Summer on the Ranch
Summer in Big Sky, Montana is pretty darn hard to beat—warm days, cool nights, no humidity, and lots of sunshine. There are so many things to do at the ranch, and in the mountains surrounding us, that it’s impossible for us to list all the options.
Options from right here at the ranch include horse back riding, hiking, fly fishing lessons in our pond, or take yourself out to catch the big one in the Gallatin Riverthat runs along our western border. A Forest Service Trailhead leaves from right behind the ranch property for some great hiking opprotunities as well.
Things to Bring
The mountains of Montana are still pretty wild, and the weather can be wild too. The state motto is “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” It’s always a good idea to dress in layers no matter what time of year you visit. Although during most summers it doesn’t rain very often or for very long, bring rain gear and an extra pair of shoes. Sweaters and windbreakers are also a good idea-it can be in the 70’s or 80’s at the ranch, but ten or twenty degrees cooler on a mountain trail ride. Sunscreen is a good idea, especially at our 6,300 ft. above sea level altitude.
Let Marce Hoffman, our Horse Operations Manager, and his professional wranglers show you why riding is a way of life out here. Our wranglers cover 2,000 trail miles each year and take care of trail maintenance all summer long, so you know you’re in the hands of experts.
Take a ride through high mountain meadows or to the top of 10,000-ft. peaks. You can see the Sunken Forest that natural forces created in 1959, not to mention a wide variety of wildlife including elk, deer, eagles, moose, coyotes, bears, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a wolf.
If you’re coming to see Montana, you really need to see it from the back of a horse…
Prices are subject to change.
A 1- hour ride for those who want to take it slow:
$50.00 per person
The Montana Experience
A 2-hour ride through our gorgeous Big Sky wilderness:
$65.00 per person
Half Day Adventure
This 3 to 4 hour ride takes you up into unspoiled Montana mountains, high above the Gallatin River Valley. Enjoy a leisurely ride through the spectacular pine forests and hanging meadows to unparalleled views.
$105.00 per person
Full-Day Horse Adventure
If you’re looking for the classic Montana ranch experience, this is the trip for you. In 3 to 4 hours, you’ll climb steadily out of the river valley straight up until you feel like you’re on top of the world. Enjoy lunch along the shores of a crystalline mountain lake, where you can cool your toes in its icy waters. Or, you might choose to stretch your legs on a short hike, or just relax in the grass and enjoy the fantastic views before heading back to the ranch. It’s pretty hard to find a better way to spend the day.
$185.00 per person (3 person minimum)
Add $100.00 to any of the above offerings.
$80.00/hr. for 1 or 2 people
$35 for 1/2 hour tote
Available for children 7 years of age and under. Wrangler leads the horse on the flat ground with adult family member walking beside.
NOTE: Restrictions to age and weight may apply. Children must be 8 years old and 48 inches tall and a weight limit of less than 240 lbs for either adults or children. Advanced Reservations required, schedule subject to change.
Please note that our Horseback Riding is a summer seasonal activity only. The annual June and early October dates will vary each year and are dependent on weather and trail conditons.
** This institution operates under a special permit of the Gallatin National Forest **
Riverside BBQ with a Trailride or Wagon Ride:
There’s nothing better than a summer dinner by the river, the smell of sizzling steaks wafting through the air—no wonder this is one of our most popular events. Wednesday evenings during the summer we invite you to take a 2-hour horseback or wagon ride to dinner. On the menu is your choice of N.Y. strip steak or barbecued chicken, prepared on an open grill along the banks of the Gallatin River. We can almost taste those steaks right now.
- $55.00 per adult for wagon ride; $35.00 per child 12 & under*
- $105.00 per adult for 2 hour horse back ride and dinner; $95.00 per child 12 & under
Prices are subject to change. Please note that this is a seasonal event and the June start date and September end date will vary each year.
** In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national orin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC20250-941 or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opprotunity provider and employer **
Fly fishing at our Trout Pond
As every dedicated angler knows, Montana is world-famous for wild trout. Two miles of the Blue Ribbon Gallatin River, made famous as the setting for the fishing scenes in the movie “A River Runs Through It,” literally run through our property! We also have a private pond at the ranch, so you don’t even have to leave the ranch to enjoy a day on the water.
Even more amazing, within a two-hour radius are some of the most famous fly fishing waters in the world including the Yellowstone, Madison, Henry’s Fork, and streams and lakes in Yellowstone Park.
Montana is Mecca for millions of trout fishermen the world over, and the 320 is smack dab in the middle of some of the best opportunities for fishing, bar none!
Prices are subject to change. Fly fishing rods and barbless hooks only.
Casting instruction on our stocked trout pond.
$45.00 for up to three people
Let us take care of all your fishing needs.
- Fly Fishing Rod & Reel ($25.00 for a 24 hour period)
- Boots and Waders ($25.00 for a 24 hour period)
Use of the fishing pond is free to all guests at the 320 Guest Ranch and does not require a license to fish since it is privately owned.
All prices are subject to change. All fishing on rivers and tributaries requires a Montana Fishing License. You can find more information on fishing regulations at www.fwp.mt.gov/fishing/. You can also pre-purchase your license there or we can help you do it online here at the ranch.
Looking for information on guided trips on the river - hop on over to the activities in Big Sky page - we have outfitters located there that can help you out.
320 Ranch is not a licensed outfitter and therefore cannot provide any instruction or guiding on public water.