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A Picture Perfect Vacation

Ultimate Dude Ranch Photography Retreat

What do you get when you combine the splendor of Montana scenery with majestic horses, authentic cowboys, and wildlife? The answer is a photographer’s dream vacation.

Escape to the Bar W on Spencer Lake, in the fall, for a photography vacation of a lifetime. Catering to amateurs and professional photographers, the Bar W is offering an all inclusive 6-night photography week package – complete with a professional instructor.

This full week of unparalleled photo opportunities, both on and off the Ranch. This is your chance to photograph the splendor and beauty of Montana nature, as well as the wildlife provided by the Triple D Game Farm. Triple D’s facilities include over 120 exotic animals, typically including mountain lions, grizzly bears, wolves, and a variety of young cats. The week also includes a herd of running horses, cowboys and cowgirls in full regalia, fly fishing scenes, action shots, and incredible landscape photo opportunities.

After a full day of photography, relax with our informal cocktail hour by the fire, or loosen up in our hot tub before a homemade dinner you will not soon forget. So grab your camera and prepare to be awed!  

Package Details

  • Full accommodations including all meals
  • Trail riding & horsemanship lessons
  • skeet shooting, fly fishing, and archery
  • Wagon rides, cookout dinners, campfires, and cowboy singing
  • All photo shoots (cameras not provided)
Per Person RatesAppaloosaTamarackSolitudeWhitetailSunroomAspen
Single Occupancy$2,154.00$2,241.00$2,562.00$2,562.00$3,060.00$3,246.00
Double Occupancy*$1,920.00$1,950.00$2,124.00$2,124.00$2,373.00$2,466.00
Triple Occupancy*N/AN/A$2,058.00$2,058.00$2,244.00$2,286.00
Four Person Occupancy*N/AN/A$2,025.00$2,025.00$2,149.00$2,196.00
Per Person RatesEagles NestBear Den
Single Occupancy$3,246.00$3,060.00
Double Occupancy*$2,466.00$2,373.00
Triple Occupancy*$2,286.00$2,224.00
Four Person Occupancy*$2,196.00$2,149.00
Per Person RatesGlamping
Single Occupancy$2,562.00
Double Occupancy*$2,124.00
Triple Occupancy*$2,058.00
Four Person Occupancy*$2,025.00

Prices do not include tax, a 13% ranch fee, or additional gratuity.

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Package Details

2016: October 16 – 22, 2016

2017: October 21 – 28, 2017

Guests can get a true western experience paired with incredible photo opportunities. Montana’s diverse terrain and wide variety of wildlife will certainly fill your photo album. Join the Bar W this October for a photography vacation of a lifetime.

3:00 Check in
5:30 Hors D’oeuvre Reception
6:30 Dinner in Lodge
7:30 Horse Orientation

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Orientation Ride
11:00 Cowboy photo shoot
12:30 Lunch in the Lodge
2:00 Horse round up photo shoot
5:00 Wagon Ride
6:30 Dinner in Gazebo (weather permitting)

7:00 Breakfast
7:30 Triple D Game Farm exotic animal shoot
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Barrel racing and roping shoot
6:00 Dinner in the Lodge

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Landscape photography
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Trail Ride
6:00 Dinner in the Lodge

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Portrait Shoot
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Skeet shooting and Archery
3:30 Photo shoot
6:00 Dinner in Lodge

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 All day ride to Swisher Lake (Great photo opportunity)
6:0 Dinner at Play Meadow
7:30 Campfire and Cowboy Singing

8:00 Breakfast
11:00 Check out
and … See ya soon!