Ever wanted to experience a Western Montana Chuckwagon dinner? Us too. That is why we headed up to Z5 Ranch in Arlee, Montana just 30 minutes north of Missoula to take it in ourselves.

Ranch Animals

It isn’t long after arriving at the ranch before we were greeted by Nib’s the goat and other furry ranch friends like ponies, sheep and cows.

Nibs the goat at Z5 Ranch
A cow at Z5 Ranch

Horse-drawn wagon rides

It wouldn’t be a chuck wagon dinner without a wagon ride around the ranch.

Authentic Montana Cuisine

The dinner started with bison steak, salad, seasonal vegetables and fire-grilled bread and ended with an artisan huckleberry crisp.

Music

After brief introductions and some history behind the Ranch, we started out the show with some traditional Native American drumming.

Native American drumming at Z5 Ranch's Chuckwagon dinner

Cowboy Poetry

Legendary Montana Cowboy poet, JR Strand led us through a couple of his Western poems throughout the night.

Z5 Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner Cowboy Poetry by JR Strand

More Music

Next we got to experience some live country western music by local artists Matt Brown and Dan Neuman of the band Shodown.

Music and Dancing

Followed by some authentic Native American dancing.

Native American dancing and drumming at Z5 Ranch chuckwagon dinner

Native American dancing and drumming at Z5 Ranch chuckwagon dinner
Native American dancing and drumming at Z5 Ranch chuckwagon dinner

Stunning Views

As the evening was ending we graced with a beautiful Montana sunset and a full moon rising over the Mission Mountains.

Sunset over the Mission Mountains in Montana

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