Experience Montana Tours

Welcome to Erik’s Ranch! By simply staying with us, you are providing meaningful employment and social opportunities for young adults with autism. And what better way to interact with this deserving population of young adults AND have fun than on one of our exhilarating tours! From hikes to trail rides to fly fishing, we have something for everyone. The best part? All tours are led by young adults with autism. Thank you for believing in all that those with autism can do. Where vision knows no bounds. 

Tours marked by an *asterisk are included in your stay.


Meet Your Tour Guides


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.

By taking this breathtaking journey with us, you not only create lifelong memories for you and your party – you make our mission possible.

Some previous horseback riding experience is recommended for this trail ride. 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!

Trail rides are weather-dependent and run during the spring, summer, and fall. In the event that the weather is not suitable for the ride, an Erik’s Ranch staff member will reach out to you to reschedule or refund your tour. The minimum age required to ride is 8 years old. Also, for younger riders, we require them to be at least 4’2 and 60 pounds.

Please note it is the Certified Horsemanship Association’s recommendation that the weight of the rider does not exceed 20% of the weight of the horse. Please see our trail ride disclaimer at the bottom of this page before booking your ride.

Please note that if there is a rider with special needs, we will gladly accommodate you with a horseback ride in the safety and quiet of our barn.

  • Cost: $125.00 per rider
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Days offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Start Time: 9:00 a.m. please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time for safety instructions
  • Available April to October
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of four
  • What is provided: Horse, Saddle, Stir Ups, etc.
  • Guests should bring: Water & a snack, long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunblock/sunglasses/hat, camera (optional)
  • Meeting Location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

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!

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!

Trail rides are weather-dependent and run during the spring, summer, and fall. In the event that the weather is not suitable for the ride, an Erik’s Ranch staff member will reach out to you to reschedule or refund your tour. The minimum age required to ride is 8 years old. Also, for younger riders, we require them to be at least 4’2 and 60 pounds.

Please note it is the Certified Horsemanship Association’s recommendation that the weight of the rider does not exceed 20% of the weight of the horse. Please see our trail ride disclaimer at the bottom of this page before booking your ride.

Please note that if there is a rider with special needs, we will gladly accommodate you with a horseback ride in the safety and quiet of our barn.

  • Cost: $75.00 per rider
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Days offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Start Time: 9:00 a.m. please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time for safety instructions
  • Available April to October
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of four
  • What is provided: Horse, Saddle, Stir Ups, etc.
  • Guests should bring: Water & a snack, long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunblock/sunglasses/hat, camera (optional)
  • Meeting Location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Erik’s Ranch Property Trail Ride

For a truly authentic western experience, nothing beats touring Erik’s Ranch from atop a horse. From early settlers to John Wayne himself, people have found there’s no better way to see, smell, and experience the Wild West!

Enjoy time away from life’s stress as you meander the beautiful grounds of Erik’s Ranch. Our trail rides offer a truly exhilarating experience, as you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful countrysides that Montana has to offer.

You will also enjoy riding happy, well-cared-for horses that are chosen for their health, beauty, disposition, and friendliness. Trail rides are weather-dependent and run during the spring, summer, and fall. The minimum age required to ride is 8 years old. Also, for younger riders, we require them to be at least 4’2 and 60 pounds.

Please note it is the Certified Horsemanship Association’s recommendation that the weight of the rider does not exceed 20% of the weight of the horse. Please see our trail ride disclaimer at the bottom of this page before booking your ride.

Please note that if there is a rider with special needs, we will gladly accommodate you with a horseback ride in the safety and quiet of our barn.

  • $50.00 per rider
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Days offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Start time: 9:00 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early for safety instructions
  • Available April to October
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of four
  • What is provided: Horse, Saddle, Stir Ups, etc.
  • Guest should bring: Water & a snack, long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunblock/sunglasses/hat, camera (optional)
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Rd, Livingston, MT

Keep Calm and Brush On

Spend an hour in our rustic barn with a guide and one of our beautiful horses in what can best be described as an equine spa day.

You will get to groom and pet the horses—then tack one up (place saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, and harnesses), for a ride in our indoor arena.

You can bask in the serene energy of these gentle giants, and in turn, they will benefit from kind touch and some extra TLC. Horses are known to mirror their rider’s emotions, which means they can easily establish a connection with humans. This hands-on experience is designed to be an hour of immersive collaboration between man and beast.

Please note this tour is designed for up to 4 participants, so come alone or bring a friend. When registering please provide rider’s heights and weights, as our horses can hold various sizes. Please note it is the Certified Horsemanship Association’s recommendation that the weight of the rider does not exceed 20% of the weight of the horse. Please see our trail ride disclaimer at the bottom of this page before booking your ride. Too tall or heavy? No worries, you can still participate.

