Due to the
moist Pacific maritime climate, the Kootenai National Forest is lushly
overgrown with trees and is the home of abundant wildlife. Visitors to
the ranch have included both whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, bear,
wolf, mountain lions, and coyotes. Rocky Mountain sheep and goats can be seen at the
higher elevations. Grizzly bears also inhabit the area. It is a bird
watchers paradise, with over 270 species of birds.
plenty of sights to see and things to do for those that want a little
excitement Take a look at the activities below:
- The 2.2 million acre Kootenai National
Forest with its collage of cliffs, spires and
canyons contains over 1,400 miles of trails to hike*, ride, bike , 4-wheel or
snowmobile. The hunting and fishing are both world class. Explore and fish it’s
alpine lakes and visit some of the old abandoned silver and gold mines of
Montana’s past history . Try your luck panning for gold in some of the mountain
- The Clark Fork River is minutes away and offers excellent fishing, and is
boating activities. The Clark Fork is a tributary of the Columbia
River, and has its beginning as a small stream in Butte. In the Thompson Falls -
Trout Creek area, it gives you 42 miles from dam to dam to make use of. Fish for
northern pike, walleye, both large and smallmouth bass, perch, whitefish and the
various species of trout. Thompson River and Bull River are also nearby and
offer excellent fishing.
Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area is a short distance away,
with over 94,000 acres and many peaks over 7500 feet. It’s a
great place to view sheep and goats. While in the Cabinets,
a hike through the Ross Creek Cedar Grove is a must. There
are 100 acres of Western Red Cedars, some over 200 years
old, 8 foot in diameter and reaching over 175 feet in
- The Kootenai River Falls is a spectacular river gorge with a pedestrian cable
crosses over the Falls for viewing and picture-taking.
- Sanders County has two legendary hot springs, Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort and Symes’s Hot Spring Resort. Both have mineral baths and hot outdoor pools to
- Visit Glacier National Park, three hours away via the Hot Springs Valley and
Flathead Lake, or the scenic Hwy 2 which takes you through the alpine area of NW
- The second weekend in August is the Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek. Trout
the huckleberry capital of Montana. Enjoy home cooked foods,
entertainment and country crafts.
are golf courses in both Thompson Falls and Plains.
- There are 4 ski resorts within a one to three hour drive, including
Whitefish’s Big Mountain.
- Both guided and
unguided horseback riding, at an extra charge, can be
- TX Ranch is
a member of :
Horse Motels International
* Due to the nature of some of Montana’s wildlife, hiking in the back country
takes special precautions and common sense. Please consult with your host when
planning trips into the forests.