Unbranded Up North

The trek pushes north: Four men, 13 Mustangs and more than 3,000 miles.


It has been a relatively smooth trip so far, and we have covered 2,000 miles of our planned 3,000 mile-plus trip. Currently, we are bedding down at Red Rock Ranch, a guest ranch on the Gros Ventre River just east of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The sun sets over the Grand Teton Mountains here. Looking north, we’re about to go through one of the largest expanses of Wilderness in the lower 48. For the next 300 miles we will cross only two roads, see no power lines, very few people and go through some of the most incredible landscapes in the world.

Our route will take us through the Bridger-Teton National Forests, the Teton Wilderness, Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin National Forest and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. We’ll pass Hawk’s Rest—the furthest point from a road in the lower 48 at 33 miles—Yellowstone Lake, dozens of thermal hotspots, hundreds of bison, Two Ocean Pass—the only place where water splits to go to the Pacific and to the Atlantic—and arguably the best Cutthroat Trout fly fishing in North America.  Excited is an understatement, this is the jewel of the trip!

For the past 4 days we’ve rested our horses at Red Rock Ranch in preparation for going through this massive stretch of land without any stops. The horses are in incredible athletic condition, their feet are holding up like steel, and their legs look like a body builder’s bicep.  I wish I looked as good as our stock.

Ben Masters



For more information on the Unbranded Film Project, visit unbrandedthefilm.com.

Look for follow-up articles on the trek in winter Western Horseman issues.

4 Responses to “Unbranded Up North”

  1. Stacy Church says:

    Wishing you the very best ride!

  2. Carolyn S Wahl says:

    Just heard about it -God Bless & Enjoy-

  3. Rosalee Ross says:

    Wish a safe and enjoyable journey, with many beautifuls views. Love the pictures, and wish I was there.

  4. Leslie Whitehurst says:

    Ben, this whole thing is so cool. I so admire you for following your heart’s desire, and truly living out what makes you happy. Be careful out there!!! Godspeed.

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