Are You Game for a Unique Ride in the Montana Wilderness?

Have you ever thought of taking a wild ride into a mountainous wilderness?
Our Pinzgauer, an Austrian military vehicle, has provided many people with such an adventure.

mountain jeep ride

Our guests have a hard time believing that the Pinzgauer can travel on some of the very difficult terrain that it encounters.  Crossing creeks, driving over huge boulders, and climbing up steep, narrow, and rocky roads doesn't faze this vehicle in any way.  While traveling to the end of the primitive road views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking!


Montana jeep ride in wilderness
jeep trip in Montana mountains

Once reaching the destination in the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness people decide if they are  going to meet the challenge of a climb up to the top of Monument Peak or rather picnic, hike, or fish around the beautiful glacier lake.  The altitude of Monument Peak is almost 11,000 feet, so that hike is not for the faint of heart.  However, those who reach the top of the mountain are exhilarated by the magnificent beauty they experience when feeling like they are on the top of the world!

mountain hikers
Hawley Mountain hikers on mountain top


picnic by mountain glacier lake
snow sledding in Montana mountains
mountain view in Montana

Some prefer to just relax by Blue Lake with a picnic lunch, go sledding on the snow slopes in the middle of the summer, or take time to appreciate their beautiful surroundings.  A less intense hike can be taken around the edge of this glacier lake, while some of our fly fishermen can take an opportunity to cast out their lines in hopes of catching a trout off guard.  

old cabin in Montana wilderness
gold mining equipment in Montana
gold mining rock crusher

With so much gold mining history from the late 1880's located in this wilderness area around Blue Lake hours have been spent checking out the remains of the prospectors' cabins, looking at old mining equipment, and trying to imagine how these heavy items were moved up into this higher elevation on this primitive road by horse and mule teams.  What tough and determined bunch of miners they were!

Hawley Mountain jeep ride in wilderness

After a full day spent hiking Monument Peak, relaxing by a beautiful glacier lake, doing a little fly fishing, and exploring the mining areas of long ago, it's time to load up the Pinzgauer for the trip back to the ranch.  Lots of memories were made on this trip with plenty of tales to tell!!







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There are a wide variety of ranches to choose from. 
For more information that might help pick the right ranch go to the page "How to select a dude ranch".