Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch Blog
GRAB YOUR BINOCULARS for Bird Watching in Montana!
Bird Watching….. A Popular Activity at Hawley Mountain
One source of entertainment for our guests, especially those living in the cities, is watching the various species of birds that are part of our wilderness habitat. Depending on the season, the variety changes from month to month. Perhaps the most unusual bird we see is the Western Tangier, recognized by its bright yellow and orange plumage. Occasionally a blue bird is spotted, and a bald eagle and osprey are frequent visitors to the pond area eyeing those tasty trout.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD!
If you have ever wanted to feel like you were viewing your surroundings from the top of the world, then join us on a hike up to Monument Peak which lies at the very end of a primitive road.
A Day in the life of a dude ranch horse...
Don’t you wonder what it's like to be a horse each day? It’s a GREAT life for our herd of more than 40 horses, as they only work hard for 4-5 months a year. The rest of the time our horses roam free in large pastures, grazing and resting in the wide open spaces of Montana.
Wild West Rodeo in Big Timber, montana...
Campfire Fun on a dude ranch vacation
Not only is the campfire cuisine enjoyed by our ranch guests, but the variety of activities keeps people entertained. Intense volleyball games occur almost every week (using “mountain” rules, of course!). Roping our stationary steer, Norman, or pitching horseshoes tests skills of accuracy and provides a lot of laughs. Jean branding using our ranch irons sends guests home with a special (and inexpensive!) souvenir from Hawley Mountain.
Wranglers at Work
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. Getting saddled up by dawn they bring our horse herd in off the pasture to begin the day. Then it’s time for the feeding, saddling, and taking guests out on rides to explore the wilderness. Other tasks fill their days as well, such as fence fixing, trail clearing, weed spraying, and caring for the horses in many ways.
MONTANA Moose ALERT!
Nothing gets the attention of our guests more than the words, “There’s a moose in the meadow!” This always brings everyone to the lodge windows for a better view.
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