Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch

750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road, Big Sky, MT 59716
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4.5
#1 of 2 resorts in Big Sky
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
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4.7
Value
4.5
Lone Mountain Ranch (LMR), situated on 148 acres in beautiful Big Sky, Montana, was first homesteaded in 1915 and has long been recognized as one of the premier guest ranch resorts in the country. The property consists of 30 rooms located within 24 unique cabins as well as a restaurant and saloon, pavilion, retail shop, equestrian facilities, and meeting spaces. Listed on the National Registry of the Historic Places, a member of the Dude Rancher's Association, an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and once voted the #1 Nordic ski area in North America, LMR offers authentic accommodations, genuine Montana cuisine, exceptional service, and a stunning array of outdoor activities. Combine these attributes with close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky Resort, as well as Bozeman Airport, and we believe the LMR guest experience is unlike any other in the American West.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Archery
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Skiing
Canoeing offsite
Evening entertainment
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Massage
Concierge
Gift shop
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Laundry service
Room features
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Hair dryer
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road, Big Sky, MT 59716
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 39 out of 100
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Gallatin Field
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JSae1998 wrote a review Aug 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wanted to write a review and tell everyone about the wonderful experience my husband and I had last week at Lone Mountain Ranch. Katelyn was awesome at helping me plan out our itinerary prior to our arrival. From the moment we arrived, the excellent customer experience exceeded our expectations in every way. Our cabin (Meadowlark) was clean and perfect . We also loved coffee service each morning - such a nice touch. We partook in the bed and breakfast package - the breakfasts were wonderful and enjoyed having the option to plan our own activities each day to explore Montana . The highlight for us was definitely the wonderful sights that Montana provides, but this was followed by a close second of the wonderful restaurant and bar staff. We appreciated the live music each night and the ambiance that it provided. We specifically want to thank Edwin, Zach and Luke for the awesome service. They really made our trip a special one and appreciated every thing that they did. Also, want to call out Matt who took us out fly fishing. His patience and skill were definitely appreciated as we learned the ropes of fly fishing and catching some beautiful trout!

Thanks Lone Mountain Ranch for the unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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lasslaby wrote a review Dec 2021
New York109 contributions88 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From entry to the moment you leave (realizing they put antifreeze on your car windshield), everything is done here with incredible guest-first care.

The people at Lone mountain are what makes it magic - John in particular. There is not a detail unthought-of and if so, you know they will update that moving forward.

If you want to have activities built into your hotel experience there is no better place to stay. One thing we loved most is that they made everything feel easy and never upsold on different activities. They were there to help you find the best things that would meet your needs for your daily activity.

We stayed in Lame Deer which was a perfect cabin close to the Outpost. I will say we could hear our neighbors often but that's part of sharing a wall.

Great food. Great people. Impeccable service.
This is a destination hotel and we'd travel back just to stay at the ranch and enjoy.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Beth M wrote a review Apr 2020
Raleigh, North Carolina8 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent 3 amazing nights at Lone Mountain Ranch in March of 2020 and it could not have been more perfect. This was just before things began to shut down due to Covid 19. From the moment we were picked up at the airport to when we were dropped off, the experience was fabulous. The staff were all incredibly friendly and informative. The Porcupine Cabin was adorable and very comfortable for the two of us and we slept so soundly thanks to the peaceful environment. We did the package where we could use snowshoes and were so glad that we did. The fresh snow made the trails around Lone Mountain so fun to walk through and they were a big help when we did the Yellowstone Snow Coach Tour.

The food was fabulous and the bar was also a great spot to spend the evening with some local music and wonderful local liquors. On the last night, we did the sleigh ride dinner and had some of the most delicious steak in a rustic cabin, listening to a local singer/songwriter. It was the perfect way to close out our time at the ranch.

We will treasure our time at this magical place and cannot wait to come back in the future.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Would recommend looking at the cabin arrangement and avoid one with a shared wall with another...
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Mary Blake C wrote a review Jul 2020
Campbell, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited the ranch in mid July 2020. I can't speak on the experience during a non-pandemic time, but I can tell you that they do not provide anything above a 2-star experience during one.