  • $50.00 per person
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Days offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Start time: 1 p.m.
  • Available all year round
  • A maximum of 4 guests
  • What is provided: Everything you need to groom and ride your horse
  • Guests should bring: We don’t have treats on site, but you are welcome to bring an apple or a few carrots to share with your new friend when the tour is over!
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Pony Lead

Looking for something for the younger members of your family? We also offer pony rides at Erik’s Ranch.

Show the kids a sweet and memorable time on our pony or one of the gentler horses. A staff member will guide your child around at a gentle walk as you click away at the camera to forever document their adventure. This is a fun experience that allows a young child the opportunity to ride in a safe and controlled setting.

Also remember that when you schedule a pony ride at Erik’s, you not only create memories to last a lifetime for your child, but you contribute to our mission.

  • Cost: $30.00 per rider
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Days offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Start time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Available all year round
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

So make your child’s day and call now to book a ride!

Please note that for the health of our horses and the safety of your children, the rides begin at age three and maximum weight of up to 100lbs. However, everyone is welcome to pet, feed, braid, and love on them!


Trail Ride Disclaimer

  • Riders are not allowed to ride or come near the horses if they aren’t wearing proper footwear.
  • Riders over the age of 18 are given the choice to wear a helmet or not. Riders under 18 are required to wear one.
  • If it’s raining at the time of the scheduled trail ride, we will try to accommodate guests and ride in the afternoon if nothing else is scheduled.
  • Before the tour, we ask participants to ride in the arena to get accustomed to their horses and also give our staff member a chance to assess skill and willingness to cooperate.
  • We can only accommodate up to a certain weight for each height. See chart below.
5’9″-6’5″200 lbs. max
5’8″190 lbs. max
5’7″190  lbs. max
5’6″180 lbs. max
5’5″175 lbs. max
5’4″170 lbs. max
5’3″165 lbs. max
5’2″160 lbs. max
5’1″160 lbs. max
5′155 lbs. max
4’11”150 lbs. max

A rider who is overweight cannot perform as well because he puts more stress on the same muscles if he is 20 lbs. overweight. If he falls, an injury is more likely because the greater weight puts more stress on the same bones. Imposing a weight restriction on riders is not a matter of prejudice against heavy persons. It’s a matter of safety, and in the case of horses and riders, it’s also a matter of the soundness and health of the horses involved.


It goes without saying that extra lbs., especially if unbalanced, can make a huge difference to the horse. Every pound that is added to a horse puts strain on a horse’s back. Too much weight can cause rub-sores from the saddle, strained muscles, and pinching of nerves. Permanent damage such as a “swayback” or deteriorated muscle function can even occur over time. A horse that is child-safe, bomb-proof, and completely docile under normal conditions may become agitated, frustrated, fatigued, irritable, and even unpredictable when over-stressed by a heavy rider.

If you find that you do not meet these height and weight requirements and you are a horse enthusiast please ask about our Keep Calm and Brush On tour.


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.

So, come meet us and see for yourself why iconic movies such as “A River Runs Through It” and “The Horse Whisperer” were filmed in Paradise Valley. Many thanks for supporting our mission of providing limitless opportunities for young adults with autism!

Please be aware that this is a hike, not a walk, and the difficulty level is moderate. This hike is completely dependent upon weather conditions. In the event that the weather is not suitable for the hike, an Erik’s Ranch staff member will reach out to you to reschedule or refund your tour. Guests must be a minimum age of 6.

  • Cost: Included with stay (please call 612-401-3080 to book) $25 for non-guests
  • Length: 2.5 hours
  • Days offered: Tuesday to Sunday
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Available May through September
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of ten
  • Guests should bring: Hiking shoes, water & a snack, camera (optional)
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Antelope Butte Hike*

Pull on your hiking boots and join us on a trek to Antelope Butte!

This magnificent land was formed of volcanic rock 60 million years ago. It’s a combination of rolling range interspersed by grassy meadows, pine-covered hills, seasonal creeks, springs, and steep coulees. As we make our journey upwards, you will be treated to a statuesque, snow-capped view of Emigrant Peak towering in the distance.

At the summit, the views are even more spectacular. To the north we’ll see Sheep Mountain and the towering Crazy Mountains, a stark contrast against an abyss of prairie that seems to extend infinitely to the east. You will also see a cairn standing in reverence, which is a homage to the Crow Native Americans’ presence on the Butte dating back to the 1880s.

The members of Erik’s Ranch love to show people the awe-inspiring aspects of our home. So come out, experience Montana’s wild beauty for yourself, and make their day!

Please be aware that this is a hike, not a walk, and the difficulty level is moderate. This hike is completely dependent upon weather conditions. In the event that the weather is not suitable for the hike, an Erik’s Ranch staff member will reach out to you to reschedule or refund your tour. Guests must be a minimum age of 6.

