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My Summer Vacation at Elkhorn Ranch

Updated: May 19

My quest to “Avid Riders Week” at Elkhorn Ranch outside Bozeman, Montana last summer was the most “authentic” of all my dude ranch experiences. The trip went far beyond my expectations and a life-changing riding experience along the Montana wilderness by Yellowstone National Park. It was by far the BEST riding, the best fellow travelers, ranch owners, staff, chef & overall, I “tingle” when I think about it.



We had so much fun and one of our “avid riders” was Ellen Bookman, an incredibly special lady indeed, and she made a little video about our great adventure . . .




The beauty of the Elkhorn is that it is an old-school, down-home experience -- they celebrate 100 years this year! There are so many ties to across multiple generations of staff.


The Avid Rider's week is a roundup of a small group of experienced riders of varying disciplines to come together and explore over one million acres of National Forest, USFS Wilderness, and Yellowstone National Park. Every day is a new adventure on horses that are all well-mannered, athletic, and smart mountain horses, and reassuring that the wranglers take extra care for safety precautions.


The accommodations are comfortable and cozy...rustic. The Elkhorn family is an incredible group of people and their spirit, warmth, and enthusiasm are a big part of why guests come back year after year. They have a fantastic family and kids program as well.


I hope to return to their Avid Rider’s trip this Summer!


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