by Kristin Franks
For a true ranch experience, spacious family accommodations and a cozy and comfortable stay head to the Lone Mountain Ranch in Yellowstone Country. This mountain guest ranch offers a mix of cabin sizes ranging from small to large along with roomy family homes and lodges.
The ranch offers a wide variety of seasonal activities as well as Yellowstone National Park trips and guided hikes. Enjoy horseback riding, fly-fishing, biking hiking and kayaking in the summer. Kids of all ages can enjoy outdoor youth adventures and programs from pony rides and horseback riding to animal tracking and camping. Teens can camp out overnight in the mountains or enjoy van tours of Yellowstone National Park. In the winter, families can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, ski tours and sleigh ride dinners. Take a trip to Yellowstone National Park and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery, or visit Big Sky and Moonlight Ski Resorts, located only six miles away.
The ranch offers family BBQ’s and kids rodeos, as well as onsite family dining at the lodge. Ranging from pastas to lamb, duck and vegetarian selections this place has it all. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily.
Our Editor Loves
- Cabins and lodges
- True ranch experience
- Summer and winter activities including skiing and horseback-riding
by J D
This was a bucket list gift for my husband and our 30th anniversary was the perfect time.
From the time we landed in Bozeman, our trip was a dream come true. Miles picked us up and drove us to the ranch. He and my husband really hit it off. They didn't stop talking the whole way. Miles dropped us off at the outpost to get checked in while he delivered our luggage to our cabin. Tess walked us to the Ouzel cabin where the record player was on, playing some of our favorite music.
After settling in, we walked over to the saloon for a drink(be sure to try the Cold Smoke Scotch Ale) and to take in the beautiful sights from the porch before our intro horse ride. Our bartender, Steven is from our town in VA. We were surprised to meet so many East coasters.
Matt, our wrangler was very helpful and patient with us as novice riders.
Dinner at the Horn and Cantle was amazing. Our favorite meals were the bison short ribs, tomahawk ribeye and the bouillabaisse. Pace yourself. We split most of the entrees and were still stuffed.
All of the staff were so accommodating. Our special requests were all fulfilled.
Our morning coffee delivery was a real treat.
We enjoyed a day of shopping in Big Sky and exploring the ranch, a morning fly-fishing and afternoon porch sitting, a full day at Yellowstone(Austin was a terrific guide) and a morning canoeing.
Thank you to all the staff at Lone Mountain Ranch for making
our anniversary trip so amazing.
Had a lovely time at LRR! My friend and I went in early September for a girls trip. We don't regret our decision of staying with LRR; however, there are some kinks they do need to work out.
Pros: Beautiful grounds! Everywhere you go there's a photo op. Quintessential ranch setting. Kate in the front office is amazing. Greeted us upon arrival and answered our 1 million questions.
The naturalists on staff are INCREDIBLE. Matt led us on a hike on Porcupine Trail. So enthusiastic and knowledgeable about nature. We learned a lot on our hike with him! We had so much fun on our Grand Loop Tour of Yellowstone with Torey. The amount of stuff this guy knows about the park is insane! He took us to all of the great spots and pointed out bison off in the distance that I wouldn't have noticed myself. He is very patient as well. LRR packed all on the tour a delicious lunch. The chefs also made special accommodations for my food allergies which I really appreciate.
Horn and Cantle is so incrediblly delicious. You will never go hungry while on this trip. For dinner the pickled fried chicken is the way to go. I do recommend ordering the half size portion as the full size portion is enough to feed 4 people. A few nights our dinner waitress was Chelsea and she is hilarious! She always brought a smile to our face. For breakfast be sure to sit in Helen's section! She is the sweetest. We asked her if there was anything near by that we should see before the end of our trip. She recommended Ousel Falls Trail. It's a beautiful and easy hike. Just short of a mile to reach the falls. Thanks Helen!
Cons: We had read in previous reviews that when LRR picks up guests from the airport they are greeted with water and a snack as it is about an hour ride from the airport to LRR. We received the water, but were told by our driver that if we wanted a snack we had to purchase our own at the airport concession. The week following our stay, my friend and I saw LRR's instagram story where they re-posted other guests saying how happy they were to be greeted at the airport with chocolate chip cookies. We were disappointed that our arrival was not consistent with other guests arrivals. Also the on the packing list LRR provides, they say to pack a water bottle. No need at the water bottle you receive is insulated and reusable.
Upon arrival we were also disappointed in the condition of our cabin, Blue Spruce. As there is no exhaust fan in the bathroom and with the window being difficult to open, the bathroom was covered in mold. At the price point of the discovery package we felt the cabin should have been in better condition. Hopefully this gets tended to soon as a future guest may suffer from a mold allergy.
The wranglers at the horse stables are fantastic; however, they do not ask the guests their skill level before getting on the horse. There was a very quick run through of basic horse riding directions, but I don't feel that was enough. I got the feeling they assumed people have more experience than they do. Also as the ride progresses there are some riders that fall behind. I think in addition to having a wrangler leading the ride, there should also be a wrangler at the back of the line keeping an eye on things as well. The lead wrangler can only keep an eye on so much.
On our last full day at the ranch there was a "Cowboy Breakfast" at the North Fork Cabin. We weren't made aware of this breakfast until other guests asked why we did not attend. This was a let down as well, not sure why we weren't notified of the breakfast.
Housekeeping could also use some work. We asked for a clean bathmat as one was not provided that day. It took house keeping about 4 hours to get that to us. We had also requested more kindling for our fire the night before. The next morning housekeeping began banging on the door at 7am to drop the kindling off instead of just leaving it on the front porch. not sure why we needed to be woken up so early.