Surrounded by the Bitterroot National Forest on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, Pepperbox Ranch was working dude ranch located approximately 90 miles southwest of Missoula, Montana in the Bitterroot Mountains. The Bitterroot River ran directly through the Ranch and the surrounding property offered abundant wildlife to view during a stay. They ceased operations, to the best of our research and knowledge, around August of 2007.
Pepperbox allowed guest visitation throughout the year, but being a working ranch, their alternate business focus was raising Texas longhorn cattle and paint horses, both of which visitors were allows to herd and tend during their stay.
Along with ranch work, guests enjoyed several other activities during their stay – activities like horseback riding, fishing, hiking, photography, carriage rides, mountain biking, and even gold panning!
Since Pepperbox Ranch was open year-round, they also offered other unique activities in the winter months like snowmobiling and show shoeing. Hot tubs were even available for folks to soothe aching bones after a full day of adventures.
During a stay, guests enjoyed vintage log cabins with private bathrooms, scenic porches, handmade quilts, fireplaces (or wood burning stoves), and even cookie jars filled to the brim with homemade cookies. Meals were all homemade and and served family style with the other guests on the Ranch.
Their original address for Pepperbox Ranch was: 9959 West Fork Road, Darby, MT 59829