World-class Montana white water rafting, inner tubing, fly fishing and more!

Enjoy excellent fishing right on the ranch in Taylor Fork and the Gallatin River or ask us to set you up with a guide. There’s also swimming/wading in the Taylor Fork creek or hanging out in the hot tub. If you’re looking for Montana white water rafting, we can help set you up with that too!

Fly Fishing

Lots of folks visit us specifically for the spectacular Montana fly fishing opportunities that abound around our guest ranch. Located at the confluence of the Taylor Fork and Gallatin Rivers, fly fishing at Covered Wagon Ranch is world class! There’s over 120 miles of blue-ribbon water in the Gallatin Canyon alone, plus all the legendary waters of Yellowstone National Park, the famed Madison River and the Henry’s Fork. Within these beautiful clear streams, you have a chance to see (and catch) plentiful rainbows, browns and native cutthroat trout. You are welcome to fish on your own from the ranch. We have some equipment to borrow but it’s limited. Experience fishermen are going to want to bring their own gear or rent. Guide services are available off ranch upon request.

Floatin’ and Soakin’

If the temperature or willingness permits, ask the crew and/or guests to join you on a ‘refreshing’ dip in the Taylor Fork Creek right here on the ranch. We recommend this be done after the river/creek lowers so usually in July/August. You can also take a relaxing dip in our hot tub to soothe your muscles after a day’s ride. Additionally, in the heat of summer, we clean and fill a stock tank near the playground which makes the perfect kid’s pool.

Montana White Water Rafting

Take an afternoon off from your riding, and enjoy thrilling Montana white water rafting on the Gallatin River. Early in the year (June and July) these trips will get the adrenaline pumping as the rivers are full of our snow melt. August and September trips, although still exciting, bring a little more leisure to the trip. Either way, this is a great way to add to your Montana getaway experience. We can help you schedule a rafting trip with one of the outfitters just a few miles from the ranch.

What our Guests Have to Say:

Great Family Vacation If you are looking for a great rustic outdoor family vacation, Covered Wagon Ranch is it… We wanted a trip where we did not have to drive everywhere, or worry about what we were going to do for dinner everyday. CWR was the perfect fit and allowed us to get the most adventure out of every day… The trail rides were rugged and scenic but geared towards any riders experience level. Food was great, and so was the service, with every meal meeting in the lodge and visiting with other families sharing the days Trail riding stories. When we were not riding we did some nice hikes including Lava Lake which was well worth the uphill pain it took to get there. Great fishing on the ranch in Taylor Fork and the Gallatin River. We caught nice Brown and Rainbow trout. Swimming, tubing, or hanging out in the rec room. My kids are still talking about Kurt teaching them how to Lasso. My youngest boy says he is better than Kurt now. Pretty sure he is not. We went to Yellowstone one day to give our Butts a rest and mix things up. They made sure they had dinner for us when we returned to the ranch late… All the staff went above and beyond providing service and making sure our stay was top notch. Kurt and Melissa were always accessible and constantly were checking to make sure we were enjoying our stay. Thanks again for an Overall great vacation experience, and we plan on returning next summer!