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Ranch Stays, Cattle Drives, and More - Experience Life Like a Cowboy


For a truly authentic Montana experience, try a stay at a working cattle ranch! Whether you are a novice or advanced rider, cattle drives are the ultimate way to experience the western lifestyle. You will get the opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities such as horsemanship lessons, working with cattle, an adventurous roundup, and more.

Best Times of Year


The best time of year to join a cattle drive in Montana is typically in the late spring through early fall months. The weather is mild, and the days are long, providing plenty of opportunities to explore the wilderness and work with the cattle. However, we also offer winter cattle drives for those who want to experience the snow-covered mountains of Montana.

What You Will Need to Prepare For


Before embarking on a cattle drive, it's important to be prepared. You'll need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activities, such as jeans, boots, and a cowboy hat. We recommend bringing sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. Additionally, be prepared for physical activity, as cattle drives require some physical exertion.

We offer stays at ranches across the state where you can relax by the fire or in the hot tub, enjoy home-cooked meals, and experience personal service with exemplary accommodations.

Montana 406 Outdoor Adventures can also incorporate your cowboy experience into a package to further enhance your Big Sky Country vacation, making your trip to "The Last Best Place" a truly unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

  • Participants arrive at the starting point of the cattle drive

  • Orientation and safety briefing conducted by the trail boss

  • Assigning of duties and responsibilities to participants

  • Sorting and branding of cattle

  • Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite

Day 2: Start of Cattle Drive

  • Early morning breakfast

  • Participants mount horses and begin the cattle drive

  • Cover 10-15 miles before stopping for lunch and a rest break

  • Continue the cattle drive in the afternoon, covering another 10-15 miles

  • Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite

Day 3-7: Cattle Drive Continues

  • Repeat the daily routine of breakfast, cattle drive, lunch break, cattle drive, dinner, and overnight stay

  • Participants rotate duties and responsibilities, including cattle herding, cooking, and camp setup

  • Cover 10-15 miles per day, depending on the terrain and weather conditions

  • Possible rest day in the middle of the cattle drive to allow participants and cattle to rest


Day 8: Arrival at Destination

  • Reach the final destination of the cattle drive

  • Round up and sort cattle for auction or transport

  • Celebration dinner and overnight stay at a local ranch or hotel


Day 9: Departure

  • Breakfast and farewell to fellow participants and trail boss

  • Participants depart for their respective homes or next adventure

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