Wilderness Excursions

A Lazy H Outfitters

A Lazy H Outfitters is a privately-owned family business that has been in continuous operation since the late 1920's. The Haas family operates the outfitting business and when you arrive you will get a chance to meet Al, Sally, and Joe.  We've been taking horse packing trips into Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness for decades. Our passion is the highest quality experience for you and your family as our cherished guests.

Horses grazing after a long trail ride into camp Sunrise in Montana's Bob Marshall on an A Lazy H pack trip

Wilderness Pack Trip History

Our outfitting business began as a remote hunting camp in Montana's newly established Sun River Primitive area in the early 1920's run by Kenny and Alice Gleason. The first hunting and fishing pack trips we conducted from the Gates Park camp when there were few trails and the last of the homesteading days were recent history.

In those days, it was common for our horse pack trips to be two weeks long. We often brought local western artists into the mountains where they were inspired to write, sketch, and photograph the beautiful Montana scenery. Some of these artists included Charlie Russell and Jesse Gleason, both of whom went on to become famous western artists. In fact, if you have the time, we recommend you visit the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls and the Jesse Gleason Art Room at the Old Trail Museum in Choteau while you are visiting Montana.

These photos from the 1930's were taken on some of our earliest pack trips. When you visit us, we'd love to show you some of our old photos from wildfires in the early 1900's. There was still evidence of ancient Indian trails worn by time into the mountain passes. We also have more recent images of the severe flooding that occurred in the 1960's and 1970's. 

Through the 1970's the Gleason's took hunters and wilderness travelers through these mountains until they retired 1979. Al Haas had worked for the Gleason's for several years and knew he wanted to continue this remarkable history and love for sharing the back country of Montana with visitors.  

We've seen a lot of changes over the many years we've been doing this. Our love and passion for pack trips, fly fishing, and camping in Montana's wilderness has only grown stronger. We hope to give you a memory or two on your pack trip adventure that you can share with your family and friends. We look forward to you joining us sometime soon for a remarkable pack trip adventure.

A father and son pose on their horses while riding on an A Lazy H Montana pack trip A pack trip rides their horses along a mountain-top trail

Main Trail Head - HQ - Choteau 

We are located 25 miles west of Choteau, a small agricultural town in north central Montana. The nearest "large" city is Great Falls, which has commercial airline service and where we'll meet you if you fly to Montana (see Great Falls International Airport). Directions to our ranch in Choteau or the Dupuyer trailhead are downloadable below for your convenience.

Home Place Corrals

 

Our place is at the foot of the Rocky Mountain eastern front. It is a flat drive across the prairie land as you head toward the ranch. Some days, like this misty day in the summer of 2013, you will see extraordinary rainbows as you drive. Also, look out for the deer and elk along the road.

Most of the roads here end right at the foot of the mountains.  We stage most of the summer pack trips directly west of the ranch, up the various drainages of the Teton River or from other trail heads to the north or south. 

We will meet at the ranch and pack up your gear. The crew will head up the road to the trail head with the horses and gear. We'll meet them shortly after, when our horses are saddled and ready for us to begin our exciting pack trip vacation!

North Trail Head - Dupuyer

In additon to the main Choteau ranch, we also have private trail head facilities at a northern gateway to the Bob Marshall, west of Dupuyer. This trail head is used for the horse pack trips that go into the Middle Fork of the Flathead and serves as a base for our fall hunting camps. This trailhead is 18 miles west of Dupuyer on Birch Creek, and is about 1.5 miles from the end of the road at Swift Dam. Swift Dam impounds Birch Creek and makes a stunning lake, which we ride around when we enter the mountains.

Horses and mules loaded for their Montana wilderness pack trip Horses in a pack trip headed along Swift Dam in Dupuyer, Montana

 

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