Winter Discovery

If you’re looking to experience an all-around guest winter ranch vacation that embodies Montana and the spirit of the Mountain West, the Winter Discovery Package is the ideal choice. Guests enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, evenings around a glowing woodstove, miles of cross-country ski terrain, and live western music to name a few of the experiences that leave guests returning year after year for our Discovery Package. Recently voted “Best Family Ranch” by Top 50 Ranches, experience the adventure of a lifetime your whole family will enjoy!

Finer Points

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Sleigh Ride & Dinner to the legendary North Fork Cabin
  • Authentic Nordic ski in/ski out cabin lodging
  • 1.5 hour Classic Nordic Ski group lesson
  • Nordic ski gear and snowshoe equipment and full access to the #1 x-country trail system in North America
  • Morning Yoga in B-K Guest Lounge
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Downhill ski & snowboard concierge and transportation to Big Sky Resort
  • Live Western music in the Saloon
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

2020/2021 Rates
Adult
Child
December 4, 2020 – April 4, 2021 $475 $300

 

 

*Rates are per person per night, minimum occupancy applies per cabin

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 20% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)

 *Child rate based on children aged 4-12 years of age

 *3-night minimum

Activities Included with Your Stay

Sleight Ride Dinner

Nordic Skiing

Yoga

Amenities Included with Your Stay

Text for Service

In Room Record Player

Coffee Service

Get in Touch!

For reservations and availability call 406-995-4644 or email reservations@lonemountainranch.com.

Winter Discovery

Adventures

Horseback Riding

June – early October

Horses have long been essential to the way of life in Yellowstone Country. For over a century, Lone Mountain Ranch’s team of horses has brought ranchers and visitors into parts of the backcountry that are otherwise unseen and untouched. From galloping on the ranch to venturing into Lee Metcalf Wilderness and Gallatin National Forest, our experienced wranglers and horses are dedicated to empowering riders of all ages and abilities to discover real Montana.

To provide specialized attention to every guest, adventures are limited to a few riders per wrangler. Wranglers will spend the first full day assessing abilities and matching riders with their best horses. Previous riding experience is not required – our highly trained wranglers can teach beginners the skills they need to enjoy their time on horseback or advance the skills of more experienced riders.

Included in these packages:

Summer Discovery
Field Trip (Adult Week)
Lone Mountain Cowgirl Getaway
Montana Honeymoon

Yellowstone National Park Tours

Mid May- early October

Lone Mountain Ranch has a century-long tradition of curating Yellowstone Park experiences – from the history and geology to the backcountry and wildlife. Our naturalist guides are also accredited Yellowstone guides, with lifetimes of expertise and the most comprehensive, turnkey access to the park.

Let us take you for a hike, picnic, photography expedition or to see iconic landscapes and geysers such as Old Faithful. These are our roots, so when you visit Yellowstone with us, you get much more than a tour.

Included in these packages:

Summer Discovery
Field Trip (Adult Week)
Lone Mountain Cowgirl Getaway
Montana Honeymoon

Guided Hiking

Mid May – early October

Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, and the surrounding National Forrest Wilderness are all home to countless breathtaking hikes. Join one of our Lone Mountain Ranch Naturalists for an adventure on the trail. Our Naturalist will help choose a trail that matches your ability levels and expectations.

Included in these packages:

Summer Discovery
Field Trip (Adult Week)
Lone Mountain Cowgirl Getaway
Montana Honeymoon

Mountain Biking

June – early October

The trails in Big Sky offer both long, spirited rides and heart-pumping adrenaline rushes. Let us set you up with a map, bike and safety gear. Montana offers one of a kind mountain biking, and it would be just as easy to spend an hour or a few days navigating the adventure. (available June – early – October)

Included in these packages:

Outdoor Youth Adventure Program

June – August

The Ranch is as much a playground for children as it is for adults. This program builds confidence through outdoor recreation, develops an appreciation for nature, and, most of all, gives young people (aged 3-14) the space to roam, have fun, and connect with each other. Kind and energetic staff will lead kids through a variety of experiences geared to entertain and challenge all age groups. (available June-August)

Included in these packages:

Summer Discovery

Explore Yellowstone

 

Fly Fishing

Mid May – early October

Situated between the world famous Madison and Gallatin Rivers, Lone Mountain Ranch is the idyllic place to fish blue ribbon rainbow, brown brook trout, and native west slope cutthroat trout. The fly fishing guides will provide anglers of all levels with the skills and gear they need to begin or advance their sport.

For some, there is no more relaxing experience than casting a fly rod, for others there is no greater thrill. We will refer you to our local partners where they can custom tailor your experience to your interests, skill level and desire to explore.

 

Included in these packages:

Fly Fishing Experience

 

Backcountry Nordic Skiing

December – March

With 85 kilometers of carefully maintained woodland trails over phenomenal mountain terrain, it’s no wonder Lone Mountain Ranch has been voted Cross Country Skier magazine’s #1 Nordic ski destination in North America. Our knowledgeable guides, dependable snow and wide range of trails offers something for beginners, experts, leisurely explorers and hardcore athletes.
Operated under a special permit with Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Included in these packages:

Winter Discovery
Holiday Discovery
Montana Honeymoon

Downhill Skiing

December – March

11,166 feet up, 5,700 skiable acres, 4,350 feet of vertical drop, 22 chairs, 300 runs, 4 mountains, and an average of 400+ inches of annual snowfall – Lone Mountain Ranch is located just 10 minutes from our neighbor, Big Sky Resort. On demand transportation to and from the slopes is always included, and some packages offer ski passes or full gear concierge. When you get to the bottom, the Ranch is the perfect place to unwind.

