Laughing Water Ranch
Laughing Water Ranch
926 Curtis Road
Fortine, MT 59918
Laughing Water Ranch Description
A week at this dude ranch is all about learning new things -- kids have a blast riding horses, taking shooting practice, making crafts, and camping out as part of the extensive youth programs while grown-ups ride through pine-scented forests along scenic mountain trails; rafting, fishing, hiking, and exploring nearby Glacier Park are family affairs. The week ends with a powwow performed entirely by the kids and a Saturday night barn dance for the entire family. Stay in the lodge or your own log cabin, and enjoy family-style meals in the community dining room.
School-Age Kids: Kids ages 4 through 8 enjoy the ranch as part of Kamp Kootenai, where they'll ride gentle horses, make leather and feather crafts, learn Native American stories and dances, and camp in real teepees.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Kids ages 9 through 14 become members of the Fort Laramie Youth Cavalry Program, complete with official uniform and gear. In addition to exploring the mountains on horseback, they'll learn to perform horse maneuvers and arena tricks, take shooting practice, and camp out in the fort (while defending it from attacks). Older teens can ride with the adults.
- Bring riding boots. Tennis shoes and hiking shoes won't cut it -- you'll need cowboy boots or western riding boots with a smooth sole and a distinct heel.
- Leave baggy jeans behind. Jeans with a double seam on the outside are most comfortable, as are jeans with a little stretch.
- Pack provisions. If you plan to do a cattle drive, pack trip, or overnight trail ride, bring a sleeping bag. Ship it ahead of time if you want to travel a little lighter.
- Canada is close. If you plan to drive into Canada (only 20 miles away), check passport requirements in advance.
- Babies are welcome. Babysitting services are available at all times for children age four and younger. Sitters for older children are available when the youth programs aren't in session.
- Bring a phone card. There's no cell phone service at the ranch, but you can use a land line for long distance calls.
- Consider bringing helmets for children. Helmets aren't required for riding. If you prefer that kids wear them, you'll need to provide your own
- Weight restrictions apply. Call to inquire about restrictions and accommodations for riders weighing more than 250 pounds.
- Check the website for online specials. Look for special discounts for kids, and for early and late season travel.
Just the Facts
Hours: May-early October. One week minimum (Sunday to Sunday).
Fees: Packages from $800 per person
Recommended Time: Multi-day