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“Horseback Riding, Fly Fishing, River Rafting, Awesome food and Prairie Dogs...”
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320 Guest Ranch
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Horseback Riding, Fly Fishing, River Rafting, Awesome food and Prairie Dogs...”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

320 Guest Ranch was one of the highlights of our trip heavy summer. Our clean and comfortable cabin was set very quietly up the canyon on a creek on the property. We loved our morning and evening strolls to the Steakhouse for meals. There's a prairie dog community that's sure to provide a smile or two on summer mornings on the walk. The food was pretty fabulous. Highlights were Bison Flank Steak and an Elk chop that almost made me cry.

My husband and I had virtually no experience on horse back prior to this visit. The guides at the ranch were awesome and the ride was a great experience. Very fortunately, our visit coincided with the debut of Sunflower, a beautiful little foal who greeted us every morning on the way to breakfast. The draft horses used for the sleigh and wagon rides are magnificent and well worth spending a little time visiting too. Fly fishing instruction at the Ranch pond was fun. Didn't catch anything and my casting wasn't pretty. But it was a lovely morning and the instructor was really patient. We rafted with Geyser Whitewater from Big Sky and that was a fantastic experience as well. Highly recommend doing it if you're gonna be in the area for any length of time.

All in all, I can't say enough good things about our time at the 320. The only thing I would add, is while we don't have children, I couldn't help but notice the number of families at the ranch. And everyone looked to be having a very good tim, lots of happy, tuckered out kids at the end of the day campfires. Seems to me this would be a great place for a family reunion trip- there really does seem to be something for everyone in the family to do.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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LilBoozer
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

Flew into salt lake city then drove to the ranch. A nice, scenery 6 hour drive. The ranch was a clean working ranch with great log cabins to stay in. The restaurant was delicious ! The buffalo steak was amazing. There are lots of activities to do around the ranch. We did keepin it cowboy package and it was a great deal. Pig roast was a great experience to interact with locals. And you can stay nightly rather than weekly !

  • Stayed June 2011
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Highland, California
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

My wife, in-laws, 2 boys and 2 dogs stayed 3 nights in adjoining cabins. The experience was wonderful. The staff are very friendly, they will book your daily adventures for you and the restaurant is superb. Morning breakfast was very good (not your typical continental) and included in the room price. We stayed for the Pig Roast - which felt like a family bbq! Rooms were simple - very clean and had all amenities. We are planning our next stay already...

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

My husband and I, and our 3 children stayed in the 2 bedroom/2 bath, full kitchen, apartment sized stacked washer/dryer (Ramshorn) It was lovely. There is no internet connection in the individual cabins, only by the main dining building... which was fine, it left our time very quiet and peaceful without checking e-mails or having the phone ring. The Ranch is a lovely place to stay. We also did the 4 hour horse trail ride, it was very beautiful up on the mountains. We are not used to riding this amount of time, so a 2 hour trip would have been better. Amber at the Horse barn was a great trail leader! If you stay here, you will not be disappointed!! We will stay here again on a trip.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Lynch Station, Virginia
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

We stayed here for four nights, and we wished we had longer. We had a two-bedroom house with fireplace, two baths, washer/dryer, and hot tub. Breakfast was included; we enjoyed the short walk to the dining room each morning in the brisk air. Our grandsons took horseback riding lessons and went on trail rides. They were well cared for in every activity. The valley location was gorgeous, although there is no cell phone reception and no television. The restaurant/dining room has wifi. The location is convenient to Bozeman, where we flew in to BZN and rented a car. It's also less than 1 1/2 hours to Yellowstone's Old Faithful. We went whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River --the ranch is very convenient to several rafting companies. Staff was very helpful -- we couldn't get sufficient hot water for the hot tub. Someone was there within minutes to solve the problem. Our visit exceeded all expectations -- I'd almost like to live there, except in winter!

Room Tip: 2-bedroom houses are super convenient
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Dana Point, CA, USA
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

We stayed in a cabin for three nights. After reading previous reviews, we didn't know what to expect. We found the cabin to be very spacious, comfortable, and clean. In back of the cabin, there was a creek, so we left our window open at night to hear the rushing water. Contrary to what other people wrote, we found the lighting more than sufficient to read and write. The TV is small, but who wants to watch TV when there is so much to do outside.

We ate at the restaurant two of the three nights. Food was excellent - prepared just the way we asked. Their selection of wine was appropriate for the dishes, and the bartender made great cocktails upon request. We happened to arrive on Monday, so we feasted on the pulled-pork buffet. Very festive atmosphere despite the thunderstorm, and the food was authentic and delicous. The only annoyance we had pertained to breakfast. It was noisy and some families didn't really know how to "harness" their kids, which made the buffet a bit of an obstacle course at times. However, we realized this is part of the package.

We scheduled a four-hour ride on horseback. Wow! We will remember this for the rest of our lives. We left in the morning and climbed the mountain opposite the ranch. The horses were great, the views spectacular, and the guide just friendly enough - not talking too much, but always willing to talk to explain something or point out something. We came upon a herd of wild elk grazing in an open field. Amazing!!! I don't want to overplay this, but our experience ended up being a bit spiritual - the grandeur of nature, the nobleness of the elks, and the majestic views....

We also used the ranch as our "base camp" into Yellowstone. It was conveniently located, and it also allowed us easy access to Big Sky for a night away from the ranch.

We found the staff to be helpful and courteous. They provided some maps and recommendations regarding hiking trails in the area, and we found their recommendations to be spot on. We would have no reservations about staying again...but we would need them if we were to stay again. :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

Absolutely wonderful. Everyone on the ranch from the wait staff to the wranglers were a complete joy. The half-day ride up to the meadows was dazzling, and the horses themselves were friendly and knew the trails by heart, allowing you to soak it all in. Dinner was scrumptious (breakfast less so) and the Monday night pig roast is not to be missed.

Room Tip: The 3br cabins sleep 10-12 and are only slightly more expensive than two of the 2-person
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: 320 Guest Ranch
Address: 205 Buffalo Horn Creek Rd, Mile Marker 36, Hwy 191, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730-9606
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Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky > Gallatin Gateway
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Gallatin Gateway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — 320 Guest Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We're Montana's premier year-round guest ranch, where you can horseback ride, hike, fish, ski, snowmobile, sightsee, raft, and just plain have fun, all in the warm and friendly atmosphere of a classic Western guest ranch. The 320 is perfect for everything from family vacations, weddings and romantic getaways, to hosting your company's next event or meeting. Flexible accommodation options and activity programs ensure that everyone will have the trip of a lifetime. Stay a day, a week, a month, or anything in between. Take whatever time you need to relax, rejuvenate, and escape from the stresses of your busy life. You deserve to spend some time at the 320 Guest Ranch ... more   less 
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