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McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch is an authentic working cattle ranch located in the northwest corner of Montana. Our main emphasis is our horse and cattle program. You'll experience horses that are comfortable working cattle, or just leisurely heading out and exploring country.

Beginner riders to experienced leave here with more knowledge about horses, horsemanship, and cattle, than they've experienced anywhere else. We like to get to know you, work with you individually, and tailor each day to you. It's exciting for us to see how much you progress in the week.

You will find "more" here, from the care put into our lodging and meals, to the care of our horses, fine custom tack, and excellent facilities. "More" in the sincerity of our staff as well as the owners, Shayne & Jo-Anne Jackson, and "more" in what you find in yourself, and what you can do.

You will experience a well-rounded horseback riding program centered on what these horses can do with cattle and will leave here a better rider wanting "more."

Stay current with all the happenings at McGinnis Meadows by visiting their "Highline" monthly newsletter.
 

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    Dude Ranchers Association
  • Good time to go

    We have specific times in April & May, and then in June & October that are ideal, please keep an eye on our events page. In April, enjoy riding in our heated indoor arena starting colts and fine-tuning your horsemanship skills.

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Shayne & Jo-Anne Jackson
  • Manager(s)

    Randy and Dori Bock
  • Address

    6220 McGinnis Meadows Rd, Libby, Montana, USA, 59923
  • Tel

    406-293-5000
  • Capacity

    20
  • Open

    Apr-Oct - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $308-335 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Adults

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Highs

  • This is a true horse and cattle program incorporating guests into their way of life with the added feature of a high-end ambience
  • Buck Brannaman-style horsemanship: Their horses are fine-tuned to leg pressure and are trained to work cattle AND carry a beginner on a basic trail
  • Highly organized & smooth operation from staff to services, horses, and facilities - meticulous in ever detail of your stay right down to your saddle
  • MMG Ranch featured in Cedar Creek Productions LLC documentary film on Buck - accepted into the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
  • Featured in Horse & Rider magazine February 2011, chosen as One of 50 Great Escapes; Featured as a top cattle working and horsemanship ranch, December 2010 Italian "Cowboy Magazine"

Lows

  • No supervised children's programs; children are invited to ride right alongside the adults. Excellent for children who love horses and enjoy riding
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    Apr-Oct
  • Nightly rate

    $308-335   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

    $258.33-335
  • Nightly rate (children)

    $295-295
  • Minimum stay

    6 days
  • Preferred arrival day

    Sun
  • Preferred depart day

    Sat
  • Booking Policy

  • To confirm your stay, we require a $350 per person deposit. 60% of balance due by February 15. Final balance due upon departure. Reservations made after February 15 require a 60% deposit. Cancellation Policy: Travel Insurance is highly recommended. All deposits and payments after January 1 of arrival year are refundable, less a $100.00 service fee, if we can refill your space.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, Riding
  • Extras

  • Tax

    $4.20/person/night

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Conservation

  • We are proud of their land management practices on our 75,000 acres of summer range. We are a showcase ranch setting an example for proper land management for other ranchers. We have set the standard for the Best Management Practices of the land owner, Plum Creek Timber Company and as an example to go by for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in training their staff.

Weather

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

Avg Temp (°F):

242936435259656554433224

Avg Rainfall (in):

1.6110.91.61.710.91.311.41.6

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    3400 ft.
 

Nearest Airports

  • Glacier International Airport, Kalispell

  • Nearest town / city

    Kalispell
  • Distance to ranch

    70 miles
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour 15 mins
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Skywest, Horizon
  • Ranch shuttle

    $65/person

Nearest Town / City

  • Libby

  • Population

    5000
  • Distance

    45 miles
  • Time from ranch

    45 mins
  • Facilities

    grocery store, post office, atm, gas station
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops
 

Our riding stands out

  • Buck Brannaman-style horsemanship - working with the horse's natural instincts to gain their trust and loyalty
  • We encourage a hands-on experience with the horses from catching them up in the morning to graining and letting them out at night - all with safety at the forefront
  • Full time horsemen & women who live here year round ensures that they know each horse to better find your match and know the surrounding country to take you new places and forge new paths

