The Bar W Guest Ranch, Montana

A great Western vacation for all ages is what the Bar W Guest Ranch on Spencer Lake in Whitefish Montana is all about. The Bar W is open year round and ready to treat you with true Western Montana hospitality – from the moment you arrive until long after you have left. Beautiful vistas and rolling ridges adorn the countryside of this cozy Montana dude ranch.

The Bar W is a small ranch with about 30 guests per week. Being a smaller ranch gives us the ability to tailor our riding and activities to the guests that are here. There is so much to do at the ranch for guests of all ages. Horseback riding is our main activity and we are permitted to ride on over 3,000 acres of unspoiled Montana wilderness. You’ll find a variety of terrain, from prairies and wide open spaces to mountain trails. In addition to trail rides you can test your horsemanship skills with barrel racing and working cows during team penning and sorting. We showcase the best of the West with the following activities. Enjoy the Montana beauty by fly fishing on our trout filled pond or see if any Pike or Perch are biting on Spencer Lake. We have a row boat, canoe and fishing equipment available. Skeet shooting, archery and roping are always favorites. After a wagon ride enjoy dinner in our gazebo overlooking beautiful Spencer Lake. Or kick up your heels and stomp your feet during a night of square dancing. At the end of the week we hold a guest rodeo where guests show off their horsemanship skills they’ve improved on during the week. Guests are invited to attend the local rodeo where they can admire some of Montana’s best riders and ropers! When school is out kids are the heart of the ranch. They begin by learning how to groom and saddle their horse. We can always use a helping hand if they would like to participate in the daily chores of feeding the horses. Our kids program is top notch with activities such as: paint your horse, kids dinner, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and much more all supervised by our kid’s counselor. You can always sit back, relax and observe the beauty of Montana’s wildlife, such as whitetail and mule deer, moose, bears, eagles, coyotes, wolves and mountain lions. We are located just 25 miles from Glacier National Park known as has been called the “Crown Jewel of the Continent”. All of this and more is what you can expect from a ranch vacation at the Bar W Guest Ranch. Enjoy the beauty of Montana’s unspoiled nature while experiencing an authentic cowboy vacation.At the Bar W, people come as guests and leave as friends.

The Accommodation:

Sleeps Max: 42

The main lodge is 6,200 square feet of classic elegance and traditional western informality. The lodge has 6 bedrooms, 3 common areas, and a game room. The cabin is designed by the Amish and offers 2 suites which overlooks the pasture and the surrounding forest full of wildlife. Glamping,(glamorous camping) has really come of age here at The Bar W.  The ranch offers two luxurious canvas tents with custom log beds, log futons, kitchenette, porch and a private bathroom located a few steps away.

 

The Area

The Bar W Guest Ranch is located in Whitefish, Montana just minutes from some of Montana’s finest attractions. The Bar W is nestled up to Spencer Mountain and Lake surrounded by over 3,000 acres of unspoiled Montana Wilderness. Visit the adorable, historic town of Whitefish only 4.3 miles away or explore the local hiking trails. Whitefish Mountain Resort is located just 12 miles from the ranch. While at the Bar W, take a day or two to enjoy the beautiful Glacier National Park less than 25 miles away. Enjoy an adventurous rafting trip with Glacier Raft Company, on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River or head down to Flathead Lake, just 30 minutes from the ranch. The Bar W Guest Ranch is the premier location for your complete Montana vacation.

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