Why visit Montana?

TheBarW.com | Montana, with its rugged landscapes and pristine wilderness, offers a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. From the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the sprawling plains and pristine lakes, the state boasts unparalleled beauty and serenity. Visitors can explore iconic national parks like Glacier and Yellowstone, where they can witness breathtaking vistas, spot diverse wildlife, and experience the raw power of nature. Whether it's hiking through lush forests, fly-fishing in crystal-clear streams, or embarking on a scenic road trip along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana offers endless opportunities for adventure and exploration....

Published on 4/5/2024 (12 days ago) Blog


Best Places to Horseback Ride in Montana

TheBarW.com | Montana offers a captivating landscape for horseback riding enthusiasts, with its vast open plains, rolling hills, and rugged mountains providing the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable equestrian adventure. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a novice, Montana's diverse terrain offers something for everyone. Imagine trotting through pristine wilderness areas, crossing crystal-clear streams, and winding through lush forests, all while taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you....

Published on 4/5/2024 (12 days ago) Blog


Meet the New Bar W Guest Ranch General Manager – Jami Phillips

Jami comes with an impressive background in the hospitality industry with over 25 years of experience. Jami thrives on providing optimal guest experiences and ensuring everyone at Bar W feels connected, including staff and guests. Jami is very passionate about Montana, the Flathead Valley area and everything those magnificent regions have to offer. Jami and her husband have a lovely family which includes six wonderful children! Bar W is beyond thrilled to have Jami leading the Bar W Guest Ranch family and wanted to take the opportunity to get to know her better....

Published on 3/6/2024 (42 days ago) Blog


One of the most scenic and spectacular vacations in the U.S.A.

TheBarW | Nestled in the heart of the picturesque countryside, the Bar W Guest Ranch stands as a haven for those seeking a genuine Western experience. With sprawling landscapes and rustic charm, this dude ranch invites guests to immerse themselves in a world of adventure. The Bar W boasts a perfect blend of modern comfort and cowboy nostalgia, creating an atmosphere that captures the essence of the Wild West....

Published on 2/8/2024 (69 days ago) Blog


The Family Vacation of a Lifetime

TheBarW | Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Montana, the Bar W Guest Ranch promises a family vacation like no other....

Published on 2/8/2024 (69 days ago) Blog


What are people saying about The Bar W Guest Ranch?

TheBarW.com | July 17, 2023We asked our social media friends the following question, “If you've visited our ranch before, what was your favorite part?” Here are their responses. “I loved the whole experience! The staff was great. Meeting new friends on the cattle drive" ( and continue to be friends, from California to Pennsylvania) I would love to come back.” -Royann “Love to the Glamping tents, and the rides were awesome.” -Kathy “Family style meals! My kids loved ringing the bell for meals!” –Chrissy “Very hard to choose, loved all of it. The staff is absolutely wonderful and accommodating! Coming back this year for the week long cattle drive! Would recommend it to anyone who loves horses and making new friends!” -Margaret “My favorite part was everything. The staff was amazing. If I had...

Published on 7/17/2023 (275 days ago) Blog


Horse Riding 101

TheBarW.com | July 17, 2023 1. Stay alert: Riding is super fun, and when you’re first learning, it’s easy to get distracted. You are dealing with a living, breathing animal who might behave unpredictably. You’ll learn to understand “horse talk” better as you progress, but keep your eyes open and be aware of your horse, other horses around you, and the surroundings. Your toes (and pride) will be happier for it. 2. Protect your feet: Speaking of toes, proper boots are a must. You don’t need to purchase new ones for your first riding experience make sure to wear close toed shoes for sure. 3. Greet your horse: Keep in mind that your horse is a living creature, not a vehicle that you can control at your will. The horse could also be nervous, tired or even scared to have someone new riding him....

Published on 7/17/2023 (275 days ago) Blog


What is a Dude Ranch and how did they become popular?

 Photo: Dude Ranch AssociationA dude ranch is (in the western US) a cattle ranch converted to a vacation resort for tourists. Guest ranches arose in response to the romanticization of the American West that began to occur in the late 19th century. While there were guest ranches prior to the 20th century, the trend grew considerably after the end of World War I. In the early 1920s guest ranching became popular in Texas.Photo: Dude Ranch AssociationThe Dude Ranch industry was growing so rapidly that in 1923 a dude ranch opened in Hawaii, modeled after those in Wyoming. In 1926, the Dude Ranchers Association was founded in Billings, Montana, to represent the needs of this rapidly growing industry. During the Great Depression the industry continued to expand, likely as an alternative income...

Published on 5/8/2023 (345 days ago) Blog


What is Glamping?

Glamping is a portmanteau of " glamorous " and " camping ", and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort - style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping. Glamping has become particularly popular with 21st - century tourists seeking modern amenities.Glamping is where stunning nature meets modern luxury. It’s a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world — without having to sacrifice creature comforts. At the Bar W Guest Ranch we offer one of the most unique Glamping experiences around, “There aren’t enough words to describe what an incredible place this is. This was the best experience of my entire life. I stayed in glamping tent 1 and slept like a baby every night. I really felt like I was living in the pioneer...

Published on 4/5/2023 (1 years 13 days ago) Blog


The Bar W is One of the Top Dude Ranch Vacations in the United States!

That’s right, just this past December, U.S. News listed the Bar W Guest Ranch as one of the top 10 dude ranch vacations in the United States.They said..."Located 30 miles southwest of Glacier National Park and nestled in the scenic Flathead Valley along Spencer Lake in Whitefish, this intimate family ranch hosts up to 60 guests a week. The packages at Bar W Guest Ranch are for a six - night stay and rates include all meals, guided trail rides, horsemanship lessons, cattle working and all ranch activities and facilities. During your stay, you can go boating or fishing on Spencer Lake, hike into the wilderness areas around the property, take up archery or even learn the skill of hatchet throwing. When the sun goes down, ranch guests will enjoy wagon rides, line dancing and sitting around the...

Published on 4/5/2023 (1 years 13 days ago) Blog


The Bar W Guest Ranch

2875 Highway 93 West
Whitefish MT 59937

Phone: (406) 863-9099

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