Included in these packages:

Winter Discovery
Holiday Discovery
Montana Honeymoon

Snowshoeing

December – March

Explore the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem on foot, without harming the delicate biodiversity all around. The 30 km of snowshoe trails meander through the ranch, outside of the Nordic trail system. Start at your cabin door and trek alone, with friends or family, with a guide, or even lit by the moon – full moon snowshoe tours are a favorite of guests and locals.

Snowshoes are available for rent in the Ranch’s Outdoor Shop, and a trail map will get you started on your journey. Call 406.995.4734 with any questions.

Included in these packages:

Winter Discovery
Holiday Discovery
Montana Honeymoon

Dogsledding

December – March

The ranch can arrange a special excursion with our partners at Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures and Spirit of the North. This is a truly unique way to experience the wintry landscape. Around every bend, there’s more to see: majestic peaks, unobstructed views of Fan Mountain, untouched landscapes.

Sit back and glide quietly along, try driving with hands-on instruction from experienced guides. Handling a sled team is exhilarating and unlike any other form of travel.

Yellowstone National Park Tours

Mid-December – Mid March

Lone Mountain Ranch is deeply interconnected with Yellowstone Park. For over a century, we have shared land, air, resources and guides with a national treasure, and there is nothing more special than the quiet of the Park in winter.

Lone Mountain Ranch guides are trained and certified Yellowstone Park guides, ready to take you to parts of the park inaccessible to other visitors. Cross country ski or snowshoe into the backcountry, or take a snowcoach to explore the most iconic scenery. Bison, elk, wolves, eagles and brightly colored steaming geysers are in view this time of year.

 

Winter Fly Fishing

December – March

Lone Mountain Ranch is the best way to access the year-round abundance of both the Gallatin and Madison Rivers. Our guides can help first-timers and long-timers discover the perfect spots to cast for rainbow, brown and brook trout. The winter offers a special kind of serenity, with zero crowds and large, healthy trout. Access remote blue ribbon streams by snowshoe, or pair a half-day wade with a few hours of skiing.

 

Backcountry Skiing

December – March

Lone Mountain Ranch is situated among thousands of miles of luxurious, rugged wilderness just beyond our doorstep. After a short shuttle ride with a naturalist guide to the Northwest corner of Yellowstone or to the Gallatin National Forest, you will have access to tours of varying difficulty, ranging from easy rolling trails to more advanced glides ideal for practicing your telemark turns. Tours are rated easy, moderate or difficult, depending on length, the amount of climbing, and the difficulty of the skiing.

Other Activities Available

Yoga & Massage

Canoeing & Paddle boarding

Whitewater Rafting

Amenities Included with Your Stay

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In-Room Record Player

Coffee Service

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Explore Yellowstone

Only 18 miles from the park boundary, the ranch is in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We take pride in the expertise of our guides and their ability in providing naturalist tours for every aspect of Yellowstone, from the iconic geothermal features to viewing the greatest concentration of wildlife in North America. Our guides are uniquely qualified to provide hiking and fly fishing excursions into the Yellowstone backcountry. Every Yellowstone package can be customized to suit your needs. We’ll match you and your family to a cabin that best fits your lifestyle and help coordinate the perfect activities for everyone in your crew. Most visitors choose the all-inclusive package, but if you have specific needs and wants, we are happy to customize the package!

Finer Points

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Ranch family-style BBQ
  • Breakfast in the North Fork Cabin
  • Western music in the Saloon
  • Historic Montana cabin lodging
  • Three group guided naturalist tours in Yellowstone National Park
  • Horseback riding, canoeing/paddleboarding
  • Yoga, hiking, mountain biking
  • Outdoor Youth Adventures Program
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

2021 Rates Adult
Child
May 31 – June 18 $770 $670
June 19 – August 20 $950 $800
August 21 – September 21 $770 $670

*Rates are per person per night, minimum occupancy applies per cabin

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 20% Resort Fee

 *Child rate based on children aged 3-12 years of age

 *5-night minimum

Activities Included with Your Stay

Yoga

Hiking

Mountain Biking

Horseback Riding

Paddle-boarding

Canoeing

Amenities Included with Your Stay

Text for Service

In Room Record Player

Coffee Service

Get in Touch!

For reservations and availability call 406-995-4644 or email reservations@lonemountainranch.com.

Big Sky Big Love Elopement Package

Celebrate your love together under the Big Sky at Lone Mountain Ranch. Our Big Sky Big Love Elopement package includes all the highlights of a destination wedding while leaving all the planning to us (and the guest list at home!) Say “I do” at our Ridgetop location surrounded by sweeping mountains and beautiful Lone Peak. Or, choose to say your vows among the trees next to our North Fork Creek. Either location will give you an intimate setting to share your love for each other and start your next chapter in life together. After the “I dos”, start your honeymoon! Horseback ride through the mountains with a private picnic lunch, mountain bike down our thrilling trails or try paddleboarding at the lake. After all the adventure, our authentic cabins welcome you to retreat around a crackling fire while you rest up for the next day’s adventure.

