Mahogany Butte Ranch Ride, Hyattville Cowboy Carnival


Includes one or two days trailing cattle.

Basin Endurance Ride*

Hyattville Cowboy Carnival

This isn't City Slickers!
This isn’t City Slickers!


The Mahogany Butte Ranch is unforgettable.  Everything you have ever thought a ranch should be is there:  Hospitable down home people, with an intimate knowledge and deep love, of the land they live on, and well cared for horses and cattle. The dramatic, rugged landscape, with giant red cliffs, limestone canyons, and ancient buffalo trails will leave you breathless with wonder.  We will help the Hampton family bringing their Black Angus cattle in from their winter pasture in the badlands, on to Mahogany Butte.

Our chances of seeing wildlife are good, too.  Look for antelope, deer, coyotes, hawks and eagles.  The weather can be pleasant and sunny or raining and even snowy.  It is un- predictable.  Please be prepared and have good foul weather gear, just in case.

Arrival Day:  Guests are picked up at the Worland Airport, or Cody and transported to Ten Sleep, pop. 280.  There you will be taken to the Belinda’s house, 2.8 miles south of town.  We will settle in and have orientation at this time and we can get better aquainted.  We will also have a look at the horses and the tack.  Delicious meals will be home-cooked, or catered, at the house.  The views of the sunset are great from the deck, in the backyard.

Day Two:  After everyone is assigned a horse, the wrangler will demonstrate saddling and help riders to tack up and familiarize themselves with western or ‘neck’ reining.  We will be packing a lunch.  Horn bags are provided for each rider, however you need to bring your own water bottles; 2 – one quart or liter bottles.  We begin the ride from the house. We will be riding in some rough country with hidden cutbanks and some rocky ridges.  It is a good place to familiarize yourself with some of the natural hazards we will encounter during the week.  There are also some fabulous views of giant red cliffs and the Big Horn Mountains rising beyond them.  It reminds you of a western movie, at times.  The pace will vary according to terrain, but there are some great places to open up the horses and make some fast tracks.  There are also some places that are steep and brushy with junipers and sagebrush, that might make you want to hang on to the saddle horn.

Day Three:  After breakfast, we pack our lunches, saddle up, load the horses in the trailer and head to Mahogany Butte.   This giant limestone butte rises steeply above the Nowood Creek.  We will see it in the far distance. Long before we get there.  Red cliffs reach above the grassy meadows as we drive to the ranch.

We will help Sam Hampton and his daughter, Janna, with their cows. Depending on where he is at, in the  trailing and branding of his cattle, we will be helping out wherever he needs us.  He has plenty of cattle to stay busy for over two months, gathering, trailing and branding new calves.  He definitely appreciates our help.  We and our horses work hard and earn our ‘wheaties”, helping Sam.


The country we are riding in, at Sam’s is full of incredible views. His ranch lies at the bottom of Mahogany Butte. The huge limestone cliffs attest to a period millions of years ago, when Wyoming was covered by ancient oceans.  In more recent history, buffalo climbed up steep rocky slopes to reach the grassy meadows at the top.  We will use the same trails as the buffalo did, to eventually make our way,

Day Four:  The same as day three, unless you are signed up for the endurance ride*.

Day Five: We are headed to Hyattville!   Hyattville’s Cowboy Carnival, held Memorial Day weekend, is a favorite among the locals here.  This small town of 101, fills up with cowboys and cowgirls, young and old.   There are horse race’s held at the local, dirt, airport runway.  Riders in western saddles, and bareback, race horses and mules on the dirt flat.  In town are dog trials where dogs compete in herding sheep. It is good old time fun, not found in many places anymore. Hyattville is as west as it gets.

We will take our horses with us, unload along the way and ride to the horse race’s!  The races are held a mile out of town on the dirt runway.  People park their pickups along side the track.  All ages attend the races and there are some very fast horses, from the surrounding area, competing.  After the races, we head to town and enjoy the celebrations which include stock dog trials, art exhibits, a petting zoo, pie contests, barbecue and more.  If you want tom meet some cowboys, this is the place!

We will take in the festivities at Hyattville in the late morning, have lunch at the carnival.  After lunch, we will head up to the foot of the mountain for an afternoon ride up Paintrock Canyon.  The canyon is rough, rocky, steep and deep. As such, the pace is on the slow side, at times.  But not always.




