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Spring experiences at the green o

Everyone comes out to play.

In the spring, the snow melts and earth comes alive again. It’s a season for discovering limitless thrills you can experience together. Spring activities in Montana include exploring the sprawling landscape on an ATV, catching a glimpse of the native Montana wildlife through newly budding trees and getting in touch with your inner cowboy and cowgirl during a real cattle drive. There are any number of ways to surprise yourselves in the spring and in every kind of weather.

  • Horseback Adventures

    Ride off into the sunset together.

    Galloping through a meadow over sagebrush and grasses is perhaps the most quintessentially Montana activity you can do. At the green o, you’re in a place that takes horseback riding seriously. In addition to spectacular trail rides, including the all-day-long Frontiersman Ride, you’ll discover peaceful sunset rides, authentic cattle drives, arena lessons, team penning and a challenging but fun new sport we call Cow Croquet. Horseback riding at the green o means getting to experience a variety of Montana pastures and trails. You’ll wind along the edge of the Blackfoot River, amble through a forest of towering Ponderosa pines and crest Rocky Mountain foothills where you can see for miles and miles around, all the way to the next mountain range. Each horse is lovingly cared for on the ranch by our team of equine experts and is carefully selected to meet your skill level. You’ll become fast friends with your steed, whatever your horseback-riding background.
  • Fly-Fishing Adventures

    Put your love on the line.

    It’s a quiet, meditative sport that puts you in close touch with the river and its meandering rhythms. Whether you’re trying fly-fishing for the first time or ready to take your skills to the next level, the green o is the ideal place to learn, with epic stretches of a world-renowned river right here on property, plus several others within a short drive. Our expert fishing guides will get you started as you master the finer points of knot-tying, river-reading and fly-casting. In addition to casting lessons, the green o offers guided fly-fishing trips on the Blackfoot River, which boasts an estimated 1,200 fish per mile. There are also off-ranch guided fly-fishing excursions on the Bitterroot or Missouri Rivers. And you’ll be able to rediscover the simple joy of pond fishing. Novices and experts alike will find all sorts of great opportunities to catch brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as other native species.
  • Trail Adventures

    Go around and around with each other.

    If you feel like you’re just spinning your wheels, you may actually be having the time of your life at the green o. Zooming through mud puddles, plowing over boulders and zipping quietly through the forest are some of our favorite Montana adventures. ATV ranch tours take you up into the foothills to see the glorious vistas. The Bone Rattler™ mountain bike park is a technical joy—full of tight turns and rocky inclines. The Garnet Ghost Town bike tour will have you peeking through the windows of Montana’s best preserved ghost town. And if you’ve been wondering what it’s like to ride a Fat Tire Electric Bike, here’s your chance. It’s an exhilarating way to sneak up on the wildlife in the far reaches of the Ranch and get home fast, so you have time to brush the dust off your jeans and soak in the hot tub before sunset. The trails are yours to enjoy, whether it’s just you and your significant other or a big group of friends.
  • Shooting Sports

    Aim for a great day together.

    Nothing brings out the competitive spirit like a friendly afternoon at a shooting or archery range. At the green o, you can use a bow and arrow to shoot at 3D targets that look just like local Montana animals or challenge everyone in your group see who prevails on our scenic 10-station sporting clays installation. Sharpshooters can also hone their skills at our Old West .22 Rifle Range. Or see if you can survive in a high-octane game of paintball. We like to have fun in Montana, and sometimes that means a little target practice.
  • Adventures in Flight

    Gain a whole new perspective.

    There’s one bucket-list item that soars above the rest: seeing Montana from way up high. The air is so clean and clear you can see for a hundred miles, from the Swan Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the Garnet Mountains and beyond. You might spy dozens of elk break from the heavy timber and scamper across the meadow. Or you might watch as a golden eagle does a flyby. In the fall, the Blackfoot River Valley floor shows off its autumnal glory with golden larches, yellow cottonwoods and deep green pines. It’s a spectacular sight, whether you’re riding in the basket of a hot air balloon or gazing down from a private helicopter tour. Ask your balloon pilot to sail so close over the tops of those big pines that you can do a “grab and go,” plucking pinecones right off the trees. On a helicopter tour, you can ask to see Glacier National Park. Either way, aerial tours in Montana are a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll want to do at least two or three times.
  • Climbing and Hiking Pursuits

    Find all kinds of common ground.

    Things could get rocky, but there’s harmony in nature that you won’t find anywhere else. With 37,000 acres of pristine Montana wilderness to explore, you could be wandering past bison on a giant expanse of ranchland or ambling up a path in the woods on your way to a serene pond. Every day there’s more to discover. You may want to start with a solo hike, walk along a trail with your sweetheart or take a guided hike to learn about the local flora and fauna. It’s all uphill from there. For an activity that’ll challenge your body and mind, try the Sky Line™ Aerial Adventure Park, a high-ropes course that’ll push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Or take a tour of Garnet Ghost Town and get glimpse of life during the Gold Rush era. For a particularly spine-tingling experience, go rappelling from the very spot where Meriwether Lewis once stood, admiring the view. Climbing and hiking at the green o are two of Montana’s most magnificent adventures.
  • River and Lake Activities

    Test the waters.

    Here’s a secret you’ll want to share: Montana has wonderful beaches. You can sit on the shores of a pristine lake and sip your drink as you watch eagles make ripples, diving for their dinner. The Island Lodge at Salmon Lake offers all sorts of water activities and boating adventures, from jet skiing, kayaking, sailing and swimming to wakeboarding, waterskiing and sunset pontoon boat tours. Of course, the Island Lodge isn’t your only option for splashing around. the green o also offers Blackfoot River scenic floats, as well as whitewater rafting in the Alberton Gorge. A guided canoe trip down the Clearwater River will set your minds at ease with its gentle current. For tubing, a water trampoline, stand up paddleboards and sea kayaks, there’s also the Lake House at Seeley Lake. On the short drive back to the green o, be sure to make a leisurely stop into the town of Seeley Lake for a cone of locally made huckleberry ice cream. There’s more water in Montana than you think. And it’s more inviting than you can imagine.

Explore experiences at Paws Up 

Discover additional experiences options at the nearby Resort at Paws Up, where 37,000 acres, 100 miles of trails and 10 miles of the Blackfoot River combine to make for the ultimate wilderness playground.