The Bar W Guest Ranch is a year-round dude ranch near Glacier National Park, ready to treat you to true Montana hospitality from the moment you arrive until long after the sun sets.
Nestled between two pine-covered ridges in an idyllic setting at the base of Spencer Mountain, the Bar W Guest Ranch is located just a stone’s throw from the town of Whitefish, Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.
The Bar W is a small ranch that can host up to 40 guests per week. Guests have the option of arranging 3-night or 6-night package stays, arriving and departing Sunday-Wednesday, Wednesday-Saturday, or Sunday-Saturday.
Horseback riding is core to a week at the Bar W and with our proximity to public land, we are able to ride on close to a million acres.
Other ranch and area activities are boundless as we provide our guests a full western themed vacation complete with skeet shooting, archery, fly fishing, roping, cattle drives, rodeo games, wagon rides, square dancing, cookouts and campfires.
Or you can always just sit back and relax and let Montana surround you with its big skies, amazing wildlife and simple serenity.
They are conveniently located just north of Kalispell and Glacier Park International Airport, which is serviced by several major airlines, including Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines.
All of this and more is what you can expect from a ranch vacation at the Bar W Guest Ranch, where people arrive here as guests and leave as family.
Montana Horseback Riding
See the full stable of horseback offerings below
A Week Of Trail Rides And Horse Trekking
As a weeklong guest at the Bar W dude ranch, you have access to our all-inclusive horseback riding program. Varied rides and horse treks leave daily and let you saddle up for some of the most exciting, yet relaxing outings into the Montana mountains that you could imagine.
Take your trusted mount over the foothills, into the mountains, across lush wildflower meadows, and to unspoiled viewpoints and back country lakes surrounding Glacier National Park and Whitefish, Montana.
Sway through the Kootenai National Forest on horseback to the pleasant rhythm of creaking leather and clopping hooves.
Tie your horse to a wilderness hitching post near a vivid aquamarine lake with wide, sandy beaches that let you soak in the cool mountain sunlight.
Enjoy a horseback riding program in the Montana wilderness that forms the core of our weekly guests’ experience as well as the highlight.
Trail Riding At The Bar W
Most of our daily horseback rides cater to our weeklong ranch guests, where all rides are included as part of the all-inclusive experience.
However, if you are Interested in a trail ride but don’t have a week to spend with us, we have some options that may suit you. See below for more information.
2-Hour Trail Ride (Days and times based on availability.)
$85 per guest
Half-Day Trail Ride (Sundays, 4-person minimum.)
$110 per guest
Cowpoke Pony Ride (Kids under 7, 30-minute ride)
$60 per child
Horseback Riding Lessons
Horsemanship always leaves room for improvement — even for the most seasoned riders. For weeklong guests, you’ll have every opportunity to increase your knowledge and capabilities.
Your lessons will be personalized to your riding level with other similar riders. With a maximum of four riders per wrangler, you’ll never feel like you’re getting left in the trail dust, even if you are a greenhorn.
Watch as your ability to communicate with your horse, steer, and generally feel in charge of your trusty mount increase throughout the week in a genuine, authentic, and first-rate learning environment.
We group riders of similar abilities throughout the week so you never feel out of place.
Horseback Riding Lessons
The Bar W Guest Ranch offers a diverse horseback riding program and some of the best training available anywhere. If you want to enhance your horsemanship skills, our lessons are perfect for adults and children of any age.
We begin by matching you with one of our trained horses based on your ability. During a riding lessons, you learn basic horse safety, how to groom and saddle your horse, the proper riding posture, controlled gaits, stopping, and turning. Our lessons are perfect for riders of all abilities as all private lessons are tailored specifically to the rider’s needs.
Lessons are offered year-round based on availability. We accept reservations for lessons a maximum of seven days in advance. During the summer months, availability is limited and lessons are mostly offered on weekends and select weekdays.