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A Working
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Lonesome Spur Ranch

Lonnie Schwend
151 Schwend Road
Bridger, Montana  59014
Phone: 406-662-3460
Cell: 406-426-4435
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The Lonesome Spur Ranch is a real working ranch, where you are invited to fulfill your dream of a true Western adventure!

Ask Nicholas Evans, author of “The Horse Whisperer". Mr. Evans stayed with Lonnie while doing research for his best seller novel. The Lonesome Spur was also the model for Tom Booker's grandparents’ homestead looking out over the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. "From its crest you could see the river curving around like a castle moat and in the distance the snowy peaks of the Pryor and Beartooth Mountains".


A week’s standard ranch package at the ranch is $1650 per person or $1350 per child (10-16 years only) for a six night stay... arriving on Sunday and departing on Saturday. We require a 50% deposit at the time of confirmation. No refund will be given if cancellation is within one month of vacation time.

The Lonesome Spur Guest Ranch is a fifth generation, working cattle ranch lying in the Clarks Fork Valley, between the Pryor Mountains and the Beartooth Mountains.

We invite you to join us year round. Guests will experience the life of a true cowboy – long days in the saddle branding and moving cattle. We do expect you to lend a hand and ride for the brand. The type of work we do is dictated by the seasons.

The weeks of February and March see us calving out and tending to the cows; we usually ride the pastures and bring the cows in to calve in the corrals. We also go skiing at Red Lodge.

The weeks in April, we will be getting our mares ready for foaling and working our home-bred young stock. Late April may also see us starting to brand some of the early born calves.

May and June are key times for branding and gathering cattle and this is a great time for our guests who like to do more physical ranch work and harder riding days. Cody nite rodeo starts 1st June and we go on a weekly basis.

July and August will see us checking cattle, water holes and fences. However, prospective guests should note that moving stock at times during the summer is dictated on an "as and when" needed basis. July and August also see us going for more pleasure rides, team penning and games in the arena as well as more off ranch activities being available.

September and October are key times for fall gathering of cattle on the mountains. From late September, it is best suited for our guests who like to ride harder for longer times over mountain terrain.

Our summer and fall ranges consist of approximately 100,000 acres of various landscapes – both mountain and high desert - and approximately 400 acres on the home ranch where the guest ranch is located. In addition to the everyday ranching activities, our guests are also given the opportunity of participating in horseback activities such as team penning, cutting, sorting, team roping and fun games on horseback.