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Rainbow Ranch Lodge

42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730-9643
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Rainbow Ranch Lodge is an intimate 21 room hotel and fine dining restaurant located on the banks of the Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana. Whether Riverside or Pondside, accommodations at Rainbow Ranch Lodge provide a sanctuary for post-adventure relaxing or a romantic getaway for two. Located in a sweeping valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's location is ideal for both summer and winter activities. Our proximity to Yellowstone National Park affords our guests endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration, including world-class fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Whether you choose an experienced local guide service or venture out on your own, the breathtakingly rugged, natural beauty of southwest Montana will restore and rejuvenate your senses. One of the top 10 winter destinations in North America, the Big Sky area offers a variety of winters activities including skiing at Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin and Lone Mountain Ranch, as well as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and winter fly fishing. If your winter preferences lean more towards comfort and warmth, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's infinity spa and luxurious guest rooms provide the perfect alternative to a day spent outdoors.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Outdoor dining area
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Private balcony
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Tatiana123 wrote a review Mar 2021
Moscow, Russia55 contributions4 helpful votes
This place could easily be a true gem, but there are some significant failures that ruins everything. Pros: the place is located within 1 hour drive from west Yellowstone entrance and 20 minutes drive to Big Sky ski resort. Both roads are scenic. You are waking up and could listen to the birds songs. All rooms are facing the forest not the road. The road is super close and you hear it, but it’s not a big deal. The whole idea of the place is perfect. Some of the staff is really doing 1000% of their job Cons: housecleaning really ruins the place- when you do not do the proper cleaning for a certain period of time the dust destroys furniture, the wash basin is no longer white etc. one day the housecleaning took dirty towels from my bathroom and place them on the sofa on top of some of my clean clothes !!!! I’ve also experienced strange situation with overbooking - I’ve made a reservation on the web site, moreover my credit card was immediately charged for the full payment. And after two days I’ve received an “interesting” email saying that “we are sorry but the room that I’ve booked is not available”. When I called the property a very ignorant lady told me that it’s not the lodge problem it’s the fault of some service provider that they are using for the booking process. And zero attempt to either apologize or help. And March is one of the highest seasons, all hotels are full in the proximity of Big Sky. Finally one of the managers a very nice person resolved the issue, also applied some discount as an apology. But anyway, how in the first place all these could happened? And that manual management doesn’t do good for any company/ resort, since the processes should work. If the place will resolve the staff/ housekeeping/ booking issues the place would be a gem
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Emily Rapacz, Sales at Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Responded Mar 16, 2021
Hello Tatiana, It was really wonderful hosting you on your skiing getaway in Big Sky, Montana. I really enjoyed interacting with you and I am so sorry you faced challenges while reserving the room. We definitely hope the discount that we applied made up for the miscommunication. Having a clean room is the foundational component of having an enjoyable stay and it seems like the housekeeping team missed the mark. We will elevate this issue to management right away. Thank you again for joining us and please reach out directly if there is anything else that you would like to discuss. (emily@rainbowranchbigsky.com)
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Plazear wrote a review Feb 2021
Monrovia, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful, highlight of our road trip. Came in winter, service was great, heated floors in bathroom, in-room fireplace with wood provided, food at the restaurant was the best steak we had in Montana! Good wifi, gorgeous view of the river from the back porch. Just a great little getaway. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Response from Emily Rapacz, Sales at Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Responded Feb 24, 2021
Planzear, Thank you again for choosing to stay with us at Rainbow Ranch Lodge during your road-trip! We are thrilled to hear that your stay was restful and that you enjoyed our restaurant! Hope to host you again soon! -Emily
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BMoMI24 wrote a review Feb 2021
7 contributions3 helpful votes