Finer Points

Summer Elopement Package Details

  • Private Ridgetop or Creekside ceremony with ranch arbor
  • Bridal bouquet & boutonniere
  • Wedding Cake
  • Officiant
  • Private horseback ride with picnic lunch
  • (2) 1-hour massages
  • Ranch memento
  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Ranch activities: Horseback riding, canoeing/paddleboarding, Yoga, hiking, mountain biking
  • Tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Authentic Montana cabin lodging
  • Western music in the Saloon
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
*A Gallatin County marriage license is required

Winter Elopement Package Details

  • Private indoor ceremony
  • Bridal bouquet & boutonniere
  • Wedding Cake
  • Officiant
  • Private moonlit snowshoe tour with hot cocoa
  • (2) 1-hour massages
  • Ranch memento
  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Sleigh Ride & Dinner to the legendary North Fork Cabin
  • Nordic ski gear and snowshoe equipment and full access to the #1 x-country trail system in North America
  • Morning Yoga in B-K Guest Lounge
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Downhill ski & snowboard concierge and transportation to Big Sky Resort
  • Live Western music in the Saloon
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
 *A Gallatin County marriage license is required

2021 Rates
Starting Rates

January 2 – April 4

*3-night minimum

$4,350

May 31 – June 18

*5-night minimum

$7,450

June 19 – September 21

*5-night minimum

$9,250

 

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 20% Resort Fee

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Activities Included with Your Stay

SUMMER

Massage

Horseback Riding

Canoeing

Paddleboarding

Yoga

Hiking

Mountain Biking

Yellowstone Tour

WINTER

 

Massage

Sleigh Ride Dinner

Nordic Skiing

Yoga

Downhill Skiing

Amenities Included with Your Stay

Text for Service

In Room Record Player

Coffee Service

Get in Touch!

For reservations and availability call 406-995-4644 or email reservations@lonemountainranch.com.

Montana Honeymoon

Congrats on your upcoming wedding! Once the wedding is over, the real fun begins! Start the next chapter of your life with a romantic getaway filled with adventure, western hospitality and all the comforts of home in our authentic Montana log cabins. Indulge in our culinary delights that offer fresh flavors inspired by local purveyors and seasonal ingredients, pamper yourself with our spa services and don’t forget the adventure! Touring through Yellowstone National Park, whitewater rafting down class III-IV rapids or Nordic skiing our extensive trail system are just a few of the many adventures Lone Mountain Ranch has to offer!

Finer Points

Montana Summer Honeymoon Package Details

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • (2) 1-hour massages
  • 1/2 day private horseback ride with picnic lunch
  • 1/2 day whitewater rafting trip (available June-Aug)
  • Ranch memento
  • All ranch activities: Horseback riding, canoeing/paddleboarding, Yoga, hiking, mountain biking
  • Tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Authentic Montana cabin lodging
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Montana Winter Honeymoon Package Details

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • (2) 1-hour massages
  • 1/2 day private backcountry Nordic Ski Tour
  • Full day Snowcoach tour in Yellowstone National Park
  • Ranch memento
  • Sleigh Ride & Dinner to the legendary North Fork Cabin
  • Nordic ski gear and snowshoe equipment and full access to the #1 x-country trail system in North America
  • Morning Yoga in B-K Guest Lounge
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Downhill ski & snowboard concierge and transportation to Big Sky Resort
  • Live Western music in the Saloon
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

2021 Rates
Starting Rates

January 2 – April 4

*3-night minimum

$3,750

May 31 – June 18

*5-night minimum

$6,850

June 19 – September 21

*5-night minimum

$8,650

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 20% Resort Fee

Activities Included with Your Stay

SUMMER

Massage

Horseback Riding

Rafting

Canoeing

Paddleboarding

Yoga

Hiking

Mountain Biking

Yellowstone

WINTER

Massage

Nordic Skiing

Yellowstone

Sleigh Ride Dinner

Yoga

Amenities Included with Your Stay

Text for Service

In Room Record Player

Coffee Service

Get in Touch!

For reservations and availability call 406-995-4644 or email reservations@lonemountainranch.com.

Holiday Discovery Package

Join us for an unforgettable holiday season at Lone Mountain Ranch! Leave the stress of the holidays at home and enjoy the season Nordic skiing over 85 km of trails, snowboarding at Big Sky Resort and dining around a candle lit dinner in our historic North Fork Cabin. Add gingerbread house making to the list and don’t forget a quick ski with Santa! Deck the halls with Lone Mountain Ranch this holiday season and escape to your own personal winter wonderland!

Finer Points

  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Authentic Cabin Lodging
  • Sleigh Ride Dinner
  • Morning Yoga in B-K Guest Lounge
  • Nordic Ski Gear Rentals & Passes
  • Access to #1 Trail System in America
  • Ski concierge and shuttle to Big Sky Resort
  • The Grand Christmas Day feast
  • Skiing with Santa
  • Gingerbread house making and holiday festivities
  • New Year’s Eve toast with fireworks
  • Western music in the Saloon
  • Bozeman airport transfers

2020 Rates Adult Child
December 18, 2020 – January 2, 2021 $600 $400

*Rates are per person per night, minimum occupancy applies per cabin

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 20% Resort Fee

 *Child rate based on children aged 4-12 years of age

 *5-night minimum

Activities Included with Your Stay

Sleigh Ride Dinner

Nordic Skiing

Yoga

Amenities Included with Your Stay

Text for Service

In Room Record Player

Coffee Service

Get in Touch!

