Pine Butte Ranch

Pine Butte Ranch horseback riding vacation

Dude ranch vacations – the phrase conjures up images of cowboys on horseback, dressed from head to toe in straw hats, western styled shirts, denim jeans hidden underneath leather chaps and the required cowboy boots with spurs that jingle when they touch the ground.



Many types of horse riding holidays


There are many types of horse riding holidays, from Relaix and Chateau resorts, to multi-day trail rides in the south of France, or family-friendly, all-inclusive horseback riding vacations. Some people enjoy ranches that specialize in trail rides and overnight pack trips with a rustic approach, while others want a spa treatment after a day in the saddle.  As I specialize in equestrian travel, I have learned that the words dude ranch mean different things to people.


Pine Butte Ranch riders

Take a horse riding holiday at Pine Butte Ranch

Connect with nature at Pine Butte Ranch


If you are looking to connect with nature, Pine Butte Ranch in Montana walks the talk on conservation. In fact, Pine Butte Guest Ranch is part of The Nature Conservancy.  A naturalist accompanies guests on nature hikes and horseback rides, the swimming pool and showers are solar heated, and the ingredients from ranch meals come from Pine Butte’s own garden and neighboring ranches.


Pine Butte Ranch

Connect with nature at Pine Butte Ranch in Montana

Horseback riding in Montana’s Rocky Mountains
I have yet to take a horseback riding vacation at Pine Butte Guest Ranch, located along the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains, so I am not speaking from first person experience. While the ranch has been in operation since 1930, it joined The Nature Conservancy in 1979.
I will say that as a traveler on horseback, I appreciate the value of wide open spaces. I support the mission of The Nature Conservancy; to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. What could be more important than that?


Need to know
Pine Butte Guest Ranch summer season runs from early June to September 1. Check the website for current pricing and more ranch details.
Have you experienced a horseback riding vacation at Pine Butte Ranch? Leave a comment below and tell us about your Montana ranch holiday.


Pine Butte Ranch breakfast

Pine Butte Ranch breakfast

If You Go:

Pine Butte Ranch
(406) 466-2158

351 South Fork Road, Choteau, Montana 59422


Article written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Photos courtesy of Pine Butte Ranch. Pine Butte Ranch is a member of Montana Dude Ranch Association.

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