October 28, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana
Intersected by a meandering alpine creek, Lone Mountain Ranch is nestled in a valley backing up onto mountain ranges just 18 miles from Yellowstone National Park. The property dates back about a century and has been a rough-luxe family dude ranch for than more 30 years. The working ranch offers all-inclusive escapes from the everyday grind brimming with an array of exhilarating outdoor activities. The freestanding cabins, many of them original 100-year-old structures, are strewn across the beautifully upkept grounds. Accommodations are warmly appointed with authentic country Western style furnishings, featherbeds and down-home patchwork quilts. Each of the individually designed lodges has a private entrance and features a small sitting area, cozy wood or gas burning fireplace, electric heat and a private in-cabin bathroom with a tub and shower combination.
Lone Mountain Ranch pays special attention to kids and many activities are devised to boost their confidence. The Outdoor Youth Adventures Program sweeps young’uns 3 years and up away in a flurry of tailor-made nature experiences and fun ventures like kids rodeos, ropes courses, canoeing and animal tracking. Adventures for all ages come standard year-round at the ranch and run the gamut from horseback rides, kayaking and mountain biking during the summer months to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sleigh rides in winter. Bespoke Naturalist-guided tours to Yellowstone are available regardless of season. Ready to indulge a bit? Soothe post-adventuring or saddle-sore muscles by taking a dip in the hot tub or arrange for a pampering in-cabin hot stone massage. Come evening guests mingle during convivial get-togethers at the B-K: the ranch’s comfortable great lounge has a large fireplace, library and family games. Cuisine at Lone Mountain’s communal meals is purposely far from ordinary ranch grub: the chefs use locally sourced products and draw from the plentiful dishes native to the Northwestern Rockies. Incorporating locally farmed bacon and eggs, fresh produce as well as Kobe beef, elk and venison, cookery adapts to the seasons. In a nutshell: Lone Mountain Ranch is the perfect place to experience the beauty and endless recreational opportunities of southwest Montana.
Location of Lone Mountain Ranch
Nearest Airport: BZN
Amenities for Lone Mountain Ranch
- General Information
- 30 Guest Rooms
- Connecting/Adjoining Rooms
- Dining Room
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa Services
- Barbeque Area
- Outdoor Hot Tub
- In-Room Amenities
- No Televisions or Telephones
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Mountain Biking
- Fly Fishing
- White Water River Rafting
- Wildlife Viewing
- Rock Climbing
- Bird Watching
- Cross Country Skiing
- Horseback Riding
- Children's Programs
- National Parks
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Active & Adventure
- All Inclusive
- Ski & Snow
Reviews for Lone Mountain Ranch
Hard to rate this place, on overall accommodations, because we booked Lone Mountain primarily because of Orvis certified Outfitter, Our stop here was at the end of our two week vacation out west. We could hardly wait to fly fish. Up early, quick breakfast, packed lunch, early dinner, bed,,,repeat.... for most all the days we were here. Staff friendly, food really tasty, cabin very clean. Just want to say, having Josh Berry, as our guide, was almost like hitting the Lottery! He loves what he does and it showed in every way! His experience and demeanor dealing with us two spin casters, was the patience of a saint! And, he offered to show us fly tying, etc, anything we wanted to learn about the sport! He kept trying & re-tying different flies, luring those smart fish to the hook! We caught â€śthe grand slamâ€ť one day on the Gallatin. (Every species of fish the river had to offer!) Actually, caught fish every day, thanks to Joshâ€™s work ethics! On another note: we used the app SkyView to star gaze at Lone Mountain=a very tranquil place! We will be back!
