Summer Discovery

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!

Discovery Package Details

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Ranch family-style BBQ
  • Breakfast in the North Fork Cabin
  • Weekly Rodeo and Concert
  • Western music in the Saloon
  • Historic Montana cabin lodging
  • Horseback riding
  • Canoe & Paddleboard
  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • High Ropes Course
  • Axe Throwing
  • Tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Outdoor Youth Adventures Program (ages 3-14)
  • 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
2023 Rates Adult Child
May 26th – September 14th $1500$1000
September 15th- September 30th$1295$825
October 1st- October 15th $1100$695

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

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 15% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)

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

*Certain Minimums apply to holidays, events, and peak periods

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

Book Now

Summer Discovery

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!

Discovery Package Details

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Ranch family-style BBQ
  • Breakfast in the North Fork Cabin
  • Weekly Rodeo and Concert
  • Western music in the Saloon
  • Historic Montana cabin lodging
  • Horseback riding
  • Canoe & Paddleboard
  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • High Ropes Course
  • Axe Throwing
  • Tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Outdoor Youth Adventures Program (ages 3-14)
  • 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
2023 Rates Adult Child
May 26th – September 14th $1500$1000
September 15th- September 30th$1295$825
October 1st- October 15th $1100$695

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

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 15% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)

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

*Certain Minimums apply to holidays, events, and peak periods

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

Reservations (PPC)

Summer Discovery

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!

Discovery Package Details

  • Three meals a day at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant
  • Ranch family-style BBQ
  • Breakfast in the North Fork Cabin
  • Weekly Rodeo and Concert
  • Western music in the Saloon
  • Historic Montana cabin lodging
  • Horseback riding
  • Canoe & Paddleboard
  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • High Ropes Course
  • Axe Throwing
  • Tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Outdoor Youth Adventures Program (ages 3-14)
  • 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
2023 Rates Adult Child
May 26th – September 14th $1500$1000
September 15th- September 30th$1295$825
October 1st- October 15th $1100$695

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

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 15% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)

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

*Certain Minimums apply to holidays, events, and peak periods

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

Book Now

Summer

Horseback riding

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. To ensure the safety of horses and guests in the mountain terrain, we enforce a rider weight limit of 230 pounds. (available mid-May – mid-October)

Fly fishing

Situated between the world famous Madison and Gallatin Rivers, Lone Mountain Ranch is the idyllic place to fish blue ribbon rainbow, brown and brook 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.

Yellowstone National Park

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.

Mountain Biking

The trails behind the property offer both long, spirited rides and heart-pumping adrenaline rushes. Let us set you up with a map, bike and safety gear, plus a picnic lunch and a guide if you’re interested. 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 mid-May – mid-October)

Whitewater Rafting

At different points and times of year, the Gallatin River offers class I-IV rapids. Rafting trips are available to guests age 6 and older, guided in partnership with our friends at Geyser Whitewater Expeditions. The river offers many challenging sections or spectacular places to gently float through the scenery. Half day and full day trips are available. (available June-August)

Painting + Photography

Let the scenery inspire your creative side. Celebrated local artist Jackie Rainford offers sharp understanding of drawing and painting fundamentals through oil painting, block painting, nature drawing and other mediums.

During a 2-3 hour class (which includes art supplies and smocks), you will gain the confidence to let your imagination run as wild as the terrain. Photography enthusiasts can be paired with Lone Mountain Ranch naturalist guides to set up the best shots and techniques for landscape and wildlife imagery day or night.

Outdoor Youth Adventures Program

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)

Massage + Yoga

It’s not just a spa treatment, participating in yoga or massage can help you acclimate to the Ranch’s high altitude more quickly, and may even help prevent injury. Unwind your body and mind after a vigorous day, or start the morning with a routine to kickstart the adventure. Certified yoga instructors will take you through Vinyasa style yoga to warm and condition the body while softening and relaxing the mind.

Massage therapists offer a range of soothing styles, from Swedish, Russian and Thai massage to acupressure, shiatsu and sports massage. Add a head massage, Feet Treat or hot stone therapy for extra pampering. Our massage and yoga studios are located in the Ranch’s original B-K lodge. We recommend signing up for these activities at the beginning of your trip to get the most from your time with us.

Summer Discovery

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.

Summer Elopement Package Details

  • Private Ridgetop or Creekside ceremony with ranch arbor
  • Bridal bouquet & boutonniere
  • Wedding Cake
  • Officiant
  • Private horseback ride with picnic lunch
  • Horsedrawn wagon ride to ceremony site
  • (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
  • Max capacity of 4 guests
*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
  • Max capacity of 4 guests
 *A Gallatin County marriage license is required

2022 – 2023 RatesStarting Rates
December 4 – April 4
*5-night minimum
$15,450
May 27 – September 8
*5-night minimum
$17,500
Certain Dates in September and OctoberAvailable Upon Request

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 15% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)

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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.

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.

