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
I had the best experiences interacting with every staff member of the Lone Mountain Ranch from the beginning with the assistance with booking/planning for the stay to the end of being provided transportation to the airport which was nearly an hour away from the ranch. Each staff member was amazing and it really felt like people wanted to be there rather than people having to be there.
The activities provided were so fun and relaxing and had staff there to guide the way and supervise. Archery! Horseback riding! Hiking! Canoeing! Guided tour of Yellowstone Park (Forest was the best guide and really passionate about what he does)!
I stayed in Black Bear cabin. It was comfortable, cozy, amazing, and clean. The bed was super comfortable. I do recommend that if you would like more privacy then to opt for a private cabin. Black Bear cabin was one of the duplex cabins and I could hear the people on the other side of the cabin speaking/moving around.
The food at Horn and Cantle WAS AMAZING. Oh my goodness. The package that I had was all inclusive, which does include all meals from the restaurant. The food alone was worth it, especially the dinner menu.
I highly recommend Lone Mountain Ranch. It may appear to be quite the splurge but with everything included in the package plus the environment, the hospitality, the food, etc.. Definitely worth it.
This was a bucket list gift for my husband and our 30th anniversary was the perfect time.
From the time we landed in Bozeman, our trip was a dream come true. Miles picked us up and drove us to the ranch. He and my husband really hit it off. They didn't stop talking the whole way. Miles dropped us off at the outpost to get checked in while he delivered our luggage to our cabin. Tess walked us to the Ouzel cabin where the record player was on, playing some of our favorite music.
After settling in, we walked over to the saloon for a drink(be sure to try the Cold Smoke Scotch Ale) and to take in the beautiful sights from the porch before our intro horse ride. Our bartender, Steven is from our town in VA. We were surprised to meet so many East coasters.
Matt, our wrangler was very helpful and patient with us as novice riders.
Dinner at the Horn and Cantle was amazing. Our favorite meals were the bison short ribs, tomahawk ribeye and the bouillabaisse. Pace yourself. We split most of the entrees and were still stuffed.
All of the staff were so accommodating. Our special requests were all fulfilled.
Our morning coffee delivery was a real treat.
We enjoyed a day of shopping in Big Sky and exploring the ranch, a morning fly-fishing and afternoon porch sitting, a full day at Yellowstone(Austin was a terrific guide) and a morning canoeing.
Thank you to all the staff at Lone Mountain Ranch for making
our anniversary trip so amazing.
Had a lovely time at LRR! My friend and I went in early September for a girls trip. We don't regret our decision of staying with LRR; however, there are some kinks they do need to work out.
Pros: Beautiful grounds! Everywhere you go there's a photo op. Quintessential ranch setting. Kate in the front office is amazing. Greeted us upon arrival and answered our 1 million questions.
The naturalists on staff are INCREDIBLE. Matt led us on a hike on Porcupine Trail. So enthusiastic and knowledgeable about nature. We learned a lot on our hike with him! We had so much fun on our Grand Loop Tour of Yellowstone with Torey. The amount of stuff this guy knows about the park is insane! He took us to all of the great spots and pointed out bison off in the distance that I wouldn't have noticed myself. He is very patient as well. LRR packed all on the tour a delicious lunch. The chefs also made special accommodations for my food allergies which I really appreciate.
Horn and Cantle is so incrediblly delicious. You will never go hungry while on this trip. For dinner the pickled fried chicken is the way to go. I do recommend ordering the half size portion as the full size portion is enough to feed 4 people. A few nights our dinner waitress was Chelsea and she is hilarious! She always brought a smile to our face. For breakfast be sure to sit in Helen's section! She is the sweetest. We asked her if there was anything near by that we should see before the end of our trip. She recommended Ousel Falls Trail. It's a beautiful and easy hike. Just short of a mile to reach the falls. Thanks Helen!
Cons: We had read in previous reviews that when LRR picks up guests from the airport they are greeted with water and a snack as it is about an hour ride from the airport to LRR. We received the water, but were told by our driver that if we wanted a snack we had to purchase our own at the airport concession. The week following our stay, my friend and I saw LRR's instagram story where they re-posted other guests saying how happy they were to be greeted at the airport with chocolate chip cookies. We were disappointed that our arrival was not consistent with other guests arrivals. Also the on the packing list LRR provides, they say to pack a water bottle. No need at the water bottle you receive is insulated and reusable.
Upon arrival we were also disappointed in the condition of our cabin, Blue Spruce. As there is no exhaust fan in the bathroom and with the window being difficult to open, the bathroom was covered in mold. At the price point of the discovery package we felt the cabin should have been in better condition. Hopefully this gets tended to soon as a future guest may suffer from a mold allergy.
The wranglers at the horse stables are fantastic; however, they do not ask the guests their skill level before getting on the horse. There was a very quick run through of basic horse riding directions, but I don't feel that was enough. I got the feeling they assumed people have more experience than they do. Also as the ride progresses there are some riders that fall behind. I think in addition to having a wrangler leading the ride, there should also be a wrangler at the back of the line keeping an eye on things as well. The lead wrangler can only keep an eye on so much.
On our last full day at the ranch there was a "Cowboy Breakfast" at the North Fork Cabin. We weren't made aware of this breakfast until other guests asked why we did not attend. This was a let down as well, not sure why we weren't notified of the breakfast.
Housekeeping could also use some work. We asked for a clean bathmat as one was not provided that day. It took house keeping about 4 hours to get that to us. We had also requested more kindling for our fire the night before. The next morning housekeeping began banging on the door at 7am to drop the kindling off instead of just leaving it on the front porch. not sure why we needed to be woken up so early.