On this family operated ranch, we run 1,500 head of cattle on 25,000 acres - and that means lots of places to ride and lots of work to do!

Welcome to Bonanza Creek Country Guest Ranch, where since the 1870s, Montana ranch hands have roamed the range and worked cattle along the banks of Bonanza Creek. A century later, very little has changed...the only difference is that now we have set a place at the table for you. Personal attention is the norm with only 8-12 guests invited per week. The demand to conform to strict routine simply floats away on the Montana breeze.

Bonanza Creek is a true horse riding ranch and we’re a great fit for guests with riding experience. We spend long hours in the saddle (4-6 hours each day) and ride a wide variety of breathtaking terrain including steep climbs and descents. (You’ll enjoy more photos on our website.)

Hospitality and friendly atmosphere, responsive horses, challenging cattle work, tasty home cooking, comfortable cabins and loads of fun are just a few of the reasons guests come back year after year. Come relax with us where unbelievable views and unrivaled adventure abound. We treat you like family.

*It’s important for your enjoyment, and the enjoyment of the other guests, that you’re physically fit and have riding experience and saddle time before you come to ride.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    Dude Ranchers Association, Montana Dude Ranchers Association, America Outdoors
  • Good time to go

    Weather in July & August is fairly predicatable with 80 - 85 F and little to no humidity. Come prepared for a variety of weather in June and Sept. June is beautiful with wildflowers and Sept honors us with those crisp cool evenings.

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    David and June Voldseth
  • Manager(s)

    June Voldseth
  • Address

    523 Bonanza Creek Rd, Martinsdale, Montana, USA, 59053
  • Tel

    406-572-3366; 800-476-6045
  • Fax

    406 572-3366
  • Capacity

    12
  • Open

    Jun-Sep - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $283-283 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Bed & Breakfast
  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Adults

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Highs

  • Real ranchers on a 250,000 acre ranch in a beautiful Montana mountainous setting - The landscape of the area is diverse, dramatic, and expansive – from large valleys and open country, to steep peaks, to rushing rivers, to heavily timbered mountain sides
  • Voted one of the "Magnificent Seven Guest Ranches in Montana" by Travel & Leisure Magazine
  • Adult only & Experienced riders weeks; enjoy riding in big country with other good riders who love to ride; swim in the lake with your horse
  • Rustic hot tub where hot mineral water flows up from the ground - only the deer and the antelope for company; wagon rides
  • Guests move the herds of cattle, not the ranch crew - move cattle once to twice a week and then team penning in the arena

Lows

  • Few additional activities aside riding, fishing and relaxing; however, if this is what you're looking for, this ranch is ideal
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    Jun-Sep
  • Nightly rate

    $283-283   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

    $160 kids 8 to 12;-226
  • Nightly rate (children)

    $200 -200
  • Minimum stay

    1 week
  • Preferred arrival day

    Sun
  • Preferred depart day

    Sat
  • Booking Policy

  • A 40% deposit is due at the time of booking. Our weeks are Sunday to Saturday with check-in between 3 and 6 Sunday afternoon and check out is Saturday morning by 11. If cancellation must occur, 50% of the deposit will be refunded prior to April 1st IF that time can be rebooked. After April 1st, deposits are not refundable with the exception of unexpected health reasons. However, these deposits must be applied to a time within the next year. We recommend trip insurance.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, Riding, cattle work, breakfast cookout, wagon ride
  • Extras

  • Tax

    $4.20/person/night
  • Gratuity

    10%-20%
  • Other

    roundtrip ranch shuttle

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Environment

  • Bonanza Creek runs on solar power. Think green and come prepared to save energy. A back up generator is available for mornings and cloudy days.

  • Conservation

  • Ranchers have long been the original environmentalists. Put simply if we don't take care of the land, it isn't going to take care of us. We value the land we work on for many reasons. We value it because of its rich history and because it allows us to work with animals each day wondering what surprises the elements will bring.

    It provides us a way of life that we value and in return we try our best through hard work and dedicated stewardship to leave the land as good as or better than we found it.

    We have made several modifications to the land that we believe have improved it - for us and for fish, waterfowl, antelope, deer and elk that use the land as habitat. These include water conservation, rotational grazing to preserve and improve pasture, and the use of solar energy.