Summer Elopement Package Details

  • Private Ridgetop or Creekside ceremony with ranch arbor
  • Bridal bouquet & boutonniere
  • Wedding Cake
  • Officiant
  • Private horseback ride with picnic lunch
  • Horsedrawn wagon ride to ceremony site
  • (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
  • Max capacity of 4 guests
*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
  • Max capacity of 4 guests
 *A Gallatin County marriage license is required

2022 – 2023 RatesStarting Rates
December 4 – April 4
*5-night minimum
$15,450
May 27 – September 8
*5-night minimum
$17,500
Certain Dates in September and OctoberAvailable Upon Request

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 15% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)

Reservations (PPC)
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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.

Horses at Lone Mountain Ranch

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A Love for Horses

During the summer season, Lone Mountain Ranch operates with over 100 horses. Each of our horses has a special job, from taking care of a young child on their first ride to pulling loads of people in sleighs through the snow to our dinners in North Fork Cabin.

We use draft horses to pull our wagons and sleighs. At LMR you will find Belgian and Percheron drafts, two of the most popular breeds of heavy pulling horses in North America.   Our saddle horses are a mixed bunch, mostly American Quarter Horses.

Our main herd spends their winters in Twin Bridges, Montana, where our ranch gets all our hay for its horse operations.  Our other herd spends the winter in Jackson, Wyoming. Our impressive draft horses stay with us year round.

We’re a friendly bunch down in the barn, so feel free to come down and see us anytime. Our horses love treats, and you can grab a bag of carrots at The Outpost on your way.

Horse Safety

Keep yourself and our horses safe with a few tips:

  • Never approach a tied horse—from the rear or front—without speaking to a wrangler first.
  • Avoid the barnyard while rides are loading or unloading.
  • You’re more than welcome to feed the horses, just get a few quick tips from staff beforehand.
  • Keep dogs and yard games away from the barnyard and trail rides, they make our horses skittish.
  • No running around the horses. When they hear your thundering feet, they think their hooves should do the same!

Horses are herd animals, which means it is in their nature to feel safer in numbers. For this reason It’s important to develop a strong relationship with your horse.  If a horse doesn’t feel safe with you, it can become anxious and afraid, which can be dangerous for both of you. We encourage guests to talk to their horse while riding, give lots of pats and scratches, and spend some extra time in the barnyard brushing, grooming, and observing horse behavior. The more time you spend with your horse the more they will trust you. We offer summer horsemanship clinics twice a week to help you develop your understanding of horse behavior and deepen your relationship with your trail partner.

Did you Know?

Horses have their own language—“Equus,” the Latin word for horse. It’s almost entirely body language.  Like other prey animals, horses need to communicate without drawing unwanted attention from predators. The term “horse whisperer” refers to a person who has learned to use their own body language to work with a horse via its own language.

With the largest eyes of all land mammals, horses have vision that’s very different from ours. Their eyes are set on the side of their head and they have an approximately 350-degree field of vision. The areas directly in front and behind them are blind spots. Ever wonder why a horse acts more nervous on a windy day?  They’re superb at detecting movement, but their color vision is less well-developed than ours. When it’s windy, horses are less able to spot the movement of potential predators.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have horses at home, do I have to go on my introductory ride?

Yes, this introductory ride is required for all guests due to liability and safety reasons. This introductory ride will help wranglers fit your height to the correct size horse, as well as access your riding level and comfort for you to enjoy longer rides.

How many people can go on a ride together?

For your safety and for the safety of others in your group, each wrangler guides six people maximum in a group.

Do you have weight restrictions?

Our maximum weight limit is 250 lbs., which is standard for guest ranches. The Biomechanics of horses limits the total weight they can safely carry for a variety of health reasons, including strained muscles, pinched nerves, and saddle sores.

We offer many activities alternative to horseback riding, such as roping clinics, groundwork clinics, and wagon rides for those who may be unable to mount a horse.

Do you have any pregnancy restrictions?

If a guest is 11 weeks or under in their pregnancy they will need to supply the Ranch with a doctor’s note permitting them to ride. If a guest is 12 weeks or further along in their pregnancy they will not be permitted to go on a horseback ride.

Can I ride more than once a day?

You can absolutely ride more than once a day. We suggest an early ride and a late afternoon ride to give the horses time to rest and enjoy their lunch.

Can I go on longer rides than just two hours?

Our rides are geared towards beginner level rides, however longer rides are available upon request once an introductory ride is completed.

I am an advanced rider; do you offer private, more difficult riding?

We do! Upon completion of your introductory ride, you can discuss our more advanced programming with our head wrangler. Options include loping rides, lunch rides, all day rides, or lessons in our arena. Your rider assessment level and our wrangler availability will determine which options are possible during your visit.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

Please wear closed-toe shoes that are comfortable. We ask that your shoes have a slight heel on them to better secure your feet in the stirrups.

Do you offer cowboy boots?

We offer cowboy boots in our outdoor shop for guests to wear on their rides. If you would like to purchase your own pair of cowboy boots, we also have these available in the outdoor shop.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Guests 18 years and older do not have to wear a helmet.

How old does my child have to be to ride with me?

