Schedule Information

McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch
Working Cattle & Guest Ranch in Northwest Montana
Schedule Information

Our Season Schedule with Rates

Now through April 26th, 2014

also Starting October 26, 2014 to April 18, 2015

Winter Horsemanship Program

Looking to escape the winter blues? Come to McGinnis this winter! Take advantage of low guest counts, great rates and best of all - lots of personalized one-on-one instruction from the ground up!

We will take an average of eight to ten guests per week.
There are no housekeeping services during the week.
A simple breakfast will be available each morning.
A dinner like meal will be provided at lunch time.
The kitchen is stocked for dinners and the cookie jar is always full!

Each day guests work on horsemanship from the ground up in our indoor heated arena. The teaching is very focused and each session builds on the last. Cattle are typically brought in mid-week so that we can put our horsemanship skills to use. We might even have you roping by week's end!

Beginners to experienced riders are encouraged to come. Whether learning something new or refining something old, our horsemanship weeks offer plenty for everyone!

*We do require that our winter guests speak fluent English as there is a lot of instruction.

Lodge/Cabin rate per person is:
Base Rate: $ 975.00
MT Tax: $ 25.20
Transport: $ 100.00
Total: $ 1,100.20
Experience a deeper understanding of Buck Brannaman style horsemanship and leave with the tools that will help strengthen your horsemanship in the months and years to follow.

*Starting April 1st, we will be ear tagging and vaccinating new cattle.

April 20th to May 31st, 2014

Spring Program I

Rates are per week and include tax & round trip transportation from Kalispell.

Lodge/Cabin rate per person is:
Lodge Room: $ 1,423.20
Cabin Rate : $1,543.20
(Add $100 for single occupancy Cabin Rate)
  • Housekeeping services
  • All meals
April 21-May 4: Horsemanship & outside riding:
Buck Brannaman Horsemanship from the ground up using our horses or you can bring your own - All levels of riders are welcome. Clinic style instruction daily. A great time for fine tuning your riding skills with our experienced horsemen & women. There is always the opportunity to work cattle and to practice your roping! We'll also get out and explore our new grazing country, weather permitting.
Rpaing and Branding May 4-17: Ranch roping and branding weeks:
These weeks are especially for those who love to work cattle and rope all day long! We will be roping and branding these weeks. We use long ropes - 60' and throw BIG LOOPS. If you ride and rope the Buck Brannaman style, or want to learn, this is the week for you. We'll be roping yearling cattle in a safe instructional environment. There will also be lots of work weighing branded cattle and moving them to new pastures, so you don’t have to be ropey to join in! Bring your rope horse or ride one of ours.

Spring Program II

Rates are per week and include tax & round trip transportation from Kalispell.
Lodge Room: $1693.70 per person
Cabin Rate:$1813.70* per person
*Add $100 for single occupancy cabin rate.
  • Housekeeping services
  • All meals
Horsemanship and Cattle Work:
Intensive Buck Brannaman style horsemanship from the ground up using our horses or you can bring your own—all levels of riders are welcome. Clinic style instruction daily. We will also be putting all of our horsemanship to use in working cattle each week. There may be some more branding to finish up at this time as well. In addition, we will begin turning out our herd on our new grazing allotment surrounding the ranch.

Peak Season

June 1st to October 11th, 2014

Peak Season at the ranch

Along with Buck Brannaman clinic style horsemanship, cattle working and exploring country join us in our season long cattle work and cattle drives! Enjoy riding in and exploring NEW COUNTRY in our new 40 square miles of timbered country and meadow land. Those who are looking to cover lots of country will not be disappointed! Move and drive cattle in the timbered mountains surrounding the ranch and learn how to track and find cattle.

McGinnis Meadows Ranch is very conscientious about proper land management and you'll take a big part in it. There's a part for all levels of riders to participate in. Ride the drag to push cattle, ride the flanks to keep those boys in line.

Rates are per week and include tax & round trip transportation from Kalispell.
$2125.70 per person for a lodge room
$2303.95 per person cabin rate
*Add $150 for single occupancy cabin rate
  • Housekeeping services
  • All meals
Our main agenda at this time is gathering cattle off of their summer pastures as well as weighing and shipping cattle.

July 13th to 19th, & July 20th – 26th, 2014 Weeks

Buck Brannaman Clinics *Our 2014 clinics are already full. Call or email to be put on the waiting list. Sorry, but we will not be taking early reservations for 2015.


Rate includes: 3 full days with Buck, 2 full days with us, tax, and round trip transportation from Kalispell.
For guests only, no auditors.
$ 3103.95 per person for a cabin
(double occupancy only)
$ 2925.70 per person for a room in the lodge.
  • Housekeeping services
  • All meals
Space is limited sign up as soon as you can or be put on the waiting list.
Each week for 3 full days, Buck will cover Horsemanship 1 in the mornings, and Cattle Working in the afternoons. Two full days are with us either working on horsemanship, cattle working, or moving cattle on summer range.
Ride one of our horses or bring your own at no extra cost. We’ll provide hay, and space for your horse.
Full week only Sunday through Saturday.
Ranch lodging only.

October 12th to 25th, 2014

Off Peak Fall Season

Rates are per week and include tax & round trip transportation from Kalispell.
$1868.20 per person for a cabin (double occupancy)
$1725.20 per person for a lodge room.
  • Housekeeping services
  • All meals
Great time for long days in the saddle covering country looking for stray cattle. Fall colors are brilliant and the air is crisp. Of course we still offer horsemanship, cattle working at the ranch, and leisurely rides too at this time.


Please call or email to make arrangements.

RESERVATIONS: To confirm your stay, we require a $350.00 per person deposit payable by check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

  • 60% of balance due February 15.
  • Final balance due upon departure.
  • Reservations made after February 15 require a 60% deposit.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Travel Insurance is highly recommended. All deposits and payments after January 1st of arrival year are refundable less a $100.00 service fee if we can refill your space.


Meals Breakfast is served daily at 8:00 am, lunch whenever we stop, hors d' oeuvres at 6:00 pm, and dinner at 6:30 pm.

Sunday: Check in is at 3 pm. Settle in, get acquainted and meet the crew. Orientation is at 5:30pm on the week's activities and to learn your expectations too.

Monday: Help saddle at 7:00 am, or sleep in. We'll see you at 8:00 for breakfast. 9:00 AM we'll meet you out by the horses. We work with you individually to adjust your saddle, and to learn this style of riding. We take all the time necessary to ensure you are comfortable with your horse, and you learn all the skills for a great week of working cattle, improving your riding skills, and enjoying the country.


Tuesday - Friday: We are flexible. There are CATTLE DRIVES on Summer Range, cattle working here at the ranch, Buck Brannaman CLINIC style horsemanship from the ground up, rides out exploring new country, and roping lessons starting from the ground.

Saturday: Leisurely breakfast at 8:00 am, group photos, and we never say good-bye! It's "Till next time!" Shuttle to Kalispell takes off between 9:00 and 9:30 am. Please try to schedule your flight home any time after 11:00 am.

✱ Contact us for children's rates, non-rider rates and discounts for third-person parties.

Travel Guard Travel Insurance
If there is any chance that your travel plans might be interrupted, we highly recommend travel insurance! Travel insurance offers coverage for unforeseen problems, from a cancelled flight to even a serious illness.
Phone: 800-826-1300 - Website:

For those bringing horses to the ranch for training or for a week’s stay at the Ranch

Owners will be required to show proof of a coggins and well as documentation that shows the horse has been vaccinated for Influenza and Rhino within the previous 3 months. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
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