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 spent four nights at LMR the end of January. This was my second stay here, my first was the end of September for "Adult Week". This is truly a very special place, the property setting is gorgeous and feels secluded but it's only fifteen minutes from the Big Sky town center. Both stays I chose the all inclusive packages. The concierge text message service is awesome, all of my texts were answered instantly and all requests were fulfilled. The activities were plentiful for both visits, the staff went above and beyond and the Horn and Cantle restaurant is exceptional. I can't forget the Saloon, the bartenders are true craftsmen and took VERY good care of me. I hope to make a third trip.
My husband and I decided to book a last minute Christmas getaway to the Lone Mountain Ranch in 2018. We were drawn to the ranch due to it’s location and because it is a National Geographic Unique Lodge. We spent more money than we usually would, expecting a near perfect trip! The cabin itself was decorated beautifully and the bed was very comfortable. We were right on the ski trails and they were simply amazing. The service, bar staff, food, and drinks at the Horn and Cantle were exceptional. With that said, the remainder of the experience left much more to be desired. It’s was super unfortunate since, in general, this place appears to have positive reviews. For only two nights there, we had several issues.
- We did not receive a concierge call though we were promised one upon booking. So we didn’t know of/weren’t offered any group activities which we could have enjoyed.
- When we arrived we were told the fireplace was ready to be lit, however our room was totally smoked out when we later ignited it; apparently the flue wasn’t fully open. There wasn’t much urgency from the staff to fix it. They came about 15-20 minutes after we reached out and didn’t have any suggestions to improve it; it was suggested we add wood to make the fire larger and open the windows so it would possibly create a better draft to clear out the chimney (which made it worse). We reached out again and we were told maintenance would have someone take a look at it in an hour or so. They were also sure to let us know they never had any other complaints. We were told to go drink at the bar (no offer for a free drink). Finally, late in the evening, after we sat in the office, a kind worker (not the maintenance we were waiting for) came by and thought he could fix the issue. He was able to open the flue with pliers and said it is often closed by housekeeping. It had been hours before it was fixed so our bed and all clothes (including ski gear) smelled like smoke. Though we left the windows open several hours after that, it still was difficult to sleep in the room that night. This could have also been a safety issue in my opinion; if someone lit it and fell asleep, it could cause serious health issues due to smoke inhalation.
- The only full day we were there, room service arrived right as we were showering/dressing in the morning. Through the door we asked if we could have a few minutes to dress and leave, but housekeeping said that they couldn’t wait or come back shortly - that we would just have to wait until the evening service; then evening service never came. We expected two services as indicated in our package. In general, I would say the cabin was ‘ok’ clean - it was clear the floors hadn’t been vacuumed; in fact we found sugar packets and other small pieces of plastic/paper trash on the floor.
- The website stated that “on demand transportation is always included” in the advertisement for downhill skiing, but when we asked for transportation to Big Sky we were told it would be $40 each way because we didn’t have the Discovery Package, only the Bed & Breakfast Package. When we shared the details from the website with the staff, we were told that “included” only meant the option to request transportation is included, but it does not mean the cost is included. I understand that interpretation (now), but it is very misleading and should be clarified on the website, especially when you are paying premium prices.
- Upon checkout, we were not even asked how our stay was to share any of our issues.
Overall, we do not believe the ranch is worth the money. All our favorite parts of the trip (ski trails and restaurant/bar), we could have had without staying at the ranch paying premium prices. We felt like we were an inconvenience to the staff after the fire incident on our first evening. This is not a place we would stay at again, nor would we recommend. Very disappointed.
We had the absolute BEST time during our stay at Lone Mountain Ranch! This was our 20th anniversary trip and the friends (rapidly becoming family) we have at LMR made it SUCH a happy, memorable time we will cherish forever. Special thanks to Ryan, Jack, Ellen, Ginger and Randy for treating us like family — 5 stars 🌟 all the way! We look forward to return trips (hopefully in July 2019) and definitely will return in the winter months to enjoy the snow and sleigh ride dinner!
Special thanks to Randy Hall for allowing us to “tag-along” and learn so much about the wildlife in and around the ranch!
God Bless everyone at LMR and hope to see y’all again soon!
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Lone Mountain Ranch. It ended up being less 'rugged' and more luxurious/comfortable than we anticipated. We stayed in one of the renovated cabins and it was great, bed was comfortable, beautiful view from the front porch, all was good. A very "Montana" experience, everything you'd want from a Big Sky vacation.
A few minor complaints... we visited at the end of summer and they seemed to be a little understaffed. When we first arrived we walked into the main building and were not greeted. There appeared to be only one person on guest duties and he was tied up with a group ahead of us. We waited and waited and finally someone from the group stood up and walked near us, we asked if they were checking in? She said no they were planning their entire vacation's activities. All we needed to do was check in, luckily they finally stepped aside and let us get checked in after about 20 minutes of waiting. But couldn't someone have at least said hi to us upon arrival? It wasn't a great first impression. It's probably best if the person who coordinates guest activities (like a concierge) is separate from the person who checks people in. Or there should at least be more than one person capable of checking guests in.
Second, we were probably the quietest guests at the ranch that week. We made no noise whatsoever. There were several groups of screaming kids, large groups of people that would walk by on the trails at night, minor noise disturbances... but we brushed them aside. Strangely, on our last night we were awoken by a text message around 10:30pm from an employee at the ranch. He said he received a noise complaint from our neighbors about us and to turn the music down. First off, thanks for waking us up with an inappropriately late text. Second, music? We never played any music or made any noise whatsoever. Again, we were probably the quietest cabin on the ranch that week. It would have been prudent of the ranch to first investigate the source of the noise before disturbing us too.
We loved our time at Lone Mountain. We chose and all inclusive package which we have never done before. Accommodations and food were excellent. Our little cabin was cozy and in a perfect location to the amenities. The cabins and lodge are gorgeous and warm. We loved visiting the horses, hiking with snowshoes and even did a little cross country skiing. Also took in the sleigh ride dinner which was such a blast and very unique. Also very close to the Big Sky Ski and Snowboard Resort.