Things To Do

Paradise Valley Vacations cover a wide variety of outdoor activities, which are largely dictated by the season. However, raising horses is a thread that runs throughout the year. Vern and foal getting acquainted!

Guests who bring their own livestock will be amazed by the variety of scenic trails and challenging terrain in the vicinity. Ample corral space and stalls are available. We also provide an indoor riding arena.

Numerous outfitters in the area offer hourly and day rides for guests wanting just a taste of a horseback experience.

On the ranch, guests are welcome to watch professional training of horses of all ages and ability levels. Individual lessons can be arranged with advanced notice.

Our goal is to make it easy for you to "do Montana" on your own. We are happy to facilitate your planning process with advice, suggestions and directions.

Photos and details on activities available during each season are provided below. You can skip directly to the season you have in mind by clicking on it now.

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Spring Activities

Wild flowers and mountains

Early spring is very unpredictable. One day it looks like winter; the next day you are looking for your short pants.

At this time of year, we concentrate on horses. Our most serious equestrians visit in this period, before their summer schedules get too busy. During their visits, they improve their riding skills, and consider additions to their riding stock.

It's interesting to watch the progress of our young stock: weanlings learn about halters and ropes; yearlings get the feel of their first saddles; and, two-year-olds experience their first riders

As May turns to June, Montana is at its greenest with an abundance of wildflowers. Newborn elk, bison, deer, and antelope provide Yellowstone visitors a special treat.

New-born fawn resting in our pasture

Mule deer "in the velvet"

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Summer Activities

Summer is probably the favorite season, due to the variety of activities available. Mountains beckon for hiking, biking, riding, and camping. The Yellowstone River and others beckon for fishing and whitewater rafting.

Family out for a ride

Yellowstone Park is only 17 miles to the south, and national forests surround us to the east and west. The geological wonders, and the diverse flora and fauna create a unique, facinating and complex ecosystem. Opportunities to view wildlife abound.

Cow elk lounging on Yellowstone's Travertine Terraces

American bison grazing

   

The Yellowstone River offers scenic flatwater as well as great whitewater! You can tackle the river yourself ...

Girls tubing on Yellowstone River     Our son, Ford, now prefers his kayak seat to a saddle!

   
or we'll connect you with the finest local guides.

Whitewater excitment

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Fall Activities

Autumn colors along the Yellowstone River

Adults freed from the restraints of school schedules, often prefer Montana in the fall.

Rivers fall to their lowest levels, making the deepest holes fishable. The brown trout spawn in Yellowstone, and the flailing crowds of summer anglers disappear, making for more solitude on the banks.

The aspen and cottonwood trees turn a brillant yellow, providing a perfect backdrop for the large game animals as they begin their mating season.

Wildlife viewing in Yellowstone Park is particularly rewarding at this time of year, with fewer visitors and the opportunity to see majestic bull elk herd their cows, and ward off competing males.

   

Bull elk crossing creek     Bull moose bugling
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Winter Activities

Yellowstone Park and the surrounding area offer plenty of winter activities. Forced down by the deep snow of the "high country", wildlife is easily viewed.

Rocky Mountain bighorn ram

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities abound, amidst the splendor of our nation's first national park!

Great day for XC skiing!

Most of the park roads are open only to "over snow vehicles", that is, snowmobiles and snow coaches. If you have traveled the park roads during the busy summer season, the solitude of winter travel over them is an amazing contrast.

Bridger Bowl, about an hour's drive north of us, offers excellent downhill skiing, and groomed cross-country trails. Many Montanans prefer Bridger Bowl to the larger, "destination" ski resort to its south, because of Bridger's lower prices and more friendly local character.

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