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2875 Highway 93 West, Whitefish, MT 59937
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#1 of 20 Speciality lodging in Whitefish
The Bar W is a year-round dude ranch ready to treat you with true western Montana hospitality - from the moment you arrive until long after the sun sets. Conveniently, located in NW Montana 4 miles from Whitefish and 25 miles from Glacier National Park. There are over 3,000 beautiful acres available for horseback riding and outdoor activities. Guests can saddle up and enjoy thousands of acres of Montana wilderness on horseback or enjoy the array of arena activities including barrel racing, pole pending, cow sorting, roping, and team penning. Take the family for a leisurely cruise around the lake on a row boat or canoe, jump in for a refreshing swim, hike miles of trails, enjoy a relaxing afternoon of birding and lawn games, or explore the unspoiled nature of Montana on Bar W mountain bikes. Follow our expert wranglers to the play meadow for skeet shooting or archery or take the afternoon to whitewater raft! Lodging accommodations include; main lodge, cabin, or glamping tents!
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bonedale123 wrote a review Nov 2020
Aspen, Colorado61 contributions9 helpful votes
Just spent a week of a lifetime at the Bar W’s Cowgirl Up week. It was the perfect adventure for a horse lover, with non stop daily activities. I was assigned my own horse for the week, a wonderful Quarter Horse mare named Whiskey. Trail rides; barrel racing; team penning and sorting; all day rides, and cattle drive, all in the beautiful Montana wilderness. My sister and I stayed in one of Glamping Tents overlooking the pasture and surrounding forest. It was very comfortable and offered coffee maker, refrigerator, heater and our own private bath just outside. Food was great, breakfast and lunch in the main lodge or outside venues, and to go fare on the longer outings. We also had wine tasting, line dancing and guest entertainment in the evenings. If you’re a rider, of any level, this will be a vacation you’ll always remember!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Chris Duncan wrote a review Jan 2020
San Clemente, California30 contributions37 helpful votes
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Our family stayed at the Bar W Guest Ranch for my father's 70th birthday. We had kids as young as 2 up to my dad at 70. An epic time was had by all. Dave and crew could not have been more gracious or accommodating. The ranch is set in a little slice of heaven in the most picturesque valley outside Whitefish. There were daily cowpoke activities for the kids and incredible horseback rides throughout the area. There is also a lake to go boating or swimming. It had it all. But what really separates Bar W from the others are the people. We really felt like we and the other guest were part of one big family and we still keep in touch with many. If you are looking for a dude ranch for a family, couple, friends, or just by yourself, look no further than the magical Bar W Guest Ranch!!!
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Date of stay: June 2019
Room Tip: Get a room in the lodge if you can.
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Responded 20 Jul 2020
Hi Chris, Glad you and your family had such an excellent time with your Father at the ranch for his 70th birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed having you all here and appreciate your wonderful comments about our ranch and the staff. They really do work hard to make sure they take the very best care of you and all our guests, and it's great to get the feedback that they hit the mark. We wish you all the best and invite you back again!