6 years old is the minimum age for kids to join rides. Pony rides can be booked for our younger horse enthusiasts.

Is horseback riding available every day?

Yes

What is your earliest/latest ride?

This depends on the day. Some days our earliest is 8:00am, others it is 9:30am. Our latest ride will leave the barn at either 3:30 or 4:00PM.

Do I ride the same horse for every ride?

Typically, yes. We use our rider assessment to match you with a horse you will be comfortable on. Riding the same horse for each ride deepens your relationship with that horse.

Is horse backing available year-round?

Typically, horseback riding is available May 27 – October 15, however Montana’s unpredictable weather can shorten our riding season.

Sleigh Ride Dinner

 

The sleigh ride dinner at Lone Mountain Ranch has become legendary. Popular with both locals and our guests from around the world, it is a magical experience for the entire family. Guests load up in a horse-drawn sleigh and ride to an oil-lantern-lit cabin for a family-style prime rib dinner. Our cowboy singer-storytellers provide dinner entertainment and make it an unforgettable Old West experience. Available December through March..

 

Hours and Menu

Daily

4:30pm and 7:30pm

 

Outside Alcohol is prohibited on the Sleigh Ride Dinner

Reviews

A Not-to-be-missed Activity in Big Sky. Overall our best experience on Big Sky trip. The horse-drawn sleigh ride to and from the cabin was charming, but the meal at the cabin was FANTASTIC! Homemade everything!!!

Anita

Honolulu, HI

Fourth time around, still enjoyed it. It has become our tradition for our family to do this with each stay at Lone Mountain Ranch because you get to spend time with family, meet new people, and eat great food.

Aaron K.

Manhattan Beach, CA

A magical night. Best meal we had while in Big Sky. And I finally crossed off “sleigh ride” from my bucket list. A special treat was one of the hosts singing old cowboy songs for us. It truly was like stepping back in time to a Wild West winter wonderland.

Cady L.

Indianapolis, IN

Our Other Venues

Horn & Cantle

Our newly renovated restaurant and saloon delivers an authentic Montana culinary experience with an ingredient-inspired menu served in an intimate but lively atmosphere that is perfect for couples, families, and groups.

Auric Room

A private membership experience coming to Lone Mountain Ranch Summer 2023.

Horn & Cantle

 

At Lone Mountain Ranch, our culinary program is a major source of pride. We have a deep commitment to locally sourced, farm-to-table menus that reflect our true Montana heritage. Whether you join us at Big Sky’s favorite Horn & Cantle Restaurant, The Saloon, or on one of our signature experiences, you’ll find a mix of on-the-range classics just off the beaten path. Due to increased demand, reservations will now be available one month before the desired date. 

 

Hours and Menu

Breakfast 7am-10am
Lunch 11am-2pm
Dinner 5pm-9pm
Saloon 12pm-Close 

 

Outside Alcohol is prohibited at Horn & Cantle. Due to increased demand, restaurant reservations are now available 30 days prior to the desired date. 

Reviews

The pork belly was cooked perfectly and my wife absolutely loved the elk bolognese. Our kids tried the beignets (which we called “fancy doughnuts”).

Charles R.

Cleveland, OH

Warm and friendly atmosphere that reminded us of a fancy campout, like something you’d see in a magazine. The cocktails provided a nice twist on a somewhat traditional menu… Our favorite part was definitely the tomahawk, though!

Clarrisa R.

Portland, OR

My family and I have been coming here for over 7 years and I can’t see myself stopping anytime soon. Quick, easy, and top-notch service. I highly recommend this business to all my friends and family.

William, F.

Tampa, FL

Our Other Venues

Sleigh Ride Dinner

The Sleigh Ride Dinner, a classic draw for over 35 years, sweeps you off through the snow for a 20-minute ride under a starlit sky to our historic North Fork Cabin. You’ll be greeted with a shot of honey moonshine and enjoy a classic Montana prime rib meal cooked over a century-old railroad stove. Our cowboy singer storytellers entertain you as you dine by oil lamp on rosemary popovers, crème fraiche mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and huckleberry cobbler. Ride by sleigh back to The Outpost.

Auric Room

A private membership experience coming to Lone Mountain Ranch Summer 2023.

H&C Saloon

 

Our classic Western saloon is our guests’ favorite place to warm up fireside after a day of adventure with a cocktail and appetizer. Enjoy a local whiskey flight or a Lone Mountain classic like our Big Sky Bramble made with Big Horn bourbon, lemon, and huckleberry compote. Saloon classics include our famous H&C Burger and Cedar Plank Mushrooms with Local Goat Cheese.

Hours and Menu

Saloon

12:00pm – Close

Outside Alcohol is prohibited at Horn & Cantle

Reviews

My favorite place to visit in Big Sky! The saloon is the perfect place to sit, enjoy a cocktail, relax, and listen to music. …The staff is friendly, the food is fabulous, and the atmosphere is perfectly Montana. For the menu, try everything! It’s all delicious!

Amber J.