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    225-250 lbs, We recommend a good level of physical fitness
  • Saddles

    Western

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Rides dictated by ranch work

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

  • Hours can depend upon ranch work and guest interest.
  • Riding

    Openly through property
 

Riding Lessons

  • Details

    lessons come with package
  • Lessons given by

    wrangler
  • Lessons located

    on the trail, in the arena
  • You will quickly become familiar with your horse through the hands-on horsemanship lessons taught by our experienced wranglers.With personalized instruction from our team of experts, you'll soon feel comfortable heading out on cattle drives, exploring country in any direction from the ranch, and learning to work cattle sorting cutting, and ranch penning. You are welcome to ride and experience as much as you wish.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • Frequency

    Weekly
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • At McGinnis Meadows, not only do you learn horsemanship, but you also put everything you've learned to use working cattle. All season we have steers that you and your horse can track, learn to cut, and ultimately ranch pen. You can also prepare for our cattle drives learning to move our small herd of mother cows in our meadows. See a new calf born in April! Cattle drives start when we turn our main herd of cattle out during the third week of May. Drive cattle all summer long on 75,000 acres of spectacular country surrounding Lost Trail Wildlife Refuge in Northwest Montana. Moving cattle to new pastures, reriding for strays, and pushing cattle up to the high country is a real hoot! We'll teach you about the ways of cattle, and about proper land management. Our Fall Gather runs through all of October. In the brilliance of the Fall colors, we'll cover a lot of country. You'll learn about tracking cattle, and there will be some waspy ones that don't want to come in too badly! You are welcome to ride and participate as much as you wish. Each evening we come home to the heartiest of meals, and 1st class lodging so you'll experience the best of both worlds!

Branding work

  • When

    May
  • Frequency

    Yearly
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • May 1-7, 2011 This is the week for those who love to ride and rope all day long! We use long ropes - 60' and throw BIG LOOPS. If you ride and rope the Vaquero Style and Buck Brannaman/Ray Hunt Style this is the week for you. We'll be roping yearling cattle in a safe instructional environment. Bring your rope horse or ride one of ours.

Horsemanship Clinic

  • Clinician

    MMG Wranglers - Buck Brannaman
  • Details

    Clinics occur yearly
  • Focuses on

    Wrangler taught - May 15 - 21, 2011Our Horsemanship Week teaches you from the ground up Buck Brannaman/Ray Hunt style of riding. Bring your own horse or ride one of ours. A great time to work on your own skills with your horse and become a confident rider in an arena, outside covering country, and working cattle sorting and cutting. Buck Brannaman taught - July 17–July 23 and July 24-30, 2011Buck Brannaman Private Ranch Clinics. Space is limited sign up as soon as you can or be put on the waiting list. Buck Brannaman holds two private ranch clinics for our guests only here at the ranch. Each week covers both Horsemanship 1, and Cattle Working. Ride one of our horses or bring your own. They include: Six night stay, Sunday through Saturday, all meals, lodging, three straight days with Buck Brannaman and two days with our experienced horsemen either working on horsemanship, or cattle working, or moving cattle on summer range. No extra charge to bring your own horse (we'll provide hay, and its own space).

Sample Riding Itinerary

  • Sunday: Check in is at 3 pm. Settle in, get acquainted and meet the crew. Orientation is at 5:00pm on the week's activities and to learn your expectations too.

    Monday: Help saddle at 7:15 am, or sleep in. We'll see you at 8:00 for breakfast. 9:00 AM we'll meet you out by the horses. We work with you individually to adjust your saddle, and to learn this style of riding. We take all the time necessary to ensure you are comfortable with your horse, and you learn all the skills for a great week.

    Tuesday - Friday: We are flexible. There's always cattle work to be done on summer range, learn to work your horse cutting and Ranch penning yearlings, further your horsemanship skills, learn to throw a rope from the ground using roping dummies, or find new routes over the surrounding mountains.