For reservations and availability call 406-995-4644 or email reservations@lonemountainranch.com.

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Winter Videos

Winter Season at Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch is a destination where guests disconnect from the world, while connecting with others through unforgettable adventures in a natural setting. Moments are crafted through discovery, exceptional people, fun activities, and a breathtaking environment.

Summer Videos

Lone Mountain Ranch Summer Season

If you’re looking for an all-around guest dude ranch vacation that embodies Montana and the spirit of the Old West, the Summer Discovery Package is the ideal choice. Guests enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, evenings around a glowing campfire, scenic horseback trail riding, and live western music to name a few of the experiences that leave guests returning year after year for our Discovery Package. Recently voted “Best Family Ranch” by Top 50 Ranches, experience the adventure of a lifetime your whole family will enjoy!

Lone Mountain Ranch Adult Week

September 24 – 29, 2019 
Join us for our annual Adult week at the Ranch! This week long curation is geared towards adults, couples or groups just wanting to let loose, and have a great time in a festive environment against the backdrop of Big Sky. Among the slated activities are wine and cheese horseback rides, wine pairing dinners, and a breath taking outdoor dining experience on the top of our ridge looking down into the LMR Valley. We will play host to a comedy night in the Saloon and your week of parties ends with Saturday night, themed party celebrating Octoberfest and the Rut of the Elk. For those looking to take it easy, we will have brunch in bed, morning yoga sessions and in room couples massage.

Cowgirl Getaway

September 29 – October 4, 2019
This fall, the ladies take over the ranch! Lone Mountain Cowgirl Getaway at Lone Mountain Ranch is exclusively for the ladies, bring your best friends, your sisters, mothers, daughters or visit solo and make a few new girlfriends along the way for this fun filled week of ranch adventures. Guests enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, evenings around a glowing campfire, scenic horseback trail riding, guided tours into Yellowstone National Park and live western music to name a few of the experiences that leave the girls returning year after year!

Lone Mountain Ranch TASTE – a feast of music + food + spirits

August 29th – September 2rd, 2019 
Join us for the second annual TASTE at LMR – a feast of food + spirits + music. We love a good glass of wine, a local beer, whiskey and of course an epic meal. This Labor Day weekend we invite you to a feast of all the things we love. Lone Mountain Ranch and Horn & Cantle play host to Wineries and many of our friends from local breweries and distilleries to give you a weekend to enjoy your decedent side. Take a ride in our horse drawn wagon and enjoy Chef Eric Gruber’s famous pickle brined fried chicken and drink rose in our rustic North Fork Cabin. Saturday we are throwing the best party LMR has yet to see. Stroll through the ranch, meet our horses, play bocce ball and taste a selection of our favorite dishes, cocktails, wine and local brews! Later that evening the Hooligans will play under the stars while our Chef prepares an epic BBQ. While you are enjoying all of our culinary events, don’t forget to take a horseback ride, learn to fly fish or have one of our naturalist guides take you on a tour to Yellowstone National Park.

Lone Mountain Ranch Fly Fishing

Lone Mountain Ranch offers guided fly fishing trips on the world-famous trout streams of Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Anglers can enjoy float and wade fishing on Blue Ribbon rivers such as the Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone. Other options include small stream fishing, high mountain lakes and spring creeks on private ranches. Every package includes lodging, all meals, guided fly fishing trips, rental gear, flies and transfers to and from the Bozeman, Montana airport.

Yellowstone National Park Pack Trip

August 6-11, 2019
Channel the first explorers to discover Yellowstone National Park, the largest national park in the country, on a three-day, 2 night pack trip in Yellowstone National Park. You’ll journey into the serene beauty of undisturbed areas of the park.

Grooming Report

Nordic Shop and Ski Trails are open!

We are open daily from 7:00am to 5:00pm

Come on in for Ski Rentals, Snow Shoe Rentals, and Trail Passes. Kids Seasonal ski rentals also available.


LMR is having a used Sign Sale!

Our trail system has brand new signs this year and we are selling all used trail signs for $20 each. They are going fast, so stop by today to get the perfect Holiday gift or home decor!


Trail Grooming Report 

December 4th, 2020

Early Season conditions! Please use caution when using Ranch trails with bare spots.

Dogs Only allowed on Far east and Town Center Trails.

