Montana Dude Ranch Vacations

Horseback riding @ Bar W Guest Ranch

Bar W Guest Ranch

Whitefish, Montana

Nestled between two pine-covered ridges in an idyllic setting at the base of Spencer Mountain, the Bar W Guest Ranch is located just a stone’s throw from the town of Whitefish, Glacier National Park, and Glacier Park International Airport. Through the Bar W horses, activities, meals, games, music, and dance, you will make friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. You will be challenged, learn new things, laugh, have fun, create friendships, build confidence, and find healing and peace in your soul. Enjoy our ranch in beautiful Whitefish, Montana!

With a capacity to host up to 24 riders per week, plus non-riders and children, all guests experience a 6-night package stay, arriving on Sunday and departing on Saturday. Horseback riding is core to a week at the Bar W, we’re able to ride on thousands of acres. Other ranch activities are boundless as we provide our guests a full western themed vacation complete with hatchet throwing, 3D archery, fly casting, roping, cattle drives, rodeo games, wagon rides, line dancing, campfires, and more.

  • Open: May-Oct

  • Nearby Airport: Kalispell (FCA)

  • Min Stay: 6 Nights

  • Capacity: 24 Riders

Barn & Corral at Circle Bar Ranch

Circle Bar Guest Ranch

Hobson, Montana

The Circle Bar Guest Ranch is a historic guest ranch that dates back to the 1800s in central Montana. At 5000 feet in elevation, the Circle Bar Ranch enjoys the best of Montana’s weather with a host of activities for your family and friends to enjoy during your dude ranch vacation!

  • Open: May - Sept

  • Nearby Airport: Bozeman Yellowstone (BZN)

  • Min Stay: 3 Nights (Summer)

  • Capacity: 40

Views at Elkhorn Ranch ~ Montana

Elkhorn Ranch ~ Montana

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

One of the last traditional ranches with a staff focused on providing memorable outdoor activities each day. Elkhorn is designed from the ground up to cater to families that want closely shared family time without needing to spend every moment together. Daily outdoor activities will let you make new friends, bond with old friends, and help you reconnect with your family. You'll be amazed to watch your children and teenagers spread their wings, gain confidence and independence, and even self-wean from electronics.

  • Open: June - Sept

  • Nearby Airport: Bozeman Yellowstone (BZN)

  • Min Stay: 6 Nights (Summer)

  • Capacity: approx 40

Main lodge at JJJ

JJJ Wilderness Ranch

Augusta, Montana

Just inside the Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front in the scenic corridor between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, the Triple J Ranch is remotely located, overlooking the beautiful Sun River Canyon and Gibson Lake. Spectacular pristine beauty without the crowds or lines of the national parks. Out our backdoor is the famous million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness. It’s big country here, unspoiled, and unforgettable.

  • Open: June - Sept

  • Nearby Airport: Great Falls (GTF)

  • Min Stay: 6 Nights (Summer)

  • Capacity: 21

Horseback views at Covered Wagon Ranch

Covered Wagon Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Four generations ago, each guest arrived here at Covered Wagon Ranch by way of stagecoach, and Model-T. Today, descendants of some of those families still come to our Montana dude ranch to experience the mythic beauty of the Old West, in a region that is very nearly the same as it was in 1925 when the guest ranch first opened. Covered Wagon Ranch is one of the oldest continuously operating ranches in this scenic canyon where the Gallatin River and Taylor Fork Creek meet. The ranch is just three miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park.

  • Open: June - Sept

  • Nearby Airport: Bozeman Yellowstone (BZN)

  • Min Stay: 6 Nights (Summer)

  • Capacity: 20

Main lodge & view at Hawley Mountain Ranch

Hawley Mountain Ranch

McLeod, Montana

Enjoy a fun-filled Montana guest ranch vacation in a million acre pristine wilderness in the north Yellowstone Park ecosystem away from distractions of everyday life. Reasonable “all-inclusive” rates and a maximum of 20 guests appeal to those looking for a stress-free, relaxing week with many unique memory-making adventures. Horseback riding, always available fly fishing, a jeep adventure, scenic river rafting, and many other activities can enjoyed while experiencing the warm western hospitality that a small dude ranch can offer. Connecting with staff and other guests during your stay will be a favorite memory.

  • Open: June - Aug

  • Nearby Airport: Bozeman Yellowstone (BZN)

  • Min Stay: 6 Nights (Summer)

  • Capacity: 20

Main lodge at Mountain Sky Ranch

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

Emigrant, Montana

Since we opened as a dude ranch in 1929, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch has topped the list of the nation’s upscale guest ranch resorts. While there’s no doubt you’ll admire the breathtaking views, fine food, amenities and luxury environment, it’s our staff who make the difference. When you arrive at the ranch, you become a member of the Mountain Sky family. We want you to experience not just superior service, but a warm and friendly staff truly dedicated to sharing this beautiful setting with you and your family. We are a group of people who care for each other and come together to share friendships and experiences with our guests from around the world.

  • Open: May - Oct

  • Nearby Airport: Bozeman, MT (BZN)

  • Min Stay: 5 Nights (May); 7 Nights (June-Aug); 5 Nights (Aug-Oct)

  • Capacity: 90

Cabins at Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Your place in history: The Nine Quarter Circle is far away in the sense of both place and time. It’s a Montana dude ranch that looks and operates just as it did 100 years ago, amid landscapes that took unfathomable time to form. Its rhythm is marked by generations of horses born and trained here, of generations of families returning again and again. Of wildlife repeating ancient patterns across the ranch, of adventurers drawn to nearby Yellowstone National Park and the area’s great rivers for more than a century. For an authentic Montana Dude Ranch experience, this is your place. You’ll come to feel it is uniquely your own.

  • Open: June-Sept

  • Nearby Airport: Bozeman Intl (BZN)

  • Min Stay: 6 Nights

  • Capacity: 60

Horseback riding views at Rocking Z

Rocking Z Guest Ranch

Wolf Creek, Montana

Experience Parelli Natural Horsemanship put to a purpose. Whether new to horses or highly experienced, you will have the opportunity to expand your skills. Learn to work cattle from the back of a horse, ride long trails or play at liberty in a round pen - we do it all. Private and semi-private Horsemanship lessons are always available upon request with no extra charge. Our guests tell us to mention how special our Lifestyle and the Wirth Family is to the ranch. This is our life that we are sharing with our clients, our philosophies and our horsemanship. Patty and Zack are fifth-generation Montanans, and the ranch has been in Zack's family since 1864. Patty learned horsemanship from her father, who used horses to hay and work, and from Monte Foreman. We are your hosts, and we share our lives with our clients.  

  • Open: Year Round

  • Nearby Airport: Helena Regional Airport (HLN)

  • Min Stay: 3 Nights

  • Capacity: 18

Views at McGinnis Meadows

McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch

Libby, Montana

McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch is an authentic working cattle ranch located in the northwest corner of Montana. Our emphasis is Buck Brannaman horsemanship and we teach this in every aspect of our riding program, whether it be arena riding, trails or cattle work. We offer our Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship and cattle program for beginner to experienced riders. Shayne Jackson, the owner, has traveled and ridden with Buck in over hundreds of clinics over the last 28 years and continually brings his experience and knowledge back to the ranch. With a low guest to wrangler ratio, we can better know you, work with you individually, and tailor your learning experience each day to you. You’ll receive more one on one attention learning this style of horsemanship than at any other ranch.

  • Open: May-Nov

  • Nearby Airport: Glacier International Airport (FCA)

  • Min Stay: 6 Nights

  • Capacity: 18

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