Solo week in Montana/Wyoming need advice

Jun 21st, 2009, 09:03 AM
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Solo week in Montana/Wyoming need advice

Husband and I are driving to Missoula from DC so he can participate in week long macho bike ride out there. I'm going along for the (car) ride. We'll visit some family along the way back - check out Dakotas etc on way - places we've not seen. But here's my real dilemma - how to spend my husbandless week. I'm game to go/drive anywhere within a say 3 hr radius from Missoula, including overnight stays. . . .

Have been to Glacier and loved it - also Yellowstone etc. But wouldn't mind going again
(this will be in August 17-27 time frame).

Also thought of nice week at dude ranch or low key spa - something that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

I'm an active 50 something - like hiking, birding, calm rivers, perhaps a little riding. . . .

Would love to have recommendations from board. ..
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Jun 21st, 2009, 09:19 AM
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Hi glover,

I live in UT and did combo trip last summer, camping in Yellowstone, B&B in Emmigrant (Paradise Valley) MT, and another lovely, tiny cabin at the north end of the Paradise Valley, MT. I'll see if I can top my old report for you.

Just try googling using key words like MT Dude Ranches, etc. You'll come up with more tempting options than you can handle. I know I had a very hard time choosing. Also, lots of riding too!

It's a spectacular part of our country - enjoy!
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Jun 21st, 2009, 09:33 AM
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I just found last years' trip report for you. It's the "Wildflowers, Mosquitos, Bison...".
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Jun 21st, 2009, 12:24 PM
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Check to see if there is a local Audubon chapter, or a hiking group that might be doing day trips in the area while you are there.
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Jun 21st, 2009, 12:40 PM
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With your interests, you should take a look at Pine Butte Guest Ranch, owned by the Nature Conservancy:

They have riding, hiking, birding, specialty workshops, etc.
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Jun 21st, 2009, 01:35 PM
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Wow, great suggestions all, thanks! That Nature Conservancy place could be right up my alley indeed! Have you been there, Enzian?

Dayle - I'm going to go read your report right now!

And emalloy thanks for the reminder about Audubon etc. I probably don't want to be a lone hiker and have enjoyed hooking up with Audubon walks in the past on travel.
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Jun 22nd, 2009, 07:55 AM
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glover---I have not been to the Pine Butte Ranch, yet, but I'd love to go. I was really tempted to go this summer, but we were invited to join friends at Glacier so we'll be doing that instead.
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Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:25 PM
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I noticed your wanting to do a river trip, we did the scenic rafting trip with River Source Outfitters in Emigrant, Montana, and it was great. We saw tons of wildlife, really incredible outing
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Jun 29th, 2009, 02:13 PM
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We recently stayed at the 320 Guest Ranch near Big Sky, MT. I highly recommend it for a fun and relaxation. I thought it was a very good value. The food is good too!
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