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Working ranch vacations don't get more authentic or action-packed than at McGinnis Meadows Ranch, and that's why the Montana guest ranch and working ranch has been chosen as Top50's March 2012 Ranch of the Month.

Each month we scour our selection of dude ranch vacations and pick out one that we feel surpasses our standards of excellence - and, most importantly, offers something unique. That could be anything from ultra-luxurious facilities, to those personal touches that really make a ranch vacation, to fast-and-furious cattle drives that'll be etched in your memory forever. In the case of McGinnis Meadows, it's the latter!

Top50 has chosen Montana guest ranch McGinnis Meadows as March 2012 Ranch of the Month

Head to McGinnis Meadows Ranch in Montana and be transported to the true west. Immerse yourself in authentic western cowboy culture on this working cattle operation and ride with real cowboys as you saddle up for all-day cattle drives, take park in branding, work cattle in the arena and learn the art of natural horsemanship with Buck Brannaman inspired groundwork and horseback riding lessons.

Take a working ranch vacation at this Montana guest ranch and expect a real hands-on experience - from catching up your horse in the morning, to graining and letting him out again at night. Beginner and experienced riders alike will leave the ranch with more knowledge about horses, horsemanship, and cattle than they'll experienced anywhere else. McGinnis Meadows' wranglers will work with you individually and tailor each day to you to help you progress throughout the week.

While you're welcome to take relaxing trail rides throughout the ranch, cattle work is the specialty here: learn to cut and pen steers in the arena, prepare for cattle drives by moving small herds of mother cows in the meadows, then venture out on cattle drives across 75,000 acres of spectacular country. During the day enjoy the freedom to ride and participate in ranch work as much or as little as you wish, and rest assured that each evening you'll come home to the heartiest of meals, first-class lodging and sincere, authentic hospitality.

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