G BAR M RANCH
Clyde Park, Montana
You will find Rocky Mountain scenery out your window and a trout-filled creek out your door. The G BAR M Ranch is located in a mountain valley near Clyde Park, MT, a well-established, original ranching community. Originally settled at the turn of the 19th century by Mike Leffingwell’s great grandfather, the G BAR M currently has three generations of the family working on the ranch.
Today the G BAR M runs 50 head of horses and 150 head of cattle on over 60,000 acres of owned and leased land. Father George Leffingwell and his wife Patricia help with the operations as they pass the reins to the next generation. Son Mike, and his wife Maria, handle the cattle operation, and their daughter Mary (15) shares the family’s passion for the ranching way of life. They also manage the breeding and summer grazing rotation for five neighboring ranches which expands the cattle operation. Their motto is: to have good neighbors, you must be a good neighbor.
While the emphasis is on riding, the folks at the ranch understand that not everyone wants to “cowboy up.” Non-riding members in your group can kick back and do as much or as little as they would like. One can always enjoy fishing and/or great hiking on trails in the Bridger Mountains. (20% discount for non-riders.)
- Daily Ranch Riding -- All cattle work is done on horseback. Seasonal riding opportunities include moving cattle and riding herd health throughout the summer. Come as a guest, leave as a cowboy!
- Mike’s Cowmanship School -- Participate in Mike’s Cowmanship School (mid-June) with emphasis on natural horsemanship, building a team connection with your horse, and practicing “cow maneuvers” that make team penning look like child’s play!
- rail Riding -- Daily riding is geared to the skill level of the riders. In addition to the cattle work, there is varied trail riding (no emphasis on head-to-tail riding at this ranch.)
- Cattle Drive -- For the more experienced rider, there is the seven to ten day gather and cattle drive in the fall involving 10 to 12 hours of strenuous riding each day. The panoramic views just get more awe-inspiring the higher you go.
- Fishing -- Enjoy trout fishing on private access to Brackett Creek just out your door or take a half hour drive to the Yellowstone River to fish those legendary waters as well.
- Family Weeks -- We encourage families to join us during designated “Family Weeks” and we extend discounts for children 12 and under. Never more than 12 riders at a time and usually the groups are much smaller with riding tailored to skill levels.
The facilities are all about ranch hospitality, comfort, and quality.
- X Hanging O Cabin – This cabin has a large living room with fireplace, kitchenette, private bathrooms and two spacious bedrooms . There is a screened porch off the master bedroom which has a double bed. In total, it sleeps 5 people with a double, a single, and two twin beds. Situated in the trees along Brackett Creek, offering privacy yet nearby the headquarters.
- “G Bar M Cabin - The smaller two-bedroom cabin is comfortable with private bathroom and sleeps 4 people (a double and two twin beds).
- Main Bunkhouse - The newly constructed Bunkhouse has four bedrooms (sleeps 8) each with a private bathroom. Very comfortable and beautifully decorated with Patricia’s hand-made quilts.
- Ranch House - The rustic Ranch House, originally built in 1909, is a restored homestead cabin with a fully furnished kitchen-dining-living area. There are three bedrooms (sleeps 6) and two bathrooms. Comfortable and beautifully furnished, perfect for reunions. (7-day minimum rental for this home away from home)
- Mix-and-Match - For reunions, combine the guest rooms in the Ranch House with the two cabins and you have everything you need. Ask about wedding, honeymoon, family reunion and retreat packages that include use of the Main Bunkhouse.