For more information on snow conditions call 406-995-4644

Snow Conditions:   Packed powder
New Snow last 24 hours:   0″
Base Depth:   7″
Current Temp:   6°F
Forecasted Temperature:   28°F
Ski Trails Open:   83 k
Snowshoe Trails Open:   30 k
Fat Bike Trails Open (Hours Below):   0 k

Upper Trails

Boomerang Packed
Dutch’s Detour Packed
Walking Jim’s Way Packed with some classic tracks
Mongolia Packed
Mountain View Packed
Ridge Run Packed
Schaap’s Schuss Packed
Siberia Packed
Sluice Box Packed
Summit Packed
Ullr’s Packed

Ranch Trails

Fanny’s Fling Closed
Joy’s Loop Bare Spots
North Fork Packed
Ranch Loop Closed
Kid’s Loop Packed

Lower Trails

Andesite Packed, no classic tracks
Meadow loops Packed, no classic tracks
Antler Ridge Packed, no classic tracks
Beaver Slide Packed, no classic tracks
Carlin’s Cruise Closed
Middle Fork Packed, no classic tracks
Golf Course Packed, no classic tracks
Tree Farm Packed, no classic trak
Far East (Dog Friendly Trails) Groomed by BSCO
Town Center (Dog Friendly Trails) Groomed by BSCO
Ralph’s Outlook Closed

Trail Maps are going Green!

Save time in line and download our trail system right to your phone with the Avenza Maps app. Instructions to download and use the interactive app are below. You can also find our trail system on Trail Hub Find us on Trail Hub

Download the Trail System with Avenza Maps Today!

  1. Download the app from Google Play or App store
  2. Open the App and create an account
  3. Go to “My Maps” on the bottom left
  4. Click the “+” icon on the top right
  5. Click the QR symbol in the top right corner
  6. Scan our winter trail map QR code or search Lone Mountain Ranch Trails
  7. Click free then “Download” 

Navigating our Virtual Winter Map

  • You can use this map with no cell phone service and still track your location
  • The map key is located on the top right corner of the map, zoom out to locate
  • Clicking the symbol on the bottom left, and use “Record GPS Tracks” to record your route

Fat Bike Trails and Hours- Please call the Outpost at 406-995-4644 for more information.


Operated by permit with the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Big Sky: Still the best place to vacation after all these years!

We came across this video clip that’s now over 40 years old. You can’t help but smile and snicker as you watch the clip. The music and video style are certainly straight from the 1970’s! As we watched the video, it makes us a little nostalgic for the past. A lot has changed in Big Sky over the past four decades, but really it is surprising how much hasn’t changed.

What HASN’T changed in Big Sky

  • Big Sky is still a sought after destination to escape the city and find outdoor tranquility and adventure.
  • You’ll still find clean mountain streams and fresh mountain air.
  • Believe it or not you can still find cowboys in the area. (We are a Dude Ranch, after all!)
  • Big Sky is still surrounded by amazing breath taking views of high mountain landscapes and wildlife. It’s still a base camp for outdoor adventurers of many types.
  • Big Sky is still known for some of the best skiing (nordic and downhill) in the country.
  • Yellowstone National Park obviously hasn’t moved and still draws many people to the area to view the geysers and unique wildlife.
  • While Big Sky has certainly grown compared to the 1970’s, it is still a relatively small Montana town.
  • There’s still many of the same activities in Big Sky, whether you like golf, tennis, fishing, skiing, horseback riding, hiking, etc!

What HAS changed in Big Sky

  • Today it is easier than ever to travel to Big Sky. Whether you’re planning a road trip to Montana or flying into the Bozeman airport, it is surprisingly convenient to get here. (We even provide transportation from the airport!)
  • From the exterior it may appear that our cabins are the same traditional cabins from the past, but the interior of each cabin have been updated to provide our guests with modern comforts… while maintaining the cozy cabin ambiance.
  • There’s more than just cowboys in Big Sky today! We also have biologists who will guide you on hikes, yoga instructors to prepare you for the day, massage therapists to help you relax, certified anglers to show you the best fishing holes and an executive chef to do all the cooking!
  • Big Sky’s downhill skiing has been upgraded and expanded. High-speed chairlifts and trams allow you to get even more runs in each day. And with 5,700 skiable acres and 4,350 vertical feet of terrain you’ll be spending little time waiting in line and more time leaving fresh tracks in the snow!
  • Big Sky’s Nordic skiing trails have grown too! With 85 kilometers of maintained trails, it’s no wonder why Cross Country Skier Magazine voted Lone Mountain Ranch the #1 Nordic skiing destination in North America.
  • Yellowstone National Park is no longer simply a summer destination. There are tours available year-round!
  • In addition to the popular activities of the past, you’ll find even more adventures available in Big Sky: Mountain biking, zip lining, white water rafting, dog sledding and so much more!

As we reflect on what has and hasn’t changed over the years, it makes us so proud of how Big Sky has evolved and how it continues to be such an amazing vacation destination. We are so thankful that we get to not only experience such a special place, but we also get to share it with our guests everyday!

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The best ski trip – Big Sky

beautiful cabin along a snow covered creek

 

The perfect ski trip is in Big Sky, Montana.  It doesn’t matter if you are looking for downhill skiing, Nordic skiing or backcountry skiing, you’ll find Big Sky to be a magical winter wonderland for all winter activities.  Staying at Lone Mountain Ranch is the icing on the cake!

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DOWNHILL

300 ski runs, 4,350 feet of vertical drop, 22 chair lifts on over 5,700 skiable acres!  With such a large ski area, you’ll find ski runs for all level of skiers and short lines at the lifts.  The cool Montana climate creates the perfect snow powder conditions, often nicknamed “cold smoke”. And it’s all just 10 minutes from your private cabin at Lone Mountain Ranch. On-demand transportation to and from the slopes is always included with your stay.

