Montana Ranch Vacations

Montana, USA horse riding holidays offer the keen horseback rider the perfect way to discover their inner cowboy or cowgirl, in ‘Big Sky Country’ itself. Top50 has selected only the finest Montana ranch vacations for your next getaway.

Many Montana guest ranches are authentic working ranches, meaning you can get involved in real working ranch activities like moving cattle, fixing fence, and even have a go at natural horsemanship training if the guest ranch has a horse breeding and training program. Cattle work plays a big part in many Montana guest ranch vacations and along the way you’ll enjoy horseback riding over the diverse, challenging and beautiful terrain that the USA's northern state is famous for.

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Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    125
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch
  • Open

    May-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    30 miles
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Bar W Guest Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    42
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Open

    Jan-Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    16 miles
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Bonanza Creek
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Adults
  • Capacity

    12
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Bed & Breakfast
  • Open

    Jun-Sep
  • Nearest Airport

    100 miles
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Deep Canyon Guest Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    20
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Self-catering vacation rental
  • Open

    May-Nov
  • Nearest Airport

    85 miles
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Lone Mountain Guest Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    80
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Bed & Breakfast
  • Open

    Jan-Oct, Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    48 miles
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McGinnis Meadows
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Adults
  • Capacity

    20
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    Apr-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    70 miles
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Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Pampering, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    85
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Luxury Ranch
  • Open

    May-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    41 miles
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Ranch At Rock Creek
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    125
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Luxury Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Open

    All year
  • Nearest Airport

    55 miles
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Sweet Grass Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    25
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    Jun-Sep
  • Nearest Airport

    130 miles
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The Resort at Paws Up
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    225
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Luxury Ranch
  • Open

    Jan, Apr-Oct, Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    35 miles
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Triple Creek Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, Kids - age 16+
  • Capacity

    64
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Luxury Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Safari Ranch
  • Open

    Jan-Feb, Apr-Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    40 miles
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When looking to plan a vacation and scenery is a key factor a Montana Ranch vacation might be exactly what is being looked for. A trip to a ranch in Montana offers everything that is wanted in a perfect getaway, from crazy adventures to affordable ranch vacations. Horseback riding is a large part of the Montana ranch vacation so be prepared to saddle up and see exactly what Montana has to offer.

Horse riding holidays in Montana will take you over open plains, through tree-lined trails, up and over rimrocks, through mountain paths and give you some breathtaking scenic views along the way. Take a Montana dude ranch vacation and you’ll be treated to the incredible views Big Sky is famous for. Montana is the USA’s least densely populated state, so it’s perfect if you’re looking to get away from it all on your ranch vacation - luxury ranch vacations in Montana offer incredible seclusion, peace and quiet. Family ranch vacations are also popular in Montana, as there’s lots to see and do in nearby Yellowstone National Park, and activities like fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, four wheeling and lots more. Check out Top50’s range of Montana luxury dude ranches, guest ranches and working ranches to find your perfect horse riding holidays in Montana.

Montana isn’t named Big Sky Country for nothing; its 145,552 square mile radius places it fourth in the list of largest US states – you’ll probably see more mountain ranges and cattle than you will people. With the third-lowest population density in the US, Montana boasts some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable – largely thanks to its 77 different mountain ranges, the revered Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and the historical Battle of Little Bighorn site.

But its plethora of lakes, rivers, mountains and wildlife aside, Montana is probably most famous for one thing: cowboy culture. And it’s no mere stereotype. Montana’s economy predominantly relies on ranching, agriculture, oil and (not surprisingly) tourism. Montana has become something of a Mecca for dude ranch vacations and is home to a seemingly endless string of dude ranches, as well as more traditional working ranches, both making for ideal dude ranch vacations.

Step foot on Montana’s magical ground and it’s easy to see why the state is such a popular choice for dude ranch vacations. Without hint of a gimmick, it offers something for everyone – from those wishing to reconnect with nature at a luxury dude ranch resort... to Western riding first-timers wanting to ‘dude up’ for a week... to seasoned riders wishing try their hand at real horse ranch work on an authentic working ranch... all the way to families looking to take their annual vacation at a child-friendly, family dude ranch.

Montana welcomes its visitors with open arms – from beginner dudes to experienced riders, from young children to adults of all ages, from US locals to European tourists – everyone will find something for them at one of Montana’s guest ranches. When you’re not driving cattle, getting stuck into working ranch activities or taking in the breathtaking scenery from a well-worn western saddle, you’ll find yourself in the company of some of the warmest people you’re ever likely to meet.

If it’s great hospitality and a true working ranch vacation you’re after, Montana is your answer. Steeped in western tradition, this enthralling state hasn’t fallen into the tourist trap it could so easily have become; even the luxury guest ranches and slick dude ranches come pretty close to an authentic western ranch vacation. Whatever your age, wherever you’re from and however much you know (or don’t know) about a horse, you’ll come away from Montana with new friends – both horse and human – new skills and a renewed zest for life.

Top50 has selected only the best Montana ranch vacations for your enjoyment. For example Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is the perfect family getaway. It is one of the larger Montana ranch vacations with a capacity of 120 and offers an action packed adventure that includes horses, sailing, fishing as well as other water sports, hiking, cookouts and even a family dance located in the barn. This is a vacation that is built around people of all ages.

If romance is what you are after, you will find everything you are looking for located at The Ranch At Rock Creek. This is considered a luxury guest ranch based on the premise of a bed and breakfast without a strict schedule to be followed. You can spend your day doing whatever you wish. There is a full service spa located on site as well as a rodeo once a week. If food is what you are after, you will be pleased to know that there is five-star dining located on site.

So what are you waiting for? Take a hold of the reins and saddle up for an incredible horseback riding ranch vacation in Montana. 

Want to explore elsewhere? Check out our ranches in Texas, California, or even horseback riding in Australia.

By Jody Dahl