Northwest Montana pack trips are reminiscent of a different era, when all you needed was a bedroll and your trusty steed to make it through the wilderness. Times have certainly changed since then, but our weekend horseback riding trips in Montana allow even those with the most jam packed northwest Montana vacation schedule to experience a small slice of this deep rooted Montana tradition.

Our 3 day, 2 night weekend pack trip allows any guest the opportunity to fit a full pack trip experience into a mini family horseback riding vacation. No other outfitter accessing the Bob is able to offer a short duration trip. Due to our location Swan Mountain Outfitters is proud to be able to include this option for visitors wanting a ‘taste” of Montana backcountry trips.

What to Expect

Friday: Guests leave the Swan Mountain Outfitters base camp off of Lion Creek Road Friday morning and we’ll ride to our upper camp at the top of Lion Creek Basin, some 6,000 feet above sea level. It’s a full day’s ride so we’ll stop for a picnic lunch in the shade of old growth cedars.

Saturday: We’ll ride into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, taking in the majestic views. The excursion we choose is based on what the group is most interested in doing whether that be a full day of fishing, riding ridges, or hiking peaks.

Sunday: Wrap up your mini Montana horseback riding adventure with a full day of riding down the mountain. Guests will typically return to base camp late in the afternoon or early evening.


Nothing compares to horseback riding in the Bob Marshall Wilderness where the scenery just gets more and more incredible every time you come around the bend. A weekend horseback riding trip in northwest Montana is the perfect addition to any Montana vacation, so book your 3 day pack trip today!

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