The Bitterroot was established as a guest and working ranch in 1971 by Bayard Fox. Bayard, his wife Mel and their son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Hadley, have sought ever since to create an outstanding horseback riding vacation that is unique among dude ranches. All four love horses and have been riding since early childhood. They also own Equitours Worldwide Horseback Riding Vacations and ride all over the world when the ranch is closed for the winter. These experiences have given them many insights into the best ways to run a riding program for your maximum safety and enjoyment.