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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.

WEATHER & CLIMATE

Bonanza Creek is located at approximately 5800 feet above sea level with rides that will take you up to 8300 feet. The climate is dry with lots of sun, which means you’ll want to drink plenty of water while you’re here, especially during the first couple days when your body is adjusting to the altitude. With very low humidity, you’ll find our warm, sunny, and breezy summers a delight.

As a general rule, July and August are fairly predictable with high temperatures around 80 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit and little to no humidity. Even on the warmest days, mornings and evenings are typically and wonderfully cool. Come prepared for a variety of weather in June and September.  June is always beautiful with wildflowers and lush green landscapes and September honors us with those crisp cool evenings.

WHAT TO BRING

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 Cowboy Hot Tub, fishing equipment
  • A camera!

TRANSPORTATION

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 $200 and Billings for $250 round trip up to three people.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

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.

SOLAR POWER

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.

RANCH NOTES

  • 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: You are here on holiday and to enjoy the peace and quiet, but if you need to be in touch, there is a laptop computer in the dining room for your use with Internet access. Additionally, there is wifi service in the Lodge for your personal laptop.  There is no cell phone coverage or television on the ranch — hurray! You can use a calling card or purchase a long distance phone card to make calls on the Lodge phone.
  • Smoking: Is not allowed in the Lodge or while out riding.
  • Cancellation Policy:   If cancellation must occur, 50% of the deposit will be refunded prior to April 1st if that time can be re-booked.  After April 1st, deposits are non-refundable, and any cancellation will be charged full amount if that time cannot be re-booked.  We will do our best to re-book it.  We also recommend trip insurance to cover this cost.

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