We immediately were met at the lodge by someone that had clearly just started working there. She was completely unfamiliar with the property as was evidenced when she showed us our cabin. We had a party of seven and it appeared the cabin only slept six at most. Someone else had to show up to clarify there were another two bedrooms (that wasn't obvious at first). It was just frustrating that we immediately were thrown off after a long travel day.

The next morning we called to get breakfast (unfortunately because of Covid, they were only doing takeout from the restaurant) and were told at 10:10 am that breakfast concluded at 10. You mean to tell me that a place of this caliber can't accommodate seven weary travelers 10 minutes after 10? We asked about this and the staff said that it was clearly stated on the menu that breakfast was served until 10. I later asked if our lunch that day could be comped for that day only (we were starving because we had no breakfast!) and got an immediate "no" answer.

I will say that breakfast was very good, albeit it was in a takeout box every morning with plastic cutlery. Again we were met with frustration when I asked that next evening if I could get my beer in a glass when they tried to give me a plastic cup. The night before wine was served in a glass. When I questioned this, they simply said they had changed the way they do things since the night before. Easy Covid excuse not to wash dishes is what I say.

Another thing about the restaurant is that not all of the staff were friendly. I honestly felt like I was putting them out when asking for something as simple as brown sugar for the oatmeal.

The horseback wranglers were very good, however it was frustrating trying to arrange our ride. I used the texting system to see if I could move our ride to another time and got no answer. So we showed up with five sleepy kids and were then told that we were the only ones on the ride so we could take our time getting ready (once we had already left our cabin).

The ranch is a beautiful place, there is no denying that. I just don't see how people can justify the cost with this type of customer service and guest experience. We have stayed at some amazing resorts around the world and were simply underwhelmed at Lone Mountain Ranch.
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Date of stay: July 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Ryan Kunz, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch
Responded Jul 21, 2020
Hi There! I am so sorry to hear about your stay at Lone Mountain Ranch. Covid-19 has brought many challenges to the ranch but our guest's experience still remains our number one priority. I would love to chat with you about your stay in order to listen to your concerns in more depth. If you would, please reach out at your convenience. Ryan Kunz General Manager rkunz@lonemountainranch.com
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Tyler E wrote a review Feb 2021
15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I often visit LMR to go cross country skiing, and I have a season pass. I have witnessed since first coming to the ranch in 2012 a change in the focus of the management that neglects the skiing experience. This year, before I am about to go out, I check the grooming report. More than three times I have discovered that though the Board reports a trail groomed, it is not. The first time it was Middle Fork, a 7.75 mile intermediate trail that had about 5 inches of snow on the trail. The second time it was Ranch Loop, a 3 mile, mostly beginner, very popular trail. The third time was yesterday, and North Fork, once a popular trail for guests, had not been groomed for at least 2 days, judging by the depth of snow.

This not just about lack of grooming. It is also about accurately reflecting snow conditions on the board for skiers who care to check. I am a classic skier, and I prefer a groomed trail so that I can go faster and glide. Skate skiers need a groomed trail to achieve the correct stride. If a trail isn't groomed, fine. Just mark it on the board!

I also have a sense that the staff in the Outdoor Shop (where the shop and ski rental is located) doesn't care about getting it right and even finds my presence annoying. I understand I am not a ranch guest, but I do have a season pass!

Finally, LMR used to provide complementary hot chocolate, cider and tea to skiers in the Outdoor Shop. Because of COVID, they have changed this from self-serve to served by staff. Yesterday after coming into the Shop to report bad conditions on North Fork - 7.5 km of stepping on skiis through two days worth of snow, we asked for two hot chocolates. The staff member served us watered down 1/4 packet cups of brown hot water. Now, this is insulting. If you are going to do it right, don't offer it at all.

