This is a multifaceted ranching operation located on historic original deeded Cherokee lands in northeast Oklahoma. The lush grassland known as the badlands was home to the Wichita, Osage and later by treaty was given to the Cherokees. Homesteaded in the late 1800’s, the A Bar Ranch’s historic headquarters features original wagon and cattle trails along with links to the cowboy philosopher, Will Rogers.Cattle production and marketing are the primary focus of their operation, over seven ranch locations in Oklahoma maintaining 4,000 cows and calves at any one time.
Daily activities include shipping, processing and health management, all handled on horseback on the Squaw Creek Division. Seasonal branding, rotational grazing and training of Quarter Horses are all managed at the A Bar Ranch headquarters. There is usually between 2-4 hours of riding per day, but this can be less or more dependant on what is happening that day. The Rock Creek Division of the ranch features a limestone-based stream flowing through the centre of the ranch which attracts numerous wildlife and there is usually the opportunity for some scenic riding as well as the cattle management of over 500 head of cows based at this location.
This is a true working ranch operation, marketing over 10,000 cattle annually and guests are welcome to get involved and experience an authentic western working ranch. There is also a herd of over 100 broodmares located at this ranch.Rock Creek is home to the main lodge and agribusiness facility where guests are entertained and housed.
The accommodations are nicely furnished with either king or twin beds, some bedrooms have their own private facilities, whilst others have shared facilities. The ranch offers good fishing, hiking trails, wagon rides and history talks of the ranch and also of Oklahoma history. The meals are very much western fare and mainly homemade with maybe steaks over a wood fire or even Dutch ovens cookouts.
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