NORDIC

Lone Mountain Ranch has become the mecca for Nordic skiers in North America.  There are 85 kilometers of maintained cross country ski trails, right from the doors of our cabins.  Operated under a special permit with Custer Gallatin National Forest. Whether you’re an expert Nordic skier or you’re new to Nordic skiing, our guides can help choose the best trail for you.

EVEN MORE WINTER ACTIVITIES

While it is so tempting to just stay bundled up in your warm and cozy cabin, you should really enjoy some fun winter activities! (Although, we understand how enjoyable it is to simply take a relaxing day to read a book by the wood stove, get a massage and attend a yoga class – that’s ok too!) If skiing is not your cup of tea, you’ll be happy to know that there are many other winter activities including winter tours of Yellowstone, ice fishing, dog sled rides, snowshoeing and our famous sleigh ride dinners.

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LODGING

After a busy day skiing on the mountain, it is heaven when you return to a warm, quiet cabin. Whether you are looking for a single cabin for a peaceful couple’s get-away or you are looking to book multiple cabins for a bigger group adventure, you’ll find our cabins are a big part of the reason that makes Lone Mountain Ranch the perfect ski package vacation destination.

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MEALS

Fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Enjoy culinary perfection (locally sourced) that is sure to exceed your expectations. You’re on vacation, go enjoy the snow and let us spend the day cooking and preparing great meals to welcome you back to the ranch and replenish your energy.

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WHY LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH?

Lone Mountain Ranch was homesteaded in 1915 and has become the treasure of Big Sky, Montana. Whether you learn of the ranch by its dining, cabins, sleigh rides or any of the other activities you can do on or near the ranch, you’ll find that it is the perfect winter vacation destination.

  • Located in the town of Big Sky
  • Only an hour from Bozeman
  • We’ll pick you up from the airport
  • Only 18 miles North of Yellowstone NP
  • Incredible meals included
  • Winter Activities all family members will enjoy

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Yellowstone Vacation Packages

 

Yellowstone National Park is a trip of a lifetime. Lone Mountain Ranch is only 18 miles from the park boundary and the ranch resides in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Our Yellowstone vacation package includes tours of the park, incredible meals, relaxing lodging and custom add-on activities to give you the perfect Yellowstone vacation. Don’t just visit Yellowstone, experience activities in and around the park!

LODGING

Returning to a cozy cabin each evening makes your Yellowstone trip feel more authentic and unique. Whether you are looking for a single cabin for a peaceful couple get away or you are looking to book multiple cabins for a bigger group adventure, you’ll find our cabins are the perfect place to stay on your vacation.

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MEALS

Fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Enjoy culinary perfection (locally sourced) that is sure to exceed your expectations. You’re on vacation, go explore and let us spend the day cooking and preparing great meals to welcome you back to the ranch and replenish your energy.

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ACTIVITIES & ADVENTURES

Not all visitors are the same. Whether you’re visiting in the summer or the winter, there are so many activities you can choose from. In addition to Tours of Yellowstone Park, you can horse back ride, fly fish, mountain bike, downhill ski, nordic ski, snowshoe, white water raft, hike, go for a dog sled ride and of course take advantage of yoga and massages. There’s so much to do, it’s just hard to choose!

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WHY LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH?

Lone Mountain Ranch was homesteaded in 1915 and has become the treasure of Big Sky, Montana. Whether you learn of the ranch by its dining, cabins, sleigh rides or any of the other activities you can do on or near the ranch, you’ll find that it is the perfect place to stay when visiting Yellowstone National Park.

  • Located in the town of Big Sky
  • Only an hour from Bozeman
  • We’ll pick you up from the airport
  • Only 18 miles North of Yellowstone NP
  • Incredible meals included
  • Activities all family members will enjoy

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Career Opportunities

Employment

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Working and living at Lone Mountain Ranch is a rewarding experience and one that many folks have enjoyed over the decades. We are committed to providing unforgettable and unique experiences with exceptional customer service to our guests and we focus those experiences on high quality adventures.

To deliver this, it takes an exceptional staff and we make our crew a priority by providing a safe, professional and adventure-filled work environment and experience. We hire dynamic and personable team players and look for both full-time and seasonal staff for positions in our kitchen, dining room, housekeeping, kid’s program, naturalist, ski and horse programs and the office and maintenance departments.

Our crew is one of our most valuable assets. Lone Mountain Ranch guests enjoy the chance to meet and get to know crew and crew are involved with the guest experience from guiding trips to joining them over meals. Excellent crew consistently provides our guests with a unique and exceptional vacation experience.

The Ranch crew consistently receives praise from our guests for their work ethic, helpfulness, great attitude, common sense and their desire to generously share their love and enthusiasm for the Ranch and its surroundings with guests.

Working at the Ranch also provides the opportunity to discover the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by crew participating in limitless recreational experiences. National Forests and Parks, Blue Ribbon trout streams and wild and scenic whitewater rivers are all easily accessible from the Ranch.

During the winter, we have a world-class Nordic Ski Center and the Biggest Skiing in America at Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resorts. We are recognized as one of North America’s finest Nordic skiing resorts with 85 km of trails groomed for both skating and classic. With our very dependable snow, the area is great for Nordic, alpine, telemark and back country skiing alike.

