We hope you will find the adventure of a life time here, and as we continue to build our dedicated Montana dude ranches community, we hope you will share with us: suggestions, new properties you recommend, and last but not least, we hope you will help us spread the word by telling your friends and colleagues. We look forward to hearing your tales and wish you and yours wonderful adventures in the great outdoors.
We are building a directory devoted to creating the finest dude ranching community in the state of Montana. Lodges are listed on this site only after being reviewed by our discerning team. If you feel your lodge meets the criteria of a world class facility with superb service, please contact us.
Montana isn't new to the dude ranching game - they've been working cattle in Big Sky country since the 1870s, and outfits here have been taking in guests almost from the start.
The drive to or from your dude ranch vacation can be yet another vacation. Take in the eye-popping views from the Going-to-the-Sun Road that twists past the rocky promontories of Glacier National Park. Or motor past the spouting fumaroles and geysers, grizzlies and elk of Yellowstone National Park and its environs. You'll find more than just big, blue skies to see in Montana.
Sign on for a dude ranch trip in Montana, and it's easy to play cowboy (or girl). Head out on a pack trip, join a wagon train, sit around the campfire, or watch a local rodeo. Playtime offers a broad menu of fun: hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, or rafting. Montana is famous for its designated blue-ribbon trout streams and rivers, loaded with trophy sized fish just waiting for your cast. Or follow along on a naturalist-led walk as you search for birds, flowers, and critters, you won't get lost, but you may just end up finding yourself.
There are plenty of choices in lodging style here, whether you're looking for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or a corporate event. Choose a guest ranch with a rustic lodge where you sleep like the cowboys, or go the way of log cabin luxury, with high thread-count linens, fresh flowers in the room, and turn down service.
Visit any time of year. A number of Montana ranches are open year-round, where you can take a sleigh ride in the winter, downhill or cross-country ski, or roar off on a snowmobile.
The properties are readily accessible, whether they're set in the northern end of the state near Glacier National Park, at the southern edge by Yellowstone National Park, or outside Bozeman, Butte, Missoula, or in between. There's major air service to Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Kalispell/Whitefish, and Missoula, as well as smaller regional airfields; Amtrak stops regularly in Kalispell.
Scroll through the list of ranches on our website to see which one strikes your fancy. Whatever time of year you go and no matter what Montana ranch you choose, you're going to bask in the warm and friendly atmosphere of a classic Western guest ranch.