Working Cattle Drive & Dude Ranch Vacations

For an authentic working cattle ranch vacation, visit TX Ranch 22 miles north of Lovell, Wyoming.

At TX Ranch, we offer a very good and exceptional horse riding, cattle drives and working cattle experience on the beautiful borderlands of Montana and Wyoming. Come enjoy the fresh air and wide open spaces of the American West with a hands on week-long working cattle guest ranch experience vacation package at TX Ranch.

TX Ranch is the real deal – a genuine working cattle ranch spanning more than 13,000 private scenic acres including 14,000 acres of lease land in Montana and Wyoming. Our ranch is located on scenic range that spreads from the Pryor Mountains to the majestic Bighorn Canyon. Your stay at TX Ranch includes six full days of riding and ranching fun, with great home-cooked meals prepared and served in a log cabin at each camp. After sundown, spend your unforgettable evenings with conversation and relaxation around the campfire beneath the Montana stars. The cowboy experience and breathtaking outdoor scenery at TX Ranch creates memories that will last a lifetime!

TX Ranch has been owned by the Tillett family since the 1890s, when William Tillett and Bessie Strong-Tillett established their homestead north of Lovell. The “TX” in TX Ranch comes from the initial herd of cattle purchased from Amarillo, Texas, by Bessie’s father, Frank Strong. The right hip brand never changed, thus establishing the TX brand in both Montana and Wyoming.

Our Wyoming guest ranch has been in business for 40 years – long before the movie “City Slickers” ever hit the big screen! With decades of experience in both ranching and hospitality, the staff of TX Ranch can provide a hands-on Western-style vacation experience unlike any other.

During your time on the ranch, you’ll meet and work with members of the Tillett family, who still own and operate the ranch. There’s Hip Tillett, who’s been with the ranch his entire life. A trustworthy cowboy and quite the character! Hip will make your ranch experience active and fun. With an extensive working knowledge of cattle, ranching, and all that goes with it he loves working alongside our TX Ranch visitors.

You’ll also meet Hip’s daughter, Desiree Tillett. Dez is a genuine, loyal cowgirl and an experienced rider. She works with our colts on TX Ranch, breaking them in for future saddle horses. She has also trained with nationally known horsemanship instructor and clinician Ken McNabb, who, by the way, is conducting a colt clinic right here this summer! If you would like to join Ken at the TX Ranch for his amazing colt clinic experience as he works with clients and our 2- and 3-year-old colts and starting techniques, including under saddle please feel free to contact us at TX Ranch.

Hip’s mother, Abbie Tillett, started the guest ranch back in 1976. Her efforts opened the spectacular acreage of TX Ranch to visitors from all around the world. Abbie was skilled in open fire cooking using Dutch ovens and a wood cook stove. She enjoyed cooking for our guests several years and helping out on the ranch whenever possible. Abbie alongside her husband, Lloyd Tillett, worked to not only preserve their ranching lifestyle, but share it with others from all walks of life.

The Tillett family, including Hip’s wife, Loretta, daughters Dez and Sheena, and other family members, friends and staff stand ready to welcome you to TX Ranch in Lovell, Wyoming. From spring and summer cow camps are located at authentic homestead sites from the early 1900s. to cattle drives and ranch riding, we show our guests every aspect of the rancher life. We strive to make you feel like part of the family and one of the cowboys, allowing you to participate in all the usual activities and experiences our family has done day after day for five – nearly six! – generations.

During your week here, you’ll ride across scenic, privately owned Montana range country on horseback and have a chance to actively work with horses and cattle just like the cowboys of the Old West. With almost 1000 head of mother cows, also replacement heifers, bulls and 100 head of horses this keeps us busy throughout our season. Want to help work calves, wrangle horses or trail a herd? You can do all that and more. There’s a host of activities at TX Ranch involving cattle and horses, from vaccination and brandings to rounding up strays and herding the pack to the proper range locations. All TX Ranch guests can fully immersed in the ranching experience. With the added bonus of the panoramic Montana and Wyoming scenery what more could you ask for.

Riding horses are personally selected for guests according to a person’s experience and riding level. Our sure-footed TX Ranch horses will soon have you feeling at home in the saddle. You’ll get to ride up close with animals each day while riding freely across the open Montana range.

At the TX Ranch you’ll gain confidence in your horsemanship and cowboy skills, and build confidence with your outdoormanship while having a great time with others. If you love animals and the outdoors, there’s no better place to experience than TX Ranch. There’s always plenty to keep us busy spring through fall.

Naturally, guests are free to choose their own level of involvement; our ranch activities are not compulsory, you are welcome to try as much or little as desired. It’s your vacation, and your guest ranch experience is in your hands. Do as much or as little as you like while enjoying your stay with us. There’s a good reason why nearly 70 percent of our guests return.

Vacation packages at TX Ranch include six full days of riding, cattle drives and seasonal ranch activities. Vacation package prices are only $1,725 per week from April to June or $1,775 from July to September. At TX Ranch, there are no hidden fees or sales taxes, and our rates include free transportation to and from Billings to TX Ranch camps, in addition to transportation to and from Billings Logan International Airport, Best Western Clocktower Inn and the Dude Rancher Lodge.

To book your guest ranch experience at TX Ranch near Lovell, Wyoming, send us an email at or call (406) 484-6415. Don’t just visit the West: Live it!


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Colt Starting Clinic with Sam Wagler