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Elkhorn Ranch

33133 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730-9634
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#4 of 4 ranches in Gallatin Gateway
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We are a family-oriented guest ranch with guests of all ages enjoying time with their friends, new and old, without sacrificing the very special feeling of closely shared family time. Guests, about forty each week, typically arrive and depart on Sundays throughout the summer. We prefer a one week minimum, and encourage longer stays whenever possible to gain the most from your ranch experience. The Elkhorn is well-known for delicious meals and private, comfortable western cabin accommodations. In addition to a variety of full or half days on horseback for riders of all abilities, blue ribbon fishing streams, whitewater rafting, hiking and the wonders of Yellowstone Park are at our gate.With our unique location and a history of western hospitality, the ranch is the ideal destination for family vacations and reunions as well as for horseback riders of all abilities, hikers, fly-fishermen, photographers and artists - in fact anyone wanting to experience nature in an unspoiled setting.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Business Center with Internet Access
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33133 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730-9634
Elkhorn Ranch
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Gallatin Field
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Yellowstone Airport
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Destination306914 wrote a review Sep 2023
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My youngest daughter and I had been talking about a Dude Ranch in the area for some time. I had never been to Montana/Wyoming/Yellowstone area and it has been a bucket list for sometime. I found the ranch on the internet and chose Elkhorn Ranch due to the authenticity of the cabins, dining hall and the natural setting between the mountains. All of the log cabins are 90-100 years old and it took me back to a simpler time. Here are the highlights for my daughter and I: morning rides through the mountains and valleys, afternoon hikes with my daughter and a polar plunge in the spring fed pond at Cow Camp, and finally some quiet time just reading and relaxing. Those were the highlights but what made the trip special was the service and care provided by the staff. From Spencer and Casey who operate and manage with such a warm and inviting smile and took the time to really get to know us. Both were delightful and engaging and were always available for questions and good conversation regardless what may have been on their busy schedule. Mariah and the gang who manage the barn making sure we were all comfortable with our horse and the ride. Fell in love with Linda (retired manager/operator) who always was checking in on us and making sure our stay was what we expected. But it was Mady whom we both truly felt we said goodbye to an ole friend when we left. She took Erin hiking, drove us to Cow Camp for our cold water plunge and performed perfect duties as our guide to Yellowstone. The entire staff was delightful and engaging and I WILL BE BACK.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Mary C wrote a review Aug 2023
Fairfax, Virginia4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our family of eight, 5 adults and three children (10, 11 and 13) just spent the most wonderful week at Elkhorn Ranch. It is hard to capture the essence of Elkhorn Ranch because every aspect of one's experience here is great; the horses and riding, the hiking, fly fishing, the kids full day Peanut Butter activity programs and the cabins and the food are all exceptional. The staff quickly learns everyone's name and after a few days you feel part of an extended family. We participated in the riding, hiking and fly fishing. All of the experiences were expertly led. Our three grandchildren were fully active and engaged from breakfast until after dinner expertly led and monitored. The ranch has over 100 horses and you are paired with a horse based on age, weight and ability. You can ride for a few hours or all day. The ranch's setting is spectacular in a valley surrounded by mountains. Finally, the ranches' staff is competent, professional and very friendly making for a most positive guest experience. It was just a fantastic vacation for all of us and we left thinking about when we may return.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Debbie A wrote a review Feb 2023
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11 of us did the sleigh ride dinner. It could not have been better. It was a beautiful night and the horses are magnificent. Paul was our excellent driver who managed to find 3 moose and a couple of elk. I really want to give a shout out to the chef who prepared an excellent meal. Even with my food allergies he took great care. I would highly recommend this fun evening.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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KPandy wrote a review Aug 2022
Cambridge, MA15 contributions11 helpful votes
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Our family loves Elkhorn! Kids can't get enough of hiking, picking wildflowers, playing in the creek and riding. Adults enjoy the lack of cell access, the ability to not worry about your kids because they are having so much fun, and to really disconnect from the frenetic modern world. Food is delicious and plentiful, beds are comfortable (I love waking up to a cozy fire in my cabin), and the scenery can't be beat. You don't have to be a horse person to enjoy this experience! I've turned multiple horse skeptics into horse enthusiasts (even urban dwellers!)
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Katharineeatsnoodles wrote a review Aug 2022
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions1 helpful vote
I've been coming since I was a kid, and this year I brought my own family and some of our friends. Even though our kids were too young for the riding program, they had an amazing time and are eager to come back. They spent their days making fairy houses, splashing in the stream, paddling the raft in the pond, and generally enjoying the outdoors. We were able to relax with the kids in good hands, and enjoyed beautiful horseback rides, massages, adult conversation and delicious food.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Cabins look rustic but are comfortable. Everyone has a good view.
