$600 per person per day. Recommended staff gratuity (12-18%) and tax not included. Pre and post-ranch lodging and meals included. Age limit 10 years; Limited to 10 participants in good physical condition (minimum 6 participants per trip)
PAYMENT: We request 1/2 of the total charges to secure your vacation within 10 days of request. Deposit must be sent within 10 days of request or forfeiture may result. The balance of payment is due 30 days ahead of the trip, preferably by check. If using Visa/or MasterCard, a 2.5% convenience fee will be added. Groups: We can customize exclusive pack trips but require a minimum party size of 8.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If cancellation must occur, 50% of the deposit will be refunded prior to April 1st. After April 1st, deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable. We highly recommend trip or vacation insurance in case of cancellation. Call Travel Guard at 877-249-5376 or on the web at www.travelguard.com.
Check-in in the afternoon on arrival day.
Check-out prior to 10:00 a.m. on departure day.
TRANSPORTATION: Transfer to/from the Great Falls International Airport or a Great Falls hotel. Round-trip: $100 per person, $75 per person for parties of 4 or more. We provide transportation as per the following schedule only:
Arrival: We typically pick up guests between 12:30 to 1:30 pm and will depart Great Falls no later than 2:00 pm on arrival day. Call beforehand for a meeting time and place. Please make flight arrival before 2:00 pm.
Departure: The JJJ van will leave the Ranch around 9:30 am on departure day, arriving in Great Falls around 11:30 am. Please make sure the flight is after 12:00 p.m. on departure day.
If your itinerary must fall outside this schedule, you can arrange to stay in one of Great Falls’ many motels the night prior to, or after your trip. We can help with hotel referrals. *Because airlines often overbook flights causing some guests’ arrival delays, it may be wise to arrive in Great Falls the day before. If your flight arrives late, or you have an early flight out on departure day, you must rent a car.
2024 WILDERNESS TRIPS
Bob Marshall Wilderness pack trips are limited in number and size each year in coordination with the Forest Service and Wilderness rules.
TRIP 1: Wildlife Watching Trip – June 24-29, 2024; 5 days, 2 ranch nights $3000 plus tax ** FULL ** Our first trip is designed to maximize the opportunity for wildlife watching with emphasis placed on scenic day rides and hiking in the summer range of elk, deer & bighorn sheep. The Sun River Valley is unique for its expansive meadows rimmed by snow-capped peaks.
TRIP 2: North Fork of the Sun River Loop Trip – July 7-13, 2024; 6 days, 2 ranch nights, $3600 plus tax This trip rides along Gibson Reservoir to travel into the heart of the Sun River Valley. This valley is unique for its expansive meadows rimmed by snow-capped peaks. The first camp is along Glenn Creek, a fast-flowing stream originating on the slopes of Sheep Mountain. After spending two nights, we’ll move on day three further up the North Fork of the Sun River Valley to our base camp along Biggs Creek. Biggs Creek offers fantastic fishing, hiking, or a scenic day ride to Bear Top Fire Lookout. Friday takes us back to the ranch up and over Elk Hill where you get another awesome 360-degree view, getting back in the late afternoon.
TRIP 3: Deep Creek to Biggs Creek Wilderness Loop – July 14-20, 2024; 6 days, 2 ranch nights, $3600 plus tax This loop trip heads north out of the Ranch into the beautiful Deep Creek area in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. We ride 13 miles over Blacktail Creek Pass through aspens, lodgepole pine, and spruce trees with frequent scenic vistas and wonderful meadows. The following layover day offers great riding to the mouth of Deep Creek overlooking the plains on the Rocky Mountain Front. Day 3 moves camp west deeper into the wilderness another 12 miles to the Sun River valley, camping next to Biggs Creek for the next 2 nights. This spectacular wide-open mountain valley is rimmed by mountain peaks that look to the Continental Divide and is home to the Sun River elk
herd and other wildlife. Biggs Creek offers fantastic fishing, hiking, or a scenic day ride to Bear Top Fire Lookout. Friday takes us through the North Fork of the Sun River valley, riding to the top of Elk Hill where you can see for miles, and then along Gibson Lake, arriving back to the Ranch in the late afternoon.
TRIP 4: North Fork Trip – August 6-11, 2024; 5 days, 2 ranch nights, $3000 **FULL** This custom trip is designed to maximize flyfishing opportunities along the Sun River and also has fantastic day rides.
NOTE: We reserve the right to change the day-to-day itinerary for weather, wildfires, rider ability, and unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Children must be at least 10 years old and physically capable of riding long days in the saddle. Due to the nature of horseback riding in the wilderness, participants MUST be in good physical condition, and trips are not recommended if any health or physical issues exist or if you require a special diet. While we carry a satellite phone for emergencies, it is very difficult to bring someone out from a trip to seek medical attention. The emergency helicopter is costly and is for emergencies only. We also have the right to exclude a rider from a trip for inability to ride or behavior that endangers the other riders or the horses.