Blacktail Ranch (Wolf Creek, Montana)


Making Memories – The Fall Round Up at Blacktail Ranch

February 6, 2019 by Caitlyn Allen

Get ready for the time of your life! As the summer will be drawing to a close and the cows want to head home before the snow begins to fall, join us for the fall round up. Plus, this year we have a special surprise… We are offering two weeks of the Fall round up for the 2020 season, the Spring Cattle Drive, from June 7th through June 13th, and the Fall Cattle Drive: August 30th through September 5th.

Help us find those strays and bring them back to the heard as we  “Head UP The Creek” to round up Cattle from the hillsides and creek drainages. Let’s pack a lunch, leave right after breakfast to begin our daily mountain adventure.  Riding with our experience and knowledgeable “real Montana cowboys” will be an experience you will long remember.   

Blacktail Ranch RoundUp Photo 3

Elk will be starting the annual rut and the sound of elk bugle will surely be heard echoing throughout the valley.  Riding goals will be spontaneous and we’ll go where we need that day. The days are sure to still be warm and the nights cool.  Be prepared to dress in layers and be prepared to breathe the fresh, crisp air of Montana. 

Sign up for our six night inclusive package and for no extra fee you may wish to spend the night at our upper camp, what we call the “Hide Out,” where you can wake up even higher in the mountains to bacon frying in the pan and the horses right outside our door.  

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Contact the Blacktail Ranch office to talk about this remarkable and unique opportunity for you, your family, or friends. 

New News from the Ranch

January 30, 2018 by Caitlyn Allen

After many years of wishing to find the perfect reason (or excuse, however you look at it) Sandra finally had Tag to agree on moving the Saw Mill Cabin down to the ranch headquarters.

The Gang at the Cabin | The Blacktail Ranch

Thanks guys! The gang made up of Will, Dan, Doug, Matt, Joe and Ed and of course Will’s puppy Penny, Dan’s dog Oakley, and Joe’s dog Huck.

For those of you who have been to the Blacktail, the Sawmill Cabin is the old cabin that has sat up by the Blacktail Cave and has been there since the late 1920’s.  The original use of this building was as a bunkhouse.  A homesteading family from the late 1890, the Manix family built this cabin to house wagon drivers who were transporting ore from Mike Horse Mine to the smelter in East Helena.  They used the old county road that sits at the head of the South Fork of the Dearborn River.  Actually, this road is at upper end of the Blacktail Ranch.  We think they stayed over night, shared a meal or had a cool drink.

The mine closed and in the early part of the 1900’s the Rittel family acquired the land and the

Moving the Saw Mill Cabin | The Blacktail Ranch

Moving the cabin down the road was pretty interesting!

cabin.  They moved it to where it has sat since, on the creek bank right in front of the Blacktail Cave. The Rittel family moved in a sawmill where they sawed lumber up until the 1940’s it was used again as a bunkhouse.  Some of the artifacts can still be recognized and viewed at the site.

Many hunters and campers would stay in the cabin.  This is when it became know as the Saw Mill Cabin.  Tag staged a number of Muzzle Loading hunts out of the cabin as well as many other hunters and guest who were staying at the Ranch.

Over the years it was used less and less and of course began to deteriorate.  To help to keep it’s legend and stories alive we moved it down to the Ranch Headquarters in the summer of 2017.

Saw Mill Cabin - New Location | The Blacktail Ranch

Final resting place for the Saw Mill Cabin

Press for The Blacktail Ranch

July 2, 2017 by Caitlyn Allen

champagne and cherries

Photography: Rawah Ranch

We are so excited to be featured on The Dude Ranchers Association’s blog in the article titled, 4 Honeymoon Trends at a Ranch Vacation! Are you thinking about taking a ranch vacation as your honeymoon? Their article shows you what many ranch options are, plus highlights the unique experiences you could have! Check it out here.