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Bar W Guest Ranch


 Bar W Guest Ranch fly fishing vacation ranch in Whitefish Montana

A great western vacation for all ages is what the Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish is all about. The Bar W is open year round and ready to treat you with true Western Montana hospitality - from the moment you arrive until long after you have left. Beautiful vistas and rolling ridges adorn the Montana countryside of this cozy dude ranch. Located on Spencer Lake, there are 3,000 acres available for horseback riding and all kinds of outdoor activities. Almost all of our guests - families, adults, singles and groups alike - have a tendency to think they are miles away from civilization here. But just 3.5 miles down the road from this serene wilderness is the vibrant resort town of Whitefish, offering up the finest in shopping, dining, theater, and nightlife. The Bar W is nestled at the base of Spencer Mountain, between two pine-covered ridges. The ranch consists of a 6,200-square-foot lodge, cabin suites, indoor and outdoor horseback-riding arenas, stables, a barn, play meadow, an entertainment area and a gazebo on the lake - all helping to make the Bar W an idyllic piece of paradise for our guests to soak in all year long.

Capacity: 42
Open: Year round
Altitude: 3200
Location: 4 miles west of Whitefish, Montana, 23 miles west of Glacier National Park, 30 mile north of Flathead Lake.
Reservations: 406-863-9099
Rates: Our six night package rates for double occupancy for adults range from $1695.00 to $2265.00 per person plus tax. Kids ages 7 to 15 are $1380.00 per person. Prices are all inclusive and include lodging, 3 meals a day, and all activities on the ranch.
Minimum Stay: 3 nights during June,July and August
Deposit: A deposit of 50% is required for all Ranch Packages. The balance will be due at the time of departure.
Payment: The Bar W accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Personal Checks, and Traveler's Checks.
Transportation: Glacier international Airport is located in Kalispell, Montana and is about a 25 minute drive from the ranch. Airport pickup is available for $25 each way for up to 6 guests. There is daily train service to Whitefish from Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Chicago, Illinois, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Because the train station is only 5 minutes from the ranch we provide transportation free of charge.
Travel Agents: We do work with travel agents and provide a 10% commission.
Lodging: The main lodge is 6,200 square feet of classic elegance and traditional western informality. The lodge has 6 guest suites, three common areas, and a game room. There is no shortage of great views from the decks that overlook the back horse pasture, the arena, and even the wildlife rich wetlands surrounding Spencer Lake. In addition to the lodge we also have our meadow cabin over looking our south pasture. There are two suites each with private bath, living area, and decks.
Kids' Program: If you are thinking about a great summer vacation for kids, think horseback riding, there is no better place than The Bar W Ranch! We are developing a great program for the younger cowpokes this year. For the small fries under four we will be offering limited babysitting upon request. At the Bar W, our trail riding age limit is seven years old. Cowboys and cowgirls under seven can take pony rides and work on their skills in the arena.


Seven to elevens will have their own special rides on certain days, with trail rides and games in the arena. With their own counselor they will have great adventures, swimming, fishing and taking trips to the Big Mountain Ski and Summer Resort. Parents will have the opportunity to participate with their kids in some of these activities, as well as enjoying adults' only rides and activities.

Out here in the West, ranch life starts at a young age, so teenagers are welcome to join the older cowboys in all rides and activities. We also encourage young cowboys to help the wranglers work the horses in the mornings to get them ready for the day. We start early with feeding, grooming and saddling.


In our rec-hall there are games, pool table, and darts. We can have great fun here, working on Cowboy and Indian crafts.

What ever your age, The Bar W has a great vacation waiting for you.
Food/Dining: Wait until you sit down to breakfast or dinner and taste some of the best down-home cooking this side of the Mississippi - Montana style! Meals are prepared with love and care and are always served in hearty portions - no one leaves hungry. Have a unique food requirement? Just let our cooks know and we'll accommodate your request.

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