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Winter at Lone Mountain Ranch

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Get Over the Winter Blahs at Lone Mountain Ranch

Established in 1915 by Clarence Lytle, Lone Mountain Ranch was one of numerous cattle, horse and hay ranches dotting the Montana skyline. The dude ranch has undergone so many changes until it reached the hands of current owners Bob and Vivian Schaap. Now the Schaaps knew deep down that this wasn’t just another home away from home during summer. This is why they decided to run the ranch all year-round and offer winter vacationers high quality accommodation, delicious western themed meals, and a range of ranch and winter activities that promise to keep them entertained.

Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch

How to Celebrate Winter at Lone Mountain Ranch

Lone Mountain Ranch never unwinds, especially during the winter season between November 27 and April 19, 2015. This is why you can enjoy a wide range of activities such as:

Ski Big Sky – Big Sky is renowned for providing skiers and snowboarders alike with a unique skiing experience. Boasting over 5,800 acres covered with snow, it’s considered the most skiable terrain in the U.S. If you’re residing at the ranch during winter, you can head there on one of its private ski shuttles.


A Closer Look at Laughing Water Ranch

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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.

Laughing water ranch

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.


Fun Winter Activities at a Dude Ranch

Friday, October 7th, 2011

As the temperature starts to drop many of RanchSeeker’s dude ranches are gearing up for their winter season. Gone are long, hot sunny days paving the way for winter fun. There are many activities that you can still enjoy at a dude ranch during the cooler winter months. Different dude ranches offer different winter activities depending on location, ranch amenities and the size of the dude ranch. Below are just some of the fun activities that you can find on your next dude ranch vacation.

1)      Skiing & Snowboarding. Some dude ranches like, Vista Verde Guest Ranch, are located near world famous ski resorts. You can enjoy all the amenities of staying at a dude ranch and spend a few days hitting the slopes. Check with your ranch of choice, in advance, to see whether they can provide you with ski equipment and transportation to the mountain base.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch


2)      Cross Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing. At many dude ranches like, Ranch 4 Saisons, you can strap on a pair of snow shoes or cross country skis and head out to explore the snowy woods or meadows. A great way to spend the day outdoors and work up an appetite for a hearty dinner.

Ranch 4 Saisons


3)      Sleigh Rides. Various guest ranches, like Bar W, offer sleigh rides accompanied by hot chocolate and cozy blankets. It’s a special way to spend time with family and friends.


4)      Snowmobiling. Explore the back-country wilderness by snowmobile on your next winter dude ranch vacation. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is just one guest ranch that offers a snowmobile package.


5)      Horseback riding. Winter horseback riding at a dude ranch is an unforgettable experience; one of the highlights of a winter ranch vacation when weather conditions permit.


6)      Dog-Sledding. Dog sledding is now being offered at some of the dude ranches and is a great opportunity to experience what can only be described as a truly one-of-a-kind adventure.


Bar W Guest Ranch

7)      Spa. For a truly relaxing winter-getaway many dude ranches offer spa treatments that you can enjoy in a winter setting.


Whatever you decide to do on your next dude ranch vacation RanchSeeker’s Dude Ranch Finder can help you find the ideal guest ranch.


Happy Trails,