Jacksonville, FL

My recommendation is to eat in the saloon. This is where all the fun is! This restaurant is firing on all cylinders and the crew and chef are crushing it! If you only have one night in Big Sky, EAT HERE! Thanks to everyone mentioned in this review for such incredible service and food during our stay!

Tammie M.

San Antonio, TX

The Saloon at Horn and Cantle is my favorite bar in Big Sky! Incredible drink menu and a really fun bar menu. Live music plays almost every night I have been with some great local musicians. I love getting there early and posting up at the bar with my girlfriend. It’s an institution in Big Sky and serves drinks until the last person is left.

Wil L.

Weston, MA

Our Other Venues

Sleigh Ride Dinner

The Sleigh Ride Dinner, a classic draw for over 35 years, sweeps you off through the snow for a 20-minute ride under a starlit sky to our historic North Fork Cabin. You’ll be greeted with a shot of honey moonshine and enjoy a classic Montana prime rib meal cooked over a century-old railroad stove. Our cowboy singer storytellers entertain you as you dine by oil lamp on rosemary popovers, crème fraiche mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and huckleberry cobbler. Ride by sleigh back to The Outpost.

The Lytle Bar

This cozy bar with a name that pays homage to Clarence Lytle, the original Homesteader of the ranch, is tucked away inside the Outpost serving craft cocktails to enjoy after a day of adventure. Open daily at 3pm.

Dining

Horn and Cantle Plated Food

Horn & Cantle

Our ingredients, grown locally and sourced from Montana purveyors, are the stars of Horn & Cantle’s menu. The other star, of course, is the restaurant itself. Whether you have spent your day hiking our trails, skiing, fishing trout streams, or even dogsledding, we welcome you to settle in by our roaring fireplaces and talk about your adventures over our cuisine. Our food, as much as our incredible locale, tells the story of this place we’re fortunate enough to call home.

Sleigh Ride Dinners

The Sleigh Ride Dinner, a classic draw for over 35 years, sweeps you off through the snow for a 20-minute ride under a starlit sky to our historic North Fork Cabin. You’ll be greeted with a shot of honey moonshine and enjoy a classic Montana prime rib meal cooked over a century-old railroad stove. Our cowboy singer storytellers entertain you as you dine by oil lamp on rosemary popovers, crème fraiche mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and huckleberry cobbler. Ride by sleigh back to The Outpost.

Auric Room

A private membership experience coming to Lone Mountain Ranch Summer 2023.

Special Events & Catering

If you’re interested in hosting your event with us, we offer a range of options including our outdoor Ranch Hall, Ridgetop Lodge, and Horn & Cantle in addition to a full buyout of the property. Our ranch is a dream destination for a company offsite, multigenerational gathering, or the ultimate elegant wedding.

Lone Mountain Ranch Packages

Spring Yellowstone Package

Only 18 miles from the park boundary, we are 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. Enjoy guided tours to Yellowstone National Park, 3 meals a day in Horn & Cantle, historic cabin accommodations, hiking, yoga, and transportation. This package is available May 15th-May 27th.

Summer Discovery Package

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.

Adventures

Horseback Riding

June – early October

Horses have long been essential to the way of life in Big Sky 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 ride 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.

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 accredited Yellowstone guides, with a lifetime 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.

Guided Hiking

Mid May – early October

Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, and the surrounding National Forrest Wilderness are all home to countless beautiful 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 level and expectations.

Outdoor Youth Adventure Program

Late May – 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. Experienced and energetic staff will lead kids through a variety of adventures geared to inspire and challenge all age groups. Available June through August.

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 tailor the experience to your interests, skill level, and desire to explore.

*Additional fee applies.

 

Canoeing and Paddle Boarding

Choose from two offerings throughout your week at Lone Mountain Ranch. Take a short, half day trip to Lake Levinsky here in Big Sky or expand your horizons in a full day journey to Hebgen Lake in West Yellowstone. On either trip, you will enjoy a relaxing day in the sun under the big sky of Montana, while you paddle around pristine waters. Lone Mountain Ranch is fully equipped with canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and safety equipment to create a unique experience for all interests in water sports. On our Hebgen Lake trip, we will also have a shoreline lunch packed and prepared for you by the Horn & Cantle Kitchen.

3-D Archery

Put your sights to the test on our 3-D Archery course. The Lone Mountain Ranch archery course is made up of life-size, high-density foam archery targets that depict different species you will find in the wild around Montana. Spend time with a professional guide on our practice coarse while sighting in your fully adjustable compound bow before you “hit the woods”. This is an experience like no other in Montana and is guaranteed to create lifelong memories and photo opportunities. You may even find a new passion and hobby from this experience, as many previous guests have.

High and Low Ropes Challenge Course

Our on-site Challenge Course can offer a fun family adventure or personal endeavor. Through our own programming and a “challenge by choice” nature, guests will be led through a safety orientation, then climb 30 feet into the air while belayed by a professional guide making their way through the elements of the course or take on a family member or friend to race to the top of our Jacobs Ladder.

If heights are not your forte, challenge yourself on our low element cable course (individually or as a team) to make it from start to finish without your feet touching the ground.

