Meet Montana Cowboy, Cecil Noble

By Discover Kalispell on Aug. 25, 2020

We’re convinced that to know Cecil Noble is to love him.

**updated April 6, 2022

Last week, Kalispell lost one of the most wonderful people, Cecil Noble of Artemis Acres. We've shared Cecil's story below. When you lose someone as wonderful as Cecil, you want everyone to get a chance to know what kind of human he was.  A few things we'd like you to know about Cecil Noble:

-He was calm, steady and had a sweet twinkle in his eyes. His demeanor endeared him to both people and horses and he interacted with thousands of guests over the years.

-He was a cowboy. A real one.

-He was somehow the perfect combination of rugged and gentle.

If you didn't have a chance to know Cecil we hope you'll take a minute and watch the video.


A true Montana cowboy, Cecil is a fourth-generation Montanan who has called Kalispell home since 1964. Born and raised in Polson (Kalispell’s neighbor to the south), Cecil spent years outfitting in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness and just over 30 years ago, decided to transition to operating
Artemis Acres Paint Horse Guest Ranch, which is a sweet little haven just 6 miles from downtown Kalispell. 

While Cecil could have lived anywhere in the world, he chose Kalispell. 

As a young man, he enlisted in the United States Armed Forces and said the following about making his home in the mountains around Kalispell: “I ended up in seven foreign countries and have seen all but nine of the United States and this is it.”

For travelers coming to Kalispell and northwest Montana who want to experience a taste of the West (and see why this Montana man couldn’t stay away from the mountains), Artemis Acres offers year-round daily trail rides six days a week. And the best part: you don’t have to be a guest of the ranch to enjoy a trail ride. 

You can choose from a one-hour ride, a two-hour ride or a half-day horseback trail ride to explore the ranch’s 1,080 acres on one of their trusty horses. Or, if you really want to get your cowboy on, you can do their wagon/horseback ride and dinner, complete with live music and traditional BBQ served in a pretty mountain meadow. 

And while this Montana cowboy with more than 80+ years of experience riding, packing and outfitting in Big Sky Country says he doesn’t work as hard as he used to, he is at the barn every day saddling up horses, welcoming guests and sharing his life, heart and love for Montana and this way of life with everyone he meets.

When asked what piece of wisdom he’d leave with us, he said “get outdoors. I need to be outside. This is a great business to be in - I’m fortunate.” 

If you'd like to experience the legacy of Cecil Noble and his love of the outdoors, be sure to plan a visit or horseback ride at Artemis Acres.

Sincerely, Diane, Dawn, Marisa and Meche

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