Rocking Z Ranch is a small family owned and run guest ranch. The itinerary is flexible to accommodate everyone with a mixture of half day and all day rides. You ride over a variety of terrain. Sometimes to higher ground where you can see six different mountain ranges. Parts of the rides are steep climbing but where the terrain is appropriate you may have canters. A favourite ride is a sixteen mile ride to Medicine Rock with the opportunity for lots of canters. Each week there is usually the opportunity to move cattle from one pasture to the next or bring the cattle into the arena to do team penning. If you are really keen to learn roping and cattle work this can be available on request.
Experience Parelli Natural Horsemanship put to a purpose. Whether new to horses or highly experienced, you will have the opportunity to expand your skills. Learn to work cattle from the back of a horse, ride long trails or play at liberty in a round pen – we do it all. Private and semi-private Horsemanship lessons are always available upon request with no extra charge.
Those who are Experienced Riders have opportunities to work with and ride a variety of horses to suit their desired goals. Riding here is independent – our well-trained horses go where they are told, when they are told to and at exactly the speed that is requested of them. Beginner Riders will find that they learn a huge amount just by spending plenty of hours each day with and on the horses.
Rocking Z is a genuine ranch, set right in the heart of cowboy country, Montana, and not far from Yellowstone and little known but better Glacier Park. It’s a beautiful North American wilderness and if you’re lucky you might glimpse some of the local wildlife out on a ride, like eagles, bears, mountains lions and the very shy lynx.
Patty and Zack Wirth have been ranching and raising their children here for over 30 years – Zack is a 5th generation Montana rancher and works hard to preserve this life that he loves. The family are big followers of Parelli, so there’s also the opportunity to watch and learn about this training method. The other benefit to this is you can expect to ride very well schooled and responsive horses.
Because horses and riding are the centre of what we do at the Rocking Z, extra activities are done in non-riding hours. The ranch also suits families, because we can cater to what each individual needs.