I recently had the pleasure of going on a horseback riding vacation at Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana. The photos below were taken during the Women’s Rocky Mountain Rendevous, a five day retreat for fun loving cowgirls. On this particular trip I had only ridden with one rider previously, her name was Barbara Barrett, a business woman, cowgirl, diplomat and the co-owner of this amazing Relais & Châteaux property – my favorite Montana hideaway in the the Bitterroot Mountains. If you love horses, gorgeous scenery, gourmet food and good friends, this is the place for you!
Moving cattle in Montana
During this adventure on horseback I was able to ride on CB Ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, participate in a cattle drive at a neighboring ranch, and ride through Ponderosa pine forests while looking at herds of wild elk, watch magnificent mule deer leap and bound and see eagles soar overhead in Montana’s Big Sky country. Truly, this was nature at its finest.
Dakota and Mercury at Triple Creek Ranch
Here’s looking at you
Insider Tip: Women’s Rocky Mountain Rendezvous is held annually in May. This is an ideal horseback riding experience for mothers and daughters, girlfriend getaways, beginning riders, advanced equestrians and women in need of recharging their life. I can’t recommend this place enough. The horses and wranglers are fantastic. If you want even more time in the saddle, you’ll want to check out Klicks for Chicks, held annually in October. For additional insider tips follow Northern California Travel Writer @Nancydbrown on Twitter and @TripleCreekRanc.
Cows between the ears
Looking for stray cows
Looking for wildlife on CB Ranch
If You Go:
Triple Creek Ranch (406) 821-4600 http://www.triplecreekranch.com
5551 West Fork Road
Darby, Montana 59829
Article and photography by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Triple Creek Ranch, however all opinions are my own.