Rocking Z Guest Ranch

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We are a small family-owned and operated guest ranch that specialises in Natural Horsemanship. We use Parelli Natural Horsemanship methods, and all of our guests horses are past Level 2 in Parelli. We focus on our horses, and we train them and raise them here. With us, you will have many hours each day riding and being with the horses. We teach as we go, sometimes in the round pen or arena but often on the trail. If you want to relax and improve your Horsemanship, we offer the perfect opportunity for you! Every skill and age is welcome, and we even offer driving the wagon to those who are unable to ride for health reasons.

Your Hosts

Zack and Patricia Wirth

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Capacity

22

Rates

$280-$420

Minimum stay

3 nights

Deposit

35%

Payment Methods

Check, Cash, Transfer, Credit Card

Transportation

Free transfers to and from Helena for arrivals Sunday and departures Saturday at our complementary times. Irregular times and other days are $80 to or from Helena.

Memberships

DRA and MTDRA

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Lodging

We have two guest buildings with four en-suite rooms each. Each room is spacious and has a natural gas fireplace for heating. Some rooms have California Kings, other Queens, and others extra-long Twin size beds. We also have one room in the lodge with a Twin bed which does not charge the single supplement.

Food & Dining

We offer traditional ranch food with delicious recipes passed down the generations. We cater to celiacs and allergies very well, as some of our own family have very restrictive diets. We are especially proud of our Gluten-free baking! Meals are served family-style and there are always snacks available. We serve breakfast at 8 with pancakes, bacon and eggs and lunch fits into our day. Dinner is between 6:30 and 7:30 depending on the day’s activities, and always has dessert!

Drinks are always available here and you are also welcome to bring in your own favourite drinks. We do not have a fully stocked bar, so if you have a favorite whiskey we recommend that you bring that. We do have beer on tap in our saloon and a drinks are done on an honour system. We also have Yorkshire tea, which we bring in from England, and coffee and hot chocolate, and sodas and juices are always available. Our water is incredibly good as we are so close to the Continental Divide!

Activities

At the Rocking Z our main activity is Horsemanship. Whether on the ground or riding for miles, we are constantly improving our skills with a horse and invite all to learn and improve on the things that they choose.

When not riding or working with horses, people choose a variety of things. Hiking and walking, watching birds, archery, skeet shooting, learning to rope… all topped off with some time playing pool or board games and relaxing in the hot tub with a glass of wine!

One of the man things we have learned from our guests is that many people love to join us doing chores, and everyone is welcome to chip in. Whether feeding or gathering, holding horses for doctoring or changing irrigation – if you would like to experience a bit more intimate ranch life you can choose to join in as you wish!

Kid's Programs

Children love it here largely because they get so much individual attention. We play with them and teach them Horsemanship, and even the very young get to learn to be safe with horses. We also have a few kittens every year and the kids love to play with them! We cater to each individual – for some 10-year-olds they need to be on horseback all day long and others want to learn archery or play in the creek! No matter what they always have something that they can be doing.

Location

Altitude

4000 ft

Location

Located 30 miles north of Helena, the state capital of Montana, we are in a valley facing the Continental Divide of the Rockies. The Little Prickly Pear creek runs down throught the ranch, and cottonwoods and aspen groves grow up alongside it. We ha

Closest Airports

HLN – Helena, MT