Lone Mountain Ranch
What We Love
- A private cabin at an authentic ranch between Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone, with breakfastStaying in a rustic cabin with its own individual theme and décor
- Relaxing with painting or yoga, or having an exhilarating rafting or snowshoeing adventure
- Sipping craft cocktails and sampling farm-to-table treats at the seasonal restaurant
- Becoming acquainted with a member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World
What To Know
- Located 40 minutes from Bozeman Airport
- Executive Chef Eric Gruber helms onsite Horn & Cantle Restaurant—one of Big Sky's favorite spots—serving locally-sourced farm-to-table dishes
- Arrange for a naturalist-guided hike, picnic, or photography expedition through Yellowstone
Authentic Lone Mountain Ranch holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and membership in Top50Ranches.com, The Dude Ranchers’ Association and National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World for its superior level of comfort and hospitality. Feast on Montana trout or farm-to-table butternut-squash-and-apple soup, paired with craft cocktails, at the seasonal restaurant or saloon, and receive a massage in a soothing wellness center, after an equally relaxing painting or yoga session.
What really sets this century-old rustic retreat apart is the sheer breadth of exhilarating outdoor activities you can enjoy upon its expansive grounds. You might mountain bike, embarking on a horseback rise, or experience Orvis-certified fly fishing in the Gallatin and Madison Rivers. And of course, there’s just as much to do off the grounds, with Big Sky Resort just 10 minutes away and Yellowstone National Park not much farther in the other direction. You’ll have no trouble getting all tired out for yet another wonderful hotel amenity: your lovely, individually decorated cabin of one or more bedrooms.
Rest up in a charming, rustic cabin, holding one or more bedrooms. Each of these accommodations boasts its own individual theme and décor, generally inspired by the local plant life and wildlife.Blue Spruce and Lodgepole cabins both feature one bedroom and one bathroom, while the Shooting Star cabin has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Your cabin will be assigned at check-in and is subject to availability.
Fill up on Chef Eric Gruber’s delicious farm-to-table fare at seasonal Horn & Cantle restaurant. This spot, which will reopen for the summer on June 4, 2017, occupies a lively and inviting dining room that also houses a bar for craft cocktails. Alternatively, hit The Saloon, which will reopen on May 17, for more casual eats and treats: Fondue with local goat cheese, chicken wings and drinks like the Huckleberry Fizz are a few.
Head to the original B-K Lodge to unwind and decompress for a bit. Acclimate to the high altitudes with Vinyasa yoga, or sign up for a Russian, Thai, Swedish, acupressure, shiatsu or sports massage. Finish off your wellness retreat with a luxurious hot-stone treatment.
There’s no shortage of ways to experience the glorious Montana outdoors at this member of Top50Ranches.com and The Dude Ranchers’ Association, especially with Big Sky Resort’s mountain just 10 minutes away. Come summer, whitewater raft, mountain bike, fly fish (the program is Orvis certified) or hike. Also be sure to horseback ride, as the ranch has kept horses for more than a century. Yellowstone is just 18 miles away, with majestic wildlife and breathtaking scenery to discover, as well as a fascinating history.
How to Get There
My family had a great 2 hour ride this week. We had a wide range of experience in the group from never rode to competition level. Our guide Sammy, did a great job catering to all. Horses were well trained and responsive. Caution, all are western trained. Happy trails...
Sarah and Sammie were the BEST guides! We were the FIRST rides of the summer season and these girls gave us quite a morning! Couldn't ask for a better experience! It was AMAZING!!! THANK YOU to Sarah and Sammie!
For our 25th wedding anniversary my husband and I checked “visit a dude ranch” off the list! An incredible week at Lone Mountain Ranch was everything and more we could have hoped for. Great accommodations, fabulous wranglers and horses, drop dead gorgeous scenery, and, oh, did I mention the food? Everything was amazing and every staff member was focused on keeping you comfortable and entertained. All you had to do was ask, and if they could, they provided it. We have travelled all over the world and this spot is at the top of our list. Would love to come back and bring our grandkids! Thank you, Lone Mountain!
A warm smile greeted us in the baggage claim area of Bozeman Airport. Holding a sign that read “Lone Mountain Ranch”, our driver helped us with our bags and quickly gave us snacks and a thermos full of water. My husband and I couldn’t wait to get to the ranch, but first we took in the sights as we drove for an hour. You could tell summer was here as all the wildlife roamed with their babies nearby. Being city slickers we aren’t lucky enough to see such picturesque landscapes and rivers rushing. Finally, there was the sign we were so anxiously waiting to read, LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH (“LMR”). The entrance of the ranch didn’t disappoint, with it’s rustic sign and long winding road we followed the creek which led us to our little slice of heaven.
Our driver helped us out of the suburban and then took the bags to our cabin. As we entered the office (known as the Outpost), country music played on a real record player! From that moment I knew this ranch was going to give my husband the authentic western experience he yearned for on his very special 50th birthday. We were welcomed by a terrific team. Each individual provided us with the information we needed to find our way around the ranch.
With keys in hand, we followed one of the team members to our cabin. During our short walk, we spotted Cruiser, an old horse who’s days of bringing joy to children has come to an end. Now Cruiser is free to roam the ranch and is spoiled by all who want to love him or bring him a nice handful of grass. LMR has over 100 horses and each one is loved as a member of the family. We reached Grayling, our cabin for the week. The LMR team member gave us a few pointers about the cabin and then cheerfully wished us a lovely stay. As we soaked in the cabin with its country decor we spotted a record player with a handful of albums. But don’t look too hard, because you won’t find a TV in any cabin or on the ranch. However, if you want to step out of your western dream, LMR offers excellent WiFi service to access your favorite movies, shows or music on your electronic devices.
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy at LMR: horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, archery, etc. You are given a schedule of activities to choose from and the LMR concierge will prepare and print your itinerary. Don’t worry though, the itinerary is quite flexible and the LMR staff is always happy to accommodate you with all your needs. A guide will be assigned to your activity and will ensure that you always have a pleasant experience. The LMR guides are very knowledgeable in their respective area of expertise. We were extremely satisfied (beyond our expectations) with each and every activity we participated in.
LMR has an exquisite restaurant, Horn and Cantle where we ate all our meals. The thought of eating at another restaurant never crossed our minds. Each dish is prepared with great detail from the ingredients to the presentation. Your taste buds will be introduced to an explosion of different flavors you will never forget. This beautiful restaurant has excellent service and the staff makes you feel right at home. Adjoining the restaurant is the saloon. Just saddle-up to the bar to experience some of the best drinks you can imagine. Shh, don’t tell anyone that the bar has its own underground menu where you will find another selection of treasures.
As our summer vacation came to an end, we felt quite blessed to have met such warm hearted people who truly loved their job. We made friends and memories that will remain in our hearts forever. Morning came and it was time to leave this memorable ranch. As we slowly made our way to the door of our cabin, we were surprised to step out to find a winter wonderland. Snow in June! Perhaps this was Mother Nature’s way of extending an invitation to return to this special place.
My husband and I had a fantastic time at Lone Mountain Ranch. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. The cabins are amazing, had a great time on the sleigh rides, especially the night trip to the North Cabin for a home cooked meal on a wood stove. The trip into Yellowstone was amazing and our guides for the trip were fantastic. The restaurant was great too! Fantastic food. I can't wait to go back.