Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch Blog

Springtime in the Montana Mountains

After long months of winter in Montana the first signs of spring are always refreshing, especially in the higher altitudes where winter starts early in the fall and ends late in the spring. May and June are also our rainy months which along with some sunshine help to norish the grass and flowers. 

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"Puddle Jumping" Montana Style!

Often dude ranch activities will run into some type of obstacle.  Some are more serious than others.....and then some are just plain "interesting!"

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Mountain Horseback Riding with Skye

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 Our painted horse, Skye, is a favorite of our guests.  It could be because of her unique color, but it could also be her petite size.  Also her cooperative disposition and ability to take good care of her rider might be reasons why guests are attracted to her.  Skye was purchased from one of our wranglers who needed money for college a few years ago, and she has been a great asset to the ranch.

"Hangout" Place for Families at Hawley Mountain Ranch

We can't think of a better place for a family to gather to experience new things, share lasting memories, and spend quality time together than booking a family vacation at a dude ranch.  Lots of smiles and laughter are seen and heard during the guests' week stay at Hawley Mountain.

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Each week  guests arrive as a single, a couple, a few good friends, or a family with children.  Some weeks the whole ranch is booked by one large family who gather from all parts of the country to share a special time of reuniting after being apart for a long period of time.  There are few distractions at the ranch due to our remote location, so guests spend a lot of time interacting with each other and sharing lots of experiences.

A Montana Meadow Ride Is Fun for Guests

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Let the adventure begin as wrangler Ryan leads the riders from the barn to start a meadow ride.  Some of our most scenic views are found on the easier rides in the meadows around Hawley Mountain Ranch.

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 The meadow ride just below the lodge gives riders an opportunity to enjoy the scenery surrounding them without having to deal with narrow rocky trails.  Riding by our stocked trout pond and being totally surrounded by the 10,000 feet mountains is relaxing, especially for those who have not ridden much before their arrival at the ranch.  


Each September we have the privilidge of the company of these three fun and "warm hearted" fly fishermen from Minnesota.  Since all three are retired they tend  to take fly fishing less seriously than most of our guests.  We enjoy watching the process of their fly fishing methods and preparation which includes packing lunches for them which includes peanut butter, onion, and anchovy sandwiches!  

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Preparation takes some time and concentration.                                                                                            A time to take a break before starting.

Please Have a S'more....

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Twice a week at the campfire a favorite activity is "S'more Time."  Each person has his/her own technique roasting the marshmallow.  Some take a lot of time to roast theirs to a perfect golden brown, while others burn their marshmallow to a crisp.  However, we have noticed that the finished product turns out doesn't really matter.

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They all taste good!  Evidence is often found on the faces of the "roasters".  A little dirt on the face and hands from the volleyball game doesn't seem to hamper the experience.  Yum!!

Ranch Tasks in the Fall for the Hawley Mountain Staff

The end of the summer season is drawing to a close the end of September.  However, there remains many things to get accomplished during the next few weeks.  Staff members have already dug into some of  the tasks for fall work.  


First Horseback Ride of the Week

The guests gather on Monday morning at the barn for some safety and riding instruction given by our wranglers before heading out on their first ride of the week.

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 Each rider is given careful attention by the wranglers to make sure everything is just right.

100th Year Milestone at Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch  

Who would have guessed that the purchase of the Tom Hawley homestead by the Jarrett family100 years ago would result in the present day guest ranch at Hawley Mountain? 2017 was certainly a year to remember up here at the ranch.  A large group of family and friends gathered in July to help celebrate this important part of ranch history. 

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Over 130 guests gathered to celebrate with us, and it was a great time for conversations with old friends and share a lot of "memories.

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Best Ranch Cook in the West!


Hawley Mountain Ranch has found a real treasure in our cook, Nancy.  Returning for her 5th year 
she has prepared tasty meals for a hungry group of guests and staff with amazing variety and effeciency. Ranch meals are served buffet style, and there are always plenty of choices for everyone's preferences. 

Ranch Cookouts Provide Big Bites for Young Folks

The best thing about cookouts at Hawley Mountain is the big burgers and brats!  Sometimes it can be a real challenge for small mouths to get around their sandwich.

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Horseback Ride to a Mountain Meadow

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Off to a high meadow go the Hawley Mountain horseback riders!  Placer Basin trail is popular for hikers, as well as horseback riders, because of the spectacular view when looking up the Boulder River valley. After a short stop to overlook the impressive Hells Canyon,  the riders continue on up the trail  to reach a lush meadow often covered with alpine wildflowers.

Dirty Faces....a Sign of a Great Meal!

"Guess what I ate at the cookout?"

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Bet you can't guess what I ate!

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Hawley Mountain Wranglers Work Hard!

A “wrangler” is defined as a person who herds or cares for livestock on a range.  That’s exactly what our wranglers at Hawley Mountain Ranch do….and they do their job well.

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Crossing a Ranch River on Horseback

Why did the horses cross to the other side?  Because it's loads of fun!

Horses are wetting their whistles before heading across the pristine Boulder River.

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