max55Pinehurst - Pinehurst, North Carolina
It is difficult to give a rating to Lone Mountain Ranch. The location, the cabins, and the service ranged from perfection to abysmal, thus the rating in the middle. Let's start at the beginning with booking, where other reviewers appear to have had an issue. LMR offered a new experience in their repertoire this year, a women's only getaway. Not novices to this kind of adventure, a number of us opted for the opportunity to try out the ranch. Billed as a weeklong adventure, we were charged as such, although our party had to leave a day early. The sales rep advised that we would be given a credit for the extra day to be used for a future stay. Given the reviews for LMR, none of us thought that this would be of concern. Imagine our surprise when other travelers for the program arrived, noting that not only were they staying only for 4 or 5 days, but one of the days was actually free - in other words 3 or 4 days paid, and the last one not charged. Booking: Abysmal. Correction to Billing: Done after discussion with management. Upon our arrival at the airport, we were picked up by Tom, who guided us through the airport, picked up our luggage, loaded us up, and drove us through some spectacular scenery, giving us great information on the area. Transportation: Excellent. Location: Stellar. We arrived and given a hasty summary of the ranch activities, a page of activities that we had booked, and a shrug of the shoulders when we asked about any get-togethers with other people booked on the Cowgirls Up event. No one gave us a tour of the ranch and location of the services, we were merely provided a map to serve as our guide. It took a suggestion from our party for a wine and cheese meet and greet for all of us to come together at the beginning of the occasion. Check-in: Abysmal; Wine and Cheese Event: Excellent. The strong suit of LMR are the many experiences that you can have and in a setting that is no less than spectacular. The restaurant, Horn and Cantle, serves 5-star food, accommodating the special dietary needs in our group. The waitstaff was friendly and obliging. Among the experiences we shared were horseback riding, fly fishing, Yellowstone tour, kayaking and canoeing, cooking with the chef, hiking, painting, and massage. The people providing these services were experienced, informative, and helpful. Special shout-outs to Ellen, Randy, Miguel, Alexander, Kyle, Sarah, Madison, Nick, John, Jackie, Nikki, Tom, and Bill. They provided us amazing service. However, the coordination from the front office to the persons actually providing the services were not always uniform. A couple of the events were delayed due to miscommunications and misunderstandings. Events: Excellent; Organization and Communication: Poor. If we had heard, "I don't know," one more time, heads would have exploded. Two of us met with management mid-way through our stay. We explained our concerns and our irritations with our circumstances to date. Our charges were changed to reflect our other companions' bookings, and our concerns regarding services were noted. Follow-up was promised. There was a notable change in our experience after our meeting. The last few days of our stay provided us a better overall experience. Meeting with Management: Professional; Follow-up: TBD. While there is much to appreciate about the ranch, there is work to be done. Providing the level of service for its guests needs considerable training, better communication, and in some cases, change. For the prices you pay, you should be provided no less than a five-star experience in every category. Given the ranch's history, location, and adventures, it has much to offer. Providing the level of service for its guests needs work. Let's hope future expectations are fulfilled.
Dreamduck - Washington, DC
From the moment we passed through the entrance, the grounds, the buildings, the horses and the backdrop of the mountains just pulled us right into â€śranch-modeâ€ť. Our chic cabin was luxuriously rustic with every comfort; we stayed in Coyote. The restaurant, Horn & Cantle (breakfast, lunch and dinner) was superb and innovative with a live band playing in the evenings in the adjacent saloon. The Tomahawk ribeye steak was the best we have had. Also enjoyed the ranch BBQ. The staff was amazing and welcoming and went above and beyond to make sure all guests were well taken care of. We called ahead to guest services and Courtney was helpful and knowledgeable in setting up a great schedule for us. With boundless activities to choose from, we tried to fit in as much as we could. Horseback riding on scenic mountain trails, hiking, wagon rides, white water rafting and hot air ballooning were just some of what was available. The wranglers were great as were the guides who led the hikes. When the day was done we were happy to just sit back and enjoy the peaceful sound of the river while relaxing on our front porch. A luxury dude ranch at its very best, we canâ€™t wait to go back next summer and bring the family.
Dee_Donald - Weston, Connecticut
This is my first trip to Big Sky in the summer and the Lone Mountain Ranch team, accommodations, activities and experience was amazing! The food and ambience were perfect and it was fun for both adults and kids (which is a tough balance to achieve)!!! The horse back riding was perfect for all ages and skill levels. There is hiking, biking, zip-lining, river rafting... we had a hard time fitting it all in, but never felt overwhelmed. We will definitely be back...
This was our first trip to Montana and Big Sky didn't disappoint! We've had two other luxury ranch family trips and Lone Mountain Ranch was by far the best of the bunch. The parents loved it and the kids can't wait to return. First of all the accommodations are very nice, spacious and comfortable. The ranch is beautiful and the kids have the ability to partake in all the events. The horseback riding was our favorite activity and the wranglers and trails were the best we've encountered. Yoga was too early for us to make, but the hiking was fantastic. We're foodies and it turns out the Horn and Cantle is exceptional. You could eat three meals a day there and never get bored since you could dine on the veranda or inside the restaurant or you can cozy up to the bar and dine. Thank You Lone Mountain Ranch Staff for providing an unforgettable family trip...
RD S S - Newport Beach, California