and Covered Wagon Ranch, a Montana Dude Ranch

Four generations ago, each guest arrived here at Covered Wagon Ranch by way of stagecoach, and Model-T. Today, descendants of some of those families still come to our Montana dude ranch to experience the mythic beauty of the Old West, in a region that is very nearly the same as it was in 1925 when the guest ranch first opened.

Covered Wagon Ranch is one of the oldest continuously operating ranches in this scenic canyon where the Gallatin River and Taylor Fork Creek meet.  The ranch is just three miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park.

The Dude Ranch Experience

So treasured is Covered Wagon Guest Ranch, that it’s become a tradition among families, individuals and couples since 1925. In fact, most guests are return visitors and their families returning year after year. Join us for fun, hospitality and adventure! Explore:


Stay in historic log cabins with original 1920’s charm, wood-burning stoves, rustic furniture and private baths.


You’ll enjoy great meals and pampered attention from ranch hosts who are happy to cater to your every need.


Horseback riding, world class fishing, hiking, inner tubing, roping, rec hall, kid’s program and more

riding horseback

Saddle Up!

There’s no substitute for the feeling you get when you head into the mountains on horseback. You’ll be guided by experienced wranglers who know the area and horses well. The horses will take good care of you, too. Kurt and Melissa pride themselves in their horses and training. They have either raised and/or bought all the horses in the string and really know their horses. From brand new beginner riders to experienced hands, they have a horse for you for the week. Join us at Covered Wagon Ranch for scenic and safe Montana horseback riding.

Getaway to the Wild West!

We don’t mind saying it: there’s no place better for a Montana guest ranch experience than here at Covered Wagon Ranch! The ranch has a deep history as one of the oldest continually operating ranches in the Big Sky and surrounding region. Here our guests enjoy great meals and historic cabins located in a canyon offers boundless breathtaking views for horseback riding, inner tubing, hiking and more

Enjoy our video to learn more!