Our summer season runs from mid-May to mid-October. Hiring for summer begins in late-February. Our winter season runs from early December to early April with hiring beginning in mid-September. Although there may be some flexibility with the dates of employment, your chances of being hired increase if you apply early and if you can work through the entire season. Dorm style or semi-private housing can be offered for most seasonal employees.

Lone Mountain Ranch is an equal opportunity employer and is proud to provide its employees with a non-smoking work environment. We welcome all nationalities for employment and because of the restrictions concerning the hiring of foreign applicants, you must have your working papers in order before submitting your application for review.  Note to international applicants: Lone Mountain Ranch does not sponsor H2b visa’s and only occasionally hires J1 visa students based on our needs. Lone Mountain Ranch hires through specific J1 sponsored agencies that screen and hire on our behalf.

Limited on-ranch and off-ranch housing options available at a subsidized rate. Breakfast and Lunch are provided. For further information or any employment questions please contact us at hr@LoneMountainRanch.com. Thank you for your interest in working at the Ranch!

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Sleigh and Stay

Combine the magic of the Sleigh Ride Dinner with a restful winter night at Lone Mountain Ranch and in one of our cozy log cabins.

For over 35 years the Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride dinner has been a cherished tradition. Guests are transported on horse drawn sleighs under star light skies to the North Fork cabin. A very special prime rib dinner is served family-style in a room illuminated by oil lanterns and rounded out by the tunes of a cowboy musician. A festive atmosphere is fueled by the warmth of a 100-year-old railroad cook stove and the close camaraderie of the dinner guests. The Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride embodies the wintertime spirit of Montana like no other. Combine the magic of the Sleigh Ride Dinner with a restful winter night at Lone Mountain Ranch and in one of our cozy log cabins. Wake up by a warm fire feeling energized for a great day skiing the mountain.

Sleigh & Stay Package Details:

  • Authentic ski in/ski out Montana lodging
  • Daily breakfast at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Sleigh Ride Dinner to the legendary North Fork Cabin
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
Winter 2020 Rates Starting Rate
1-bedroom Cabin $559
2-bedroom Cabin $1,119

*All cabins priced differently

 *All package rates are subject to a 5% tax & 20% Resort Fee

 *1-bedroom cabin based on up to two guests

 *2-bedroom cabin based on up to four guests

For reservations and availability call 406-995-4644 or email reservations@lonemountainranch.com

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Thanksgiving on The Ranch

 
As Fall turns to Winter, enjoy the start of the season here on the ranch, with a special Thanksgiving Week offer, November 24th-December 4th.
 
This is also an exclusive chance to enjoy the ranch at a special rate while our usual all inclusive package takes a pause.
 
Rates begin at $399/adults, $289/children plus taxes and fees per person per night, and include cabin accommodations & all meals, including a Thanksgiving celebration feast. Transportation to and from Bozeman Yellowstone Airport is also included.
 
Most Winter activities will not be available, however on ranch Snowshoeing and downhill skiing at local Big Sky Resort (starting 26th) is available.
We can’t wait to welcome y’all to the ranch!
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Please click the Book Now button below and our reservations team will contact you shortly to confirm availability and answer all questions.
For immediate assistance, please contact the Ranch directly at 1-800-514-4644. 

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Big Sky Bed & Breakfast

The Big Sky Bed & Breakfast includes nightly lodging and daily breakfast, allowing you the freedom to plan the rest of your day exactly how you’d like it. Take advantage of every aspect of the ranch, from our expert guides to our full-service restaurant and saloon, venture into Yellowstone National Park for guided touring, or enjoy the trails on horseback or Nordic skis (activities vary by season).

Bed & Breakfast Package Details:

  • Authentic cabin lodging
  • Daily breakfast at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • In-person and text for service personal Ranch Concierge
  • Twice daily housekeeping service and guest laundry facilities
  • Live Western music in the Saloon

 

 

Winter 2020 Rates Starting Rate
1-bedroom Cabin $359
2-bedroom Cabin $759

*All cabins priced differently

 *All package rates are subject to a 11% tax & 20% Resort Fee

 *1-bedroom cabin based on up to two guests

 *2-bedroom cabin based on up to four guests

For reservations and availability call 406-995-4644 or email reservations@lonemountainranch.com

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Lucky Skiing

I’m going to take a second to brag about how lucky I am to live in Big Sky and work with Lone Mountain Ranch for the winter season. Having 85 kilometers of pristine Nordic trails to ski on every day would be enough to keep most people satisfied for the season, but as if that’s not enough, our trails connect to Big Sky Resort’s 5,800 acres of downhill ski terrain. I’m talking about enough area to keep someone on skis busy for season after season.

A short ten minute drive up the mountain from the Ranch will put you right at the base area of the Biggest Skiing in America. With terrain ranging from the magic carpet bunny hills to the steeps of the A-Z chutes and The Headwaters, there really isn’t anything that Big Sky doesn’t have for downhill enthusiasts. Anything, that is, except for world class Nordic trails that allow you to get your legs in shape for those 15 inch powder days that will be here soon.

