Lone Mountain Ranch Extension

Snowshoeing, Sledding, XC Skiing, and an Optional Snowcoach Journey to Old Faithful


Experience the beauty of Montana’s winter landscape from Lone Mountain Ranch, surrounded by 150 acres of rolling ranchland and braided rivers just 18 miles from Yellowstone. We’ve chosen this historic, award-winning lodge for a three-night extension that brings you farm-to-table cuisine, 50 miles of epic cross-country ski trails, snow shoeing, dog sledding, and sleigh rides. The ranch is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and offers a stunning array of activities, including a full-day Snowcoach tour through Yellowstone to witness the wonder of Old Faithful—without the summer crowds (and with an opportunity to snowshoe or cross-country ski part of the way to Old Faithful!) Lone Mountain Ranch is deeply interconnected with Yellowstone National Park and has shared land, air, resources, and guides with this national treasure for over 100 years. It was recently voted “Best Family Ranch” by Top 50 Ranches.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 (Day 4 of Main Trip)
Chico Hot Springs to Lone Mountain Ranch

You’ll be met at Chico Hot Springs this afternoon for a two-hour drive to Lone Mountain Ranch, set just beyond the northwest border of Yellowstone in rolling ranchland threaded by rivers. Tonight you’ll dine at the Horn & Cantle Restaurant. Cozy fireplaces and ranch décor create a friendly ambiance, and the menu is based around locally sourced ingredients that reflect a true Montana heritage, from bison short ribs and elk bolognese to mountain trout, washed down with a flight of Montana whiskey. The adjacent saloon with live Western music is a great way to end the evening with a nightcap. Overnight at Lone Mountain Ranch…D

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Day 2
Dog Sledding / Cross-Country Skiing or Snowshoeing / Sleigh Ride to Dinner

Join your sledding guides and their team of rambunctious Alaskan huskies this morning, sit back in your sled, and enjoy miles of gorgeous winter landscapes by dogsled. Guests can help the mushers hook up the sled dogs if they like (you can even try a hand at mushing if you want to get in touch with your inner Jack London!). After lunch at the Horn & Cantle, enjoy self-guided cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventures around Lone Mountain Ranch, with ski gear and snowshoe equipment provided. You can also choose to hire a private guide for these activities. Lone Mountain Ranch has over 50 miles of beautifully maintained trails—it’s one of the top cross-country trails systems in North America, and you’ll have full access to it. Tonight, a magical ride by horse-drawn sleigh brings you through a snow-blanked wonderland to the lantern-lit North Fork Cabin for a family-style prime-rib dinner, rounded out by tunes from a cowboy musician.  Overnight at Lone Mountain Ranch…BLD

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Day 3
Skiing / Snowshoeing / Snowcoach Ride to Old Faithful

The range of activities today includes cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the ranch’s trails, winter fly fishing, morning yoga, or a day of alpine skiing at Big Sky Resort (transfers provided, lift tickets and rental equipment at extra cost, advanced booking required). One exciting option is a full-day Snowcoach journey to Old Faithful (at extra cost). Overnight at Lone Mountain Ranch…BLD

Snowcoach Ride to Old Faithful with Optional Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing
There is nothing more magnificent than the quiet of Yellowstone in winter, and Lone Mountain Ranch guides are trained and certified Yellowstone Park guides, ready to take you to parts of the park inaccessible to other visitors. Take a full day’s journey by shared Snowcoach (a sturdy, heated 12-guest bus with oversized tires that allow it to travel safely over snow). You’ll explore the most iconic scenery in a season when bison, elk, wolves, eagles, and multi-colored steaming geysers are in view and enjoy lunch the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, with plenty of time to view the eruptions of the world’s most famous geyser—without the crowds of summer! You’ll have the choice to snowshoe or ski the final distance to Old Faithful (about 1-1.5 hours of activity) or continue by Snowcoach.

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Day 4
Skiing / Snowshoeing / Yoga / Depart

After breakfast, enjoy a final morning of morning yoga or snowshoe and ski excursions at the ranch, then depart via a private one-hour transfer to Bozeman Airport…B


Length: 4 days
Cost From: $1345  
Arrive: Bozeman, Montana
Depart: Bozeman, Montana
Lodging: 3 nights lodge
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Photography, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Optional snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, cold winter weather.