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Summer on the Ranch
Summer in Big Sky, Montana is pretty darn hard to beat-warm days, cool nights, no humidity, and lots of sunshine. There are so many things to do at the ranch, and in the mountains surrounding us, that it's impossible for us to list all the options. Options from right here at the ranch include horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing lessons in our pond, or take yourself out to catch the big one in the Gallatin River that runs along our western border. A Forest Service Trailhead leaves from right behind the ranch property for some great hiking opportunities as well.
Things to BringThe mountains of Montana are still pretty wild, and the weather can be wild too. The state motto is "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute." It's always a good idea to dress in layers no matter what time of year you visit. Although during most summers it doesn't rain very often or for very long, bring rain gear and an extra pair of shoes. Sweaters and windbreakers are also a good idea-it can be in the 70's or 80's at the ranch, but ten or twenty degrees cooler on a mountain trail ride. Sunscreen is a good idea, especially at our 6,300 ft. above sea level altitude.
Trail RidesLet Marce Hoffman, our Horse Operations Manager, and his professional wranglers show you why riding is a way of life out here. Our wranglers cover 2,000 trail miles each year and take care of trail maintenance all summer long, so you know you're in the hands of experts. Take a ride through high mountain meadows or to the top of 10,000-ft. peaks. You can see the Sunken Forest that natural forces created in 1959, not to mention a wide variety of wildlife including elk, deer, eagles, moose, coyotes, bears, and if you're lucky, maybe even a wolf. If you're coming to see Montana, you really need to see it from the back of a horse…
Fly fishing at our Trout PondAs every dedicated angler knows, Montana is world-famous for wild trout. Two miles of the Blue Ribbon Gallatin River, made famous as the setting for the fishing scenes in the movie "A River Runs Through It," literally run through our property! We also have a private pond at the ranch, so you don't even have to leave the ranch to enjoy a day on the water.
Even more amazing, within a two-hour radius are some of the most famous fly fishing waters in the world including the Yellowstone, Madison, Henry's Fork, and streams and lakes in Yellowstone Park.
Montana is Mecca for millions of trout fishermen the world over, and the 320 is smack dab in the middle of some of the best opportunities for fishing, bar none
Riverside BBQ with a Trailride or Wagon Ride:
There's nothing better than a summer dinner by the river, the smell of sizzling steaks wafting through the air-no wonder this is one of our most popular events. Wednesday evenings during the summer we invite you to take a 2-hour horseback or wagon ride to dinner. On the menu is your choice of N.Y. strip steak or barbecued chicken, prepared on an open grill along the banks of the Gallatin River. We can almost taste those steaks right now.
$55.00 per adult for wagon ride; $35.00 per child 12 & under*
$105.00 per adult for 2-hour horseback ride and dinner; $95.00 per child 12 & under
**Prices are subject to change. Please note that this is a seasonal event and the June start date and September end date will vary each year.