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Andrew S wrote a review Feb 2022
Atlanta, Georgia, United States21 contributions7 helpful votes
We recently went on a sleigh ride dinner at elk horn. Due to a traffic accident blocking 191 after our sleigh ride dinner, we were not able to return to our home near Rainbow Ranch. Our group consisted of 15 people, five of them under the age of 5!? With temperatures well below zero, and no place to go, Michael, Addison, and Paul took us in to the dining cabin again and provided us with everything we needed to be comfortable and care for the little kids. From sleeping bags to food/drink to cushions on the floor for babies to sleep, there was no end to their kindness and caring. They truly “went above and beyond”! This all after they had to wait for us to BEGIN the sleigh ride, when one of our family member and family slid off the road in his vehicle en route to the Elkhorn!!?? They served us with a smile and a delicious dinner!! This level of character and consideration is difficult to find in these times. The Elkhorn is fortunate to have these fine people as employees! This place is incredible and absolutely worth checking out!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Nick P wrote a review Sep 2021
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At the risk of sounding over the top, the Elkhorn is just awesome—and the word awesome is way overused. The scenery is unmatched, wildlife everywhere, and a terrific, fun, caring staff. We loved the meals with other guests and staff, prepared by an incredible chef. Half day and day long rides through the canyon and up to Sunshine Point, which looks down on the ranch from the east. You can borrow boots, hats, rain slickers, and whatever you need. The beauty of the Elkhorn is that it is an old school, down home experience—not a corporate, country club, manicured environment. In 2022 they’ll celebrate 100 years. So many ties to across multiple generations of guests and staff. Montana legit and unforgettable. Just go.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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David B wrote a review Sep 2021
Brooklyn, New York24 contributions10 helpful votes
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My three-generation family stayed at Elkhorn Ranch for a week this summer. It was brilliant. My 12-year old daughter hugged me and let me hug her back. My ten-year old son made friends with the young horses. My 75-year old mother discovered she loves horseback riding, and my father, not a rider, was well taken care of by the staff while the rest of us were off exploring. To say the Elkhorn is special doesn’t capture the magic of the place. Elkhorn is a relaxed, friendly (crazy friendly), horsey ranch. It is rustic- no spa, barely cell service, the cabins are comfy and cozy but not fancy. Meals are delicious and served, at least during COVID, buffet-style. The focus is on the community of guests and staff, riding, and the beauty of Gallatin National Forest which more or less surrounds the ranch. The riding program is top notch and they really know how to turn a group of random kids into friends in under an hour. Grownups, too, for that matter. Watching my kids, in cowboy boots and hats, ride off with a wrangler and come home tired and happy at the end of the day was the best. I cannot express how grateful we are to the Elkhorn for the experience we had. It is obvious why it is thriving still after 100 years.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Lynn S wrote a review Jun 2021
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The Elkhorn Ranch is an authentic ranch with wranglers that take the horses to graze in the early evening and bring them back in the morning right past your cabin. You stay in log cabins built in the 1920’s with electricity and running water. The head wrangler matches a horse to your personality and experience and does an excellent job. We both had perfect horses! We went horseback riding on trails with beautiful views. The chef prepared amazing meals each day. We enjoyed every minute of our time spent on the ranch! If you want to spend a week riding horses with knowledgeable wranglers, this is the place for you!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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mom2boysVA wrote a review Jun 2020
Winchester, Virginia17 contributions24 helpful votes
A much belated review for our amazing stay in July 2019. This place is a GEM. We are a family of 4 with two teen boys and minimal prior horseback riding experience. We wanted to truly get a Montana experience for our first trip to Yellowstone. They were amazing at making us all feel comfortable and the other families (most of whom had been coming for years) eagerly welcomed us into the group. The teens bonded playing horseshoe and in the rec cabin with pingpong and games, the adults bonded over meals, rides, and wine :). Cabins are really cute and cozy. The rides are jaw dropping and we learned so much over the week, got to see the beauty of yellowstone and even a mama and baby moose on the trail. Food was incredibly delicious and plentiful! We also whitewater rafted one afternoon nearby, and did some fly fishing in their beautiful river. Great fishing tips from some of the ranch hands and they have rods on site. We had prepped our kids for a phone-free vacation (one of the selling points to me) but the teens there had all figured out how to access the wifi near the dining room meant for the employees. So our kids were annoyed to be the only ones without phones. My ONLY suggestion would be to have all buy into the idea of a non-connected vacation and have a box or ceremony for all phones (or at least kid phones) the first night and put a password on the employee wifi? But maybe we're alone in fighting this fight. There is an office that adults could step into for connection/computer work if needed.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a business center.
Is parking available at Elkhorn Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Elkhorn Ranch have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.