Just beyond the northwest border of Yellowstone, the Montana Rockies descend into patches of rolling ranchland threaded by shimmering rivers. In one such valley sits Lone Mountain Ranch, a cluster of hand-built cabins, many dating back to the property’s earliest days as a cattle ranch. Now a wilderness retreat, Lone Mountain is a celebration of the Old West—its historic structures restored to their former glory and opening to one of the most rugged wildernesses on the continent. Here, the mountains are big and the sky is even bigger, stretching above the “Serengeti of North America,” where burly bison and elusive wolves roam. Venture into pine forests and sweeping meadows, exploring on foot or horseback, snowshoe or ski; then join a lodge naturalist to explore the hidden corners of Yellowstone, a mere 18 miles downstream.
Established in 1915 as a working cattle ranch, Lone Mountain has spent the better part of its history as a family retreat for those drawn to the tranquil wilds of Yellowstone. The lodge fosters feelings of home—the kind of place you return to year after year to meet up with the friends you made in seasons past. The atmosphere is social, whether you’re saddling up for a group trail ride or mingling with guests and locals over drinks in the lodge's saloon. And the staff—many of whom have worked at the ranch for years—add to the family feel, making an effort to get to know each guest and help them feel welcome. This hospitality reflects the laid-back, friendly spirit of Montana, and it stays with you long after you leave.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Lone Mountain Ranch, National Geographic guests are invited to join a lodge naturalist for a private walk to the Gallatin River, where you’ll learn about the preservation of the watershed before sitting down for a picnic on the riverbank. During the colder months, guests will join a lodge historian to hear stories from early days at the ranch, followed by a private chef’s dinner featuring creative Western cuisine.
USA Today, Top 10 Nordic Ski Resort, 2016 Top50 Ranches, Best Guest Ranch for Multi-Generational Families, 2016 Cross Country Skier Magazine, #1 Nordic Ski Resort, 2002 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing, Lodge of the Year, 2002
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