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Rainbow Ranch Lodge
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Portland, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Magnificent!”
Reviewed May 20, 2014

I took my mother and 2 friends on a road trip to this fabulous location. The setting is spectacular - right on the Gallatin River, only 45 minutes from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park and only 45 minutes from Bozeman, MT. All of the staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful and the daily breakfasts (included) were great. The weekend buffet (also included) was lovely, the food all local and delicious. The giant hot tub with the built-in fireplace was spectacular as well. My only complaint was that there was no hair dryer in our unit. That is so petty, but I mention it so anyone visiting can take one with them. The weather was all over the board while we were there - we woke up with snow in the mornings and sunshine shortly thereafter. The road to Yellowstone actually was quite blizzardy, but once in the Park, it was clear. Just be prepared with both warm & cold weather clothes. I hope to go back again someday. It was wonderful.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Bozeman
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

We have stayed at the Rainbow Ranch three different times, and it just gets better and better. The room, which we had as "the romance package" greeted up with champagne and truffles.It includes the dinner and breakfast. Wine is extra. Our room was beautiful, and has a real fireplace, its own private back porch which faces out on the river. The newly remodeled infinity pool is a giant hot tub that pours out the end creating the illusion that the water goes on forever. And in a setting of mountains and forest that is lovely and so peaceful. The restaurant is top notch with a beautiful selection of gourmet preparations. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. Would recommend this place to anyone coming through the area of Big Sky, Montana.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We loved our stay at this beautiful cozy spot and we only wish we had been able to stay longer and enjoy all of the offerings!!!!! We thought the staff was genuine and extremely friendly!! We will certainly be back and take in even more of the great experience!!

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Layton, Utah
2 reviews
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

From first contact to last, the staff at Rainbow Ranch Lodge were extraordinary. My wife and I enjoyed a two-night stay over Valentines and enjoyed every minute. Holly, Summer, Fletcher, Joce, and Mollie made us feel like family and always went the extra mile to make our stay a memorable one.

We stayed in a riverside room that was perfectly sized for the two of us. Fresh baked cookies, soft music, and a fireplace ready to be lit awaited us when we opened the door. Our room was clean, rustically furnished, and had a charming view of the Gallatin river and pine trees off the back porch. The lodge is five minutes from Big Sky, 45 minutes from Yellowstone, and a snowball's toss from as much Forest Service land as you'd like to explore. If you love the outdoors, want a central location to enjoy a pristine part of Montana, and rate friendly service as a high priority, then you'll love the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. We look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Davenport, Florida
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8 reviews
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

This lodge has everything you need. Great rooms, some with fireplaces, delicious breakfast and close too all activities. After a long day skiing enjoy the outdoor hot tub and fireplace to unwind. A definite must stay location. It is beautiful in the with winter and we will be back in the summer.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Rapid City, South Dakota
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed January 7, 2014

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Where do I start to review Rainbow Ranch? Our daughter was married at Rainbow Ranch in December, 2013. Mollie and her staff far exceeded our expectations! Mollie, the resort manager is a trained wedding planner and uses her skills to make sure that every little detail is covered. From local vendor recommendations, to sending picture updates (we wanted snow), to ensuring that her staff and facilities were well prepared for the event, Mollie is a pro. I can say without hesitation that Mollie is fully capable of planning and coordinating a wedding at Rainbow Ranch. The staff is so warm and welcoming and truly care about the success of the event. From Liz, the pastry chef who prepares the most amazing breakfast pastries (those croissants!) and creates the most beautiful, delicious dessert tables - gluten free on request, to Tyler, the bartender, waiter, do-it-all guy who greets the guests with a smile, to Joce who ensures your guest room needs are all met, I could go on with each staff member - the Rainbow Ranch staff becomes part of your family! The rooms are clean and comfortable with lovely amenities - the firewood was well stocked in the rooms with fireplaces. The food - amazing! Our guests could not stop raving about the quality of the food! This is not your typical event food - it is fine dining! The daily breakfast was always wonderful too. The location on the Gallatin River is beautiful and feels very private, even though it is conveniently located just off the main road. The main building is filled with local artwork and history - a true mountain western gem! I believe that in the end, what you will always remember is how a place made you feel - Rainbow Ranch and the staff there made us feel special and I look forward to returning often!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Belgrade, Montana
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We spent Thanksgiving weekend at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. We enjoyed the spacious rooms, the beautiful view, the hot tub, and the amazing breakfasts, and the fun bar in the evenings!
Everyone treated us like true guests!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730
Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky > Gallatin Gateway
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Gallatin Gateway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rainbow Ranch Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow Ranch Lodge is an intimate twenty-one room hotel and gourmet restaurant located on the banks of the Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana. Whether riverside or pondside, accommodations at Rainbow Ranch Lodge provide a sanctuary for post-adventure relaxing or a romantic getaway for two. Located in a sweeping valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's location is ideal for both summer and winter activities. Our proximity to Yellowstone National Park affords our guests endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration, including world-class fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Whether you choose an experienced local guide service or venture out on your own, the breathtakingly rugged, natural beauty of southwest Montana will restore and rejuvenate your senses. One of the top 10 winter destinations in North America, the Big Sky area offers a variety of winters activities including downhill skiing at Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin and Lone Mountain Ranch, as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and winter fly fishing. If your winter preferences lean more towards comfort and warmth, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's spa services and luxurious guest rooms provide the perfect alternative to a day spent outdoors. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Rainbow Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
Rainbow Hotel Gallatin Gateway
Rainbow Ranch Montana
Rainbow Ranch Lodge Montana/Gallatin Gateway

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