About Us

About Bitter Creek Outfitters


Theresa Kuhlmann Butcher
Owner, Lead Wrangler

Your Host

Theresa is a Billings native and 2nd generation rancher — the daughter of the current ranch owners. She is a graduate of Montana State University and decided to start the trail riding business after working at a fishing lodge for four years. She brings the outfitting experience she gained there and a love of the land and horses to every ride.

The Ranch

While there are buildings on the ranch that date back to the 1800's, our family's history with this land begins in the 1940's when Irish immigrant Barry O'Larry started buying land in the area, and over the following decades ballooned to 7,000 as neighbors sold their holdings.

The ranch is bordered on one side by approximately 1 mile of frontage on the famous Yellowstone River, whose headwaters are located inside Yellowstone National Park. It is the longest free-flowing river (no dams) in the contiguous U.S. at 692 miles in length.

The Lewis & Clark Expedition once floated past the ranch and Capt. William Clark carved his name in a tower of rock known as "Pompey's Pillar" (Pompey being the son of expedition member Sacagawea) downriver approximately 40 miles.

The ranch borders the Crow Indian Reservation on its eastern side.

The ranch runs approximately 300 head of black angus cattle.

What We Offer

Bitter Creek Outfitters is a small, family-run operation. We offer small groups (6 or less) with individual attention and a wealth of information on local history, wildlife and fauna.

Our biggest asset is our location — mere minutes from downtown Billings and the airport. In fact, you might be able spot your hotel from high atop the cliffs lining the property!

As a small company, we can also offer custom packages such as catering a picnic or wine & cheese ride. Contact us to see how we can help.

Our Guests Say

Our Mission

Bitter Creek Outfitters strives to provide a wholesome, family-oriented experience for our guests. We reserve the right to dismiss any client at any time — without refund — for inappropriate behavior towards other guests, our guides, the land or our horses!