I beg the managers to focus more on the skiers' experience, especially since the trail system LMR oversees is a national treasure. There could be a driving fitness oriented sport culture around the ranch, but it feels as though this is not part of the business plan at the moment.
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Date of stay: February 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Ryan Kunz, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch
Responded Feb 20, 2021
Hello There, I would like to address a few of your concerns. First off, I apologize for the un-groomed snow conditions you have experienced the past week, however the ranch has received well over two feet of snow during this time making it very difficult to keep the trails well groomed when accumulations were occurring at 2-3 inches an hour. We will also strive to be more accurate on our snow reports. We did have to remove our complimentary coffee/ tea/ and water station due to Covid-19. This was a mandate by the Gallatin county health department. Lone Mountain Ranch strives for excellence at all aspects of our operation not limited to our Nordic program. We take great pride in servicing our Ranch guests, restaurant patrons, and Nordic family. This has been a challenging year managing the changing regulations, keeping our employee's and guests' safety a main priority, while still creating the magical experience that LMR has to offer. I would appreciate your grace, patience, and understanding as we move through these unprecedented times however, if you would like to speak with me directly, you can reach me at 406-548-4489. Thank you for your support and enjoy those trails!
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maximon123 wrote a review Aug 2020
New York City, New York2 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Just got off the phone with the less-than-wonderful staff at Lone Mountain Ranch. I'm guessing my Utah area code made them angry, because aside from that I have no idea why the rep treated me so badly. I very nicely asked if they had any availability in the coming weeks and after a series of increasingly rude comments, she capped things off with "Look, let me spell it out, we have nothing here for your kind of people".... Wow! Really? So IMO if you want the time of day, or god forbid a room reservation, I highly recommend using caller ID block. Stay away!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Ryan Kunz, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch
Responded Aug 11, 2020
Hello There! I apologize for our experience you had with our sales and reservationists. Our call volume has been incredibly high the past few months but that does not mean its ok four our team to take their stresses out on our guests. Thank you for your review and I will be speaking to our team in order to better serve our guests.
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Paul Mustone wrote a review Aug 2021
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
My son and I learned about LMR through Indagare Travel and we were pleasantly surprised by the facility, location, near Yellowstone and the ambience. Really Special. We returned last week and found the prices went up considerably $$$$
The experience fell short, the bright spots were Jake Kimmel, who completely overdelivered on Service, guided Archery and attitude A+ Jake. Shout out to Ariel who managed Horn and Cantle, she worked her tail off battling short staff and max capacity.
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Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Ryan Kunz, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch
Responded Sep 26, 2021
Hi there! Thank you for your honest feedback. The staffing challenges our industry has experienced were less than ideal this summer. However, moving forward, we are solving this issue in multiple ways to ensure our guests have a truly amazing expeirence at LMR.
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S D wrote a review Jan 2022
Chicago, Illinois76 contributions109 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I was expecting a more rustic version of a well known place in Walland, TN. Not close.

Pros
Xcountry trails are groomed.
Staff replies to text system quickly
Shuttles are easily available to downhill ski area
Coffee delivered in morning

Cons
Cabin was cold and the heating system inadequate to the task, even with the fire going

No storage in the cabin at all which is a problem with multiple sets of cross country and downhill ski equipment. The LR is tiny and ours was chock full of stuff with no where to store. We also had to call maintenance for broken items. Some of the furnishings and decor are well worn.

If you want to get away from your tiny LR, the bar is small and full of people from off property. There is no central great room for lounging. After much discussion, the hostess allowed us to sit outside the bar at a table which was not needed for dining for 3 hours. The server then proceeded to bark at us about not touching the glassware and rolled up silverware.

The restaurant food is acceptable, but it is a small menu for a multi-day stay. Need to change oil in which they fry things. Burnt taste.

Xc country trails are challenging for the weekend enthusiast. Seemingly, the only way to get green or easy terrain is to ski miles on blue or intermediate trails. This sort of defeats the purpose. And the trails and routes are not well marked.

