Blue Flower Trail Ride
Saddle up for a true Western adventure! Perfect for beginners and pros alike, experience the spectacular scenery of Paradise Valley on this guided horseback trek along the Blue Flower Trail. No worries about directions or navigation; simply follow your guide and you can focus on capturing photos of the striking vistas. Each of our members has a passion for the outdoors, animals, and wildlife. They will entertain you with facts about the ranch and the surrounding area. With the majestic Absaroka Mountains as your backdrop, learn about the land’s original inhabitants, the Crow tribe, and the local ecosystem. Be sure to bring your binoculars – and camera! – as you may have the unique opportunity to view some of Montana’s natural inhabitants, including mule deer, golden eagles, fox, elk, and more! It is the Certified Horsemanship Association’s recommendation that the weight of the rider does not exceed 20% of the weight of the horse. We can accommodate a maximum weight of 200 pounds. We ask that you meet at the Lodge 15 minutes prior to the start of the ride so that you can be given safety instructions. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Also bring a water bottle and your sense of adventure! Finally, this trail ride is completely dependent upon weather conditions. In the event that the weather is not suitable for the ride, we will reschedule or refund your tour.
Goat Farm Visit-pet baby goats- milk goats-walk with goats
Baby goats are here! 2 new babies born July 8th. The final kid count is 33 for 2023! We will relax and pet goats in the fields or hike to the river. This is a small herd of friendly milk goats. My son and I have raised these goats since they were babies, so they are very friendly and calm! All of the activity will be on my farm in field and woods. The amount of walking or exploring is group dependent. Goats love to eat and go on walks! They will also impress us with their climbing and curiosity. Many times of year we have baby goats--"kids" that are fun to pet. We also milk the goats-primarily in the summertime--you will get a chance to milk goats if you'd like! My son Adam will also be hosting some of the walks.
Make wool slippers or mittens-Easy, handmade souvenir
If you don’t see a time in the calendar you can request a date and time ! Make your own slippers or mittens from raw wool! Have you always wondered how wool is made into a wearable, felted clothing or accessory? This class will show you the transformation of fluffy wool to cozy slippers/mittens! This experience will walk you through how to make your own slippers or mittens from wool. We will use the "wet felting" technique to shape and size your mittens or slippers. You will make your own warm and cozy mittens or slippers or make a pair to give as a gift! We will start in a rustic Art Studio cabin and determine your slipper or mitten size. I will show you the basic steps prior to starting and then work with you as you layer the fluffy wool into the shape of the pattern. As the class progresses we will add warm, soapy water and start the felting process! The next step is called "fulling" on an antique wash board. The final step is finishing your mittens or slippers by fitting them to your hands or feet while they are still damp. You will take them home slightly wet, but they should dry by morning. PLEASE request a time and I will work you into my schedule! Great for team building and corporate events!
Scenic Five-Mile Hike in Missoula
I've been hiking in Missoula for 22 years and know the best spots to see the most wildlife, wildflowers and solitude. I'll take you on one of my favorite secret 5 mile hikes in Missoula, home to wild animals such as deer, black bears, red-tailed hawks, bluebirds and dozens of other bird species. Our hike passes through a mature ponderosa pine/Douglas fir forest and a 19-year old burn that has lush regrowth and lots of wildlflowers. From the highest point of the hike you will see the entire Missoula valley as well as the spectacular Mission Mountain Range 20 miles north of Missoula. I am a Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide and if you are interested I can share my knowledge about the flora and fauna as well as the fascinating geology of Glacial Lake Missoula while we hike. I'll provide new, high-quality binoculars to borrow if you need them! Homemade cookies too! *This hike is for those in relatively good physical shape. It ascends a total of around 500 feet in elevation then drops 500 feet in elevation and the terrain has rocks and tree roots in places.
Dinner featuring local Blackfeet foods
Guests will arrive on location and sit down for an evening overlooking Duck Lake on the Blackfeet Reservation. Weather dependent, this may be outside. Dinner will be a four course meal consisting of a salad, soup, entree, and dessert along with a paired tea. Dishes will highlight the ancestral foods of the area and consist of locally harvested ingredients.
Sacred Mushroom Spirit Journey
Event Overview: Embark on an immersive day with Sacred Sacraments Communion Journeys. Held on weekends, our day-long journey unfolds at either serene private residences or a beautiful retreat on Flathead Lake, depending on group size. Venue Options: Choose from tranquil, ten-acre private residences or a picturesque retreat on Flathead Lake. Both settings offer an oasis for your spiritual quest. Accommodations: Whether at a private residence or the lake retreat, spacious bedrooms are designed for tranquility and introspection. Amenities: Comfortable lodgings Nourishing meals Membership & future discounts Weekly Support Groups Monthly Fellowship Journeys Prepare: Wear comfortable attire, bring water, personal items, and an open heart. Guidance: Our experienced guides ensure a safe, enriching journey. Itinerary: 10:00 AM: Welcome 10:30 AM: Meditation & Intentions 11:00 AM: Sacrament Communion 12:30 PM: Reflection Circle 1:00 PM: Meal & Fellowship 2:30 PM: Nature Walk & Mindfulness 4:00 PM: Deep Dive Discussion 5:00 PM: Church Membership Consecration 5:30 PM: Closing Reflections 6:00 PM: Farewell Reserve Your Space: Limited to 10 participants. Book now for an enriching day of transformation and spiritual growth. For more information about our organization, you can lookup Sacred Sacraments in Whitefish.
