Situated at the heart of the Oregon Coastal Range, between…
Starting at $250 per room per night
Main Boulder Road, Sweet Grass County, Montana, 59052, United States
Starting at $400 per person per night
Experience Montana in the middle of a million acre pristine wilderness just north of Yellowstone Park. Enjoy a different kind of vacation spot, a place of quiet solitude to get away from the distractions of the world. In a relaxed, stress-free, hassle free, easy going atmosphere, you will receive a personal touch that only a small family dude ranch can offer. After a week of memory-making at Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch and interacting with others, you’ll take away new experiences and long-lasting friendships.
Unique Features: The charming informal ranch atmosphere creates opportunities for delicious hearty Western cookouts complete with tasty cuisine, and plenty of it! Guests enjoy sitting around a blazing campfire sharing stories or songs, while others try their hand at volleyball, roping, or horseshoes. Who can pass up a tasty S’more at the end of the evening?
Accommodations: There are four A-frame rooms over the lodge which offer a queen bed, bunk bed, private bathroom with shower, refrigerator, and a balcony with a spectacular view. The balcony provides a quiet little cove to enjoy a cup of coffee, reading, exchanging stories or to watch the stars come out and light up the western sky. There are also three cabins which offer one bedroom with queen bed, a sleeping loft with two twin beds, private bathroom with a shower/tub, living room, and a small refrigerator. In addition, Absaroka Cabin has a screened-in porch accessible by an interior ladder.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Carbonate Cabin which is a largest and most deluxe cabin option with a kitchenette, wood burning stove, and a view of the valley. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed. The beds in the loft are a queen size and a double.
Dining: Meals are hearty western, served buffet style, homemade bread and desserts, served three times a day! Delish! Enjoy two cookouts (weather permitting) which are weekly highlights. Sometimes lunches are out of a saddle bag on a day trip. Each day is different, but the food is always amazing. Freshly baked cookies in the cookie jar are a plus!
Activities: Enjoy a fun-filled Montana guest ranch vacation in a million acre pristine wilderness just north of Yellowstone Park away from distractions of everyday life. Horseback riding, Blue Ribbon fly fishing, scenic river rafting, and many other activities can enjoyed while experiencing the warm western hospitality that only a small dude ranch can offer. Take an unforgettable jeep trip to check out Independence, an old ghost town with gold mining history. Poke around the old sites looking for nuggets, fish at Blue Lake, or climb Monument Peak, breathtaking at 10,996 feet.
Spa & Fitness: There is no on-site spa or fitness center, but with all of the amazing outdoor activities and fresh air though, you won’t need them. Leave behind your hectic daily routine to experience a Montana family vacation enjoying spectacular scenery, wildlife, and western ranch cowboy culture.
Location: The ranch is 24 miles north of the park border, but the roads don’t go through the roadless wilderness area that they are located in. The Gardiner entrance is about three hours travel time, or you could go through Cooke City and Red Lodge. They are 42 miles south of the closest town of Big Timber (population about 1700). However, the town is well equipped to serve you, so a fishing license, waders, snacks and soda, beer or other drinks of choice can be picked up there.
Closest Airport: The closest major airport to McLeod, Montana is Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN / KBZN). This airport is in Bozeman, Montana and is 86 miles from the center of McLeod, MT. If you’re looking for domestic flights to BZN, check the airlines that fly to BZN.
Children’s Programs: No. Although they welcome your children, they do not have any supervised children’s programs.
Pet Friendly: No. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.
Weddings: No. They do not normally host weddings but they may by special request.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: Sometimes guests want a change from horseback riding or fly fishing, so they choose to float down the scenic waters of the Yellowstone River west of Big Timber. They go back in time as they follow the route taken by explorer William Clark in 1806. Cool clear water makes for a fun tubing adventure that is enjoyed by all ages! Afterwards a stop at the local old fashioned soda fountain quenches the thirst after a couple hours on the river.