Experience Montana Tours

Welcome to Erik’s Ranch! Simply by 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


Indoor Horsemanship

Erik’s Ranch is expanding its winter horse riding activities! In addition to our current experiences, please join us for indoor horsemanship classes! From novice to advanced riders of all ages, we offer something for everyone. Led by our team of equine professionals, you will have the opportunity to learn everything from basic horse care, grooming, and saddling, to more advanced maneuvering. Each lesson will be tailored to the guest’s experience and abilities.

The minimum age required to ride is 8 years old. We require our younger riders 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: $50.00 per rider
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time for safety instructions
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available November through March
  • A maximum of 4 guests
  • What is provided: Horse, saddle, stirrups, etc.
  • Guests should bring: Water, snack, long pants, closed-toe shoes, camera
  • Meeting Location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Roping 101

Have you ever wanted to feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl? Well, this is your perfect opportunity. At Erik’s Ranch, we are fortunate enough to have two expert ropers on our staff who are super excited to teach you everything they know about it. Chuck and Casey will guide you through the basics of roping, teach you how to properly build, swing, and deliver your loop on target just like the pros do. By the end of the experience, you’ll be well on your way to becoming the next great roper!

  • Cost: $40.00 per person
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available November through March
  • A maximum of 4 guests
  • What is provided: roping equipment
  • Meeting Location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Llama Encounter

Do you think you know llamas? Think again. Llamas are incredibly friendly animals and get along famously with humans, especially kids. They are gentle, mellow, friendly, and personable. They are alert and always curious. On our tour, you’ll have a chance to lead, hug, brush, and feed one of our llamas! Join our wonderful guides as they teach you about llamas and you’ll learn why llamas are so wonderful!

  • Cost: $50.00 per person
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available year round
  • A maximum of 4 guests
  • What is provided: Llamas
  • Guests should bring: Water, camera
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Snowshoeing at Erik’s Ranch

Snowshoeing at Erik’s Ranch gives guests the opportunity to hike through the gorgeous winter wonderland that is Paradise Valley. The beautiful, snow-covered landscapes and sparkling, icy trees will serve as the backdrop for your amazing expedition through the valley. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture the peaceful and idyllic winter scenery. Join us for this incredible, beautiful journey that Erik’s Ranch is offering for the first time during the winter of 2022-2023!

  • Cost: $25.00 per person
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available November through March
  • A maximum of 4 guests
  • What is provided: Snowshoes
  • Guests should bring: Winter attire (coat, boots, gloves, snow pants, hat), water, camera
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Keep Calm and Brush On

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

One of our guides will teach you how to groom the horses. Then, you’ll have a chance 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 they will benefit from kind touch and some extra love as well. 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 so we can provide the correct horse for you. 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.

  • Cost: $50.00 per person
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • 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 some 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

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 take you to a true hidden gem – Chimney Rock – and enjoy a plethora of beautiful 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, but 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 to receive 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. We require our younger riders 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: $100.00 per rider
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time for safety instructions
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available April through October
  • A maximum of two guests
  • What is provided: Horse, saddle, stirrups, etc.
  • Guests should bring: Water, snack, long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunblock/sunglasses/hat, camera
  • 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!

This ride is perfect for beginners and pros alike. Experience the spectacular scenery of Paradise Valley on this guided horseback trek along the Blue Flower Trail. All you have to do is 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 see 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 receive 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. We require our younger riders 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
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time for safety instructions
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available April to October
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of four
  • What is provided: Horse, saddle, stirrups, etc.
  • Guests should bring: Water, snack, long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunblock/sunglasses/hat, camera
  • Meeting Location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Erik’s Ranch Property Trail Ride

Nothing beats touring Erik’s Ranch atop a horse. From early settlers to John Wayne himself, people have found there’s no better way to experience the Wild West!

Enjoy time away from life’s stress as you meander through 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, gentle 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. We require our younger riders 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: $50.00 per rider
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early for safety instructions
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available April to October
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of four
  • What is provided: Horse, saddle, stirrups, etc.
  • Guest should bring: Water, snack, long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunblock/sunglasses/hat, camera
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Rd, Livingston, MT


Pony Lead

Looking for something for the younger members of your family? Look no further! Erik’s Ranch also offers pony rides!

Show the kids a sweet and memorable time on our pony or one of our gentler horses. A staff member will guide your child around at a gentle walk as you use your 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 create lifelong memories for your child and contribute to our mission.

  • Cost: $30.00 per rider
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available all year round
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

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 approach our horses if they aren’t wearing proper footwear.
  • Helmets are optional for riders over the age of 18. Riders under 18 are required to wear one.
  • If it’s raining at the time of your 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 will lead you on this gorgeous trek to Chimney Rock. What is Chimney Rock? Chimney Rock is a giant, distinctive piece of rock on a hill that is 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 and your eyes may be able to spot deer or elk as well. 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. Be sure to have your phone ready! You’ll also hike through some beautiful forested areas. This hike is a great mix of relaxing walk and invigorating exercise that you have been searching for.

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.
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Length: 2.5 hours
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available May through September
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of ten
  • Guests should bring: Hiking shoes, water, snack, camera
  • Meeting location: The Lodge at Erik’s Ranch, 273 Trail Creek Road, Livingston MT

Antelope Butte Hike*

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

This magnificent land was formed from 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 you make your 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 you’ll see Sheep Mountain and the towering Crazy Mountains, a stark contrast to an expanse 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) Not available for non-guests.
  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available April to October
  • A minimum of two guests, maximum of ten
  • Guests should bring: Hiking shoes, water, snack, camera
  • Meeting 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 other creatures to be spotted! From grizzly bears and black bears, to mule deer, elk, raptors, and more, this is a great opportunity to spot wildlife! 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 spot these majestic creatures in the wild.

  • Cost: $40.00 per person
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Days Offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Available August and September
  • Minimum of two guests, maximum of ten
  • What is provided: Snacks, beverages, spotting scope to share
  • Guests should bring: Binoculars, water, camera
  • 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 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, the longest free-flowing river in America. They are accustomed to guiding trips for both seasoned rafters and those who’ve never dipped a paddle in the water. Please note that every trip also includes gear. 

Leave emails, text messages, and social media 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: $69.00 per adult and $59.00 per child (ages 6-12)  
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. Please arrive 30 minutes early
  • Length: 2.5 hours
  • Days offered: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 
  • Available May to September 
  • A minimum of four guests
  • 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.