Montana Dude Ranch

August 20 - 26, 2017


The Wilderness Medical Society, in conjunction with Rich's Montana Guest Ranch & Outdoor Adventures, is offering an adventure of a lifetime! Located in the beautiful, idyllic region of Seeley Lake, Montana, Rich's offers daily activities including horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, as well as regional sightseeing. Rich’s Ranch invites you to come and share their rural country lifestyle and passion for Montana’s great outdoors - all while learning CME activities to enhance your and wilderness medicine knowledge and skills. At the ranch they specialize in traditional dude ranch vacations.


Beginning with their pioneer arrival by wagon train in 1864, six generations of the Rich Family have called Montana home. Their first 95 years were spent in the upper Yellowstone and Missouri River Country. Then in 1958, C.B. and Helen Rich found their way to the scenic Blackfoot/Clearwater Valley of western Montana - establishing an outfitting and guest ranch operation next to the renowned Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Today their children and grandchildren carry on a forty-plus year family tradition, graciously sharing their rural country lifestyle, Montana history, and knowledge of the outdoors with friends and guests from near and far.

The Rich family has shared their passion for a rural country lifestyle in Montana’s great outdoors for over 50 years. Since the mid-80’s, Jack and Belinda have had the privilege of raising their three children; Shannon, Kelly and David, and watching them grow and become an integral part of this unique and rewarding lifestyle. Jack’s sisters MaryAnna, Peggy and Sharon along with spouses, children and grandchildren, have also remained an active part of the dream and help with the continued success of this multi-generational Montana tradition.

It is not a hotel, motel, or resort. It is the home of the Rich family and they operate it along with their dedicated crew. They enjoy sharing this western lifestyle with friends and guests.

This summer ranch adventure includes cabin lodging, hearty buffet-style meals, use of all ranch amenities, and a choice of activities during the course of the week. The Ranch offers a wide variety of adventure horseback riding on our quality saddle horses, along with other activities for you to enjoy.


The Rich Ranch is located along the Blackfoot River Valley in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana - next to the Bob Marshall Wilderness - and surrounded by over one million acres of state and national forest for you to enjoy. Glacier National Park is a scenic two-hour drive north and Yellowstone is 4 1/2 hours south. We provide complimentary shuttle service from the Missoula Airport (Delta, Northwest, United), which is a one-hour drive from the ranch.

The ranch (elev. 4400 ft.) is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and overlooks Woodworth Meadows near the scenic Blackfoot River Valley of western Montana. The setting is picture perfect. A new lodge and cabins (constructed in 1995) are nestled in the trees overlooking the ranch meadows and horse pastures – with a backdrop of majestic mountains. Ranch guests stay in cedar/log duplex cabins with private bath and western decor– or the Heritage Lodge, a 4 bedroom/ 4 bath log lodge that is well suited for large families and groups. All of the guest rooms are well appointed, blending modern conveniences with country charm. See Rich’s Ranch website of more details on lodging options (


Hearty buffet-style meals are served at the main lodge - including outdoor BBQ’s on the lawn. A well-planned and healthy balanced menu is designed to appeal to a variety of tastes and appetites. You won’t leave the table hungry! Between meals snacks – including fresh fruits and vegetables - are always available.


Rich’s Ranch is a small and personal, hosting up to 24 guests per week (lodge/cabins) that offer:

  1. Family owned and operated
  2. Clean, modern cabins with private bath and western decor (twin, queen, and king beds)
  3. Deluxe 4-bedroom mini-lodge for families or groups
  4. Hearty, wholesome buffet-style meals
  5. Horseback rides with small groups for a more personalized experience
  6. Daily riding options
  7. Fly Fishing for beginner to advanced (in lakes, mountain streams and the Big Blackfoot River)
  8. On ranch trout pond
  9. Wildlife viewing / bird watching
  10. Mountain biking and hiking
  11. Lake swimming and sun bathing
  12. Evening campfires/entertainment
  13. Hot tub
  14. Local fairs and rodeos (ask about dates)
  15. Garnet Ghost Town and other scenic country road tours
  16. Nearby Native American sites
  17. Supervised youth programs
  18. Great group rates
  19. Rafting option; whitewater and scenic; additional charges apply
  20. Overnight horseback pack trip option
  21. Spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery

Quiet places to relax, read a good book, and just enjoy rural ranch life!


