Lone Mountain Ranch: About

Located in Big Sky, Montana, United States

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.

Highlights

  • Seek out Yellowstone’s big five—elk, grizzlies, black bears, bison, and wolves—on a guided full-day excursion in the park.
  • Venture out on horseback, canoe, or cross-country ski alongside seasoned naturalists to explore a part of Yellowstone most travelers will never see: the vast and untamed backcountry.
  • Go fly-fishing for trout in some of Montana’s Blue Ribbon rivers—the Gallatin, Yellowstone, and Madison—or try your hand at ice-fishing on high alpine lakes in the wintertime.
  • Step aboard a horse-drawn sleigh for a magical ride through a snow-blanketed wonderland, followed by a candlelit dinner at a remote woodland cabin.
  • After sundown, roast marshmallows around a roaring campfire, or head to the saloon for a nightcap accompanied by live Western music.

Why We Love This Lodge

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.

Lodge Features

  • 24 log cabins and homes nestled amid pristine meadows and pine forests
  • Cozy restaurant that features upscale Western fare
  • Saloon with live music several nights per week
  • Riding arena for private horseback riding instruction
  • Large picnic pavilion for outdoor events, including live music and naturalist talks
  • Outdoor barbecue and fire pits
  • Outdoor Youth Adventures program for families traveling with kids
  • Outdoor shop selling active apparel
  • Massage services
  • Free Wi-Fi in cabins and common areas

National Geographic Exclusive

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.

Awards and Recognitions

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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