The vast Centennial Valley hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years: you can literally see for 50 miles from one end of the valley to the other—and all that you’ll see are the five surrounding mountain chains. It is an undeveloped, remote place of spectacular vistas, a plethora of wildlife, and honest-to-goodness working ranches. Huge herds of cattle are still moved from horseback, neighbors still stop and chat out their pickup windows about the weather or the latest wolf sighting, and life is enjoyed at a slower pace.
Working Ranch Vacations
Summer 2013 Dates:
June 16th-22nd Fully Booked!
July 14th thru July 20th Only one spot left!
July 28th thru August 3rd Just a few spots left!
September 15th thru 21st Just a few spots left!
Here on the J-L, small groups of 4 to 8 people experience the West the way it used to be, and the way it still is on big ranches. We limit the group size to offer everyone an exceptional and totally authentic working ranch experience.
All of our cattle work is done from the backs of good ranch horses. Because we calve during the spring (in order to be in sync with nature) we ride most of everyday during June and July. Then it’s time to gather and brand in August. The rest of the year we continuously monitor the range from horseback, and make sure our cattle herds are on the freshest pasture. Working ranch guests are invited to ride along with us each day as we go about our daily work. And if part of the day entails fixing fence, taking out mineral, or some other pickup-bound chore, guests can either come along and help the cowboys, or are welcome to explore the valley on their own, or with a hired guide.
After a great day in the saddle, we gather each night at the dining hall for a delicious meal (including ranch-raised, grass-fed beef) and some big laughs about the day’s events before retiring to elegant homestead accommodations.
Working Ranch Packages include: deluxe accommodations in our Smith House or Brundage Site cabins, all on-ranch activities, delicious saddle bag lunches, “ranch-gourmet” suppers, and your choice of breakfast foods stocked in your guest house. What is not included: transportation, alcohol, off-ranch activities, gratuity and lodging tax ($4.20/person/night).
2013 Rates for Working Ranch Vacations: $2200/person/week + 7% MT State lodging tax which includes 6 nights and 5 days of activities (Sunday - Saturday). This rate is based on double occupancy. Please call for single supplement rates. A 50% deposit is due to secure reservations and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
The non-riding guest rate is $275/day which includes meals and lodging.
The ranch is available for exclusive stays for $10,000 (up to 6 riding guests)
Should you cancel your reservation with 30 days notice, we will retain your 50% deposit to apply as the deposit for your next visit. Should we rebook your cancelled trip, we will happily refund your deposit. No refunds or adjustments will be made to your total price for any changes within 30 days which result in shortening the length of stay or cancelled trips.
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