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“The Best Dude Ranch Vacation in the West” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Elkhorn Ranch

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Elkhorn Ranch
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“The Best Dude Ranch Vacation in the West”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2009

We have been going to this Ranch for years, and have always left with happy memories of our times at Elkhorn. This is a traditional dude ranch that has been at this same location near Yellowstone National Park for over 80 years. We both enjoy seeing the mountains and wildflower-covered valleys from the back of our well-trained horses. I would describe the food as rustic gourmet, and have never left the table hungry. The cabins are very comfortable, and the wood stoves are a nice touch as it does get chilly overnight. If you're looking for a real dude ranch trip, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2007

Our stay at Elkhorn Ranch was a nearly perfect family vacation. The ranch is set in a stunning little valley with a beautiful vista of green fields and surrounded by mountains. The cabins were comfortable and spacious (a plus), and they were all spaced just far enough away that everyone had privacy, but close enough that it was easy to go next door for a visit. The staff and owners could not have been more welcoming. By the end of our week there, we felt as though everyone were old friends. The food was delicious -- a real surprise. We ate way more than we should have because every meal was so good. And the chef was very accomodating about our picky eating habits and never once made us feel bad for special orders. Finally, and most importantly, the activities were fantastic. Wonderful riding, hiking and fishing. And every evening ended with the herd of over 100 horses galloping out to pasture, three cowboys in hot pursuit. Truly a spectacle worth seeing. We will definitely be going back, and that's an endorsement!

  • Liked — Friendly staff, great activities, great food
  • Disliked — One bathroom for four of us!
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Elkhorn Ranch

Property: Elkhorn Ranch
Address: 33133 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730-9634
Region: United States > Montana > Big Sky > Gallatin Gateway
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Gallatin Gateway
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A traditional Montana Dude Ranch started in the 1920's. We specialize in family vacations that include horseback riding, fly-fishing, and outdoor activities. ... more   less 

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