This was our first experience with a dude ranch vacation so I did quite a bit of research before booking. Many reviews state that the descriptions on websites don't match reality. This is not the case with Covered Wagon. What you see on the website is what you get. The owners, Kurt and Melissa, set the tone for a great experience. They are friendly, engaging and always making sure you are having a good time. This tone filters down to the wranglers, ranch hands, kitchen staff and housekeeping. I have never experienced a staff so devoted to making my vacation perfect. It started every morning with Kurt making the rounds with the daily question, "So, what do you want to do today?". At Covered Wagon, nothing in the schedule is set, its all based on when you want to ride and how long you want to ride. This was very important for us as we had a wide range of riding experience. In addition to the staff, the horses are very well behaved. Kurt and the wranglers make great effort to make sure you are matched with the right horse. If it is not a good fit, they change it. Our oldest daughter rode two different horses during the week. Kurt was so flexible in trying to meet the needs of his guests.
The cabins are the original ones on the ranch. They have been updated obviously but have a wonderful charm with the beds and wood burning stoves. All the cabins have bathrooms. The housekeeping staff does a great job cleaning every day. We could not have been more pleased with our experience here.
However, you can't forget the food. It is served at 7, 1 and 7 each day. It is homemade everyday including the breakfast breads and breads at night. Our menus for breakfast ranged any where from an egg strata to french toast to breakfast enchiladas to good ole scrambled eggs. The week we were there, some of the guests were vegetarians. The kitchen accommodated them every day. The other thing I really liked was the family style setting of the meals. You really get to the know the other guests. Our kids made a lot of new friends during the week. In fact, they were having such a good time that the fact that there are no TV's on the ranch was never an issue.
In summary, if you are a looking for great dude ranch vacation, this is the place. Location, facilities and the people make it truly special. We will be back next year for sure.
- Also Known As:
- Covered Wagon Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
- Covered Wagon Ranch Montana/Gallatin Gateway