Wildlife Safari Weekend

Featuring VisionHawk and Carolyn Lyons

Get ready to lace up your hiking boots and roll up your sleeves for an up close and personal wildlife adventure with ERR member naturalist, Carolyn, and the Bozeman-based film production company, VisionHawk. If a Sundowner Grizzly encounter (learn the bear rub!); identifying animal tracks; sighting mule deer, elk, eagles, hawks…and more; trail rides; invigorating hikes; fabulous guides and an adrenaline rush are what you’re seeking, look no further! After your daily trek in the wilds of Montana, be treated to hearty meals, nightly wine receptions and a stay at the Lodge at Erik’s Ranch. Call (612) 401-3080 to book your safari today!

Schedule

DAY 1

1:00 – 6:00 PM
Arrive at Erik’s Ranch
Property tour upon arrival

5:15 PM
Wine Reception

6:00 PM
Dinner

DAY 2

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
2-3 Activities (listed below)

5:15 PM
Wine Reception

6:00 PM
Dinner

DAY 3

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
2-3 Activities (listed below)

5:15 PM
Wine Reception

6:00 PM
Dinner

DAY 4

9:00 AM
Breakfast

11:00 AM
Depart

Other Activities May Include

Property Tour
On this one-hour walking tour and introduction to the vision behind our mission led by an Erik’s Ranch & Retreats member, you will be regaled with the physical history of our property, as well as learn about the natural wonders, wildlife, topography and Native American history that has informed our surroundings that we respectfully honor.

Camera Site – Cats! Eagles! Bears!
Embark on an intimate wildlife encounter with ERR naturalist, Carolyn, and an outdoor wildlife guide from VisionHawk. Because of our remote location, you may have the unique opportunity to encounter a wide variety wildlife during your tour, including:

  • Wolf, Mountain Lion, Bears (Black, Cinnamon and potentially Grizzly)
  • Coyote, Elk, Deer, Ermine, Bobcat, Golden Eagles
  • Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Rough-Legged Hawk, Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Northern Harrier, Skunk, Great-Horned Owl
  • Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, Badger, Fox

CSI at Ghost Ranch
CSI or Carcass Scene Investigations – Become a wildlife detective and break down the clues of a carcass to see why this animal was a victim and who the perpetrator may have been at the nearby Ghost Ranch, home of Mama Moe, the resident mountain lion…

Horseback Riding on Antelope Butte
Saddle up for a true Western adventure! Ascend gentle switchbacks with gorgeous snow-capped views of the Absaroka Mountains surrounding you. Formed of volcanic rock over 60 million years ago, Antelope Butte is home to a variety of wildlife and once home to the Crow Native Americans. Perfect photo ops at the summit with Emigrant Peak towering at an elevation of 10,915 ft. in the distance!

Hiking Antelope Butte and Native American Relics
Originally home to the Crow, observe where Native Americans quarried chert and jasper to make arrowheads and spear points on this invigorating hike. Look for teepee rings and other remnants of their existence and culture. Experience the excitement for yourself!

Sundowner Grizzly Excursion
Grab your binoculars for this exciting tour as you head to Tom Miner Basin just as the sun begins to set. Learn about Grizzlies from an Erik’s Ranch guide and naturalist while enjoying snacks and wine. Telescope provided. *Please note that a Grizzly sighting cannot be guaranteed*