week and the horses reward you with improved responsiveness. A wonderful experience. No one should hesitate to holiday at Rocking Z, they were quite simply brilliant all round.
Angharad ,CambridgeshireOverall rating: 5/5
Excellent fun family ranch with a relaxed friendly atmosphere and flexible riding itinerary. Offers great rides for all abilities.
This is the perfect ranch to learn about Natural Horsemanship. It suits those looking for relaxation and to experience a different way of life.