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For over 31 years H.A. Moore has operated his own business throughout the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, running pack trips, horse rides, and fishing trips. He came to Yellowstone the summer of 1970. He had a job driving for the stage coach tours at Roosevelt lodge, in the northeast part of the park. He then spent 7 years working for an old outfitting business in Jackson Hole area at the south end of Yellowstone. This company had been in business for over 50 years when H.A. went to work there. H.A. began his own business in 1979 and moved to Gardiner, MT in 1980. He married Vicki in 1983, raised two children in the backcountry and now the grandkids are experiencing Yellowstone.
HA MooreHead Honcho
H.A. Moore is owner and manager of Yellowstone Rough Riders. A certified stock operator licensed to operate in Yellowstone for 35 years and has 41 years of experience in Yellowstones backcountry. Just tell H.A. what kind of sights you want to see, and he'll show you the best and most beautiful. He's found a treasure chest of scenic spots. H.A.was featured in the April, 1982 edition of The Western Horseman and article "The last best river" in the National Geographic.
Vicki MooreSecond in Command
Vicki grew up in Wisconsin dairy land helping her parents; five sisters and three brothers work a 400-acre dairy farm and showing registered quarter horses. She came west in 1981 and fell in love with Yellowstone and H.A. She joined the business and has worked together with H.A. ever since.
Taralynn MatthewsHorse Wrangler
Taralynn is an experienced horse wrangler. Tara has had more experience in Yellowstone's back country than many outfitters running trips. She went on her first pack trip when she was just 2. She has received many awards at horse shows in team roping, barrel-racing and pole-bending, and has a gift for healing animals. Tara loves the outdoors and her favorite horse, Apple Jack who is in his thirties. Tara married Chance, a rancher from Browning, MT and now has three daughters, Mariana, Rilynn and Elena. They now live in Montana's ranch land and help out with the business whenever they can. The girls are already following in their mothers footsteps, Mariana took her first pack trip when she was two and Rilynn was just a little over a year old. They hope to get little Elena back there this summer. When Tara is not in the back country she is in the hospital where she works as a phlebotomist.
Chance MatthewsRanch Hand
Chance grew up ranching in Browning, MT. He spent his childhood helping is dad and grandpa on their family owned ranch. After high school he decided to try something different and headed south to explore Yellowstone. That is were he met his wife Taralynn. Chance and Tara help out in the summer months whenever they can, when Chance is not in the back country he is working for an exploration company and helping the local ranchers during winter calving and spring branding.
Message From H.A. Moore
"The magic of Yellowstone grabbed me over 40 years ago and will not turn me loose. It has been a great place to raise a family, and I can't imagine doing anything else for a living. Whether it be a family adventure or a serious fly fishing trip; our goal is to give each and every guest the trip of a life time. Along with sharing some of our many memories and experiences we make a constant effort in communicating with our guests the importance of being light on the land. We also enjoy sharing our knowledge of the history and the various features of the Park. After over 40 years of experience in variable backcountry situations related to guests, horses, wildlife, and weather conditions I am very confident that you will have made a great decision by choosing Yellowstone Rough Riders as your outfitter for an adventure you will never forget!
Many thanks for your interest and I hope we can be of service."
Satisfied Client Testimonials
The best part of Yellowstone for me was with Yellowstone Rough Riders!! Vicky's camp fire cooking was excellent!! The mountain views were breath taking!! The hiking and horse back riding though the back country was a great time!! A great sense of family!! Great people that I will not forget anytime soon!! Thank you H.A., Vicky and Nate!!
H.A. Is the real deal, a true cowboy in the best sense of the word. He and Vicki (and Gary) worked hard to give us the best trip possible. Great horses, excellent gear, wonderful and abundant food. I wouldn't consider riding into Yellowstone with anyone else.
H.A., Vicki and crew have taken us on many trips through the years and we have never been disappointed. Always an incredible, memorable experience! If you like Yellowstone and the beautiful back-country you will love a trip with H.A.!
What an amazing trip! 4 days in remote Yellowstone with HA and Nate. It was the highlight of an already fabulous trip. Its hard to describe the experience in words - will post some photos on your page as think they can say it better than I can! Thanks so much - we will be back Ken, Sarah, Niamh and Finn.
We had a 7 days fantastic pack trip with Vicki, H A and Nate, in the north west corner of Yellowstone. Unbelievable nature, good horses, excellent company and delicious meals. If you have the opportunity - go.