SWEET MEDICINE RANCH & WILD HORSE SANCTUARY
The Sweet Medicine Ranch & Wild Horse Sanctuary is a 2,000-acre cattle and hay ranch located on a tributary of the West Rosebud River near the community of Fishtail, population 450. One thousand acres have been set aside as a sanctuary for their privately-owned band of Pryor Mountain Mustangs. This herd is one of only a handful of genetically pure Spanish mustang herds dating back to the conquistadores.
Kaity and Rylie Williams and their five children share deep roots in the Stillwater Valley where their great grandparents gazed upon the Beartooth Mountains and homesteaded in the late 1800’s. Kaity’s parents Jim and Sherry Edwards started adopting mustangs and bringing them to this cattle ranch in the 1980s. They love sharing the work and the stories about the care and history of these wild horses. The Williams family offers guests a unique taste of country life.
Remember, just because you are staying on a working ranch does not mean you’ll be expected to work as a hired hand—you can do as much, or as little, as you want. Vacationers seeking a quiet rural ranch stay may enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and fishing during the day and the option for “glamping” with the mustangs by night.
- Cattle work on horseback, riding herd health on the cattle grazing in high mountain meadows, or scenic trail riding in majestic mountain country.
- Participate in labor-of-love farm chores such as feeding and milking the goats, collecting eggs from the chicken coop, bottle feeding a baby calf or baby sheep, irrigating the hay meadows, or just hanging out with the farm animals including the miniature donkeys.
- Learn about and see wild horses in their natural setting. Admire the mustang foals born in late spring and observe the herd dynamics.
- Try your luck trout fishing in East Rosebud Lake or along the Upper Stillwater River. Hike to Woodbine Falls, an area many locals consider the prettiest place in Montana. The ranch is just 20 minutes from the one million acre Custer/Gallatin National Forest.
- Rodeo is a must whether just as an evening activity or you make a day of it. Start with a picnic lunch at Wild Bill Lake, some site seeing in Red Lodge MT and cap the evening off at the Cody Wyoming Night Rodeo.
- The guided trip to Yellowstone National Park starts with the Scenic Beartooth Highway just 30 minutes from the ranch and continues on to a full day of site-seeing in the Park.
- Lodging in a fully furnished and generously sized, 2-bathroom guest house with large dining room and living room. Three bedrooms, two with queens and one with a full-sized futon.
- "Glamping" in a secluded part of the mustang sanctuary nestled in the trees at a respectful distance from the mustangs, but still allowing guests to be within their world. Guests are welcome to spend nights in a charmingly decorated 20’ x 16’ tent on a wooden floor featuring a queen and two twin beds. There is the option of an additional “buddy wall tent” with cots for larger groups. (Sleeps 4-7 people).