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Lone Mountain Ranch
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Big Sky
Certificate of Excellence
chicago
2 reviews
“Amazing activities / service / scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Get ready to create your personal dream vacation. The five of us were blown away by the beauty of the LMR. Our Douglas Fir cabin was gorgeous and immaculate, with incredible views. We had avid horseback riders in the group, who were able to go on advance rides, and new comers who were learning. Everyone enjoyed their horses (loved Tiger and Socks), especially our 15 year old horse crazy daughter. Hikes with Denise were amazing - so much to learn and see. Breakfast and lunch buffet style suited everyone's taste - the salads and fruit were so fresh. Dinner was great - with some consistent menu choices and then 4-5 specials every night to try. Don't miss the desserts - especially the choc chip scones in the morning.
We had trouble fitting everything in - so give some thought in advance to what you want to do most. All 5 people caught a fish fly fishing, though most of us were novices. We saw moose, elk, bear, coyote - and the bird watching hike probably netted us 15-20 types. And leave time for some of the unusual activities at the ranch - the high ropes course is very challenging and fun, archery was great, Tiny taught us how to rope, and if you have a car, make sure you do the oezul (sp?) falls hike - it's well maintained and beautiful.
Finally - if you want to be spoiled by wonderful service and some great friendly people - this is the place. Every part of the ranch - from horseback riding, hiking, kids club, dining area - they are focused on making sure you have a great time. This is hospitality at its best. The maint. people even helped us when we got a flat tire. I can honestly say this exceeded my expectations - a trip that can be tailored to your passions in an amazing backdrop of mountains.

Room Tip: If your group is big enough and in good shape - do the douglas fir cabin. It's gorgeous. But it...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
One portion of our mission statement says "we want to fulfill your western vacation dreams". I'm very happy we did just that with this family. We thank you for your kind review. Our staff deserves all the credit for these positive comments.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We spent a week at Loan Mountain Ranch with our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. It was beautiful, clean and well managed. Any activity we wanted in the mountains was available to us. The staff was the best. Always going out of their way to make sure we were having a good time. The horseback riding was tailored to our different abilities and by the end of the week we were all feeling comfortable on the beautiful trails with experienced guides. Our 11 year old granddaughter fell in love with her horse. There was archery, a ropes course & fly fishing, so something for everyone. We stayed in Ridge Top Lodge which was outstanding, roomy and very comfortable. Located high above the ranch with views from balconies & large windows. The food was exceptional with lots of seafood, salads & fresh vegetables & homemade soups which made the girls happy and more hearty food for the guys or anyone who wanted it. Great desserts & lots of fresh fruit. We hiked to beautiful falls, Kids participated in Organized Kids Activities when they wanted company or did things with the family if they preferred that. We all met nice people and the kids made new friends.
We all highly recommend Lone Mountain.

Room Tip: Ridge Top Lodge has larger rooms and bigger living areas, but you need to have a group people. Ther...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
We feel the best family vacations happen on guest ranches. The mixture of spectacular scenery, a responsive staff, well executed activities and good old western hospitality make for unplanned moments of sheer happiness for most families. Thank you for your words of encouragement. It was a pleasure serving as your host.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

My family stayed 7 nights and didn't want to leave at the end of our week. The scenery is gorgeous. We went for a horseback adventure wih NO horse experience. The wranglers were knowledgable and made riding a great time even for our 8 year old. Speaking of the OYA (kid program) was super fun and a huge confidence boosting experience. The food was amazing with lots of variety and just down right yummy. Foodies bring your fat pants! Portions are more than filling. The activities list is flexible and you tailor your own experience. You can be as lazy or busy as you like. I wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy everything possible. Overall out of this world experience. We will be going back next year!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
This reviewer used three phrases that are music to our ears: stress free; didn't want to leave; will be back next year. We are thrilled you enjoyed your adventure at Lone Mountain Ranch. We look forward to your return when you will be a friend and not just a guest
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We had a wonderful time at LMR this past week. The riding was amazing with a good variety of scenic trails. Our cabin was clean and cozy and was right next to a rushing creek. The food surpassed my expectations, especially the decadent desserts and yummy breakfast pastries on the ample buffet. They also had a nice wine list and full bar. There were many other activities to keep non horse enthusiasts busy including a full day trip to Yellowstone NP, escorted hikes, a canoe trip etc (all included in price). The youth program was amazing with such nice counselors- even my shy daughter thrived and was engaged. I really can't say enough about how much we loved the place and the people!The only downside was the freaky Montana weather which treated us to several hail and rainstorms, and even some snow! We would love to return someday.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
There are two Montana quips that are appropriate in response: "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes"; "there is no such thing as inclement weather, only inappropriate clothing". To still garner a "perfect" even with the weather is a great tribute to our staff and their flexibility. Thank you for your review and we look forward to your return.
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Atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have a previous review with more detail but thought that the April 2013 review based on a stay in mid-2012 should be commented on -- my husband and I are both vegetarians (no fish, meat, chicken, any other meat) and he also requires gluten free food. We found the restaurant very helpful, and we had sufficient options at each meal. We didn't have a ton of options - usually just 2 or so. Yes, I'd like more, and maybe a veg soup every day at lunch, but we had plenty of high quality food. Just notify them in advance and they will work with you.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

We go to Lone Mountain Ranch every year, and it's fantastic! The cabins are super cozy and private, the restaurant is DELICIOUS, and there's tons of fun things to do! In the winter you ski, sled, and we even took a trip to Yellowstone National Park. There's lots of cool animals and forests, so there's plenty of exploring for the kids! In the summer there's horse riding, camps, hiking and even rope courses! The staff is really friendly and the environment is outstanding. I definitely recommend Lone Mountain Ranch!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
These are the reviews you love to read and review. At Lone Mountain we take pride on being an all-season resort with plenty of activities for all ages. "Fantastic", "outstanding" and "friendly" are adjectives we strive to achieve with every guest. We are humbly grateful for this reviewer's words and eager to do it again next week.
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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

Attended the Glide and Gorge event this winter. First time on cross country skis and really felt the love from the Lone Mountain Guest Ranch staffers throughout the course. What a beautiful day, amazing views and lots of fun had by all.

Room Tip: Yoga classes offered to Ranch guests are led by the amazing Hannah and are not to be missed!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Bob F, General Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Thank you for your gracious review. We are excited you enjoyed yourself. For readers of this review, an explanation is in order: For over 30 years in mid-March, Lone Mountain Ranch has offered our version of a progressive dinner on skis. You begin by skiing from the ranch and plan your trip to stop at four gourmet food and/ or beverage "stations" along the trail. You can ski up to 10 km or as little as 3 km. As the reviewer from Salem mentions, no experience is required.
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Property: Lone Mountain Ranch
Address: 750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road, Big Sky, MT 59716
Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Big Sky
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lone Mountain Ranch 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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