Axe Throwing

There are few things more satisfying than hitting the bullseye of a target with an axe. This activity is geared toward family-friendly competition. A Lone Mountain Ranch guide will lead groups through a safety and instructional orientation before the axes fly towards our wooden slab targets.

Yoga

Continue your personal mind and body practice while on vacation or loosen up after a few days of adventure in one of our on-ranch yoga classes. All classes are primarily outdoors and for all levels. They are offered throughout the week in the mornings and evenings.

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.

Downhill Skiing

December – March

11,166 feet up, 5,700 skiable acres, 4,350 feet of vertical drop, 22 chairs, 300 runs, 4 mountain sides, 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 included in guest packages. When you get to the bottom, the Ranch is the perfect place to unwind.

*Additional fee applies.

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 and family, or with a guide.

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.

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 and 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.

*Additional fee applies.

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 National 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.

*Additional fee applies.

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.

*Additional fee applies.

 

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.

*Additional fee applies.

Amenities Included with Your Stay

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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.

Summer Elopement Package Details

  • Private Ridgetop or Creekside ceremony with ranch arbor
  • Bridal bouquet & boutonniere
  • Wedding Cake
  • Officiant
  • Private horseback ride with picnic lunch
  • Horsedrawn wagon ride to ceremony site
  • (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
  • Max capacity of 4 guests
*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
  • Max capacity of 4 guests
 *A Gallatin County marriage license is required

2022 – 2023 RatesStarting Rates
December 4 – April 4
*5-night minimum
$15,450
May 27 – September 8
*5-night minimum
$17,500
Certain Dates in September and OctoberAvailable Upon Request

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 15% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)

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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

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Get in Touch!

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

Montana Honeymoon

December 15th 2022 – March 15th, 2023

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!

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

2022 – 2023 Rates Starting Rates
December 15 – March 15
*5-night minimum
$13,850
May 27 – September 8
*5-night minimum
$15,900
Certain Dates in September and October Available Upon Request

 *All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 15% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)

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

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In Room Record Player

Coffee Service

Get in Touch!

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

Family Gatherings

Family Time at Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch specializes in family gatherings, creating memories that last a lifetime. It is an unforgettable destination where you and your family will disconnect from the world and get immersed in moments that are crafted through discovery, exceptional people, exciting activities, and a breathtaking environment. With sweeping views, stunning foliage, and idyllic Western cabins, we truly stand out. First homesteaded in 1915, Lone Mountain Ranch has long been recognized as one of the premier guest ranch resorts in the country. A National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, the ranch is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our professional culinary team and luxurious lodging provides all the rest and relaxation you need in between trips to Yellowstone National Park, guided horseback riding, fly-fishing, alpine and nordic skiing, and more. Don’t forget to book some downtime to reconnect with each other in one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.

Ranch Hall

Tucked away and nestled within the surrounding forest of the ranch, The Ranch Hall is an authentic Montana setting for rehearsal dinners, receptions, or wedding ceremonies. This venue can host up to 120 guests for a private dinner or reception and 120 guests for a wedding ceremony.

The Ridge

With 360 views that can take your breath way, The Ridge fully encompasses the grandeur and beauty that Big Sky Montana has to offer. The Ridge is the ideal setting for an outdoor ceremony and reception. The Ridge can host up to 150 guests for a ceremony and wedding reception.

Horn & Cantle Restaurant & Saloon

Lone Mountain Ranch’s restaurant and saloon is a beautiful location for a wedding reception. With vaulted ceilings, antler chandeliers, and hardwood floors for dancing, this venue is outstanding. Centrally located on the property with authentic western style.

North Fork Cabin

Take a wagon or a sleigh to our most remote rustic cabin, which lies beside the North Fork Creek and is surrounded by the Gallatin Forest. Private dining and romantic dinners with candlelit ambiance, or extended family get-togethers are all overseen by Horn & Cantle’s Chef Eric Gruber, who is committed to locally sourced ingredients which will give you an authentic taste of Big Sky hospitality.

“The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem.”

Walt Disney

Meetings and Events

Events & Corporate Retreats at Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch is a breathtaking destination where you get away from the rest of the world, while connecting with each other. Moments are crafted through discovery, exceptional people, exciting activities, and an awe-inspiring backdrop. First homesteaded in 1915, Lone Mountain Ranch has long been recognized as one of the premier guest ranch resorts in the country. A National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, the Ranch is also on the National Register of Historic Places. We believe the LMR experience is life-changing and unlike any other in the American West.

Lone Mountain Ranch specializes in customized private group events with a highly skilled culinary team and professional event staff that will make it an experience to remember! We can customize experiences, hiking, trail riding, and group activities just for you, or let you roam the property and see where inspiration strikes.

The ranch offers authentic indoor venues for up to 100 guests and outdoor events for up to 150 guests.

Venues on the Ranch

Ranch Hall

Tucked away and nestled within the surrounding forest of the ranch, The Ranch Hall is an authentic Montana setting for private dinners. This venue can host up to 120 guests.

