A Unique Trail Riding Ranch in the Rocky Mountains
Nestled in the Kootenai National Forest at 3,200 ft. on top of Montana’s northern Rockies, Laughing Water Ranch offers visitors a look at the pristine beauty which made the Kootenai and Salish Indian tribes fall in love with the place. Close to the Glacier Park and Whitefish and Columbia Falls, the dude ranch promises miles and miles of trails spread across its 200 acres of rolling timber and pasture land.
What Makes the Ranch at Laughing Water Special
Whether you’re in the mood for adventure or simply relaxing, the Ranch at Laughing Water offers the amenities you’ll need and more. To learn about what you can expect during your stay, skim through the following points.
Variety of Accommodation Options – There are three accommodation choices for you to pick from: Large Family Cabin, Duplex Cabins and Main Lodge Rooms. The first option comes with two bedrooms and an open loft. Large enough to accommodate 12 individuals, the cabin features a western theme and is surrounded by Montana’s unique beauty. The duplex cabins provide guests with their own private bath and covered porch. As for the lodge’s 4 two-room suites, these allow visitors full access to the dining and game rooms in the building. You can also snuggle up in front of the fire at the center of the family room, dining room, and adult lounge.
Numerous Fun Activities that Match the Season – Open during both summer and winter, the ranch offers a variety of activities for both seasons. During summer, you can enjoy horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and hiking. You also get a day at Glacier Park where you enjoy horseback rides by day, white water raft trips in the afternoon, and a rodeo show in the evening. Meanwhile, in winter, you can ride in the snow and enjoy activities such as snow shoeing and cross country skiing. In addition, you get a day out to enjoy dog sledding.
A Unique Montana Adventure Package – If you want something more special, you can go for the summer or winter Montana adventure package at the ranch. During summer, the package entails a stay at Whitefish Mountain resort and access to the alpine slide, zip line, golf course and aerial adventure park. On the other hand, the winter package entails snowmobiling, downhill skiing from Whitefish Mountain, and powder skiing.
Special Weeks to Entertain Guests – The Ranch at Laughing Water hosts a number of specialty weeks to truly give you a western dude ranch experience. For instance, you can be part of the Cattle Drive, which is when cows are brought in from the hills for veterinary checkups and branding. If you take part of this event, you can stay three days and two nights on the range in cozy cabin tents and enjoy campfire cooking and storytelling once your work is done.
Upcoming Kids Program – The dude ranch has jumped on the kids program bandwagon, offering to entertain the little ones through age-appropriate activities. At the time of this review, the program is still underway. However, your hosts are ready to customize a special week for you children according to their age, horse skill level and interests.
Plenty of Local Attractions – If you want a little more than what the ranch currently offers, you’re in luck. The Ranch at Laughing Water is close to numerous local attractions such as the crown of the continent Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain ski resort, and Jerry’s watering hole.
Specials for Recurring Visitors
One of the best things about visiting the Laughing Water is that you can make it your annual holiday destination for less. Returning guests can get vouchers which allow them to pop by any week of the year for $1,500, which is the low season price per person per week. The prepaid vouchers are valid for up to three years and are non-refundable. However, you’re welcome to transfer them to others and share the unique experience of this dude ranch.
As you can see, there are numerous benefits for dropping by the ranch at Laughing Water. So don’t miss this opportunity to make your summer or winter special.
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