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A guest
in the
shadows of

Lonesome Spur Ranch

Lonnie Schwend
121 Schwend Road
Bridger, Montana  59014
Phone: 406-662-3460
Cell: 406-426-4435

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Our guests are invited to come to the ranch between May and October.


We usually have cattle work happening May, June, September, and October Only. This happens when the cattle need to be worked (ie. Gathered, sorted, branded and cattle drives to new grazing…etc) and guests are encouraged to get involved. But it should be noted that for the safety of both the guests and the horses that this activity is very much weather dependent and is totally at the discretion of the ranch.

Lonesome Spur Ranch is a working dude ranch in MontanaOn Sunday after arriving at ranch between 1pm and 3pm there will be 5:30 Ranch orientation meeting and signing riding liability forms. Supper will be at 6:00 PM, and after supper we will have horse safety and saddles will be fitted for each of our guests.

On Monday after breakfast we will select a suitable mount for our guests and ride until afternoon, enjoying a packed lunch with the horses and scenery. Roping lessons take place before supper at the ranch. After supper will be a camp fire to enjoy the evening stars.


On Tuesday we will be riding and having fun with arena games and/or team sort/gather cattle in the morning and then our guests experience the Pryor Mountains Wild Mustang horse range trip, the location to view the wild horses is Lovell, Wyoming, Big Horn Canyon and Frannie tack shop can be reach all year long. The horses are from Cattle Drive Vacations in MontanaColonial Spanish American heritage and the herd is usually between 120 and 180 horses. These mustangs have been roaming these mountain ranges for over 200 years and cannot be genetically duplicated. Traveling the mountain roads will allow you to see these magnificent horses in their natural environment weather permitting. This off-ranch activity is always a highlight of anyone’s vacation to Montana. Tuesday evenings we visit one of our local western bars. This is also our night where our wranglers challenge our guests to a game of pool and play western music in the bar. A set supper menu is provided by the ranch, and guests can enjoy buying local beer and other alcoholic drinks at the bar.

Wednesday after Breakfast we saddle our horses and trailer them heading to the Pryor Mountains for an all-day ride to our overnight camp. We sleep in shared tented accommodations or sleep out under the stars if you prefer. We supply guests with sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. Our guests have a bathroom with hot shower to use if they would like to after the days ride. Supper is served round the campfire and our wranglers love to cook up s’mores and campfire stories after supper!


Thursday after a camp breakfast we head out for another days ride on the beautiful Pryor Mountains. We arrive back at the home ranch late in the afternoon. After an early supper we head off to Bear Creek home to the Bear Creek Saloon Pig Races. These unique races feature pigs racing the track at the Bear Creek Saloon starting at 7:00 pm. Our guests have the opportunity to visit this unique entertainment once weekly on Thursday night—it’s a whole lot of fun.

On Friday we ride in the morning to see the Indian Pictographs and the famous Weatherman draw then back to the ranch for lunch before we set off for shopping and sightsee in Cody and to the famous Cody Nite Rodeo in the summer months from the 1st of June thru 31st of August. We usually depart from the ranch mid-afternoon and return after the rodeo around 11:30 pm. As an off-ranch activity, we are able to make supper reservations at the World Famous Historic Buffalo Bill Cody’s Irma Hotel at our guest’s request. Supper and rodeo tickets are at guests own expense.


The Cody Nite Rodeo starts June 1st and runs thru August 31st. Located at Stampede Park in Cody, Wyoming, this is fun entertainment for the whole family. Offering the full range of rodeo events, bareback, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and of course the fan favorite of bull riding. For the kids, there is also the calf scramble, which is one of the highlights of the night. Doors open at 7:00 pm with the rodeo starting at 8:00 pm each. Rodeo tickets are $20.00 per person.

Irma’s Buffalo Bill Cody Restaurant and Saloon is Fancy enough for royalty. The Irma is home to cowboys and cowgirls wanting a great meal with great atmosphere. Offering their famous roast beef or a full buffet dinner, the Irma is a stop well worth it. If you’re not interested in eating, slide into the Silver Saddle Saloon and have a drink while enjoying the ambience. If it’s action you want, enjoy the gunfight that takes place outside the front of the Irma at 6:00 pm Monday thru Saturday. This is a stop you won’t regret.


Another option on our Cody excursion is to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum also located in Cody Wyoming has 5 museums under one roof. The Buffalo Bill Museum celebrates the life and legend of Buffalo Bill himself. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art displays art from the western life style. The Native American culture, art and heritage is all celebrated in the Plains Indian Museum. The last two areas of the museum are the Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Museum of Natural History, which displays the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and their interaction with humans and nature.

Please note that May, September and October we take our guests to the Historic Custer Battlefield and Museum instead of Cody. This a set sample of our itinerary which is subject to change due to weather and seasonal activities at the ranch.