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Lynn G wrote a review Sep 2020
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Everything was awesome. My horse was terrific, wranglers and staff very friendly, knowledgeable, safe and fun. Non stop activities to choose from. Cattle drive was great, learned also how to barrel race, keyhole race, team penning and cutting, skeet shooting, archery and got excellent pointers on improving my riding skills. Everything was included in the base price. Went to ride continental divide on Canadian border. All rides very scenic. Wine tasting, whiskey tasting, margaritas nights for no charge. Hot tub was good as well as food and accommodations. Low ratio of guests per wrangler too. Highly recommend this ranch for any age.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Lisa Swarn wrote a review Aug 2020
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My family and I stayed at this ranch for a whole week. My mother, my husband, myself and 3 children ages 9, 10, and 12. Every single one of us enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and we will NEVER forget the time we spent there!!!! By the end of our week stay none of us wanted to leave! This ranch is all inclusive and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their Chef named Mark and his assistant Mitch served us amazing food!! We had steaks, pork chops, beef brisket and more. They do not cheat on their meals that they serve by any means!!!! The entire staff from the people who worked in the kitchen ( shout out to Sara, Hannah, Brian, and Braxton) to the wranglers who showed us everything we need to know about our horses( shout out to Megan, Logan, Cody, Alex, Emily, Avi, Graham, and Lindsay) to the owner Dave, the office ladies who worked endlessly to make our stay as perfect as possible, every single person on this ranch is amazing!!!! By the end of the week they all felt like family honestly! Everyone is so pleasant, so helpful, and no matter what you throw their way they are the nicest people I have ever met!!!!!!!!!!❤❤ we were so sad to have to leave and we all wanted to move in! Bar W Guest ranch is by far the greatest place I have ever been!!! On top of the amazing ranch, all other activities were just as amazing. They shuttle you off the ranch to do things like all day rides to canada, whitewater rapids, and more!!!! Anything you may need in town, they will get for you and you don't even have to leave!!! All activities, food, and fun that we experienced was included in the all inclusive fee!!!!! In my opinion you definitely get MORE for your money!!!! We wish we can go every single year to this amazing place! Anyone looking for a vacation of your lifetime, you have to check out Bar W Guest Ranch for sure!!!! Don't miss out on this phenomenal experience, book today!!!!! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH BAR W STAFF, YOU ALL ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING PEOPLE AND WE MISS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!!!!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
ironman205 wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution3 helpful votes
Our family took a two week vacation to NW Montana and this was the planned highlight of the trip. It’s not cheap and for a family of four the cost adds up quick. We did the three night/four day package in one of their tents. Let me comment on each facet of our stay: (1) Staff: Five Stars — super patient, friendly, courteous, professional. Especially when it comes to the horses, their staff couldn’t have been better; Grant, Cody, Juree— I cant recall all their names. But they were great. We have young kids, and I always felt the kids were safe and being watched over appropriately, especially during the four hour ride and the cattle pinning. (2) Accommodations: We chose the tent setup. Five Stars. Super comfortable bed. The tent had both heating and air conditioning. It took us a night to figure it all out - be prepared for cool nights, even in July. We needed the heater. The shower/bathroom setup was also great and right next to the tent. (3) Horses: Five Stars. Those horses were great, well cared for, beautiful, amazing to ride. None of our family had any prior experience. The staff was great teaching us the basics. For those guests who came with more experience, it was even more obvious how much they enjoyed their stay and the horse riding experience. (4) Food: One star. Sorry. For an all inclusive, high cost stay at such a beautiful location. I had high expectations. All the meals to me felt very rushed. Breakfast/coffee didn’t start to 8am. For someone who wakes up normally every day at 6am. This sucked. Also, our coffee maker in the room had mold and the machine couldn’t have been of cheaper quality. No Fresh cream/milk. What wouldn’t have been better than sitting out in front of my tent in the early morning with a great cup of coffee. Instead breakfast started at 8am. Most days the food was already cold because it’s all made buffet style. Not much variety. For kids, it was difficult. Typically the first event of the day started at 845am. I just recommend to the place to both get a better chef, start breakfast earlier, have beverages/coffee more readily available. I mean for five star prices, my expectations were certainly not met. I traveled around Montana for two weeks and had better breakfast at the buffet at the residence inn. Lunch was typically a sack turkey sandwich - which was simple and basic. Dinner - again, was not happy with, no variety. Dry, cold, no taste food. Again, the staff - they were all great. But the quality sucked. Never felt I had a ‘good’ meal. So, overall I give it four stars. This will be a trip our family will always remember for the rest of our lives. A great time all around. This is a full schedule for three and a half days... you will get your activities in and have a blast.... just pack/bring with you some better snacks, drinks, food to keep in your tent/room.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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US$107 - US$243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bar W Guest Ranch
Which popular attractions are close to Bar W Guest Ranch?
Nearby attractions include Hidden Key Escape Games & Rage Room (4.1 miles), Whitefish Lake Golf Club (2.6 miles), and Whitefish Depot (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bar W Guest Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Bar W Guest Ranch?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a fireplace, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Bar W Guest Ranch?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Bar W Guest Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bar W Guest Ranch?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, Whitefish Lake Restaurant, and Zucca Marketplace Bistro.
Does Bar W Guest Ranch have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Bar W Guest Ranch offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.