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Tallgrass Prairie and our Cowboy Culture
here in the heart of the Flint Hills.
Gwen, Josh and Josie Hoy

2019 Cattle Drives

(Multiple Dates Available)

Join us for one of our Longhorn Cattle Drives in 2019!

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 a campfire and s'mores the evening before, accommodations for a comfortable night sleep, morning breakfast, a horse and guide for the drive and a hearty meal of locally grown food prepared by Cowboy Chef, Josh Hoy, at the end of the drive. (Note: No supper will be provided by the Flying W Ranch the evening before 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. All dates are Saturday unless otherwise noted. Book soon, these events sell out quickly:

  • March 30 (from winter pasture**)
  • April 27th
  • May 4th
  • May 11th
  • May 18th
  • May 25th
  • June 8th
  • June 22nd
  • June 29th
  • July 6th
  • July 13th
  • September 21st
  • September 28th
  • October 5th
  • October 19th
  • October 26th

Cattle Drive Cost

$325/per adult + applicable tax

$280/per youth (5 - 17) + applicable tax

This includes lodging, campfire and s'mores, breakfast, horse, tack, guided cattle drive, lots of stories (most of them true) and lunch.

NOTE: See pricing for the To/From winter pasture rides below.

Additional Information

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

Overnight Accommodations

We have wide variety of lodging available for your stay from small and intimate (good for couples) to large and spacious (good for larger groups). Please take a look at the options available, however, there are no guarantees the requested facility will be available ... "first come first served". The evening before the drive is included in the price. If you would like to stay additional evenings, please make the request when making your reservation.

See our Lodging page for complete information.

To Make Reservations

Email us at gwen@flinthillsflyingw.com or call us at 620-340-2802 for reservations. 

Note: A total of 5 guests are required for us to hold the event. If we have less than 5 signed up, we will need to cancel but will make every effort possible to accommodate your needs on a different date.


**To/From Winter Pasture

These are two of our favorite days of the year.  We will be bringing home our 250 head of Longhorn Cows from their winter pasture in the spring, and returning them in the fall.  It is approximately a 12 mile journey.  This is a bit longer trip with more hours in the saddle than a regular Cattle Drive.  Ranch owners and hosts, Josh, Gwen, and Josie Hoy, will guide this unique event and feed you a hearty lunch when it is over.

Note: The same pricing applies to these events.


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