The Ridge

With 360 views that can take your breath way, The Ridge fully encompasses the grandeur and beauty that Big Sky Montana has to offer. The Ridge is an impeccable setting for a large group event. Add a private rodeo or wagon rides to make the event unforgettable! The Ridge can host up to 150 guests.

Horn & Cantle Restaurant & Saloon

Lone Mountain Ranch’s newly renovated restaurant and saloon. Centrally located on the property with authentic western style.

North Fork Cabin

Take a wagon or a sleigh to our most remote rustic cabin, which lies beside the North Fork Creek and is surrounded by the Gallatin Forest. Private dining and romantic dinners with candlelit ambiance, or extended family get-togethers are all overseen by Horn & Cantle’s Chef Scott Mechura, who is committed to locally sourced ingredients which will give you an authentic taste of Big Sky hospitality.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Events

Property Buy Outs

Never throw a party in the middle of a convention again. Take over our entire ranch for an unforgettable event.

Adventure Included

Great design is only part of our story. Horseback ride through the mountains, wildlife viewing in Yellowstone National Park or Hike and Nordic Ski our mountain trails. Designing your adventure is our specialty.

Locally Sourced Cuisine

Our food, as much as our incredible locale, tells the story of this place we’re fortunate enough to call home. Our ingredients, grown locally and sourced from Montana purveyors, are the stars of Horn & Cantle’s menu.

Montana Ranch Weddings

When vowing your everlasting love for each other, you want your setting to reflect the authenticity of the occasion. Lone Mountain Ranch is that place. A wedding at the ranch in any season will set a glorious stage for the rest of your life together.

Meetings & Events

Located in Big Sky, Montana, our historic guest ranch is the perfect setting for your next family reunion, corporate retreat, or annual meeting. The ranch has a variety of private, indoor and outdoor venues, such as our historic Ranch Hall, which can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Family Gatherings

With 27 renovated cabins, Lone Mountain Ranch can accommodate families and groups of all ages and sizes. Our delicious food and cozy lodging provide all the rest and relaxation you need in between trips to Yellowstone National Park, guided horseback riding, fly-fishing, alpine and nordic skiing, and more. Don’t forget to book some downtime to reconnect with each other in one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.

They know Montana; they know Yellowstone; they know the wildlife, and it is their fascinating stories and devotion to the land that make the destination come alive.

Forbes

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Yellowstone National Park Pack Trip

Channel the first explorers to discover Yellowstone National Park, the largest national park in the country, on a seven-day, six-night pack trip that begins with a night in Bozeman where you meet your guides and wranglers over a fine dining experience and downtown Bozeman hotel accommodations. The following morning you head out into Yellowstone’s backcountry. You’ll journey with the group into the serene beauty of undisturbed areas of the park. This is no glamping trip; although you’ll enjoy gourmet meals and luxury tents, your trip will connect you to the land and take you on a journey back in time. Once your pack trip is complete, you’ll return to civilization where you’ll enjoy two nights at Lone Mountain Ranch.

Summer 2023 Dates To Be Announced

Pack Trip Package Details:

  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • One night in Bozeman, MT
  • Trail rides, Hiking and Fishing in the backcountry of YNP
  • Three nights on ranch with ranch activities included
  • Bozeman airport transfers
  • 12 year minimum age
  • Minimum of 5 people, max of 7

2022 Rates
$775 per person

*Rates are based on a per person per night
*All package rates are subject to a 6% tax and a 15% Resort Fee (resort fee is taxed by 12%)
*Montana fishing license not included in cost

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

The Best Montana Resort Is In Big Sky

Bull Moose Cabin

 

Considering a vacation to Montana this summer? Lucky you! There’s a lot to love about Montana and so many reasons why a Montana Vacation is the perfect trip for anyone!

Montana is one of the largest states in the US (the 4th largest), and yet has one of the smallest populations. The “Big Sky” state is the gateway to two iconic National Parks (Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park). Montana is getting the reputation of being “The Last Best Place” because there is still so much open land, wildlife and beautiful scenery and so many activities available throughout the state. With everything Montana has to offer, you certainly can’t fit everything into a single trip (although it’s fun to try).

Lone Mountain Ranch offers the perfect Montana experience. It’s a blend of a luxury resort and quiet mountain cabin. Each day, you can choose your own experience. Whether you are looking for active adventure or peaceful relaxation. For the active guests, you can get your heart pumping by white water rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, or zip lining. Or if you’re in the mood for something a little more quiet and relaxing, you could stay at the ranch for yoga and a massage – or just retreat to your cabin for the ultimate peace and quiet. Of course, you are in Montana, so you can choose some more traditional “Montana Activities” like horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking or visiting Yellowstone National Park.

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Dining at the ranch is anything, but ordinary. Executive Chef Eric Gruber oversees a menu that is locally sourced for true farm-to-table culinary delights that reflect the true Montana heritage. You’ll experience a dining experience that weaves together crafted food and drink that will awaken the tastebuds and satisfy your hunger.

