January 23, 2018

The Bar W: A Northwest Montana Dude Ranch known for its Horseback Riding

Bar W Guest Ranch horseback riding, Whitefish, Montana

Beautiful vistas and rolling ridges adorn the countryside of the Bar W Montana dude ranch. As a cool morning breeze passes by, birds begin to chirp as the ranch awakens.  As the sun rises over Spencer Lake just outside of Whitefish, Montana, wranglers, guests, and horses prepare for the adventures to come.  

The Bar W is a year-round ranch ready to treat you with true western Montana hospitality – from the moment you arrive until long after the sun sets. Nestled at the base of Spencer Mountain, between two pine-cover ridges, there are over three thousand beautiful acres available for horseback riding and outdoor activities.

Guests feel miles away from civilization and find it hard to believe they are just a few minutes away from one of the most vibrant towns in Montana, Whitefish. Quaint boutiques and specialty stores line the downtown streets with fine shopping, dining, art galleries, and local “Made in Montana” treasures.

The Bar W has blended elegance with western informality to create an atmosphere that is relaxing and comfortable after a long day in the saddle. The main lodge is 6,200 square feet with six bedrooms, three common spaces, and a game parlor to entertain guests for hours. Step outside to find spectacular views of lush horse pastures, Spencer Lake, and pine-covered ridges.

Bar W Guest Ranch horse pasture, Whitefish, Montana

The Bar W cabin suites are the perfect setting to enjoy an intimate dude ranch vacation while watching the eye-catching Montana sunsets from the private deck just outside the suite. Designed by the Amish, the cabin consists of two suites overlooking the south pasture and the forest full of wildlife. Sleeping up to sixteen, the cabins are great for groups and families looking for true western hospitality.

Bar W Glamping, or glamorous camping, provide guests with an unparalleled cowboy vacation. Guests will experience the best of both worlds – feeling a part of nature while staying in an elegant setting with the comforts of home. Nestled by our pasture full of wildflowers, guests can watch our horses or deer graze in the meadow from their front porch. Guests will never think of camping in the same way again.

The Bar W horseback riding program is the ranch’s main attraction. You’ll ride over the mountains, along the foothills, and across lush meadows of Montana Big Sky Country. At the Bar W, each guest not only experiences a vacation of a lifetime but leaves understanding the true cowboy way of life.

Our experienced staff, trained horses, and assorted terrain make for an incredible horseback riding experience. Each week-long vacation on horseback begins with the proper pairing of each guest to a well-trained Bar W ranch horse, followed by a morning horsemanship lesson. Emphasis is always placed on the safety of guests and the welfare of our horses.

Guests can saddle up and enjoy thousands of acres of Montana wilderness on horseback or enjoy the array of arena activities including barrel racing, pole pending, cow sorting, roping, and team penning. By the end of the week, the cheers of new friends surround each guest as they compete in several horseback riding events at the Bar W Guest Rodeo.

Many describe their time at the Bar W not as a vacation, but like going home to put on your favorite pair of slippers.  The Bar W Guest Ranch offers 3 and 6 night all-inclusive dude ranch packages during the spring, summer, and fall.  During the winter months, join the Bar W for a magical sleigh ride, a bed and breakfast stay, or a winter activities package.  Between the horseback riding, an evening at the play meadow, or reading a book in the gazebo, the Bar W is an idyllic piece of paradise to soak in year round.

Contact the Bar W Guest Ranch by visiting them at http://www.thebarw.com/, or calling them at (866) 828-2900.

Bar W Guest Ranch Horseback riding, Whitefish, Montana Bar W Guest Ranch horseback riding, Whitefish, Montana

{This post provided courtesy of the Bar W Guest Ranch.}


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