  • Included in your stay (please call 612-401-3080 to book) Only available for guests staying at Erik’s Ranch.
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Days offered: Tuesday to Sunday
  • Start time: 9 a.m.
  • Available April to October
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of ten
  • Guests should bring: Hiking shoes, water & a snack, camera (optional)
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Sit & Sip by the Fire Pit

Gather ‘round while we stoke the embers, fan the flames and let the good times roll at our cozy fire pit. Settle back and relax with a fun evening of campfire songs and sitting under the stars — all while nestled among the mountains of Paradise Valley. We’ll provide a complimentary soft drink (or bring a tasty beverage of your own), some songs and storytelling, too. You are sure to have a great time listening to our guides share the history of Paradise Valley. We begin with a celebration of the native Crow Indian tribe who inhabited the land for thousands of years, add a nod to life on the frontier, and conclude with the mission of Erik’s Ranch, and how we found our way to this plot of land so beautiful, it boggles the mind. Play guitar? Bring yours along and join the music and merrymaking. Happy sipping and singing ahead! 

  • $10.00 per person
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Days offered: Thursday to Sunday
  • Start time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Available all year round
  • A maximum of 5 guests
  • What is provided: Soft drinks & good company!
  • Guests should bring: Warm clothes
  • Location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Sundowner Grizzly Excursion

Grab your binoculars and get ready to see some bears!

Did you know grizzly bears once roamed throughout the entire western United States, through the Great Plains, into Mexico, and along rivers in desert habitats? Sadly, control actions and habitat loss has eliminated them from 98 percent of their original domain in the U.S.

But you can still find them in Montana!

These awe-inspiring giants tend to be solitary animals, so while there is no guarantee that every tour group will see one, there are usually a wide range of creatures to be spotted! From grizzly bears, to black bears, to mule deer, to elk, to raptors, and more. To view our furry friends from a safe distance, we have a spotting scope and binoculars. If you have a pair of your own, bring them along!

Book now for your chance to glimpse these majestic symbols of the wild.

  • $40.00 per person
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Days Offered: Tuesday to Sunday
  • Start time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Available August and September
  • Minimum of two guests, maximum of ten
  • What is provided: Wine & snacks, spotting scope to share
  • Guests should bring: Binoculars, water, camera (optional)
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Rafting on the Yellowstone River

Kick off from the riverbank and dive into a world of swirling eddies, standing waves, and rippling white water.  

While adrenaline junkies can certainly get their fix, white water rafting is safe and fun for people of nearly all ages and abilities. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, Yankee Jim Canyon, and Big Sky Country. Gain an entirely new perspective with the chance to spot wildlife and gorgeous scenery far from any road. It’s a taste of the country at its most pristine. 

Each raft has its own guide and personal photographer (photos available for purchase after). They are state-certified and have all the expertise needed to lead you safely down these eight miles of the Yellowstone River, which is the longest free-flowing river in America. They are accustomed to guiding trips for seasoned rafters and those who’ve never dipped a paddle in the water. Please note that every trip also includes gear. 

Lose track of time. Leave emails, text messages, and Facebook at home. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life and let yourself sink into the simple rhythm and joy of life on the river. Please call us at 612-401-3080 to book. 

  • Cost: $59.00 per adult and $49.00 per child (ages 6-12)  
  • Length: 2.5 hours  
  • Times: 4:30 p.m. Please arrive 30 minutes early  
  • Days offered: Tuesday to Sunday 
  • Available May to September 
  • A minimum of four guests needed 
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Let’s Go Fly Fishing

Watch dragonflies dart over the water. Witness a bald eagle soar overhead. See fish jump. Gaze at the sun creeping across the land. Montana is world-renowned for its pristine rivers, spring creeks, mountain streams, and lakes. Whether you’re sharpening your skills or are just beginning, choose one of our fly-fishing packages and experience it for yourself!

We proudly partner with Yellowstone Angler. Full and half-day options on the Yellowstone River are at your fingertips, which is home of one of the greatest trout streams in the world. For the more seasoned, enjoy a trip down the Yellowstone on a McKenzie-style drift boat as you float past some of the most iconic scenery in the West.

If conditions are right, your personal guide will allow you to wade for the perfect cast. For the more adventurous, consider a day trip into Yellowstone National Park. Those willing to “hike and strike” will experience some of the most remote and beautiful streams in the country.

Don’t worry, we have all the gear you’ll need. Flies, leaders, tippet, boots, and waders (if needed) are included. A streamside lunch will be prepared by your guide. Beverages and shuttle are included. Please call us at 612-401-3080 to book!

  • Half-day float/wade trip: $425.00 (1-2 guests) or $575.00 (3 guests)
  • Full-day float/wade trip: $525.00 (1-2 guests) or $675.00 (3 guests)
  • Yellowstone National Park full day wade trip: $600.00 (1-2 guests) or $700.00 (3 guests)
  • Available March to November
  • Half-day trips will not be available July-September
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Please note that the Yellowstone National Park entry fee and a $150.00 refundable deposit is not included in above pricing. A fishing license for the state of MT may be obtained online or purchased in the shop.