Summer Dude Ranch

Great family vacation spot
Our summer dude ranch is
a great family vacation spot!

Broken Arrow Lodge is One of
Montana's Great Family Vacation Spots!

We know you're coming to our summer dude ranch for the horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains but that's no reason not to mention the fly fishing, float trips, scenic rides, hiking, wildlife viewing, basketball, late night campfires, horseshoes, and more!

Geology buffs and wannabees might want to try panning for gold or digging for garnets. And for the more adventurous, we highly recommend going on a river float trip!

There are also many great family vacation spots to visit near our dude ranch such as the historical mining town of Virginia City, Robbers Roost, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Bannack State Park, and of course, Yellowstone National Park.

Our summer dude ranch's location in southwest Montana makes it one of the best great family vacations spots in the country. We offer some of the finest horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains in moderate, yet mountainous terrain spanning 20 square miles that is half forested and half open country. We ride in two parallel mountain ranges with incredible views and an abundance of wildlife.

Horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains near our vacation dude ranch
Young and old enjoy our
vacation dude ranch and
horseback riding in the
Rocky Mountains.

Vacation Dude Ranch

Horseback Riding in the Rocky Mountains

Our vacation dude ranch offers custom trail rides for horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains. You may choose hourly or daily rides, or Montana pack trips including overnight camping. All trail rides are fully guided and designed to accommodate all levels of riders.

We can ride directly from our Montana mountain lodge or trailer a short distance for a wider variety of areas to ride. At our vacation dude ranch, we have 18 horses and 8 mules available for riding in western saddles. You'll most likely ride a quarter horse, but we also have a couple Morgans and one big Draft Cross.

To make your riding family vacation more enjoyable, we take the time to fit you to your horse, your tack, the area conditions, and the length of time you'll be in the saddle. We provide horseback riding instructions if you're new to riding or need a little assistance. We make sure you're acquainted and comfortable with your horse before taking you horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains for the time of your life!

Dude ranch family vacations include horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains
Dude ranch family vacations
include horseback riding and
much more.

Dude Ranch Family Vacations

Our dude ranch vacations offer more than just horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains. We also include unguided fly fishing, hiking, and scenic auto tours in all our dude ranch vacation packages. You may also do some unguided fly fishing on our private pond or the Ruby River that runs through our property. We require a minimum of two adults for hiking or scenic auto tours and reservations are recommended. Pack trips are also available with advance reservation and additional fee.

3-Day Dude Ranch Vacation

This is your summer dude ranch vacation and you can go horseback riding as much or as little as you want. You can also hike, fish, go on a Jeep ride, and participate in all ranch activities. Included are 3 nights at our Montana mountain lodge and 3 home-cooked meals a day. This package is available twice a week:

Our summer dude ranch abounds with wildlife.
Our summer dude ranch
abounds with wildlife.

6-Day Dude Ranch Vacation

Spend 5 fun-filled days with us horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains. You can also fish, hike, go on a Jeep ride, and participate in all ranch activities. This vacation package also includes 6 nights at our Montana mountain lodge and 3 home-cooked meals a day. You arrive Sunday and depart Saturday.

Popular Itinerary:

Orientation and Horseback Ride
You arrive Sunday afternoon around 2:00 PM. This is a great time to get acquainted with the other guests, your hosts Erwin and Sherry Clark, and all the rest of us at our summer dude ranch. We will fit you to a horse and saddle assigned just for you during entire week of your dude ranch family vacation. We will also cover some important horse safety issues.

Later we'll share a delicious country-style BBQ chicken dinner together. Before bed, we'll enjoy stories and star gazing around the campfire.

What's cookin' at our dude ranch family vacation?
What's cookin'? A pack
horse keeps the ranch cook
under close supervision!

Fly Fishing Option
Fly Fishing and Horseback Ride
After a hearty breakfast, we'll give beginners some fly fishing lessons on our private pond which is stocked with rainbows averaging 16 inches. More experienced anglers will prefer great trout fishing on the Ruby River that runs through our property.