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg Temp (°F):

273032405060707979554035

Avg Rainfall (in):

.5.4.71.12.42.31.71.41.2.7.5.5

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    5800 ft.
  • Generate power

    solar
 

Nearest Airports

  • Bozeman Gallatin Field Airport, Bozeman

  • Nearest town / city

    Bozeman
  • Distance to ranch

    100 miles
  • Time to ranch

    2 hours
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Allegiant, Alaska, Frontier, USAirways, Continental
  • Ranch shuttle

    $200 roundtrip/group of 4
  • Rental car

    4x4 recommended
  • Billings International Airport, Billings

  • Nearest town / city

    Billings
  • Distance to ranch

    140 miles
  • Time to ranch

    2 hours 45 mins
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Allegiant, Horizon, Frontier
  • Ranch shuttle

    $200 roundtrip/group of 4
  • Rental car

    4x4 recommended

Private Air travel

  • Nearest town / city

    Harlowton or White Sulphur Springs
  • Travel by

    Helicopter, Airplane
  • Distance to ranch

    45 miles

Nearest Town / City

  • Harlowton

  • Population

    900
  • Distance

    45 miles
  • Facilities

    grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops, western wear
  • Rental car

    Required
 

Our riding stands out

  • We focus on lots of time in the saddle; riders with experience will love this stay
  • Many solid, well-trained horses with plenty of get-up-and-go with the ability to also carry you "safe & steady"
  • Offers you the pure enjoyment of moving herds of cattle through beautiful country

Our horses

  • guest horses

    40
  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Draft Cross, Paints, Fox Trotters, Geldings

Our Riding

  • Scheduled rides

    Rides leave at 9am and 1:30pm.
  • Guided rides

    Enjoy fully guided rides with our experienced wranglers forging trails throughout the property and in the National Forest.
  • Program rides

    Each Tuesday, we offer a Breakfast Ride. We leave at 8am, ride through open and timbered country for approximately 20-30 minutes. Once we arrive at our desired location, enjoy dining in the outdoors, and trust us, there's nothing like it. Once our meal has settled, we head out for more riding.

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    Up to 225 lbs, MUST be able to post a trot, MUST have riding experience, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, Riders should be confident without a wrangler by their side, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
  • Saddles

    Western

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Rides dictated by ranch work
  • At the beginning of each week, we offer our guests the weekly tentative riding schedule. Since all of our guests are intermediate to experienced, we mostly tend to all ride together. We never have any more than 8 guests per wrangler. We will divide our groups as needed. There are 3 wranglers during cattle roundups.
  • Max riders per ride

    12
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • We recommend knowing how to control your horse at a trot prior to coming to Bonanza. Our ranch stay is ideal for intermediate to experienced riders.

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 2 hours, Afternoon - 3 hours
  • We offer 4-6 hours of time in the saddle per day. On a working ranch, however, hours spent in the saddle can really vary. Bonanza Creek focuses on lots of time in the saddle. We ask that ALL riders be comfortable in the saddle and able to control a horse and ride at a trot. While we’ll match you to the right horse for your ability, some riding experience is necessary. All riders must be physically able to mount their horse unassisted. While we have a mounting block available at the stable, on the trail, stumps, rocks and high ground will provide the only mounting assistance.
  • Riding

    Openly through property
 

Riding Lessons

  • Details

    lessons are additional
  • Lessons given by

    wrangler
  • Lessons located

    on the trail, in the arena
  • Lessons are available Monday mornings. They can help you learn riding skills, the ropes of riding the range, skills to help eliminate sore muscles or help with skills needed to switch from English riding to Western. Its a good deal at $35 an hour or $25 an hour if you are in a group of 3 or more. Let us know ahead of time if possible.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
  • Frequency

    Weekly
  • No. of cow/calf pairs

    1500
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • Cattle work is usually done once or twice a week as needed. We move herds from pasture to pasture, bringing the bulls home, checking for sick or injured cattle or moving the cattle to better grass and water. For cattle work, riders should be proficient enough to ride on their own without a wrangler by their side

Arena Work

  • Type

    outdoor arena
  • Activities

    penning
  • For those looking for a little variety and sport in their riding, team penning can't be beat! It will test your skills whether a beginner or an advanced rider. Who will win - the cows or the riders???

Sample Riding Itinerary

  • WEEKLY SCHEDULE

    Subject to change — in fact it probably will!