Option 1: Deluxe Package (Cabin and Lodge Accommodations)

Includes meals, choice of lodging, unlimited horseback riding and guided off-ranch tours.  These off-ranch tours can include hiking and 4wd/van tours to local tourist attractions (ghost towns, nearby rural country towns with shopping, museums, etc.), scenic country road tours on the National Forest, wildlife and bird viewing, interpretive/education tours, nature hikes and transportation to and from nearby lakes for swimming.  This package also includes use of all Ranch Amenities (Hot tubs, mountain bikes, Trout Ponds, Basketball Court, Game room, Youth Play Area, and more)

Lodging Room Information     Ranch Map

Adult Weekly Rate - $2020**
Children 6 to 17 w/parent per person - $1850
Children 5 & Under - $350

Option 2: Tent Camp Package (Tent Camp with Bath House)

Includes the Deluxe Package described above except that you will be staying in a 10x10 tipi style tent with cots, inflatable sleeping pads and sleeping bags.  The adjacent bath house has separate facilities for men and women and includes sinks, toilets and shower stalls.  The tent camping area is within the ranch complex and easywalking distance to the main lodge / dining hall.

Adult Weekly Rate - $1500**
Children 6-17 w/ parent - $1350
Children 5 & Under - $225

**CME Cost of $695.00 not included.


Aug 20
  • 12 - 5 PM. Arrive afternoon check-in.
  • 6 - 7 PM. Dinner.
  • 7 - 8 PM. Evening Welcome; staff introductions, course policies, paperwork and housekeeping.  Meet all Ranch Staff and CME Faculty.
Aug 21
  • 7-8 AM. Breakfast
  • 8-10 AM. A practical approach to wilderness patient assessment, including ABCDE and secondary assessments.  David McEvoy and Brad Bennett.
  • 10-12:30. Free time; horseback riding or other ranch activities.
  • 12:30-1:30 PM. Lunch.
  • 1:30-5 PM. Free time for Ranch activities.
  • 6-7 PM. Dinner.
  • 7-8 PM. “Fireside Chat”. “Some Backcountry Surprises” epidemiology of local/endemic diseases and recommendations for prevention and prophylaxis. Greg Moore.
Aug 22
  • 7-8 AM. Breakfast.
  • 8-10 AM. Patient stabilization, packaging, and movement. All Staff.
  • 10-12:30. Free time; horseback riding, hiking or other ranch activities.
  • 12:30-1:30 PM. Lunch.
  • 1:30-5 PM. Free time for ranch activities.
  • 6-7 PM. Dinner.
  • 7-8 PM. Fireside Chat”. “Creature Feature” Management of large mammal bites. Greg Moore.
Aug 23
  • 7-8 AM. Breakfast.
  • 8-9AM. Improvised wound management, including instruction in wound irrigation, primary closure and long-term wound care.  Dave McEvoy and Greg Moore.
  • 9-10 AM. Wound management lab. All Staff.
  • 10-12:30 PM Horseback riding, hiking or other ranch activities.
  • 12:30-1:30 PM. Lunch.
  • 1:30-5 PM. Free time for ranch activities.
  • 6-7 PM. Dinner.
  • 7-8 PM. Fireside Chat”. “Creature Feature” Management of snakebites. Greg Moore.
Aug 24
  • 7-8 AM. Breakfast.
  • 8-9 AM. Advances in Trauma Care, with an emphasis on hemorrhage control principles, including tourniquets, and hemostatic agents. Brad Bennett.
  • 9-10 AM. Orthopedic trauma, including instruction in improvised splinting, angulated fracture management and dislocation reductions. Greg Moore. 
  • 10-11 AM. Orthopedic trauma management lab. All Staff. 
  • 11-12:30 PM. Scheduled free time and ranch activities.
  • 12:30-1:30 PM. Lunch.
  • 1:30-5 PM. Horseback riding and other ranch activities.
  • 6-7 PM. Dinner.
  • 7-8 PM.  “Fireside Chat”. Management of arthropod, and arachnids bites, and infectious disease hot topics. Greg Moore.
Aug 25
  • 7-8 AM. Breakfast.
  • 8-9 AM. Heat emergencies, hydration guidelines, and exercise-associated hyponatremia. Brad Bennett.
  • 9-10 AM. Altitude Illness. Greg Moore.
  • 10-12:30 PM. Planned recreational activities and free time.
  • 12:30-13:30 PM. Lunch.
  • 13:30-5 PM. Afternoon recreational activities.
  • 6-7 PM. Dinner.
  • 7-8 PM.  “Fireside Chat”  “What the Heck Do I Bring?” First aid kit content recommendations. Greg Moore.
Aug 26
  • 7-8 AM. Breakfast.
  • 8-9 AM. Course wrap up, evaluations, etc.
  • 9-10 AM. Checkout.
  • 10-12 PM. Ride back to Missoula.


