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. 

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  • Blacktail Ranch - a Montana Dude Ranch
Blacktail Ranch Click for more info
Wolf Creek

Welcome to the Blacktail Ranch, your new home away from home. The Blacktail is a Historic 8,000 acre jewel, located where the prairie meets the Rockies in Wolf Creek MontanaOur grandfather first homesteaded our ranch in the 1880’s. and our family has lived and worked in this valley ever since. We have been offering a variety of vacation packages since the 1950’s.Horseback riding lover’s dream. Offering unlimited riding to all our guests with a relaxed and flexible daily schedule.  Our large string of horses are able to accommodate a wide variety of riding skills, beginners needing basic instruction to the advanced rider in search of adventure on our all daylong mountains treks.Fish the mountain stream that runs threw the ranch or you may opt for a day trip on the Blue Ribbon Missouri or Blackfoot Rivers.  Both are just a short distance away, and the South Fork of the Dearborn River is just outside your cabin door. Learn the history and culture of Native Americans as you stand in the famous Blacktail Cavern. Take in the wonder of this cave that once was home to people at the end of the last Ice Age. The history of the Old West as well as the Native American’s can again be relived in our family museum.  Where many of the artifacts from“The Cave” and the homestead era are now on display. Sigh up for the three-day two-night Continental Divide ride.  Where we ride the top of the divide. You will experience expansive views of the Majestic Rocky Mountains. Camp is just up the creek in our “Hide Out Cabin” a modern and comfortable place that is equipped with Hot and Cold running water and alternative power, no need to rough it too much here.  Sleep under the stars or claim a bed indoors.After a long day in the saddle, hiking the wide-open hillsides, fishing and swimming in the creek or partaking in other adventures, fall asleep to the sound of running water in the shadows of the Continental Divide.  Wake to the fresh clean mountain air and get ready for another day of making memories to last a lifetime.Tag and Sandra invite you to visit the Blacktail Ranch and share in a true Montana ranch life that is steeped in history and alive with magic. Let the Adventure Begin.

  • Montana Dude Ranch - Hawley Mountain Ranch
Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch Click for more info

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 5th. Wellness week is September 25yh through October 1st.  Closing date is the 1st of October, 2016.

JJJ Wilderness Ranch Click for more info

The Triple J is a charming, informal dude ranch which has been the Barker family’s home for over 40 years. We believe in western hospitality with gracious service to provide a vacation second to none. Located in the scenic corridor between Yellowstone and Glacier along the spectacular Rocky Mountain Front, the ranch specializes in vacations emphasizing horseback riding, trout fishing and hiking. Top notch horses - wild trout streams - great kid’s program - special adult only weeks - traditional cowboy steak barbecues and cook-outs - evening firesides of cowboy poetry - and tall-tale telling!. Fully-outfitted camping pack-trips into the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness or group retreats also available. June through September with fall hunting season.

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 12th, 2016, and our closing date is September 11th, 2016. 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!

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 2016 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.

  • 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

Nestled in the Teton Canyon of the Rocky Mountain Front, our 1,200 acre ranch offers the finest in western hospitality.  Sleep in our modern, comfortable cabins and enjoy our delicious 5-Star meals served family style in our scenic dining room.  Family owned and operated since 1958, Deep Canyon Guest Ranch offers miles of quiet trails to be explored by horseback.  Our guides are eager to share this breathtaking and beautiful landscape with you!  If you prefer hiking, there are plenty of trails in the immediate area to be enjoyed, along with meadows of wildflowers that bloom continuously through the summer.   Cast your line into the Teton River which flows through the ranch, and enjoy the feeling of having the “whole canyon to yourself”.  If you prefer to travel later in the season, fall is a spectacular time to visit.  With the clear, crisp air and cooler temperatures, the canyon becomes alive with brilliant color!   We welcome you to experience how it feels to come as guests, leave as friends, return as family!  Opening date is May 1st and our closing date is October 1st.

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

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, 2016.

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 date is June 19th and closing date is September, 19th, 2016.

  • 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.

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 12 and ends the 25th of September, 2016.  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!