    Sunday - arrival after 3 - welcome!
    drinks and horsdoerves at 5 at the lodge (BYOB)
    dinner at the lodge at 6

    Monday - breakfast at 8
    be at the horses and ready to ride by 9
    orientation at the arena
    lunch at noon
    afternoon ride or rodeo at White Sulphur Springs
    drinks and horsdoerves at 5:30 (BYOB)
    dinner at 6

    Tuesday - be at the horses at 8 for a breakfast ride
    lunch at noon
    afternoon ride
    massages before and after dinner
    drinks and horsdoerves at 5:30 (BYOB)
    dinner at 6

    Wednesday - breakfast at 8
    morning ride at 9
    lunch at noon
    3:00—wagon dinner ride

    Thursday - breakfast at 8
    all day ride at 9
    socialize at 5:30 (BYOB)
    dinner at 6

    Friday - breakfast at 8
    morning ride at 9
    lunch at noon
    afternoon ride
    socialize at 5:30 (BYOB)
    dinner at 6

    Saturday - breakfast at 8
    happy travels

    The lodge closes at 9 each night.

    Morning and afternoon rides could be scenic, team penning or moving cattle. The all day ride and breakfast ride may change due to weather. Some cattle moves are all day.


     

Setting

  • Private Land - 20,000-40,000 (acres)

  • With private 25,000 acres, the Voldseth Ranch lies partly in the legendary Crazy Mountains and partly in the beautiful Castle Mountains. As one guest put it, our location is "where the prairies meet the mountains". And, we feel, she said it best! You'll enjoy rolling hills, open meadows, and plenty of freedom for riding. Our landscape also boasts of 3 beautiful ponds whereby you can fish.
  • Public Land - more than 50k (acres)

  • We also ride on the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The forest lands were originally created in 1897 which makes this forest one of the oldest forest preserves in the U.S. The forest is named in honor of the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which passed through the forest between 1804 and 1806. Prior to that the region was inhabited by Indians for a period of at least 8,000 years The western Rocky Mountain Division consists of a dense coniferous forest and has numerous species of spruce, fir and pine. The Jefferson Division is dominated by ponderosa and lodgepole pine which prefer a dryer climate.

Meals are home cooked and lots of it! From big country breakfasts to sizzling steaks off the grill, to fresh baked desserts, you won't go hungry. If you require a special diet, just let us know ahead of time.

Good to know

Alcohol

BYOB

Snacking

BYO snack

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style, breakfast cookout and dinner at the hunting lodge
  • Meals served

    family style, everyone eats together
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians

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Guest Favorites

  • prime rib
  • hamburgers
  • country breakfasts
 

Sample Menu


    Breakfast - pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, hash browns, orange juice, coffee/tea

    Lunch - barbecued hamburgers, buns, fries, all the trimmings, cookies

    Dinner - meat (roast, ham, chicken), potato, vegetable, salad, dessert

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 8 and over



We welcome families with kids age 8 and older with riding experience.

Children so enjoy the wide open spaces and don't even miss all their electronic gadgets. If capable they can join the trail rides, or they can have their own wrangler.

Detailed Activities

  • Games

    horseshoes

The ranch was originally homestead in 1877 by Norwegian immigrants looking for a better life.

The TG Ranch has been part of the Voldseth/Grande family since 1877 when Martin Grande emigrated from Norway to the United States and settled in Montana. Passed through five generations, the land has been used first to raise sheep and then cattle. Today, the area consists of 30,000 acres and runs nearly 1,500 head of cattle, most of which are Black Angus.

The ranch is currently owned by Norman Voldseth and David and June Voldseth. The name derives from the TG livestock brand first registered by original settlers, the Grande Brothers, in 1882. In 1993, June and David built the Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch, adding the lodge and four cabins to the property.

Today the Voldseth family which are fourth and fifth generations own and work the ranch. It won't take you long to see that our ancestors chose this area not only for its good water and grasses to graze cattle and sheep, but also for its beautiful scenery. The Voldseth Ranch lies partly in the legendary Crazy Mountains and partly in the beautiful Castle Mountains.

For more interesting Ranch History, visit Top50's Blog You won't want to miss it!

Lowdown

  • Ranch established

    1870s
  • Guest ranch since

    1993
  • Ranchers for

    5 generations

Our Staff

  • hospitality
  • quality work
  • local if possible
  • We have 4 wranglers on our staff, aged 34 to 70

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Owner Info

  • Owner - David and June Voldseth

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • David and June Voldseth and uncle Norman Voldseth, who is now 94, are the present owners of the Voldseth ranch. Uncle Norman still enjoys living on the ranch and is in good health. Even though in a wheelchair from a tractor accident, David shows true grit working every day. June loves calving, fall gathering, and of course riding with the guests in the summer.

    In 1993, June thought it would be good fun to add a guest ranch. With the help of David and their children, Sonia, Vance and Laura, it became an adventure they have thoroughly enjoyed.