If this place weren’t so expensive, I would consider a three star rating, but for the money, it’s definitely a two.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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sheenab1009 wrote a review Feb 2021
New York City, New York64 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Currently in snow, but not the luxurious surroundings in Big Sky but NYC. Sadness aside, WOW. Lone Mountain and their team blew me away. The property is spectacularly stunning, the amenities, and location, but the real stunner lies within the team that works there. Other hospitality professionals, especially hotel professionals are extra critical.We never miss the details. Lets just say, I was mind blown. From Andrew in reservations: empathetic, keen, and extraordinary professionalism, Miles: my driver who was so personable and just a joy to see each morning. As well as Lori, the full of life Ski instructor. The Sleigh Ride Dinner and the massages with KT, the drinks and food executed from an amazing bar team( Diego, my girl from San Diego and the cool gentleman from Baltimore) alongside Josh, the new F&B Director. I could not have feel more comfortable in a place far from my comfort zone, more welcomed and more in good hands. Anytime you get a free couple of days to come out, enjoy the team and facilities during all seasons. I will be back!
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Shea Shaughnessy, Other at Lone Mountain Ranch
Responded Mar 8, 2021
Thank you for your thoughtful review Ms. Bolt! It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, and cannot wait for your return.
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Bugdocsea wrote a review Oct 2020
Lopez Island, Washington75 contributions73 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Emailed for a reservation 3 times, no response. Called 4 times. Left 2 messages and finally talked with a live person twice, who each time promised to have someone call me back to even tell me if there was availability at the property. Finally gave up. I get that these are tough times for the travel industry, but why make it even harder on yourself when someone wants to pay for a visit? If it is this hard to even try to make a reservation, I can't imagine what the service would be like if one were to actually stay at the property.

And after all that, I have now started to get promotion emails asking for me to come visit. If only I could have.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Answer from J D
Richmond, Virginia5 contributions
I am not aware that "babysitting" is offered. There are children's activities for those old enough and experienced enough to do them. If you need a babysitter, I would suggest bringing one with you.
Answer from HamManYorbaLinda
Yorba Linda, CA. USA61 contributions35 helpful votes
I realize this answer is VERY late!! However, for future reference, this is a classic case of getting what you pay for!! We highly recommend this location and found it to be a wonderful value for the money.
Answer from HamManYorbaLinda
Yorba Linda, CA. USA61 contributions35 helpful votes
I have grandchildren the same age and I think 4 years old is just a year shy of being good. Not saying they wouldn't enjoy it but a little older would mean a little more self-sufficient and understanding of what is going on. Our experience was in the winter which I WOULD NOT recommend for anyone younger than 10-12 years and we don't have any experience (yet!) with their summer programs.
Rachel W wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring cash for tips! "
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Michael A wrote a tip Mar 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure to book your Sleigh ride dinner early. You do not want to miss out on this. "
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Anne M wrote a tip Feb 2024
Fitchburg, Wisconsin13 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Consider other options. Lmr is good but pretty pricy for fewer benefits than in the past."
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kathy155032 wrote a tip Jan 2024
Montreal, Canada5 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabins are a little tight. Don’t overpack. They have beautiful laundry facilities."
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Wendy W wrote a tip Jan 2024
New York12 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't miss the horse drawn cabin sleigh ride dinner. All tips included in prices which I had forgotten but is good to know."
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PRICE RANGE
$430 - $943 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lone Mountain Ranch
Which popular attractions are close to Lone Mountain Ranch?
Nearby attractions include Lone Peak (3.7 miles), Ousel Falls Trail (2.3 miles), and Big Sky Resort (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Lone Mountain Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Lone Mountain Ranch?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lone Mountain Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lone Mountain Ranch?
Conveniently located restaurants include Olive B's Big Sky Bistro, Blue Moon Bakery, and Hungry Moose Market & Deli.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lone Mountain Ranch?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does Lone Mountain Ranch have airport transportation?
Yes, Lone Mountain Ranch offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lone Mountain Ranch?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Lone Mountain Ranch have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Lone Mountain Ranch accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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