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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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About Bridger, Montana

Time Zone: Mountain
Elevation: 3648 feet

Drinking Age for Alcohol:
21 yrs old (it is recommended for all persons under 35 to carry ID)

Average Mean Temperatures/Precipitation:

  Low High Rain
March 20 50 1"
April 30 60 1.5"
May 40 70 2.5"
June 48 80 1.5"
July 53 90 .08"
August 50 90 .07"
September 40 75 1.25"
October 30 65 1.25"
November 20 45 .07"

Mileage Distances from Bridger, MT:

Within Montana Outside Montana
– 44 miles
Boise, ID
– 560 miles
– 154 miles 
Cheyenne, WY
– 499 miles
– 238 miles
Chicago, IL
– 1291 miles
– 144 miles
Cody, WY
– 61 miles
Great Falls
– 267 miles
Denver, CO
– 598 miles
– 250 miles
Las Vegas, NV
– 914 miles
– 472 miles
Minneapolis, MN
– 883 miles
– 172 miles
Salt Lake City, UT
– 495 miles
Miles City
– 188 miles 
Seattle, WA
– 831 miles
– 356 miles
Spokane, WA
– 552 miles


Bear Creek Saloon Pig Races - Bear Creek, MT

Located on the highway between Bridger and Red Lodge, Bear Creek is home to the Bear Creek Saloon Pig Races. These unique races features pigs racing the track at the Bear Creek Saloon starting at 7:00 pm on Thursday through Sunday nights.

Billings Livestock Commission, Billings, MT

The Billings Livestock Commission is operated the last weekend of every month and sponsors the sale of horses and tack. Each month a different theme is offered with the viewing and trial of the horses between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon (Saturday) and the auction taking place from 12:00 noon Saturday through Sunday.  Admission is free with refreshments available at the auction. Booths are also setup offering various ranch tack equipment.

Cody, WY

  • Buffalo Bill Historical Museum

The Historical Museum 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 lifestyle. 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. Give yourself enough time to properly explore the full site.

  • Cody Nite Rodeo

The Cody Nite Rodeo starts June 1st and runs through August 31st. Located at Stampede Park in Cody, 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 night. Rodeo tickets are $18.00 per person.

  • Irma’s Buffalo Bill Restaurant and Saloon

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 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 through Saturday. This is a stop you won’t regret.

Cooke City, MT

Cooke City is an old mining town which today boosts about 100 hardy souls as full time residents and acts as the northeast gateway into Yellowstone Park. This small mountain town offers many distractions well worth the time to explore. This is a standard stop during our Yellowstone off-ranch excursion (using the Beartooth Highway as our route) and is also offered in the Cooke City/Red Lodge day. On this excursion, we take the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway on the way to Cooke City and the Beartooth Highway on the way back to the ranch.

Fromberg, MT

  • Little Cowboy Bar – a great little watering hole that features a rodeo museum of Montana cowboys. Always a great stop sometime during the week to wet your whistle and listen to stories of the old days.
  • Marg’s Leather Goods – Anyone wanting a pair of chaps or chinks, here is the place to come. Marg has made the chinks being used by Elaine and Lonnie along with a bunch of guests over the years. You can be custom measured and choose your leathers. Great value and quick delivery. Let us know if you want to stop by.

Little Bighorn Battlefield, Crow Agency, MT

Operated by the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior, the Little Bighorn Battlefield celebrates the last armed conflict with the Northern Plains Indians and their efforts to maintain their way of life. Often referred to as Custer’s Last Stand, this depicts the Lakota and Cheyenne warrior’s successful efforts to defeat Custer in one of the most memorable battles in the history of the Indian Wars.

The operating hours of the Battlefield are 8:00 am to 9:00 pm from Memorial Day through to July 31st, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from August 1st through Labor Day and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Labor Day through the end of October.

 When visiting the Battlefield you can drive the entire battlefield with descriptions of the various areas and walking trails to better get a feel for the area. There is also a museum at the entrance for your enjoyment and gift shop.

The Little Bighorn Battlefield is part of our off-ranch offering and when taken on this trip we include a stop at the Indian Trading Post on the Crow Agency. You have the opportunity to browse the gift shop and book store at the trading post while also enjoying a lunch of Indian Tacos. 

  • Pryor Mountain Wild Mustangs

You can reach the Wild Horse Range either through Lovell, WY or Bridger, MT. If you travel through Lovell, you open up other travel opportunities of the Wild Mustang Center and the other attractions through the mountain drive. The horses are from Colonial 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. Lonesome Spur has taken part in the Adoption Program of these great horses and “Laredo” is an example of the great breeding coming from the herd. Travelling the mountain roads will allow you to see these magnificent horses in their natural environment. This off-ranch activity is always a highlight of anyone’s vacation to Montana.  

Red Lodge, MT

This mountain town is located 28 miles west of the ranch and offers a wide variety of meals, evening entertainment and various special events (rodeo, parades, festivals, etc). A description of some of special treats offered in Red Lodge follow:

  • Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions (July 2nd to 4th)

The parade takes place in the late morning prior to the rodeo each day and the ranch usually rides on July 3rd. The rodeo takes place each afternoon and is one of three “Gateway Rodeos” to Yellowstone Park. Each year cowboys from all over the country come to rodeo at Cody, Livingston and Red Lodge (Gateway Rodeos). You will see airplanes land bringing the cowboys from Cody, WY, participate at Red Lodge and immediately fly off to Livingston for their 3rd rodeo in the same day. Each year this rodeo attracts the leading cowboys in all events.

Yellowstone Park, WY

Covering 2,219,791 acres, Yellowstone Park offers guests an experience not easily matched anywhere in the world. Throughout your journey through the Park you will have the opportunity to see grizzly and black bears, wolves, mountain lions, elk, bison, pronghorn, moose and bighorn sheep. You will also see a wide range of birds including bald eagles. This is a full day excursion and offered through our off-ranch activities.