Frontier Skills

Our treasured corner of Montana was literally put on the map over 200 years ago when Lewis & Clark forged their way up and over Lost Trail Pass and through our valley. Adding to a rich history of indigenous people who made this wilderness their home, homesteaders soon began to settle and a vigorous logging tradition was established to supply the burgeoning mineral industry with timber for mine frames and smelters. It took some fortitude and a unique set of skills to thrive in this frontier – here is a chance for you to see how you might have fared! Spend a little time at the TCR Logging Camp connecting with your inner lumberjack!

Hour-long Logging Camp sessions are available daily, and scheduled throughout the day from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Please arrange your session with a Guest Experience planner.


Arrive to the ranch an archer and leave a toxophilite, one who is fond of or an expert at archery. Test your skill and accuracy at our range that offers several targets and stands at various distances.

Hatchet Throwing 

It’s the latest craze – channel your inner-lumberjack and satisfy the primal urge to throw sharp objects! State of the art hatchets and a big sky with plenty of elbow room deliver an unanticipated thrill!

Crosscut Sawing & Fire Branding

Before chainsaws were motorized, it took a lot of elbow grease to saw down a tree across the grain. Flex your frontier muscles with traditional tools as you work up a little sweat cross cutting your own piece of Montana timber to bring home. Round out your lumberjacking experience by fire branding your wood piece with a TCR brand.

Who knew that your GPS could be so much fun! Following a tutorial and some practice with a guide, use your newfound skills to collect a series of puzzle pieces hidden throughout the ranch grounds, and leave with a fun keepsake and proof of your prowess!

In this day of smartphones, orienteering is quickly becoming a lost art. Following a brief instruction, make your through the orienteering course at Piquett Creek. Once you learn how to navigate your way through the wilderness with a map and compass – you’ll never be lost again!

Sapphire Panning

Sapphire Panning is unique to Montana, unexpectedly captivating, and many guests are surprised at how quickly this modern day treasure hunting becomes addictive! Find out first hand why Montana is called The Treasure State, known for sparkling gems in blue, orange, pink and green. Our panning station has everything you need – raw gravel sourced from local gem mines, sifting screens, water trough, tweezers and magnifying glasses to make your search easier! We’ll also help you send your stones to be appraised, and perhaps turned into a prized piece for your jewelry collection.  

The panning station at the Rider’s Roost is available to guests to pursue their treasure hunting at any time. Please speak with a Guest Experience planner to schedule an introductory tutorial before you begin!