    Thursdays: There is always of course, RIDING, but this day is a good one to maybe see some of the sites around northwest Montana. Kootenai Falls, Glacier National Park. We can also set up reservations to go white water rafting, or on a guided fly fishing trip. Shopping sprees at the local western stores, or find a treasure at an antique store. Rental car needed for off ranch activities.

    Saturday: Leisurely breakfast, group photos, and we never say good-bye! It's "Till next time, you're part of our family now!"

The cheeriest cooks in the West will greet you every morning and evening. Every meal is prepared with pride, and the refrigerator is always open to you. If you're hungry around here, "It's your own fault!" You'll enjoy fresh breads, salads, fruits, and vegetables. Mouth-watering entrees include garlic bacon wrapped rib roast, Flambéed brandied mushroom chicken, and the most tender barbecued ribs you'll ever find! McGinnis Meadow's brandied pecan pie will send you over the edge!

Our cooks are cheerful, warm and inviting and cook up the best meals in the west! While catching up the horses in the morning, you'll be drawn to the kitchen by the scent of plate-sized pancakes splashed with Montana's famous huckleberries handpicked from our secret huckleberry patch (only the bears know about it). We pack our lunches for a new lunch spot every day.

We offer a variety of beverages, but if you have a favorite wine, pop or beer, we recommend picking some up in town.

Good to know

Alcohol

wine provided with dinner

Snacking

Stocked refrigerator

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    everyone eats together
  • Enjoy dining in

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

    fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians

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Guest Favorites

  • BBQ Babyback ribs
  • Good 'ol pot roast smothered with potatoes
  • Grilled ribeye steaks
 

Sample Menu

    Breakfast

    Southern Style Biscuits and gravy
    Hamsteaks
    Eggs to order
    Pineapple coffee cake
    Fresh fruit of the season

    Dinner

    Hors d' oeuvres: Shrimp cocktail
    Salad: Tossed spinach salad
    Homemade potato rolls
    BBQ baby back ribs
    Grilled corn on the cob
    Seasoned potato wedges
    Dessert: Toffee apple pie

Ranch Recipe

    Southern Style Biscuits

    Compliments of my good friend Janette Keiter

    Pre-heat oven to 425-pour 4-5 T oil in cookie sheet~place cookie sheet in oven

    2c flour

    1T baking powder

    1/2t butter flavored shortening

    1/2c buttermilk

    Add dry ingredients in bowl. Cut in shortening with fork. Add buttermilk and knead together.

    * should be slightly sticky

    Flour table top and roll out dough 1'' thick. Cut biscuits with glass or cutter.

    *When oil is very hot in cookie sheet take out. Tilt pan. Soil each biscuit with oil. Crowd together at the top end of pan. Bake until golden brown.


     

Children at the Ranch

Children are welcome to join us here at McGinnis Meadows yet there are no supervised children's programs.

We ask that children are big enough to handle their own horse and have "the want to" to ride, as they ride right along with the adults. We offer special children's rates.

Homesteaded in the 1890's by the Davis family, you'll find remnants of the past, such as their original house site, the later used "Davis Place," and the "Old Orr Place." Still used today, little log houses nestled along the edges of the tree line and the meadow. Cattle moved into the valley in the 1920's.

With their love of riding, and carrying on the Vaquero tradition of teaching horses, Shayne and Jo-Anne established the guest ranch in 1998. Although riding is our main emphasis, this country lends itself to an abundance of outdoor experiences. Hike to the ridge-top from the ranch and see the Cabinet Wilderness Area, mountain bike the abandoned old logging roads, catch a brook trout just before dinner, or just listen to the rustling leaves of the aspens from your private deck. A pleasing mix of the old with the new, we invite you to be a part of its history.