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Evenings might be your favorite part of your vacation. Returning to a comfy, cozy private cabin at the end of each day just soothes the soul.

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Lone Mountain Ranch is a unique place located just up the hill from the small town of Big Sky, Montana – and only an hour from Bozeman, Montana. Without coming and experiencing Lone Mountain Ranch in person, it’s hard to classify this place into a signal category since it is part resort and part ranch. However, it is all Montana, so if you’re looking for a true Montana vacation, you’ll find it at Lone Mountain Ranch. Come join us this summer and experience Montana yourself!

WHY LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH?

Lone Mountain Ranch was homesteaded in 1915. Over the decades the guest ranch has become and remained one of the best places to vacation in Montana. Whether you learn of the ranch by its dining, cabins, horse rides or any of the other activities you can do on or near the ranch, you’ll find that it is the perfect Montana 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
  • Summer Activities all family members will enjoy

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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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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Experience an adventure with our uniquely qualified Lone Mountain Ranch guides this Summer as we take you on authentic explorations that satisfy thrill seekers, nature lovers and anyone interested in life under the Big Sky.

Thrilling options for a wide range of activities include horseback riding, guided hiking and mountain biking tours or to see iconic landscapes and geysers such as Old Faithful at Yellowstone National park.

Parent’s day out? Enroll your child in our exciting Outdoor Youth Activity program building confidence through outdoor recreation, developing an appreciation for nature, and, most of all, giving young people (aged 3-14) the space to roam, have fun, and connect with each other.

CLICK BELOW to register for the following ADVENTURES:

-Horseback Riding

-Guided Hiking

-Guided Mountain Biking

-Yellowstone National Park Tours

-Outdoor Youth Activities Summer Camp (per week)

Our ranch hands, wranglers, and expert guides live and breath this landscape, and can’t wait to show you the real Montana. We’re here to share our knowledge of the outdoors so you can experience all this majestic land has to offer.

Career Opportunities

Employment

Click here to apply online

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!

Click here to apply online

What To Pack

Deciding what to pack for your dude ranch vacation can sometimes be overwhelming.  Since the atmosphere at Lone Mountain Ranch is casual, there is no need to pack anything too fancy.  Jeans and comfortable shirts are the essentials during your week at the Ranch.

Summer temperatures can vary greatly throughout the day so we recommend dressing in layers to stay comfortable.  As with any outdoor adventure vacation, sunscreen is a must and with over 300 days of sunshine here in Big Sky Country, chances are you will be out in the sun for many of your activities.  Staying hydrated is important, as it keeps your body’s systems working properly and can prevent unnecessary fatigue.  If you forget your water bottle, we have BPA-Free Nalgene® bottles in our Shop.

In the Ranch B-K (guest lounge area), we have complimentary laundry facilities, so you can rest assured that overpacking is only optional.  Also, the Ranch has a convenient Outdoor Shop with t-shirts, socks, cowboy hats, ball caps, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jackets and more.

So, to help you with your packing list for your vacation to Lone Mountain Ranch, we have compiled a list of suggested items:

Horseback Riding
-Jeans
-Lightweight, breathable shirts
-Riding boots with a 1″ heel and smooth sole (we also have boots available to borrow)
-Light windproof jacket and fleece jacket
-Long socks for riding, wool or wool blend is ideal
-Rain jacket
-Riding helmet (we also have helmets to borrow)
-Cowboy/ cowgirl hat

Fly Fishing
-Lightweight shirt (no cotton preferably)
-Polarized sunglasses
-Synthetic base layer (Patagonia® or Smartwool) for under waders
-Rain jacket
-Warm jacket or fleece jacket
-Gloves and hat (for cooler days)

Hiking
-Lightweight breathable shirt and shorts or pants
-Hiking Boots
-Water Bottle

Accessories and Other Items
-Sunglasses
-Hat
-Day pack
-Swim suit
-Comfortable clothing (yoga or relaxing)
-Socks (wool or wool blend; no cotton)
-Gloves and warm hat (chilly mornings and evenings)
-Sunscreen
-Insect repellent
-Lip balm with sunblock
-Flashlight or headlamp (and extra batteries)
-Binoculars
-Camera and memory card

Additional Tips
-If you are unable to fit everything, try sending us some of your items in advance via UPS or FedEx. Before using another carrier, contact our office to find out whether they deliver to the Ranch.  Ship your packages to: 750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road, Big Sky, MT 59716 about 10 days before your arrival to allow plenty of time for the items to get here.
-Be sure to leave some room in your bags for any souvenirs or creative items your children make in the Kids Program
-Wear your cowboy boots or hiking boots the day you travel, as it leaves more room for other items if you are wearing the larger, heavier items

Outdoor Youth Adventure Program Packing List

The Ranch is as much a playground for children as it is for adults. The below packing list and helpful hints will ensure your child is fully prepared for any adventure at Lone Mountain Ranch!

