(Multiple Dates Available)
Join us for one of our Longhorn Cattle Drives in 2017!
Cattle Drive Description
The Cattle Drives starts in the morning (usually at 9:00) from our Ranch Headquarters at Clements, KS, unless otherwise noted. The drive length and activities included will vary from drive to drive depending on what the herd needs at the time. They are typically 8 – 10 miles long through pastures and along country roads and will take 3 – 4 hours. We will be driving between 50 and 150 head of Longhorn Cattle through some of the most scenic areas of the Flint Hills.
The drives take place rain or shine.
Flying W owns all of the horses that we use on the ranch. Our horses are seasoned veterans that have been used extensively on the ranch for cattle work. Many of our horses are born and spend their entire lives here.
Ranch owners and hosts, Josh, Gwen, and Josie Hoy, will provide breakfast, guide you on the trail and feed you a hearty meal of locally grown food prepared by Cowboy Chef, Josh Hoy, at the end of the drive.
Jim Hoy, Josh’s father, who is a Professor at Emporia State University
often joins in and shares his knowledge of the Cowboy
Culture and the Flint Hills history.
Cattle Drive Dates
Select your preferred date from the list, and book soon. These events sell out quickly:
- Saturday, March 25th (from winter pasture**)
- Saturday, April 29th (Honing Your Horsemanship weekend)
- Saturday, May 13th (sold out)
- Saturday, May 20th (sold out)
- Saturday, June 10th
- Saturday, June 17th (Photographers Day*)
- Saturday, June 24th
- Sunday, July 2nd
- Saturday, July 8th
- Saturday, September 16th
- Saturday, September 30th
- Sunday, October 8th
- Saturday, October 14th
- Saturday, October 21st (Photographers Day*)
- Saturday, November 18th (to winter pasture**)
Cattle Drive Cost: $250/pp.
This includes breakfast, horse, tack, guided cattle drive, lots of stories (most of them true) and lunch.
Level of Experience: We can accommodate people at all levels – experienced to first-time riders.**
Age Limit: Must be 5 years and older **
What to Bring: Closed toed shoes or boots, long pants or jeans, sunscreen, and water bottle. Seasonably appropriate attire – jackets are good any time of year. For winter and early spring drives, one can’t bring too much warm clothing.
Number of Guests: Limited to 15
Our Photographers Days provide non-horseback transportation with a guide to accommodate your every photographic need. Your guide will transport you around (and sometimes in) the drive and answer your questions. It is a unique photographic opportunity. The cost
is $250 / person.
Note: Photographers are welcome to join in on any cattle drive provided they are on horseback and participating like all of the other guests. There will be no special allowances for photography during regular cattle drives.
**To/From Winter Pasture
These are two of our favorite days of the year. We will be bringing home our 200 head of Longhorn Cows from their winter pasture in the spring, and returning them in the fall. It is approximately 12 miles. This is a much longer trip with many more hours in the saddle than a regular Cattle Drive. Riders must be experienced. Ranch owners and hosts, Josh, Gwen, and Josie Hoy, will guide this unique event and feed you a hearty lunch.
Optional Ride: +$100/pp
For those interested in a bit more time in the saddle, here
is the option for you. We will mount up at the ranch and ride to the
pasture where the cows are wintering (March 25th) or stay mounted and ride back to the ranch after moving the cows to their winter pasture (November 18th). This will add 3 hours of riding
time. Snacks and drinks will be provided
between the ride and the drive or the drive and the ride.
We have lodging available for you to stay in the night before or after the Cattle Drive. You will receive a 5% discount on the Cattle Drive and Lodging if you arrange to stay in our lodging before and/or after the Cattle Drive.
Please make arrangements in advance.
See our Lodging page for complete information.
To Make Reservations
Email us at email@example.com or call us at 620-340-2802 for reservations.