Don't doubt the reviews, it's all true! My fiance and I stayed 4 nights the last week of August and were so sad when it was time to leave. First, the location is amazing, beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see. When you first pull into the ranch itself, it doesn't jump out as one of the most amazing places you'll ever stay. The ranch was built in 1925 and from the outside it has maintained its original look for the most part. But within a few minutes the real beauty of the place sets in. The cabins are PERFECT. Great bed, wood burning stove, etc. The quality of a shower can make or break a place. There is nothing worse than a weak shower at the end of a long day. The shower/tub in our cabin was AWESOME. The view from our front porch was great. The ranch is located on the main road but the cabins are far enough away that while we did see/hear a few vehicles, it didn't effect the quality of our stay. Make sure you go out at night to look at the stars.
The food was amazing, 3 great meals a day, not a single bad bite. Beef, chicken, pork, shrimp...something new every day. My fiance is a vegetarian and they took great care to prepare special meals for her. They'll even pack you a lunch if you go out for the day! You eat your meals with the staff which is a really cool experience because you they are all such interesting & friendly people.
Riding: My fiance is experienced and i'm not. They will format your riding with your comfort level. I was a little unsure of how much i'd like riding a horse but by our last day i didn't want to stop. Their horses are well trained and the trails they take you on are mind-blowing. My favorite ride was something i've named "Bushwhacking with Lilly."
My main goal for this trip to Montana was to catch a trout. I just started fly fishing a couple years ago so i'm no expert. After two beautiful but unsuccessful days fishing on the Gallatin i landed two rainbows on the Taylor Fork on day 3. I was literally yelling, "YES YES YES!!!" If you have your own fishing equipment, talk to Brian (wrangler) about where to go & what to use. If not, you can hire a guide in Big Sky.
Tami & Chris (ranch managers) and Deb & JT (owners) were great. Every effort is made to ensure you have the Montana vacation you've dreamed of.
We've already started talking to family about a return trip, we can't wait to go back.
- Also Known As:
- Covered Wagon Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
- Covered Wagon Ranch Montana/Gallatin Gateway