Lowdown

  • Ranch established

    1890s
  • Guest ranch since

    1998

Our Staff

  • Our crew sees ranching as a way of life, not as a job
  • Loves sharing our ranch way of life with guests and try to include guests as much as possible
  • Strive to be the best in all they do
  • We have 2 wranglers on our staff

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Owner Info

  • Owner - Shayne & Jo-Anne Jackson

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Shayne started this place because of his love of riding and his desire to carry on the Vaquero tradition/Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship with others. You'll be amazed with his energy - no dust settles on Shayne's shoulders. He's an excellent teacher, great friend and I love his everlasting excitement and wonder on this way of life.

    Shayne's beautiful wife Jo-Anne. She's warm and witty, and feisty too! She's the one to thank for all the beautiful detail and care put into decorating this place. She and Shayne have come a long way with their hard work, and upfront honesty. They are a pleasure to work with, and you'll always feel at home.

Our Managers

  • Manager - Randy and Dori Bock

  • Dori has the good fortune of meeting you over the phone and then riding with you when you get here!

    Randy Bock When you think of a person who is natural in a certain area, he is a natural with horses. He left Pennsylvania when he was 17, and flew to Wyoming. Knocked on a few doors, and has been working for cattle outfits, guest outfits, guided for hunters, and packed up to 55 horses on 100 mile trips into the Yellowstone area, even rounded up wild horses for the BLM. As Randy says, "My first job at McDonalds just doesn't seem to compare"!

Our Wranglers

  • Wrangler - Wes Ferazzi

  • Hometown

    Minnesota
  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Wes found us and we seem to be a perfect fit. You'll enjoy watching him ride; he's graceful, kind, and instills a sense of calm in his horses. He can throw a rope with ease - has even out roped Shayne and Randy, and knows his way around livestock as well as the outside runnings of a ranch. Very polite, respectful and soft-spoken, Wes will surprise you with his wit and have you rolling with laughter!
  • Wrangler - Brianna Bock

  • Age

    21
  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Brianna is our daughter(Dori and Randy). She's been living this way of life since we started in the Cattle & Guest Ranch industry in 1996. We home schooled her so she could take part in every aspect of ranching. She has a gentle kind way with horses, people and cattle, and at 5'4" and a little over 100 lbs. she's pretty tough and resourceful. Brianna is an old soul at 21 years of age and touches your heart at first meet.

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | Cabin$308-$335n/a

    • Description

      Our cozy facilities are nestled amidst larch and aspen trees, rolling meadows, and timbered mountains, decorated in a Western motif. The welcome feeling carries through to each of the rooms in the lodge and the Amish handcrafted log cabins. Cabins include a living area with a propane fireplace, coffee pot, iron and ironing board and a private deck. Each has a queen-sized bed with denim down comforters and Pendleton wool blankets, fluffy robes, complimentary slippers, complimentary water bottles for your rides, and plush towels for bath and hot
    • Rooms

      2
    • Max occupancy

      4
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      5 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      fridge, seating area
  • Cabin | Cabin$308-$335n/a

    • Description

      Our cozy facilities are nestled amidst larch and aspen trees, rolling meadows, and timbered mountains, decorated in a Western motif. The welcome feeling carries through to each of the rooms in the lodge and the Amish handcrafted log cabins. Cabins include a living area with a propane fireplace, coffee pot, iron and ironing board and a private deck. Each has a queen-sized bed with denim down comforters and Pendleton wool blankets, fluffy robes, complimentary slippers, complimentary water bottles for your rides, and plush towels for bath and hot
    • Rooms

      2
    • Max occupancy

      4
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      5 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      fridge, seating area, plush bathrobes
  • Cabin | Cabin$308-$335n/a

    • Description

      Our cozy facilities are nestled amidst larch and aspen trees, rolling meadows, and timbered mountains, decorated in a Western motif. The welcome feeling carries through to each of the rooms in the lodge and the Amish handcrafted log cabins. Cabins include a living area with a propane fireplace, coffee pot, iron and ironing board and a private deck. Each has a queen-sized bed with denim down comforters and Pendleton wool blankets, fluffy robes, complimentary slippers, complimentary water bottles for your rides, and plush towels for bath and hot
    • Rooms

