We just arrived home from our trip to the Covered Wagon Ranch, and we spent our airplane trip home figuring out when we can go back! We researched ranches and read reviews for almost a year before deciding on the Covered Wagon. Not only did it live up to all the great reviews, but far exceeded our expectations. From the minute we arrived and Melissa gave us a tour, we felt at home. We really did feel like part of the family, and the owners Kurt and Melissa create such a warm and caring atmosphere. We were amazed at the personal attention we received—there is no other vacation spot where the owner will sit down with you at breakfast every day and ask you what you want to do that day! The log cabins were cozy and complete with a wood burner for cold nights and rocking chairs on the porch. The food was incredible, from the fanciest dinner to the picnic lunch out on the trail and freshly baked cookies that were always abundant in the cookie jars. The family style dinners gave us a chance to get to know the other guests and staff. We liked the small size of the ranch because we really got to know everyone. We cannot say enough about the staff; they truly made our experience top notch. Everyone on the ranch was so friendly and helpful during our entire stay, including the owners, wranglers, kitchen and office staff, housekeeper, and ranch hands. My eight year old granddaughter enjoyed helping with the horses, especially grooming and feeding them. She even got up for the 6am feeding! (Thank you Lindsay for encouraging her to help with the horses and making her feel like she was part of the team)The horses were amazing during all of our rides! Kurt and Melissa take the time to match each rider with a horse that matches their experience level and personality. We were all beginning riders, and we had great horses and rides each day! (Thank you Memphis, Roxy, Emerson, and Prizm!!) It is nice that you get to ride the same horse everyday—by the end of the week you really get to know your horse and work well together. We were a little apprehensive about doing a lot of climbing, so Kurt and our wrangler (Patrick) helped us to find trail rides that we were comfortable with that also gave us the great views of the beautiful mountains. We were so happy to have Patrick as our wrangler all week! We cannot say enough good things about our trail rides with him. He was knowledgeable about the horses and the surrounding area and wildlife---we felt safe with him wherever we went, even when we saw a bear during our ride! He patiently helped all of us learn to ride more confidently and worked with well with everyone, including my granddaughter. He was friendly, easy to talk to, and worked hard to give us a fantastic week of riding! The scenery from the saddle was breathtaking! Beautiful mountains, meadows, rivers, creeks, wildflowers, and animals were everywhere. We even saw a momma moose and her two babies near the ranch! It was probably the best time we have spent as a family, and we have wonderful memories from the Covered Wagon Ranch.
- Also Known As:
- Covered Wagon Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
- Covered Wagon Ranch Montana/Gallatin Gateway