Lonnie & Elaine Schwend
Welcome to the Lonesome Spur Ranch in the big Sky State of Montana, where you are invited to fulfil your dream of a true Western Adventure. The ranch is nestled in the foothills of the Bearthooth and Pryor Mountains.
Nicholas Evans, author of "The Horse Whisperer", found inspiration for his best selling novel whilst visiting the ranch and spending time with Lonnie and his family. The homestead in the novel was based on Lonesome Spur.
Your safety is our prime concern. You will be taught to ride Western style and we will give you the confidence to be safe and secure. We cater for all abilities. Horses will be chosen to match your experience, and you may change horses during your stay. Everyone will soon be catching and saddling their own horses.
Rides can last between 4 to 6 hours and may include early rising if we're branding or gathering cattle.
Hearty meals are served family style at the cookhouse where we produce good home cooked ranch meals. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance of your stay and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
STANDARD RANCH PACKAGE
A weeks standard package at the ranch from May to October is: $1900 per adult/$1600 per child (10-16 years).
This is for a six night stay arriving on Sunday then departing on Saturday. The overnight camp is included in the price.
A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking. No refund will be given if cancellation is within one month of vacation time. Cancellation within 60 days of vacation time will incur a $300 booking fee per person. Cancellation within 90 days of vacation time will incur a $150 booking fee per person.
We accept bank transfers/wires, cash and cheques. The final balance is to be paid either one month before arrival by one of these methods, or cash on arrival at ranch.
Gratuity of 10% of your total balance will be accepted on your departure.
Ranch provided Transfers
We offer transfers to and from Billings at a cost of $200 per person, round trip, this also includes any transfers to ranch activities excluding Yellowstone and Custer Battle Field, this is payable on arrival at the ranch. We will collect you between 1pm and 3.30pm on Sundays either from the airport or your overnight accommodations. Your return to the airport will depart 09.30am following Saturday, unless flights are earlier.
Ranch Transport Charges
Guests who choose to have their own transport to and from the airport will be required to pay $50 each for off ranch travel where they choose not to use their own car.
Guests should be aware that they will not be covered for transport by ranch liability insurance, if they choose to travel in anything other than ranch vehicles.
Some excursions that require long distance travel such as Yellowstone or the Custer Battlefield, will be costed depending on the up take for the trip.
Transport will be provided to all guests when horses are being trailered to areas that cannot be accessed by domestic vehicle
General Guest information
To make your stay at the ranch more enjoyable, we have compiled the following recommendations for clothing and essentials. When considering your clothing consider layering, this is the easiest way to add or subtract clothing during a ride.
1. Jeans /long riding pants
2 Long sleeved shirts (recommended for riding)
3. Short sleeved shirts
4. Shorts (not for riding)
6. Riding boots (smooth soled with a square heel)
7. Wide brimmed hat/cowboy hat
8. Weatherproof/warm jacket for riding
10. Sweat shirts
13. Insect Repellent
15. Medium sized refillable water bottle
16. Small sandwich container
17. Personal snacks and drinks (Bottled water, alcohol, sodas etc)
18. Riding Helmet if you wish to ride in one (Under 12yrs is compulsory)
Please insure that all international and domestic guests must have appropriate insurance which covers you for all eventualities including riding activities.
We would also like to make our guests aware that as well as our ranch stock and horses, we also have working dogs.
Lonesome Spur Ranch
121 Schwend Road
Bridger Montana 59014
Please contact us either by email/phone or on the
' Let's Chat' re availability.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Ranch