Brad L. Bennett, PhD, NREMT-P, FAWM. Past-President, Wilderness Medical Society.  Brad served as a applied physiologist and retired after 27 years as a Captain, US Navy and with specialties in environmental physiology and prehospital emergency care. He currently serves as a consultant in trauma medicine in austere environments and has served for 13 years as a member of the Department of Defense Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. He contributes to civilian and military versions of the Prehospital Trauma Life Support text, is a frequent author and Section Editor, Wilderness & Environmental Medicine journal.  He has taught wilderness medicine for many decades.  From 1994-2001 he held a faculty appointment and served as Vice Chair, Military & Emergency Medicine Department, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. Brad serves the Medical Unit Leader, Tidewater Search and Rescue team, Yorktown, Virginia.

Gregory Moore, MD, FACEP, FAWM.  Medical Director for Aerie.  Greg is Medical Director and former Chief of Staff of Barrett Hospital and HealthCare in Dillon, Montana. He also is the Medical Director for Saint Patrick Rural Outreach Program in Missoula Montana. With over 33 years of Emergency Medicine experience, he also continues to practice Emergency Medicine fulltime and precepts multiple medical students, Residents, EMTs, and Physician Assistants in Rural Emergency Medicine through multiple University faculty affiliations.  He has been involved in Wilderness Medicine since the 80s and is an active WMS member and medical director for numerous SAR and EMS organizations in Montana. As an avid outdoorsman, he speaks with firsthand experience on numerous wilderness medicine topics including animal envenomations, heat and cold emergencies, submersion injuries altitude illnesses and more.

  David McEvoy, MS, NREMT-P, FAWM. DiMM Candidate, Founder and Director of Aerie.  David is a critical care paramedic with 20+ years of field experience.  He is a former member of Missoula County SAR, a field biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the founder of Aerie.  David is an ACLS, PALS, PHTLS and paramedic lead  instructor who has designed and taught field-based wilderness medicine training programs in the US, and internationally, including Central America and India, for the last 20 years.


Credits & Fees:

  • $695 CME fee

The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This program will focus on the importance wilderness medical knowledge and skills that are important to understand in a austere river environment.  The knowledge and skills necessary to treat the most common health issues encountered in the fly fishing environment.

This program was developed based on the IOM physician learning areas and in conjunction with practice gaps observed between emergency medical care delivered in urban setting and the lack of that care being delivered in an austere river wilderness environment.  Each lecture or skills session is crafted to impart knowledge and assess skills that are needed in this specific area of the wilderness.

Target Audience:
This program is specifically designed for medical professionals that lead or oversee the first responders associated with fly fishing activities.  However, all medical providers including First Responders, EMT’s PA, Nurses and Physicians in any specialty of medical practice will benefit from this program.  The skills session will be most useful to those medical providers.

Physician Assistants:
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Other Professionals:
Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Academy of Wilderness Medicine:
Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM™) is designed for individuals who want to be acknowledged for their professional achievement in Wilderness Medicine and validate their training for their patients and clients.

FACULTY DISCLOSURE:  It is the policy of the Wilderness Medical Society to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  All faculty members are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation. Accordingly, the Wilderness Medical Society has determined there are no conflicts to report associated with this conference.




$1,500 - $2,000


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