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“Unexpectedly Terrific” 5 of 5 stars
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34035 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730   |  
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews
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“Unexpectedly Terrific”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We recently stayed at the ranch to celebrate a friends birthday. When you think of a Dude Ranch it seems a bit cliche. What an unexpected surprise. Kurt and Meliisa made you feel like your were part of the ranch. Our favorite part was watching the horses run free in the wild and then return back to the ranch on their own and "hang out" with us around the camp fire! Our hosts, and our wrangler (Austin) were genuinely nice and kind people. Anyone who wants to experience a vacation where you can really just relax, enjoy nature and be with the heartland of America - this is it! Thanks so much for a special time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Finally a ranch were they ask you "what type of ride do you want to do today". My vacation...my riding. Loved that the most!! The staff was great at the covered wagon ranch. Melissa and Kurt who manage the ranch were very intune with what the guest wanted. The wranglers were very informative and helpful and the kitchen and housekeeping staff showed how much they wanted to make my vacation one to remember! Melissa gave me great idea's one day when I went into West Yellowstone on where to eat, shop and best of all where to get the best ice cream I have ever had...thanks Melissa. Met some nice people,they too were enjoying the ranch just as much. The cabins were cozy and had maid service daily. Always had fresh towels if I wanted them. Always had hot water and wood for the stove. They keep a cooler at each cabin which they provide the ice so don't worry about keeping the nice bottle of wine cold. The food at the ranch was average but I did'nt go hungry. I have been to a few other ranches and I have to say no other ranch wanted to please me more!! Thanks Ya'all......

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Exceeded all my expectations. Melissa and Kurt went above and beyond to ensure we had a wonderful time. The Staff was excellent, our wrangler Austin was terrifc, the food was delicious, horses were very well taken care of, the cabins were clean, cozy and everything was perfect! You have to experience it to believe it!

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New Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our cabin was well appointed and comfortable. The food was simple cowboy, good food especially the breakfasts. Above and beyond all this the wonderful staff led by Kurt and Melissa made our four days at the ranch a never to be forgotten experience. All four of us are beginner riders but left feeling we had stretched our level of riding. We rode 3 days and went whitewater rafting 1day. My only suggestion for the ranch 's program would be to add some evening programs. IT WAS THE BEST!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Everything you have read in the previous reviews are all true. Just returned from 1 week at the ranch to celebrate our 30th anniversary and it was awesome. The entire staff was just great and we really did get to do whatever we wanted to. They ask you, you tell them, they make it happen. Our last day was proof of that. Everyone was doing an all day ride, but my wife and I wanted to do something shorter where we could get the horses going a little faster. Melissa and Kurt made it happen and made sure we enjoyed ourselves. Ride as much or little as you want. Don't like your horse, ask for another. Love your horse, keep it the whole time. Ask for advice when exploring the area (Yellowstone/Big Sky). Enjoy the food and the company. It's easy to see why so many people keep coming back to this place. If you've never ridden before, that's fine because they will teach you everything you need to know. But even more than that, they take such great care of their animals. If you are still not sure, just do it! You'll be happy you did.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Southwick, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

over all the place is excellent the staff was great, the rides where incredible, the cabins where nice a cozy. the owners where very accomodating you didn't have structured rides every day it was what you wanted to do, what kind of ride you wanted, they provided. i give this place an A++

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

5 friends shared a great horseback riding vacation with incredible staff and guests
food is excellent and plenty of it
owners could not be more accomodating
wranglers were great
housekeeping did a wonderful job
overall service was A+
had a blast

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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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
Also Known As:
Covered Wagon Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
Covered Wagon Ranch Montana/Gallatin Gateway

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