The Right Backpack

  • Is it durable – Select one made of sturdy fabric or nylon. Make sure all of the zippers work properly.
  • Has a compartment large enough – to hold the extra set of clothes, swim gear, and shoes, socks, etc.
  • Has an outside zippered compartment – perfect for storing tissues, lip balm sunblock and hand sanitizer.
  • Has an outside mesh water bottle pocket.

Complete extra set of clothing – shorts, t-shirt, socks and underwear. Put them in an extra-large reseal able plastic bag.

Extra pair of shoes – camp is wet, messy and muddy. Include water shoes / sandals; be sure to also include a plastic grocery bag for the wet or muddy shoes.

Hooded sweatshirt – early mornings and cloudy days can be chilly; make sure your child is prepared.

Baseball cap or sun hat – we spend many hours’ outdoors.

Bathing suit

Towel – small one for the creek, we provide big ones for the Falls and Lake.

Goggles – consider buying multiple sets of goggles at your local dollar store. Goggles will get lost, borrowed and broken.

Flip flops, Chacos, Tevas, etc.

Plastic bag – include a plastic bag for wet swimsuits and towels.

Sunglasses – just like goggles, sunglasses get lost, borrowed and broken. Have a few extra pairs.

Sunscreen – Put it to your child in the morning. The counselors will help your child reapply.

Lip balm with SPF

Hand sanitizer

Tissues

Insect repellent – consider sending insect repellent wipes, as it is easier for them to apply.

Prescription medications – Let councilors know about use.

Water– Freeze two water bottles each night. Put one in the outside pocket of your child’s backpack and the other inside the backpack. As the ice melts, your child will have a cold and refreshing drink.

Rain Jacket

Label everything – use permanent markers to label backpacks, plastic bags and containers. Use iron-on labels for towels and clothes.

Fly Fishing Experience

Big Sky Trout Sampler

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.

Big Sky Trout Sampler Package Details:

  • Breakfast and dinner at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant (lunch is a picnic on the water)
  • Historic Montana cabin lodging
  • Private guided fly fishing trips (Madison, Yellowstone & Gallatin)
  • Rental gear and flies
  • 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

2021 Rates Adult Child
May 31 – June 18 $3,225 $2,725
June 19 – August 20 $4,125 $3,375
August 21 – September 21 $3,225 $2,725

*Rates are per person per night, minimum occupancy applies per cabin. Rates do not include a Montana Fishing License

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

 *5-night minimum

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

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Fall Browns on the Madison

Big browns come out to play in September and October! With temperatures getting cooler, and the days a little shorter, hungry brown trout are on the prowl. The Madison River holds plenty of monster trout, and the fall season offers our guests one of the best opportunities to land one of these beautiful trophy fish.

Lady Angling Trips

Lady anglers this one is for you! Experience world-class fishing the Blue Ribbon waters of the Gallatin River, located just minutes from the ranch. Enjoy a morning of yoga followed by the adventure of a lifetime, fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout with one of our guides. After a relaxing day on the water, retreat to your cabin for a restful evening or enjoy the glowing embers of a warm fire.

Outfitter Brian McGeehan- MT license #10770

Exploring Southwest Montana Backcountry

Reins, lead rope, cinch, stirrup, pannier….

Until this summer most of these terms were still a little foreign to me. Even though I have been around horses and worked closely with a few wranglers over the last couple of years I have not fully immersed myself into backcountry horseback expeditions until recently. In the last couple of months I have been fortunate to lead, and guide, some epic trips into some of the stunning Wilderness and National Forest areas around Southwest Montana.

In the past, I have done hiking or backpacking journeys into the mountains with the objectives of escaping crowds on the rivers, discovering new bodies of water, or chasing different species of trout. By introducing horses into the equation everything becomes a little easier. Horseback makes the deep backcountry more accessible since they can cover 15-20 miles of terrain, and elevations gains of 2,000-2,500 feet, in a day with ease. Since someone else is doing the hard work, you get the chance to sit back and enjoy all the breathtaking scenery and views. Next, horseback can save your back when it comes to camping and overnight expeditions. Horses give you the option to camp in comfort by bringing along cushy pads, warm sleeping bags, plenty of layers, all your fishing gear and, most importantly, cooking supplies and great food. After enjoying a Prime Rib dinner cooked in a cast iron skillet over a camp fire it will be hard to go back to eating freeze dried meals in the backcountry.
Regardless of how you get there, on horseback or by foot, the fishing is always rewarding! In Southwest Montana we are fortunate to have destinations that hold plenty of Cutthroat Trout, some lakes that hold Artic Grayling and a few lakes that have Golden Trout. Through August and into September most of these trout are more than willing to eat a dry fly, which only adds to the excitement. During a recent expedition to one of the Spanish Lakes three of us enjoyed an afternoon of landing 75+ Cutthroat Trout all on dry flies. Some of my go-to backcountry patterns include the Parachute Adams, Purple Haze and any assortment of ant or beetle imitations. For some reason trout cannot resist those little crunchy terrestrials during the late summer months.

The Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers get all the attention in this part of Montana, but you can be rewarded with scenery, solitude and hungry trout by getting off the beaten path and exploring the backcountry!

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.

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