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“AT TX RANCH WE LIVE, RIDE AND WORK OUT OF AUTHENTIC COW CAMPS.”


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urprise, surprise! TX Ranch is not in Texas; it actually straddles the Montana/Wyoming border and was operating as a guest ranch before guest ranches were cool. So why the


CONTACT INFO: ◗ 20 Crooked Creek Rd. ◗ Lovell, WY, 82431 ◗ 866-484-6415


name? In 1895, not long aſt er the shootout at the OK Corral, the TX Ranch was founded when William Tillet married Bessie Strong and they built their homestead on Crooked Creek, north of Lovell, Wyoming. Their fi rst herd of cat le came from Ama- rillo, Texas, and the TX right hip brand stuck.


The vast, 35,000-acre privately owned


range fl anks Pryor Mountain, stretching for miles down to Big Horn Canyon and a breath- taking overlook. T e ranch borders historic Will James Ranch and Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. (Lloyd Tillet helped establish the herd.) Geographically, TX Ranch is lo- cated between Billings, Montana and Lovell, Wyoming. Operating as a guest ranch since 1976, the


Tillet family has been giving folks a realistic, old-west, “hands on” experience. It’s still a family aff air with three generations working hard to keep ranching traditions going strong. Guests experience fi rsthand the life of a real working cowboy or cowgirl participat-


ing in everything from roundups and cat le drives to chasing down strays. Cat le drives, horse drives and other seasonal working ranch activities are genuine and necessary. Family, ranch hands and guests alike ride and work out of authentic cow camps. T e ranch stocks around 1,200 head of mother cows plus their calves and around 100 horses on miles of open- range boundaries. Ranch-hand chores may include trailing a herd, roping calves, brand- ing, doctoring, wrangling horses—whatever’s needed. You know you hear it: Yee Haw! You’ll enjoy great home-cooked meals in a log cabin and may spend your evenings spinning yarns around the campfi re under a blanket of stars. T e mournful howl of a coyote provides a melancholy soundtrack to the storytelling and secures a memory that will last a lifetime.


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