If you are considering a Western experience with horseback riding, don’t trot but gallop to the Covered Wagon Ranch. Located in a spectacular setting one hour from Bozeman, Montana, this facility has rustic, clean cabins; good, plentiful food; wonderful ambiance; and most importantly, great horses. The owners, Kurt and Melissa will match your prior riding experience perfectly (from never ridden to expert) as well as make every effort to assure your stay is a great experience.
My wife and I have been to five star dude ranches (spas, gourmet meals, etc.) but trust me this is a far better experience and you will get a great bang for your buck. We rode through some of the most beautiful country, stopping for lunch in high mountain fields (we saw elk and mule deer), returning with enough time to explore the area. Yellowstone is a short drive and there is great fishing and rafting nearby as well.