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Covered Wagon Ranch
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Virginia
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155 reviews
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“Four in a row and just as great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Absolutely the best--AGAIN! This is our 9th year at Dude Ranches and the 4th to CWR. We LOVE the people, the place, the horses, the overall location, and the weather. The overall experience is nothing short of total relaxation and is therapeutic. We went on new trails and saw a number of wild animals as we do every year. It takes a special type of person to keep this very high standard up and the owners and managers do this every year. Just wonderful!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Well it's been 7 years in a row now and every year they found new trails that I have never been on before. The food is great and different every night. The cabins feel like home now :) The horses are great. The wranglers are lots of fun and they tend to stay a few years which is great!
Kurt the Ranch Manager is outstanding and Debi and JT the owners are just great people and really care about the ranch. Great place to just relax and ride horses like a real dude ranch should be. No regimented schedule they cater your expereince to exatctly what you want to do. You don't have to know how to ride to have a great time, like I said the horses are great for beginers or expereinced riders. I have my own horse at home, so I know well cared for horses when I see them! If you looking for a "Authentic" dude ranch experience this is where you should go!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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CHELTENHAM UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

I was on a solo trip without much time and count myself very lucky to have found the Covered Wagon Ranch with a cabin available for a couple of nights. It was a marvellous experience and I wish I could have spent longer. Everything about CWR is excellent : the accomodation is generous in size and very comfortable : the catering is first rate quality and most efficient : the horses are a revelation - such a large string and every one known intimately for its breeding, background and characteristics. The riding country is awe inspiring, beautiful, varied and so much of it! Without exception, the staff are knowlegeable, interesting and helpful. Several guests were return visitors which speaks volumes and the whole bunch made for lively and entertaining company. But the whole tone is set by the hosts, Kurt and Melissa, who provide such an enthusiastic welcome - even to an itinerant Englishman arriving without booking or warning! There are not many places to which I am determined to return, but CWR is top of that short list!

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

We've been to 3 other dude ranches in the west. This was by far the best. Horses were well matched to our ability, the riding trails were unsurpassed, the food was excellent, the cabins were great and the staff was fantastic. They customized the rides to the extent that often it was only the 3 of us and a wrangler on our rides. They have so many trails that you'd never get bored---and the scenery is unequalled. One thing distinguishes them from other dude ranches: every morning at breakfast you are asked what kind of ride you'd like---then they they figure out which trail to take you on. We had choices of morning ride, afternoon ride, all day ride, short all day ride (leave by 9:30, eat lunch on the trail, back by 2 or 3) and everything in between. You describe what you want to do and they figure out where to take you. They frequently trailer the horses to the trailhead---or if you leave from the ranch they pick you up at the end of the ride and trailer the horses back. That avoids always beginning and ending at the ranch and lets you really get to some interesting places. It's much more trouble for them to do it that way but they make it look easy. There's absolutely none of the cookie cutter approach to rides where you have only a few choices. They are superlative and I highly recommend them.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

We returned to Covered Wagon Ranch this summer and, once again, the ranch team exceeded our expectations. Everything that makes CWR special was in place, for example:
1) Each morning, we planned our own unique day - long rides, short rides, hikes, relaxing by the river. This year, flyfishing was a must. We followed the CWR recommendation for a fishing guide and had a wonderful day on the river perfecting our skills, catching (and releasing) lots of fish!
2) The horses are excellent - well trained, well cared for and well loved by the CWR team.
3) The family style dinners were fun, relaxed and delicious. A great way to develop new friendships.
4) The rides are in small groups - some days it was just the two of us, some days we went out with our new CWR friends. The ride choices seem unlimited, the wranglers really know the country.
5) The log cabins are cozy, comfortable and rustic - all at the same time.
If this sounds good to you-we may see you there next year.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

Kurt and Melissa made my family feel right at home as soon as we pulled into the ranch. The wranglers were super nice and fun to be around. We really loved sitting down with everyone (Kurt, Melissa, other guests and the wranglers) for our meals. That was special to us. Kurt would come to us at breakfast and ask us what we wanted to do today. Sometimes we would take an all day ride and sometimes it would be a half day. It was all up to us. The wranglers were really great with the kids. It did not matter if your were an experienced rider or a novice. CWR is there to cater to you. It has been a month later and my family still talks about what a great time it was. We are planning our next trip to CWR as soon as we can.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

We booked a holiday with the covered wagon and from the first email with debi we knew we were going to be looked after. We were not wrong. The staff, from the owners JT and Debi to the wranglers Boone and Taylor to the housekeepers Claire and eryn, they all looked after us and made us feel part of the family. The food- mike the chef you are incredibly talented!!!! The food was to die for!!!! The constant cookies baked daily made by lena to the fresh lemonade, we never went hungry!!!! Our cabin with our own fire was rustic charming and furnished with history. Our bed was super comfy and I loved to sit on my porch watching the world go by.... There are no words to describe this place but it does give you a fuzzy feeling when I think back to all the Memories made and laughs and adventures with our new friends..... The ranch is like walking into a family that you suddenly belong to. And the horses.... Oh the horses!!!! We had max and lily and they along with all the others were the most gentle honest horses I have ever ridden.... The riding, the different trailheads, the scenery, the animals we saw were spectacular. The wranglers made our trips memorable especially with Brian and his bushwacking!!!! We rode one day in a storm and that day I have never felt more alive.... My partner who was a novice came home breathing horses. The boys taught him to trot and lope and i have never seen him look so happy and relaxed... He came back a confident rider just after 6 days.... We were lucky enough to get engaged at the ranch and everyone made it so special for us.... The cookout on the friday with the wranglers and their stories made our sides hurt from laughter. The marshmellow on the camp fires was also a a fun way to spend the evening.... I could write a book with all the memories made and experiences we had....We are returning next year without fail and can't wait to see our new friends again ... Darlene, Martha you best be booking ladies!!!!! So if you're looking for a holiday of a lifetime, want to meet good people and have good food, I couldn't recommend this place any more. Simply the best holiday yet!!!! But make sure you take a camera.... You definitely will need it.....

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Covered Wagon Ranch
Address: 34035 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730
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Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky > Gallatin Gateway
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Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Gallatin Gateway
Number of rooms: 24
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