      1
    • Max occupancy

      2
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      5 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      fridge, plush bathrobes
  • Cabin | Cabin $308-$335n/a

    • Description

      Our cozy facilities are nestled amidst larch and aspen trees, rolling meadows, and timbered mountains, decorated in a Western motif. The welcome feeling carries through to each of the rooms in the lodge and the Amish handcrafted log cabins. Cabins include a living area with a propane fireplace, coffee pot, iron and ironing board and a private deck. Each has a queen-sized bed with denim down comforters and Pendleton wool blankets, fluffy robes, complimentary slippers, complimentary water bottles for your rides, and plush towels for bath and hot
    • Rooms

      1
    • Max occupancy

      2
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      5 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      fridge, seating area, plush bathrobes
  • Lodge | Lodge$308-$335n/a

    • Description

      Our cozy facilities are nestled amidst larch and aspen trees, rolling meadows, and timbered mountains, decorated in a Western motif. The welcome feeling carries through to each of the rooms in the lodge and the Amish handcrafted log cabins. 3 rooms in our lodge each have a queen sized bed and reading chair. 2 rooms have their own assigned bathrooms not attached to the rooms, but are just outside the lodge in a very nice bathhouse. 1 room has its own bathroom down the hall. We built the bathhouse so no one would have to share a bathroom.
    • Rooms

      6
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      5 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

      plush bathrobes

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone

Additional Services

  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of up to 30. Corporate retreats are welcome for up to 15 people. Make reservations a year in advance to set aside a week exclusively for your group.
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of up to 30. Simple weddings are enjoyed by all at the ranch. McGinnis Meadows is a popular place to go for honeymooners!

Onsite

Shopping

  • You'll find name-brand clothing with our logo, Sunbody Hats, Backward Z jewelry, personally designed by Jo-Anne Jackson, Special McGinnis Meadows gifts for friends and family, and custom tack. We also carry the Ryan Michael line of clothing.

Water based Activities

  • hot tub
  • Additional Activities

    • Game Room with pool and ping pong table, volleyball net and horseshoe pit. Many evenings are spent talking of the day's adventures, or quietly soaking it all in.

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Riding helmets, Saddle bags
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    spin, fly
  • Excellent fishing is available on local rivers and lakes just minutes from the ranch. These crystal-clear waters abound with brook, brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout, bass, perch, and pike. We also have two miles of McGinnis Creek running through the property. Here, both beginning and experienced anglers will enjoy the opportunity to catch the native eastern brook trout that inhabit the creek. With so many excellent fishing holes you may not see another angler all day! Set up a guided trip on the Kootenai River with one of our local guides. The yet undiscovered Kootenai River currently holds the world record for an amazing 33+ pound Rainbow Trout!

  • Wildlife and birding

  • Coyotes, Wolves, Bears, occasional Mountain Lion, Moose, Elk, Whitetail deer, Mule deer, Bald eagles, Golden eagles, Red tail hawks, Wood Peckers, Hummingbirds, Grosbeaks, Rocky Mountain Bluebirds, Ducks, Canada Geese, Ravens, Cottontail rabbits, Ground squirrels

Offsite Activities

  • McGinnis Meadows is located 35 miles from Kootenai Angler, the fly-fishing guide we reccomend to our guests. The Kootenai river lies off the beaten path of the more popular "big name" rivers of Montana. The Kootenai is known for it's high quality trout fishery. It is not uncommon for a Rainbow Trout of 33 pounds to be pulled from the river.

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • Glacier National Park

  • Glacier National Park, one of the largest of the national parks in the lower 48 states, is located in the northern section of Montana near the Canadian border. The park is known for spectacular mountains, glaciers, lakes, and a diverse variety of wildlife. Much of the park is backcountry and wilderness, crossed by over 700 miles of trails. Despite its remoteness, the park draws over 2.7 million visitors a year.
  • Distance

    120 miles
  • Time from ranch

    2 hours

Tel 406-293-5000

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