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2020 Chevallier Dr., Wolf Creek, MT 59648, United States

Following in the tradition of the country's first dude ranches, Rocking Z started out as a cattle ranch, then switched over completely to a guest ranch—only it did so in 2000. A family-run, ultra-green operation (it uses biofuel only in summer), Rocking Z trains all its horses in natural horsemanship, the no-coercion, communication-centered technique elaborated in The Horse Whisperer. The owners believe it's important to "get people off the clock," explaining the relative lack of structure here—and the freedom to be spontaneous.

Riding: Rides through open high hills and long valleys are custom-tailored to families and/or individuals.

Capacity: 20 guests; 60 horses.

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Rocking Z Guest Ranch

Following in the tradition of the country's first dude ranches, Rocking Z started out as a cattle ranch, then switched over completely to a guest ranch—only it did so in 2000. A family-run, ultra-green operation (it uses biofuel only in summer), Rocking Z trains all its horses in natural horsemanship, the no-coercion, communication-centered technique elaborated in The Horse Whisperer. The owners believe it's important to "get people off the clock," explaining the relative lack of structure here—and the freedom to be spontaneous.

Riding: Rides through open high hills and long valleys are custom-tailored to families and/or individuals.

Capacity: 20 guests; 60 horses.