Our Managers

  • Manager - June Voldseth

  • Hometown

    Martinsdale
  • With ranch since

    1972
  • Languages spoken

    english
  • David and June were married in 1972 moving onto the newly purchased Bonanza Ranch which added another 3500 acres to the existing Voldseth Ranch.  In 1993 they bravely built a guest ranch and have been working the cattle ranch and enjoying guests in the summer ever since. 

Our Wranglers

  • Wrangler - Tanya

  • Age

    34
  • Hometown

    White Sulphur Springs
  • Languages spoken

    english, french
  • Very good with horses, also very kind and patient with guests
  • Wrangler - Larry

  • Age

    70
  • Hometown

    Denton
  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Very good with horses, local history and has a genuine love of people

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | Cowboy Cabin$283n/a

    • Description

      The Cowboy Cabin is a log cabin with bedroom, bath, living area, kitchen & loft. It's a family cabin with cowboy decor and sleeps up to 6.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Max occupancy

      6
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      seating area
  • Cabin | General Lodging Information$283n/a

    • Description

      While staying with us, you'll be living in one of four cabins. Each is privately spaced among the trees, yet within walking distance of each other, the main lodge and the stable. Each cabin is unique in size and style to fit each individual or party and has a view that you won't soon forget. There is also a refrigerator, coffee pot, coffee and tea in each cabin. In the Lodge you'll find the Dining Room, Laundry Room and a big Family Room complete with fireplace. We also have a large deck for relaxing at the nightly social hour.
    • Rooms

      4
    • Max occupancy

      12
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
  • Cabin | Mountain Man/Prairie Bunkhouse$283n/a

    • Description

      The Mountain Man/Prairie Bunkhouse is a log cabin duplex with separate entrances to 2 bedroom and bath suites with an adjoining porch. Suitable for couples or singles. Each sleeps up to 2.
    • Rooms

      2
    • Max occupancy

      2
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      seating area
  • Cabin | Indian Cabin$283n/a

    • Description

      The Indian Cabin is a log cabin with bedroom, bath, living area and porch. It's suitable for a couple or small family, has Native American decor and sleeps up to 4.
    • Rooms

      1
    • Max occupancy

      4
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      seating area
  • Cabin | Pioneer Cabin - Handicapped Accesible $283n/a

    • Description

      The Pioneer is a cabin with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living area, kitchen and porch. It's perfect for families or 2 couples and sleeps up to 6. It even boasts a clawfooted tub in one bedroom! Handicapped Accesible!
    • Rooms

      2
    • Max occupancy

      6
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

      seating area

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • Business Services

    • common computer
    • Cell Networks

      • no cell service

Additional Services

  • Spa

    relaxation massage, deep tissue massage. hai Yoga Bodywork, Soft-Tissue Injury Body work, Deep-Tissue Therapy, Aromatherapy Massage, Intuitive Healing Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki and Transformational Attunements

Onsite

Shopping

  • Bonanza Creek clothing, hats, caps and gloves as well as gift items are available at our little trading post in the lodge.

Outdoor Activities

  • wagon rides
  • bird watching
  • Water based Activities

    • hot tub
    • hot springs
    • Additional Activities

      • wagon rides

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Saddle bags, Rain coats
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    spin, stocked pond, unguided
  • Enjoy the beauty and privacy of our own stocked lakes. Test your skill against feisty rainbow, cutthroat, or brook trout. A little equipment is provided, but if you are a serious fisherman, by all means bring your own. A Montana fishing license is required for fishing on and off the ranch (please purchase ahead).

  • Wildlife and birding

  • deer, antelope, coyotes, eagles and often have bear and sometimes elk,

Offsite Activities

  • buffalo ranch with Native American sites - extra charge

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • Castle Town

  • Castle Town, Ghost Town, was a boom and bust town. It's a beautiful drive through the Castle Mountains to a step back in mining history.
  • Rodeos

  • Local rodeos are scheduled for the Fourth of July and on Labor Day. They are a fun part of the cowboy's life with great stock and fun western dances. There are also rodeos throughout the summer within an hour or two drive. Just google for more information.
  • Bair Museum

  • The Bair Museum is just up the road and features western history, English antiques, Indian artifacts,antique gun collection, original Russell paintings, as well as the fiesty attitudes of the rich Bair sisters.
  • hot springs and spa

  • Hot springs pool and spa at White Sulphur Springs
  • Distance

    45 miles
  • Time from ranch

    45 mins

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