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  • Established

    1870s. Guest ranch since 1993
  • Owner

    David and June Voldseth
  • Manager

    June Voldseth
  • Tel

    406-572-3366; 800-476-6045
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $375
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $300
  • Minimum Stay

    3 days
  • Maximum Guests

    12
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Dude Ranchers Association, Montana Dude Ranchers Association, America Outdoors

Hospitality, responsive horses, cattle work, tasty home cooking, comfortable cabins, fun and adventure are just a few of the reasons guests come back year after year to Bonanza Creek.

Come relax and ride with us where unbelievable views and unrivaled adventure abound. We treat you like family.

We specialize in experienced riders offering adult only weeks, intermediate and advanced rider weeks, weeks for families, including kids 8 and older, as well as our life coaching Retreats.

Our Cowgirl Retreats are truly an ADVENTURE with a horse. They include great riding and an opportunity to enhance your life. Prepare to be enlightened by the connection between you and your horse. Horses not only read your energy, but your intent and soul.

Horses, big sky country, new friends, ah-ha moments . . . what a way to get away.

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.

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.

Games

horseshoes

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.

Ranch History

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 You won't want to miss it!

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, everyone eats together
  • Alcohol

    BYOB
  • Enjoy dining in

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

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

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians

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.

Guest Favourites

  • prime rib
  • hamburgers
  • country breakfasts

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  • Address

    523 Bonanza Creek Rd
    Martinsdale
    Montana
    59053
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    5800 ft
  • Private Land

    20,000-40,000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k

Nearest Town - Harlowton

Harlowton has a population of 900 (approx), and is situated 45 miles from the Ranch.

Facilities in Harlowton include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Harlowton offers: small hometown necessity shops, western wear.

Rental car

Required

Nearest Airports

Bozeman Gallatin Field Airport, Bozeman

Distance

100 miles / 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

Distance

140 miles / 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 location(s)

Harlowton or White Sulphur Springs

Travel by

Helicopter, Airplane

Distance

45 miles

Ranch shuttle

$100

Rental car

4x4 recommended

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
  • Max riders per ride

    12
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    40
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Draft Cross, Paints, Fox Trotters, Geldings
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 3 hours

The 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.


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

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.

Weight limit for riding

Up to 225 lbs

Riding considerations

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

Hours in the saddle

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.


Why 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

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
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.


 

Riding Lessons

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.

Details

lessons are additional

Given by

wrangler

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Cattle work - pasture gathers

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

When

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Frequency

Weekly

No. of cow/calf pairs

1500

Interaction

Guests participate

Arena Work

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???

Type

outdoor arena

Activities

penning

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $375
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $300
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $375
  • Minimum Stay

    3 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Sun
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Thurs, Sat

Bonanza Creek can cater for up to 12 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Cowboy Cabin

Rates (Per Person)

$283

Minimum Stay

No minimum

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

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

seating area

Cabin | General Lodging Information

Rates (Per Person)

$283

Minimum Stay

No minimum

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

Cabin | Mountain Man/Prairie Bunkhouse

Rates (Per Person)

$283

Minimum Stay

No minimum

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

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

seating area

Cabin | Indian Cabin

Rates (Per Person)

$283

Minimum Stay

No minimum

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

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

seating area

Cabin | Pioneer Cabin - Handicapped Accesible

Rates (Per Person)

$283

Minimum Stay

No minimum

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

Bathrooms

Private bathroom, Shared bathroom

Amenities

seating area


Booking Policy

A 50% 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

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  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Business Services

    common computer.

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

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


Fishing & Wildlife

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).

Fishing on offer

spin, stocked pond, unguided

Wildlife

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


Local Attractions

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.

Top50 says

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 available; enjoy riding in big country with other good riders who love to ride, and swim in the lake with your horse
  • Their Cowgirl Retreats are truly an adventure with a horse. They include great riding and an opportunity to enhance your life – prepare to be enlightened by the connection between you and your horse

Lows

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

Visitor Reviews

Dont just take our word for it, see what visitors like you say...

Fantastic week of riding

My two adult daughters, both avid horsewomen, and I just spent a wonderful week riding at beautiful Bonanza Creek Ranch. We laughed and smiled the whole week, everything was absolutely fantastic : the horses were great and perfectly matched with their riders, the rides were varied and the scenery spectacular, and the food and accomodations were wonderful. Best of all was the warm welcome and hospitality extended by our hosts, June, David and their other family members, all of whom went out of their way to make sure that all their guests had a wonderful experience. For people who love to ride, this is the place!

5 stars

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