What to Bring

McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch
Working Cattle & Guest Ranch in Northwest Montana
List of items to bring for your visit to McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch

Most of what you need will be provided at the ranch. However, when packing your clothes, remember that Montana temperatures vary greatly between morning, noon, and night. For your comfort, plan to dress in layers.

Here’s a GEAR LIST of items to consider bringing to make your trip as comfortable as possible;
  • Riding boots (slip on preferred)
  • Hiking boots (tennis shoes)
  • Over the calf boot socks, or football socks.
  • Long johns/tights for cold weather.
  • Sport Bras
  • Long sleeved shirts (avail. in our gift shop)
  • T-shirts (avail. in our gift shop)
  • Lined jacket
  • Sweatshirts (avail. in our gift shop)
  • Jeans that are just snug, and 2 to 3 inches too long. We recommend Kimes or Wrangler jeans.
  • Shorts
  • Hat w/brim & stampede string (gift shop)
  • Slip on shoes for cabins & lodge
  • Sleepwear
  • Bathing suit (towels provided)
  • Gloves (wool gloves work best for the cold)
  • Raingear (pants & jacket preferred)
  • Sunglasses/RX glasses
  • Contacts/contact solution
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries: (toothbrush, paste, brush, comb, chapstick, lotion, powder, deodorant, razor blades, smelly stuff, dental floss, hair elastics, shampoo, rinse, etc)
  • Watch
  • Books (lots here in library)
  • Binoculars
  • Bug Spray for spring
  • Pen/paper/stamps
  • Camera
  • Medications
  • Favorite beverage (alcohol)
  • Phone card to call your loved ones at home. We have no cell phone service here!

"We often like to dress up a little for Sunday night dinner and you are welcome to join us in dressing up too!"

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.

Provided at the Ranch

Hair blowers, Robes, Complimentary water bottles, Complimentary slippers, Saddle bags/water bottle holder, Laundry facilities & ironing board.

ALLERGIC TO BEES? Bring your Epi-pen!

We frequently get asked how many hours a day you’ll be riding. It can vary but typically if you are taking advantage of everything we have to do on the ranch, you might be in the saddle 5-6 hours a day. You will get the most from your week if you arrive fresh and feeling good!

Here is a fun FIT LIST to help you prepare for your week at the ranch:

(Be sure to get your doctors approval before embarking on an exercise program!)
A few tips:

-Create a circuit of these exercises – change it up from week to week. A circuit can consist of short rest in between each exercise (1- 2 minutes), or no rest to give it an aerobic component.

-Proper form is critical to avoid injury.

-Aim for 15-30 minutes at least 3-4 days per week. If you can do longer one day a week, even better!

-Include a mix of aerobic and strength exercise

Legs: 3 sets of 10 repetitions
  • Lunges
  • Leg lifts
  • Squats
  • Ab Crunches- 3 sets of 25 repetitions
  • Planks (also known as bridge)- hold for 30 seconds to start, build from there.
Upper body: 3 sets of 10 repetitions
  • Dips
  • Push ups
Aerobic: 30- 45 minutes. Start slowly and build up to longer distances and speeds.
  • Walk
  • Jog
  • stair climbing
  • hike
  • bike
Balance: A balance board is fun and can help improve your ability to get comfortable balancing while in motion.

Stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and eat healthy foods to give yourself the best chance of succsss. Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Any Questions? Please call, fax, write or e-mail so we can help you plan your vacation, make room arrangements, or schedule off-site activities.


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