Dude Ranches

Montana Dude Ranchers Association

Dude Ranches

A dude ranch is where you embrace that solitary, almost mystical life of a cowboy.

At Montana Dude Ranches horseback riding is the central activity. Fly-fishing and other varied western activities await you.   

Like historic dude ranches of old, these ranches offer gracious western hospitality with a bit of adventure. Horses are the heart of these ranches and there is no better way to see some of the best scenery in the lower 48 states than from the back of a horse. From fantastic kid’s programs to special horsemanship clinics or helping to wrangle in the horses, the horseback riding may vary by ranch but it’s always a delight.  

Out of the saddle many of these ranches offer outstanding fly-fishing opportunities, guided hikes, rafting, interpretive tours and much more. Campfires… cook-outs… wildlife… Dude ranches offer the opportunity to step back and reconnect. 

Click here to request a brochure from all Dude Ranches

Rich's Montana Guest Ranch Click for more info
Seeley Lake

Join us for a "traditional family friendly" guest ranch experience. We offer unlimited riding, great fishing, family style meals, cozy cabins and lodge accommodations, and overnight camping. Welcoming individuals, couples, groups, and family reunions. Opening dates for our Spring/Summer Season for 2014 is May 1st. with our closing date the end of September. Check out our six day Deluxe package or our six day Adventure Package. Our Back Country Pack trips start on June 16th and take us through mid September. There are pack trips that are offer special photography and fishing opportunities. We also offer winter snowmobiling and hunting opportunities in the fall.

Elkhorn Ranch Click for more info
Gallatin Canyon

Located just outside of Yellowstone Park. Elkhorn Ranch has been a family oriented ranch since 1922. LIfe centers around the outdoors, with horseback riding at all levels as our main activity. Great children's program. Opening dat is June 15th and closing date is September, 28th, 2014.

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch Click for more info
McLeod

Enjoy a Montana vacation at Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch located in a remote pristine wilderness north of Yellowstone National Park. Horseback riding, fly fishing on private frontage along the Boulder River, jeep ride to ghost town, and old gold mines are special additions to our activities that include hiking, boat float, campfires, and cookouts. Something for everyone! Ranch opening date is June 8th. Join us for a 15% discount from June 8th  - July 4th week. Wellness week is September 21st through 27th.  Closing date is September 27, 2014.

  • Upper Canyon Outfitters, Montana Dude Ranch
Upper Canyon Outfitters Click for more info
Alder

Upper Canyon Outfitters (UCO), is a family operated ranch located in the upper Ruby Valley. The ranch is beautifully nestled between three mountain ranges, with the Ruby river meandering through the property. Our family has been exploring these mountains since our grandfather homesteaded here in 1910. We pride ourselves in offering you western hospitality, breath taking scenery and first-class accommodations. Join us for horseback riding adventures, cattle drives, exceptional fly-fishing opportunities, native wildlife, hiking, history and hunting adventures. Enjoy find food, exceptional accommodations in eith our private lodge rooms or your own private log cabin with kitchen. Spring opening date is June 1st and our closing date is December 1st, 2014.

Covered Wagon Ranch Click for more info
Gallatin Canyon, Bozeman

Since 1925, Covered Wagon Ranch has operated as a mountain dude ranch, entertaining its new, as well as returning guests. Established near Yellowstone park, we are a small ranch, with only 10 historic guest cabins; our main lodge is where we gather to enjoy hearty, home cooked meals, family style. Scenic horseback riding experiences are our specialty, catering to riders at any level! Our guests enjoy the convenience of fly fishing the Gallatin and Taylor Fork Rivers. We offer overnight pack trips, personal attention and good friendly fun! Our season begins June 1, 2014 and ends September 28th, 2014. Our special Spring and Fall rates are from June 1st-14th, and September 14-28th. Summer rates are from June 15th-September 13th. We are proud to offer Pack Trips in July and August, taking only small groups, departing on Tuesday and returning on Thursday. This adventure is for intermediate and experienced riders. Come and join us in the Gallatin Canyon and Yellowstone National Park!

JJJ Wilderness Ranch Click for more info
Augusta

Surrounded by more spectacular, unspoiled nature than anywhere in the lower 48, the Triple J is ideally located between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Discover breathtaking experiences by day and relaxed western hospitality at night. Outstanding horseback riding on top notch horses. Wild trout streams. Ranch opens June 1st and closes September 27th, 2014. Fantastic kids program June 15th through August 16th. Relaxing adult weeks June 8-14th, or August 17th - September 27th, 2014. Pack-trips into the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness still available June 16-20th and September 22-26th.

9 Quarter Circle Ranch Click for more info
Gallatin Canyon, Bozeman

Overlooking the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide, we are located on the Taylor Fork of the Gallatin River. 2012 was our 100th anniversary and the Kelsey family continues to take a deep interest in seeing that you enjoy every minute of your visit. We have been providing family-oriented ranch vacations for over 65 years. Riding, fishing, hiking, evening activities, great food - you will have so much fun, you won't want to return home! Come and enjoy our secluded mountain location at 7,000 feet, surrounded by millions of acres of National Forest and the Taylor-Hilgard Wilderness. The ranch provides a mixed assortment of riding and a select variety of unspoiled trout waters. The ranch is the ideal place to hold your family reuinion, and cabin accommodations up to 65 guests. Opening date is June 15th 2014, and our closing date is September 7th, 2014. We are hosting a special Montana Cowgirl Quilt Retreat from August 24th - 31st. The Sisters on the Fly Will be joining us August 31st - September 7th. The Nine Quarter Circle is magical... our guests say that, year after year (and many even years later) it feels like "time stands still" here. Come discover Big Sky Country and completely lose yourself in the glorious environment and unsurpassed mountain beauty that you just have to experience!

  • The Bar W Guest Ranch - Montana Dude Ranch
Bar W Guest Ranch Click for more info
Whitefish, Montana

A great Western vacation for all ages is what the Bar W Guest Ranch on Spencer Lake 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 countryside of this cozy Montana dude ranch.  Located on Spencer Lake, where 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 the guest ranch is one of the most vibrant towns in Montana: Whitefish, recently named one of the "Top Ten Cool Towns" by Frommer's Budget Travel. Expect to find some of the finest in shopping, dining, theater, and nightlife.

Pine Butte Guest Ranch Click for more info
Choteau

Located along the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains, Pine Butte Guest Ranch has been in operation since 1930. A part of The Nature Conservancy since 1979, we offer traditional western guest ranch experience combined with an outstanding natural history program. Scenic rides, top-notch naturalists, and fantastic food raised and grown locally are our trademarks. Our summer season runs from June 15th - August 31st, 2014. We also offer a variety of workshops before and after our summer season, please check our website for those opportunties!

  • Rocking Z Guest Ranch - Montana
Rocking Z Guest Ranch Click for more info
Wolf Creek

Responsive horses, spectacular scenery and superbu accommodations. Join our family for adventure and all the comforts where the Rockies meet the Prairies. Experience views from mountain tops, long canters, working cattle, and learning Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Spring date - Open May 1st - Closing October 20th, Winter dates - Open November 1st - Close April 20th.

Deep Canyon Guest Ranch Click for more info
Choteau

Nestled in the Teton Canyon of the Rocky Mountain Front, our ranch offers complete accommodations. Quiet trails, hiking, guided horseback riding, birding, wildflowers, solitude, and summer pack trips into the Bob Marshall. Fall hunting. Chuck and Sharon Blixrud have hosted guests since 1958. Opening date is May 1st and our closing date is October 1st.