Enter Lone Mountain Ranch. Nordic skiing, whether classic or skating, is a great way to get your body ready for the demands of downhill skiing. You certainly could spend all day on downhill skis, but after a long summer your legs will usually hate you after the first few outings. A wiser alternative is to come out to the Ranch, free the heel for a few days, and get your legs back in shape while exploring our beautiful trail system. Legs aside, Nordic skiing is also a great cardio workout which will help a lot when you are hiking up ridges to find fresh lines as the season progresses.

If you are a die-hard Nordic skier, I would encourage you to take a day and explore some of the incredible downhill terrain we have here in Big Sky. Likewise, if you spend every day up on the mountain, take a day and come visit us here at the Ranch to get some Nordic skis on your feet. With a full line of rental equipment and experienced instructors, we have everything you need to get back in shape and get ready for the long days of downhill skiing that will be here soon. As a rider who does it all, the skate skiing at the Ranch now is epic-the skating conditions can’t be beat. See you out on the trails.

A River Runs Through It

What is it like to fly fish at Lone Mountain Ranch? Just ask fishing guide John McKinnie, who has to pinch himself daily to make sure he isn’t dreaming.

Here’s what to expect depending on the time of year, co-authored with our friends at Orvis:

June: Great early-season fishing can be found in the many streams of Yellowstone National Park. Hatches of caddis flies, PMD’s and salmon flies can be found on the Firehole and Madison Rivers. The creeks of the Lamar Valley are also a great early season option. We will also be fishing dam-released sections of some rives, due to the spring run-off. Depending on the snow pack, the Gallatin can also provide good early season action.

  • Average temperatures: Lows 30’s, Highs 60’s to 70’s
  • Rainfall: 3”
  • Hours of daylight: 18
  • Water temperatures: 45-50 Degrees

July: Dry-fly fishing is in full swing! We have swarms of hatches on all the rivers. Mayflies, caddis flies, stoneflies, yellow sallies and spruce moths are abundant and often entice the fish to feed at the surface. The Madison offers the famous salmon fly hatch and spruce moths have been known to cloud the banks of the Gallatin.

  • Average temperatures: Lows 40’s, Highs around 80
  • Rainfall: 1.5”
  • Hours of daylight: 17
  • Water temperatures: 50-60 Degrees

August: Trout cruise the banks of the rivers looking for grasshoppers, beetles and ants that fall into the water. Rainbows and browns will take these terrestrial patterns with aggression; a surface strike is sure to get anyone excited. Fishing “hoppers” in the Paradise Valley of the Yellowstone or along the banks of the mighty Missouri can make for a memorable experience. Or, stay closer to the Ranch and fish the Gallatin and Madison, which can also be very productive at this time.

  • Average temperatures: Lows 40’s, Highs around 80
  • Rainfall: 1.5”
  • Hours of daylight: 16
  • Water temperatures: 50-60 Degrees

September: The rivers have generally fewer crowds, the wildlife is more abundant, the autumn scenery is stunning and the fishing is great. Terrestrials usually remain consistent, baetis hatches will occur on overcast days and fish will begin to strike at streamers. The Madison in Yellowstone National Park gives an angler a chance for trophy browns that have migrated up river from Hebgen Lake.

  • Average temperatures: Lows 30’s, Highs 70’s
  • Rainfall: 1.5”
  • Hours of daylight:14
  • Water temperatures: 45-55 Degrees

Winter Season: To the surprise of many, the winter can be a great time to go fly-fishing. Most of the Gallatin and Madison will remain open year round and can provide some amazing nymph fishing opportunities. The fish will eat mainly stonefly, midge and egg patterns during this time of year.

  • Average temperatures: Lows teens, Highs 30’s
  • Snowfall: 200”
  • Hours of daylight: 9-12
  • Water temperatures: 35-45 Degrees

The Ranch

Helpful Information

Getting Here

Lone Mountain Ranch is located in the scenic town of Big Sky, Montana, just 50 minutes drive from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). Included in our all-inclusive packages, we offer on demand concierge service to and from Bozeman airport in our fleet of black-car SUVs.

Staying Here

Guests at the Ranch can make themselves truly at home. With meals and activities included in most vacation packages, you’re free to come and go and relax as you please. Summer guests, plan to stay a full week. All guests, make this your Real Montana home.

Dining Here

Big Sky’s premier farm-to-table fine dining experience is located right on the Ranch at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant. Acclaimed Executive Chef Eric Gruber oversees all menus, from breakfast and brunch at the restaurant to happy hour at the Saloon to the historic sleigh ride dinners. We’re delighted to accommodate all dietary needs with special menus as requested.

Cabins

There are 27 historic log cabins on the property, ranging from 1 to 6 bedrooms. We also offer 5 pairs of adjoining cabins, perfect for families with older kids or group getaways. All of our cabins offer privacy, comfort and top-shelf amenities, beautifully renovated and lovingly restored in 2016.
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Packages

We can help you custom tailor your best Montana experience. Start with one of our packages, from Winter Discovery to Exploring Yellowstone to an Angler’s Dream, then add any adventures you want to explore on our reservations page.

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Ask a Ranch Hand

From finding your boot size to curating the perfect trail map, our Ranch Hands are experienced adventurers who thrive on giving exceptional hospitality. Ask them anything about ranch life in Western Montana or what to expect when you visit Lone Mountain.


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