After lunch, we'll take you on the Loop horseback ride to the natural warm springs just a couple miles from the lodge. Take your socks off — your feet never felt so good soaking in these medicinal waters!

Water Option
Water Recreation and Auto Tour
This is the day to enjoy the water. You can go floating on the river on tubes or pontoon boats, or spend a day at the lake with a cookout dinner. In the evening, we can take you on an auto tour up one of the many side roads — we're bound to spot some wild game wandering out onto the mountain meadows to feed.

Virginia City is a great family vacation spot
Virginia City gives you a
taste of the Old West!

History Option
Virginia City Historical Tour
We're off to Virginia City for a historical tour of the old gold mining days. We'll be entertained by the Virginia City Players at the theater before heading back home.

Wildlife Option
Horseback Ride and Wildlife Viewing
An all-day horseback riding adventure with sack lunches for sustenance. We'll set out early to catch a glimpse of elk, deer, and moose still at their watering areas. We don't want to miss them before they bed down in the cool timbered areas during the day.

Horseback riding through wildflowers.
Horseback riding through
wildflowers in the area.

Hiking Option
Horseback Ride and Hiking
This is the day to exercise your own legs as well as your horse. Choose between the Black Butte Expedition or the Slide Rock Adventure. If you prefer not to hike, you can enjoy the beauty of the Top of the World horseback ride instead.

Last Day
Breakfast and Departure
Oh darn! Your dude ranch family vacation is over after breakfast. Please come again next year!

3-Day Dude Ranch Vacation & 3-Day Pack Trip

This is the best of both worlds! Start the week out from the comfort of our lodge doing any dude ranch activities you've got a hankering to try out. On Wednesday morning we'll pack up our gear for the pack trip — horseback riding and camping out until we return on Saturday. Included are 3 nights at our dude ranch lodge and 3 nights camping in wall tents. We provide 3 home-cooked meals a day whether at the lodge or camping. You arrive Sunday and depart Saturday.


Other Dude Ranch Activities

Along with our popular itinerary options, we also offer the following options for you to choose from:

Ranch Chores
This is the ticket for those who want the real ranch experience. You can do it all — from pitching hay, cleaning corrals, filling water tubs, to wrangling up the herd to go into the corrals. In the evenings, you can participate in wrangling the horses to their designated pasture for the night. This is quite an exciting scene when the horses kick up their heels as they run briskly to the luxury of the green pasture. We also offer saddling instruction and horse care class every morning before we ride.

Cowboy Adventure
If you want the whole cowboy experience out on the range, we offer the range ride checking and/or moving cattle to different pasture. Watch the cowboys rope and wrestle a cow so they can provide care if its sick or injured. You may even be able to assist in some instances. Try your hand at roping while the staff is eating lunch. We have a children's rope for the youngsters so they can try their hand at roping too.

Gold Panning
With the price of gold rising in the last few years, gold panning has sparked a new interest among our guests. You are welcome to sift through the sand, rocks, dirt, and water from the river. It can be very exciting to find specs of gold dust!

Digging for Garnets
This is another treasure hunt enjoyed by many of our guests. Garnets can be found at both the river and the reservoir.

Geo Caching
This is the ever-popular computer treasure hunt, if you've never heard of it. If that's your thing, bring items to trade as we have some treasure hunts right here in our valley.

In a rich rainbow of color, blankets of wildflowers cover the mountain meadows and timber floors. Sparkling rivers and lakes, majestic snowy mountain peaks, abundant wildlife... you were bringing your camera anyway weren't you?

Trail Rides
We offer several different trail rides to choose from such as The Loop, Top of the World, Wildlife Ride, East Fork, West Fork, Gilbert Trail, Black Butte, Andy Dick, Coral Creek, Divide Creek, and more. Let us know your preferences and we'll help you choose the right trail.

Dude Ranch Family Vacations

Dude Ranch Rates and Itineraries

Erwin & Sherry Clark
Broken Arrow Lodge & Outfitters
Erwin Clark, Outfitter #5715
P.O. Box 177, Alder MT 59710
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
This institution is operated under special use permit
with Beaverhead–Deerlodge National Forest.