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Other Activities at Bonanza Creek Ranch

 

While horseback riding is the main activity at Bonanza Creek, it certainly isn’t the only thing to do. Below you’ll find a great selection of fun area activities. Fit them in in between riding or take a morning or afternoon off and try something new.


MASSAGES

Massage Therapist Jan Diekman has over twenty five years experience in a range of different types of therapy including Deep-Tissue Therapy, Sports Massage, Foot Massage, Reiki(energy healing), Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy and Essential Oils.  But the great news is you don’t really need to know the difference in all of this, she has the wonderful ability to tune in to you and know what your body needs. Her preference is to blend many styles for the best treatment possible.

The biggest benefit of course is how wonderful and relaxed you feel when the stress is soothed away. Many guests, even ones in great shape, find relief from a treatment to help them recover from jet lag, high altitude, and achy, sore bodies after long days in the saddle.

 

HOT SPRINGS IN WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS

Ahhhh…. Nothing feels better after a few days in the saddle. Two pools are fed by natural hot mineral water springs. The outdoor pool water is 95 degree Fahrenheit and the indoor pool is 105 degrees. White Sulphur Springs is about a 45 minute drive from the ranch. The pools are drained and refilled every night and very clean
For hundreds of years, people have used these natural hot springs for health purposes. easing such conditions as arthritis, rheumatism, stomach disorders, and a wide variety of muscle and joint ailments. 

 

FISHING

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 of time in town or online.

 

 

HIKING

Take your camera along as you venture out on wild game trails for a little wildlife watching and soak in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world! Local wildlife includes golden eagles, whitetail and mule deer, elk, antelope, bear, coyotes, fox and cougars as well as smaller chipmunks, squirrels, gophers, badgers and jack rabbits. We are at an altitude of 5800 feet and a steep climb up into the mountains where the air is thinner making it harder to catch your breath.

 

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.  Explore the art museum, stroll the grounds, tour the Bair family home, and enjoy the Bair Barn’s display of historic photographs and ranching memorabilia. Find your own treasures in the Gift Shop featuring books by Montana authors and books about the American West and its history, as well as baskets, jewelry, and pottery. http://www.bairfamilymuseum.org/

 

 

UPPER MUSSELSHELL MUSEUM

Located just 45 miles east, it is worth the drive to see.  It feels like prowling around in someone’s attic or barn. You may run into a full-size replica of a dinosaur skeleton found nearby or a horse drawn hearse with a special passenger. There are several collections of fossils and bones, a new Plains Indian exhibit, and a 2000-year-old buffalo skull. The sandstone buildings constructed prior to 1909 are filled with treasures that belonged to the people who lived, worked, and developed the Upper Musselshell River country. https://www.harlowtonmuseum.org/

 

 

THE CASTLE AND CARRIAGE HOUSE

‘The Castle’ is an imposing mansion built in 1989 and is now a museum. The mansion has 12 rooms with hardwood floors and covered with Belgian and Oriental rugs. It is complete with period furniture, mineral samples, clothing and artifacts from the area, including some from the local Voldseth and Grande ranches. A carriage house was added in 1989 to house buggies, wagons, a stage coach, 2 horse drawn fire engines as well as saddles, chaps and other western memorabilia.  It is located in White Sulphur Springs which is full of western flavor and small town appeal.

 

CASTLE TOWN

Just 20 minutes over the hill, Castle Town was incorporated in 1891 with an influx of miners. At its peak, the town had 2000 residents, a school, numerous merchants, a jail, 7 brothels and 14 saloons. The best known one time resident was Calamity Jane, a well know western frontierswoman. Like many other mining towns, the silver panic of 1893 caused the town to die a rapid death. Although the buildings are beginning to fall down, one can still see the remains of the town. It’s on private property, permission slips are available at the lodge.

 

NATIVE AMERICAN PICTOGRAPHS

Reachable by horseback or all-terrain vehicles, they are located in the Lewis and Clark National Forest.  These pictograph paintings were probably deeds of prehistoric hunters and their historic American Indian counterparts.  Are they 10,000 year old graffiti or a sacred magical symbolic code, a treasure map, or a historian’s guide book in storied stone?

 

 

RODEOS

Local rodeos are scheduled for the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. They are a fun part of the cowboy’s life with great stock and fun western street dances. There are also rodeos throughout the summer within an hour or two drive.  Just Google for more information.  Events include the beautiful grand entry, thrilling bull riding, cowgirl barrel racing and breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, roping and team roping. 

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