Hunewill Ranch is a working cattle ranch and guests get to move cattle throughout our season. However, during a few special weeks we offer cattle work as the featured activity.
Spring Cattle Work
In the spring we have cattle on our Nevada and California ranches so guests work cattle at both locations. The main activities are parting and moving cattle and may also include branding and doctoring. This time of year an added bonus is seeing the cows with their baby calves.
The Big Fall Cattle Gather
This is a week-long extravaganza of high mountain cattle gathering and moving. The cattle are coming off their summer range and we are bringing them down to the home ranch. Enjoy chuck wagon meals, western entertainment ‘round the campfire, a night of camping out under the stars at our beautiful Buckeye Pack Station, and lots of hours moving cattle while horseback.
Fall Cattle Work
Participate in a hands-on cowboy experience which includes sorting, moving, parting and doctoring cattle. We even have a challenging trailer loading competition where guests and their cow savvy horses load cattle into a stock trailer. This event gets our guests working as a team, planning strategies, and experiencing good old fashioned fun. An added bonus is the beautiful fall lighting and the glow of autumn colors.
Annual Hunewill Ranch Cattle Drive
We end our season with one of our most popular events of the year. Our guests move 600 hundred head of cattle 60 miles from Bridgeport, California to our winter ranch in Smith Valley, Nevada. The beautiful scenery and the tradition of the cattle drive combine to give our guests the experience of a lifetime.
Cattle have been worked on horseback for almost 150 years at the Hunewill Ranch and we are proud to share this traditional western heritage with our guests.
All of our cattle work packages are designed for the intermediate to advanced rider.
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