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Plan Your Trip to Bonanza Creek Country

 

Bonanza Creek is located in South Central Montana in Meagher County (pronounced Mahr) and is a part of the Voldseth Ranch, a 25,000 acre working cattle ranch. The Voldseth Ranch lies partly in the legendary Crazy Mountains and partly in the beautiful Castle Mountains. While our mailing address is Martinsdale, a tiny former railroad town 12 miles away, we consider ourselves part of Lennep, a former railroad stop and now a crossroads of 4 buildings, including a one room school house and a church, that you’ll drive through on your way up to Bonanza Creek. We are wonderfully remote.

You’ll want to pack clothes that are easily layered as weather can be unpredictable and temperatures can go from cool to quite warm in a single day.

…Boots with a heel are a must to prevent your foot from slipping through your stirrups.

…Jeans or riding pants.

…Long and short sleeved shirts

…Jacket and fleece or sweatshirt for layering. A heavier jacket is recommended for June and September dates.

…Hats and caps are helpful for keeping the sun out of your eyes and off your face. Cowboy hats need a stampede string (for sale here if you wish).

…Casual clothes for non-riding time.

…Optional gear that can be helpful includes gloves, helmet, rain gear (slickers are available for use for the week), chaps, sunscreen, swimsuit for the Hot Springs and fishing equipment

…A camera!

It is easiest to fly into Bozeman, but Billings is also an option. Rental cars are available from both airports, and the drive from each is very different, giving you different perspectives on Montana. The closest and most spectacular drive is from Bozeman through the gorgeous Bridger Canyon.

The drive from Bozeman is about 100 miles and takes close to 2 hours; from Billings, about 140 miles and 2.5 hours. See our Map & Directions

We also offer Airport Pick Up from Bozeman for $250.00 round trip, covid permitting.

When the guest ranch was built in 1993, the amazing power of the sun was chosen for generation of power through a solar system. We have found that, with some patience, the use of solar energy works well for us.

Think green and come prepared to save energy. There is power 24 hours a day, but we unfortunately cannot accommodate sleep machines. A back up generator is available for mornings and cloudy days. Water is heated with natural gas, so there’s plenty of hot water for a soothing hot shower after a long day in the saddle.

Meals are home cooked and there’s plenty of it! Three squares a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. From big country breakfasts to sizzling steaks off the grill, to fresh baked desserts; you definitely won’t go hungry at Bonanza Creek. If you require a special diet, just let us know ahead of time.

BYOB (Bring your own booze) is our policy for beer, wine and alcoholic beverages. Each evening before dinner, come and join us on our “deck with a million dollar view” for a social hour at the Lodge. Light appetizers are provided. A good time to rehash those great moments of the day and perhaps enhance them a little!

In addition to any alcoholic beverages, some guests like to bring in their own special snacks and beverages. Each cabin is outfitted with a refrigerator for your use for the week.

Cabin Amenities: There is a refrigerator, coffee pot, coffee and tea in each cabin, and daily maid service.

Bonanza Creek Shop: Bonanza Creek clothing, hats, caps and gloves as well as western gift items are available at our little trading post in the Lodge.

Guest Laundry: Is available at the Lodge at no extra charge and is open from 7am to 7pm.  Please try to do your wash on a sunny day.

Connectivity: There is no cell phone coverage and no television at the ranch. Wifi is only at the lodge and is limited. Texting and video telephony works on most mobile phones. There is a land line at the lodge if you need it and phone cards available at our little shop. Come and enjoy good food and company and respect our phone free meal times.

Weather: July and August tend to be days of sunshine at 80—85 degrees F and little to no humidity and cooler evenings. June and September are cooler and unpredictable with possible moisture. June has beautiful wildflowers and lots of green grass. September offers gorgeous autumn days with those wonderful crisp cool evenings. You are in the mountains of Montana so come prepared for change as you might get a bit of everything in one week or one day. You can check weather.com for Martinsdale MT before packing.

Jet Lag: We recommend anyone coming from overseas to arrive in America a few days early to get used to our time schedule and enable you to enjoy your time on the ranch and be well rest

Covid19 – We feel it is easy to social distance here. We have rearranged the dining room, set tables up outdoors, sanitized the kitchen, lodge and cabins, and ask everyone to wear masks or social distance when necessary.

Select activities are operated under a special use permit with the Lewis and Clark National Forest. This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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