Day Six:  Everyone should be in good shape by now, for today’s ride.  We will do the Castle Gardens ride.  After breakfast, we pack our lunches, and saddle and load our horses.  We drive west, towards Worland and unload at the Blue Bank Road, where our ride begins.  We follow this primitive road for several miles, up and down hill, before turning towards Ten Sleep, riding along cattle and game trails.  Along the way are some scenic, colorful “Badlands” formations.  There are also some great places to pick up the pace.  Any thoughts that this is a put-put ride will quickly be replaced with some good adrenaline rushes as we gallop along.

On the way we will ride to the top of Wild Horse Butte.  It is one of the tallest peaks in the area.  The view is absolutely incredible (bring your camera) and its slopes are often carpeted with wildflowers.  It is a steep descent off the peak.  At the bottom is Castle Gardens.  This large, hoo-doo style, sandstone outcropping has fantastic shapes weathered into it.  Some remind you of castles, some of weird animals and other things.  There are junipers and Ponderosa Pines in and around the rock formations.


We ride on and eventually make it down to the Nowood River near Ten Sleep.  Along the way are some great places for some full tilt runs. This is a long day, with plenty of places to get long gallops in.  Be sure to pack 2 water bottles.

Day Seven:On our last day of riding, we finish in style.  We ride from the house today.  Our destination is Ten Sleep.  We will take the scenic route. There is some great country right across the ‘street’ and we will explore it.  After riding through some grassy hills and meadows, we will ride through some juniper trees and suddenly, find ourselves on top of a big red cliff, part of a hidden canyon.  On we ride,  to the top of yet bigger red cliffs.  There is a view across the valley below, of the Big Horns.  Then we ride along the old “dump” road. This winding red dirt road has great places to make some fast tracks.  There are old wagon ruts in the road in a couple places, from the pioneers.  The road ends at the dump.  Then it is only a mile or so to town.  Time to hit the saloon, or, if you prefer, the soda fountain, which has great ice-cream.

We have the option of riding back to the house, or trailering us and the horses, back home.


The last night is usually a good night with toast all around with days in the saddle recounted and plans for the future discussed under the canopy of sparkling, bright stars above.

Day Eight: Time to pack up and head to the airport.  You should be ‘walking like a cowboy’, by now.  You put on a lot of horseback miles that most people only dream of.  Most riders leave with a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, knowing they did a special ride. After the ’Renegade Experience”  other places are just pony rides.



*Endurance Ride;  Limit TWO riders per ride, on a first come first served basis.  Date of ride deposit is the determining factor.  That, and making sure the rider is a good match for the horse.  Belinda has sole decision to qualify or disqualify a rider for the endurance rides. Riders must pay the entry fee to the endurance rides.

Endurance Ride Itinerary:  We must leave for the endurance ride the afternoon before the ride takes place.  Therefore, departure day, we will have a morning ride or colt starting session.  We camp out at the ride site.  Dome style tents are set up.  Pads and sleeping bags are provided for the riders.    The horses stay in an electric corral by the trailer, we sleep nearby!  We will enter the ride and have our horses vetted before supper.  Meals are provided at the ride.

Rides typically start around 7:00AM.  Everyone is expected to take care of their assigned horse.There are 20, 50 and in some instances 100 mile rides.  We will do the 25 or 50 mile ride. In the 25 mile, riders go 15 miles, then there is a mandatory one hour break and vet check. Then you ride ten miles.  Horses must pass vet checks to continue, including having a pulse rate at 64 BPM before time is called.

In the 50 mile race, riders go 25 miles, then the vet check, hour break, 15 miles, vet check, hour break, then 10 miles.  Horses on the 50 mile ride have an hour to get their pulse to 60BPM at the finish.

After we finish, we will wait an hour minimum, to rest the horses, before transport.  Then we head back to Ten Sleep.

Included are all meals at the house, with a complimentary glass of wine at supper.  Horses and tack are included.  Not included is lunch the day of arrival or breakfast on the departure day and any other alcohol you may wish to have. Endurance Ride entry fees not included.  These usually average $80-100 USD.


*Please note that routes or itineraries may vary due to unforeseen events or circumstances.  This may include inclement weather, change in the ‘ranches’ plans, etc.




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