Drive West to Montana

Variously known as "The Big Sky State" and "The Last Best Place," Montana is truly a state of vast open spaces, incredible wilderness, and stunning scenery. It seems the proper place for a dude ranch vacation; and Montana vacation ranches do take advantage of their spectacular surroundings, leading guests into national parks, through the Rocky Mountains, and across the prairie land of the northern Great Plains.

Glacier National Park lies in the northwest corner of the state, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. It draws millions of visitors annually, and with good reason. The park is home to wilderness and wildlife, over 700 miles of trails, and countless opportunities for all kinds of outdoor recreation, from horseback riding to boating.

Three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park are located in the state of Montana. A place long believed to be a figment of imagination or delirium, the geothermal features of Yellowstone do indeed seem fantastical. Yet it is also clearly a unique place, and it was not long after the first organized expeditions returned with reports of boiling mud, spouting geysers and mountainous lava flows that Yellowstone was designated a national park.

Some vacation Dude Ranches in Montana offer guests the opportunity to drive cattle from one part of the state to another, like a real cowboy. Others specialize in sharing the wonders of fly fishing on pristine rivers and mountain streams. Vacation ranches provide opportunities for hiking, rafting, and even hunting. Some shower guests in luxury, with spa packages and gourmet meals; others make you feel like a part of the family, with home style meals and marshmallow roasts around fire pits. Whatever your idea of the perfect Dude Ranch vacation, you will surely find it in Montana. 

Give us a call at the Dude Ranchers' Association for more information. 307.587.2339  

Montana Ranches

63 Ranch Drive to Montana 63 Ranch Livingston, Montana 63 is not simply a "Dude Ranch" but a real genuine "Working Dude Ranch." We provide a relaxing ranch atmosphere where you make the decision to help gather, work or salt ranch owned cattle. Or maybe you'd rather take a pass on "work" and just enjoy the beautiful scenery or take a gentle lope through the open meadows or sagebrush flats. 

 

 

Covered Wagon Pack Trip to MontanaCovered Wagon Ranch Gallatin Gateway, MT 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. 

 

 

Rich Ranch in MontanaRich's Guest Ranch Seeley Lake, MT The Rich Ranch is located in Western Montana, adjacent to the spectacular Bob Marshall Wilderness and two hours from Glacier National Park.  Lodge and Cabins are nestled in the trees overlooking a tranquil meadow with an awesome view of the Rocky Mountains looking across the ranch meadows. 

 

 

Rocking Z Ranch MontanaRocking Z Ranch Wolf Creek, MT Horseback riding is the central activity at the Rocking Z.  We are proud of our horses and know them all well.  Through the use of Parelli Natural Horsemanship and personal experience, we have very talented and versatile horses for every level of rider.  

 

 

 

Sweet Grass Ranch Montana FrontierSweet Grass Ranch Big Timber, MT With about 20 guests a week, we are able to offer individual attention and a relaxed family atmosphere.  Our well-loved horses are primarily quarter horse or quarter horse cross, each with unique personalities, and all raised here or acquired from neighbors in the ranching community.  

 

 

 

G Bar M Ranch MontanaG Bar M Ranch Clyde Park, MT G Bar M is a Working Ranch, which means we are an operating horse and cattle ranch that encourages guests to share in our lifestyle. If you are interested in experiencing and participating it the operation of a working ranch, the G bar M is just the place to do it.  

  

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Get Lost in These Hidden Montana Dude Ranch Sweet Spots

Have you been wanting to find that local dive off of the beaten path?  Let yourself get lost for a few days at a hidden Montana dude ranch. With very small capacities you are sure to have a very personal and interactive experience with your cowboy hosts on your next vacation.  Pack up your cowboy boots, demin jeans, and your camera, but leave your cell phone and stress at home.  Out here Montana's natural wilderness experienced by horseback will bring you back to your connection with Mother Nature. So, go ahead and get lost for a few days. Its the vacation you'll never want to come back from.

Montana Dude Ranch

Get to the Heart of Ranching at the G Bar M Ranch The camaraderie that guests share with the ranch family and crew at the end of the day is made even better by the delicious meals that Maria serves.  You can measure the distance your food’s traveled in yards or feet. Enjoy last season’s harvest today — G Bar M’s root cellar, freezer, and pantry are fully-stocked.  This is where it all comes together because as Mike will tell you, “The heart of the ranch is the kitchen.” Recipes perfected by Maria have been in the family for generations and feature ranch-raised beef and pork, along with vegetables from the ranch garden and homemade breads made with ranch’s 100-year-old sourdough starter. The fare is hearty and the menu is diverse. Everything is served family-style on the bountiful table where guests, family and crew gather at mealtime. If the kitchen is the heart of the ranch, then the garden is the bare feet — heels and toes sinking into the fertile, living earth. Enjoy unity of all five senses as you pick your own fruits and vegetables and listen to the quiet sounds of this working ranch. Local as they can possibly be.

Ride into History at the Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch

Bonanza Creek Montana Dude Ranch

The ranch was originally homestead in 1877 by Norwegian immigrants looking for a better life. Today the Voldseth family, which are the fourth and fifth generations living on this land, own and work the ranch. It won’t take you long to see that they chose this area not only for its good water and grasses to graze cattle and sheep, but also for its beautiful scenery. More than a century later, very little has changed...the only difference is that now there is a place set at the table for you. Personal attention is the norm with only 8-12 guests invited per week. Come relax with us where unbelievable views and unrivaled adventure abound. Bonanza Creek treats you like family - - real people on a real cattle ranch.

Hideout in Paradise Valley at the Hubbard's Six Quarter Circle Ranch

Hubbard's Six Quarter Circle Ranch is located in Tom Miner Basin, apart of the greater Paradise Valley. The ranch is hidden in with a look out over the Yellowstone River towards Emigrant, MT. The ranch is tucked away 19 miles from Yellowstone Park via car, but the ranch borders the Park to the South.  At Six Quarter Circle you can ride all day, everyday, on 25 square miles of pristine wilderness on the edge of Yellowstone National Park.

Guests actively participate in ranch work, whether it’s pushing cattle to higher greener pastures, throwing salt or fixing fence.  If you prefer a gentler pace, wranglers will guide you on a two-hour ride to Ramshorn Lake at the foot of 10,000 foot Ramshorn Peak.  The basaltic cliffs that tower over the lake are home to one of the largest herds of bighorn sheep in the state.  If you are an angler, you can spend a few hours fishing for cutthroat trout before you head back to the lodge for some well deserved R & R.

Discover Horsemanship at the McGinnis Meadows Ranch

McGinnis Meadows Hidden Dude Ranch
The horseback riding program is based on the Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship, and is the central activity at McGinnis Meadows Ranch. Buck’s style is a method that is both gentle and effective and creates a unique kinship between horse and rider.  You will have more hands-on time with your horse than any place else.
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Learn horsemanship daily in a relaxed clinic style environment with ranch horses or your own in small groups. With personalized instruction from a team of experts, you can continue to focus furthering your horsemanship skills each day. Or you'll soon feel comfortable heading out on cattle drives and exploring country in any direction from the ranch.

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