The Elkhorn Ranch is an experience that is _not to miss_! The staff, amenities, lodging, and scenery and setting allow you to leave the world behind, but you don't need to leave the joys of eating well and having a great time. There is (blessedly and fantastically!) no cell coverage, and wifi can be had around the office (there's a place to work should you get bored with expansive western views and trail riding!). Rustic but very comfortable individual log cabins, each with a full bath, covered porch, and wood burning stove for heat, provide fantastic residences for your stay. The food is exceptional and plentiful - there's a snack room next to the dining hall where fresh baked cookies are always available. The staff are incredibly welcoming, friendly, and respectful ("yes, sir" and "yes, ma'am" are standard phrases) and get to know both your name and what you like. This is a family resort, and kids have their own experiences under the guidance of the Peanut Butter Mothers - don't feel badly when your kids will want to eat with their new friends rather than you! The trail rides and horses are all designed around your comfort level, safety, and experience. You'll likely be assigned the same horse the entire time and have your own assigned saddle. Your horse will be saddled and ready for your morning/afternoon/allday rides, but you will get to unsaddle and brush your animal after each ride. Boots and hats are available for borrowing if you don't have your own - no sneakers, etc... I'd recommend at least one all day ride (lunch will be provided on the trail) to get to see some of the more distant and isolated gems of the backcountry! Into fishing? The ranch borders Yellowstone, and licenses for fishing in the park are available in the office. World-class streams await! Birders and wildlife watchers will also enjoy the viewing offerings found in the area. Enjoy the stay, and don't dwell on the fact that you will have to return to "civilization" all too soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A traditional Montana Dude Ranch started in the 1920's. We specialize in family vacations that include horseback riding, fly-fishing, and outdoor activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elkhorn Ranch Montana/Gallatin Gateway