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A family on horses raising their hats at Covered Wagon Ranch
cowboy and little boy roping a fake cow head
Trail ride with a view at Covered Wagon Ranch
Covered Wagon Ranch Cowboy with great mountain view

Covered Wagon Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

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Nearest Regional Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, 55 miles

Nearest International Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, 55 miles


6800 Feet


June - September

Guest Capacity


Mythic Beauty of the Old West

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. Ours is one of the oldest continuously operating guest ranches in this canyon. Here you’ll stay in historic log cabins with their original 1920’s charm, complete with wood-burning stoves, rustic wood furniture, and private baths. You’ll enjoy great meals and pampered attention from ranch hosts who are happy to cater to your every need. So treasured is this Montana guest ranch that it’s become a tradition among families, individuals, and couples over the years ~ in fact, most of our guests are return visitors or their friends and family members. We offer a unique horseback riding vacation.

What makes us different than so many other ranches is that there isn’t a set schedule. This is YOUR vacation so YOU tell us what you want to do every day. Riding is our specialty, but we have lots of activities for the non-riders too!

Kids petting retired horses at Covered Wagon Ranch


  • Bird Watching
  • Dancing
  • Golf on Premises or Nearby
  • Hiking
  • Natural Water Swimming
  • Pack Trip
  • Petting Zoo


  • Advanced/Fast rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Private Lessons
  • Trail Riding Ages 6+

Special Events

  • Adults Only Weeks
  • Family Reunions

Dining at our Montana guest ranch is a family affair and is often the social highlight of the day. Covered Wagon Ranch is different in that all of us (owners and staff) eat with our guests! This means you can reminisce with your favorite wrangler about your ride that day or talk amongst each staff member at the ranch, as you become part of our ranch family. During your stay, you will enjoy a scrumptious Montana dining experience at each meal. Breakfast and lunch are to order as with dinner it is family-style.

Covered Wagon Ranch Lodge Inside with Tables

Food Options

  • Ranch/Western

While staying true to our Montana dude ranch’s 1920’s vintage heritage, we’re also committed to making your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as it can be. Over the years, our ranch has retained every bit of its original charm but has gradually gained the sweet refinement and gentility that comes only to a place devoted for over four generations to providing rugged, yet luxurious dude ranch lodging for its guests’ comfort and pleasure.

Covered Wagon Ranch Cabin with Red and Black Bed Spread and Towels

  • Babysitting Services
  • Cabins
  • Game Room
  • Horse Safety Program
  • Hot tub
  • Internet/WiFi



Check-in: 4:00 pm

Check-out: 10:00 am

Length of Stay:

3 nights (June - September)

Cancellation Policy

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we do recommend buying travel insurance through Travel Guard for your trip. If you choose to decline purchasing travel insurance below is our Cancellation Policy and will be enforced in all reservations and does not exclude when you booked.

Parties of 10 or more-Balance is due 90 days prior to your stay. If a reservation of fewer than 10 people is canceled prior to January 1st, your deposit will be refunded less a $200.00 cancellation/processing fee. If a reservation of more than 10 people is canceled prior to January 1st, your deposit will be refunded less a $1,000.00 cancellation/processing fee.

If any reservation is canceled after January 1st your deposit will be forfeited in full.

If any reservation is canceled 90 days prior to your stay you will have the option to credit your deposit to the following year with a $200 processing/cancellation fee. If canceled 2nd time for any reason no refund will be given.

If a reservation is canceled within a thirty-day of your stay payment in full is required and will be charged in full to your card.

Any changes you make to your reservation after booking that result in your balance being lowered a charge of $200 will be added to your bill (example: lowering numbers in party or number of days).
If a check is returned, there will be a $200 fee on top of the bank fees.

Due to unexpected situations that result in our ranch being shut down, such as a forest fire, all money received will be transferred to the following year. Rates are subject to change, no advertised specials will be transferred to the following year.


Covered Wagon Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Nearest Regional Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, 55 miles