Montana mountain biking
Safely experience some of Montanas best trail riding with astounding scenery. Learn new skills with experienced riders while using top of the line custom built mountain bikes. Bikes and trails for cross country riding, down country riding, enduro and downhill shuttle services as well. Excursions for just an hour or all day supported rides.
Intro to Horsemanship
Erik's Ranch is expanding its winter horse riding activities! In addition to our current experiences, please join us for indoor horsemanship classes! From novice to advanced riders of all ages, we offer something for everyone. Led by our team of equine professionals, you will have the opportunity to learn everything from basic horse care, grooming, and saddling, to more advanced maneuvering. Each lesson will be tailored to the guest’s experience and abilities.
Learn to Split Wood, shoot Bows and Arrows and more on Hike
The Scavenger Hunt on our 100-acre property will take you on a 2-hour-long adventure through the forests and mountains of our property -The Hohnstead. Along the way, 6 active stations await you, such as splitting wood, panning for GOLD, using a slingshot, guessing riddles, identifying trees and wildlife, using a bow and arrows and more! Covering around 3 miles of a mountainous and forested area, should give you a great workout, a memorable adventure and a chance to connect to nature. We believe that the more time you spend in the forest, the better you feel, they don't call it Forest Therapy (Shinrin Yoku) for nothing.
Chimney Rock Trail Ride
Hop into the saddle, take the reins and traverse the trails of Paradise Valley in true Western fashion atop one of our gentle horses. Follow the lead of our equestrian adventure as we show you to a true hidden gem – Chimney Rock – and enjoy a gold mine of mountain views. Once you arrive, take a break and behold this giant piece of rock that rests at an elevation of 7,650 feet and overlooks three different mountain ranges: the Absaroka, the Bridger and the Gallatin Ranges. As we set out for our return, prepare yourself (and your camera) for another opportunity to soak in the stunning scenery that makes our ranch so special. Some previous horseback riding experience is recommended for guests of the Chimney Rock Trail Ride. By taking this breathtaking journey with us, you not only create lifelong memories for you and your party – you make our mission possible.
Do you think you know llamas? Think again. Llamas are incredibly friendly animals and get along famously with humans, especially kids. They are gentle, mellow, friendly, and personable. They are alert and always curious. On our tour, you’ll have a chance to lead, hug, brush, and feed one of our llamas! Join our wonderful guides as they teach you about llamas and you’ll learn why llamas are so wonderful!
Bozeman Beer Hop with a Master Cicerone
Join me for a fun, educational Bozeman beer experience! We’ll visit 2 breweries for beers, bites, and a tour on our hour-and-a-half long experience in a small group setting. - Visit 2 brewery taprooms - Brief backstage brewery tour - 2 full size beers (or 4-beer sampler flights) - choose your own or I'm happy to curate based on your preferences - hot pub nibbles (over $40 worth beer and food on average per person) - plus beautiful mountain views! (weather permitting) - and have all your beer questions answered by a true expert (and Bozeman local) Fun for beer novices and experts alike, this is a great opportunity to ask me any beer questions you have! I'm one of 22 Master Cicerones in the world and a former brewmaster with 10 years of professional brewing experience. More than just drinking beer, you'll make memories! Feel like a local, drink fantastic beer with a Master Cicerone, and come away with a better understanding of beer and Bozeman! Other things to note: The experience takes place in most weather, but if heavy rain or lightning is imminent, I'll contact you that afternoon to cancel and issue a full refund. At the start of the experience, participants must sign my waiver regarding responsible consumption of alcohol. No additional alcohol may be consumed. Government ID required showing proof of age 21 or older. No children allowed.
Snowshoeing at Erik's Ranch
Snowshoeing at Erik’s Ranch gives guests the opportunity to hike through the gorgeous winter wonderland that is Paradise Valley. The beautiful, snow-covered landscapes and sparkling, icy trees will serve as the backdrop for your amazing expedition through the valley. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture the peaceful and idyllic winter scenery. Join us for this incredible, beautiful journey that Erik’s Ranch is offering for the first time during the winter of 2022-2023!
Hike to Chimney Rock
Attention photographers, nature lovers, and explorers! Looking for a beautiful guided hike on private land where you can enjoy the beauty, peace and quiet of Big Sky country with minimal distractions and maximum views? Then you are in luck. Our enthusiastic tour guides are members of Erik’s Ranch, which provides young adults on the autism spectrum with first-of-its-kind living, working, and social environments. They will lead you on this gorgeous trek to Chimney Rock and back. What is Chimney Rock? A distinctive giant piece of rock on a hill visible from the ranch peeking out of the landscape, Chimney Rock is almost calling for visitors. Along the way, your ears will be treated to birdsong with the possibility of deer or elk sightings, too. This is their yard, after all. Our members enjoy pointing out the best scenery to capture with a camera, including a few beautiful panoramas of mountain ranges worthy of space in your travel scrapbook, so be sure to have your phone ready. You’ll also hike through some beautiful forested acres, and work on your quads as you hike at a slight incline the way there. It is the perfect mix of peaceful walk and exercise you have been craving from the couch. Other things to note: If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at (612) 401-3080. Please note that this hike is completely dependent upon weather conditions.
Guided Yellowstone Tour
Visit Yellowstone National Park on a private tour with an experienced guide. Your guide will know all the ins and outs of Yellowstone, the best hikes, wildlife spots, and what time to visit Old Faithful. On a private tour you will spend your day looking for wildlife such as bison, elk, and bears. And visiting some of Yellowstones most famous features like Old Faithful, Mammoth hot Springs, and Grand Prismatic. We can accommodate you and offer an experience that will last a life time.