I've been to the Rainbow Ranch Lodge twice in the past six months and cannot recommend it enough. It is now my most favorite place to go. The pandemic has halted much of my travel, but my husband and I decided to drive (from Michigan) over the summer of 2020 for our first vacation during the pandemic. We wanted to find a place that would serve a safe escape. Rainbow Ranch Lodge was everything we wanted and more -- we felt safe, the ranch respected all of the appropriate/required COVID protocols and we had the most relaxing and peaceful stay. Over the summer we stayed in Otter (my favorite room on property) and enjoyed golfing in Big Sky, hiking in Yellowstone, hiking by the Ranch. It was perfect. And the Ranch is in an ideal location if you want to visit Yellowstone during the summer months -- it's an easy drive to the West Entrance. The food at the restaurant is to die for - I've had 4 dinners there and every meal was better than the last. I'm a vegetarian and very picky and loved every single bite of food. In February 2021 we went back for my birthday and stayed in Elk (pondside) and Wolverine (riverside.) I actually enjoyed the area more in the winter -- the grounds are beautiful in the snow, the weekend we were there it was very quiet and the Ranch was able to set us up with the most wonderful recommended excursions (Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures, Gallatin River Guides and hiked to Ousel Falls.) In terms of accommodations, I preferred our stay at podside Otter (more luxurious) my husband preferred our riverside room Wolverine (more quiet, more remote, great view of river.) But you really can't go wrong. Finally, the best part of the Rainbow Ranch is the ownership/staff. Scott is incredible. He understands how to run a business as well as offer impeccable customer service. The staff from the hotel and the restaurant is fantastic, but a special shoutout to Sarah who went above and beyond to make our trip special. If you're looking for a peaceful and luxurious place to stay, this is it. I can't wait to go back again later this year!
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Date of stay: February 2021
Response from Emily Rapacz, Sales at Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Responded Feb 15, 2021
BMoMI24, We are so thrilled to hear of your positive experience at Rainbow Ranch Lodge! And we look forwarding to welcoming you back again in the future. -Emily
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sophieo271 wrote a review Jan 2021
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We were excited for our first trip to Big Sky but this place was extremely underwhelming. First when we arrived and entered the building to check in, we were greeted by a woman who wasn’t wearing a mask, which is just a terrible look for a hotel front desk employee. Despite arriving 40 minutes after check in time, our room wasn’t ready so we sat at the bar to kill time. The room itself was not much. Our bed was basically caved in, there was hair in the shower, and when I dropped a chapstick and it rolled under the bed, I bent down to pick it up and the floor was covered in a thick layer of dust with some tissues and an empty bag of chips. We ate at the restaurant one night for dinner. It was fine. Breakfast, not so much. Finally, most disappointing was that there was an event tent sent up which completely ruined our view of the property for the weekend. We didn’t see any events taking place, but the tent was up and was a complete eyesore. Huge bummer.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Emily Rapacz, Sales at Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Responded Feb 15, 2021
sophieo271, Thank you for taking time to review Rainbow Ranch Lodge. This type of feedback is valuable as it helps us target opportunities for improvement. We have welcomed a new team both at the front desk and housekeeping who we are confident will prevent these type-of frustrations from happening again. Our event tent is a permanent structure and we are sorry that you felt it distracted from our beautiful property. Please reach out directly if you would like to speak in detail on anything else: emily@rainbowranchbigsky.com -Emily
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Dallas B wrote a review Nov 2020
Redondo Beach, California11 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed at The Rainbow Ranch Lodge in late October and it was absolutely beautiful. You can't go wrong with this place. All the rooms are very lovely with fireplaces, nice bathrooms (awesome showerheads) and decks that face the Gallatin River. Even though we were there during several downpours of snow, we still managed to go on a couple spectacular hikes right out our back door. The Lodge even gave us Bear spray for the trek. The Rainbow Ranch also has a very good restaurant where we had the majority of our meals. Excellent!. The staff is also very nice and accommodating. We look forward to a return visit.
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Date of stay: October 2020
$193 - $316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Rainbow Ranch Lodge?
Nearby attractions include The Soldiers Chapel (4.8 miles) and Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (2.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rainbow Ranch Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Rainbow Ranch Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Rainbow Ranch Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, free instant coffee, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Rainbow Ranch Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rainbow Ranch Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Riverhouse Bbq & Events, Buck's T-4 Lodging & Dining, and Rainbow Ranch Lodge Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at Rainbow Ranch Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Rainbow Ranch Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Does Rainbow Ranch Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Rainbow Ranch Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.